Mia Jones (Degrassi: The Next Generation)

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Mia Jones
Degrassi: The Next Generation character
Nina Dobrev at ETalk 2008.jpg
Nina Dobrev as Mia Jones
First appearance Can't Hardly Wait (6.04)
Last appearance Just Can't Get Enough, Part 2 (9.02)
Portrayed by Nina Dobrev
Information
Nickname(s) Mamma Mia (by Holly J.)
Occupation Model
Family Anna Jones (mother)
Children Isabella "Izzy" Jones (daughter with Lucas)
Nationality Canadian

Mia Jones is a fictional character portrayed by Nina Dobrev on the teen drama series Degrassi: The Next Generation. She was a recurring character in season 6 and a regular from seasons 7 to 9. She portrayed an 11th grader in the 8th season, placing her in the same class as Holly J., Anya and Chantay.

Prior to Season 6[edit]

In April 2004 -Sweet Child O' Mine airdate-, Mia lost her virginity to a boy named Lucas Valileri while in his sister's bed. Consequently, she fell pregnant. After Lucas left her once she told him of her pregnancy, she was left to raise her baby on her own with the help of her mother. Mia, then 13, soon gave birth to her daughter whom she named Isabella.

Season 6[edit]

At the start of season 6, Mia is introduced as a sophomore new to Degrassi, formerly a student of Degrassi's rival school Lakehurst. She wants to join the Spirit Squad, but captains Manny and Darcy discover that she has a 2-year old-daughter - after which Darcy works to discourage Mia from joining because she is strongly opposed to premarital sex. Even after Manny stands up for Mia, Darcy is able to keep Mia off of the team.

Later at a basketball game, a Lakehurst spectator named Nic Milton Crompton insults and humiliates Mia in front of the school, using the fact that she was a teen mother and remarking if she "even knew who the father was", causing her to slap him and starting a riot. This, in which, starts the first of many conflicts between the Lakehurst and Degrassi students. It is later revealed that Nic is Mia's ex-boyfriend and was jealous of J.T., who had shown interest in Mia.

After J.T. scores a job working on a children's television show, he learns that Mia's daughter Isabella is a fan of his. To become better acquainted with Mia, J.T. invites the mother and daughter to a taping of the show. Mia makes an attempt at asking J.T. out, and after some deliberation, he gives in. During their date, J.T. learns of the involvement Mia has with Lakehurst, which later becomes a large storyline to the series. J.T. and Mia eventually become a couple.

At Liberty's birthday party, J.T., her then boyfriend, dies after being stabbed by a Lakehurst student. Mia, who was out of town during the incident, is devastated by the news and requests a tape of J.T. and Isabella to be played at his memorial. Toby later reveals to Mia that on the night of the stabbing, J.T. had admitted to Toby that he was still in love with ex-girlfriend Liberty and planned on re-uniting with her. Mia, heart-broken during the moment, eventually admits that she somehow always knew about it, but just didn't want to believe it. She then proceeds to help Toby and Liberty go through J.T.'s belongings in his locker.

Season 7[edit]

After Lakehurst is devastated by a fire over Christmas Break, its students are hastily moved into Degrassi, forcing students to share lockers. Mia is paired with Holly J. (sister of the infamous Heather Sinclair), and the two are instantly at odds with each other, especially after being acquainted with Lakehurst student Sav, whom the two girls are both interested in. The two battle it out, using insults on each other both in and out of class. After Holly J. implies that she strongly disapproves of Mia being a teenage mother, Mia evicts Holly J. from the locker they had to share.

Mia has her eyes on Sav. He appears to show interest in her, too, however after Mia and Holly J. have a heated personal debate during class with Sav in the middle of the action, his liking for Mia seems to dissolve slightly. In an attempt to win him back, Mia apologizes to Sav and the two go to The Dot for a date. However, the next day at school, Mia suggests to Sav that they start hanging out more with each other, and he admits to her that he's not interested in getting involved with anyone at the moment, which leaves Mia heartbroken. In "Hungry Eyes", Sav approaches Mia at the badminton tournament and encourages her to get back involved in the game, stating how good she was at the sport back at their old school, Lakehurst. Mia is reluctant because of her baby, but she gets back into it and her feelings for Sav overtake her. She goes to kiss him but he admits he's "never done it". She says it's OK and that lots of people are virgins. He then admits that he's never kissed a girl. She says that in exchange for badminton lessons she'll teach him how to show affection and eventually give him his first kiss. When she goes to kiss him publicly after their sexuality triumphs, he backs off. Mia and Holly J. later see Sav looking at Anya's sticker book with her, seemingly bonding, hinting there may be a growing friendship.

