Manny Santos was such a beloved character on Degrassi. But now that you’re doing other roles, is she someone you’re trying to distance yourself from?
I really loved playing Manny. I look at it again and see that the fans were so loyal and it really made my life. I don’t know what I’d be doing without it. So yeah, I’m definitely not trying to separate, I’m just trying to make my new character the most relatable in every way possible for them and for new viewers.

Speaking of relatable, you’re pretty open on your Tumblr and Twitter. Once you start getting more famous and getting more recognition for the show, do you expect yourself to start changing and becoming more secretive about your personal life?
Yeah, I mean as far as my relationships go. But with myself and what I choose to be open with, I don’t think I’d ever let the public dictate that. What I choose to keep private is not on there, which I think I’ve done great job with. [Laughs.]

You definitely want your fans to see the real you and not something that’s written for you, not someone who’s tweeting or Tumblr-ing for you. They want to know you and I think they deserve it. For all their time watching you and supporting you, they deserve it. I just like to really connect with them. But there definitely is a large part of my life that I keep private and that’s what you don’t see on there. So, you can imagine all the private secrets I have! [Laughs.] I’m just joking.

In one of your posts you mentioned that you easily cut off your suitors.
Well, I’m 22. if you can’t do that, then you’re gonna have your heart broken a lot. [Laughs.] Although I’m working a lot, so it's not like they can come find me, you know? Its like, “Oh well, I’m in another city now, ha ha ha!”

You don’t want to be hung up on someone when you’re across the country trying to make it in your 20s, when it matters. You know, I don’t want to be like, “Ugh, but I have to call him!” Or, “Everybody stop! Stop filming! Stop it! I have to call somebody before we get into this.” [Laughs.]

Given the success of other teen shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and the The O.C., what do you hope that The L.A. Complex becomes?
You just mentioned two really amazing amazing shows that are definitely on the history boards, of television, not actual history boards in school. [Laughs.] But gosh, I just hope it becomes something like that, something that gets recognition for what it is.

A lot of people worked really hard on this, so I think that it’s like an experiment and sort of a breakout for a lot of people. For Epitome, who produced Degrassi and Instant Star, which play in the States, this is their first CW show. For Martin Gero, the creator, this is something out of his element. He’s done Bored to Death and Battlestar Galactica and Young People Fucking. I think that it’s a really big risk and a really exciting time for a lot of people. I just hope that it’s everything that we all, as the group, want it to be. I would like it to be on the same steps as The O.C. and 90210.

So if it does become like The O.C. and Abby becomes an iconic character, would you mind being known as Abby for the rest of your life?
Of course not. I think that if somebody is iconic, it’s made an impression on people. I think that if you’re on that level, it means that you’ve affected people positively with your character portrayal. I definitely don’t think I’d mind. If you’ve gotten through to your fans or whoever was watching, it’s a very special thing. I mean, everybody on set calls me like “Cathy” or “Manny” or “Abby” or “That Girl” or “Alex” because my sister works on set. You can call me anything. Not anything. But a lot of things.

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