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- Posted on 02/16/2011 by Mary
If all that future civilizations unearthed about Luke Bilyk were this quickie interview with him backstage at a Degrassi photo shoot, at least they would know that Luke Bilyk is a dude who likes lunch, and likes to scare people.
Also, here, have a nice big picture of him. That one in your locker is getting kind of ratty around the edges.
- Posted on 02/09/2011 by Mary
One time, Degrassi's Fiona discussed her loaner Louboutins behind the scenes at a photo shoot... my hand to God it happened. Look! There's proof!
- Posted on 01/19/2011 by Mary
Remember when we called up Shenae Grimes and asked her about the scene where Peter grabs her buttock? If not, you're in for a treat.
Those episodes will be re-airing this Saturday as the Degrassi Every Episode Ever marathon continues!
- Posted on 01/18/2011 by Mary
Sometimes I forget how evil Jay was when he first showed up on Degrassi, but Mike Lobel (who played him) has never been evil ever. If you've ever wondered what it's like to hop on the phone with him and have a lickle chit chat, this podcast call we did with him back in the day is pretty indicative:
More classic podcast interviews coming all week... check back!
- Posted on 01/17/2011 by Mary
While Every Degrassi Ever keeps dominating your weekends, we dug into our Classic Degrassi Goodies barrel and pulled out... golden oldie podcast interviews! Back in the day, we'd call Degrassi stars like Lauren Collins up, and she'd tell us stories about blackouts at insane promo shoots. Like so:
This is the first of five classic podcast interviews we'll be posting all week; keep checking back! (Sorry they're in video format, long story... but I chucked up a bunch of gorgeous Paige pics to make up for the static "video.")
- Posted on 01/04/2011 by Lisa
This weekend, Every Degrassi Ever continues! In the meantime, check out this 2005 IM-terview Mary did with Stacey Farber about her trip to the Teen Choice Awards. The top photo is Stacey at the 2005 TCAs, and below that, I've posted some pics of her in character as Ellie.
-Stacey-: It's S Farbs
The-Mary: Finally finally finally
-Stacey-: Why have we never met?
The-Mary: I KNOW! Next time you're in NY, for real.
-Stacey-: Serios.... (pronounced seer-ee-ose)
The-Mary: Alright, so how much sleep did you (not) get last weekend?
-Stacey-: I got some sleep. The first night was slightly HORRIBLE because our flight was delayed and we got to our rooms at 3:00 a.m. - approx. 7:00 a.m. our time. And then we had to meet in the lobby at 6:00 to head to "Good Day L.A."
The-Mary: OMG. And that woman has so much... energy. I was watching video of that interview like "how does she do that at negative 150 in the morning?"
-Stacey-: i KNOW
The-Mary: So how is Aubrey as a travel/mall havoc/crazy early interview partner?
-Stacey-: He's amazing. I'm sure you can tell from Best Friends Date or whatever... we are very good friends. He's hilarious and whether we were walking the red carpet or watching movies at the hotel, we were laughing the whole time.
The-Mary: Did you get any In N Out burger?
-Stacey-: Four times. And after I told an interviewer that I loved it, he sent me some gift certificates.
The-Mary: NICE! Such perks! OK: I heard you met Paris Hilton. Tell me everything, leave out nothing.
-Stacey-: O.k. Ra-fael [from The N] had just introduced me to Ashlee Simpson, but it was a little awkward meeting people through him. Suddenly this guy, Jose, appears and tells me he's a huge fan the show, blah blah blah. He does PR in Hollywood (though he's only 27) and he knows EVERYONE so he takes me to chill in Paris' booth/area.
-Stacey-: I met her...she was standing on the booth, naturally. But she was cool. Her hair was to her chin.
The-Mary: No way! So I'm really curious: when she meets people, does she use her high/soft/kinda ditzy voice, or her regular intelligent woman voice?
-Stacey-: Please. The "out of it" voice.
The-Mary: Of course. I should have known. I hoped, but... anyway. More geeky questions: what's it like to walk on a red carpet, is it really soft? What's going through your head?
-Stacey-: The red carpet is jokes. One photographer at the start of the line finds out who you are and then they tell the others. Eventually every photographer is yelling your name. Fortunately, I experienced the chaos at fashion week, so I was half-expecting it.
-Stacey-: Side note: At the Teen People party? I looked down the red carpet at one point and the order was: Aubs, Me, Chad [Michael Murray], Hilary [Duff], Haylie [Duff], Joel [Madden]. JOKES
The-Mary: Sounds perfectly natural to me!
-Stacey-: And it has to be said: I got Jojo's number. And she now has mine. She practically JUMPED on me when we met. She's a huge fan of the show. She said, and I quote, "Degrassi is the realest it gets."
The-Mary: !!! Ok now I love her.
