TeenNick Blog

  • New Interview: Aislinn Paul (Clare)!

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    Aislinn Paul aka Clare from Degrassi: Now or Never So. Clare this season.
    Clare has gone boy crazy, I would say. Back in season 8 when she said to Darcy "I'm going to school for education, not boys..." Nope! Not really, anymore. It's good though, because she's definitely growing up and going through quintessential teenage experiences.

    Were you surprised at people's anger at Clare for breaking up with Eli?
    I don't want to label any audience members who were upset, but I think some of them were maybe... distracted? By Munro, and the "damaged character" -- that's always been a magnet for young girls. So I understand how that may have skewed their opinion, but I think Clare made the right choice, personally. And I don't know if I would have been strong enough to make that choice if I were in her place, so I'm really proud of her.

    Even though Clare's the type of person that wants to help, she had given so much already that it was taking a huge toll on her, and it was important to take a new direction.

    With the casual relationship that Clare and Jake are trying to have, I think no one's sure if Clare is really built for casual. But do you think it's good for her to try?
    Clare tries to do that because she doesn't want to get hurt, and I think the experience overall is good for her. She's trying a lot of new things this season, and I think it's all good for her. As teenagers, even the bad choice is a good choice because you get the experience. And Clare's losing her naivete, I suppose.

    What does the world need to know about Justin Kelly?
    There's too much to say! He's awesomeness in a really tall package! He's a really good artist, he draws the greatest cartoons. And real sketches, too. He's hilarious. And he's really tall.

    So, with Ray and Charlotte and everybody graduating, you're kind of one of the seniors now, in terms of being a show veteran. How does that feel?
    In all honesty, I'm petrified. I'm so, so scared. I was talking about this with my friend Krista; how once Jajube leaves, I will be the longest-running cast member still on the show. And it makes me... not a leader, because we don't have that around here. But it feels almost like a burden, a responsibility. Like -- I love all the people who are leaving, but Charlotte was an idol. And a friend. And every great thing someone can be to you. I was always looking up to her and trying to emulate her, and I'm not ready for her to leave! She's always that awesome, put-together person. She did great on the show, she did great in interviews, she had great style, she listened to great music, and we just got along so well. And with her leaving... she's impossible to replace, but I do want to give that kind of attitude to the new young'uns coming in.

  • New Interview: Justin Kelly (Jake)!

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    Justin Kelly aka Jake from Degrassi: Now or Never So! Your first season of Degrassi! What do you think so far?
    I love it! I think it's great. I've always been a fan of the show and I've always loved the work that everyone put into it, and it's great to be a part of it -- especially this season. It's like I'm watching it from a different angle.

    What did Munro tell you before you got here; did he give you any pointers or warnings?
    No... I mean, I was really fortunate to meet most of the cast when Munro signed on last year. We'd hang out and by the time I came along, it was kind of an automatic welcome. I felt welcome right away.

    What do you like about Jake? What do you have in common with him, and not?
    There's definitely an element of myself in him. I think he's very easygoing; I'm an easygoing person as well. And he doesn't like to deal with confrontation -- we kind of share that.

    He's such a breath of drama-less-ness...
    That's one thing I loved about him when I read him, 'cause we all know that Degrassi does have a little bit of drama attached to it. But he was one guy that was just like "I don't want to be a part of this drama."

    But obviously... it happens. The more he fits into the story lines, the more he gets his feet wet with that Degrassi drama.

    OK, time for "Get to know Justin Kelly." Favorite music?
    Mostly rock, '90s rock. But I do listen to everything.

    What do you do for fun?
    I play music. Guitar and bass, that's a big hobby of mine. I like to watch a lot of movies, and just hang out with friends and be social.

    Are you outdoorsy at all like Jake?
    I want to be? When I get outdoors, if I'm at a cottage or something, then I love it. But it depends on the atmosphere -- in the summer I love to be outdoors, in the winter not so much. And in the middle, we'll see.

    What's your family like?
    I have one brother, and then mom, dad, and stepfather. And my brother is actually who I got the music gene from... even though he's a sibling. But yeah, we jam together and he's very talented, so I get a lot from him.

    Do you mind me asking how old you were when your parents got divorced?
    I was 6 years old. It was a while ago. And for sure, that's another thing that Jake and I have in common. It's different because I live with my mom, and he lives with his dad so there's that father-son element. But that's one thing I had to relate to him with at first, getting to know how he felt about it.

    What about the casual relationship thing that Clare and Jake try to have. Do you think those work in real life?
    Mmm... yeah, I think it can work. Of course it depends on the person, and I think it's hard to have just a casual thing without there being almost a paranoia going on. Like, 'What if we decided today? What would happen next?' It's very hard to just have a casual relationship.

  • Can Clare Keep It Casual? Can Anyone?

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Mary

    HEADS UP! SPOILERS BELOW!


    Clare has a totes casual sexy kissing dream about Jake. Easy breezy!

    You know... Clare is many things, but "casual in the romance department" does not strike me as one of them.

