It will not be far-fetched to say that Grant Gustin would not be where he is today if it weren’t for the stellar depiction of his role as Barry Allen in The Flash. Gustin, who started off his acting career on Broadway, has since grown to become one of the most liked comic book movies and TV series actors, with a number of Kids’ Choice and Teen Choice Awards to his name. We explore some lesser-known facts about the American actor.
Who is Grant Gustin?
His birth date is recorded as the 14th of January, 1990, and he was born in Norfolk, Virginia to his mother, Tina Haney – a pediatric nurse and father Thomas Gustin – a college professor. His birth name is Thomas Grant Gustin and he has two siblings – Gracie and Tyler Gustin.
Grant’s passion for the arts stemmed from his early years in high school. His parents also played a crucial role in setting him on the right path by enrolling him in schools that gave him the right nudge. He studied at the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk. The program is specially held for musical theatre in Norfolk. During this period, he also attended the Hurrah Players Incorporated – a Virginia-based theatre organization.
The actor was able to achieve all these while studying at Granby High School where he graduated from in 2008. In search of a college degree, Gustin jetted off to the BFA Music Theater Program at Elon University in North Carolina but only lasted two years before his passion for acting took the best of him. While in college, he became good friends with actor Chris Wood.
Grant Gustin at a Glance
Career Trajectory and Journey to Fame
Just after two years in college, Gustin ditched school to join the cast of the Broadway Revival Tour of West Side Story as Baby John. He stayed on the tour for more than one year before joining the cast of the acclaimed Fox Network musical comedy-drama series Glee. He portrayed the role of Sabastian Smythe on the show from 2011 to 2013.
Lifetime Network’s A Mother’s Nightmare joined his list television appearance in 2012, followed by the independent film Affluenza. At this time, he had entered the radar of television executives and the next year, he played Campbell Price in 90210 and Barry Allen in Arrow season 2.
His recurring role in Arrow took his career to a whole new level of fame and equally won him the lead role in the spin-off series titled The Flash. In October 2014, fans trooped in to watch The Flash’s pilot episode, recording the most number of views for a show on The CW network in over five years. The feat solidified Flash’s position with the network which went ahead to push out more episodes. As of December 2019, the show has already entered its fifth season and shows no sign of pulling the plug. Interestingly, Grant Gustin has played the same role of Barry Allen/Flash in episodes of Super Girl, Vixen (web series) and Legends of Tomorrow.
Beyond his television appearances, some of the movies Gustin has appeared in include Krystal (2017) and Tom and Grant (2018). However, his multiple award-winning role of Barry Allen remains his major claim to fame.
A Look At His Nominations and Awards
Grant Gustin has been nominated for more than twenty awards and all came from his role in The Flash. He has also won some of the awards he was nominated for, including 2015 Kids’ Choice Award for Choice TV: Breakout Star, 2015 Saturn Award for Breakthrough Performance Award, 2016 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actor: Fantasy/Sci-Fi, 2017 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Action TV Actor and 2018 Teen Choice Awards for Choice Action TV Actor.
How Did Grant Gustin Increase His Net Worth?
Grant Gustin, according to reliable sources, is estimated to have a net worth of $2 million. The actor, who will surely be worth much more in years to come as his profile keeps rising, was able to amass his wealth from his various acting roles. It is not clear if Gustin receives royalty payments for the songs he sang while he was still in the cast of Glee and also the ones he contributed to in Flash.
Through his character in Glee, the former musical theatre student performed songs like Uptown Girl, Bad, and Smooth Criminal, among many others. The songs appeared on a number of Glee music compilations. Smooth Criminal which was performed with Naya Riviera’s character, Santana Lopez, peaked at number 26 on the Billboard Hit 100 and at number 10 on Billboard Digital Songs chart.
What We Know About His Sexuality and Married Life
A few fans have questioned his sexuality in the past, thanks to his superb ability in interpreting gay roles (especially the openly gay character Sebastian Smythe in Glee). Aside from that role, there are no other indications or credible pieces of evidence to prove that Gustin is gay.
In fact, the actor is happily married to his American-Malaysian lover, Andrea Thoma, a physical therapist and fitness Instagram influencer.
It is not clear how and where the pair met each other, but they officially began dating sometime in January 2016. A year and some months later, on the 29th of April, 2017 to be exact, the couple announced their engagement to the public via an Instagram post where Thoma, who is popularly called LA, displayed her diamond ring. According to a few reports, the pair did a traditional marriage ceremony in Thoma’s home country and later, they officially got married on December 15, 2018. At the time of this writing, the couple is yet to welcome a child together.