The-Mary: So seeing the different levels of celebrity insanity at that party (I can only imagine)... were you left feeling like there's a point where things could get TOO insane, like is there a fame level you're kind of frightened of reaching? Or did it all look like fun?
-Stacey-: No. That's the thing. I found the whole situation very... comical. To sum it up... the major players at the party were: Hilary, Chad, Wilmer, Ashlee, Ryan, Paris, Nick Cannon, Hayden (the girl from Racing Stripes), Michelle (Ice Princess), etc. THE NEXT NIGHT... and the awards, IT WAS THE EXACT SAME CREW.
The-Mary: They just roll from one big event with lots of cameras to another?
-Stacey-: And it's not like they're friends... they just all go to the SAME events, SAME parties and see the SAME faces.
-Stacey-: They don't all hang out together. And they just check each other out.
The-Mary: So I don't know if you already have a bf but: meet any cute boys? Get any other phone numbers? Any late night games of celebrity truth or dare in the hotel?
-Stacey-: I do have a b.f. But Wilmer was really cute in person. I didn't like him before I met him.
The-Mary: Yeah I've never gotten the Wilmer thing; why is he such a major player with one sitcom role? Ex-role? Is he just that hot in person?
-Stacey-: He is! He's really attractive.
The-Mary: Ok so... duh, congratulations on the Teen Choice Award! Do you have anything to say to all the voters who went out there and clicked that choice and clicked it hard?
-Stacey-: THANK YOU SOOO MUCH.We are so excited and flattered and thrilled that the voters chose a Canadian show as the best summer series. We are getting the recognition that our show deserves.
The-Mary: Word that.
The-Mary: So any lasting hand injuries from the signing in LA? I heard it was BONKERS.
-Stacey-: It was redonkulous. Soo many fans. I loved every minute of it. Plus, some people brought me birthday presents.
The-Mary: Any big birthday plans? How old are you now?
The-Mary: I sang that last part, if you couldn't tell. I don't know if they do that one in Canadia.
-Stacey-: Haha. I'm turning 18.
The-Mary: Radness. A good age.
-Stacey-: Agreed. I'm excited.
The-Mary: Dancing? Party? Sit at home doing facials and watching TV?
-Stacey-: A mix of those things lol. I don't know. Maybe someone will throw me a party.
The-Mary: They better if they know what's good for them. OK. I should let you get back to work.
-Stacey-: Well it's lunch now... so I should grab some eats.
The-Mary: K, enjoy the eats then. It was SO GOOD finally talking to you... I can't wait to meet you for reals. Thanks much for all your typing :)
-Stacey-: I know! I need to visit NYC soon!! Thanks so much for all YOUR typing. This was fun! Xo
- Posted on 11/18/2010 by Mary
So, I know you just saw that photo shoot interview last week, but as it happens, I caught up with Annie on her almost-last day on set for Season 10 and we got to have a nice leisurely chat:
So at the end of a season, does it feel sort of like summer vacation now?
Yeah! Despite the fact that it's freezing here. But yeah, it's definitely weird, everyone's saying bye. And it's like cleaning out our lockers -- we're getting our various things from wardrobe. And the things we've left in our dressing rooms this whole season, we finally have to take home -- I keep leaving this travel mug of tea here and not wanting to deal with it and now I finally have to bring it home. But we'll be back in a few months.
I read on the twitters that you just graduated high school! Congratulations!
Yes, I just went to my commencement ceremony; it was Thanksgiving weekend in Canada. And it was nice that Epitome gave me the whole day off, too, so I could go see my old high school friends and everything.
Why is your high school commencement in October?
The universities here do their commencements in the fall, so I think my school is just trying to be more collegiate? It's always been a tradition. Which is nice, because it's kind of like our five-month reunion -- we get to see what everyone's been up to since they went off to university.
So it was a normal graduation -- you got to wear a cap and gown and everything.
I did, and I threw it up in the air... it was such a classic, TV graduation.! And then I get to graduate on Degrassi too so I can have a real TV graduation!
Since Fiona has one of the best wardrobes on Degrassi, was moving over to the uniforms difficult for you?
You know what, it was, but Fiona jazzes up the uniforms. With headbands, and -- everyone always complains because Fiona's skirt is the only one that's soo much shorter than the other girls'. And she's bending the rules a bit -- everyone has these black flats and Fiona's have these little heels attached. She's trying to add her own flair to it. But for me as an actor, I actually love the uniforms because, as I'm sure people notice, Fiona has so many "things"! She has so many accessories; it gets exhausting to take on and off sometimes. So with the uniform I only have to change like, my pants or my skirt.
I also saw on the twitters that you actually sit down and watch Degrassi on Friday nights, right?
Yeah, out of the cast I'm the one who's the biggest Degrassi fan. I've seen every one multiple times, of all the seasons. I love to see how they turn out -- because we only read through them once in the readthroughs and I don't read them again after that. And even though it's hard watching myself, I love it.
