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- Posted on 01/21/2011 by Mary
Before he was Drake, he was Degrassi's Jimmy. And right after he put the finishing touches on the Comeback Season mixtape, he gave us one of his trademark super-candid interviews about... everything. Uh, his days of wearing Lady Speed Stick, why he's not interested in a "yes man", and the REAL reason he never answers his phone.
Aubs, we miss you to death, and we remain prouder than peacocks of your ongoing world domination. Couldn't happen to a better guy.
- Posted on 01/20/2011 by Mary
I love re-listening to this old podcast interview with Adamo because he talks about what good roommates he and Lauren Collins (Paige) would make, and here in the future we happen to know that they ended up living together for a long time. Maybe they still do? I'll tweet them and ask.
Also there are too many good pics of Adamo; I kind of went overboard. Sorrry!
- Posted on 01/20/2011 by Lisa
Today, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the LGBT community. Degrassi is nominated in the "Outstanding Drama Series" category, and it's up against Brothers & Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and True Blood. Here's the full list of this year's nominations.
This is Degrassi's third GLAAD Media Award nomination. Congratulations to everyone involved in the show!
- Posted on 01/19/2011 by Mary
Remember when we called up Shenae Grimes and asked her about the scene where Peter grabs her buttock? If not, you're in for a treat.
Those episodes will be re-airing this Saturday as the Degrassi Every Episode Ever marathon continues!
- Posted on 01/18/2011 by Mary
Sometimes I forget how evil Jay was when he first showed up on Degrassi, but Mike Lobel (who played him) has never been evil ever. If you've ever wondered what it's like to hop on the phone with him and have a lickle chit chat, this podcast call we did with him back in the day is pretty indicative:
More classic podcast interviews coming all week... check back!
- Posted on 01/17/2011 by Mary
While Every Degrassi Ever keeps dominating your weekends, we dug into our Classic Degrassi Goodies barrel and pulled out... golden oldie podcast interviews! Back in the day, we'd call Degrassi stars like Lauren Collins up, and she'd tell us stories about blackouts at insane promo shoots. Like so:
This is the first of five classic podcast interviews we'll be posting all week; keep checking back! (Sorry they're in video format, long story... but I chucked up a bunch of gorgeous Paige pics to make up for the static "video.")
- Posted on 01/13/2011 by Lisa
Last night, @GwenElaine posted on Twitter: "Holy jumping beans i just wrote the longest sentence on how every Degrassi character is connected. holy chiz everyone from season 1-10!:D :D" She gave us permission to share it here.
She posted this as a series of tweets, but it's all one big sentence. I love that it only mentions each character once.
"Anya dated Sav who's family with Alli who dated Drew who's friends with KC who impregnated Jenna who used to be friends with Clare who's...
...Darcy's little sister who dated Peter who was in a band with Spinner who's little sister Kendra dated Toby who's JT's best friend who's..
..friend's with Danny who's Liberty's little brother who dated Damian who dated Manny who went to college with Kelly who dated Emma who.....
..hooked up with Jay while he was dating Alex who dated Paige who lives with Marco and Ellie who liked Craig who was engaged to Ashley who..
..dated Jimmy who dated Hazel who's friend's with Terri who dated Rick who was killed by Sean who disappeared like Blue who dated Holly J...
..who dated Declan, Fiona's twin brother who likes Adam who liked Bianca who went to a Dead Hand concert with Eli who fought with Fitz who..
..is friends with Owen who harrassed Riley because he's dating Zane who was in the bacholor auction with Wesley who's friends with Connor...
...and Dave who's Chantay's cousin who's friends Leia who used to be friends with Mia who had a baby with Lucas, who's Jane's brother....
... who was friends with Johnny and Bruce who bullied people the way Derek was bullied by that teacher."
The next time someone asks me what Degrassi's about, I'm going to say all that. Yay for run-on sentences (at least when they're about Degrassi).
Thanks, @GwenElaine! If you're on Twitter, follow this girl... she seems awesome.
- Posted on 01/12/2011 by Mary
Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. A year later, close to a million people are still homeless, mostly living in makeshift tents; the rebuilding effort is extraordinarily slow and suffering is still tremendous. Here's a NY Times article about the general outlook in Haiti today.
We're remembering that a year ago today, HALO Award honoree Herold got the most terrifying news of his life -- then sprung into action and made an immeasurable difference in the lives of strangers.