    Although... maybe I shouldn't jump to conclusions. I mean I also never would've thought she'd date a guy who wears guyliner. Hell, a few years ago, I never even thought she'd wear actual non-uniform clothes. Clare's growing up, and maybe this is one symptom.

    And maybe it'll even be good for her. She could definitely use some fun. And what's more fun than making out with a Lumberjake?

    I don't know though. There are some who would argue that casual relationships (...or dating more than one person at once ...or friends with benefits) ever really work in the long run.

    What do you think? Can casual relationships work, and under what circumstances?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Should Have Said No, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/03/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Butterflies" by Liz Coyles
    Clare and Jake kiss at school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Not quite as epic as their first kiss, we toned the mood down a little here, and made this moment more romantic than before. Clare and Jake are establishing their relationship, so we're guiding the audience towards a sweeter side of them both."

    "For What It's Worth" by Maggie Eckford
    Clare leaves a note on Jake's truck. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We tried a few songs to this scene but the quirkiness of Maggie Eckford's song stood out amongst them all. There were so many directions we could have taken but the beat, tempo and lyrics of this song sold us all."

    "Misery Loves Company" by The Trews
    Basketball montage.
    "We love The Trews! Of course they were perfect for the basketball montage, their sports-driven music pounds with the adrenaline on the court. What a match!"

    "Look At Those Eyes" (reloaded) by Alexz Johnson
    Drew admits he's scared.
    "This fantastic remix of Alexz Johnson's "Look At Those Eyes" is so emotional that it was a perfect match for the scene. Drew finally admits that he's scared, such a hard move for such a macho guy, and the entire tag rolled around the song and its emotions."

  • Anya, listen up.

    Posted on 08/02/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read this post until AFTER watching "Paper Planes, Pt. 2."

    Anya's reflection.
    Be nice to that girl in the mirror, Anya.

    Yesterday I asked the wise, Degrassi-loving readers of this blog to give Anya some advice. Here's some of what came in:

    "I'd ask her what she wants. If Anya wants to do coke um... I can't help that. If she wants freedom and happiness and stuff, I'm pretty sure we can find some other options. Especially since addiction and crashes are kind of the opposite of freedom and happiness." - Dulcinea

    "I'd tell Anya to just stop for a minute and breathe. She's had so much stress in her life and she needs to just chill for a minute. Drugs really aren't the answer." - Krystal Marie♥

    "I think that the best thing for Anya would be to just slowly get into a conversation about what happened, but not rush it and make her upset. Then when she's done telling you what happened just tell her that it's her decision to do what ever she wants but some things can really hurt her and mess her life up in the long run, and she has a lot of family and friends that want her around... they may seem like their telling her what to do but they just don't want to lose her." - I_<3_23

    "I would sit her down and talk to her and let her cry on my shoulder and be the friend she really needs." - EastCoastSwag13

    "I would just be there for her, I think she really needs a friend. Someone who doesn't tell her what to do. I don't think she would stop doing coke by being lectured or walked out on, she just needs a good influence, someone on her side." - Charlotte_sometimes311

    I wish I could zap all of you lovely advice-givers into the Degrassi world. Your real-world friends are lucky to have you.

    Meanwhile, as Anya said "Now!" to more coke, Fiona struggled with saying "Never" to champagne. Fiona seems determined to do what's best for herself (even if it means no more hooking up with Charlie), but that didn't look like an easy choice.

    Mr. Tuxedopantsp.s. I miss Mr. Tuxedopants already.

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/02/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Girls Like You" by The Naked & Famous
    Anya, the morning after. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This placement felt like Anya was still dreaming. If you remember, this song started her whole downward spiral, when she started making out with Owen at her birthday party. Now that's a distant memory, and the song still resonates in Anya's head. "

    "The Distance" by Peasant
    Connor is leaving Degrassi. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "What a sad moment! Sad, but hopeful, so we had to convey a few different emotions, which wasn't a challenge when we had such a powerful song such as The Distance. Notice the lyrics over the bright sun shining through the doorway... what a beautiful moment! "

    "Come & Gone" by Kalle Mattson
    Anya begs the Dean of Admissions.
    "A nice transition piece; it really sets the mood for both scenes. The song itself is beautiful, and we wish there was room to feature a bit more of it!"

    " Dark Days by The Sleeping
    Anya defies her mom, and goes out anyhow.
    " Angry and rebellious -- that's what we needed for this scene. The song might be playing from the radio, or it might be playing in Anya's head -- you decide. In any case, The Sleeping delivered exactly what we were looking for."

    "Resistance" by The Arka Teks
    Anya goes back to the club.
    " SO much fun with this song and this scene, even though it's actually a pretty serious topic. We had to get inside Anya's head again -- she thinks she's in the right so we had to think that way, too. This pounding song drove us to believe she was having fun (when she was really just out of control). "

  • Things can't get worse? Think again, Anya.

    Posted on 08/01/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILERS BELOW. Don't read this post until you've seen "Paper Planes, Pt. 1."

    Anya seems lost.
    Anya thinks she's hit rock bottom, but has she?

