Jay Baruchel is representing Quebec for Canada Reads 2013. He is defending Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan.
Jay Baruchel has been familiar to Canadian television audiences since he made his first appearance on the cult favourite teen show Are You Afraid of the Dark? in 1995. Television nostalgists may also remember him as one of the teen hosts of the late '90s kids' science show Popular Mechanics for Kids.
Jay fell in with Hollywood comedy mastermind Judd Apatow when he starred in the beloved but short-lived sitcom Undeclared in 2001. Since then, he has appeared in critically acclaimed Canadian independent films (like Cosmopolis and The Trotsky), as well as in several Hollywood blockbusters including Million Dollar Baby, Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder. He can also be heard as the main character Hiccup in the animated feature How to Train Your Dragon, as well as in the spin-off television series.
Lately, he's been adding the jobs of writing and producing to his resumé. Last year, Jay co-wrote, produced and appeared in Goon, a comedy about minor league hockey that starred Seann William Scott, Alison Pill and Liev Schreiber.
Next year, he can be seen as himself alongside some of Hollywood's hottest stars (also playing themselves) in The End of the World, a movie about the apocalypse set at actor James Franco's house.
But for all his famous friends and mainstream success, Jay is almost as famous for NOT going Hollywood. Raised in Montreal, the die-hard Habs fan still makes his primary home in his old neighbourhood in the city's west end.
In fact, he's so proud of his Canadian roots that he has a red Maple Leaf tattooed over his heart.