Wednesday morning (Nov. 8) came bearing a gift to help us all get through hump day: An in-depth profile of the one and only Drake, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter. The piece places us at the 6 God’s apartment in his beloved native Toronto, which made for a very widely ranging interview with the “Passionfruit” rapper, who discussed everything from his relationship with his mom to his love for Harry Potter.
In March, Drake released More Life and instantly set the record for most streams in an album’s first day with 90 million globally. And just last month, he celebrated his 31st birthday (or as he called it, his “re-Bar Mitzvah”) lavishly. Wouldn’t you be delighted to discuss your life, too?
As an ode to Toronto, here are six things we learned from The Hollywood Reporter‘s Drake interview.
Drake is a Harry Potter die-hard.
For four years, Drake has been searching the globe for the one thing — one of few things — that elude him: a first edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Finally, at the time this was written, the first edition book was on the market — for a clean $160,000. “I should get it,” Drake said (mind you, in September). “My birthday’s coming up. Maybe I’ll buy it for myself as a treat.”
The rapper is making a serious push into film and television.
The interview is centered around Drake’s debut as a producer, The Carter Effect, which documents NBA legend Vince Carter. The Carter Effect was premiering at the Toronto Film Festival and the night before, NBA superstar LeBron James held a celebratory dinner. As a toast, James said that both he and Drake now have “day jobs” in film and/or TV.
Drake will also bring Top Boy back to life with Netflix — a The Wire-esque crime series that originally was British. Along with Netflix, Drake has partnered with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and studio A24 for an untitled series.
“Being a young black guy, I think there’s definitely the chance to get typecast,” he said. “But I also have been pretty adamant about showing range. I try to show it through different outlets, like Saturday Night Live, showing people that I can be funny,” he says of his well-reviewed hosting gigs, during which he poked fun at his various beefs. “When I get back into acting, I want to do things that make people go, ‘Wow, I didn’t expect that.'”
He also noted that, while he doesn’t plan on stopping music any time soon, he does plan to “take six months or a year to myself and do some great films. Music’s always there.”
He passed on the opportunity to work with now-disgraced Harvey Weinstein.
Before he committed to his current projects, Drake was pursued by Weinstein to star and produce The Heist. Drake passed on working with Weinstein before it was “in” to not work with Weinstein, in light of his long history of alleged sexual abuse and harassment finally surfacing.
Drake’s manager and business partner, Adel “Future” Nur, said, “I vetted him with five people and got bad feedback about working with him.”
His apartment decor features a shout-out to the haters (and Tupac).
On his apartment wall hangs a neon art piece saying “Less Drake, More Tupac” by Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez. Drake noted that it “allows him to take a certain ownership of the haters.”
“I love it,” Drake said. “I mean, people are entitled to their opinion, but this opinion, I’d just rather it be here than anywhere else.”
His mother, Sandi, is his biggest supporter.
Drake is a well-documented Mama’s Boy. In this piece, Drake said that his mom, Sandi Graham, “is an incredible woman. She never necessarily implemented anything. She always just told me, ‘You know whatever you want to do, whatever you end up being, I’ll always love you. I’ll always support you.”
He also revealed that he identifies as Jewish and participates in the high holidays with his mom.
He can’t get enough of Netflix’s Ozark.
“My taste in television or movies is always kind of similar to my approach to music, which is, I like when people really hit the nail on the head with real human emotions,” Drake explained pertaining to Netflix’s new series, Ozark, which stars Jason Bateman and has finished its first season. “So with Ozark, it’s just the family dynamic. The arguments. The love. The struggles. I really relate to how accurate it is.”
To read the full piece, click here.