On last week’s Degrassi, Fiona Celestine Arabella Coyne came out as a lesbian. Depending on how you’re counting, the lead-up to that announcement could date back to her dating the closeted Riley Stavros or to her attempt this spring to start up a relationship with Adam because she liked that he was “the best of both worlds,” even while she was crushing on her best friend, Holly J.
Fiona has been through a lot this season alone as she fought an abusive ex-boyfriend in court and battled the alcoholism that she had been using to hide from other problems, but she seems to be coming out (no pun intended) of this season in a better place than she began it.
Annie Clark is the 18-year-old actor who has been playing Fiona since her introduction on Degrassi in the fall of 2009. She recently talked to me about who she thinks Fiona should be with, fan responses to her most recent storyline, and what’s ahead for Fiona and Holly J.
AfterEllen.com: Let’s cut to the chase! Readers on AfterEllen.com have been torn over whether Fiona should be with Adam or Holly J. Who do you think is better for Fiona, or should she get a new love interest entirely?
AE: Did you have any suspicions before this season that Fiona might not be straight and, if so, how did that impact your portrayal of her?
AE: At what point did you find out about Fiona’s spring storyline with Adam and then Holly J., and what did you think about it?
AE: How would you say Fiona identifies her sexuality at this point, if she does?
AE: I think you’ve been doing such a great job handling the complexity of Fiona’s feelings. Do you feel any responsibility to represent the queer community now, and if so, how are you dealing with that?
AE: Queer women are some of the most loyal fans you could ever ask for. What kind of responses have you gotten from your fans this season?
AE: Do Fiona’s storylines ever influence you or help you to learn more about yourself?
AE: You’ve said before that you’re very different from Fiona — are there any ways in which you would say you’re similar?
AE: Which of Fiona’s storylines this season has been your favorite to film?
AE: What aspects of Fiona’s character have surprised you, and what is your favorite thing about playing her?
AE: Any ideas where the storyline with Adam and Holly J. will take Fiona next season?
AE: What would you most like to see happen for Fiona?
Read our interview with Jordan Todosey (Adam) and be sure to tune in for the first part of Degrassi: The Next Generation’s season 10 finale tonight to see how Fiona’s storyline continues.