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  • Classic Adamo Ruggiero (Marco!) Phone Call

    Posted on 01/20/2011 by Mary

    I love re-listening to this old podcast interview with Adamo because he talks about what good roommates he and Lauren Collins (Paige) would make, and here in the future we happen to know that they ended up living together for a long time. Maybe they still do? I'll tweet them and ask.

    Also there are too many good pics of Adamo; I kind of went overboard. Sorrry!

    Adamo Ruggiero as Marco on Degrassi

  • Yay, Degrassi!

    Posted on 01/20/2011 by Lisa

    Adam, Zane, and Riley

    Today, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced the nominees for the 2011 GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize and honor media for outstanding images of the LGBT community. Degrassi is nominated in the "Outstanding Drama Series" category, and it's up against Brothers & Sisters, Grey's Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, and True Blood. Here's the full list of this year's nominations.

    This is Degrassi's third GLAAD Media Award nomination. Congratulations to everyone involved in the show!

  • Shenae Grimes -- Back When She Was Ours

    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!

    Shenae Grimes as Darcy on Degrassi

  • Mike Lobel (aka Jay) Podcast Interview

    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!

    Mike Lobel as Jay on Degrassi

  • This week's Classic Degrassi Goodies: Podcasts!

    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.")

    Lauren Collins as Paige on Degrassi

  • The Degrassi-est sentence you'll read today.

    Posted on 01/13/2011 by Lisa

    Last night, @GwenElaine posted on Twitter: "Holy jumping beans i just wrote the longest sentence on how every Degrassi character is connected. holy chiz everyone from season 1-10!:D :D" She gave us permission to share it here.

    She posted this as a series of tweets, but it's all one big sentence. I love that it only mentions each character once.

    Drew and Sav"Anya dated Sav who's family with Alli who dated Drew who's friends with KC who impregnated Jenna who used to be friends with Clare who's...

    ...Darcy's little sister who dated Peter who was in a band with Spinner who's little sister Kendra dated Toby who's JT's best friend who's..

    ..friend's with Danny who's Liberty's little brother who dated Damian who dated Manny who went to college with Kelly who dated Emma who.....

    ..hooked up with Jay while he was dating Alex who dated Paige who lives with Marco and Ellie who liked Craig who was engaged to Ashley who..

    ..dated Jimmy who dated Hazel who's friend's with Terri who dated Rick who was killed by Sean who disappeared like Blue who dated Holly J...

    ..who dated Declan, Fiona's twin brother who likes Adam who liked Bianca who went to a Dead Hand concert with Eli who fought with Fitz who.. friends with Owen who harrassed Riley because he's dating Zane who was in the bacholor auction with Wesley who's friends with Connor...

    ...and Dave who's Chantay's cousin who's friends Leia who used to be friends with Mia who had a baby with Lucas, who's Jane's brother....

    ... who was friends with Johnny and Bruce who bullied people the way Derek was bullied by that teacher."

    The next time someone asks me what Degrassi's about, I'm going to say all that. Yay for run-on sentences (at least when they're about Degrassi).

    Thanks, @GwenElaine! If you're on Twitter, follow this girl... she seems awesome.

  • Haiti, One Year Later

    Posted on 01/12/2011 by Mary

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of the earthquake in Haiti. A year later, close to a million people are still homeless, mostly living in makeshift tents; the rebuilding effort is extraordinarily slow and suffering is still tremendous. Here's a NY Times article about the general outlook in Haiti today.

    We're remembering that a year ago today, HALO Award honoree Herold got the most terrifying news of his life -- then sprung into action and made an immeasurable difference in the lives of strangers.

    One of the organizations that he gave part of his HALO Award money to is Fireside International's Haiti Relief efforts. Here's an interview they did with him, and here's information on an example of the work they're doing -- building The Learning Village, a safe space with food, shelter, medical attention, and education for kids who didn't just suffer from the earthquake itself, but who were victimized by an American man who was supposed to be helping them.

