"I thought that, for once, I could make my own decisions!"
Anya Marie MacPherson is a graduate of Degrassi Community School from the Class of 2011. Ever since transferring from Lakehurst Secondary School, Anya had always been the type of person to be easily manipulated and much more of a follower than a leader. Ever since finding out she wasn't accepted into university, Anya went through a dark period and developed a cocaine addiction, but was inspired to pursue basic training to join the Canadian Forces, and quit the drug. She is a former member of Power Squad, and she suffers from dyslexia, which makes it hard for her to read. She is known for her beauty and admirable personality, always being sweet and supportive of everybody. She is best friends with Holly J. Sinclair and Riley Stavros, and is good friends with Chantay Black, Fiona Coyne, Mia Jones, Sav Bhandari, Leia Chang, Danny Van Zandt, Zane Park and Wesley Betenkamp. She had a conflict with Jane Vaughn. She was portrayed by Samantha Munro.
Anya first appears as Holly J. Sinclair's best friend. However, the friendship is somewhat one-sided and even contains elements of emotional abuse, with Holly J. being the abuser. Anya is seen following Holly J. around during Standing In the Dark in the cafeteria as Holly J. fights with Darcy Edwards. Anya dresses almost exactly like Holly J. and follows her around almost everywhere. Later on, Mia and Anya become acquaintances, as Mia notices how Holly J. treats Anya and brings it to her attention.
In It's Tricky, Anya is a big fan of Craig Manning's music, and when she sees his ex-girlfriend Ashley Kerwin singing in the gym, she goes up to her and asks her questions about Craig. Ashley is left feeling upset, as everyone is paying attention to Craig, all the while paying no attention to her music.
In Love is a Battlefield, Holly J. and Anya are seen behind a school bus listening in on Manny Santos and Damian Hayes' conversation. In gym class, they plan their revenge on them for their racist comments.In Jessie's Girl, after realizing that Anya was beginning to be nice to Mia, Holly J. decides to treat her poorly, by telling the entire Physics class that she is dyslexic. She then talks her into copying an old report from Heather for their physics class, only to tell on her during class (as it turned out, Holly J. wrote her own report and only did it to teach Anya a lesson). Mia really believed that Anya was going to stop hanging out with Holly J. because of this, but Anya refused to be "like Mia", stating she'd rather be a popular follower than a happy nobody.
In Hungry Eyes, Sav asks Mia's help into how to get along better with girls and the reason for asking is not Mia herself but Anya. Sav later asks Anya out and she says yes and they share a sticker collection.
In Another Brick In The Wall, Holly J. is embarrassed to be seen with Toby in front of her best friends, Anya and Chantay. Later, Holly J. tells her it is okay to be seen with Toby, and Anya asks if they like him now. Holly J. calls Anya stupid.
In Ladies' Night, Anya runs the Free The Children Freedom Fast to promote education and health in Africa. She tries to get Holly J. and Sav to get to know each other and become friends, by making them work together. ButHolly J. and Sav share some secrets. Sav tells Holly J. that later on in life, he is going to have an arranged marriage. Holly J. tells Anya, trying to break them up. Anya confronts Sav, and he tells her that it would be later on, saying he wants to fight for them. Anya realizes that Holly J. was trying to ruin her relationship with Sav, and wants payback. Anya gives Holly J. a cookie during the fast and Holly J. eats it, not knowing Anya is secretly filming her.
Later, Holly J. goes on stage, and Jane calls her "cookie monster." Everyone begins to boo at her and she storms off the stage, shocked. After that, the new band Stüdz performs a song that lyrics consist of "Holly J. sucks." Holly J. is mad, and when there is only 4 hours left in the fast, orders pizza, and everyone starts eating. Anya, being in charge, does not know what to do, so she runs off crying. Holly J. follows and Anya says that she wanted to be in charge of the fast, so she could feel good about herself for once. Every time she was with Holly J. she felt bad, and she felt like Holly J. hated her, because she never let her be happy, treating her like dirt. When asked why Holly J. treated her like that, she simply said it was because Anya let her. The next day, Anya tells Holly J. that she tired of Holly J. putting her down and no longer wants to be friends. At this point, Holly J. tries to plead with her, as she says Anya is her only true friend, but Anya tells Holly J. that she did this to herself. Holly J. angrily tells Anya to get over herself.
Season 8Anya returns for another year at Degrassi, and Sav is still her boyfriend at the time. She seems to have maybe made amends with Holly J. Anya is now credited as a main character.
