Lauren Collins

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Lauren Collins
Lauren Collins 10.jpg
Collins in November 2010
Born (1986-08-29) August 29, 1986 (age 30)
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Lauren Collins (born August 29, 1986) is a Canadian actress and writer. She is best known for portraying Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She has also had supporting roles in the films Take the Lead (2006) and Charlie Bartlett (2007). In 2013, she appeared in multiple episodes of the sketch comedy Kroll Show, as well as a recurring guest role in the upcoming fourth season of the FX series The Strain (2017).

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Thornhill, Ontario, the daughter of Sari (née Bresver) and Stan Collins.[1][2] Her father was born in London, England.[3] Collins was raised Jewish.[4] She has one brother, a copy editor, and her first cousin once removed is Spencer Rice, one of the stars of Kenny vs Spenny. She is a graduate of Thornlea Secondary School.[5]

Career[edit]

Collins first began acting in 1998, with roles in various television series including Once a Thief, Noddy, and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. From 2000 to 2001, she had a recurring role on In a Heartbeat before landing the role of Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001.

She also portrayed Derek's ex-girlfriend Kendra on Life with Derek. She has also appeared in numerous theatrical productions, playing the title roles in Alice in Wonderland and the production of Annie, and starring in the made-for-television film Virtual Mom.

In 2006, Collins made her feature film debut in Take the Lead, appearing alongside Antonio Banderas. The following year she appeared in Charlie Bartlett (starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey, Jr.). In 2008, she co-starred in the direct-to-DVD feature Picture This, opposite Ashley Tisdale and fellow Degrassi alumnus Shenae Grimes.[6] After YouTube celebrity Shane Dawson expressed his interest in watching the Degrassi series, Collins starred in a parody video released March 6, 2010. She once again worked with Disney Channel and Tisdale on the 2011 High School Musical spin-off feature, Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure, playing the role of Tiffani.[citation needed]

From 2013 to 2014, Collins hosted MTV's 1 Girl 5 Gays replacing Aliya Jasmine Sovani, who had been hosting the show for 4 seasons.[7]

In 2014, she co-wrote and starred in the short film Zero Recognition, directed by Ben Lewis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.[8] Between 2013 and 2014, Collins appeared in four episodes of the sketch comedy series Kroll Show.[9]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Valentine's Day Young Alma Also known as: Protector
2006 Take the Lead Caitlin
2007 Charlie Bartlett Kelly
2008 Picture This Alexa
2011 Servitude Krissy
2014 Zero Recognition[8] Demi Short film
2015 Farhope Tower Judy

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Real Kids, Real Adventures Meggie 1 episode
1998 Blood on Her Hands Ruby Collins Television film
1998 Once a Thief Cleo at 13 1 episode
1998 Tempting Fate Ruby Television film
1998 Happy Christmas, Miss King Libby Hubble Television film
1998–1999 Noddy Rox 3 episodes
1999 Rocky Marciano Mary Anne Television film
1999 I Was a Sixth Grade Alien Lindy Mae 2 episodes
1999 Restless Spirits Rhonda Television film
2000 Virtual Mom Lucy Foster Television film
2000 Deliberate Intent Erin Smolla Television film
2000 Baby Portia Pinter Television film
2000–2001 In a Heartbeat Brooke Lanier 18 episodes
2001 What Girls Learn Susie Television film
2001–2008 Degrassi: The Next Generation Paige Michalchuk 143 episodes
2003 Blue Murder Shannon Brady 1 episode
2003 Mutant X Megan Morrison 1 episode
2003 Bury the Lead Sara Chase 1 episode
2004 Renegadepress.com Amanda 1 episode
2005 Totally Spies! Terra/Gazella 2 episodes
2005 Radio Free Roscoe Blaire 2 episodes
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Ada-May Television film
2006 Angela's Eyes Heather Keene 1 episode
2006–2009 Life with Derek Kendra 10 episodes
2007 Grossology Naomi Voice role; 2 episodes
2007–2009 The Best Years Alicia O'Sullivan 8 episodes
2009 Willa's Wild Life Sara 1 episode
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Paige Michalchuk Television film
2011 Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure Tiffani Disney Channel Original Movie
2011 Being Erica Barbera Strange (young) 2 episodes
2013 Long Story, Short Lucy 8 episodes
2013 Murdoch Mysteries: Nightmare on Queen Street Rebecca Miniseries
2013–2014 1 Girl 5 Gays Host Talk show
2013–2014 Kroll Show Collette / Mary Belle Edwards 4 episodes
2016 Slasher EMT 1 episode
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Paige Michalchuck 1 episode
2017 Conviction Lucy Bates 1 episode
2017 The Strain Sophie 4 episodes

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title of work Result
2002 Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Degrassi: The Next Generation
(Shared with cast)
Won
2003 Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Degrassi: The Next Generation
(Shared with cast)
Nominated
2004 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Renegadepress.com
(For episode "Skin Deep")
Nominated
2006 Young Artist Award Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) Degrassi: The Next Generation
(Shared with cast)
Nominated
2008 Gemini Award Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series Degrassi: The Next Generation
(For episode "Talking in Your Sleep")
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parkinson Society Canada's SuperWalk raises record amount". News-Medical.net. August 1, 2010. Retrieved August 25, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel - Service Details". benjaminsparkmemorialchapel.ca. 
  3. ^ Baylen, Ashley (April 11, 2011). "Top 20 Jews in the Arts - Lauren Collins". Shalom Life. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Glassman, Marvin (August 25, 2010). "Local actress hopes for Hollywood stardom". Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original on September 30, 2010. 
  5. ^ Lagerquist, Jeff (February 1, 2014). "Turning the Paige". Thornhill Post. Retrieved May 7, 2017 – via PressReader.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ Chang, Rachel (July 20, 2008). "Picture This: High School Musical Meets Degrassi". Seventeen. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  7. ^ Donahue, Anne T. (January 22, 2013). "Lauren Collins is the new host of MTV’s ’1 Girl, 5 Gays’". Yahoo! News Canada. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b "Zero Recognition". TIFF.net. Retrieved August 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Busis, Hillary (January 23, 2014). "Watch ex-'Degrassi' star Lauren Collins in excellent 'Degrassi' parody". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2017. 

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