    In honor of our new buddy Herold, I think today's a good day to take some time out to think about what we're grateful for, and then try to give others something to be grateful for, too.

  • So... Who wants more Degrassi pics?

    Posted on 01/09/2011 by Lisa

    I put together another batch of classic Degrassi photos, including some cute group shots. Check 'em out:

    Marco + Dylan!
    Degrassi ladies :)
    Jimmy in the hospital
    Degrassi kids, outside
    Season 3 cuties!
    Season 4 cuties!

  • Degrassi Flashback: Cassie Steele (Manny)

    Posted on 01/07/2011 by Lisa

    MannyManny fans, check out this Cassie Steele IM-terview from 2005, plus a few vintage pics of li'l Manuella.

    The-Mary: hi cassie!
    -Cassie-: hey! how r ya?
    The-Mary: i'm good... how are you? how is it on the set today?
    -Cassie-: fun...kinda sad cuz it's our last day shooting this episode.
    -Cassie-: then we get a pretty big break
    The-Mary: oh awesome... was this one a good manny episode?
    -Cassie-: more so a great emma ep. but manny is definitely in there.
    The-Mary: awesome. so i saw that your CD is called "How much for happy" which is the best title ever... what's the story behind that phrase?
    -Cassie-: well, anything u want to interpret it as i guess
    -Cassie-: how society/ media tells us and advertises what things can make us feel what
    -Cassie-: if u buy this bag it makes u happy...if u buy this brand it makes u better then someone else
    -Cassie-: but most of all i think its just a cry for help... when you're in that time where u feel happiness is so far and u'll give anything to have it
    The-Mary: wow. for real. what makes you happy for real in your real life?
    -Cassie-: self satisfaction. at the end of the day to know i did a good job, to see peoples faces in the audience when i'm preforming. to surprise people and do the unexpected. to be unique...friends.
    -Cassie-: my social life. i'm such a people pleaser, i guess that's why i'm in the entertainment business.
    The-Mary: right, that's a good set-up for you. what are your friends like... have you known them since before degrassi?
    -Cassie-: no. i'm the youngest, so i started filming and tutoring on set when i was in grade 7. it was really hard for me and my friends in elementary to adjust to the time that i was away and when i came back. i went to 2 high schools and now i'm home-schooled. i have a really hard time keeping friends. it's hard to find people that won't desert you when ur away for that long
    -Cassie-: it's unfair to me and them. i can't expect people to come whenever i call when i'm away for 2 months
    -Cassie-: but every summer break i always end up finding someone along the grapevine to party with
    The-Mary: yeah... so who do you end up staying closest to?
    -Cassie-: not really anyone..
    -Cassie-: a lot of my friends i hung out with this summer just went to university
    -Cassie-: so i guess i'll see them next summer if they're here
    The-Mary: are you close with your family? i met your dad that one time in LA, he seemed SO rad
    -Cassie-: yeah i'm really close with my dad
    -Cassie-: but sometimes i don't see them
    -Cassie-: because me and my mom work during the day and my sister's at school and after a day of work my mom comes home and i go out with friends
    -Cassie-: but we always hang out on weekends
    The-Mary: so it seems like you could really identify with that period manny went through, which i wanted to talk about anyway... i thought it was SO powerful to see Manny who was so bubbly and had clearly felt so powerful and kind of in control... when she kind of gets smacked down by life...
    The-Mary: i thought she seemed so much wiser for it all, like she can See Through people now... do you feel that way about her?
    The-Mary: Like she gives DEVASTATING withering looks these days... like that one she gave Spinner after everyone found out about what he'd done..

