[artist id="2545682"]Drake[/artist] may be pretty serious when it comes to his music career, going as far as apologizing to fans after getting mixed reviews on his breakout video, “Best I Ever Had.” But the Young Money rapper is more likely to laugh about things when it comes to his acting career. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former “Degrassi” star is attached to a sitcom in his native Toronto, titled “Us and Them.”
Contrary to reports, however, Drake won’t star in the comedy.
According to a representative for the MC, Drake will only assist in producing the show.
” ‘Us and Them’ is something he has been working on for some time with some of his actor friends,” the rep told MTV News late Thursday. “They will be continuing to develop the show, but Drake won’t be starring in it.”
Earlier this year, the triple-threat entertainer (he also sings) spoke with MTV News about his acting ambitions. He was a part of the ensemble cast of teen drama “Degrassi: The Next Generation” for close to eight years. His character, Jimmy Brooks, was the local high school basketball star who was relegated to a wheelchair after being shot in a controversial episode.
Moving forward, though, Drake said he wants to seek out lighter fare, like the comedies powered by Judd Apatow’s ragtag crew of actors.
“I just want to be part of real films. I don’t want to play a basketball player all the time or a rapper. I don’t want to be, like, typecast because I do music,” Drake explained. “I always tell [my management] my dream is to be in a movie with Will Ferrell or Michael Cera. I’m a big fan of all those. Steve Carell, ‘The 40-Year -Old Virgin’ and ‘Knocked Up’ and ‘Superbad.’ I’m a big fan of those movies. I feel like I’ve had the training and I’m surrounded by enough funny people that I could probably pull it off. My goal is to get deep into acting. I want to be like this generation’s Will Smith, just Canadian and light-skinned.”