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  • The Degrassi cast HALOs it up.

    Posted on 11/03/2011 by Lisa


    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J on Degrassi) with TeenNick blogger Lisa Beebe
    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J on Degrassi) with TeenNick blogger Lisa Beebe

    How does the Degrassi cast HALO? I met Charlotte Arnold (Holly J) at the HALO Awards ceremony, and we talked about how the cast travels to places like Kenya, India, and Ecuador to help others. Watch three of those trips on TeenNick this week!

    Tonight at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi: Doing What Matters, about the cast's trip to Kenya. Friday at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi in India, and Saturday at 8pm et, we're showing Degrassi in Ecuador.

    Here are a few pictures from their travels:

    Degrassi in Kenya!
    Charlotte Arnold and Ray Ablack in Ecuador
    Sarah Barrable- Tishauer in Ecuador
    Degrassi castmembers in Ecuador

  • 2011 HALO Awards: Orange Carpet Pics!

    Posted on 10/27/2011 by Lisa

    Yesterday, I went to the HALO Awards ceremony, which will premiere on Nick@Nite on Sunday Nov. 6th. I met all of this year's honorees -- seriously amazing people -- and a bunch of celebrities, including Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi)! She's just as nice as everybody says.

    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsJason Derulo at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Charlotte Arnold (Holly J from Degrassi) and Jason Derulo on the orange carpet

    Victoria Justice at the 2011 TeenNick HALO AwardsMary J. Blige at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Victoria Justice and Mary J. Blige on the orange carpet

    The 2011 TeenNick HALO honorees with host Nick Cannon
    HALO Awards host Nick Cannon (center) on the orange carpet with 2011 HALO honorees Kyle Weiss, Emily-Anne Rigal, Shanoah Washington and James O'Dwyer

    Nick Cannon and his mom at the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards
    Nick Cannon walked the orange carpet with his mom. :)

    Don't miss the 2011 TeenNick HALO Awards, Nov. 6th at 8pm. (I'm planning to live-tweet the show, and I'll include lots of info about what it was like to be there in person.)

  • Degrassi Interview: Charlotte Arnold (aka Holly J)!

    Posted on 04/20/2011 by Mary

    Would Degrassi's Charlotte Arnold (aka Holly J) ever consider dating a fan? And what's the "Sunshine Lounge"? Find out in part 2 of her photo shoot interview:

    (If you can't see the video above these words, click here to watch.)

    What about you... would you date a Degrassi fan? ;)

  • Degrassi Interview: Charlotte Arnold, aka Holly J

    Posted on 03/16/2011 by Mary

    Find out what Charlotte and Holly J have in common! Besides being the exact same height and having the exact same hair color.

    It's no secret: I think Charlotte Arnold is pretty much the bomb. If you want to hear more from her, check out these other Charlotte Arnold posts with other interviews and observations of her.

    And/or help yourself to an eyeful of this totes gorge pic of her from Vegas Night.

    Charlotte Arnold as Holly J on Degrassi, in a tiara, at Vegas night.
    Charlotte Arnold rocks the Vegas Night tiara, as Holly J on Degrassi.

  • Charlotte Arnold (aka Holly J) Interview!

    Posted on 11/17/2010 by Mary

    Charlotte Arnold of Degrassi It's been a long time! Actually, that's a lie, I've probably talked to you and Ray more recently than anyone else...
    It feels like forever though, it's been a long season.

    So. What's your take on what happened between Holly J and Declan.
    I thought it was a very interesting turn for their story to take. Him coming back I thought would either be really good or really bad... What I like about it is that both characters are sort of in the right and in the wrong. They're both making a mistake and they both have good intentions. So I thought it was really interesting. It wasn't black or white, it's very much a gray issue.

    The scene where you're leaving the condo, and you've got that horrible tight smile on your face; it was heartbreaking. When you're doing a scene like that, is it about getting into the emotion of what's going on and then whatever happens on your face just happens, or do you decide how your face is going to look because that's how you're conveying it to the audience?
    That's a really interesting question... you know, the actorly thing to say is that I was swept up in the moment and whatever happens happens. But sometimes it is conscious; you kind of decide the way you want it to look. And you know your face, so there could be an expression that you think would convey it the best.

    That was really a tough scene, because I was getting notes to play it happy -- like she was going out of her way to make things seem normal. And then, we have TVs all around the production office so whatever we're shooting on set, the writers and producers see. And I think some feedback came back that I was maybe looking too convincing? So we made it more forced. It was a very nuanced sort of scene.

    You went to high school with Munro right? Can you tell the world what he was like in high school?
    Uh... (she's cracking up) ...short? That's what sticks out in my mind but he would hate me for saying that! Annie [Clark]'s laughing. He's a year younger than me so I was in grade 10 and he was in grade 9, and it was one of those things where people would always try and bring the two of us together. I'd get swept over into a corner and they'd be like, "You have to meet my friend!" And they'd bring over Munro and be like, "You guys are both on TV! Talk amongst yourselves!" And we'd be like, "Uhhh..."

