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  • New Interview! Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun!

    Posted on 07/25/2011 by Mary

    I caught up with Argiris and Shannon (who are not dating each other in real life, lest you get confused by their jokestery below) on the Degrassi set. The three of us sat down for a little chat in -- true story -- a booth inside Little Miss Steaks. The seats there are kind of uncomfortable, if you've ever wondered.

    Degrassi's Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun, aka Riley and Zane, 2011 I've heard that you guys knew each other before the show, and that maybe Argy, you suggested that Shannon should audition? Or what's the story there?

    Argiris: It was more of a surprise actually. He told me, "Hey, I've got an audition..." I don't know, do you remember how it went?
    Shannon: I think we were at Jake Epstein's birthday, who played Craig on the show. I came to meet Argy because he and I were together like, every day that summer. We'd bike in the rain back from a night out, we'd double on the bike.

    Oh my God! How did you know each other?

    Shannon: I saw him somewhere before, and I was like "Yo, didn't I see you at...?"
    Argiris: At an audition room actually, yeah.
    Shannon: Yeah, he was doing a self-tape for an audition, so I saw him and stopped him. And then, where did we actually hit it off?
    Argiris: Maybe... I can't remember.
    Shannon: You don't remember our first date! (laughs) There were a lot of nights and days out. So then at Jake's birthday, I just told him. And he was calling me Zane all night trying to get me in character.
    Argiris: Yeah, I do remember that.

    So you were specifically auditioning for Zane, it wasn't one of those things where like, Liberty auditioned for Manny...

    Shannon: No, and they didn't even know that I was friends with him until when I got the role and we came for rehearsal. Our director was like, 'So, you guys are friends? That's a bonus! We never knew that.' And I don't know if it would have affected their decision, in a good way or bad way -- it could be a bad thing. And then she asked, 'Do you think this makes it easier or more difficult for you?' And I wasn't really sure. It is easier in a way because we have a rapport and we're comfortable with each other.

    It's interesting that you weren't just friend but like fast friends, too.

    Argiris and Shannon: Yeah.
    Shannon: And it's not often... you meet a lot of people in the industry but to get to work with someone that you would actually go out and dance with -- Argy and I would be the only two guys really breaking it down on the dance floor.
    Argy: Yeah, a lot of guys wouldn't go out there, they're pretty pathetic, they're just staying against the wall. Though, you know, we were there at some point in our life.
    Shannon: They're scoping out chicks.
    Argy: They just scope and they kind of creep and they kind of try to pull girls' dresses. It's just like, 'No, you've gotta have fun!' You've gotta show the girl that you're having fun and then stuff flows.

    TO BE CONTINUED... too many spoilers in the rest of our conversation!

  • New Interview: Luke Bilyk (Drew)!

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi's Luke Bilyk, aka Drew, 2011 Who would you say is the hardest working person in the Degrassi cast?
    You know what... for me, I'm pretty close to what my character is actually like. For someone like Jordy, who plays Adam, that must be a pretty difficult amount of work. And not even just filming, but dealing with the fans and how you talk to people, it must be a lot more difficult for her.

    Who's the best morning person?
    Definitely not Munro. Definitely not me. And not Raymond -- you can't even wake Raymond up. You wake Raymond up, you'd better get ready for a karate chop. I'd have to say probably Jordy. Jordy is always happy no matter what time of day it is.

    In real life, would you say that you have a taste for the bad girls like Bianca, like Drew seems to? The girls that mommy wouldn't like?
    [This is the sound of Luke blushing a little.] I don't know, I guess, sorta. A little bit of danger's always good.

    Have you ever felt physically threatened in the way that Drew has to deal with in this season, where you actually felt unsafe?
    Not in a way that I felt my life was going to be threatened, but... yeah, when I used to go to school, there were a couple times when I was like, "Wow, I just don't feel safe walking down the halls right now." Because a whole bunch of the guys at my old school didn't like me, and there were very uncomfortable moments where your back starts getting sweaty, like, "Is someone watching me?" But not like Drew -- I never felt like [NO SPOILERS!].

    Has there ever been anything that you've wanted to do that you couldn't do because you're an actor? For example, Ray's really excited about cutting his hair now...
    Oh, actually yes! I always for some reason wanted to have bleach blond hair, but every time I'd be like, "OK, we're gonna do it," I'd go and get my headshots done. And in my headshots my hair's still brown, so I'm like "so I guess I can't do it." That, and I always wanted to play high level sports, and you can't do that. Like Triple A hockey... it's just so demanding. My friends who play Triple A or now play Junior A, they play hockey just as much as I'd be working on the show, so it's impossible. I'd have to choose, hockey or Degrassi.

    What are you doing with your summer when you aren't working?
    Wonderland. Going to Wonderland a lot, and I play hockey with Raymond and Munro and his twin brother, and that's pretty much it. I just like chilling at home with my sisters.

