Erin Krakow graduated with a BFA from New York’s prestigious Juilliard School, and so did Luke Macfarlane. But they don’t just share an alma mater; they were actually both enrolled in the private performing arts conservatory at the same time. As Krakow told TV Insider, shooting “Sense, Sensibility & Snowmen” was especially fun because of their shared college connection, even if they weren’t exactly hanging out as students. “He was an upperclassman, so I looked up to him, but we didn’t really get to work together in school,” she revealed. Macfarlane further elaborated on their surprising shared past, telling TV Goodness, “[We] overlapped a year, so I didn’t actually know her that well when I was at school.”
Even so, there’s another common thread to their story: Their time at Juilliard impacted them both deeply, helping to shape the adults they would become. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my education,” Krakow once told From the Desk, while Macfarlane shared how his time at university helped him embrace his true self and eventually come out to the public. “Juilliard always felt like an open place for me and set me on the path that valued and encouraged self-knowledge,” he told The Juilliard Journal in 2008.