Daniel Clark, who played Sean Cameron on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” from 2001-2008, was just as surprised as everyone else that he wasn’t part of Drake‘s high school reunion music video for his new single “I’m Upset.”
“No one ever reached out to me about this,” Clark told Page Six on Thursday morning. “I have no idea even when it was filmed. I woke up this morning and watched the music video and was like, ‘What the hell is going on?’”
Clark, who owns a business in Toronto, told us the last time he saw Drake was a couple years ago and he sees some of the other cast members every now and then.
“It sucks because it would have been great to see everybody,” he said. “The best part is the fans are getting what they want and that’s most important and everyone looks so happy, so that’s kind of the silver lining there. It looked like everyone was having a great time, but for me, it was kind of sad too, because we were all really like family.”
But Clark isn’t the only former Degrassi Community School student who didn’t make it to the reunion. Loyal fans of the long-running Canadian teen soap noticed that Ryan Cooley and Mike Lobel were also nowhere to be seen.
Cooley played J.T. Yorke alongside Drake for the first six seasons of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” His character exited the series in memorable fashion, stabbed to death outside his ex-girlfriend’s birthday party.
The actor couldn’t be reached for comment, but an Instagram comment made by Drake on Wednesday night explained his absence. After being asked why J.T. was missing, the rapper responded, “He thought it was a scam.”
Mike Lobel, who played Sean’s friend Jay Hogart for seven seasons, seemed irked he was not asked to appear in the video. Though he did not respond to a request for comment, he did tweet, “I’m a little upset.”
Drake, whose real name is Aubrey Graham, starred on the series as basketball star Jimmy Brooks for eight seasons. Other “Degrassi: The Next Generation” stars who did appear in the music video include Stefan Brogren (Snake), Shane Kippel (Spinner), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Cassie Steele (Manny), Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), Lauren Collins (Paige), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), Stacey Farber (Ellie), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Jake Epstein (Craig), Andrea Lewis (Hazel), Christina Schmidt (Terri), Nina Dobrev (Mia), Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), LinLyn Lue (Ms. Kwan), Marc Donato (Derek), Dalmar Abuzeid (Danny), A.J. Saudin (Connor) and Paula Brancati (Jane).
Even Ephraim Ellis, whose character Rick was responsible for putting Drake’s character in a wheelchair, made an appearance despite the fact that, like Cooley, he was killed off on the show.
Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith, who had guest star appearances on the show through the years, also popped up in the music video.