Why is it that everywhere we look, another member of the Degrassi mafia is hitting it big south of Niagra Falls? First there was skinny mini Shenae Grimes scoring the lead role in the new 90210, trading her Canadian character Darcy in to become a 21st-century Brenda Walsh. Then it was Aubrey Graham (who performs as “Drake” but is better known, among Degrassi-philes at least, as Jimmy Brooks), who has been spotted canoodling all over the place with Rihanna and may or may not officially be her new man. Now, Jake Epstein has been tapped to star in the national tour of Spring Awakening.
Be still my beating, Craig Manning-loving heart — this just proves that Degrassi: The Next Generation was totally Gen Y’s version of the Mickey Mouse Club. If Shanae is Britney, and Aubrey is nouveau-Justin, it remains to be seen who will emerge as Degrassi: TNG’s answer to Christina Aguilera. Paige? Manny? All of this just makes us even more excited for Degrassi Goes Hollywood, this summer’s movie special.