Started from the Dot and now they’re here.
Sure, some people may just know Drake as the Grammy award-winning Canadian rapper set to host Saturday Night Live tomorrow night, but to Degrassi: The Next Generation fans, he’ll always be Jimmy Brooks, the school’s star basketball player who was confined to a wheelchair after a tragic school shooting.
But Drake (ahem, Aubrey Graham for longtime fans of the TeenNick series), isn’t the only actor to break out from the Canadian teen soap, known for tackling tough topics and sensitive subjects, such as teen pregnancy, suicide, drug abuse and more. You name it, Degrassi has done a very special episode about it (it goes there). The Vampire Diaries’ star Nina Dobrev also got her start on Degrassi, as well as several other CW actors
We decided to check in on some of our favorite stars of the long-running drama, which is currently in its 13th season, well over 300 episodes, with no signs of slowing down (it’s a Canadian national treasure is what we’re saying), including Lauren Collins (What’s up, hun?!), Jake Epstein (still swooning over Craig Manning!) and Shenae Grimes (Is Darcy still in Kenya?) among others.
Whatever it takes, we know you can make it through…our gallery below to see what the Degrassi cast is up to now.
(And apologies to fans of characters such as Ashley Kerwin, Liberty Van Zandt and Alex Nunez, we couldn’t include everyone. We do have to pretend to have some semblance of a social life.)