Who is Reeve Carney?
Reeve Carney is an actor and singer-songwriter, perhaps best recognized for portraying Spider-Man in the Broadway musical “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark”. He additionally came into public focus as Orpheus in the original Broadway cast of the Tony-Award-winning musical “Hadestown”. Reeve was born under the Zodiac sign Aries on 18 April 1983 in New York City, USA. He holds American nationality, and as of 2021, is 38 years old.
Early life and Family
Reeve was born into a family with a background in the entertainment business. His father, John, was a songwriter for commercials, while his mother, Marti, was a singer, actress, and later a jewelry designer. Even though his father encouraged him to take up singing and playing instruments, he actually hoped his son would choose a different career. In an interview, Reeve jokingly said that his father would occasionally whisper to him:” Become a doctor or a lawyer, a doctor or a lawyer…”
However, that didn’t go as planned. – Reeve often mentions his mother as his greatest motivation and inspiration in life, who guided him throughout his career. Additionally, his paternal uncle was the actor Art Carney, perhaps best recognized for his role as Ed Norton in the iconic 1950s sitcom “Honeymoons”. Art is also a recipient of several coveted accolades, which include an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Continuing his family tradition, Reeve began playing the piano at a young age, and singing for radio and booking TV commercials. He spent most of his childhood in the West Village area of Manhattan, alongside his two younger siblings Paris and Zane, who also followed in their family’s footsteps; Paris is a singer and songwriter, while Zane is a jazz musician and actor. At the age of five, Reeve was granted the honor of being invited onto the stage to perform with the folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary at the Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall. When he was ten, he joined a children’s choir, and recorded a song for Michael Jackson’s album entitled “HIStory”.
To further his knowledge of music, he enrolled at the Academy of Music at Alexander Hamilton High School in L.A. After matriculation, he attended the University of Southern California, Thornton School of Music, from which he graduated with a major in studio jazz guitar.
After mastering the talents of playing guitar at the age of 12, it didn’t take long for teenage Reeve to start playing professionally in one of B.B King’s nightclubs in Los Angeles. In 2004 he recorded his first EP entitled “Looking Glass”, and the following year he signed with the record company Interscope, and founded the band called Carney with his brother Zane and his high-school friends Jon Epcar and Aiden Moore.
In 2008 the band recorded their debut EP “Nothing Without You”, and two years later released their debut album “Mr. Green Vol.1”. After touring with the pop duo The Veronicas, the band opened for Arcade Fire and U2 in Moncton Canada.
In 2011 he recorded the song “Rise Above” with Bono from U2 and The Edge, which is featured in the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”. While performing on Broadway, he was invited to join the recording of the annual collection of seasonal songs, the album entitled “Broadway’s Carols for a Cure” in 2011 and 2013.
In addition to writing and making his own music, he’s also written and composed soundtracks for various TV series and movies, including the movie “The Tempest”, the supernatural movie “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2”, and the procedural series “CSI: Miami”.
In 2016 he embarked on the journey of a solo artist, releasing his first album entitled “Youth is Wasted”, also taking the credit for production and the lyrics. Following the album’s release, he toured twice, in 2016 and 2017.
His lyrical and musical genius was recognized once again, as three songs from his album and the album itself received several nominations and accolades at the Independent Music Awards. His single “Think of You” received the award for “Best Song-Acoustic” while his album won in the category Best Album- Adult Contemporary.
In 2018 he joined the band “Scary Pockets” and covered “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. In terms of his current musical endeavors, he’s been performing with Eva Noblezada and the rest of the cast of Hadestown. In August 2021, he held a solo concert at the Green Room 42.
With a knack for entertainment and performing, Reeve also tried his luck with acting. He kicked off his career in 1993 with a small role in the drama movie “The Saint of Fort Washington”. The following year he served as an extra in an episode of Dave’s World and provided additional voices for the animated movie “Pom Poko”. In 1999 he portrayed young Ishmael Chambers in the legal drama film “Snow Falling on Cedars”, and won the Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film.
His next role came in 2004, when he lent his voice to the animated sitcom “Father of the Pride”.