    -Cassie-: yeah like she's kind of jaded
    -Cassie-: they haven't really looked into that with other scripts, but i sooo agree. they should show the more serious, cynical real side of her that i know, and everyone knows is there (i have to go in a sec)
    The-Mary: i hope we get to dig in to it... ok, i probably should let you go but: any quick music recommendations?
    -Cassie-: hm...i'm into 80s stuff mostly
    -Cassie-: and indie bands
    -Cassie-: jack johnson just had a concert
    -Cassie-: that was pretty chylln
    -Cassie-: so 0o0o0o its been really fun talking with u and i hope u enjoi the new season
    The-Mary: yes, thanks for talking! i know it's hectic over there.
    -Cassie-: stay foxy(K)
    The-Mary: you TOO hot stuff
    -Cassie-: bu-bye!

  • Degrassi Flashback: Jamie Johnston (Peter)

    Posted on 01/06/2011 by Lisa

    PeterLet your eyes travel back in time to read a 2006 IM-terview with Jamie Johnston, and check out some pics of Peter from back in the day.

    -Jamie-: hi
    The-Mary: hey! so ok: digging in: i just read your Alloy playlist, and it is awesome.
    -Jamie-: yeaaah heehe
    The-Mary: let's talk about the mars volta.
    -Jamie-: yes, lets!
    The-Mary: ok. so, people seem to have really firm reactions to them, either love or hate. did you love them the first time you heard them? is that just "your noise"?
    -Jamie-: yeah, i was on a plane from france and my friend said she "had" to give me the cd so i listened to it while she was listening to my mp3s, and right away it reminded me of these nightmares i used to have, but once i got over that, it was really cool. all their songs go perfectly into the next song. like when i'm listening to an album and it's on shuffle, at the end of the song i sing the lyrics for the next song you know?
    The-Mary: totally. it's weird how some things just hit the right frequency in your head... the way people "recognize" something in a band when they first hear them. you play guitar, right?
    -Jamie-: yeah
    The-Mary: how long have you been playing?
    -Jamie-: i started when i was like 10 or something, but my teacher moved away so i haven't had a lesson in a few years.
    The-Mary: bah, lessons. who needs 'em. :) ok, so, degrassi
    The-Mary: does anyone ever give you grief about what peter did to manny?

    -Jamie-: this one girl at my school STILL does and it's been months. i think she just does it as a joke now, but i pretend to be offended anyways
    The-Mary: hahahaha. that girl just likes you. sayin'.
    -Jamie-: thanks lol
    The-Mary: what's your take on peter? is he a bad guy, misunderstood, just made a mistake? i always kinda liked that he really showed remorse for it..
    -Jamie-: it's fun playing a 'bad boy' - but peter isn't completely bad. there are too many sides of everyone to narrow a character down to just 'bad', 'good', or whatever...
    The-Mary: yeah, every character on there has made one huge embarrassing mistake or another, they're all human...
    The-Mary: have you ever let a girl come between you and a friend?

    -Jamie-: no, it almost happened once, but i thought everything out logically and it wouldn't have been worth it
    The-Mary: damn, that's some strong thinking. how long ago was that?
    -Jamie-: this year. actually, this school year, so last year lol
    The-Mary: nice work. do you have a gf now? some girl on alloy named kayla said she's your girlfriend.
    -Jamie-: lol kayla is not my girlfriend. a real girlfriend wouldn't post like that on the internet
    The-Mary: that's what i was thinking, what girl wouldn't get dumped immediately for doing that?
    The-Mary: so, is it important that a girl be able to tell you on the plane from france "you have to hear this band?" is that a good quality in a lady?

    -Jamie-: nooooo, because they might be like 'listen to this cd, its Spice Girls rarities!' lol
    The-Mary: HAHAH
    The-Mary: what's the biggest ass you've ever made out of yourself in the name of love?

    -Jamie-: being myself. that's a pretty big ass, trust me lol
    The-Mary: aw, i doubt it
    -Jamie-: i have a large repertoire of bad jokes. from my dad.
    The-Mary: awwwww yeah. the right ones will find it charming.
    -Jamie-: i hope :|
    The-Mary: ok, thank you for talking today!
    -Jamie-: no problem. it was nice chatting with you
    -Jamie-: its 10 to one, sandwich time!
    The-Mary: enjoy!