You might not know his name, but we’re betting once you see his picture you know who he is. Jared Keeso has been on the television scene for ages, but it’s only now that people are starting to take notice.
With his traditional good looks and booming voice, you’d think the guy would have a bigger ego. Not so — he’s just as pumped to spend his time talking TV and movies with fans as he is advocating for the rights of pit bulls in Canada.
To mark Keeso’s recent win as Best Actor in a drama at the Canadian Screen Awards this week, (along with his continued stellar work on his Bravo series, 19-2), we thought we’d take this opportunity to showcase exactly why this guy is gonna be your next big crush.
HE’S A DOG PERSON
Nothing against cats, but c’mon–what’s better than a dude who loves his dog? Especially one who advocates for their rights online? Keeso is so into dogs that he even has a tattoo of one of them on his arm. It’s been seen during some of the racier scenes on 19-2 (along with a picture of the pup on his apartment set). Plus he’s constantly sharing his puppy love on his official Twitter account. His dog’s name is Gus, by the way.
— Jared Keeso (@jaredkeeso) January 18, 2015
— Mylène Dinh-Robic (@MyleneDinhRobic) December 17, 2014
HE’S INTO HIS COUNTRY
Keeso is one of the few up and coming stars that has actually stayed in Canada, rather than fleeing to Los Angeles in search of bigger, brighter lights. As a result he’s been in almost every single production that’s shot here. Like Smallville. And Falling Skies. And last year’s smash hit Godzilla.
HE’S REAL SPORTY
Keeso played hockey growing up — and wanted to go pro — until his dad got that idea out of his head. It was acting and other sports ever since. Well, until Keeso got to play Canadian icon Don Cherry in the CBC biopics, of course. Then it was like two loves rolled into one.
HE’S A FAMILY GUY
Keeso not only uses social media to promote his causes and his projects, but he’s also the first person to show support for his military brother and entrepreneurial sister.
HE’S BEEN IN A HERITAGE MINUTE
Admit it — you’re as much of a sucker for these commercials as we are. “Canada is rich with great hockey stories. I come from a hockey family and my brother is a soldier, so this particular story hit close to home,” Keeso tells us. “It’s been a pleasure and an honour to work on a Canadian Heritage Minute.”
HE’D ACTUALLY GO SHOPPING WITH YOU
THERE’S THIS …
BUT HE’S GOT THE PERSONALITY, TOO.
Need proof? Check out this amazing web series he funded, wrote and starred in, Letterkenny Problems, which is currently in development with Bell Media to become a potential series.
AND FINALLY, HE’S A PRETTY DAMN GOOD ACTOR
Just check out this clip from 19-2‘s Season 2 opener.
Keeso’s Bravo series, 19-2, airs Monday nights at 10 p.m. ET on Bravo.