First able to join the entertainment industry as a dancer, in that role Jenna Dewan performed with the likes of Janet Jackson, Pink, and Missy Elliott. Eventually able to make it as an actor, she starred in the 2006 film Step Up alongside the man she was married to from 2009 until 2018, Channing Tatum.
After Jenna Dewan became single, there was no doubt that whoever she dated next would have a lot to live up to. After all, not only was Channing Tatum widely considered an extremely good-looking person but he consistently comes across as a nice and hilarious dude.
Now revealed to be the new man in Dewan’s life, Steve Kazee currently finds himself in a spotlight he’s never experienced before. With that in mind, it is time to take a look at this list of 20 little-known facts about Jenna Dewan’s new man.
20 His Parents Had Typical Jobs
Born and raised in Kentucky, Steve Kazee’s parents are also from the same city and found regular employment there.
For his part, Kazee’s dad was a professional welder whereas his mother was employed as a healthcare aide. For anyone that doesn’t know what a healthcare aide is, they provide living support to patients and clients.
19 Though He Seems Really Happy Now, Kazee Isn’t Always So Content
Now that Steve Kazee has found himself in the spotlight, the world has seen many happy shots of him with his new girlfriend. Of course, he is human just like the rest of us so he isn’t always so pleased with himself.
In fact, according to Cristin Milioti, who co-starred with him in the play Once, “Steve can be a pretty dark guy,” as The New York Times reports her saying.
18 He's Devoted To His Dogs
Just like many people who share their homes with a furry friend, Steve Kazee posts about his animal friends on social media regularly, including one image of his pooch that was captioned “True Love.”
Aware of how many pet posts he has uploaded, Kazee once said on IG, "I know that all I post are pictures of my dogs. I am okay with this fact."
17 He Has Some Unusual Interests
Even though we’ve never known any major TV or movie actors, it seems pretty clear that most of them spend a lot of time thinking about their craft and pop culture.
Unlike those folks, Kazee revealed during an interview with The New York Times that he is interested in books about existentialism and quantum physics.
16 He Previously Dated The Singer Christina Perri
Currently 43 years old and a very good-looking gentleman, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that before Steve Kazee began dating Jenna Dewan he was involved with someone else.
In 2012 he briefly dated Christina Perri, a singer and songwriter whose song “A Thousand Years” went 4× platinum and who released her second album in 2014.
15 School Was Not His Forte
Quite accomplished in his professional life, back when Steve Kazee was in school things didn’t run so smoothly for him. In fact, he went to community college but flunked out.
He even failed his choir class, which is surprising because his voice is beautiful enough that he has performed on Broadway. As for why he did so poorly, he barely ever attended classes!
14 He Grew Up In A Different Kind Of Home
Earlier in this list, we looked at the fact that Steve Kazee’s parents were able to hold down pretty good jobs throughout their lives. Due to that fact, they were able to purchase a home for their family to live in.
But it wasn't a conventional house - Kazee grew up in a trailer.
13 His Voice Can Be Heard On A Notable Movie’s Soundtrack
As we touched on earlier in this list, in 2012 Steve Kazee dated Christina Perri who released a hit song called “A Thousand Years.”
What we didn’t reveal until now is that she would go on to re-record that song, Steve lent his voice to that version of the tune, and their track appeared on the soundtrack for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2.
12 He Is A Celebrated Broadway Star
If there is one thing that we know for sure about acting it is that landing a lead role in a major Broadway show requires a huge amount of talent.
Able to do more than that when he starred in the play Once, Kazee won a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album along with his co-stars.
11 He Discovered His Love For Performing Due To Being Disciplined
As many people have experienced in their lives, not only can landing your dream job be difficult but figuring out what you want to do in the first place can be hard.
Fortunately for Steve Kazee, he was once kicked out of a Spanish class for singing and as part of his punishment, he was sent to the choir room where he discovered his passion for performing.
10 He Starred In A Short-Lived Series That Marked A Major Change
Currently best known either for his stage work or his short-lived role in the show Shameless, at one point Steve Kazee was also chosen to star in the show Working Class.
Sadly for him, that series was canceled after only one season. Still, at least he was part of a watershed show as Working Class was the first scripted series CMT ever produced.
9 His Parents Supported His Dreams Early On
Blessed with supportive parents, Steve Kazee once told Hidden Remote,
“I remember my mom and dad set up a mock stage in my living room one night. My dad was in construction and pulled out one of those flip lamps and shined a light on me, and I sat up there and sang songs from like the La Bamba soundtrack (laughing) for whatever reason.”
8 He Hasn’t Always Been Lucky In Los Angeles
As a young man, Steve Kazee moved to L.A. to find acting stardom, only to fail miserably. Thankfully, he then moved to New York and found huge success, including starring in the aforementioned play Once.
Clearly thinking it was time to tackle L.A. again, Kazee returned there where he tested for “like 10 network series and for whatever reason didn’t get them,” as Hidden Remote reports. Evidently, L.A. is not for him.
7 He Was Seriously Involved With A Fellow Broadway Star
In addition to dating Christina Perri and Jenna Dewan, Steve Kazee was also involved with Broadway star Megan Hilty for a long time.
In fact, Kazee dated her for six years and during their time together she became famous when she starred in plays like Wicked and 9 to 5: The Musical.
6 Prior To Landing A Role On The Walking Dead, He Was Desperate To Appear On The Show
Earlier in 2019, Steve Kazee appeared in an episode of The Walking Dead which may not seem that exciting as that show has been around for so long.
However, Steve told Hidden Remote that he is a “huge fan of comics and graphic novels” and really wanted to appear on the show. Actually, he even hoped to play Negan at one point but realized he looked too young for the role.
5 He Is A Big Wrestling Fan
Possibly because he enjoys performing for live audiences, Steve Kazee is a big fan of wrestlers who perform in the ring for large crowds. This was revealed when Jenna Dewan went on Ellen’s talk show and revealed that he has made her interested in professional wrestling.
In fact, she now enjoys it enough that she ordered WrestleMania and watched it by herself since Steve wasn’t in town.
4 He Experienced A Setback At The Same Time He Found His Success
When it comes to Steve Kazee’s acting accomplishments, it is pretty clear that his career reached its zenith when Once made it to Broadway with him in the lead role.
Sadly for him, any joy he felt at that moment must have been short-lived as mere weeks after his big debut, his mother lost her long battle with breast cancer.
3 He Considered A Very Different Life
Considering how well Steve Kazee’s life seems to be going for him, it almost seems inconceivable that he could have gone down a different path.
However, during a profile on his life that The New York Times published, it was revealed that before he became an actor he considered being a state trooper or a criminal psychologist.
2 He Is Proud To Fight For Feminist Causes
If you opt to follow Steve Kazee on social media to see pictures of his dogs, you should know he also has posted about an important cause. Back in 2017 he uploaded a photo of himself at the Women’s March and captioned it,
"I am a proud feminist man and I was incredibly honored to march in the streets of New Orleans with my tribe today. Love will always win."
1 He Landed A Major Role Almost By Accident
Just like when Steve Kazee discovered his love of singing by accident, he also landed his first major acting role due to a lucky break.
Asked to accompany a friend who was auditioning for a role in a staging of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Steve tried out as well on a lark and he landed the part that changed his life!
Sources: The New York Times, Hidden Remote, Harper's Bazaar, E! Online