‘Degrassi’ Star Jake Epstein Swings Into Action as Broadway’s Spider-Man — The Daily Swoon
You might remember him best as heartbreaker Craig on ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation,’ but Jake Epstein is all grown up and has a new role as our favorite web-slinging superhero in the musical ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.’
Do you guys remember ‘Degrassi’? Of course you do. Don’t lie. We’ve all had our moments of flipping through channels when we see a ‘Degrassi’ marathon and can’t take our eyes away from all that saucy Canadian teen drama.
Epstein played Craig, a wannabe rock star turned bad boy who broke plenty of hearts along the way. So obviously, we totally had a crush on him.
The good news is that Jake’s still around and still incredibly swoon-worthy, perhaps even more so now that he’s doing theater. He played Will in the first national tour of Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ and Melchior Gabor in the touring company of ‘Spring Awakening,’ and he’s now on Broadway in ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,’ the once-doomed musical in which he gets to flex his singing muscles and his muscle-muscles in the title role.
In an interview with Buzzfeed, Epstein talked about (or “aboot,” for you Canadian folks) the rigors of playing the superhero:
“To learn how to be in a harness was probably the hardest thing for me to learn. Besides all the songs and the scenes and all the stuff that would make doing a big part difficult and challenging, then there’s this new thing that you’ve never done before,” he said. “It’s all about understanding your weight and how to shift your balance and a lot of core training, so that has definitely been the most difficult part of this.”
He can act. He can sing. He can dance. He can fly through the air on a crazy harness. What more do you people want?
Check out some photos of Epstein below (including one in which he’s all suited up as the famous web-slinger), and a ‘Spring Awakening’ promo video in which he sings his little heart out.