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  • Degrassi Tackles Texting And Driving

    Posted on 08/19/2013 by Rachel1016

    Last week on Degrassi, we were shaken by the passing of one of the show's most unique and beloved characters, Adam Torres.

    Although Adam's death may have come as a shock to all of us, his passing can also serve to teach a valuable lesson about texting while driving. In a world where we're in constant communication with one another, anxious to send or receive messages, it's easy to lose sight of how our behavior can become irrational. We think, "My phone is right there. One quick text will only take a second." We've seamlessly integrated checking our phones into almost every aspect of our life; it's undeniably easy to divert our attention for a moment. But in reality, as Adam's story illustrates, a moment is all it takes to turn your world upside down.

    Legendary filmmaker, Werner Herzog, tackles the issue of texting and driving with haunting real-life honesty. His film, "From One Second To The Next" features four heart-wrenching stories of texting and driving accidents told by victims, victims' families, and the perpetrators themselves. Watch the documentary here, and in Adam's memory, take the pledge to not text and drive.

  • Degrassi Sneak Peek: Luke's Advice

    Posted on 10/08/2012 by Lisa

    Have you watched this sneak peek from Friday's new Degrassi, where Luke offers Becky some unsolicited advice about Adam?

    I may have actually growled a bit when Luke called Adam "that Adam person." I'm an Adam fan. I'm not a fan of "that Luke person." (That's what I'm going to call him from now on.)

    "Building a Mystery, pt. 1" premieres Friday at 9pm et on TeenNick!!

    If Becky asked you for advice right now, what would you tell her?


  • Degrassi: The Fossil Scene

    Posted on 08/16/2012 by Lisa

    What did you think of Adam and Becky's discussion in science class on last night's episode? You can watch that scene again right here, if you want:

    "The stuff you say makes people think it's OK to bully kids who are gay or transgender or different in any way." - Adam

    I feel like that's such a powerful argument against homophobia/transphobia. Do you think it's powerful enough to reach Becky, though?


  • Degrassi Interview: Jordy Todosey (Adam)

    Posted on 04/20/2012 by Lisa

    Jordy TodoseyI met up with Jordy Todosey while she was in L.A. for the Degrassi Party, and we talked about playing Adam on Degrassi, Tumblr, and secret admirers. Check it out:

    I love Adam as a character, and I know some of the episodes you've worked on have won a bunch of awards, which is amazing. What does it feel like to play Adam?
    Jordy: It's such an honor, especially when I hear people talking about how much Adam has helped them. I've really fallen in love with Adam.

    I feel like the fans have too. I know I have. It's hard to be anybody in high school, but being transgender in high school sounds even harder. (At this point, I checked my laptop to be sure our talk was recording.)
    Jordy: Is that Tumblr? Oh, it's not. I just thought if you had Tumblr up, I want to see it.

    Haha, I have a Tumblr, but it's not up. I'm fascinated by how active the Degrassi cast is online. Do you feel a lot of support from the fans?
    Jordy: I love the people I talk to on Tumblr. Most of them are such sweet people and so inspiring, and if one person says something mean to a cast member, all the other people are like "No, no, no. That's not true!"

    Iain from Epitome (he was in the room with us during the interview): One thing you might not know is that at the Emmy Awards, Jordy got to meet Chaz Bono.

    Oh, no way! That's awesome.
    Jordy: It was really cool. I mean, it was short, we just talked for a bit. With anybody, you have eyes on you, but imagine that many eyes on you. No matter what you do, there are going to be people who like it and don't, and when you're in the eyes of the public, everything is judged. I think Chaz is just so brave, and I think a lot of people can look up to him, including myself.

    Jordy TodoseySo, is there anything you're secretly hoping happens with Adam in the future?
    Jordy: Of course, I want him to find love... or some kind of cute relationship...

    You just want Adam to get a Tumblr!
    Jordy: (laughs) Adam becomes a serious blogger! I'd be like "Yaaay!" That'd be fun. Also, my mom and I have been cooking a lot lately, and we thought it would be cool if Adam starting cooking... it's such a feminine thing, but also such a masculine thing, so that'd be kind of fun... And he has the radio show, which is good. I just hope he finds some kind of a relationship, and maybe more good friends... Eli's a bit of an emotional rollercoaster.

    Munro was telling me that he really wants to see the Misfits again, and I was like "The fans do, too!"
    Jordy: I know, but the Eclare thing messed it all up. Relationships... (laughs)

    Speaking of relationships, do you have any experience with secret admirer stuff? I feel like if someone sent me a note like that... I mean, it's a compliment, but I'd also be a little creeped out, like "I don't know who this person is, I don't know if I want their attention."
    Jordy: I think the whole secret admirer thing is so cute. I'm doing home school now, but when I was in high school, I had a relationship with somebody, and on Valentine's Day, I put notes in his locker. I had him go around the school and find notes, and then it l led to my locker, and I gave him a kiss and a hug.

