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  • Degrassi: What's the best bestie episode?

    Posted on 04/17/2013 by Lisa

    We're putting a friendship-themed episode of Degrassi online on Friday -- VOTE for the one you wanna see! A few of the contenders are below:

    On Degrassi, friends are the people who keep your secrets (like when Holly J caught Jane cheating on Spinner with Declan).
    Jane and Holly J

    Friends don't care what gender you were born... they care what you're like as a person:
    Dave and Adam

    Your closest friend can become your worst enemy (especially if you're both running for president, and she wants to fight dirty).
    Katie and Marisol

    And of course, friends are always willing to do embarrassing things with you in public.
    Tori and Tristan

    Degrassi has so many good friendships!! Check out the Facebook Poll to see more options. We'll check the winner on Friday afternoon and put that episode online for Fan Favorite Friday.

  • Degrassi: Sneak Pics from Zombie

    Posted on 03/28/2013 by Lisa

    The next new Degrassi episode, "Zombie, pt. 1" airs Friday at 9pm et -- but you can peek at a few pics now:

    Degrassi: Zombie
    Maya looks a little messed up. (Maybe she just needs to brush her hair.)

    Degrassi: Zombie
    Dave and Eli look like they're posing for a dramatic selfie.

    Degrassi: Zombie
    Maya and this guy are lyin' around wearin' leis. (I like to do that too, sometimes.)

    Degrassi: Zombie
    It looks like Clare and Drew are taking life VERY seriously.

    Degrassi: Zombie
    Or... maybe only Clare is?

    See more sneak peek pics from "Zombie" here and tune in Friday at 9pm et to watch "Zombie, pt. 1" on TeenNick!

  • Degrassi Interview: Jahmil French (Dave)

    Posted on 05/04/2012 by Lisa

    Jahmil French (Dave on Degrassi)I sent Jahmil French a bunch of questions about music, relationships, and what it's like playing Dave on Degrassi. Check out his answers:

    Give us a soundtrack. What song should Degrassi fans listen to as they read this interview?
    "The Motto" by Drake.

    I loved the scene where Dave, Adam, and Drew sing along to Bryan Adams on the way to school. What's your favorite song to sing in the car?
    I sing all Drake songs!

    If you could switch roles and play another character on Degrassi, who would you want to be?
    If I could play any other character on Degrassi it would definitely be ......... Jimmy Brooks! But on the show currently it would be Fiona. Maybe that wouldn't work out... but I'm in love with her. Yolo

    Alli gives Dave list a huge list of rules, but Dave only has one rule for her: "Dance with me." What relationship rule(s) are important to you in real life?
    For relationships, I'm no expert, but I think trust, respect and friendship are the key elements. I believe if you can be best friends with your partner it will make for a happier and more enjoyable relationship.

    Jahmil French (Dave on Degrassi)After everything they've been through (especially all the trust stuff), do you think Dave and Alli will make it as a couple? If you could give them one piece of love advice, what would it be?
    The challenges that Dave and Alli have endured the past couple seasons are definitely obvious and at the same time entertaining. I can't tell if they will make it or not, but it would be interesting to see where these two would go apart from each other. The best advice I have is to take it slow!

    Dave has had some intense scenes recently. What's it like for you to shoot that really emotional stuff?
    The emotional stuff is always the most fun to shoot on set. It is the core of what we do as actors.

    I love that Dave and Adam do the "Man Show" together on Degrassi radio. What's your favorite thing about working with Jordy?
    Working with Jordy is soo much fun! She is like my little sister! My favorite part about working with her is when I pretend to be a gangster and she attempts to go along with it horribly! One day we'll get her in a rap video with all the og's!!!! lol!

    What do you want to see happen with Dave in the future?
    I would really like to see how Dave will develop as a person. Aside from the whole love thing with Alli, it would be refreshing to see Dave not so engaged with his emotions and more influenced by his goals and aspirations as a young man. I think he has potential to be an amazing dancer...who knows...

    What's YOUR biggest dream, outside of Degrassi?
    I want to be like Denzel Washington. I WILL do a movie with Mr. Washington and I want to one day perform with Drake. These are my idols and heroes, but as much as I want to follow their footsteps, I will be the FIRST Jahmil French!

    Aside from shooting season 12 of Degrassi, what have you been up to?
    I assist coach at Wexford School for the Arts, and I'm always training and performing with my dance crew The MoonRunners! And I will be on my boy's album Unbelievable. His name is Kaleb Simmonds. I really just try to stay busy, work hard, and enjoy my youth!

    Dave (Jahmil French) and Alli (Melinda Shankar) share a dance.

  • Degrassi Sneak Pic: Drew and Dave

    Posted on 12/21/2011 by Lisa


    I have no idea what Drew and Dave are talking about in this sneak peek picture from the 2012 Degrassi episodes, but it looks serious.

    Drew and Dave

    I like Dave's stripey purple tie a lot.

    See all the Degrassi holiday pics.

