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- Posted on 04/20/2012 by Lisa
I 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.
So, 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!
- Posted on 04/12/2012 by Lisa
I love this sneak peek, because it features a song from the very first cassette tape I ever bought with my own money! (The song is "Summer of '69" by Bryan Adams.)
Do you see a future for Dave and Alli? Or are they better off moving on and going their separate ways?
- Posted on 12/15/2011 by Lisa
Here's another sneak peek picture from the new episodes of Degrassi coming in 2012!
Why do you think Tori and Adam are looking so smiley?
- Posted on 09/01/2011 by Mary
SPOILERS FOR THE LATENIKS. DON'T READ UNTIL YOU'VE DONE YOUR DEGRASSI DUTY AND WATHCHED THE FINALE. NO SERIOUSLY. GO AWAY.
SO! That happened!
Uhhhh, where to begin?
1) How much did it hurt your heart to hear Adam crying out in pain like that? How are you holding up? Let's process our emotions together.
2) Riley and Zane? Totally getting back together in college. Amiright?
3) Bianca? With the Drew and the phone and the shaking? OmGGGG. That was one for the ages. Alicia can act her li'l BUTT off.
4) I'm just gonna come out and say it. What do you think the future prognosis is for Drew and Katie vs. Drew and Bianca?
5) I'm just gonna come out and say it again. E-Clare? Not done yet? Tender moment? Which Eli didn't even mess up his handling of? Sparkles?
6) Not to mention uh, I don't know if you happened to see this teaser for what's coming this fall but uh..........
- Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary
BEWARE! SPOILERS AHOY.
Time for a fun game of... "LET'S BOSS DAVE AROUND!" If you were the boss of Dave, how would you have told him to handle his Sadie/Allie conundrum?
Dave and Alli, thinkin' 'bout it.
Obviously it's easy for us to play Armchair Love Quarterback now that we know how things turned out, but let's put ourselves at the crucial decision moment and take it from there:
- Dave had been harshly rejected by Alli more than once, but thought this time... maybe there was a vibe. Was it possible he was crazy and wishfully misinterpreting "signals"? Yes.
- Dave liked Sadie a lot. Sadie's a great girl and a great girlfriend. But he had a bigger heart-spark for Alli.
So: dump a good, solid thing for an enticing question mark?
One way to look at it is: if he doesn't feel 100% about Sadie, maybe he shouldn't be with her anyway.
Another way to look at it is: being single when you had a decent thing and blew it... not as fun as the other kinds of being single.
What would you have bossed Dave into doing?
And on the Cake front: Well, well! Looks like Clare's not actually getting taken for a ride by Jake! I think he really likes her... I think he finds her refreshing. Plus, let's not discount the fact that they knew each other when they were little. The whole "throwing frogs" at her thing -- is there any surer sign of a youngster crush? What do you guys think of their long-term potential?
And: I'm really glad Adam and Drew aren't leaving Degrassi. That would have been the biggest bum out ever.
- Posted on 07/26/2011 by Mary
So, here's what put these two shows on my list of Favorite Degrassi Eps Ever.
I love when Degrassi shows us not just a candy-coated version of high school foibles, but the ugliness that happens when people make mistakes because they just don't know any better yet.
"if there's one thing we can't count on Degrassi for it's showing us the good AND the bad." - GOODOLDDAYS
So, the backlash against Dave -- the LGBT club petition, the disciplinary actions, Zane's lecture, the discomfort of his closest friends, and the angry glares he got from a trans-tolerant student body at Degrassi -- it's all understandable. When people say cruel, insensitive, harmful, and intolerant things, it pisses us off. And we say things like "I wanted to punch him" and "I hope Sadie and his friends completely dump him."
Adam gets through to Dave in Degrassi detention.
But did anyone else think it was interesting that the thing that actually made Dave think was a frank explanation from Adam of what was at stake (civil rights) and what it's like to be him (frickin' not easy). In that conversation, Adam took Dave seriously, and tried his best to connect with him on a human level -- he didn't just write him off. And that's what made Dave step out of his defensiveness for a minute so he could really consider his actions... the scorn of his community didn't have quite the same effect -- it made him feel cornered and persecuted. Is it fair that Adam had to be preternaturally mature and able to handle this so calmly in order to get through to Dave? No. But it was so much better for the outcome that he was. And would all of the Daves of this world sit there and listen to Adam's sensitivity training? No. But that's why I give Dave credit for being a decent and open-minded human being (if slow on the open-mindedness uptake).
Remember: Dave doesn't watch Degrassi like the rest of us. He didn't know anything about what being transgender means (just like a lot of us didn't before we met Adam.) And if Sadie and his friends completely dumped him... there's a good chance some other students at Degrassi would have been more than happy to give Dave the pats on the back he wanted, and they would have formed an insular and potentially dangerous little crew of haters. (I don't know where Owen's at with his various phobias these days but... he's certainly a candidate.) And since the basis of their friendship would have been hate, it would have festered and festered... this is how you end up with, say, white power crews. You know?
