Here’s A Life Update On 64 “Degrassi: The Next Generation” Cast Members

By now, you’ve probably heard that there’s a new Degrassi reboot coming to HBO Max in 2023!!

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Now, there are many versions of Degrassi. For starters, Degrassi: The Next Generation was actually a reboot of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. There’s also Degrassi: Next Class, which aired on Netflix from 2016-2017.


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Today, though, I wanna talk about what some of the cast of The Next Generation era has been up to! Believe it or not, it’s been over 20 years since it premiered. Here’s a look at the cast then and now:

Note: Because there are SO many characters and not everyone has social media, we couldn’t include every single actor on this list.

1. First, Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson then:



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And Miriam McDonald now:

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She has the CUTEST Frenchies:

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2. Cassie Steele as Manny Santos then:



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And Cassie Steele now:

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She’s living her best life in Denver now, but she hasn’t forgotten her roots! She even recreated Manny’s iconic thong look last year.

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Time warp 🤪 #mannysantos #degrassithenextgeneration #bussitchallenge

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And she and Miriam are still besties!

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3. Shane Kippel as Spinner Mason then:



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And Shane Kippel now:

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He’s been making Degrassi merch lately:


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Here’s a hint for the next t shirt …

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4. Aubrey Graham (aka Drake) as Jimmy Brooks then:



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And Aubrey Graham now:



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I mean…do we really need a life update on this one?! Obviously, Jimmy Brooks has done pretty well for himself. Let’s not forget this iconic 2018 video, though!


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5. Ryan Cooley as J.T. Yorke then:



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And Ryan Cooley now:

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He’s been pretty quiet about his life on social media, but he did share this adorable engagement pic in 2019! Congrats, Ryan!!

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6. Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt then:



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And Sarah Barrable-Tishauer now:

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Our girl is a DJ now!!

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7. Melissa McIntyre as Ashley Kerwin then:



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And Melissa McIntyre now:

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Melissa has retired from acting since her Degrassi days, but she still posts throwback gems like this:

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8. Jake Goldsbie as Toby Isaacs then:



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And Jake Goldsbie now:

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He hosts a baseball podcast called Less Than Jays.

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9. Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi then:



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And Adamo Ruggiero now:

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He’s been pretty quiet on social media these days, but at least he’s kept us updated on his hair!

10. Daniel Clark as Sean Cameron then:



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And Daniel Clark now:

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He graduated from New York University in 2012 with a degree in political science, plus a minor in business. Oh, and he tweeted this recently :


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It’s official. https://t.co/TsEGdpCEa6

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Soooo, is there still hope for a Semma endgame or what?!

11. Jake Epstein as Craig Manning then:



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And Jake Epstein now:

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He’s had a few big acting roles since Degrassi, like when he played Spider-Man on Broadway for Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. More recently though, he was cast in the upcoming Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy!

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12. Stacey Farber as Ellie Nash then:



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And Stacey Farber now:

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@staceyfarber / Instagram: @staceyfarber

You might recognize her from Virgin River or Superman & Lois. She also played Patrick’s ex-fiancée on Schitt’s Creek.



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13. Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk then:



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And Lauren Collins now:

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She’s appeared on shows like Sex/Life and What We Do in the Shadows. She and her husband have an adorable son, Charlie, and they recently celebrated his second birthday!!

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14. Andrea Lewis as Hazel Aden then:



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And Andrea Lewis now:

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She started her own production company, Jungle Wild Productions, and also created a web series called Black Actress. You can check out the first episode below:


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15. Christina Schmidt as Terri MacGregor then:



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And Christina Schmidt now:

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She works as a model!

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@christina.m.schmidtt / Instagram: @christina.m.schmidtt @sandramonacophoto / Instagram: @sandramonacophoto

16. Mike Lobel as Jay Hogart then:



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And Mike Lobel now:

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He works as a filmmaker and musician now!

17. Shenae Grimes-Beech as Darcy Edwards then:



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And Shenae Grimes-Beech now:

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You probably also remember her as Annie on 90210, which she starred on from 2008-2013. Now, she lives in Tennessee with her husband and their two kids (plus one adorable fur baby)!

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18. Nina Dobrev as Mia Jones then:



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And Nina Dobrev now:



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Obviously, her career took off when she was cast as Elena Gilbert on the hit show The Vampire Diaries. She’s also been in quite a few films since then, including The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Flatliners, and Love Hard.



