It’s been 13 years since “Degrassi: The Next Generation” first aired on Canada, introducing a new group of teenagers to the ongoing drama at one high school in Canada. Since then, many cast members have cycled through the series. That’s the nature of a show where the school is the main character — students graduate and move away. Still, there will only ever be one original “TNG” class.
If you’ve ever wondered what your favorite actors from the first season of “Degrassi: The Next Generation” are up to, it’s Zap2it to the rescue. While many of them are still acting, you might be surprised what some did after the show.
Miriam McDonald (Emma Nelson)
Without McDonald, there may be no “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Her character is the one that linked the show with its predecessor. Since leaving, she’s had plenty of roles but nothing major. She’s tacked up a host of TV movies and guest-starring appearances — including a Season 1 role on “Orphan Black.” She’s also posted a few yoga instructional videos on YouTube.
Cassie Steele (Manny Santos)
Steele has made a name for herself in acting and music since leaving “Degrassi.” Including a string of Canadian TV shows and movies. She also starred on The CW’s “The L.A. Complex” and has released two albums, along with a pair of EPs.
Ryan Cooley (J.T. Yorke)
After his character was killed off during “Degrassi” Season 6, Yorke largely disappeared from the limelight. He resurfaced in 2012 as a guest star on the “Millie and Midge” YouTube series. He also had voice roles on the cartoons “Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion” and “BeyWarriors: BeyRaiderz.”
Jake Goldsbie (Toby Isaacs)
Once his “Degrassi” days were done, Goldsbie went to college and got a degree in theater. He eventually started writing for Canadian sports website The Score and currently hosts the “Sportsfeld” podcast. As for acting, his only post-“Degrassi” credit was a guest appearance on Canadian comedy-drama “Being Erica” in 2010.
Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty Van Zandt)
After “Degrassi,” Barrable-Tishauer said goodbye to acting altogether. Currently she’s the digital marketing coordinator for day tour company Urban Adventures. If her Instagram account is any indication, she’s having a great time seeing the world.
Daniel Clark (Sean Cameron)
Like Barrable-Tishauer, Clark largely left acting after “Degrassi.” He went to New York University to earn a degree in political communication with a minor in business of media and technology then landed a job as a digital news associate at ABC News. In 2013, he worked for cable news network Fusion as a producer.
Lauren Collins (Paige Michalchuk)
Collins has had a range of jobs since leaving “Degrassi” — including hosting MTV Canada’s talk show “1 Girl 5 Gays” — but one thing stands above the rest. She has four guest appearances on Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show” in the recurring “Wheels, Ontario” sketch. For those who don’t watch “Kroll Show” — and you should — the sketch is a “Degrassi” parody.
Aubrey Graham (Jimmy Brooks)
Post-“Degrassi,” Graham was never heard from again. Oh, well, there was that thing where he became the most popular rapper on the face of the planet. Using his middle name, Drake, on stage, Graham is by far the most popular former “Degrassi” star.
Melissa McIntyre (Ashley Kerwin)
McIntyre doesn’t really act much anymore. In fact, after “Degrassi” she mostly disappeared. However, in 2012 she joined the band Fortune for a period of time and is now active on Twitter and Instagram.
Shane Kippel (Spinner Mason)
You might remember Spinner playing the drums rather well on “Degrassi.” Kippel turned that into a career after his time on the show and now plays with the band Dear Love.
Christina Schmidt (Terri McGreggor)
After her “Degrassi” character was written out of the series, Schmidt did some modeling and appeared on W Network’s “How To Look Good Naked Canada.” She hasn’t done any acting. Schmidt got married in 2013.