In Uptown Girl (1), Anya is arriving at school on the first day back and runs into Peter, Darcy, and Clare. She is in the Fashion Show and walks the runaway accompanied by Sav.
In Uptown Girl (2), she is hanging out with Mia more since she is now a model and is asking her questions during class with Holly J. and Chantay. She also looks at Mia's photos online with the girls and Riley.
In Fight the Power, Anya is seen cheering for the football team with Power Squad as they run out to the field. When it is Jane's turn to be cheered, she follows all the other cheerleaders (except Mia) and drops her pom-poms, refusing to cheer for her.
In Didn't We Almost Have It All, there are rumors that Anya and Sav were having sex when they were absent from school for a week. But when Anya returns to school, everyone asks her and she claims they are waiting, and that she was home sick watching soap operas.Later before going away on a camp for the weekend in With or Without You, Anya breaks up with Sav, as he had yet to introduce her to his family. They get back together when he tells her he loves her. That night, she makes out with Sav alone in a tent, with the idea of having sex to celebrate their 6 month anniversary. But after Sav hears Alli scream, he leaves Anya to find Alli, resulting in Sav scolding his little sister for being alone in a tent with a boy. Anya overhears and breaks up with Sav, because of his double standard. In Money for Nothing, Anya is pepped up to be going to Florida for the cheerleading nationals, and goes to pick bikinis with Mia, Chantay, and the rest of the team, which she later shows to Holly J. while she's working at The Dot. She also watches in both shock and surprise when Holly J. pours Derek's milkshake on his head. Later on, when Holly J. enters Spirit Squad practice, Anya, Chantay and the rest of the team (excluding Mia) kick Holly J. off of the squad for telling the media about Mia's sexual past.
In Lost In Love (2), Sav does almost anything he can come up with to be with Anya again, but she continuously rejects his advances. Anya finally decides to give Sav another chance, but Sav had already given up and is seen dancing with Leia, making Anya jealous.In Bad Medicine, Riley asks Anya out on a date and she says yes. They went on a picnic and ended up kissing, but Anya claimed that it didn't feel right for a reason. Sav became jealous of Riley's date with Anya and starts a fight with Riley, ending up with a broken nose from altercation. After a while, Sav tries to get back together with Anya, but she refuses because she believes he will never tell his parents about their relationship. Sav builds the courage to tell them about Anya, and they suggest he invites her over for dinner. Anya tries to make a good impression on his parents by cooking them dinner and then telling them about her plans to become Muslim for Sav. Sav's mother explains that the two are young and should not be in a relationship that has no future, because Sav will be set up with a Muslim girl in the future. Anya turns to Sav, expecting him to stand up for her, but he doesn't. Anya, hurt, excuses herself politely and leaves. The next day, Sav approaches Anya, and Anya is upset that he did not stand up for her during the dinner. Sav explains that he did, but he did it after Anya left. He tells Anya that he told his parents he will not stop seeing Anya, because he loves her. Anya tells him she'll have his family loving her in no time as well. They kiss and are back together. In Causing a Commotion, Anya starts hanging out with Sav again, and Sav wants to win her back, but she won't go back with him unless he tells his parents about them dating. He does, and he invites Anya over for dinner. There, Sav's parents tell them that they don't want the two of them dating and that he will be marrying someone one day who's "more like him". Even though Anya tells them she will become a Muslim, they still don't approve of her. Anya gets up and leaves. The next day, Sav tells Anya that he told his parents that he's still going to date Anya no matter what they say. They get back together. In Heat Of The Moment, when Holly J. causes Johnny to break up with Alli, Alli creates a Facerange group called "I Hate Holly J." Anya explains to Alli that she wishes they had thought of it a long time ago, as Holly J. had burned her one too many times when they were best friends. When Holly J. refuses to come back to school after being run out of the cafe, Anya convinces Alli to go apologize to Holly J. Holly J. tells Anya she couldn't believe it when she saw her name on the group. Alli tries to start a fight with Holly J., but Anya stops her. Holly J. tells the two of them to leave, and that she will not come back to Degrassi. After seeing how bad Holly J. felt, Anya realizes that what they are doing is wrong, and tells Alli that nobody deserves what they did to her, before walking away. At the end of the episode, Holly J. is back at school, because Anya convinces her they need her back. She comforts Holly J. when Derek makes a comment to her.
