Degrassi Cast Interviews with Stacie Mistysyn, Stefan Brogren & Pat Mastroianni at Cornwall Pop Event 2019

The Convention Junkies sat down with Pat Mastroianni, Stacie Mistysyn and Stefan Brogren — better known to “Degrassi” fans as Joey Jeremiah, Caitlin Ryan and Archie “Snake” Simpson — to inquire about their respective careers and hear their funny behind-the-scenes stories at the 2019 Cornwall Area Pop Event (C.A.P.E.). “Degrassi” is a Canadian drama franchise with over 621 episodes across all incarnations. It follows the lives of a group of teenagers who lived on or near De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The five main series are “The Kids of Degrassi Street,” “Degrassi Junior High,” “Degrassi High,” “Degrassi: The Next Generation” and “Degrassi: Next Class.”

Pasquale “Pat” Mastroianni (born December 22nd, 1971) is a Gemini Award-winning Canadian actor best known as ‘Joey Jeremiah’ in the “Degrassi” television franchise, including “Degrassi Junior High” (1987-91), “Degrassi High” (1987-91), the made-for-TV “Degrassi” movie “School’s Out” (1992) and “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (2001-06). Aside from appearing as himself in the docuseries “Degrassi Talks” (1992), his notable non-Degrassi TV acting credits include “Street Legal” (1989), “War of the Worlds” (1990), “Northwood” (1991), “Top Cops” (1992), “Secret Service” (1993), “Liberty Street” (1994-95), “Music Works” (1994-96), “F/X: The Series” (1997), “Once a Thief” (1998), “Mayday” (2003), “Blue Murder” (2003), “Playmakers” (2003), “Beautiful People” (2006), “Grossology” (2006), “Sons of Butcher” (2006), “Cra$h & Burn” (2009), “Connor Undercover” (2011), “Rookie Blue” (2012), “Saving Hope” (2012), “The Listener” (2013), “Cracked” (2013), “Bitten” (2014-15), “Dark Matter” (2015), “Man Seeking Woman” (2016), “Suits” (2016), “Beauty and the Beast” (2015-16) and “Good Witch” (2017). Mastroianni’s notable feature film credits include “Godzilla” (1998), “If Wishes Were Horses” (2002), “The Happy Couple” (2003), “The Untitled Work of Paul Shepard” (2010), “Unlucky” (2011), “40 is the New 20” (2009), “Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure” (2011), A Very Larry Christmas (2013), “Let’s Rap” (2015) and The Sound (2017).

Stacie Mo’ana Mistysyn (born July 23rd, 1971) is an American-born Canadian actress who originally portrayed ‘Lisa Canard’ in the “Degrassi” saga’s progenitor series “The Kids of Degrassi Street” (1982) before becoming better known as ‘Caitlin Ryan’ on “Degrassi Junior High” (1987-89), “Degrassi High” (1989-91), the made-for-TV “Degrassi” movie “School’s Out” (1992), “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (2001-08) and yes, “Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi” (2005). She also reprised her role in the “Degrassi: Next Class” reunion episode ‘#ThrowBackThursday’ which aired July 22nd, 2016. Aside from appearing as herself in the docuseries “Degrassi Talks” (1992), Stacie’s non-Degrassi acting credits include “Princes in Exile” (1990), “Under the Umbrella Tree” (1986), “CBC’s Magic Hour” (1990), “Class of ’96” (1993), “X-Rated” (1993), “Weird Science” (1996), “Seven Days” (1998), “Picture of Priority” (1998), “The Wrong Girl” (1999), “Jersey Guy” (2003) and “Wild Card” (2003). Fun Fact: she has DJ’ed as “DJ Mistylicious” with Amanda Stepto!

Stefan Brogren (born April 21st, 1972) is a Gemini Award-winning Canadian actor, producer and director best known as ‘Archie “Snake” Simpson’ in the “Degrassi” television franchise, including “Degrassi Junior High” (1987-89), “Degrassi High” (1990-91), the made-for-TV “Degrassi” movie “School’s Out” (1992), “Degrassi: The Next Generation” (2001-15) and “Degrassi: Next Class” (2016–17). He is the only actor to appear in every season of the Degrassi franchise, and as a regular cast member in each season! He directed the specials “Degrassi of the Dead” (2007), “Curse of Degrassi” (2008), “Degrassi Goes Hollywood” (2009), “Degrassi Takes Manhattan” (2010) and several “Next Generation” episodes from Season 10 and on. Brogren’s non-Degrassi television credits include “CBC’s Magic Hour” (1990), “Liberty Street” (1995), “Wind at My Back” (1997), “La Femme Nikita” (1997), “Twitch City” (1998), “I Was a Sixth Grade Alien” (1999), “Witchblade” (2001), “Prince Charming” (2001), “The Endless Grind” (2001), “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” (2001), “The Associates” (2002), “Martha, Inc.: The Story of Martha Stewart” (2003), “Wild Card” (2003), “Evel Knievel” (2004), “Sue Thomas: F.B. Eye” (2004), “Kojak” (2005), “Martha Behind Bars” (2005) and “Very, Very, Valentine” (2018). His notable film credits include “Hairshirt” (1998), “Focus” (2001), “Invitation” (2001), “Drummer Boy” (2002), “The Happy Couple” (2003), “Denied” (2004) and “Bitten (Vampire Apocalypse)” (2008). Fun Fact: Brogren was the first Canadian actor to use the word “f*ck” on Canadian primetime television!

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