Cassie Steele Interview (pg. 2)
Sindy: What was it like to meet Kevin Smith?
Cassie: He is a really funny guy. Him and Jason Mews are such a pair, they're so funny and witty. And Kevin Smith you wouldn't think just because of his characters, cuz a lot of people know him from his character Silent Bob and Silent Bob is obviously silent, but when Kevin Smith opens his mouth, people are drawn to him. He is so smart and witty and everything he says has this ironic twist. So it's really cool being around him.
Sindy: Were you a fan of Kevin Smith's before the show?
Cassie: Not really. I'm going to be honest.
Sindy: How about now?
Cassie: Yeah, when I found out he was going to be on the show I rented like, all his movies. I think Clerks is my favorite.
Sindy: What was your favorite Degrassi episode to work on?
Cassie: Probably, U Got the Look. Which is the episode where Manny gets to dress all scandalous - probably the most scandalous she's ever dressed. I got to wear this thong that was totally showing and this little, tiny top, it was like this little halter top. It was pretty cool.
Sindy: I was reading that you used to be very active in gymanastics. Do you ever miss that?
Cassie: Yeah I used to be an elite gymnast. I do miss it, but it's weird going back to it. I would always try to go back, but I used to be with this group when I was in gymnastics and they would always be ahead of me, and you just don't feel the same motivation as you used to.
Sindy: Are you working on any other projects right now?
Cassie: No, I think basically right now I am just focusing on music. We are starting rehersals soon for my release party. And, I'm really scared cuz I've never really performed live, and especially my own stuff, you know? I've been to singing contests and I've performed with people before but not my own stuff, with just me. It's going to be my band and stuff and we're all really close but still. I'm going to be like, 'I'm singing... and I don't know what to do on the guitar solo.' What if I'm just standing there? What if I can't vibe out to the music? I can't just be dancing around all the time.
Sindy: You could always just pull an Ashlee Simpson.
Cassie: Oh yeah - just walk off the stage.
Sindy: Do you attend regular school still?
Cassie: Uhh, yeah kind of. I go to school, but I'm not really a school person. I hate school. I think the system doesn't work at all. They say that tutoring on set helps and it works for some people. But it doesn't work for me. I go to this alternative school for kids with outside activities, and it's really easy and stuff but it's like, you're never there. And it's hard to motiviate yourself to contact them and give them your work when you're so busy. And on set you're working all the time and you do a scene and then you have a break and you're tutoring. And you don't want to have to work and then work again. You want down time for your next scene. I think next year I'm going to try and be home-schooled, but that'll probably bomb.
Sindy: Okay - now, what's your favorite food?
Cassie: Chips or ice cream.
Sindy: Favorite TV Shows?
Cassie: Family Guy and That '70s Show.
Sindy: Favorite Movie?
Cassie: Leon the Professional by Luc Besson and La Femme Nikita. Like, all his films I think are amazing.
Sindy: Item of clothing you could not live without?
Cassie: I just got these ripped jeans on sale on Kensington Market. I used to wear black baggy pants all the time, but I think these are like my new ones that I am going to wear everyday of my life. Like, I'm going to wear them in the shower.
Sindy: Do you have any advice for kids wanting to get into the industry?
Cassie: I don't know, cuz it's really hard. It's really all about luck. It's luck to get there but really hard work to stay there. It's hard to find your place first of all. And then it's hard work cuz you miss out on a lot of things. Friends are a major part of your life when you're a teenager so it's really hard to live without that sort of thing.
Sindy: How have your friends reacted to your fame?
Cassie: They think it's cool. But if I go to a party and stuff I hate it cuz like the buzz is killed when someone's like, 'Oh, it's the Degrassi chick. Oh she's doing this and Manny doesn't do that sort of thing'. They are so in tuned with your character that they don't see the actual person. But a lot of my closer friends are really cool with it, they don't really mention it.