As the star of one of the Disney Channel’s most popular shows, Dylan Sprouse appeared to have a bright future as an actor ahead of him. Instead, he retreated from the spotlight. Now, however, the real reason behind his disappearance has been revealed.
Dylan may seem as though he is too young to retire, though, as he was born in 1992 in Arezzo, Italy; his twin brother, Cole, came into the world 15 minutes later. At the time, the pair’s parents, Matthew Sprouse and Melanie Wright, were teaching in Tuscany, but the family would relocate to Long Beach, California, a few months after the twins’ arrivals.
And Dylan and Cole both became stars at a very young age, making their screen debuts when they were less than a year old in Grace Under Fire. The two both portrayed Patrick Kelly, the youngest child of the show’s protagonist, with them taking turns in the role until the series’ end in 1998.
The twins would also appear together in several movies, including the Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy. In 2000, however, Cole went it alone to portray the son of David Schwimmer’s character, Ross, in Friends; he followed that up with a small role in That ’70s Show.
Then, in 2005 the boys began to appear in the show that would make them stars: Disney Channel series The Suite Life of Zack & Cody. There, the Sprouses played mischievous twin brothers Zack and Cody Martin, who lived in Boston’s Tipton Hotel. And The Suite Life of Zack & Cody was a big success; it even received three Emmy Awards nods.
In 2008 The Suite Life of Zack & Cody eventually came to an end, although that wouldn’t be the last that the public saw of its twin leads. That’s because Cole and Dylan went on to star in spinoff The Suite Life on Deck. This time, the show – which ran until 2011 – followed the fictional characters aboard the SS Tipton.
During their time playing Zack and Cody, the Sprouses also featured in crossover episodes with Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place. That wasn’t all, either, as The Suite Life Movie followed in 2011. After the success of the twins’ two shows, then, it looked as though the pair were set for major stardom.
However, the brothers let acting take a back seat for a few years in order to focus on their studies. They both attended New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, where Dylan majored in video game design and Cole studied archaeology and other humanities. The two graduated together in May 2015.
After college, though, Cole returned to acting and landed the role of Jughead Jones in teen drama series Riverdale. The show has been a hit with audiences as well as a critical success, winning several Teen Choice Awards and the TV Drama prize at the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards.
Yet while Riverdale’s popularity has led to Cole becoming a household name again, Dylan has continued to keep his distance from the spotlight. And although the 26-year-old has social media accounts, he usually deletes his Instagram posts after a few days.
Dylan is also in a relationship with Victoria’s Secret model Barbara Palvin; the couple are relatively private about their romance, however. In fact, the actor’s rather low-key approach to fame has led to speculation about what he has been up to.
Now, the reason behind Dylan’s decision to shun the limelight has emerged. While Cole has been making his mark on Hollywood with Riverdale, his twin has been working on something outside of the acting industry. Instead, Dylan has turned his focus to another interest: brewing.
Indeed, Dylan even opened his own All-Wise Meadery in Brooklyn in 2018. There, the star has been producing a version of the alcoholic drink fermented from honey to sell to customers, with the first bottles having been released in June of that year.
And while speaking to the New York Daily News in 2017, Dylan revealed the unusual pursuit has in fact been a passion of his for many years; he started producing mead back in college, in fact. In the interview, he also confirmed that he had cut ties with most of his former celebrity friends after relocating from Los Angeles to New York City for university.
“I started doing home brew stuff with my dad when I was younger,” Dylan added to the New York Daily News. “I sold almost all of it to my friends in the dorm. Back then it was $15 a bottle.”
Dylan further developed his interest in mead while working as a host at Café Mud and later at Kings County Distillery, during which he decided that he wanted to turn his hobby into a permanent career. “It was actually a realization that I really liked [making mead] a lot,” he explained to the newspaper. “It’s my passion.”
What’s more, Dylan is working on a documentary series about the production of mead at the brewery; in 2018 he shot a pilot for the show, called Mead in America. However, the former child star’s move into brewing doesn’t necessarily mean that he is ready to give up Hollywood entirely.
You see, despite his seeming disappearance from the spotlight, Dylan is still acting and continues to have an agent. Following a six-year break from Hollywood, the mead-maker got back in front of the camera to film 2017 horror Dismissed and upcoming indie short Carte Blanche.
Dylan also showed up in 2018 comedy Banana Split and is gearing up to shoot Chinese film Turandot. However, the former Disney star has explained that he has become rather more discerning when it comes to the projects he chooses to take on.
For starters, Dylan told the New York Daily News, he would never appear as a “cool jock” on screen. “That’s not something I’d be interested in doing. Scripts that make characters a two-sentence description, I’m not interested in,” he added. “I’m interested in roles that are human, that have some sort of empathic quality.”