Where Are They Now? Looking back at the cast of 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' More July 27, at To celebrate its return, take a look back at the original stars of Degrassi: The Next Generation, then and now. Jimmy was a basketball star who was shot by another student in season four. Paralyzed from the waist down, Jimmy stays at Degrassi until graduating in season seven. Nina Dobrev joined the cast as a regular in season six, playing Mia Jones, a single mom who embarks on a modeling career.
Dobrev starred on the show for six years before departing in She becomes depressed and tries to commit suicide, but eventually gets better and moves to Kenya to help build schools. The show aired for five seasons and shortly after filming the series finale, Grimes tied the knot with musician Josh Beech. As the series goes on, she deals with issues like cyber danger, sexually transmitted diseases, and eating disorders.
She currently works as a real estate agent and remains active on Instagram. Sean has an on-again off-again relationship with Emma McDonald throughout many seasons, but leaves the show when he joins the army and is shipped to Afghanistan. Complex, which also briefly aired on The CW in Steele has also pursued a music career, releasing her EP Shifty in , followed by Patterns in Early in the series, many girls had their eyes set on musician Craig Manning, played by Jake Epstein.
He also had a brief stint as the alternate for Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. Immediately following that, he originated the role of Gerry Goffin in Beautiful: The Carole King Musical on Broadway in When Lauren Collins first appeared on Degrassi, she portrayed Paige Michalchuk as the popular mean girl, but the superficial label left as her character developed.
She also co-created and starred in Zero Recognition, a satirical short film about a young actress who joins the world of Internet dating. She remains close with several of her Degrassi co-stars, in particular Adamo Ruggiero.
In , he appeared in several episodes of the web series MsLabelled. And speaking of Degrassi alums, Ruggiero occasionally posts throwback photos or mini-reunions with his former cast members on his Instagram account. Shane Kippel played Spinner Mason, whose bullying of another student leads to Jimmy getting shot in season four. Later in the series, Spinner was diagnosed with testicular cancer, but goes into remission. Soon after, he put acting on hold to pursue music.
She later grows out of that phase and when she attends university, she becomes more involved in journalism by joining The Core, the student newspaper. After that, she starred in the short-lived Canadian sitcom 18 to Life, about a teen couple who get married after high school.