- 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.
- Posted on 01/09/2011 by Lisa
I put together another batch of classic Degrassi photos, including some cute group shots. Check 'em out:
- Posted on 01/07/2011 by Lisa
Manny 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
- Posted on 01/06/2011 by Lisa
Let 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.
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?
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: 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!
- Posted on 01/05/2011 by Lisa
To prepare for another weekend full of Degrassi, here's a 2005 IM-terview Mary did with Jake Epstein (Craig) -- and some classic Craig pics.
-Jake-: Hi Mary!!
-Jake-: Mary!!! How are you?
The-Mary: I am now awesome.
The-Mary: So, what have you been DOING all this busy time?
-Jake-: I've been filming, and prom-ing.
The-Mary: How was prom!?
-Jake-: It was pretty awesome. I went with a really good friend of mine, and we partied the whole night. I had to work on set the next day though...
The-Mary: Oh man. Early call? That's cruel and inhuman.
-Jake-: I agree. It wasn't too too early, but let's just say my acting wasn't ........amazing.
The-Mary: Heh. So any big plans for the summer?
-Jake-: Well, I'm going to be shooting most of the time. Which will be fun. My big sis is moving back to Toronto, so we're thinking of traveling, and just lotso rocknroll and parties.
The-Mary: Rock and roll. Do you burn easily, Jake Epstein? Or are you more of a tanner?
-Jake-: ............my people are from the desert......so yeah I burn!
The-Mary: Wait, if they're from the desert, shouldn't they tan??
-Jake-: ..........yeah......I might tan too one day...one day.
The-Mary: One day when you're not shooting. So what's the last rock show you went to?
-Jake-: Last show I went to was Hawksley Workman.....he's amazing....but just last week I went to see a couple friends of mine at this club downtown T-dot.....they're called Golden Ticket, and they're funky. What was the last show you went to?
The-Mary: Me, the Hold Steady. Who are awesome and who you should check out, though they're not everyone's cup of tea. They have a classic rock sound and great storytelling.
-Jake-: I'd love to hear some of their music....maybe you can send it over.....we can exchange music?
The-Mary: YES, gladly. So when you go to a show, do you stand at the front or the back?
-Jake-: Depends what mood I'm in. I went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers last year, and I waited 8 hours to see them front row in the mosh pit. But other times the pit can be rough, so I like to chill and listen to the music.
The-Mary: Word. At least you can see from the back, being somewhat tall.
-Jake-: I am somewhat tall. This is true. I'm also somewhat trim....?
The-Mary: What songs would you put on a mix CD for a girl that you would never put on one for a boy?
-Jake-: ..........definitely some Hawksley- "safe and sound"......some Coldplay "green eyes" and maybe some Jack Johnson.
The-Mary: So, ok, before I lose you I have to ask some Degrassi questions!
-Jake-: Alright, degras away.
The-Mary: Without giving anything away, since the US-ers haven't seen it yet... we know Craig has a moment with [TOP SECRET]... how do you feel about that? Was it tough to perform?
-Jake-: It was strange, but we were professional. I approached from a professional actor's perspective............does that make any sense?
The-Mary: Did you injure yourself at all in the manic Craig shoots? Like that hotel room scene looked kinda harsh on the ol' joints...
-Jake-: Yeah, it was pretty wild.....I actually broke a lamp during the scene and electrocuted my hand.....but I was so into it I just kept going. It was a really intense couple weeks of filming.
The-Mary: I bet.
-Jake-: Alright Mary, I was just told I have 2 minutes before I have to go back to set to film.....
The-Mary: OK one more quickie... I know this was a while ago, but when they made those "Craig in flames" T-shirts for the girls to wear, was it weird seeing your face all burny all over the place?
-Jake-: Yeah it was totally weird! But really funny.....my friends all got hold of those Tees and wore them for about a month.
The-Mary: Ha! Awesome. OK, go back to work, make awesome Degrassis.
The-Mary: Tell everyone they're the best. Including yourself.
-Jake-: Always. Thanks for the talk. It was fun!
The-Mary: Take care and thanks tons!
- 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 01/03/2011 by Lisa
Join us as we revisit a classic IM-terview with Miriam McDonald from 2005, and "aww" at some old Emma pics.
Note from Mary: Just so you know, the reason Miriam calls me a gorilla at first is because my display name says "Gorilla." It wasn't, like, a diss about how hairy I am. I'm pretty sure.
-Miriam-: yoyo gorilla!!
The-Mary: hey Miriam!
-Miriam-: hiii wasssup?
The-Mary: hiiiiiiii! ok ok. So what did you shoot today? that you can tell us about, I guess
-Miriam-: umm okay without divulging any big secrets we did a hilllllarious scene in a movie theatre involving ryan cooley and a root beer!
The-Mary: oh dear. What's Emma up to these days?
-Miriam-: to be totally honest i don't really know what they have in store for Emma this season. She is constantly changing though so i'm sure there will be some spicy surprises!
-Miriam-: spicy is my word
The-Mary: so in today's scene... were you allowed to crack up for it, or did you have to keep a straight face?
-Miriam-: OMG i was laughing soo hard but luckily i was supposed to so it was all good!
The-Mary: which is harder: keeping a straight face when something's hilarious, or crying on cue?
-Miriam-: for me crying on cue is not too difficult because i am really good at staying focused on something emotional. Comedic scenes need a different, less intense sort of focus so it's easy to crack up!
-Miriam-: but then i just slap myself
The-Mary: ha, literally?
-Miriam-: quite literally! hahah i'm odd, i'll admit!
The-Mary: ok, we need on-set dirt: who smells the best out of the cast?
-Miriam-: oooooooooh ME!!!!!! honestly i'm obsessed with vanilla lotion! hhaahhaa but i'm not gonna build up my odour cuz that would be conceited..... so....... maybe aubrey!?
The-Mary: so, do you have a boyfriend?
-Miriam-: no, and i go through phases when i'm like okay i really want a boyfriend, but more often i love having independence so i am very happy to be single!
-Miriam-: for now
The-Mary: so when are you coming back to NY???
-Miriam-: SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and honestly i am more excited than life
The-Mary: you heart it?
-Miriam-: june 18 or sumthin for the season 2 DVD!
The-Mary: oh RAD!
-Miriam-: omg yes, i <3 NYC
The-Mary: where else on the planet do you want to go the most?
-Miriam-: hmmmm go or live.......Live is LA or NYC and go.......maybe Australia
-Miriam-: i want to try surfing sooo desparately
The-Mary: oh man... if you live in LA you'll be all set -- malibu miriam. totally.
-Miriam-: yayayayayay!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pleaaaaase!!! that would be a dream
The-Mary: ok, more random questions: do Stefan and Amanda [Mr. Simpson and Emma's mom] ever give you advice, having "grown up" on Degrassi themselves?
-Miriam-: well amanda reminds me to turn my mic off when i go to bathroom, and stefan just jokes around all the time
-Miriam-: but they also teach us about their experiences with mall tours back in the day and how not to get bad press!
The-Mary: oh nice! that's very handy. lindsay lohan should have such friends.
-Miriam-: LOL should she ever!
-Miriam-: but at the same time if it weren't for her "bad press" we wouldn't hear about her all that much and she wouldn't be as huge as she is. so maybe she does have it right??
The-Mary: Good point!
The-Mary: ok, one more really weird question
-Miriam-: ask anything
The-Mary: have you ever met the person who played the baby emma on the original degrassi? or did they just use a doll? i forget.
The-Mary: i'm sorry, my mind is weird.
-Miriam-: nono she is real! and i have not met her but she does exist and i would love to meet her and have like, this emotional reunion type deal
The-Mary: that would be The Best.
The-Mary: OK, i think i've bugged you enough today...thanks SO much miriam, you're awesome
The-Mary: have a great day
-Miriam-: no problem!! see ya lata
- Posted on 01/02/2011 by Lisa
On TeenNick today (starting at noon!), you'll see Craig "borrow" one of Joey's cars, Paige's worst nightmare come true, Terri get a job as a plus-size model, Manny and Craig's first date... and LOTS more.
I've been posting classic Degrassi photos all week, so let's keep that going:
- Posted on 01/01/2011 by Lisa
Today at noon et, we're showing the first episode, and from then on, we'll be filling your weekends with every Degrassi episode ever!
Meanwhile, I've got MORE classic Degrassi photos for you.
BTW, if you hear a good Degrassi quote as you're watching the marathon today, post it here -- or tweet it @TeenNick. Great lines are meant to be quoted!
- Posted on 12/31/2010 by Lisa
Happy New Year, TeenNick-ers! If you stay up late tonight, be sure to roll out of bed by noon (eastern time) tomorrow, because that's when Every Degrassi Ever Weekends start.
I picked out a few more photos from our Degrassi archives:
Jimmy & Ashley, Marco & Ellie, Toby & Kendra, Manny & Craig, Emma & Sean... These pics feel like a reminder of how complicated relationships are, especially on TV. Which couple from Degrassi's early seasons is your favorite?