Do you have certain people you want to watch with, or like rules about whether you can talk during the show?
I definitely don't want interruptions, and everyone has to sing along with the theme song with me. My parents are obsessed with it, too; they'll watch it even when I'm not there. Even if I'm not in the episode, they DVR it and watch it together. But as for who I watch with, I'm not picky, the more the merrier.
So, it's been so long since we talked, and so much has happened. I mean... going back to Fiona and Bobby... what was it like to film the violent scenes? Did you do any stunts?
We had a stunt double for the stairs scene, because I mean... pretty brutal. But I did have to get into the position she landed in, and then flip out of it, but also be crying like I had just been thrown down the stairs. Those episodes were actually my favorite to shoot; those four were the most amazing experience. And Ben Lewis, who played Bobby is the nicest guy I've ever met. I can't believe what a great actor he is because when I watch those episodes I'm like, "You're terrible!" Such a great guy. But I was excited about being in those episodes because, me being a Degrassi fan, it was great to get to tackle one of the main teen issues.
- Posted on 11/17/2010 by Mary
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.
- Posted on 11/15/2010 by Mary
This week, to celebrate the fall finales of Degrassi and Gigantic coming up on Friday, I think we should drop an avalanche of interviews and photos on you via this here blog. Are we in agreement? First up: the sweet, lovely, and always very patient with my technical difficulties Aislinn Paul.
So, it sounds on the Twitters like you've been really busy... are you in the middle of exams or anything?
No, it's just that... I'm away at Degrassi, and then I come back to school and I'm in my dance classes and I'm doing projects for classes and it's just been crazy!
Do you sleep OK? That would keep me up at night, having that much to do.
I actually don't sleep very well. (laughs) I get by on my coffee...
And on top of all of that, you respond to what appears to be every tweet that you get, but it can't possibly be, because how could you possibly find the time?
It's not even close to all of the ones I get. I try my best, and I like developing relationships with some people -- like there are some I'll always respond to because they're always saying stuff that's really awesome -- and I try to keep up with new people too... I wish I could respond to them all, I really do. I hope they know that I doread them all.
Which in itself is a feat... do you block out a time every night where you're like "I'm going to do this for half hour and then I CAN'T DO ANYMORE."
I do actually! Sometimes if I have something interesting to say -- I don't often have something interesting to say, my life isn't that interesting, but -- sometimes I'll block out half an hour and say, "I'll be on the computer until 11." Of course it always ends up being 11:30... but it works pretty well.
So let's talk about Clare's family upheaval; it's something so many people, a good chunk of the population can relate to. Do you have any friends who have gone through divorce?
Yeah. That's actually one of the reasons I'm so excited about doing this storyline; it's true, so many kids can relate to this. I had a bunch of friends growing up whose parents were getting divorced, and buying new houses so they had to move every weekend. I'm really fortunate that my parents haven't split up. But just from having been around it a lot... being a person going through that on TV was an honor, as an actor.
One thing I think people love about Clare is that she's super relatable -- people can feel like "that's me up on that screen" -- and she got to date two of the hottest guys on Degrassi. How do you feel about Munro's overnight heartthrob status?
We all knew. We all knew when he came on the show, because he looks the way he does, and he plays the mysterious character you want to cuddle and make feel better; the classic damaged boy that all the girls want to fix. And he's also an amazing actor, so that really helps. We've had so much fun working together.
Do you miss working with Sam Earle? You guys must not have any more scenes together!
That's actually something we've both been reminiscing about! We've been having little moments of nostalgia thinking back to Klare with a K. Funny enough, back when we were a couple on the show, we were just work friends. But the further apart our characters have gotten on the show, the better friends we've become in real life -- we actually live really close to each other in the city and we're hanging out all the time. And now that we're great friends, we never see each other at work!
So like when Clare and KC broke up... what are the emotions of an actor going through a character break up?
It's kind of scary! 'Cause you just sort of look over to this person and you say, "Well, bye! We won't be working together again I guess!" Because with friendships and stuff, like with Melinda and I, there are episodes where we don't have scenes together, but we know that's an always-existing relationship. We're best friends on the show and we know we'll always come back to each other unless we have a big fight. But with a breakup... in real life, it takes some healing time where you can't see that person. And if you're lucky, you can be friends with that person again, but sometimes you can't really be around them. So all of the sudden, someone you don't have a problem with in real life you have to have a problem with on TV. It's kind of a scary emotional thing! But like I said I think we're dealing well, we've stayed friends.
- Posted on 11/12/2010 by Mary
Check out these clips of Annie "Fiona" Clark on the set of a Degrassi cast photo shoot... talking accessories, acting, and what it's like to feel all eyes on you while you're trying to pose: