By Matthew Blank
31 Dec 2013
He has previously appeared onstage in Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), American Idiot (Will), Billy Elliot (Tony), Spring Awakening (Melchior), Dog Sees God (Canadian premiere), Dani Girl (world premiere), Dangerous Liaisons and Oliver!
Epstein is a Gemini Award winner for his performance as Craig in "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Other screen work includes "Charlie Bartlett," "Blood Pressure," "Being Erica" and "My Babysitter’s a Vampire."
|Full given name:||Jacob Lee Epstein|
|Where you were born/where you were raised:||Toronto|
|What your parents did/do for a living:||My mom is an author and my dad is a lawyer.|
|Siblings:||My sis, Gabi, is also an actor and singer.|
|Current Audition Song:||“Something In The Way She Moves” by James Taylor. The last monologue I had prepared was from a Canadian play called Monster by Daniel McIvor.|
|How did you first get into performing and at what age?||When I was 9, I auditioned for an arts school in Toronto with a few of my friends. The sole reason we auditioned was that we found out you got to miss a couple days of school to do the audition. Without actually wanting to go to arts school, I accidentally got in. My parents encouraged me to try it and I ended falling in love with performing.|
|First Broadway show you ever saw:||Big: The Musical. And then I listened to that CASSETTE TAPE until it broke… I probably know the words to every song.|
|If you could go back in time and catch any show, what would it be?||I would love to see the original Cabaret.|
|Favorite showtune(s) of all time:||I love the entire score to Titanic The Musical. I adore Cabaret. And I’m just gonna go ahead and say all the Zulu songs in The Lion King.|
|Some favorite modern musicals:||Spring Awakening, Drowsy Chaperone, In the Heights|
|Some favorite classic musicals:||The Music Man, Oliver, South Pacific|
|Broadway or screen stars of the past you would most have loved to perform with:||Marlon Brando, Charles Laughton, Al Jolson|
|Your personal vocal idols, living or dead:||Paul McCartney, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Hawksley Workman (check him out)|
|The one performance – attended - that you will never forget:||Seeing Spring Awakening on Broadway. I didn’t know that theatre could be like a rock concert. Years later, when I was cast as Melchior in the touring production, I always remembered the experience of seeing that show on Broadway for the first time.|
|MAC or PC?||MAC.|
|Most played song on your iPod:||I just checked, it’s "Sweet Adeline" by Elliot Smith|
|Last book you read:||"The Body" by Stephen King|
|Must-see TV show(s):||"Breaking Bad," "Mad Men," "Six Feet Under," "Friday Night Lights"|
|Last good movie you saw:||"Captain Phillips"|
|Some films you consider classics:||"The Princess Bride," "Hook," "Big," "Karate Kid," "Aladdin"… pretty much explains my childhood. And what I do when I’m sick.|
|Performer you would drop everything to go see:||Norbert Leo Butz|
|Pop culture guilty pleasure:||Entertainment Weekly|
|Three favorite cities:||Montreal, Tel Aviv, New York|
|Favorite sport/team/player:||Soccer/The Toronto Maple Leafs (not soccer, hockey)/ Rafael Nadal (not hockey, tennis)|
|First CD/Tape/LP you owned:||
Here we go for embarrassing: My first CD was Chumbawumba's "Tubthumper" (you know… "I get knocked down… but I get up again…"). Don’t give me that face!
My first tape was Adam Sandler's "What The Hell Happened To Me?"
First LP was "Sgt. Pepper’s"
|First stage kiss:||11th grade, playing Harold Hill in The Music Man in high school|
|Favorite or most memorable onstage role as a child/teenager:||When I was 12, I played the Artful Dodger in Cameron McKintosh’s production of Oliver! when it came to Toronto. Just getting the role shocked my whole family, and I don’t think I realized until then just how much I loved getting up in front of people and performing.|