A Degrassi star’s journey

Nicole Maracle, a Mohawk First Nations, performed a smudge for the students of Sarah Cormier's class at Port Perry High School. Jake Charles, a Georgian Island Ojibwa, received the smudge from Maracle.
Canadian actress Jordan Todosey poses with her Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's Program.
Canadian actress Jordan Todosey poses with her Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children’s Program.

As a young girl Jordan Todosey loved acting out different scenarios she saw on TV. She pretended to be the people in movies and the animals around her home. The love for pretending bloomed early for her when her mom began putting her in commercials, her first for Tropicana orange juice.

Todosey is 21 and though it seems like she’s achieved her dreams to be on TV she still has a lot to look forward to. At the age of eight Todosey appeared on a popular Family Channel TV show Life with Derek.  Nothing has stopped the Oshawa born and raised actress staying true to her passion for performing in front of a camera.

Todosey says once she realized she could make a living out of pretending to be someone else she knew that’s exactly what she wanted to do.

She has earned a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children’s Youth Program/Series for her role as Adam Torres, the first transgender character in Degrassi. Todosey has also won a Golden Sheaf Award for Best Female Performance in the movie Santa Baby.

Growing up with the love to act created challenges in Todosey’s life as a child. Teachers weren’t able to understand why she wasn’t at Durham Christian Academy or why she was an eight-year-old with a job, she says.

“They didn’t give as much lenience as one would hope,” says Todosey.

But Todosey stuck to her plan and has managed to hit the TV screens of popular Canadian TV shows like Degrassi and Life with Derek. She has also starred alongside actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in The Pacifier for her first big role.

Todosey has never taken an acting class in her life but never gave up on achieving what she wanted to pursue in life.

“Since I first started auditioning all I heard were ‘no’s’, I got used to the ‘no’ before the ‘yes’s’ and it made the ‘yes’ much more exciting,” says Todosey.

She also says she takes away inspiration from a lot of people to help motivate herself as well as finding peace in yoga.

“It’s inspiring seeing my generation, people I went to school with doing the same kind of creative art pieces that I do,” she says.

Todosey says her breakthrough would be making it onto American TV shows and expanding her fame North American-wide.