Cassie Steele And Miriam McDonald Hold A Degrassi Q&A

“I just really wish that more could’ve been done.”

Degrassi‘s Cassie Steele and Miriam McDonald have reflected on their years playing Manny and Emma, the Canadian show’s original, complicated BFF duo, a couple of times in recent weeks.

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First, the former screen partners and real-life friends shared memories about filming and growing up as young actors in Toronto during an initial Instagram Live chat last month. It took place shortly after a wider Degrassi cast reunion at the ATX Television Festival.

The reunion coincided with Degrassi‘s 20th anniversary, and saw its stars looking back on the long running, coming-of-age ensemble series.

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Cassie and Miriam picked up where they left off during their preliminary chat in a follow up conversation on Instagram Live one week later.

Cassie recalled the body shaming that her character endured during one of the show’s earlier episodes, when Manny tried to break into acting.

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“It hit close to home, and when you’re a teenager, it can do a lot to your confidence,” Cassie said.

Miriam critiqued the show’s handling of her character’s eating disorder, and said she doesn’t believe it “was done justice” on Degrassi. “That is such a massive issue for me,” she continued, and explained her personal investment in this part of Emma’s story.

“My sister passed away after 15 years with a very serious eating disorder, so I think that the small way that the episodes glossed over it were, in my opinion, almost a disservice,” the actor said. Miriam also shared that her own experiences with an eating disorder influenced how she viewed Degrassi‘s approach to the subject.

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“It’s not something I’ve really talked about, my experiences in the early seasons with an eating disorder of my own,” she said. “It’s not something I’ve wanted to talk about just mainly because I, in no way, ever wanted to glorify that. Having gone through it so personally, I just really wish that more could’ve been done with them.”

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