‘Degrassi: The Next Generation,’ is wrapping up for good and the series finale is guaranteed to bring some tears. To open up the floodgates, let’s take a look back at the season 1 cast, and see who all those kids grew up to be!
Degrassi: The Next Generation will officially end its 14-year run on July 31, leaving us viewers with heartache and memories. The Canadian series, known for its controversial and boundary-pressing content, has aided its audiences in navigating the tumultuous road to adulthood for hundreds of episodes, and it’ll be devastating to see it go. But let’s not cry because it’s over! Instead, let’s celebrate everything the series has given us by catching up with the show’s original cast– and let’s also attempt not to keel over from a nostalgia-induced breakdown.
Aubrey Graham (Jimmy Brooks): Let’s get the obvious out of the way. Aubrey, also known as rap superstar, Drake, is now known around the world as a rapper. He’s managed to do alright for himself since ending his run as Jimmy. He’s sold a casual 5 million records to date, and also managed to win himself a Grammy Award along the way. Meek Mill, who?
Miriam McDonald (Emma Nelson): Miriam has been working consistently since she departed Degrassi, but hasn’t quite broken out. She did have a super memorable arc on the hit BBC series, Orphan Black, and has guest starred on numerous other series, as well.
Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk): Lauren has also continued to act steadily since her Degrassi days. She hosted the MTV Canada series 1 Girl 5 Gays for a number of years and, most memorably, she has appeared several times on The Kroll Show, acting in a Degrassi parody called “Wheels, Ontario.” It’s a must watch.
Daniel Clark (Shawn Cameron): Daniel basically left acting altogether once he left Degrassi (perhaps knowing no other job would ever compare?) He earned a political communication degree from New York University, and continues to work as a producer for television news.
Shane Kippel (Spinner Mason): Shane turned into a rockstar! Just like his character Spinner, Shane is a real talent behind a drum set, and he now gets to show off his musical chops on the daily in his band, Dear Love.
Cassie Steele (Manny Santos): Cassie’s kept it versatile since leaving Degrassi. She’s starred in a number of TV movies and she even starred on the CW series, LA Complex. Additionally, she’s also released two records! Not too bad for little Ms. Santos!
Of course, the cast was way bigger than the aforementioned, but if we went through each founding member, we’d probably miss this evening’s finale! So tell us, HollywoodLifers, are you bummed to see Degrassi go? Or are you just thankful for the memories?
— Casey Mink