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19. Paula Brancati as Jane Vaughn then:



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And Paula Brancati now:

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She was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for best lead actress in a TV movie!

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20. Jajube Mandiela as Chantay Black then:



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And Jajube Mandiela now:



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She’s continued her acting career with roles on shows like Murdoch Mysteries and Star Trek: Discovery. Oh, and she apparently approves of this BuzzFeed article:

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21. Ephraim Ellis as Rick Murray then:



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And Ephraim Ellis now:

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He’s mostly stayed out of the spotlight in recent years, but has appeared in a few TV movies, like The Wedding Ring. Oh, and he obviously had that iconic cameo in Drake’s “I’m Upset” video!

22. John Bregar as Dylan Michalchuk then:



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And John Bregar now:

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He works as a cinematographer and director now! 

23. Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair then:



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And Charlotte Arnold now:

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She welcomed a baby girl named Jane in August of 2021!

24. Annie Clark as Fiona Coyne then:



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And Annie Clark now:

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She graduated from University of Toronto with a degree in American Studies in December of 2021. Congrats, Annie!

She shared this super cute pic of her and Charlotte at the latter’s baby shower last year:

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25. Raymond Ablack as Sav Bhandari then:



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And Raymond Ablack now:



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You probably recognize him as the hot guy in Maid (see above). He also played Joe on Ginny & Georgia — fun fact, his sister was on it, too!

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26. Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny Van Zandt then:



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And Dalmar Abuzeid now:



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He won a Canadian Screen Award for his role as Sebastian “Bash” Lacroix in Anne with an E in 2020! He was also the first Black actor to perform in any Anne of Green Gables adaptations.

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27. Marc Donato as Derek Haig then:



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And Marc Donato now:

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He doesn’t seem to be acting these days, but he’s an avid snowboarder now!

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28. Landon Liboiron as Declan Coyne then:



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And Landon Liboiron now:



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He’s had lead roles in TV shows such as Hemlock Grove and Frontier. He was also in the 2018 horror movie Truth or Dare.



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29. Shannon Kook as Zane Park then:



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And Shannon Kook now:



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You might recognize him from The 100 and the Conjuring movies.



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30. Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards then:



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And Aislinn Paul now:

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She’s been pretty quiet on social media these days, but she starred in Hulu’s Freakish in 2016 and has had recurring and guest roles in several other shows. 

31. Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno then:



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And Cristine Prosperi now:

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She got engaged to her partner in 2021!

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She and Annie are also still close . #FimogenForever

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32. Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy then:



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And Munro Chambers now:



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He doesn’t have an Instagram, but he is active on Twitter.

33. Jordan “Jordy” Todosey as Adam Torres then:



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And Jordy Todosey now:

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She’s pretty active on Twitch these days.

34. Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres then:



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And Luke Bilyk now:

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He’s continued his acting career — most recently, he starred in the series The Porter. He also got engaged last year to his partner, Nicole!

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35. Samantha Munro as Anya MacPherson then:



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And Samantha Munro now:

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She got married in 2019!

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36. Shanice Banton as Marisol Lewis then:



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And Shanice Banton now:

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Since her Degrassi days, she’s been on several shows, including Murdoch Mysteries and Diggstown.

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37. Chloe Rose as Katie Matlin then:



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And Chloe Rose now:

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She’s been enjoying traveling with her partner. Also, fun fact: She and Aislinn are best friends IRL!

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38. Justin Kelly as Jake Martin then:



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And Justin Kelly now:

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He plays Jesse on Hudson & Rex. Also, he got married last December, and Munro was in his wedding party!

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39. Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour then:



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And Jacob Neayem now:

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He got married last year! 

40. Alicia Josipovic as Bianca DeSousa then:



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And Alicia Josipovic now:

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She released her debut single, “Never Say Goodbye,” on Spotify and Apple Music last year.

41. Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari then:



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And Melinda Shankar now:

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It looks like she has a new role coming up on an HBO project!

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42. Sam Earle as K.C. Guthrie then:



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And Sam Earle now:

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He now does artificial intelligence research for gaming.

43. A.J. Saudin as Connor Deslauriers then:



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And A.J. Saudin now:



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This pic was from 2017, but you can see more recent ones on his Instagram. He lives in LA now!

44. Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton then:



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And Jessica Tyler now:

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She’s engaged, and she and her partner also bought a house recently!

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45. Spencer Van Wyck as Wesley Betenkamp then:



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And Spencer Van Wyck now:

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He DJ’s for weddings now!

46. Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin then:



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And Olivia Scriven now:

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She’s been in a few projects recently, including a horror movie called Blood Quantum.



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47. Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan then:



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And Lyle Lettau now:

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He and Olivia are in a band called Cute Whore together:

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You can check out their music on Spotify.

48. Alexa Steele as Angie Jeremiah and Tori Santamaria then:



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And Alexa Steele now:

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She was most recently on the show Jann.

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For anyone who doesn’t know, she and Cassie are real-life sisters!

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49. Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak then:



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And Ricardo Hoyos now:

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He was in the Transformers movie Bumblebee in 2018 and also starred in the Netflix film Truth or Dare in 2017.



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He’s currently in a band called Dog Cosmic. Here’s me and my friend at one of his shows in 2021!

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50. Demetrius Joyette as Mike Dallas then:



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And Demetrius Joyette now:

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He lives in LA now and is still pursuing acting. He also runs a business specializing in custom wooden products.

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51. Dylan Everett as Campbell Saunders then:



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And Dylan Everett now:



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He rarely uses social media, but it looks like he’s still acting! You might recognize him as teenage Dean Winchester on Supernatural.

52. Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker then:



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And Sarah Fisher now:

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Since Degrassi, she’s had roles in several TV movies and played Megan in the TV series The Potwins. Also, she and Luke played love interests in the 2017 movie Kiss and Cry.

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53. Ana Golja as Zoë Rivas then:



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And Ana Golja now:

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She released an EP called Strive in 2021. She’s also hoping that Zoë could make an appearance on the reboot …


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Soooo….Zoe Rivas is going to be the Drama class TA? The new students def want a cute teacher that greets them with “Bonjour Bitches”. ‍️ https://t.co/iQlgO9emYb

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HBO, make it happen!!

54. Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III then:



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And Eric Osborne now:



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He’s still acting, and he works as a producer for Sailfin Productions. He even interviewed his onscreen Degrassi sister, Sara Waisglass, recently!

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55. Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth then:



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And Sara Waisglass now:

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You probably know her as Max on Ginny & Georgia.



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She’s also a rising star on TikTok, where she frequently makes fun of her Degrassi days.

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does this answer your question? all love! SO HAPPY for team degrassi! #degrassi #hbo

Sad bear noises – Sam

Please stop asking her if she’s going to be on the reboot.



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56. Spencer MacPherson as Hunter Hollingsworth then:



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And Spencer MacPherson now:

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He plays Sparrow on Astrid and Lilly Save the World.



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57. Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini then:



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And Amanda Arcuri now:

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She played Vanessa on Party of Five (2020). Most recently, she guest starred on Star Trek: Discovery!

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You can read our interview with her and Eric here. HBO execs, if you’re reading this, reminder that they both said that they would love to make a cameo together .

58. Reiya Downs as Shay Powers then:



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And Reiya Downs now:



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She hasn’t been active on social media since 2019, but we hope she’s living her best life!



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59. André Dae Kim as Winston Chu then:



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And André Dae Kim now:

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He was recently cast as Christian in the new Vampire Academy adaptation!


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VAMPIRE 🧛‍️ love you Ian ️ https://t.co/RSN0V8zmK7

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Ian was one of the writers for Degrassi: Next Class.

60. Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak then:



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And Ehren Kassam now:

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He plays Ross in the series Coroner. He’s also in a band with Eric, and the two are best friends IRL!



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61. Richard Walters as Tiny Bell then:



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And Richard Walters now:

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He continues to work as an actor and musician.

62. Niamh Wilson as Jack Jones then:



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And Niamh Wilson now:

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Turns out, they’re a super talented artist! Check out this painting:

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63. Amanda Stepto as Christine “Spike” Nelson then:



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And Amanda Stepto now:

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She turned 51 last year!

64. And finally, Stefan Brogren as Archie “Snake” Simpson then:



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And Stefan Brogren now:

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He hosted this adorable mini-reunion last year!!

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BRB, sobbing.

Note: Jahmil French, who played Dave Turner, died in March 2021.



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Stay tuned for more news about the Degrassi reboot.