    But he's actually the nephew of one of my mom's best friends. So I've known about Munro and his twin Thomas for a long time. They were just these energetic and like I said, fairly short, crazy twins who were on TV. That's how I knew them. But I've definitely gotten closer to Munro since then. I phoned him up when I found out he was joining the show and was like "Welcome to Degrassi!"

    Are you still in school?
    I actually took the semester off, which is probably the smartest thing I've done in... Time. The other years I was doing both for the fall months. So this year I've just been focusing on work, at Degrassi, and I should be going back to school in January. I have a year left and change.

    Actually, here's some news: Annie and I are going to visit Judi Jiao, who played Leia! She's at Harvard, so we're going to visit and I'm just gonna pretend to go there for a little while.

    Oh my God, what are you gonna wear to Harvard!
    Right? We keep buying tweed and scholastic looking clothes so we can look totally Bostony.

    Hey, do you keep in touch with Paula Brancati? I've been curious about how she's doing.
    Yeah, she's everywhere in Toronto, she's always doing plays, her theatre career is taking off since Degrassi and we keep in touch with her. She's so talented and awesome and kind and... she's perfect, pretty much.

    Are you almost wrapped for the season?
    We just wrapped our last scene, and Annie and I come back next week to do some cheerleading scenes for some minisodes. So we've got that, and then wrap party, and then a bunch of us are going to Cuba! Munro included! For fun -- this is the first non-school-building trip I've done in years. We're just relaxing on the beach this time.

  • Sav and Holly J's advice for freshmen

    Posted on 08/23/2010 by Mary

    Charlotte Arnold from Degrassi A bit ago I asked Ray Ablack and Charlotte Arnold (Sav and Holly J) some of your questions. Here's one for all the incoming freshmen out there. And really, it works for everyone in high school; it's never too late to take this advice:

    I'm going to high school this year. So yes, freshman. Do you have any advice? - atlroxsox2

    Ray: Enjoy it.

    Charlotte: NOTHING is as important as it seems. Nothing that you ever experience in high school -- I mean the good times, yes. The friends you make. But the insecurity, the worrying about what other people think about you -- everybody is feeling the exact same way, and once you leave high school you'll be able to leave all of it behind and become whatever person you want to be. So use this time to like...

    Ray Ablack from Degrassi Ray: Enjoy it!

    Charlotte: Enjoy it! Oh man, high school's so much fun.

    Ray: I would redo it again if I could, would you?

    Charlotte: I would absolutely redo high school if I could.

    Me: Redo it differently, or just for fun?

    Ray: I would redo it differently so that I could amp things up more.

    Charlotte: Yeah! Like I wouldn't be as afraid to try new things, to make new friends, to go to that party where you're like "Do I know anybody there?" Yeah.

     

     

     

  • How well do Sav and Holly J know each other?

    Posted on 08/08/2010 by Mary

    Ray and Charlotte from Degrassi compete to see who knows whom better.

    Who knows what's gonna happen with their characters Monday night (at 9p et!), but I do know that Ray Ablack and Charlotte Arnold have spent a lot of time around each other at work on Degrassi.

    So I made them play a game... I isolated them and made them answer questions about each other to see how well they know their co-star. Results below:

    HOW WELL DO RAYMOND ABLACK AND CHARLOTTE ARNOLD KNOW EACH OTHER?

    Question 1: Which of these gum flavors do you think Ray/Charlotte would pick: wintergreen, spearmint, cinnamon, strawberry, or bubblegum?

    Charlotte said: I feel like Ray might be a bubblegum kind of guy... ooh, this is tough. I'm so determined to win! Hmm. Strawberry. I'm just gonna go with my gut. Random, strange, strawberry.
    BEEAAH. Correct answer: Spearmint.

    Raymond said: Strawberry?
    BEEAAH. Correct answer: Cinnamon.

    ROUND ONE SCORE: Charlotte 0, Ray 0.

     

    Question 2: What is Ray's/Charlotte's mother's name?

    Charlotte said: Oh my God, oh my God. I doubt he knows my mother's name. I know a lot of Guyanese women go by Bibi? Maybe Bibi? It's not her name! I have no idea.
    DINGDINGDING! Correct!

    Raymond said: Louise.
    DINGDINGDING! Correct!

    ROUND TWO SCORE: Charlotte 1, Ray 1.
    Plus one point for us because now we know that Ray is Guyanese and not South East Asian as commonly believed!

     

    Question 3: What do you think Ray's/Charlotte's favorite pizza toppings are?

    Charlotte said: Meat in general. Meat lovers.
    BEEAAH. Correct answer: mushrooms.

    Raymond said: Pineapple?
    BEEAAH. Correct answer: onions.

    ROUND THREE SCORE: Charlotte 1, Ray 1.

     

    Question 4: What do you think Ray's Charlotte's favorite band or musician is?

    Charlotte said: Protest the Hero.
    DINGDINGDING! Correct.

