07:52 PM EDT 04/13/2013
Degrassi: The Next Generation
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.
Originally posted 04/09/2006 06:00PM
Lauren Collins rules the school as head cheerleader Paige on The N's Degrassi: The Next Generation, but things are different in her new movie, Take the Lead. "She feels like the ugly duckling," Collins says of her character, Caitlin, a preppy student who takes up ballroom dancing in an inner-city class led by Antonio Banderas (who plays real-life New York City dance teacher Pierre Dulaine). But by the end of filming, Collins was hitting the salsa clubs with her castmates. The Toronto native, 20, talked with PEOPLE.com about her "white girl" moves, working with Banderas and the latest season of Degrassi.
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