- Posted on 11/29/2010 by Mary
I'm reading about the 2010 TeenNick HALO Award honorees and am totally in awe of what they're doing with their time and energy... working to heal the broken foster care system, keeping attention flowing toward Haiti, running a pageant for girls with disabilities, and fighting for the human rights of child slaves.
When I read about them, the second thing that pops into my head (the first being: "I need a tissue and I want to hug that person") is: "Where do they find the time? And the energy? To be doing normal school loads AND finding time for all those meetings and phone calls and effort?" Because I think we all care about improving the world; when we hear the stories of people who need help we all want to help...
But the thing I loved about the HALO Awards last year is how, once you see the whole show and really get to know the honorees, you realize they're really not that different from you or me. They're not superhuman -- they're just somehow getting it done.
I think all of us have the potential -- you know how sometimes you're doing something you love and it just puts you in the zone? And you have all of this attention for it and time for it because it feeds your soul in some way?
I think if we're lucky, we can all find our calling, like the HALO honorees did. The thing that feeds our soul so much, that spending lots of time on it doesn't seem to be a big deal.
- Posted on 11/29/2010 by Lisa
Do you know Spinner's real first name? The name of the strip club where Alex worked? What Peter can say in Swahili? Who Gerry Halliwell is? The name of the song Fiona sang (badly) when she auditioned for the Degrassi musical?
That sort of random Degrassi knowledge will get you far in our newly-updated Degrassi trivia quiz. Each time you take the quiz, you'll get ten questions, but if you come back and take it again later, you'll get a different batch. The quiz pulls from all 10 season of Degrassi, so all that time you spent watching re-runs will finally come in handy.
Test your Degrassi trivia skills RIGHT HERE.
- Posted on 11/27/2010 by Mary
Each of the brother-figures currently starring on Degrassi -- Sav, Declan, Adam, and Drew -- get high marks on their brotherly qualities like support, loyalty, protectiveness, and forgiveness.
Which of them do you think takes the title for Best Degrassi Brother though?
- Posted on 11/26/2010 by Mary
It's the Thanks, Bro Marathon weekend on TeenNick -- and thankfully, you don't need a male sibling to enjoy watching a glut of Drake & Josh or Malcolm in the Middle. But you do need a male sibling to answer this questionnaire...
It's just for kicks; put your answers in the comments.
1) How many brothers do you have -- and are they older, a lot older, younger, or a lot younger?
2) Would you go to your brother(s) for dating advice?
3) Would you go to your brother(s) for advice on dealing with your parents?
4) What are your brother(s)' favorite bands?
5) Have you ever caught your brother(s) dancing alone in his/their room(s)?
6) Do you like your brother(s)'s friends?
7) Do you have crushes on any of your brother(s)' friends?
8) What's the nicest, kindest, most considerate thing your brother(s) ever did for you?
9) What do you think your brother(s) should be when they grow up?
10) How would you rate your brother(s) hygiene?
11) If your brother(s) were arguing with your parents, would you take his/their side?
12) Would you lend your brother(s) money? Up to what amount?
13) If you could only spend one day with your brother(s) before aliens came to whisk you off to separate planets, what would you spend that day doing?
14) What about your brother(s) makes you jealous?
15) What about your brother(s) makes you thankful for him/them?
- Posted on 11/25/2010 by Lisa
May your day be full of eating and thanking and family togetherness... even if your family's as crazy as Malcolm's.
- Posted on 11/23/2010 by Mary
Aaugh! I was so excited about there being an Iron & Wine song in the Degrassi fall finale that I went into a coma and forgot to post this! Thank goodness Obsessive8 reminded me -- she was as psyched as I was about Iron & Wine. Anyhoodles, here are the songs from Friday's eps!
- "Sweet Mistake " by Adrianne
- "Impact" by And Then There Were Two
- "Infatuated" by Laila
You can hear samples of all three songs over on the Gigantic page.
- "Passing Afternoon " by Iron & Wine -- the song from the final scene at the party; you can hear a sample over on the Degrassi page. It's basically one of the most perfect songs e'er writ.
- "Hummingbird" by Imaginary Cities
- "Still Believe in Love" by Jacksoul
- "Burnin' Down Barns" by Ridley Bent
- "Keep On Movin'" by The Young Goulets
- "Red Lights" by Fantasy Defender
- "Psychic Kids" by We Are Wolves
- "Whitehorse (instrumental)" performed by Ray Ablack and Jessica Tyler (Sav and Jenna)
- Posted on 11/21/2010 by Lisa
The most important parts of Thanksgiving are eating dinner and feeling grateful, and we've got quizzes to prepare you for both.
Before you load up your plate on Thursday, take the Which Thanksgiving Food Are You? quiz. It just told me I'm cranberry sauce.
Do you appreciate all the good things in your life... or do you tend to take them for granted? The How Grateful Are You? quiz will help you figure it out. I just took it and got:
I guess that's accurate, because right now I'm grateful for my "so grateful" badge. Happy Thanksgiving week, everybody!
