Degrassi’s Cassie Steele Gives Oral History of Manny’s Whale Tail

Cassie Steele

Degrassi followers know Manny Santos’ transformation kicked off with a rhinestone blue thong — and it seems they’ve her portrayer Cassie Steele to thank.

“I bear in mind being the youngest of the forged and I simply wished to be taken significantly and be mature and extra horny. And so the whale tail was one thing that I wore someday to rehearsals, and I assumed I used to be so cool,” Steele solely instructed Us Weekly in a current interview. “I used to be like, ‘Oh, my gosh, I’m getting all this, like, consideration and I have to be actually pulling this off proper now.’”

Steele believes that chatter about her outfit among the many male forged members, handlers and producers influenced the writers.

“It was tremendous embarrassing, [but] on the identical time, being actually thrilling as a result of Manny had not been actually within the forefront till that episode,” she continues. “She was the perfect buddy earlier than that. And this sort of gave her her personal establish, which was thrilling and embarrassing, , makes the lady sweat in all the great methods and all of the unhealthy methods.”

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Within the episode titled “U Received the Look,” which initially aired in October 2003, Steele’s Manny tells BFF Emma (Miriam McDonald) that she desires to “be scorching” — “not cute, not lovable, scorching” — and wears the bedazzled blue whale tail with low-rise denims, a flowy crop prime and an identical hat.

Degrassi Alum Cassie Steele Gives Oral History of Manny Santos Iconic Whale Tail

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“I believe that I used to be in all probability one of many characters that I really feel like they modeled after the precise actor, to not say that the whole lot that Manny did was issues that I did,” Steele tells Us. “However I believe that the large milestones — her eager to turn into an actor or going to Hollywood, and even her friendship with Emma, me and Miriam have been very shut at the moment. [And] Shenae [Grimes], who performed Darcy, was additionally very shut with us. So I had a relationship with Darcy on the present when Shenae and I have been [friends].”

In honor of the twentieth anniversary of the long-lasting episode, Steele teamed up with Tubi, the place followers can stream each season of Degrassi, to carry again the outfit as a limited-edition Halloween costume.

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“I believe I form of all the time knew it was [Manny’s moment]. It undoubtedly created essentially the most affect on my life,” she says. “And it was actually important as a result of I knew it had been based mostly off of one thing that I had finished on set. I didn’t understand it was iconic in the way in which that we speak about it now, however I knew it was a extremely huge milestone [and] one thing that had brought about an enormous splash.”

Steele now sees followers carrying a model of the look in October yearly. “It’s in all probability solely not too long ago that I noticed how iconic [it was] or how the nostalgia actually impacts individuals,” she provides.

Degrassi Alum Cassie Steele Gives Oral History of Manny Santos Iconic Whale Tail

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Outdoors of Halloween, stars like Hailey Bieber and Dua Lipa have rocked the thong-dress development.

“Y2K had lots of enjoyable types. So, I see it and I prefer to assume that possibly it was [Manny] impressed, however I don’t see as a lot of the relation as a result of it’s finished actually in a different way,” Steele says.

Steele — who has an EP popping out on Halloween along with her band Psychocandy — performed Manny for 9 seasons of Degrassi: The Subsequent Technology and in two TV motion pictures, Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan. She’s at present watching the present for the primary time because it aired.

“Oh, my God, my mustache within the first season — I nearly couldn’t even make it by way of,” she says. “I’m making an attempt to look at it with my accomplice and I’m simply, like, ‘I can’t.’ I don’t wish to carry, like, consideration to it, however I’m like, ‘Wow, that’s a extremely darkish shadow below my nostril.’”

She provides that she’s wanting ahead to season 3 — to see the whale tail and Manny’s notorious love triangle with Craig (Jake Epstein) and Ashley (Melissa McIntyre).

“The Christmas episode with Craig, Ashley and Manny, that’s actually thrilling. After which among the later seasons, I’m simply actually excited to get to. I’m on season 2 now. I really feel like after a few seasons go by [when you’re filming], you don’t find yourself watching each episode. So I believe I’m essentially the most excited to discover what the opposite characters did that I didn’t essentially watch,” she says.