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Originally posted 07/20/2015 05:40PM
The Canadian franchise has captivated tweens and teens for 35 years – and given America some huge stars. Before Drake was a chart-topping rapper, Drake aka Aubrey Graham played Jimmy, a hotshot basketball player/amateur hip hop artist paralyzed from the waist down after a school shooting. The Vampire Diaries' Nina Dobrev? She acted as single mom/model Mia for three seasons. And Shenae Grimes was Christian spirit squad captain Darcy before she traded Canada for Beverly Hills in 90210.
Originally posted 06/28/2012 04:00PM
Chaz Bono is the latest celebrity to visit Degrassi.
The former Dancing with the Stars contestant and transgender activist stopped by the Toronto set of TeenNick's long-running drama, Degrassi: The Next Generation, Thursday to film scenes for an episode set to air in the fall. His role? Chaz Bono.
"I work with a transgender teen support group that is part of the organization Transforming Family," Bono says, "so when the opportunity to be part of a series that features a trans teen came up, I was thrilled."
In the guest spot – which Bono expressed interest in after meeting the Degrassi team at the 2011 Emmys – he'll play as a surprise celebrity judge for a Battle of the Bands style contest at the fictional Degrassi Community School.
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