Vanessa Smythe is a Canadian actress, writer, poet, and storyteller. She is best known for her role in films The Expanse (2015), Designated Survivor (2016), and Mrs. America (2020). Further, she is also famous as the wife of Canadian actor Jake Epstein.
Vanessa and Jake have been married for several years now. They were together since they were so young and later turned into a husband and wife. Like Smythe, her hubby has also achieved quite good fame in the movie industry.
Well, in this article, know in detail about Vanessa’s personal and professional life. We will also add some information about her husband’s career here.
How Old Is Vanessa Smythe? Her Early Life
The Expanse actress, Vanessa was born to her parents in Toronto, Ontario Canada. While her exact birth year is not available at the moment, she celebrates her birthday on December 2 every year.
Speaking of her age, we assume that she must be in her late 20s or maybe early 30s. Similarly, she grew up in her hometown alongside her two sisters.
Talking about her nationality, Vanessa is a Canadian citizen and belongs to white ethnic background.
Vanessa’s Educational Details
As for education, Vanessa went to Humber College and studied Creative Writing. Also, she completed her Bachelor’s in philosophy with honors at The University of Western Ontario- King’s University College. Besides, she also has taken several additional courses in the genre like dance, acting, and others.
As per the information provided in her LinkedIn account, she learned acting for film at Carter Thor Studios. Likewise, she studied dance forms like contemporary, tap, ballet, hip-hop, and also musical theatre for more than 11 years. In the same way, she has mastered theatre, voice acting, improvisations, and many more.
Vanessa Smythe Is An Actress; Her Movies And TV Shows
Coming up to 2023, it has been over a decade since Vanessa has been working as an actress. She made her first screen debut in the 2010 short film Janus in which she portrayed the character Linda, a coffee barista. After that, for the first five years, she did a minimum role in videos and short series like 2 Knocks, Found Footage, Warehouse 13, Saving Hope, and others.
After years of consistency, she rose to fame with her breakthrough role of Michio in the popular Sci-fi TV series The Expanse in 2020. She played a total of 13 episodes in the series. Her latest acting credits include Christmas Plus One, and The Amityville Curse.
Vanessa Is A Theatre Artist As Well; What Else Does She Do?
Before making her way to the screen, Smythe started as a theatre artist. In her 13 years theatre career, she has collaborated with Canadian Stage, Company Theatre, Crow’s Theatre, fu-GEN Theatre, Young Peoples’ Theatre, and Talk is Free. She still works in theatre as an actor, writer, and producer.
In addition, Smythe is also a storyteller and a poet. She incites her self-written poetry in Toronto Poetry Slam.
Some years back, she talked about her being a stage performer on her Instagram and wrote,
First gig as a wedded woman. Absolutely loved returning to the @torontopoetryslam stage. Thanks for having me, you inspiring souls. ♥️♥️
Moreover, she is also a writer of the short series 2 Knocks, Self Love (is complicated), and Stars Align. Vanessa has also one credit as a director.
Smythe’s Show ‘In Case We Disappear‘ Gained Critical Acclaim At The Edinburgh Festival
In 2016, Vanessa’s solo show In Case We Disappears, a merge of storytelling, stand-up comedy, poetry, and song with a lot of emotions made a great impact at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. At the time, it was considered one of the best free shows displayed at the Edinburgh Fringe.
After that, Smythe performed the show multiple times in several places and it has got quite good reviews. With Intermission magazine, she has narrated her side story while giving continuation to her popular show. Regarding her experience at Edinburg, she told,
Last summer I took my solo show to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. It’s the largest arts festival in the world, with over 3300 shows happening simultaneously. It’s a month-long surge of performing, promoting, seeing shows, meeting people, building connections, trying to get press. Many people go to initiate big tours, with big budgets and large teams. I went on my own, to survive it.
Whatever her side story is, the best part is her show has gained a good response from its viewers.
Vanessa Smythe Is Jake Epstein’s Wife; Expecting Their First Child Soon
Vanessa and her husband Jake tied the knot on July 7, 2018, in a low-key wedding ceremony. As of now, it’s been almost a half-decade since their marriage. The couple shares a great bonding and love as a husband and wife.
Back on their 2nd marriage anniversary, sharing their wedding picture, Smythe wrote a long status on her Instagram which said,
Happy anniversary to my loooove. I’m so glad I tricked you into marrying me and that all I have to do is keep making you tuna sandwiches and bonus, you even usually throw out the can. Yea…..I love you an emotionally-wrought amount. I love you a crazy amount and I hope I can make you as happy as you’ve made me
At present, the beautiful pair are expecting their first child. On March 17, 2023, Vanessa took to her Instagram to publicly announced the good news and wrote,
On April 26 I’ll be 8 months pregnant. It’s also the day I’m gonna give you a show.
Probably, within a month, they will be a proud parent as well.
How Did Vanessa And Her Now-Husband Meet?
The now-married couple Vanessa and Jake were friends since their high-school days. Later, they turned into a romantic couple. It’s not that they never faced ups and downs in their love life, they did but with years of struggle in their relationship, they finally make it into marriage in 2018. In this regard, once in an interview, her spouse Epstein said,
We were friends in high school, then sweethearts broke up, but kept in touch through the years. We got back together, then married a year ago
Vanessa’s Spouse Jake Is Known For Degrassi: The Next Generation
As earlier mentioned, like Vanessa, her spouse is an actor best known for playing the character Craig Manning, a musician with bipolar disorder in Degrassi. He has been active as an actor since the year 1999 and as of now, he has acted in several series, movies, and theatre.
Moving on to his early life details, he was born on January 16, 1987, which makes him 36 years old in 2023. His mother Kathy Kacer is an award-winning author.
Smythe Is Active On Social Media
Designated Survivor actress Vanessa is hugely active on Instagram with 4663 followers. She shares most of her personal life moments as well as her professional life on her IG account.
Further, she is also on Facebook with 271 followers. Smythe also has a Twitter account which has 4667 followers in total.
Her Net Worth
Vanessa Smythe is reported to have a net worth of around $1 million. She amassed the amount from her career as an actor, writer, storyteller, and others.