Holly J is a bit witty and a bit sassy, but that's what makes her so lovable. Charlotte Arnold has played Holly J. Sinclair for the past four seasons of Degrassi. Back in season seven, she was mean, snarky, and insecure. Definitely the villain you'd love to hate, she made enemies for fun, like treating her best friend Anya (Samantha Munro) horribly by exposing Anya's learning disability. Degrassi's now entering its tenth season and Holly J has grown more mature, although she still has that spark of edginess that captures viewers' attention.
For the first time in Degrassi history, there will be a new episode every Monday-Thursday. Episodes air at 9 p.m ET. "When we initially heard we'd be shooting a whopping 48 episodes this year, I think everyone was slightly overwhelmed," Charlotte said. "However, as soon as we began having readthroughs and getting a chance to see the writing, we were all blown away. The depth and reach of the issues we're tackling have been totally expanded. Fans will get the chance to follow storylines over the course of the entire year and get much more involved. Not only that, but each and every character is given the chance to shine and their individual stories are constantly colliding with others. This is also our first year where episodes are airing while we're still in production — I'm just so enjoying seeing the fans' response to the new format so far and I really can't wait to see how the season plays out."
Degrassi's tenth season premiered last Monday with the newest Degrassi movie, "The Heat Is On," which drew 1.2 million viewers, breaking TeenNick's record as the most watched telecast. The movie followed Holly J to New York, where she had a summer internship. While there, she was forced to put up with her boyfriend Declan's (Landon Liboiron) twin sister, Fiona (Annie Clark). Fiona's jealousy of her brother's relationship with Holly J caused her to spend a lot of the movie trying to break them up, which put a strain on Holly J and Declan's relationship.
"I think Holly J and Declan have had an amazing relationship so far and there's obviously a lot of love there, but unfortunately this season they'll have to deal with the whole long distance relationship thing," Charlotte said, "Sometimes that can bring out the best in a person, sometimes not so much. They've both got their eyes on the prize — Yale — but getting there and staying together is going to be difficult. Holly J is going to get a new guy in her sights, and while I love Holly J and Declan as a couple, this other option may ultimately be the right choice for her."