  • Keke Palmer Talks Degrassi!

    Posted on 07/14/2011 by Mary

    Monday night is almost here... and with it, the hour-long premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never! So so soon, we get our first taste of a summer-long gushing fountain of delicious Degrassiness!

    True Jackson's Keke Palmer is Degrassi's special guest to help kick off the season, so I got her on the phone to talk about the show she, I, and all of us love so much.

    Keke Palmer guests on the season premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never So I heard that you were a big Degrassi fan; how did you end up on the show?
    Very much so, a huge Degrassi fan. I've watched Degrassi since... 2006 or something like that? I was always really into the show, and I kept telling Nick that I would really love to do an episode and it would mean a lot to me. And finally schedules were switched around and I was able to do one!

    What were your favorite episodes?
    Ooh, my favorite episode would have to be... I'm a bit dramatic so I would have to say it would be the episode when Paige got Terri drunk and took her to the dance, because she liked Spinner and Spinner like Terri and Terri was insecure. I really liked that episode, and it taught a really good lesson. And then the saddest, most heart-wrenching episode that I cried on but I loved it, was the one when Jimmy got shot.

    Aww! So you're really an old-school fan.
    Yes, definitely. I have to say I'm more familiar with the old cast than with this cast, but I do watch the episodes still.

    Do you have a stance on Eli and Clare? Do you think they should have broken up?
    I definitely think they should have broken up! I'm not understanding why Eli got so crazy like this! He's getting too obsessive over Clare. Maybe it's just because he's a teenager and he's emotional -- as a teenager, your emotions, everything is so heightened. But he's just TOO obsessed over her and it's not healthy and I'm really glad they're not together anymore.

    What else are you up to this summer?
    Chilling out... I'm just finishing up Ice Age 4 which I produced with Nick Cannon and starred in; I just finished that a month ago. I also did a movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton that's coming out in January. And then my album! I have two singles on iTunes that'll premiere on Degrassi Monday night, called "The Greatest" and "Walls Come Down".

    So exciting! And are you going to watch the premiere Monday night?
    Definitely gonna watch it! I'm really excited about this season, even just the promos... somebody put a GUN point blank to Drew's face! I'm like, "Oh my gosh, somebody's trying to kill him!" And Eli and Clare! Clare's like "Did you forget I existed? Did you ever love me at all!?" That line is so chilling! A lot of stuff going on that I'm waiting to see.

  • 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: Aislinn Paul (aka Clare)!

    Posted on 04/13/2011 by Mary

    Between shooting Degrassi and going to school, does Aislinn have any time to... you know... date? TeenNick asked her behind the scenes at her photo shoot:

    I know Aislinn has a packed Degrassi shooting schedule, plus school, plus dance classes, plus active twitter maintenance, plus somehow found time to hand-paint stripes on her bedroom walls... but she seems like she's holding it all together. It probably helps that she loves all of those things.

    Anyone out there feel like you're too overscheduled to have a social life? Unload in the comments...


  • Degrassi's Luke Bilyk Interview - Part 2

    Posted on 04/06/2011 by Mary

    The guy you know as Drew from Degrassi tells us what not to do with our chopsticks on a first date, and how Drew-like he is in real life:

    Tell me, friends. If this face were sitting across from you on a first date and he let some chopsticks go airborne... what would be your reaction?

    Luke Bilyk, aka Drew from Degrassi
    Luke Bilyk, aka Drew from Degrassi

  • Degrassi's Argiris Karras Interview - Part 2

    Posted on 03/30/2011 by Mary

    After a day on set at Degrassi going through Riley's intense and emotionally draining storylines... does Argy take his work home with him? Find out in part two of his photo shoot interview:

    I love when he talks about how part of his training in acting is just to stand back and observe. Do you ever just do some people watching at your own school? Care to share any observations you've made?

    Argiris Karras as Riley Stavros on Degrassi
    Argiris Karras as Riley Stavros on Degrassi

  • 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.


  • Aislinn Paul Interview!

    Posted on 03/02/2011 by Mary

    Behind the scenes at her photo shoot, Aislinn tells us how and why she got into acting.

    Oh yeah also... little known fact: you know how Aislinn mentions that her parents are actors? Her dad was actually on Degrassi -- he was Mr. Michalchuk, Paige and Dylan's dad. True story!

    Anyway, I'm just gonna go ahead and drop a giant Aislinn pic here, too. 'Cause if she doesn't deserve some locker love, I don't know who does.

    Aislinn Paul, aka Clare on Degrassi

    Aislinn Paul, aka Clare on Degrassi


  • Argiris Karras Interview!

    Posted on 02/23/2011 by Mary

    Argiris Karras, aka Argy, aka Riley on Degrassi, seems just as relaxed as can be backstage at this photo shoot:

    And he looks pretty relaxed in front of the camera at that photo shoot, too. Also: rather huggable.

    Argiris Karras, Riley on Degrassi