What did you think of the fall finale? You can Watch the full ep here if you missed it.
HOW PSYCHED does this promo for the next season make you?
Adam, Degrassi's female-to-male transgender student, is played by Jordan Todosey, who's a girl in real life -- that's her in her lady gear in the pic! I caught up with her on-set and we talked about the challenges of her role, and life in general.
So, how do you get into guy mode? How do you psych up to be Adam?
Well, I obviously get changed, and they style my hair and take off any existing make-up on my face -- it's kind of like a whole rundown that happens. And then, I just get on the guy swag you know? Just get into his mindset.
Did you spend a lot of time studying how guys move? Yeah, looking at some of my guy friends and the fact that they look a girl up and down every time she walks by, and just all the silly little things that they do.
Do you have to stay in your Adam mindset the whole time you're on set or can you go in and out of it pretty easily? When the cast chills for lunch or goes off set, I do tend to turn into a bit of a girl, complimenting on girls' outfits like "Oh that skirt's so cute!" or whatever. But really, just being in the clothes keeps me in the guy thing.
So do you have to wear a full-on binder on your chest the whole time you're in wardrobe? Yeah, I'm wearing it right now... It's not the comfiest thing, I will admit. But it's there just to, well, flatten the boobs! I'm getting used to it, but I definitely wouldn't choose it over something else.
Do you consider yourself a girly girl in real life?
You know, I've always grown up hanging with the guys and stuff. So because I have a history of being such a tomboy, I can kind of incorporate some of that into Adam. But off set now... I'm kinda girly. I'll admit I love pink things.
And since you had to cut off all your hair, I'm sure it makes you want to wear more make-up.
Yeah, exactly that! With my hair shorter, I feel like I have to accent the make-up and the heels and stuff more so.
So, like a lot of the audience, I'm sure you didn't know much about what it means to be transgender before you saw these scripts, right? No. I was vaguely aware, but I didn't know too much about it. But I did some research. And the writers did most of the research, so it's good to be able to trust them.
What are the top one or two things you've learned about transgender people since playing Adam? You know, they're like anybody else. They're regular people who just feel in the head like they're a guy or a girl and they were just born in the wrong body. And they're awesome people to hang with from what I hear! I like Adam... I mean, he's great, right?
Totally! I'd be friends with him!
So would I!
Were you scared at all to take on this role?
Of course, joining a pre-established cast was a bit intimidating, and having such an important role to portray was also really intimidating. But I just go out there and do what I can, and hopefully I portray Adam with authenticity.
What are your favorite movies and music and books?
Right now I'm reading Annabelle, and music-wise I'm really enjoying Ex Ex and Keys N Krates lately.
I love the relationship between Adam and Drew and the way Drew is such a supportive brother. What's your family like? I actually have a younger brother who's 10 years old now, and although he can be a pain in the butt sometimes, I love him to death and he's really sweet. He makes people laugh all the time, he's definitely a jokester. My family's really tight -- yes, we get in each other's way a bit but at the end of the day we all love each other.
First of all, you must get this a lot but... your name is amazing. Are you named after the Dolly Parton song?
No, I don't know why my mom picked it! And actually she picked it as we were trying to leave [the hospital when I was born], 'cause she had to make a decision. I think it was a friend of hers growing up? They were trying to fill out the birth certificate and she hadn't picked a name.
Piper's kind of my favorite... do you love playing her?
She's kind of awesome. Because she does a lot of things I would like to do in real life, but I just hide behind my character and do it that way. That first day when we had to shoot the paparazzi-flashing scene -- I'm kind of a timid, shy person in real life, so it was kind of cool to just step out of that and just... let it all out there!
Wait that was your first day on set, and you had to film that scene?
That was my first day on set. Yeah. And we had to take still photos, so literally the first day I even met the cast, the first day of everything, we had to take still photos of that. And then the first day of shooting, we shot that scene. Yeah, they really wanted to make sure I was ready for all of it.
OK, so, I read that your beagle can sing.
Yes! One day I was rehearsing a song and she sat right in front of me and started to sing. And any time I held out a note, she would hold out a note with me. So now if I go up to her and I hit a certain note she'll know exactly what I'm doing and she'll tilt her head back and howl along too. And if I hit a note and then kind of slide up the note higher, she'll go up higher, and if I go lower she'll go lower.
Can I ask some Donnie Darko questions? Did you have an insane crush on Jake Gyllenhaal when you did that?
You know, I had no idea who he was! He had done October Sky and Bubble Boy and people were starting to know who he is, but I had no idea. Donnie Darko was my first audition for TV, film, everything. And the second day that I was on set, I was shooting the locker scene with him, where he has to be in my face with his beautiful blue eyes, and it was really really scary. But it was fun.
How do you feel about Chut Up being such a catchphrase?
Everyone on set would be saying it all the time. Actually I gave wrap gifts to everyone when we wrapped -- I made a shirt that said Chut Up. And when we went to the directors' re-release, Jake's dad was wearing it.