  • Lying, Cheating, and Stealing

    Posted on 08/22/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW, PEOPLE. Keep reading if you've seen "Drop It Like It's Hot, pt. 1." If you haven't seen it yet, go retake the "How 'Now or Never' Are You?" quiz or something. :)

    Yes, Liam. Hannah is awesome. But she's taken.
    She likes you, Wesley. Don't stress.

    Oh... the things we do for love.

    Wesley -- sweet, honest Wesley! -- is lying to impress Hannah. Dude, she LIKES you. Stop feeling threatened, before you screw it up.

    Alli worked her butt off to earn her parents' respect. So WHY is she cheating at poker to make extra money? To impress Dave. Sigh, sigh, sigh. (And don't get me started on the fact that Dave almost has sex before he's ready. I'm still shaking my head about that one.)

    Bianca is so afraid of Vince that she's willing to deal drugs for him, and when she can't find a buyer, she steals money from Imogen. It's killing me to see her trying so hard to protect Drew, especially since he had no idea it's happening.

    There were some major Now or Never decisions tonight, but were ANY of them good? Which lying-cheaty-stealy mistake do you think is destined to have the worst repercussions?

    p.s. I'm not sure I'm prepared for the rest of "Degrassi: Now or Never." Tonight's ep seemed to be stirring up all sorts of new trouble.

    p.p.s. DO NOT KICK THE VOLLEYBALLS!

  • Kidneys and Cash

    Posted on 08/16/2011 by Mary

    THARS SPOILERS DOWN BELOW. Avert your eyes until you've seen "Mr. Brightside, pt. 2".

    Well! GIANT relief on the Holly J front! Not that kidney transplant surgery is a walk in the park, but it sure is nice that there's a kidney to transplant!


    Holly J and her birth mom Dawn, changing the subject to something besides kidneys.

    I know after last night's ep, some people were feeling pretty anti-Dawn:

    "Holly J's mom has entered my "degrassi enemies" list. COME ON LADY GIVE YOUR DAUGHTER THE FLIPPIN KIDNEY! Way to be there for your kid. Good job." - ALLABOUTELI<3

    But after tonight's episode... did anyone change their feelings toward HJ's birth mom after seeing how hard she was struggling with guilt? I have to say, it was weirdly kind of a relief for me to see her feeling terrible. Like she's at least human.

    I also maybe feel a teensy bit weird that Fiona kind of bought Holly J's way out of this? The ethics of paying living donors for their organs are really slippery -- the problem is that, taken to one extreme, it would mean only rich people could have their lives saved by organ donation and poor people would be out of luck. And you definitely don't want a situation where, say, people can pay as much as they want for a kidney (above and beyond reimbursing expenses) because then it would create situations where financially desperate people would be selling their organs to wealthy recipients.

    But, doing a little research today, I'm seeing that there's some talk out there about loosening the laws about reimbursing living donors for lost income, since financial hardship is a common reason for people to not donate. In fact, Canada (British Columbia, anyway) is one of the places where it's somewhat allowed (though the lost wages reimbursements are still not much). Anyway, it's... a pretty thorny topic, to be sure. What? A thorny topic on Degrassi? Whodathunk!

    But enough kidney talk:
    What do you guys think of Drew and Katie? Datie? Krew? Dratie? Isn't it interesting that Drew is such a magnet for over-achiever girls (Alli, now Katie)? I guess they want to overachieve on the hotness of their boyfriend, too?

    Also interesting that Adam just kind of let that one go. I guess since he has a definitive answer about her not being into him, he had a minute to get over her. Plus there was that time Fiona chose Adam over Drew, so.

    And UP TOP ALLI BANDHARI! Finally broke the Bandhari sibling dating curse! Anyone out there want to hire her to talk to your parents?

  • Did Dave Do That Right?

    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 on Degrassi
    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.

  • One Way to Change a Mind

    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

    Totally, 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.
    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."

  • Happy 4th. Two More Weeks 'Til Degrassi...

    Posted on 07/04/2011 by Mary

    Happy 4th of July...

    Two more weeks 'til new Degrassi.


    Dave from Degrassi, lighting up the night.

  • The Girl Who Took Those Degrassi Pictures

    Posted on 06/01/2011 by Mary

    Olivia Bee, teen photographer Hi all. The lady in that picture is Olivia Bee. She's a professional photographer who's still in high school -- she's 17 -- and she took all of the gorgeous still photos at the Degrassi: Now or Never teaser shoot with all the fireworks and whatnot. We like her very much. Especially after talking to her. (Btw, most of this interview is about the life of a teenage professional photographer, but if you just want to skip to the part about the Degrassi shoot, click here.)

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    So, first of all, how did you start getting paid to do photography while you're still in high school?
    Well, my freshman year in high school I got a bunch of emails from VSA Partners, and I kind of disregarded them because I was like, "That's probably spam, whatever." And then I got an email from Converse directly and they were like, "Hey, we'd love to have you take some photos on a shoot, kind of a mentoring process and we'll pay you, and it'll be really fun," blah blah blah, so I got to skip school and go on a shoot in Portland for Converse. And I just got to experiment and see what it was all about, take some photos, and then everything just kind of followed. They took a chance on me and now, this is happening.