In Jane Says (1), Anya is annoyed that Leia is starting to hang with them and their boyfriends. They also don't like that she lied about growing up with Fall Out Boy and taking them to their concert, only to let them down.
In Heart of Glass, Peter walks over to Mia who is with Anya and tells her that he is doing a world studies class and his country is Kenya. Mia and Anya say goodbye, but Anya points out that he chose the country his ex-girlfriend Darcy is in.In Up Where We Belong, Anya states in her speech that she loves animals and wants to be a veterinarian. When Anya finds out that Mia is dropping out of school to be a full-time model, she becomes upset. However, toward the end of the episode, Mia decides to return to Degrassi, which makes Anya happy.
In Danger Zone, Anya and Mia go shopping, and when Peter and Sav get the call that there is a hold up at The Dot, they become worried that their girlfriends are inside. Anya and Mia are actually okay and then meet up with Peter and Sav by The Dot to see what was going on.
In Degrassi Goes Hollywood, she sits with Mia while the Studz audition for Jason Mewes' movie.
Season 9Anya returns to Degrassi for the second semester of her grade 11 year.
In Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' Anya and Sav get in a fight nearly every Thursday until he plays his "My Anya" song. Holly J. wants to go shopping with her and Leia, but Sav already made plans to get ice cream with her. Instead, he blows her off for a soccer game. Anya decides to go shopping with Holly J., but Holly J. and Jane tell her to make other plans instead of waiting around for Sav.In Beat It (1), Anya finally gets a hobby of her own, instead of waiting around for Sav all the time. She joins a LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) Club. Fearing Sav will think she is a loser for being interested in it, she lies to him and says she is taking self defense classes. Princess Carilla, Anya's character, kingdom is in danger of being taken over by Dreadamort, and does not know what to do. During class, Leia then mentions that their boyfriends seem like they are married to the band. Anya gets the idea that Princess Carilla can get married to Prince Dreadamort, and then asks Leia to come to LARPing with her. At first, Leia finds it weird, but then she too is interested in the club. Mrs. Dawes, who is also in LARPing, is looking at pictures with Leia and Anya of them at LARPing. Sav enters the room and starts laughing at the pictures, and asks why Anya is in LARPing, saying that it is only for losers. Anya says it is not, and it's something she likes doing when Sav is with his band. Sav is weirded out by her hobby, and Anya wonders if she should quit, until she finds out Dreadamort accepts the marriage, making her now Empress of Dreadamort. Sav finds Anya's laptop and starts looking through the pictures, until Anya walks in on him. Sav tells her she looks adorable in her dress, and he won't make fun of her anymore. Just as Anya is about to tell him her news about Dreadamort, Sav asks why she hangs out with all those weirdos. Anya asks Sav why he is in a band, and when Sav says because it makes him feel like a god, Anya tells him that's why she is in LARPing, because they have time for her and accepts her for who she is. Sav is upset, and asks who she is: "a fairy princess or his girlfriend." Anya is mad, and tells him that he better hope she can be both. Later, Sav sees Anya working on her wedding dress and is once again weirded out by her hobby. Anya continues standing up for it, and Sav asks if she wants to come watch Janie and the Studs practice. Anya, finally having enough of Sav's stupidity, starts yelling that she doesn't want to watch the band and she has a wedding to go to, and it may be the only one she has, leaving Sav to walk out. At the wedding, Anya and Leia walk down the aisle, and Leia asks if she is okay. Anya fears she and Sav are going to break up, when Sav suddenly emerges from the crowd as a minstrel, they smile at each other, and Anya walks up to the altar. Anya is happy Sav finally accepts her hobby.
In Waiting For a Girl Like You, Sav is having trouble finding the perfect gift for his and Anya's one year anniversary. Declan plans on giving Holly J. tickets for a concert, but when she turned him down, Declan gave them to Sav to give to Anya. Anya also helps Declan find ways to get Holly J. to fall for him. Anya also seems to be good friends with Declan's sister, Fiona.
