Seth Rogen reveals he dropped out of school to do ‘Freaks and Geeks’ in 1999

Carly Maga
North Stars

Seth Rogen is a successful actor, writer, and comedian, but he might not be such a role model for high school students.

In Vanity Fair's recent reunion of the "Freaks and Geeks" cast and crew, the former actors gave an oral history of the cult NBC comedy about misfit kids in high school. In his portion of the article, 30-year-old Vancouver native Rogen revealed he kept a secret from the show's creators, Judd Apatow and Paul Feig.

"I dropped out of high school when I started doing the show," admitted Rogen, who just 16 years old when he was cast. "I told them I was doing correspondence school from Canada and just wrote 'Superbad' all day."

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After "Freaks and Geeks" was canceled after a single season in 1999, Rogen remained in Los Angeles to work on Apatow's next TV series, "Undeclared," along with a steady string of small gigs that followed. Of course we know that "Superbad," the screenplay Rogen wrote with fellow Point Grey Secondary School classmate Evan Goldberg, went on to become a huge hit in 2007. The film helped launch Rogen and stars like Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, and fellow Canadian Michael Cera to fame. From then on, Rogen hasn't had much time to get back to Canada.

In fact, it wasn't until he filmed 2011's cancer comedy "50/50" that Rogen returned to Vancouver for an extended period of time. Another 2011 film by Sarah Polley, "Take This Waltz," had Rogen co-star with Michelle Williams on the streets of Toronto. Those two films remain his only projects to date that were filmed in his native country.

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"I'm just lazy and like to wake up in my own bed, so we make our movies in Los Angeles. But Vancouver and Toronto are better than Albuquerque and Pittsburgh, I'll tell you that much," he told Playback during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival.

"Honestly, we are very interested in making more movies in Canada. Not for the least of which is financial, [but] the fact that I'm Canadian helps a lot," he added.

Maybe with a little encouragement from his fans back home, Rogen can be persuaded to leave his bed and spend some more time north of the border. And, hey, at least he doesn't have to make up all those classes he missed.