Steele at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, September 7, 2007
|Born||Cassandra Rae Steele
(1989-12-02) December 2, 1989
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Cassandra Rae “Cassie” Steele (born December 2, 1989) is a Canadian actress, singer and songwriter, best known for portraying Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Abby Vargas on The L.A. Complex. Steele is of British descent on her father’s side and Filipino descent on her mother’s side. In 2014, she played Sarah in the MTV horror television movie The Dorm.
Life and career
Steele began crafting her own songs to go with her poetry when she was in the first grade, she then began taking singing lessons. She attended London School of Dance in Scarborough, Ontario and trained in ballet and jazz dance. Cassie was also a gymnast for an unspecified amount of time.
2001-2010: Degrassi: The Next Generation
In 2001, Steele appeared on an episode of Relic Hunter as the ten-year-old version of Sydney Fox.
Since she was eleven years old, Steele has appeared as a regular cast member on Degrassi: The Next Generation playing the character of Manny Santos. She played the role for nine years, before exiting the show in 2010. She has also appeared in three Degrassi TV films: Degrassi Spring Break Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan.
During the filming of Degrassi, Steele also starred in the Disney film Full Court Miracle as well as the MTV movie Super Sweet 16: The Movie and My Babysitter’s a Vampire and had recurring roles in The Best Years and Instant Star.
Steele has also embarked on a music career. Her debut album, How Much for Happy, was released in 2005, followed by two Canadian tours. Steele’s follow-up album, Destructo Doll, was released on July 21, 2009. She appeared on Channel One News to promote the album for the music segment.
2011-present: The L.A. Complex and other projects
In 2011, Steele was cast as Abby Vargas in the series The L.A. Complex, which premiered on CTV and Much Music on January 10, 2012, and aired regularly on Much Music. On the same day as the premiere, the series was officially picked up by The CW to begin airing in the United States in the spring. It was renewed for a second season, which aired simultaneously on both Much Music and The CW that summer. The L.A. Complex was officially cancelled on December 20, 2012.
She starred as Valerie Vont in the Lifetime film Sorority Surrogate, which was released on March 22, 2014. She will appear as Sarah in the film The Dorm later in the year.
On August 12, 2014, Steele released the album “Patterns” to iTunes. The official video for “Games” was released the same year on September 1, and it premiered on her VEVO page. Steele released the single “Power” shortly afterwards. It was released to iTunes on October 21, 2014.
|How Much for Happy
- “Things That God Cannot Explain” (2005)
- “Pavement” (2008) (featured on Songs from Instant Star 4)
- “Crash My Party” (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie)
- “Life Is a Show” (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie)
- “One Saturday Night Away” (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie; with the cast of Degrassi Goes Hollywood)
- “Something Sexy” (2010) (single release)
- “I Trust You” (2010) (featured on Degrassi Takes Manhattan: The Heat Is On (Music from the Original Movie); with fictional band The Studs)
- “Grain” (2010) (single release)
- “Mad” (2014) (single release)
- “Power” (2014) (single release)
|2001||Relic Hunter||Sydney Fox – Age 10||Episode: “Sydney at Ten”|
|2001–2010||Degrassi: The Next Generation||Manny Santos||Seasons 1-9 (Series regular)|
|2003||Full-Court Miracle||Julie||TV movie|
|2004||Doc||Heidi Euchi||Episode: “No Pain, No Gain”|
|2007||Super Sweet 16: The Movie||Sophie||TV movie|
|2007||The Best Years||Lucy Ramirez-Montoya||3 Episodes|
|2007||‘Da Kink in My Hair||Girl||Episode: “Fass & Facety”|
|2008||Instant Star||Blu||5 episodes|
|2008||Degrassi Spring Break Movie||Manny Santos||TV Movie|
|2009||Degrassi Goes Hollywood||Manny Santos||TV movie|
|2010||Degrassi Takes Manhattan||Manny Santos||TV movie|
|2010||My Babysitter’s a Vampire||Rochelle||TV movie|
|2012||L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex||Abby Vargas||Lead role|
|2014||Sorority Surrogate||Valerie Vont||TV Movie- Main role|
|2014||The Dorm||Sarah||TV Movie- Main role|
|2014-2017||Rick and Morty||Tammy Gueterman||4 episodes|
|2015||Shark Zombie||Amber Steele||TV Movie- Main role|
2015 CONVOS WITH MY 2 YEAR OLD (TV SERIES) BRITTANY
2016 TWIST OF FATE KELLY
2016 ACCOUNTING (VIDEO GAME) SKELETON GIRL
2017 DEGRASSI: NEXT CLASS (TV SERIES) MANNY SANTOS
2017 MISSISSIPPI RIVER SHARKS
2017 UNTITLED NOHO PROJECT LANA