    Raymond said: The Distillers, or Brody Dalle.
    BEEEAH: Correct answer: Leonard Cohen

    ROUND FOUR SCORE: Charlotte 2, Ray 1

     

    Question 5: What was Ray's/Charlotte's first role?

    Charlotte said: Simba in the Lion King.
    DINGDINGDING! Correct.

    Raymond said: A McDonald's commercial. She was in a Batman toys McDonald's commercial.
    BEEAAH. Correct answer: "My first commerical ever -- a little Degrassi trivia -- was with Jake Goldsbie [TOBY!]. I was 4 years old, he was 5 years old. We're little, I'm strapped in a car seat; it was for Tiger Toys, these little Gameboys, and I was like, "Mommy, i can do it!" But the McDonald's one was the one that Ray saw when he was an infant and still remembers! Aww!

    FINAL SCORE: Charlotte 3, Ray 1

     

    Charlotte is the champion! To celebrate, I'm putting up this picture of Raymond demonstrating the secret handshake he developed with Luke Bilyk (aka Drew Torres) on her -- it ends in a hug, because Ray is adorable.

    Raymond Ablack gives Charlotte Arnold the secret handshake.

  • A note from Charlotte Arnold (Holly J)

    Posted on 08/06/2010 by Mary

    Charlotte Arnold, Holly J from Degrassi, writes a note to the fans.

  • Charlotte Arnold auditioned for Emma and Liberty!

    Posted on 07/18/2010 by Mary

    You guys... long story but basically we did this "Five" Questions with Charlotte back at the end of the last season but it came in too late to post, so I was holding it 'til now. But I was in too much of a rush at the time to write which usernames asked which questions, and now the thread is gone. So -- my sincerest apologies to the users who posted these questions and aren't getting credit! I suck! I'm sorry! I'll do better next time!

    As an apology, here is an awesome screenshot of Charlotte in the Degrassi movie that's airing TOMORROW NIGHT at 9p et! Sorry that it totally gives away the entire plot to the whole movie, I just couldn't resist.

    SPOILER ALERT! Holly J has an alien brain implanted in her head and must wear a protective helmet to keep from telepathically reversing the space-time continuum in the Degrassi NY movie.

    What was the first rock show/concert you ever went to, and what was the BEST rock show/concert you ever went to?
    The first ever concert I went to was the BACKSTREET BOYS (who Melinda just bought tickets to see, by the way.) The BEST concert I ever went to was a Leonard Cohen show, although I've had a wicked time seeing The Police, Bob Dylan, Down With Webster, Lady Gaga (soon to be thrice!) and of course, Drake.

    When you doodle, what do you draw?
    I've always loved designing clothes when I doodle...when I'm not so inspired, it's usually hearts, stars, lightning bolts, the usual.

    What is the latest movie you've seen? (And what did you think of it?)
    The last great movie I saw was called Class of 1984. Campy, punky Toronto-shot, teacher vs. hooligans, revenge story -- I loved it.

    What was the funniest thing you've witnessed on set?
    There's always a ton of laughter on the Degrassi set, but what springs to mind is the last day of shooting season nine when two unnamed but exceptionally rowdy cast members flipped the pool table. I walked in and saw them standing there sheepishly with their heads down and tails between their legs, debris everywhere. Unbelievable.

    Do you go to a real school? if so is it like Degrassi?
    I've gone to a real school my whole life! I know it may seem that Canadian schools must be incredibly dramatic but to be honest, my high school experience was pretty chill. There were those crazy moments for sure but unlike Degrassi they didn't all happen to the same ten people. Pickering High, Go Trojans.

    Who is your best friend on set?
    I love hanging out with Annie, Paula and Landon - the New York movie was a blast to shoot. And I know it sounds corny and unrealistic but we reeeeally lucked out in the cast department, so no matter who's on set, you're bound to have a good time. The fact that we get to take life-changing adventures together (Kenya, Ecuador, India this summer!) brings everyone even closer.

    Did you originally audition for the character that you play?
    I auditioned for Emma and Liberty before HJ. Interesting to imagine.

    What do you think of Landon Liborion? In person is he nice and sweet or more similar to his character on Degrassi?
    I'm not a fan. His quick wit, goofy up-for-anything attitude and piercing eyes make me want to throw up.

  • Degrassi's Ray and Charlotte answer more questions!

    Posted on 07/15/2010 by Mary

    Ray Ablack and Charlotte Arnold, Sav and Holly J on Degrassi, at the TeenNick offices, July 2010

    KDominion asks: "If you could play another character on Degrassi who would it be and why?"

    Ray: (thinks for a minute...) Declan Coyne. Maybe because I feel like I'll be Landon if I can be Declan. I want to be Landon, because I think that everything about him is...

    Charlotte: Cool?

    Ray:Cool.

    Charlotte:He's a cool guy.

    Ray: His whole everythingness is awesome and I want to be it.

    Charlotte: Bromance! I would be Mr. Simpson.

    Annnd scene.