    At the very beginning of tonight's Degrassi, Anya's worried about her future and stressed about the talk she has to have with her parents. She says, "Well, things can't possibly get any worse," and uses that as an excuse to try cocaine for the first time.

    ... and then her life gets worse.

    I get that Anya doesn't want everyone telling her what to do, but when you see someone messing up in a big way, it's hard to resist. If you were friends with Anya, what advice would you give her at this point in her life? Aside from, "Stop doing coke!"

    Keep in mind that if you try to tell her what to do, she'll be just as mad at you as she is at Owen. Can you give someone advice without telling them what to do? I was mad at Owen for walking away, but like he says at the beginning of the ep, "I'm not your mom." Ultimately, it was Anya's bad decision, right?

    Also: Tonight's episode may have skeeved me out more than any other Degrassi episode ever. A few years ago, when I lived in Brooklyn, my whole apartment building got bedbugs. For several months, I lived a nightmare of itchiness, insomnia, and paranoid over-cleaning. Bedbugs are reeeeaaally hard to get rid of, so I understand why Fiona freaked out. I seriously wish I could hug her right now, but then again... I'd rather run away from her at about a million miles per hour, because bedbugs are really easy to spread, and one might get on me during the hug.

    Sorry, Fiona. My only advice is: "You'll get through this, with the help of lots of toxic chemicals."

    But back to Anya. What would you tell her if you ran into her tomorrow morning?

  • Songs from Degrassi "Paper Planes, Pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/01/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Acid Rain" by The Tanuki Project
    Anya decides to try some cocaine. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Other than the obvious title and lyrics representing Anya's downward spiral, the beat of this tune is what sold us for the placement. This was the first time we were in this club; we had to establish a more mature sound, and The Tanuki Project was a great fit."

    "Sound The Alarm" by Shapes of Race Cars
    The volleyball game. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We loved a bunch of songs on Shapes of Race Cars' album, so we picked this one for this scene, and it fit real good. The pounding chorus is just so much fun and that's all we needed for this scene."

    "Get Out Of My Way" by Brooke Rose
    Goodbye bedbugs.
    "This was a quirky placement, because the song is so serious but the scene is so light and almost... fun? Well, bedbugs aren't fun, but this "goodbye bedbugs" song makes it seem pretty effortless to get rid of them. Anyone who's had bedbugs wishes it were as easy as putting on a Brooke Rose song."

    "Desire" by Tara Lett
    Anya struts in the club and dances with a random.
    "Heart-pounding, slow-motion, definitive gaze, yeah, something is about to happen. We won't know until the next episode, but this song leads us to believe Anya's spiral is not slowing down... it's speeding up. "

  • A Tribute to Ziley

    Posted on 07/28/2011 by Lisa

    *SPOILERS BELOW.*

    Don't read any further unless you've already seen "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2."

    I sometimes take notes as I watch Degrassi to keep track of the things I want to write about, and the main note from tonight's ep (aside from a few things about Eli and Imogen) was the word ZILEY written in giant letters. Giant sad letters.

    I can't bring myself to rewatch that scene at the Dot. I'm tearing up just thinking about it. Ziley (or Rane, whatever you want to call them) are one of my all-time favorite Degrassi couples. I'm still using the present tense, because I'm not ready to accept that they're over. ...and now I'm tearing up as I type. Seriously. I'm a sad little blogger tonight, so instead of writing a thoughtful post about the whole episode, I'm going to post a bunch of pictures of Ziley in happier times.

    Ziley
    Zane (aww, look at his messy hair) and Riley.

    Ziley
    Panthers. :)

    Ziley
    Ziley kiss!

    Ziley
    Ziley makes me sigh-ly.

    Ziley
    Zane and Riley in suits... because they *suit* each other.

    Ziley
    Think they'll ever reunite? (Just tell me yes. I'm crying here.)

  • Songs from Degrassi "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, Pt. 2"

    Posted on 07/28/2011 by ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Rich Doors" by NewVillager
    Eli watches Clare from a distance. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This song took a little bit of extra listening to hear its TV placement potential. It travels around at the right speed, its heavy piano chords pierce at just the right moment. It sounds like Eli's heartbeat -- he's watching her like she used to watch him."

    "No Power" by Absofacto
    Imogen convinces Eli that Clare never loved him. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Let alone the title of the song being fit for the scene, it was the electricity of the song that perfect for the moment. A little bit of witchcraft and uncertainty -- Imogen is casting her spell over Eli... he has no power!!"

    "Hold Me In Your Arms" by Zerbin
    Riley breaks up with Zane.
    "Here the song title is ironic -- it's actually a very sad moment for everyone who was rooting for Zane and Riley. Beginning with the gorgeous moon married to the beautiful violin, a dark evening mood set the tone for the end of one of the most arduous and tested relationships in Degrassi history..."

    "Honey Crystal Cave" by Minotaurs
    Eli dumps his pills in the trash.
    "We found this song before we knew Imogen would need her own music. Its wonderfully creepy, crawly, jagged and twisted enough to make us feel what Eli was feeling -- and what Imogen was doing. The hit in the song on the Producers' Card left us all reeling..."