Anyway. Big fat kudos to Adam for being the bigger man, and to Dave for catching up eventually. Big fat kudos to anyone out there who tries to educate those around them. And major sympathy to Adam for having to figure this stuff out on his own:
"Honestly...adam has NO help in all this as to how he should approach anything. he's lost. ... i think adam needs to hear some advice from someone who knows about transgender difficulties...and dave needs to grow up!" - BETHANY65
Seriously... I wish Adam could talk to TeenNick user RILEY:
"When I was watching Adam go into the bathroom I was cringing so hard! As an ftm myself I saw two things he did wrong going in there and I knew it wasn't going to end well. One he was making small talk which isn't the worst thing but then looking at Dave while he was doing his business was breaking the code of the mens room. I was sitting in bed waving my hands at the computer screen when Adam did this "like what are you thinking???" Although I see where Dave's coming from, he had no right to publicly humiliate Adam on the damn radio. That's probably the last thing Adam needs is to be openly singled out for being transgender and for making a mistake."
- Posted on 07/25/2011 by Mary
Here's what the most surprising thing about tonight's Degrassi was, to me anyway.
It's that at Degrassi, in 2011 (or whatever year it is in Degrassiland), you could hear the figurative record skip when someone said something offensive about his trans classmate.
I know we'll see tomorrow how that record-skip vibe affects Dave -- spoiler alert, it doesn't change his mind. But for all of the hurt that his words caused Adam in that moment, the fact that a bunch of high school students -- of the "oh, kids can be so cruel, teenagers are heartless" variety -- that their immediate reaction was "that's not cool," makes me lickle heart sing. I know it wouldn't be like that in every school... but I know it's like that in a lot of schools. (Maybe even because of Degrassi. I get chills!)
I guess the question is: will Dave experience his classmates compassion for Adam as a lack of compassion for him?
There's a lot more to say but... we'll talk tomorrow after we've seen how this all plays out.
In the meantime: did you sympathize with Dave's discomfort? Are you angry at him? Giving him mental high fives? Cringing? How would you react to Dave's words if YOU went to Degrassi?
- Posted on 04/08/2011 by Mary
THERE ARE SPOILERS YONDER, 'NEATH FIONA'S FACE, but fear not, for you can watch all of Degrassi: In Too Deep - Chasing Pavements, pt. 2 online in HD right now by clicking on those words there. When yr done, let's talk:
Fiona on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Chasing Pavements pt. 2
1) Alli: "I don't know, how do you trick kids into studying?" Simpson: "You don't trick them! You just hope they're going to do it on their own accord. You always hope...." Haha poor Mr. Simpson. What are your true motivations for doing well in school? Your own personal growth? Not getting in trouble? Getting free tokens at Chuck E Cheese?
2) I know a lot of us were pulling for Fadam because, like @rediwings32 tweeted to us @teennick:
"I so want Adam to get the girl. He deserves it and Fiona deserves someone who will make her happy and treat her right."
I was totally with you on that, rediwings32. But now that we know what Fiona really wants is to be with a girl... I think things have turned out for the best. Adam wants someone who will like him not for "being stuck in a girl's body", but for being the funny, sensitive, loyal, and understanding guy that he is. He's really only begun the process of transitioning from F to M... and I have a lot of hope that someday, he'll find a girl who loves him for who he really is -- a guy. What do you guys think of how things turned out this week?
Also, because I know there's some confusion out there (I saw some in the comments last week): Adam doesn't want a lesbian girlfriend (like Fiona), because Adam isn't a lesbian -- he's a guy. A straight guy. If he were gay, he'd be into other guys (as some transgender guys are). He was born in a girl's body, but that body feels, at the core of his being, completely wrong for him. So Adam is now living and will continue to live as a guy, and he wants to date a girl who's into guys, because that's what his gender identity is. He's a he.
3) Alli and Bianca giving each other a pound rather than a pounding... did you ever think you'd see the day?
4) OWEN! God! When Anya was lamenting to Chantay that maybe she was carrying a grudge about the way Owen treated Riley and Zane, all I could think was, "Uh... that's a valid grudge." I mean, he's never apologized for it and it offends Anya (and me) (not to mention offending and injuring Zane) (AND not to mention what he did to Adam) so... seems like a valid thing to hold against someone IMO!
So I guess I wasn't that surprised to see that Owen did not indeed "get it" that touching girls in a super-familiar way without their permission is gross, wrong, and gross. And wrong. Here's something I saw in the comments of last week's Degrassi Breakdown, from KayKay[:
"I had a similar yet more intense situation as Anya in 8th grade; I was too ashamed to tell my parents, much less any teacher. I got over it, but to this day, it's still something that haunts me. Girls who get sexually harassed shouldn't tolerate it, they should be straight up with the guy, and if he doesn't stop, then the girl should definitely tell a parent or teacher.We can't let creeps like them get away with it."
5) "OK, why are there only two options for girls: either she likes you, or she's a bitch." - Anya MacPherson. YEAH ANYA! TELL HIM! How can someone -- girl or guy -- be like "I'm into you" and then if they're not interested be like, "Get over yourself"? I guess hurt feelings make people say nonsensical things sometimes.
- Posted on 04/04/2011 by Mary
Fiona and Adam on Degrassi: In Too Deep
With Fiona back from rehab and back at Degrassi, is it time for her and Adam to finally make things work?
Or... are we looking at a Folly J future?
- Posted on 03/31/2011 by Mary
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.