From time immemorial, Canadian actors have always made an impact on Hollywood. We are talking about the likes of Ryan Gosling, Jim Carrey, and Rachael Adams, and one person who is seeking to follow in these illustrious footsteps is Jesse Rath. A native of Montreal, Quebec, the talented and charismatic Rath commenced his career in his motherland before eventually breaking into Hollywood.
Since then, he has starred in several movies and TV shows in the course of his relatively young career. One of them is the American sci-fi series, Defiance. The series focuses on post-apocalyptic earth inhabited by aliens and humans alike. In Defiance, Rath plays the role of Alak Tarr, an alien who falls in love and marries a human female named Christie McCawley. His wife later dies, and he struggles to raise their child alone.
Getting His Start As A Runner on the Shia LaBeouf Flick – The Greatest Game Ever Played
Jesse Rath was born on the 11th day of February 1989. He is of mixed European and East Indian descent, and his nationality is Canadian. Rath grew up in the city of Montreal, Quebec Province, Canada. As a child, he loved putting up plays for friends and family with his sister. Luckily for them both, their parents were big supporters of the arts, and they encouraged them in their creative pursuits.
Rath would stick to these creative paths throughout his teenage years, and by the age of 15, he landed himself an agent. He subsequently started auditioning for opportunities and found one in the 2005 sports biopic, The Greatest Game Ever Played. The movie featured Shia LaBeouf and told the real-life story of Francis Ouimet, a poor immigrant who fell in love with golf at a young age. At that time, golf was a sport reserved for the elite, but Ouimet did not allow this to deter him.
He overcame poverty, as well as his snobbish opponents to win the prestigious US Open in 1913. He also made history as the first amateur to win the major. This inspiring biopic was filmed in Rath’s home city of Montreal, and he got the part of a runner in the movie. A runner is an errand boy in movie production, and Rath utilized this opportunity to garner valuable experience and break into the movie industry.
The TV Series that Landed Him in the Limelight – Assassins Creed: Lineage and Aaron Stone
Following that eased introduction into the movie industry, Jesse Rath continued auditioning and was able to score parts in some low budget projects. These projects did not do much for his profile or even his bank account, but he stuck it out, and all his efforts were rewarded when he got a part in the sci-fi series, Assassins Creed: Lineage. The movie was based on a popular video game of the same name that follows the activities of an Italian master assassin, Ezio, during the Italian renaissance.
The series provided a background profile on Ezio, including his father, Giovanni, who was equally a master assassin in his own time. Assassin’s Creed: Lineage debuted on the 26th of October 2009, and in the series, Rath played the role of Giovanni’s eldest son, and by implication, Ezio’s brother, named Federico. The show received mixed reviews from critics; nevertheless, it attracted massive viewership on YouTube. This helped bring Rath into the limelight, and he then consolidated his status thanks to another hit TV series, Aaron Stone.
The Canadian-American sci-fi series told the story of Charles Lander, a teenage boy, who can transform himself into his video game character to protect his family, and the world at large. In the series, Rath played the role of Ramdas Mehta/Lethal Lotus, a young lad who belongs to Aaron’s crime-busting team. He featured in about 16 episodes, and by the end of the show, had become a household name throughout Canada.
Some of His Biggest Roles Till Date – 18 to Life and Supergirl
Since gaining his breakthrough in his native Canada, Jesse Rath has gone on to spread his tentacles to Hollywood, acquiring an impressive filmography in the process. On the big screen, he has featured in about nine movies such a Prom Wars: Love is a Battlefield, Dead Like Me: Life after Death, The Howling: Reborn, The Good Lie and His Turn, etc. On the small screen, Jesse Rath has appeared in about 12 TV shows, including Aaron Stone, 18 to Life, Mudpit, My Babysitter’s a Vampire, Being Human, Code Black, No Tomorrow, Supergirl, and Gone.
18 to Life is a Canadian sitcom that follows a young couple, Jesse Hill and Tom Bellow, who get married right out of high school. The newlyweds have to contend with their in-laws: the hippy liberal parents of the girl and the stiff conservative parents of the guy. 18 to Life featured the duo of Stacey Farber and Michael Seater in the lead roles, while Rath plays the role of Tom’s very good friend named Carter Boyd. He featured in about 25 episodes of the series, and his contributions helped the show nab two consecutive nominations. They were for best ensemble performance in a comedy program or series at the 2010 and 2011 Gemini Award.
In Hollywood, Rath was also made waves with the superhero series, Supergirl. The titular character in the series is a cousin of Superman and tries to use her powers for the greater good. Supergirl debuted in 2015, but Rath only joined the cast in season 3. He has, however, grown to become a cornerstone of the show thanks to his deft portrayal of Brainiac-5, a half organic/half A.I. being who is super intelligent and belongs to the legion of superheroes.
Meet His Equally Famous Sister – Meaghan Rath
Jesse Rath hails from a family of four. There are no details about his parents’ names, but the actor has revealed that his father is of British and Austrian-Jewish descent. His mother, on the other hand, is of East Indian descent. Rath inherited his mom’s Indian heritage and has been cast to play Indian characters. For instance, in Aaron Stone, he plays the role of a young man who hails from the Indian city of Kolkata.
Jesse Rath is not the only popular actor in the family. His elder sister, Meaghan Rath, is equally a movie star. Older by three years, Meaghan studied film and TV at the Dawson College Quebec before landing her first professional role on the Canadian TV series, 15/Love. Since then, she has appeared on many TV shows, as well as a few movies. Some of them include Cyberbully, The Assistants, Aaron Stone, 18 to Life, Being Human, and Hawaii Five-O.
She is also a budding producer and has co-produced an indie film titled Three Night Stand. Meaghan and her brother have also worked together on a few occasions. They have both featured in TV shows such as 18 to Life, Aaron Stone, and Being Human.
A Peek into the Actor’s Love Life
Rath has kept a firm lid on the romantic aspect of his personal life. He has yet to reveal if he is dating anybody, and there are no rumors romantically linking him with anybody. This is in stark contrast to his married sister; on the 19th of May 2020, Meaghan took to Instagram to disclose that she and her fiancée named Jack Cutmore-Scott had tied the knot.
According to her, they had initially planned to postpone their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown. They, however, realized that life was too short and decided to tie the knot in a private ceremony held in their backyard on the 16th of May. Their loved ones joined the celebrations through zoom, while some drove by their house in a car parade.
Meanwhile, Meaghan’s husband is equally an actor. Originally from England and an alum of Harvard, Scott has featured in a handful of movies and TV shows, including Kingsman: The Secret Service. He also plays a prominent role in the ABC drama series, Deception.