Most recently, Steve Kazee is known as Jenna Dewan‘s boyfriend and the father of her second child. However, long before he became either of those things, the 43-year-old was best known as the star of Once the musical, which he gained lots of praise for. Needless to say, the Step Up alum, 38, isn’t the only with talent. Here’s everything you need to know about the actor/musician.
He Went to School For His Craft
There are numerous ways entertainers get their foot in the door. For Steve, it all began after he got his MFA from NYU’s graduate acting program in 2002. Afterward, he booked a few roles — both on TV and on Broadway. However, it wasn’t until 2011 that Steve got his big break thanks to the stage adaptation of Once. He played the main character, Guy, which led him to win the 2012 Tony award for Best Performance in a Lead Musical. In addition to winning such a prestigious award, Steve and the cast were also recognized for their musical talent. The play led them to win Best Musical Theater Album in 2013.
He Was Featured In One of the Twilight Soundtracks
If you’re a Twihard, you may have noticed that Steve was featured in Christina Perri‘s second version of “A Thousand Years” for Breaking Dawn Part 2. Though the first version of the track, which was released in 2011 for Breaking Dawn Part 1, is more widely known, the version with Steve is more stripped down, and perfectly puts his awesome vocals on display.
He Previously Dated Another Actress
Long before dating Jenna, whom he became linked to in late 2018, Steve was in a relationship with Smash’s Megan Hilty for six years. Though the two are no longer together, it doesn’t seem like there was any bad blood. “The lessons I’ve learned about my time with Megan, six wonderful years, will live with me forever,” Steve told Blouin Artinfo in 2013. “I have zero angst or anxiety about her. She’s a warm, caring, immensely talented, lovely human being.”
He’s Expecting His First Child With Jenna
Unlike Jenna, who has a daughter named Everly with ex-husband Channing Tatum, this will be Steve’s first time becoming a parent. The Broadway star can’t help but express his gratitude and excitement. “I have waited my entire life for this moment and couldn’t have found a better person to build a family with,” he wrote on Instagram before he gushed about Jenna and Everly. We bet he’s going to be an amazing dad!