‘Degrassi: Next Class’ Returns With More Hard-Hitting Topics

No matter what “Degrassi” generation you’re from, the long-running franchise’s subject matter always hits close to home.

Season 3 of “Degrassi: Next Class” saw 16-year-old Lola decide to have an abortion, and despite the controversial subject matter, the storyline received more praise than backlash.

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“A lot of girls have come to me on social media, thanking me for helping them with their own abortion,” series star Amanda Arcuri tells ET Canada. “That comes with a lot of people saying, ‘That’s wrong,’ but I think it also opened their mind a bit, because a lot of people have been saying, ‘It kind of changed my mind on how I see it.'”

Now in its fourth season, the teen drama is tackling its next hot-button topic: transgender youth.

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“[My character] goes on this whole journey where she’s not sure of her gender identity,” says Jamie Bloch, who plays Yael. “As the season progresses, she’s no longer identifying as ‘she’ and she’s now ‘they,’ and they decide they’re non-binary.”

“I’m excited to see what the response is, and hopefully people can identify with the character,” she adds.

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