Degrassi: Next Class features Dante Scott of Amherstburg

Dante Scott of Amherstburg will play a character named Vijay Maraj.
Amherstburg teen Dante Scott is the newest member of the Degrassi crew. (Dante Scott/Twitter)

Dante Scott of Amherstburg has been cast in the next generation of the Degrassi show franchise.

Scott, 14, is a Grade 9 student at Walkerville Collegiate in Windsor. He will play a character named Vijay Maraj on Degrassi: Next Class, which debuts in January.

"As soon as I found out I could not stop screaming," Scott said. "My parents were huge fans of the show. They were more excited than I was when I got the role."

Scott said he was keenly aware of the show before he auditioned.

"I knew Degrassi dealt with some very serious problems teens have. It's basically one giant anti-bullying campaign. I was really, really proud to be part of this show," Scott said.

Scott said he and his character have some similarities.

"We both have a lot of fun in school," Scott said. "He's just always positive. Me as a person, as Dante, I always try and stay positive."

The entire cast has just be revealed and the show will debut in January on the Family Channel.

Scott said he didn't expect to be acting professionally so early on in life.

"I thought I'd learn my craft, learn acting and go out and land a big role later in life," he said.


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