Cassandra Rae Steele is a Canadian actress, singer and songwriter known for portraying Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Abby Vargas on The L.A. Complex. In 2014, she played Sarah in the MTV horror television movie The Dorm. She also voices Tammy Gueterman and Tricia Lange in Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty.
Years active: 2001–present
Born age: December 2, 1989, 33 years old and 5 months, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Hair Color: Dark brown
Eye Color: Dark brown
Height: 5 feet 3 inches / 1.60m
Measurements: 36-25-32 in / 92-66-82 cm
Bra size: 40B (US) / 90C (EU)
Genres: Grunge, alternative rock, indie pop, indie rock
Early and personal life
Father: Robin Steele
Mother: Lily Steele
Sibling: Ales Steele – younger sister
High School: Mary Ward Catholic Secondary School
University: London School of Dance, Canadian Academy of Music
Ethnicity: English, Filipino
Steele is of British descent on her father’s side and Filipina descent on her mother’s side. She began crafting her own songs to go with her poetry when she was in the first grade, she then began taking singing lessons. She attended London School of Dance in Scarborough, Ontario, and trained in ballet and jazz dance. She was also a gymnast for an unspecified amount of time.
Steele married American actor Trent Garrett in 2018.
For education, Cassie Steele attended the London School of Dance, and the Canadian Academy of Music, and was also trained in ballet and jazz dance. She had begun taking singing lessons when she was in first grade and was also a gymnast. Her ethnicity is English and Filipino.
2001-2010: Degrassi: The Next Generation and early work
In 2001, Steele first appeared in a Fib Finder commercial alongside Cristine Rotenberg. She later, that year, appeared on an episode of Relic Hunter as the ten-year-old version of Sydney Fox.
Since she was eleven years old, Steele appeared as a regular cast member on Degrassi: The Next Generation playing the character of Manny Santos. She played the role for nine years, before exiting the show in 2010. She has also appeared in three Degrassi TV films: Degrassi Spring Break Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan.
During the filming of Degrassi, Steele also starred in the Disney film Full Court Miracle as well as the MTV movie Super Sweet 16: The Movie and My Babysitter’s a Vampire and had recurring roles in The Best Years and Instant Star.
Steele has also embarked on a music career. Her debut album, How Much for Happy, was released in 2005, followed by two Canadian tours. Steele’s follow-up album, Destructo Doll, was released on July 21, 2009. She appeared on Channel One News to promote the album for the music segment.
In 2011, Steele was cast as Abby Vargas in the series The L.A. Complex, which premiered on CTV and Much Music on January 10, 2012, and aired regularly on Much Music. On the same day as the premiere, the series was officially picked up by The CW to begin airing in the United States in the spring. It was renewed for a second season, which aired simultaneously on both Much Music and The CW that summer. The L.A. Complex was officially cancelled on December 20, 2012.
On April 17, 2012, Steele released the extended-play “Shifty” to iTunes. On April 1, 2014, her single “Mad” was released to iTunes. The official lyric video premiered on her VEVO page one day prior.
She starred as Valerie Vont in the Lifetime film Sorority Surrogate, which was released on March 22, 2014. She would appear as Sarah in the film The Dorm later that year.
On August 12, 2014, Steele released the album “Patterns” to iTunes. The official video for “Games” was released the same year on September 1, and it premiered on her VEVO page. Steele released the single “Power” shortly afterwards. It was released to iTunes on October 21, 2014.
Steele started the band “psychocandy” with Glint member Jase Blankfort in August 2019. Their single “Hunger” is available to stream on SoundCloud. On January 1, 2020, the band posted a photo on a new account on Instagram with the caption “2020.”
In 2019, it was reported that Steele would voice the titular character in the Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon. On August 27, 2020, however, Steele was replaced by Kelly Marie Tran.