Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards
Musical theatre and ballet dancer Aislinn Paul is perfectly suited as the smart and sophisticated Clare.
Before joining Degrassi, Aislinn played Jamie Johnston's pre-teen sister, Hannah, in the television series Zoey Busiek: Wildcard. Aislinn also landed the part of Beth Ellen in the Disney remake of the Nickelodeon classic Harriet the Spy . Aislinn traveled to Ecuador with the Degrassi cast and the organization "Free The Children" in 2008. A documentary of Aislinn and her cast mates' trip aired on MTV in Canada. Aislinn traveled again in 2010 to build a school in India and a second documentary aired on MuchMusic. On a day off, Aislinn can be found practicing gymnastics, ice skating or enjoying a dip in the pool.
This year, Clare feels ready to focus - on Clare. Last year taught her that she has to look out for herself - and that it's OK if the person she's becoming doesn't jibe with everyone else's ideas of Clare Edwards. In fact, she's going to find out who that person is, and it might mean she steps into a whole new world - one that's far away from former problems like KC and Jenna - and notably, from her former best friend Alli.
Degrassi is a fictional, dramatic television series that tackles tough teen issues in a realistic way. The internationally acclaimed Emmy-nominated series is the winner of a Television Critics Association Award, the Peabody Award and two Teen Choice Awards. Heralded as the most authentic teen drama on television, Degrassi explores an interesting group of adolescents and young adults going through the trials and tribulations of teendom at Degrassi Community School. In its twelfth season, the series follows Fiona (Annie Clark, Clare (Aislinn Paul), Alli (Melinda Shankar), K.C. (Sam Earle), Connor (AJ Saudin), Jake (Justin Kelly), Katie (Chloe Rose), Imogen (Cristine Prosperi), Jenna (Jessica Tyler), Dave (Jahmil French), Drew (Luke Bilyk), Adam (Jordan Todosey), Bianca (Alicia Josipovic), Eli (Munro Chambers), Owen (Daniel Kelly), Marisol (Shanice Banton), Tori (Alex Steele), Maya (Olivia Scriven), Tristan (Lyle O'Donohoe) and Zig (Ricardo Hoyos). Faculty include Ms. Oh (Cory Lee) and Principal Simpson (Stefan Brogren). Season 12 introduces new characters Mike Dallas (Demetrius Joyette), Cam (Dylan Everett), Becky (Sarah Fisher) and Luke (Craig Arnold) to the show.