The father of Mia's daughter, Isabella, is soon revealed to be Lucas. It turns out that he had abandoned her when he learned that she was pregnant with Isabella, but now wants to get back in her good graces by giving her money and buying Isabella expensive toys. Mia at first wants no part of it because she doesn't want Isabella's father to be a thug. He ruins her relationship with a new guy by abruptly revealing her teen mother status and promptly scaring him off, but despite this she allows him to be a part of Isabella and her life, and the two begin dating again. He vows that he will try and change his delinquent ways so he can be a better influence on his daughter.

However, all this attention for Isabella is revealed to be an excuse to get closer to Mia. Despite Jane's warnings about how Lucas is a bad influence, Mia still sticks with him. Soon, Lucas invites Mia over to finally have some alone time whilst his parents are away on a trip, Mia comes in to find a party already started. At first, Lucas is disappointed to find that Mia also brought Isabella, but is okay with it after Mia puts her to sleep in Jane's room. After getting into the party and drinking some booze offered from Lucas, Mia is reminded to check on her daughter in case anyone tried to kidnap her. However, she looks into the room and sees that Isabella is missing. Mia begins to panic, looking around, and asking if anyone saw her daughter.

Luckily, Mia then bumps into Jane who is holding Isabella, telling her how Isabella got scared and came looking for her. Jane again warns Mia on how bad an influence Lucas is on her and advises her to leave while she still can. This time, Mia agrees and takes Isabella to leave the party. However, on her way to leave the house, the police show up to break up the party. After seeing Isabella at a party with booze everywhere they are forced to call Children's Aid on her.

Upon being interrogated by the police, Lucas denies being the father to Isabella, leaving Mia with all the blame. Mia and her mother are later found at the Children's Aid office and they agree to keep a better watch over Isabella. The social worker questions if it is just Mia raising Isabella without the father present. Mia answers that it is just her raising Isabella.

Season 8[edit]

In the Season 8 opener, Mia attempts to try out for the "Power Squad", a re-branded version of the Spirit Squad, Degrassi's cheerleading team. Holly J. is now the leader, and she does not let Mia on the team due to her responsibilities as a mom to a now three-year-old, Isabella, preventing her from being a reliable cheerleader. Later that day, it is revealed that her mother begins to work from home and is willing to help her out, as long as Mia makes her junior year "her year". Mia is thrilled, and the first thing she does is confront Holly J. to join the Power Squad. Holly J. gives in, and Mia and Danny later pose together at the Fashion Show on the first day of school.

After the fashion show, she is approached by an agent who thinks she has potential. Overjoyed, she hugs Danny and is given job leads to look for modeling work. She auditions for a brand called "T-Bombz", endorsed by Tom Blake, a, fictional football star. During the audition, she is very nervous, and she messes up. Thinking she bombed the audition, she finds Tom Blake's address after hearing that some models please their clients to get modeling work. The following night she goes over to his house and they end up having sex.

The next day, she receives a phone call telling her she got the modeling job, and now Holly J., Chante, and Anya become her friends. She and Danny begin to have a romantic interest, and she also befriends a new girl, Leia. Mia also has her first runway show, after which Tom Blake approaches her to party. Mia and Leia then go to Blake's apartment, where he wants to have group sex with Mia and Leia. Leia immediately backs out, and expects Mia to, but she explains that she does it to keep her job. Leia and Mia then have a falling-out, and she leaves. Mia is late for school the next day, and she is given a pass by Principal Sheppard. She learns that she is falling behind in class. Later, she has a photo shoot with Tom. She rebuffs him after finding out before the shoot that she had the job before she slept with Tom. She also finds out that Tom has been married for two years.

The next day, at lunchtime, Mia is hanging out with Riley and all her new friends, who are looking on a laptop at Mia's pictures. Mia asks Danny to sit with her, but since he found out that Mia had sex with Tom to get the job, from Leia, he rejects her. He sarcastically says he will keep her secret and the episode ends.

Darcy's stay at Degrassi is cut short as she leaves for Kenya for a semester, and she has yet to tell Peter. In the hallway, she tells Peter that she is leaving the next day, which leaves Peter very upset and he refuses to speak with her. Later that day, Degrassi has its first football game, and even though they lose, Peter hosts an after-party. He sulks at the party and he is confronted by Mia, who comforts him. They then go for a "walk", or as Peter puts it kind of hook up. The next day, Danny criticizes Peter for going for Mia right after Darcy. Mia then wants to see where their relationship is going, and she talks to him in the hallway. Peter tells her that things are "complicated", and that he does not want to start a relationship and Mia leaves, angry. He decides to move on from Darcy and he and Mia have lunch together. But Clare gives him a note and a trinket that Darcy had sent from Africa while he is eating lunch. Mia sees him throw it out, but after lunch is over he reaches for the note in the garbage, keeping it. Therefore implying that he still loves Darcy.