One of the organizations that he gave part of his HALO Award money to is Fireside International's Haiti Relief efforts. Here's an interview they did with him, and here's information on an example of the work they're doing -- building The Learning Village, a safe space with food, shelter, medical attention, and education for kids who didn't just suffer from the earthquake itself, but who were victimized by an American man who was supposed to be helping them.
In honor of our new buddy Herold, I think today's a good day to take some time out to think about what we're grateful for, and then try to give others something to be grateful for, too.
- Posted on 01/09/2011 by Lisa
I put together another batch of classic Degrassi photos, including some cute group shots. Check 'em out:
- Posted on 01/07/2011 by Lisa
Manny fans, check out this Cassie Steele IM-terview from 2005, plus a few vintage pics of li'l Manuella.
The-Mary: hi cassie!
-Cassie-: hey! how r ya?
The-Mary: i'm good... how are you? how is it on the set today?
-Cassie-: fun...kinda sad cuz it's our last day shooting this episode.
-Cassie-: then we get a pretty big break
The-Mary: oh awesome... was this one a good manny episode?
-Cassie-: more so a great emma ep. but manny is definitely in there.
The-Mary: awesome. so i saw that your CD is called "How much for happy" which is the best title ever... what's the story behind that phrase?
-Cassie-: well, anything u want to interpret it as i guess
-Cassie-: how society/ media tells us and advertises what things can make us feel what
-Cassie-: if u buy this bag it makes u happy...if u buy this brand it makes u better then someone else
-Cassie-: but most of all i think its just a cry for help... when you're in that time where u feel happiness is so far and u'll give anything to have it
The-Mary: wow. for real. what makes you happy for real in your real life?
-Cassie-: self satisfaction. at the end of the day to know i did a good job, to see peoples faces in the audience when i'm preforming. to surprise people and do the unexpected. to be unique...friends.
-Cassie-: my social life. i'm such a people pleaser, i guess that's why i'm in the entertainment business.
The-Mary: right, that's a good set-up for you. what are your friends like... have you known them since before degrassi?
-Cassie-: no. i'm the youngest, so i started filming and tutoring on set when i was in grade 7. it was really hard for me and my friends in elementary to adjust to the time that i was away and when i came back. i went to 2 high schools and now i'm home-schooled. i have a really hard time keeping friends. it's hard to find people that won't desert you when ur away for that long
-Cassie-: it's unfair to me and them. i can't expect people to come whenever i call when i'm away for 2 months
-Cassie-: but every summer break i always end up finding someone along the grapevine to party with
The-Mary: yeah... so who do you end up staying closest to?
-Cassie-: not really anyone..
-Cassie-: a lot of my friends i hung out with this summer just went to university
-Cassie-: so i guess i'll see them next summer if they're here
The-Mary: are you close with your family? i met your dad that one time in LA, he seemed SO rad
-Cassie-: yeah i'm really close with my dad
-Cassie-: but sometimes i don't see them
-Cassie-: because me and my mom work during the day and my sister's at school and after a day of work my mom comes home and i go out with friends
-Cassie-: but we always hang out on weekends
The-Mary: so it seems like you could really identify with that period manny went through, which i wanted to talk about anyway... i thought it was SO powerful to see Manny who was so bubbly and had clearly felt so powerful and kind of in control... when she kind of gets smacked down by life...
The-Mary: i thought she seemed so much wiser for it all, like she can See Through people now... do you feel that way about her?
The-Mary: Like she gives DEVASTATING withering looks these days... like that one she gave Spinner after everyone found out about what he'd done..
-Cassie-: yeah like she's kind of jaded
-Cassie-: they haven't really looked into that with other scripts, but i sooo agree. they should show the more serious, cynical real side of her that i know, and everyone knows is there (i have to go in a sec)
The-Mary: i hope we get to dig in to it... ok, i probably should let you go but: any quick music recommendations?
-Cassie-: hm...i'm into 80s stuff mostly
-Cassie-: and indie bands
-Cassie-: jack johnson just had a concert
-Cassie-: that was pretty chylln
-Cassie-: so 0o0o0o its been really fun talking with u and i hope u enjoi the new season
The-Mary: yes, thanks for talking! i know it's hectic over there.
-Cassie-: stay foxy(K)
The-Mary: you TOO hot stuff