In 2009 he appeared in the sex comedy movie entitled “Spread”, alongside Ashton Kutcher and Anne Heche, then the following year he switched to the theater when he was cast as Peter Parker/ Spiderman in the musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”. During the same year, he appeared as Ferdinand in the movie “The Tempest”.
The following years saw Reeve bouncing between theater, TV and movie roles. In 2014 he landed the recurring role as Dorian Gray in the critically acclaimed horror drama series entitled “Penny Dreadful”, opposite Eva Green. In addition to winning the hearts of many fans, it also received numerous awards and nominations, including Golden Globe Award, Fangoria Chainsaw Award, and Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Award.
In 2015 he starred as himself in the TV movie “Best of Boxing 2014”, and also landed a role in the play entitled “Hello, Stranger”. The following year, he played Riff Raff in the made-for-TV film “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again”.
After appearing in the mystery thriller movie “Gemini” in 2017, he joined the cast of the “Hadestown” musical, portraying Orpheus, and continued to perform with the cast for the following three years. His unique and moving portrayal of Orpheus did not go unnoticed, as he received several nominations from Outer Critics Circle Awards and Broadway.com Audience Award. In 2020, the cast’s performance was crowned with a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Regarding his upcoming projects, he is set to appear as Tom Ford in the drama movie “House of Gucci”. On 8 August 2021, both Eva Noblezada and Reeve confirmed their imminent return to “Hadestown” on Broadway. Additionally, he will star in the Jeff Buckley biopic entitled “Everybody Here Wants You” as the lead role, Jeff Buckley.
The versatile performer Reeve has been linked to various women over the years.
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In 2008 he dated the Australian singer/songwriter Lisa Origliaso, best known as a member of the pop group “Veronicas”. they broke up after a three-year relationship, for unknown reasons. In 2011 he briefly dated his Broadway co-star Jennifer Damiano. After this fling, he started a romantic relationship with Ashley Greene, who rose to fame with her role as Alice Cullen in “The Twilight Saga”. Reportedly, in 2012 he was briefly involved with the famous singer Lana del Rey.
Following his breakup from Lana, he dated Victoria Justice for three years. In 2019 he started dating his co-star from “Hadestown”, Eva Noblezada, who at the time was separated from her husband, Leo Roberts. Actress and stage performer Eva has been nominated two times for a Tony Award for her portrayals in the musicals “Miss Saigon” and “Hadestown”. Some media outlets disclosed that an inside source claimed that the relationship between them started while she was still married.
Regardless, the couple is still going strong, and they often share heart-warming captions under Instagram posts.
Is Reeve gay?
The actor’s straight sexual orientation was called into question after he made out with Ethan, played by Josh Hartnett, in an episode of the series “Penny Dreadful”. Many fans were shocked by this make-out session, especially considering that the two characters hadn’t expressed any behavioral traits that might indicate either of them was gay or bisexual. Additionally, his acting is so convincing that many concluded that he’s gay in real life. However, considering his dating history and commitment to portraying other characters, it is unlikely that the actor is gay.
In an interview, he talked about Dorian’s sexuality and how he manifested it, saying: “I think it’s a response to a numbness within. He has to continue to take things to the next level and create more extreme, heightened circumstances in order to feel things that he once felt. It’s about wanting to have some physical manifestation for what you’re feeling on the inside.”
What is his net worth?
As of 2021, Reeve’s estimated net worth is around $4 million, which he’s earned through his career as a songwriter, stage performer, and actor.
Physical stats and Hobbies
Reeve is 6ft tall (183) and weighs around 172lbs (78kgs). His hair is light brown, while his eyes are green. Given that most of his roles are physically demanding, the actor maintains a fit physique. He disclosed in various interviews that he owed his body physique to the personal trainer he had worked with on the set, particularly his role as Spiderman involved bouncing off the walls with a harness, which according to Reeve, “works abs like crazy”. Additionally, Reeve had taken up boxing in the past.
Reeve is active on his social media; his Instagram has over 150,000 followers, and his Twitter account nearly 70,000. He often shares his views on the ubiquitous political and social happenings in the U.S.
More About Reeve
He played the love interest of Taylor Swift in her music video for “I Knew You Were Trouble”, which currently counts nearly 500,000 views. That is not his only appearance in a music video – Revee also starred in “Ride” by “Lana Del Rey”, which has 130 million views.