Mia's interest in Peter grows, but she feels upset when he begins spending all of his time with his new best friend, Riley. A few days later, Peter hurriedly asks her to make their relationship official, insisting that he just wants to prove to all of his new guy friends that he's straight. He later confides in Mia that while playing boxing on his game console, Riley kissed him. Mia, despite being shocked, tells him that they're friends and that shouldn't change because Riley is gay.

Holly J. eventually finds out from Leia that Mia slept with Tom Blake in order to become a model. Holly J. tells a reporter what Mia did to land her modeling job and it airs on television, becoming a sex scandal. Mia, upset over this, decides to take action. The Power Squad votes Holly J. out of the squad for what she did, making Mia captain.

When Mia is hanging out with Peter (and Angel, his half-sister), Mia tells him that he looks cute with her. When Peter makes a comment that he shouldn't be taking care of his sister's responsibilities, Mia takes his comment to offense. Peter then apologizes as he only made the comment because he is actually jealous, because his father never paid a lot of attention to him. Mia advises him to confront his dad and Peter leaves with Angel, to confront his dad. She is then seen with Peter and Angel at school.

Mia finds out Peter has been keeping in touch with Darcy and plans to visit her. Mia dumps him because she knows he still loves her.

Mia is failing English and will have to repeat the course unless she aces her final, which is a public speech. Modeling is keeping her behind on school work and is nervous because she already is a year behind. Struggling with a foot in two worlds, Mia bombs her speech. Unwilling to give up the benefits of modeling money, Mia chooses to drop out of school to model full-time, but after talking with her mom she decides to go back to Degrassi, realizing that her education will ultimately get her through life as where modeling is only a temporary career.

Peter keeps trying to win Mia back, but she refuses to give in and tells him that she is always going to wonder what would have happened if Darcy never left for Kenya. Later on in the episode, Peter and Sav are playing video games at Peter's place and Sav gets a phone call from his younger sister Alli. He just found out that there were police cars at The Dot, and that's where Anya and Mia were going after shopping. Peter and Sav head to The Dot, where they later find out from Blue that there is a man with a gun inside, holding Holly J hostage. Viewers later find out that Spinner has been shot, but he is saved by Holly J. When Anya and Mia show up afterwards, Sav runs to hug Anya and he is thankful that she is all right. Peter hugs Mia, saying how glad he was that she is okay, and kisses her. Mia is puzzled and Peter confesses his love for her, saying how he thought he would never see her again and that she would never know how he felt about her. She smiles and kisses him back and the two get back together, enjoying their night together at the black and white dance.

In "Degrassi Goes Hollywood", Mia tags along on the journey to L.A. and later ends up helping fix the broken-down bus with her expensive leggings, saying it was an old trick her mom taught her. She also appears with Manny and The Studz in the Mewesical High movie directed by Jason Mewes.

Season 9[edit]

In the season opener, Mia gets a modeling contract in Paris and Peter intends to go with her. However, when he later turns to drugs and become addicted, she dumps him and heads to Paris with her daughter by herself. Peter and Mia later have a video chat and appear to be on good terms again now that he kicked his drug addiction. Despite this, they don't get back together. She is Peter's second girlfriend in a row to relocate across the Atlantic. This was to allow Dobrev to exit the series to enable her to star in the American series for The CW, The Vampire Diaries.

Relationships[edit]

  • Lucas Valieri
    • First Relationship
      • Start Up: Before "Can't Hardly Wait" (604)
      • Broke Up: Before "Can't Hardly Wait" (604)
        • Reason: Lucas wasn't there for Mia when she got pregnant
    • Second Relationship
      • Start Up: "Sweet Child O' Mine" (716)
      • Broke Up: "Everything She Wants" (721)
        • Reason: Lucas did not want to take any responsibility for their daughter Isabella and wanted to be first in Mia's life.
  • Nic
    • Start Up: Before "Can't Hardly Wait" (604)
    • Broke Up: Before "Can't Hardly Wait" (604)
      • Reason: Never explained other than that they dated for awhile while at Lakehurst together.
  • J.T. Yorke
    • Start Up: "Eyes Without a Face, Part 1" (605)
    • Broke Up: "Rock This Town" (611)
      • Reason: J.T. had died from a fatal stabbing.
  • Peter Stone
    • Start Up: "Fight the Power" (803)
    • Broke Up: "Heart of Glass" (816)
      • Reason: Peter was not over Darcy.
    • Second Relationship
      • Start Up: "Danger Zone" (818)
      • Broke Up: "Just Can't Get Enough, Part 2" (902)
        • Reason: Peter began using meth, causing Mia to move on in her life without him.