Before knew Drake as artist of the decade, he starred in the Canadian teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation as Jimmy Brooks.
When Drake stepped into the music scene, he was firm on his decision to separate his music from his acting. According to new details surrounding his time on the series, show creators Stephen Stohn and Linda Schuyler revealed that Drake would often come to set late and as result, he inked an exclusive deal with the set’s security guards to avoid his tardiness.
“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,” explained Schuyler, which she believed was a result of him pursuing a rap career. After talking to him about it, she noted he never came late again.
“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,” she continued.
“At about two or three in the morning, he had made a deal with our security guards after he got reprimanded. After he’d been working most of the night, he would then come and sleep in his dressing room, so that when he was needed to be called for his eight o’clock call or whatnot, they just knocked on his door and got him up,” finished the producer.
The hard work obliviously paid off.
Job well done, Drizzy.