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Paula Brancati’s Award Show Extravaganza

Paula Brancati, the nominated star of Degrassi does the Gemini Awards (aka the Canadian Emmys) in style.

Paula Brancati

Hey everyone, Paula Brancati here!

On Tuesday, October 20th, I had the honour of attending the Gemini Awards, held at The Sound Academy in Toronto. I was completely thrilled not only to be nominated for my work in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode “Fight the Power” (Jane’s Football team debut in Season 8!), but I also had the opportunity to present a few awards. Here, my friends, are some highlights from the evening:

My cast mates can attest for the fact that I am always up for a snack from Craft Service! This Nutella sandwich was perfect to munch on as I was getting ready.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

I was filming some scenes for an exciting new episode of Degrassi the morning of the Gemini Awards, so our fabulous crew sped through my shots as quickly as possible to get me to the awards on time! The lovely Etheline (hair dresser extraordinaire) entertained me with her dry wit as she worked her magic on my hair.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

Putting in one final pin—that woman is a magician.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

This beautiful dress was graciously provided by BCBG (Yonge and Bloor location, Toronto). I was looking for something unique, classy, but with a dash of sexy at the same time. The cool and helpful staff helped me deliberate, choose accessories and finally land on this one as the winner!

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards BCBG

My lovely Degrassi cast mates, Adamo Ruggiero and Lauren Collins, and myself strike a pose. (Stacey Farber, not pictured, was also nominated for her amazing
performance in Degrassi Goes Hollywood!)

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

My agent Shari Quallenberg and I with the talented Patty Sullivan, CBC Kids Host and Gemini nominee.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

After pre-show mingling and some nervous laughter backstage, Adamo and I finally took the stage and got the ball rolling with the first few awards!

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

A little blurry, but such an exciting moment to share! Director Eleanore Lindo, who I had the privilege to work with in “Fight the Power,” won a Gemini Award for her fantastic work in the episode. Producer and long time cast member Stefan Brogren (aka Mr. Simpson) accepts on her behalf.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

Adamo and I waiting to present an award.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

On my way home after a great night and ready to film again in the morning.

Paula Brancati Gemini Awards

It was such an honour to be nominated. I was so excited for Michael Seater, who won the Gemini for his leading role in the family channel show, Life With Derek. The energy pre- and post-ceremony was electric and it was so great to be surrounded by actors, directors and producers who I have been lucky enough to work with over the years. I truly love working on Degrassi, being able to play such a strong female character and speak to viewers through the tough and gritty stories we tell every episode. I am proud to be a part of the Degrassi legacy, and my night at the Gemini’s was icing on the cake!

—Paula Brancati

From your friends at Faze, THANKS PAULA!!! WE LOVE YOU

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