    That's amazing. How did they find you, Flickr?
    Yup! Flickr.

    Wow. Did you already have a ton of contacts on Flickr before that?
    Yeah, I had a lot of followers, and that came with the popularity I guess. It was all pretty much by luck.

    Were you nervous at all? Does any of this faze you? It sounds like it could be really intense.
    It is intense. Before I worked with Converse I was so nervous. I didn't even want to go, I was so scared. I was like, "What are they gonna think of me? I'm totally not gonna be able to take pictures once I get there because that's just what'll totally happen to me." But it was fine. I'm always a little nervous right before, if things aren't working out, or if there's no schedule, or the shoot is disorganized. But if I'm just taking pictures then I'm totally fine.

    New Degrassi guy alert: Jake, played by Justin Kelly
    New Degrassi guy alert: Jake, played by Justin Kelly

    I would imagine there's a huge difference between taking pictures of your friends in a relaxed atmosphere and like "Well, we're on a deadline, and these people are only here for four hours, and you need to get the shot."
    It's really different. It's like I have to be an adult, I have to transfer from being this stupid kid who just hangs out with her friends all the time and I have to be a professional, and I have to deliver. There's a lot of pressure, actually. But as long as I'm still taking pictures I can deal with it, because that's what I do for fun anyway.

    Has anybody ever been snotty to you because you're 17? Or underestimated you?
    Yes. All the time. I get so much snottiness. People just think I'm like a little kid, and 'why are they paying her to do what all these other people can do; why would they ever hire someone who's that old; she's never gone to college."

    You just brush 'em off?
    I'm just kinda like F.U.

    Haha, word! So how did you fall in love with photography in the first place? Well, I took a darkroom class in 6th grade because I went to an arts-based middle school. And I really was really bad at it at first. I took a lot of pictures of Christmas ornaments and stuffed animals, things it wouldn't be embarrassing to take pictures of. And then I just started spending extra time in the darkroom -- I don't know, it was kind of an accidental, found love. But now I can't live without it.

    How do your friends feel about being photographed all the time?
    I think they like it? I guess some people are annoyed like "Aw, why do you have that camera again" but it's just playful, not pissed or anything. Most of the time, they really like it. It's kinda cool, they're like the characters of my life and I think they realize that. And no one takes family photos anymore so the moms like it, too.

    I have friends who are videographers or photographers who always have a camera at any event, and they've told me how people are sometimes like "Oh God, put down the camera and just experience this" but the next day, everyone's SO psyched that the pictures and video exist.
    TOTALLY. Totally. The whole "Time" thing. [By this I assume she means like capturing time, time being linear. You know. The whole Time thing.] Plus, I feel like, people can say that to me, but it's like "No, this is MY way of experiencing it. This is how I want to experience everything." It's not their deal, it's mine.

    Alli, Sav, Dave, Eli and Jake in the Degrassi fireworks promo, photo by Olivia Bee
    Photo from the Degrassi: Now or Never fireworks shoot by Olivia Bee

    What is awesome about photography?
    There are a million moments you could capture, but capturing that one that's perfect... it's pretty amazing. You can make a whole other world with things you already have. It's... it's like real life on paper. Or fake life on paper, depending on how you look at it.

    Does having a camera ever help you meet people?
    Oh yeah, all the time. It's mostly short little conversations, but I like short little conversations.

    So. This Degrassi shoot. What was that like?
    It was crazy. 'Cause I'd never been on a TV set before. Usually still production [as in still photography, vs. video] is: a producer, you have your assistants, you have your gaffer, the stylist, the make-up artist, and then I'll have a studio teacher. But with this there were like 150 people and they all had different jobs and that was just crazy for me.

    A studio teacher -- so even if it's a one-day shoot you have to have a studio teacher because you're a minor?
    It depends on what state, but yeah. California, definitely.

    Were you already a Degrassi fan?
    We actually watch it in Health class at school. Usually episodes about STDs or relationships, violence... because Degrassi covers a lot of teen health things like that. Usually we had a separate episode for each lesson but sometimes we would just watch it, just 'cause.

    Your health teacher sounds awesome.
    He's hilarious.

    What do you remember from that day?
    Well, it was freezing. It was going from like 7pm to 5am, which, I'd never done that before! I had a 4:20 am call time a couple weeks ago but this was like ridiculous.
    Oh, and it was actually pretty funny... when they were filming the scene where Sav was standing on the lifeguard chair swinging his jacket around and there were all these fireworks going on, and since they weren't filming for sound, he was just kind of yelling things because it was supposed to look like he's yelling. And he was just like "[BAD WORD] DEGRASSI! THESE KIDS SUCK!"

    Hahahaha. I love that guy. Did you have favorite characters or favorite episodes before?
    Now I've met them and I can't pick favorites! I like 'em all, they were really sweet in person, too. It was really nice to know that they weren't stuck-up or anything.