• Vanessa Smythe is a Canadian actress, writer, and director.
• She was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario-King's University College and Humber College.
• She married actor Jake Epstein in 2018.
• She has written scripts for movies and a live show, and has been seen in movies such as "Carrie" and "Pieces of a Woman", and series such as "Designated Survivor" and "The Expanse".
• Jake Epstein is a singer and actor with over 50 credits to his name, and is best known for his role as Craig Manning in "Degrassi: The Next Generation" which won him a Gemini Award.
Who is Vanessa Smythe?
A Canadian actress, writer and director, Vanessa Smythe is quite secretive when it comes to her personal matters, thus she hasn’t disclosed any information regarding her birthdate but it is known that she was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; she also hasn’t spoken about her childhood, parents, or any siblings.
It is assumed that she attended a local high school, and upon matriculating, according to her Linkedin profile, she enrolled at The University of Western Ontario-King’s University College, from which she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, and she also studied Creative Writing at the Humber College.
Since 2010, she’s been an active member of Toronto’s theatre.
Roles in movies
Vanessa made her acting debut on the big screen starring in the 2011 movie “The Basement”, followed by her roles in short movies such as “All the King’s Horses”, “2 Knocks”, and “Traces of the Unfinished Nature of the World”, before her role as Young Estelle Horan in “Carrie”, in 2013.
In 2019, Vanessa was cast to play Lawyer in “We Had It Coming”, a thriller drama written and directed by Paul Barbeau, followed by her role as Linda in the Oscar-nominated “Pieces of a Woman” starring Shia LaBeouf, Vanessa Kirby and Ellen Burstyn; in 2020 this drama had 64 award nominations, including the Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Vanessa Kirby), and won seven.
In the following year, Vanessa was seen as Greta in the TV movie “Christmas Beneath the Stars”, and in 2022, she portrayed Laura in the short movie “Stars Align” also starring Izad Etemadi.
Roles in series
Vanessa made her first television appearance in 2013 portraying Coat Check Girl in the series “Warehouse 13”, followed by her role as Lauren Badali in “Saving Hope”, in 2015, and then she had a recurring role as Reporter in “Designated Survivor”, from 2016 to ’18.
In the following years, she was cast to play Shirley MacLaine in “Mrs America”, and then made appearances in an episode or two of series such as “Hudson & Rex” and “The Hot Zone: Antrax” before she was cast to play Michio in “The Expanse”, a science-fiction adventure which had 27 award nominations, and won five.
Her most recent television appearance was her portrayal of Rachel in the series “Less Than Kosher”, a Canadian comedy drama starring David Reale, Shaina Silver-Baird and David Eisner, in 2022.
Love life and marriage with Jake Epstein
Vanessa hasn’t been the subject of any rumors concerning her love life, as she prefers to keep her personal life out of the limelight, however, it’s widely known that she’s in a marriage with the actor, Jake Epstein.
They haven’t shared much about their relationship, however, according to sources, they were in a long-term relationship before they tied the knot on 7 July 2018. The wedding was held in Toronto in the presence of their closest family members and friends.
As of March 2022, Vanessa and Jake are still together; they don’t have children.
Hobbies and other interest
Vanessa is a writer with three credits to her name – she wrote the script for the short movies “2 Knocks”, “Self Love (is complicated)”, and “Stars Align” in which she also starred. She also wrote her original live show, “In Case We Disappear”, which was played internationally, and was named one of the best free shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, United Kingdom.
In her spare time, she writes poems and short stories.
She has an Instagram account, which has been followed by nearly 5,000 people, on which she mostly posts updates about her work, and photos featuring her everyday life.
Age, height, and net worth
As mentioned, Vanessa’s age is unknown, but it’s believed that she’s in her early 30s; she has brown hair and green eyes, while her height and weight are also unrevealed.
As of March 2022, her net worth is estimated at close to $400,000, however, the net worth of her husband is reputedly over $3 million.
Who is Jake Epstein?
Jacob Lee ‘Jake’ Epstein was born under the zodiac sign of Capricorn on 16 January 1987, in Toronto; he holds Canadian nationality and his ethnicity is Jewish, raised in Conservative Judaism.
He’s a singer and actor with over 50 credits to his name, perhaps still known best for his role as Craig Manning in the series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” which brought him the Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series in 2003.
Jake was raised in Toronto by his parents alongside his older sister, Gabi; his father is Ian Epstein whose occupation hasn’t been revealed, and his mother is Kathy Kacer, a Norma Fleck Award-winning writer, who wrote children’s stories about The Holocaust.
Speaking about Jake’s educational background, he attended a local high school, and upon matriculating in 2005, he enrolled at the National Theatre School of Canada, from which he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre, in 2009.
From an early age, Jake had an interest in acting, thus he made his acting debut at the age of 12, portraying Bradley in the series “Ricky’s Room”, and in 2000, he was cast to play Cam Dunleavey in “The Zack Files”, a teenage family drama, and then from 2002 until 2009, Jack portrayed Craig Manning in “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, a romantic comedy drama which had 99 award nominations, including four for Primetime Emmys, and won 43.
Jake had supporting roles in numerous TV movies, such as “Quints” which brought him the Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Movie (Comedy) – Supporting Young Actor, in 2001, while his first big-screen role was his 2012 portrayal of Josh Trestman in the drama “Blood Pressure”.
In the late 2000s, Jake was seen in movies such as “Mouthpiece”, “Mistletoe & Menorahs”, and “The Danger Next Door”, while on television he appeared in numerous series including “Suits”, “Designated Survivor”, and recently “The Umbrella Academy” in 2022.
Jake is active on social media platforms, and his fans can keep track of his work and life on his Instagram, which has been followed by nearly 130,000 people.
He’s 35 years old, with brown hair and green eyes; Jake weighs around 165lbs (75kgs) and is 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall.