Cassie Steele On Returning To 'Degrassi': 'There Have Been Talks'

Fri, March 30, 2012 1:30pm EST by 4 Comments

Plus, Cassie talks about watching younger sister Alex make her ‘Degrassi’ debut: ‘She lights up the screen.’

When Canadian drama The L.A. Complex premieres on The CW, Cassie Steele will have stateside viewers in a permanent state of jaw-on-floor. But while she’s excited for fans to get a taste of what’s next (and believe me, I’ll be gushing over the new drama closer to its April 24 debut) you’ll also be glad to know she’s sticking close to her Degrassi roots. “With the right story line, I’d definitely like to [return],” she tells “And there have been talks!”

Cassie’s fellow Degrassi grad Lauren Collins recently reprised her role as mean-girl Paige Michalchuk in a webisode, and Cassie says she’s open to doing the same with the iconic Manny Santos.

“It’s really just finding the opportunity for it,” she explains. “I’m not on the show anymore, so it’s not about us anymore, and we really need to capitalize on the new characters — the budding careers these young actors have. It has to suit their story line. So if I have the chance, I’d love to. It’s a really big part of my life, and it’s so great to see these young adults working and being amazing at what they’re doing.”

One of those young adults, of course, is Cassie’s younger sister Alex Steele, who joined Degrassi this year as Tori Santamaria — a boy-stealing, bow-wearing freshman — and Cassie couldn’t be more proud.

“I love watching her,” Cassie says. “I think she lights up the screen; she really worked hard to get that part, and it shows. … She’s a quick learner, she’s professional, she’s fun — she’s just a really sweet girl.”

Alex stopped by our NYC offices back in February — I attached the video interview below — and I can definitely vouch for that sweetness. So don’t be fooled by her cat-fighting Degrassi persona; Cassie assures me that “all the Steeles” have a little cat-fight spirit in them.

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What do you think, Degrassi fans? Is an injection of Vitamin Manny Santos just what the doctor ordered? Leave your thoughts about a potential Cassie cameo in the comments section below!

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Posted at 5:32 AM on May 15, 2012  

If the writers stop blatantly rehashing storylines it will be good again. The original TNG cast got all the good stuff. Even though their storylines were rehashed from the 80’s version of the show but they had a spin that made them current and exciting this new cast is missing that fresh spin.

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Posted at 7:02 PM on April 23, 2012  

I miss Jimmy, Paige, Alex, Ellie, Craig, Manny, Emma, Liberty, JT, Jessie, Ashley, Sean, Spinner, & Darcy. All the originals! Even the not so old ones like Mia, Peter, Danny, …etc.

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Posted at 2:25 PM on April 22, 2012  

I agree I miss the old cast…with Jimmy,Manny,Paige ect…

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Posted at 3:16 PM on March 30, 2012  

you know, degrassi’s a good show and all but it’ll never be the same as with the original next generation class.

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