Canada produces a lot of fantastic talent and today we’re celebrating one of our great funnymen on his 37th birthday: Montreal native, Jonathan Adam Saunders Baruchel A.K.A. Jay Baruchel. While 37 isn’t a milestone age (#sorrynotsorry), this year is shaping up to be one of Jay’s finest. With a PDA-loving fiancée and exciting projects in the works, we’re counting up the reasons why Jay is going to absolutely kill it this year.
1. He’s moving on from dragons
Even the best of journeys need to someday come to an end. Jay first took up the mantle of delightfully-awkward dragon lover Hiccup in 2010’s How to Train Your Dragon and then voiced him several more times for the film’s sequels and specials. He did his last work on the character in this year’s How to Train Your Dragon: Hidden World and while he’s “a little sad,” the end of one (12-years-long since he started work on the first one in 2007) thing just means the beginning of another.
2. He’s stretching his own wings
Jay has dabbled in pretty much every area of filmmaking, racking up acting, writing, directing, producing and even soundtrack credits all over Hollywood. Now, he’s put it all together for his upcoming film, Random Acts of Violence.
The film centers around two comic book writers who discover that scenarios they write for their characters are somehow playing out in real life. Jay wrote, produced and directed the film on top of staring in it alongside Jordana Brewster and Jesse Williams.
Now tell us that movie isn’t a hit in the making.
3. He’s coming off a big win
Jay was recently awarded a major coup from the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) in March. The Canadian actors’ guild bestowed Baruchel with the organization’s National Award of Excellence, putting him in the talented company of Sandra Oh, Kiefer Sutherland and Eugene Levy–aka Canadian acting royalty.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to receive the Award of Excellence from @ACTRAnat at #ACTRADayInLA. I have been a proud member of this union for almost 25 years and I don’t have quite the words to express just how cool this. Touched and honoured to say the least. Thank you.
— Jay Baruchel 🇨🇦 (@BaruchelNDG) March 17, 2019
4. He’s getting married
Woo-hoo! While we haven’t been privileged with an invitation (or a date, for that matter), Jay is likely marrying fiancée, Montreal-based model Rebecca-jo Dunham in Portugal because Toronto is, he told us, “prohibitively expensive.” (Relatable!) Baruchel popped the question last year while the couple were in T-dot.
Pro tip: follow Jay or Rebecca-jo (or both!) for some adorable and wholesome #couplegoals.
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5. He’s flying high
Like his fellow Canadian collaborator and friend, Seth Rogen, Jay enjoys the ~occasional~ use of marijuana (see: every appearance they make together). Jay told the ladies of The Social that he was one of the first ones on the government website buying his legal marijuana on October 17 last year.
“It launched at midnight and at 12:01 AM, I was shopping on there,” he said. “Very well-run website, user-friendly.”
So the fact that one of his favourite hobbies is now legal will probably be a plus this year.
The one drawback…
The one caveat to Jay’s fabulous upcoming year is that it’s tainted by his beloved Montreal Canadiens. The Habs were in playoff contention going into April, but alas, have since been eliminated. Baruchel is such a fan of the team that he actually wrote a memoir on his dedication–in fact, he sees himself as much more than a fan.
In his own words: “To use the word ‘fan’ just seems kind of goofy, like you can be a ‘fan’ of French fries or something. But hockey is eternal. You don’t say you’re ‘a fan’ of Roman Catholicism. You say ‘I’m a Catholic.’”
He’s probably pretty disappointed right now, but come the fall, it’s another opportunity for that Stanley Cup!