An Interview with Michelle Goodeve, Degrassi's Ms. Avery
It’s the second installment in a two-part series, Interviews with the Teachers of Degrassi Junior High! My Degrassi Junior High recaps, which got off to a modest start nearly four years ago, are continuing to get noticed by people actually involved in the show. I have to say, when I was a teenager watching Degrassi every Saturday afternoon on WYES, I never dreamed that someday I’d actually be corresponding with members of the legendary Playing With Time Repertory Company.
And not just any cast members. Earlier this year, I spoke to Dan Woods, Mr. Raditch himself, and through that connection I got the opportunity to interview the other much-beloved teacher from the series. I’m talking of course about Michelle Goodeve, who played Ms. Karen Avery for four seasons on Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High.
What you may not know is that Michelle’s been busy ever since as a producer, screenwriter, and story editor, writing episodes of several Canadian TV shows, including White Fang, Mysterious Island (based on the Jules Verne novel), and the animated series Redwall.
But if that’s not enough to pique your interest, Michelle is also a licensed pilot, with a special passion for flying antique airplanes. She even started an online magazine, WhyFly.aero, with articles and photographs all about the love of flying.
Yes, in real life, Ms. Avery flies airplanes. Seriously!
In this interview, Michelle talks about the Degrassi Junior High auditions, how flying makes her a better actor, having to say goodbye to Ms. Avery after four seasons, and the time she spent barnstorming with a literary legend, and it all starts after the jump…