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[on making movies in Canada] I'm not chasing a brass ring anymore. I'm not trying to be a movie star. I'm so happy with the life I have right now, and part of that is being up here. So it just comes down to I want to make movies at home. I prefer spending time here than in any other country in the world.
Jay's paternal grandfather, Johnny Baruchel, was born in Alexandria, Egypt, and was from a Sephardi Jewish family (from Egypt, Algeria, and Italy). Jay's paternal grandmother, Marie-Madeleine Virlouvet, was of French background. Jay's maternal grandparents, Robert William Ropell and Helen Margaret Saunders, were both Canadian-born, and were both of German and Irish ancestry.
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