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  • The Cast Showoff:
    • Ashley Leggat, who plays Casey, is a professionally-trained dancer, and the show emphasized this repeatedly in later seasons. The TV-movie Vacation with Derek even made a whole subplot out of this, casting So You Think You Can Dance Canada winner Nico Archambault as her love interest.
    • Leggat is a triple threat entertainer. She is also a singer, having sung a few times on the show.
  • Dawson Casting
    • Played straight with Ashley Leggat who was 19 playing a 15 year old, and with Michael Seater who was 18 playing a 15 year old.
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    • This was averted with Daniel Madger (Edwin), Jordan Todosey (Lizzie), and Ariel Waller (Marti) who were all around their characters ages at the time of filming.
    • Actually, Daniel Madger is four years older than Jordan Todosey, despite them playing characters that are around the same age.
  • Fake American: Inverted. American actor Al Sapienza plays the Canadian businessman who wants to develop the lake in The Movie.
  • Only So Many Canadian Actors:
    • Lauren Collins as Kendra, Derek's first long-term girlfriend.
    • Michael Seater, John Ralston and Shadia Simmons had all before been featured on the Canadian series Strange Days At Blake Holsey High.
    • Kate Todd, who played Sally, starred in Radio Free Roscoe, another Canadian sitcom.
    • John Ralston starred as Emperor Ming in the short-lived Sci Fi Channel adaptation of Flash Gordon.
    • Ashley Leggatt and Shadia Simmons also appeared in Ace Lightning.
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    • Before Strange Days at Blake Holsey High, Michael Seater and Shadia Simmons also worked together in The Zack Files. Ashley Leggat appeared with them in one episode.
    • There's more where that came from. See Degrassi's trivia page for a full break down.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Both Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat find it quite funny that while they are the youngest children in their respective families, they play the oldest siblings in their TV-families.
  • The Other Darrin: Casey's cousin Vicki appears in one episode in the first season, and another in the fourth season, are played by two actresses who look nothing alike.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater insist that they are this.
  • Playing Against Type: Compare Michael Seater's role as Derek to the ones he played in Strange Days At Blake Holsey High and The Zack Files, he is completely different from Lucas and Spencer.
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  • Romance on the Set: By most reports, Ashley Leggat and Michael Seater dated during production of the first season.
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