She was Emma's best friend, and a member of the Spirit Squad with popular girls Paige and Hazel. But it wasn't until season 3 that she really blossomed into the fierce and fabulous Manny we know and love.
You know, the one who gave zero effs what you thought of her. Cassandra Steele, now 25, is still acting and making music in Los Angeles.
This is the second mini-"Degrassi" reunion in the past week, as Miriam Mc Donald (Emma Nelson) and Cassie Steele (Manny Santos) met up for coffee in late July.
, that so-bad-it-was-good teen drama about a bunch of middle/high school students who got into a ludicrous amount of trouble?
It premiered in 2001 and it was basically the best soap opera on TV for teens and tweens (which is especially impressive given that it was a Canadian show).
Much like Manny, she's a free spirit who loves pizza, hangs and sending self-deprecating tweets. Before he became Drake, Aubrey Graham was Degrassi High's own Jimmy Brooks, Spinner's best friend and Ashley's BF.
Before he was shot and paralyzed in season 4, Jimmy was an aspiring basketball star.
Oh, and getting your period in the middle of class is super embarrassing, but all you need is a BFF to have your back (literally) and you'll be fine.
And who could forget the age-old proverb, "No bracelet is worth gonorrhea." But perhaps the biggest lesson "Degrassi" taught us about life is that no matter how awkward you look in middle school, you will grow up to be super effing hot. Take it from these guys: Sure, Jimmy, Spinner and Sean looked pretty ~cool~ in this mid-'00s snapchat, but their hotness is seriously on another level in 2015.
Spinner was another original cast member whose run on the show was impressively long (he stayed on the show for nine seasons! Since leaving the show, Shane’s the latest to venture into music—he currently performs with his band Dear Love.
, now known simply as “Degrassi”, is the television series exploring the authentic high school experience.
In 2008, she played Danielle "Daisy" Brooks in the made-for-television movie Poison Ivy 4: The Secret Society.
Paige is determined to get back to her former glory both in the classroom and in affairs of the heart.
"Degrassi: The Next Generation" may be over, but that's not stopping us from taking a minute to reflect on all of the important life lessons the Canadian teen show taught us.