Jay Baruchel On Why He Moved From Montreal To Toronto: ‘I Fell In Love With It’

Montreal native Jay Baruchel has found a new home, and it’s not Los Angeles.

In fact, the Man Seeking Woman star reveals in a new interview with The Montreal Gazette that he recently moved from Montreal to Toronto, which he plans to make his home for at least the next few years.

“I just bought a house here,”; says Jay. “There’s a few contributing reasons, not the least of which is between the movie [Goon: Last of the Enforcers, his upcoming feature directorial debut, which is filming in Toronto] and my TV show [FXX comedy Man Seeking Woman, which also shoots in Toronto]. I was here as of September, then shot to Christmas, went home [to Montreal] for about a month and a half, and then I’ve been here since. There’s going to be basically a month between the end of the shoot of our movie and the start of season two of Man Seeking Woman, so I’m going to be here a s***load.

“And I won’t lie,”; he adds of his move from Montreal, “Quebec’s politics did my head in.”;

As Jay tells the Gazette, a few things happened that made him realize Toronto was home. “I realized that not only did I not hate it in Toronto, but I quite like it here. I was bred to hate it. My parents fed me with all the Montreal anglo stuff — the “it’s where we go to die’ stuff. But I also realized I had never spent that much time here. It was when I was here two or three winters ago doing RoboCop, I had a lot of time off and I realized I’d never spent more than five days in a row here. Between that and doing the TV show and a lot of my friends living here, I won’t lie — I fell in love with it a bit here. It’s just a bit of an easier place to live than back home. The last election was very traumatic in a way.”;

In fact, Jay admits that Quebec’s constant political turmoil factored significantly into his decision to exit Montreal. “I was faced with a truth: I either will just swallow it and make peace with it, like I always have, that this is part and parcel of what it is to live in Montreal, the political climate as it is,”; he says. “It was either shut up or move. It was untenable. It was my fault if I keep living someplace that keeps giving me a headache.”;

Having spent so much time in Toronto lately, Jay thinks the town has evolved in leaps and bounds from the city that many people think it is. “It’s not Toronto the Good anymore,”; he says. “It hasn’t been that for a long time. Also, the other thing is, if I want to put my money where my mouth is and be a filmmaker in Canada, as opposed to the States, I gotta be honest and realize that the vast majority of the ideas I have are in English, and that’s why it makes much more sense for me to be here.”;

 

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