    Aww! Was he happy that it was you? Do you think he knew it was you?
    Jordy: I think he knew. If it wasn't, it would've been a little weird, since he was supposed to be in a relationship with me at the time! We were already kind of seeing each other.

    Oh, right! So, what else are you're excited about right now, besides Degrassi?
    Jordy: I'm working on some of my music, which is kinda cool. I'm a singer-songwriter.

    I didn't know you did music! That's awesome! My girl-crush on you just got a little bigger.
    Jordy: (laughs) I have a song that I did a while back that was really rough, I just recorded it in my basement... but I finished recording it in a studio, and did it professionally -- it's legit! So I'm really happy about that, and hopefully I'm gonna come out with an EP kind of thing, like a three song album.

    That's so cool. Do you think Adam could ever have a musical career?
    Jordy: Well, it'd be a little hard seeing as I sound like a girl when I sing, but maybe he could take up piano or guitar.

    Well, whatever happens with Adam, I'll be watching. Thanks so much for talking to me and for being awesome in general.
    Jordy: Thank you!

    Jordy Todosey (Adam on Degrassi)


  • Congratulations to Degrassi on its Peabody Award!

    Posted on 03/31/2011 by Mary

    Adam and his family and friends say goodbye to Gracie in the Peabody Award-winning episode of Degrassi, My Body Is a Cage
    Adam and his family and friends say goodbye to his former identity, Gracie, in the Peabody Award-winning episode of Degrassi, "My Body Is a Cage"

    Degrassi won a PEABODY AWARD!

    It's no KCA, but it IS a 70 year-old prestigious media award that's pretty hard to come by, and a HUGE honor. Stacking that on top of those GLAAD media awards, we are so, so proud of Degrassi right now.

    The winning episodes were "My Body Is a Cage" (part 1 and 2) -- aka the first episodes where we learned about Adam being transgender. The Peabody people say, "True to its history, the durable high-school serial’s two-parter about a transgender teen neither trivializes nor overdramatizes its subject." WORD THAT. Degrassi: neither trivializing nor overdramatizing subjects since 2001, y'all. (Or 1979, depending on how you're counting.)

    I took another look at them today and man... Degrassi was really, truly firing on all cylinders during those two eps. I mean obviously Jordan Todosey did an amazing job, but so did Luke Bilyk... and the B story was Anya's mom having lymphoma, which was another one of my favorite Degrassi stories because I love the rapport she and her mom have! Good God did I cry at these episodes.

    Want to watch again? Click here for My Body Is a Cage, part 1 and here for My Body Is a Cage, part 2.


  • Tuesday Night: Adam stands his ground

    Posted on 08/23/2010 by Mary

    GO RILEY! Say it loud, he's out and he's... pretty much proud! Still has a few issues to work on. He'll get there! We believe in you Riley! And a big "whatever", followed by the world's biggest, roundest eye roll to whoever put that on his locker. Homophobia is so last century.

    Meanwhile: I'm guessing plenty of us have been in Adam's shoes... dealing with the magically Disappearing Friend Who's Totally Wrapped Up in a Girl/Guy. But when you're Adam, finding new trustworthy friends is an extra challenge. I'm wringing my hands over this whole Fitz thing... and that promo is not making me any calmer.

    Adam and Eli on Degrassi


  • Thursday Night: Mrs. Torres vs. Principal Simpson

    Posted on 08/11/2010 by Lisa

    After what happened to Adam (and Drew) on tonight's episode, is Degrassi a safe place for a transgender student? Thursday night, Mrs. Torres meets with Principal Simpson -- and they don't exactly agree about what's best for Adam.

    Torres family meeting


  • Adam and Drew's morning routine

    Posted on 08/11/2010 by Lisa

    Tonight's OMG moment is a look at a typical morning for Adam and Drew before they leave for Degrassi. Watch it now.

    The Torres brothers get ready for school


  • Wednesday Night: Adam's secret

    Posted on 08/11/2010 by Lisa

    I thought it was cute how Adam tried to help Drew get back together with Alli. "Jenna wants to see you in the photobooth." (Sure it's a lie, but just a little, romantic one... and it worked out so well!)

    Adam checks himself out.

    Adam usually stays out of the spotlight while his step-brother gets all the attention, but tonight, that changes in a big way. If you're one of the many fans who's been dying to know Adam's story, YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS tonight's Degrassi.


  • The new Degrassi boys.

    Posted on 06/18/2010 by Mary

    I'm sworn to secrecy, so maybe you should tell me what YOU think is up with these new Degrassi guys. What do you think their stories are, and which ones are you most excited to see in action on Degrassi: The Boiling Point... in July! So soon!

    In alphabetical order...

    One tiny bit of info: Adam and Drew are step-brothers.

    Adam from Degrassi: The Boiling Point

    One tiny bit of info: Drew's grades are not the best.

    Drew from Degrassi: The Boiling Point

    One tiny bit of info: Eli drives a hearse to school.

    Eli from Degrassi: The Boiling Point

    One tiny bit of info: Fitz might have a thing for smart girls.

    Fitz from Degrassi: The Boiling Point