Lauren Felice Collins is a Canadian actress, writer and producer, known for portraying Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation. She has also had supporting roles in the films Take the Lead (2006) and Charlie Bartlett (2007). In 2013, she appeared in multiple episodes of the sketch comedy Kroll Show, as well as a recurring guest role in the fourth season of the FX series The Strain (2017).
Years active: 1998–present
Born age: August 29, 1986, 43 years old and 3 months, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
Sun Sign: Virgo
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Green
Height: 5 ft 2 in / 1.57 m
Measurements: 34-27-34 in / 86-69-86 cm
Bra size: 32A US / 70B EU
Collins was born in Thornhill, Ontario, the daughter of Sari (née Bresver) and Stan Collins. Her father was born in London, England. Collins was raised Jewish. She has one brother, and her first cousin once-removed is Spencer Rice, one of the stars of Kenny vs Spenny. She is a graduate of Thornlea Secondary School.
Collins first began acting in 1998, with roles in various television series including Once a Thief, Noddy and I Was a Sixth Grade Alien. From 2000 to 2001, she had a recurring role on In a Heartbeat before landing the role of Paige Michalchuk on Degrassi: The Next Generation in 2001.
She also portrayed Derek’s ex-girlfriend Kendra on Life with Derek. She has also appeared in numerous theatrical productions, playing the title roles in Alice in Wonderland and the production of Annie, and starring in the made-for-television film Virtual Mom.
In 2006, Collins made her feature film debut in Take the Lead, appearing alongside Antonio Banderas. The following year she appeared in Charlie Bartlett (starring Anton Yelchin and Robert Downey Jr.). In 2008, she co-starred in the direct-to-DVD feature Picture This, opposite Ashley Tisdale and fellow Degrassi alumnus Shenae Grimes. After YouTube celebrity Shane Dawson expressed his interest in watching the Degrassi series, Collins starred in a parody video released March 6, 2010. She once again worked with Disney Channel and Tisdale on the 2011 High School Musical spin-off feature, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, playing the role of Tiffani.
From 2013 to 2014, Collins hosted MTV‘s 1 Girl 5 Gays replacing Aliya Jasmine Sovani, who had been hosting the show for 4 seasons.
In 2014, she co-wrote and starred in the short film Zero Recognition, directed by Ben Lewis, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Between 2013 and 2014, Collins appeared in four episodes of the sketch comedy series Kroll Show.
Father: Stan Collins
Mother: Sari Bresver
Collins and actor Jonathan Malen married in October 2018. Collins revealed on Instagram that she gave birth to a boy named Charlie Sebastian Malen on March 6, 2020. On January 1st, 2023, she announced via Instagram that she and her husband were expecting another baby, due spring 2023.
Lauren Collins Facts
In 2002, Lauren won a Young Artist Award for her show “Degrassi: The Next Generation”.
In 2018, she appeared in Drake’s music video “I’m Upset”.
Lauren is a pet lover and has a dog and a cat.
In 1997, she made her acting debut in the drama series “Real Kids, Real Adventures”.
Lauren Collins has worked in the TV series Sex Life as Ms.Brenda in 2021 with Sarah Shahi, and Run This Town as Sammi in 2019 with Nina Dobrev.