Drake is known throughout the world for his musical abilities, but there was a time when he stared in Degrassi: The Next Generation, and a legion of Canadian fans know him well from that role. That show also became a crossover success out of Canada to further Drake’s acting exposure, but it was certainly his music that took him to the top, a side project that got in the way of his acting at times.
Degrassi: The Next Generation creators Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler explained to My Hollywood Life that they had some trouble with Drake during the final season of the show. He wasn’t coming to the set on time and he lost his focus.
They were able to work out a deal with Drake so he could go to the recording studio at night. The days belonged to Degrassi though.
“That final year, the ADs came to me at one point and said, ‘Linda, we’re having a lot of trouble with Aubrey. He’s coming to set late. He doesn’t know his lines. He’s not focused.”
“I later found out that how this worked. He would work for us during the day, and then he would leave. At night, he would be going to the recording studio. He would be laying down tracks. He would be doing all his connections and emailing and writing.”
Drake left many great memories on the small screen as Jimmy Brooks. He was also bound to a wheelchair and that created some incredibly dramatic moments. All the while, Drake was grinding in the studio and trying his best to make it in the rap game, an endeavor that more than paid off.
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