For Noah Reid, there is life beyond the tiny town of Schitt’s Creek.
The city is, of course, the fictional town that served as the setting for the Emmy Award-winning television series of the same name. Reid played Patrick, the boyfriend-turned-husband of Dan Levy’s David Rose, one of the series’ always comical, overly dramatic main characters.
Viewers fell in love with Patrick for exactly the opposite traits — his quiet, unassuming manner. And in conversation, Reid is the same guy — quiet and unassuming, despite a resume that becomes all the more impressive post-Schitt’s Creek.
First off, Canadian-born Reid, 34, has appeared in dozens of films and television projects, with roles ranging from a guest appearance on the series Degrassi: The Next Generation to starring in the film Score: A Hockey Musical.” (in real life, Reid counts himself a huge sports fan).
Reid is as much a singer-songwriter as he is an actor – and he’ll be releasing his latest album, Adjustments, in June. (You can already listen to one of the tracks“Everyday.”) But that’s far from the only big thing coming up in Reid’s life: He and his wife, actress Clare Stone, are expecting their first child, a boy, in August.
Meanwhile, Reid is busy making his Broadway debut. He currently stars in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts’ The Minutes, a sometimes hilarious, sometimes searing look at a small town in America and the big secret its citizens keep about their past. Reid, who plays Mr. Peel, the new town councilman, has received critical acclaim for his performance: In his review said the New York Times“Reid combines the courage he brought as Patrick in ‘Schitt’s Creek’ with a growing concern that you’ll think of in other stories about the creeping realization of evil like ‘The Lottery’, ‘The Crucible’ and ‘The Crucible ‘ Or rather: ‘Get out’.”
MarketWatch recently caught up with Reid to find out more about his life and career and his views on all things financial – including his regret that he didn’t invest in cryptocurrency sooner. Here are condensed and edited excerpts from the conversation:
Market observation: Why did you decide to make your Broadway debut with The Minutes? What drew you to this piece?
reid: First of all, it was Tracy Letts. I mean, if he’s not the American playwright of our time, he’s certainly one of the greats. His work certainly speaks for itself. There is an element of danger in his writing. There’s always something in his pieces that you can’t exactly name. I remember reading this piece for the first time and I couldn’t put it down. I was so invested in what the hell was going on. And why couldn’t I know? And of course you arrive at the end and you’ve got a little slap in the face… So yeah, it was very exciting for me. This is exactly how I would have liked my Broadway debut to be.
Market observation: It seems to me that the heart of the play is about how we bury the story, how the minutes are lost – literally. Talk a little bit about this topic and specifically why it is so important and relevant right now.
reid: This play is really about the foundation upon which we have built our society and how we make decisions and address things that have happened in our history that are difficult to come to terms with. Mr. Peel takes center stage, the kind of character who wants to be on the right side of history. He wants to make sure he leaves the place better than he found it. And as the play progresses, he is confronted with how difficult it actually is. And how far is he willing to go to ensure that happens?
This play is probably more relevant today than it was two years ago when they were planning to open it on Broadway. We’ve moved and changed a few things to make it more relevant today, but the world around us really lets us know how relevant it is.
I think over the past two years people have had to struggle with social conscience in one way or another. People have thought about what it means to be alive and what it means to be human and what your responsibilities are to society.
Market observation: You’ve obviously had great success in recent years, especially with “Schitt’s Creek”. How has that changed you personally and financially?
reid: None of us knew that Schitt’s Creek was going to explode the way it did. And you know, it really didn’t fully explode until we got it done. When we won Emmys, we stopped filming. But it has definitely changed my life in terms of the types of opportunities that come my way. People recognize me on the street or want to come to the Broadway show or want to come to my music tour or buy my records. I mean, it definitely opened an incredible door. I think everyone involved with Schitt’s Creek is very proud of this show and what it means to people. As an actor, you’re lucky to be on a show at all. If you can get a few seasons, it changes the way your life looks and the way you can approach what you want to do next and how long you can wait until you get the next one need paycheck. And that means you can be a bit more selective (in choosing projects), which is always a very nice place.
Market observation: You’re one of those rare birds to have pursued two careers at the same time – in your case, acting and music. Do you ever feel like you have to choose one?
reid: I think those are two leads I’ll be following at the same time. They work hand in hand pretty well. In the moments when I can make some space for myself, I can take care of the music, which is more personal. (As an actor) I love working on and interpreting other people’s lyrics, but music is a space where I can think about what I want to contribute in that sense and write from my own perspective. It’s incredibly important to me and being able to switch between those two worlds keeps me on my toes, keeps things fresh for me.
Market observation: What was the best financial advice you’ve ever received?
reid: It was likely to buy real estate as soon as possible. I’m glad my wife and I bought our home in Toronto a few years ago. We couldn’t have bought it now. In the last six months, Toronto home prices are up about 20%. It’s an intense market.
Market observation: What do you hate spending money on?
reid: Oh god I hate spending money on everything. But I hate spending money on temporary things, things that won’t stay with me for more than a few years. I don’t like buying clothes that are good for a season or two seasons. I want to know that what I spend my money on will sit around for a while.
Market observation: So you’re not a slave to fashion?
reid: (laughs) I think my wife would probably agree.
Market observation: Conversely, what is okay with you when you treat yourself?
reid: General, [what] I feel good about spending money on music and instruments. My piano – I bought that when I was a child. I was in Toronto’s production of Beauty and the Beast and my parents cleverly hid all the money and invested it in a Yamaha grand piano. It has been difficult to find a place for it in some of the smaller apartments I have stayed in but it has been a truly faithful companion and has opened many doors in my life.
Market observation: What was the biggest financial mistake you made?
reid: I think I’m pretty conservative. I try to avoid these big mistakes. I read somewhere the other day that a CEO — I can’t remember who it was — said the big mistake was not investing. Probably the biggest mistake I made, like many people, was not getting on the crypto bandwagon a little earlier.
Market observation: You’re young, but are you already thinking about retirement?
reid: I think the best thing about a career in art is that you can retire if you want to and don’t have to if you don’t want to. I’m currently working with Austin Pendleton and Blair Brown on The Minutes. Those actors…they’ve had incredible careers. They are amazing people and they inspire me so much. Austin is 82 and he’s up there every night just letting the crowd eat out of the palm of his hand. I would love to follow in those footsteps and still be around. I mean, it’s physically exhausting for me at 34. But there’s something about it that probably keeps you on your toes, keeps you busy. And keeps your feet moving.
Market observation: What job would you do even if you weren’t getting paid for it?
reid: Well I can’t say acting because I want people to pay me to do it. I think it will probably have something to do with sports. I’m a big sports fan from Toronto. I’d be the bat boy for the Toronto Blue Jays if they asked me.
Market observation: Are you more of a spender or a saver?
reid: I think I’m probably more of a saver. But I live with a donor. you know it’s good We balance each other out.
Market observation: You are expecting your first child. How do you think this could change your views on money and the world?
reid: I think it’s only going to get scarier. I think you definitely think differently about money. You simply want to do everything to ensure a stable future for your family. It’s a delicate matter. I think I’ll find out.
https://www.marketwatch.com/story/schitts-creek-star-noah-reid-wishes-he-got-on-the-crypto-train-earlier-11651002919?rss=1&siteid=rss ‘Schitt’s Creek’ star Noah Reid wishes he’d got on the crypto train sooner