In Heart Like Mine (2), Anya wants Chantay for the female lead of the play and agrees with Sav that Fiona is vocally challenged. Anya lets Fiona become the fashion designer for the school play since Fiona is upset and wants to have fun at Degrassi alongside her brother, Declan.In Why Can't This Be Love (1), Anya surprises Sav by putting confetti in his locker and a note, asking him to the Spring Formal. Sav tells her that of course he will go with her, and Anya insists that it'll be the perfect night of their lives. After, Sav tells Danny that he hasn't told his parents that him and Anya got back together, and that Anya doesn't know. The next morning before school, Sav takes Anya to the garden area and tells her that is where they are going to take their formal pictures, because Sav can't do it at his house, while Anya thinks it's perfect. Later on, while Sav is at dinner re-meeting his 'arranged wife' Farrah, he ignores Anya's calls 4 times. After, dinner Anya comes to Sav's house, and Sav tells her that she really shouldn't be there at the moment. Anya asks him why and tells him she is there, because she wanted to see if his pocket napkin matched his tie, since matching is in 'style' these days. A few later, Farrah comes to the door, and Anya asks who it is. After arguing, Anya finds out that Sav never told his parents and that Farrah is his arranged wife. Crushed, Anya leaves Sav's house. The next day at school, she doesn't want to talk to him. Sav confronts her and tells her that her he knows. But they'll try to keep the night as perfect as possible. Later on, they take a limo ride to Degrassi with Peter and Farrah. When they step outs, Sav takes photos with Anya and also with Farrah. After they are done, Anya grabs Sav and they walk in. After a while of dancing, Anya goes to the bathroom and sees Farrah. Anya was being friendly towards Farrah, and thanks her for pretending to be Peter's date. Farrah tells her that she's the one pretending, and before Anya knows it, Sav will be all hers and that Anya will be history. After Farrah said that, Anya knew it was war. When they walk out of the bathroom, Anya makes sure Farrah is looking, and she starts to make out with Sav. Then, Anya takes Sav, telling him it was time for the special part of their night. Sav asks her if it was okay, and she nods her head yes. He asks if she was on the pill, and she tells him to come here, kissing him again. Both walk outside to the limo, and have unprotected sex. When they got back into the dance, they are crowned Formal King and Queen. Anya is happy, and she and Sav start to dance. Farrah then steals Sav away in the middle of their special dance, saying that their curfew is up. The next day, Anya goes to Holly J. telling her that she made a big mistake and had unprotected sex with Sav. Holly J. tells her that she could take "morning-after" pills and she'll be fine. Later, Sav and Anya have an interview with Chantay about the future, and when Anya brings up kids, Sav says he doesn't want them. Anya tells Sav that they might have a problem and that she might be pregnant. Sav told her she'll be fine, because she's on the pill, but Anya tells him that she never was on the pill, that she lied. Sav is upset, but Anya told him that it is worse for her, because if she's pregnant, she'll have to go through the process. Sav makes Anya take the "morning-after" pills so that it is certain she won't have a baby. At the end of the episode, Anya asks if Sav will come to lunch with her and talk. Sav says he doesn't want to talk. Sav breaks up with Anya, because due to her lie, he couldn't trust her anymore. He leaves Anya emotional in homeroom, where their video interview is broadcast. She cries as the video continues playing, regretting her actions. In Innocent When You Dream, Anya convinces Sav in homeroom that she is moving on fast. She explains how she is LARPing a lot, and is doing so many different and fun things. She appears busy, making it hard for Sav to move on. Later on, when Sav calls her to hang out, Anya tells him that she was only pretending to be busy because she knew he'll take her back. But when Sav learns this, he gets mad at Anya and tells her that they aren't getting back together. Anya asks him if the last break up was their final one, and Sav says yes. The next day in the hallway, Anya and Sav give a look to each other, signifying the end to their ongoing relationship saga.
In In Your Eyes, Anya learns that Riley is gay after interviewing him for Degrassi's bachelor award. In yoga class, after learning that Riley is, in fact, gay and promises not to tell anyone. Anya tells Riley that he totally likes Zane. The next day, Anya tells Riley that Zane is officially gay, because she did some poking around and found out that he is openly gay. Later on, at the LGBT Mixer, she tells Riley to go for Zane and just be himself. Anya is a good friend to Riley throughout his whole dilemma of coming out.
Season 10In What a Girl Wants (1), Anya is seen walking out of The Dot and notices that Sav is walking in. They glare at each other, but exchange greetings.
Later on, Anya meets Holly J. at her locker, and they begin to trash Sav on how he didn't care about her relationship with him, they swapped virginities, and he didn't care at all if she was pregnant. Holly J. described how he is running against her in the election and how she hates it. Holly J. later confronts Sav and tells him that Anya told her that she was pregnant, which is a lie.In What a Girl Wants (2), Anya is confronted by Holly J., who asks Anya to pretend to be pregnant, so that Sav would back out of the election. Anya is nervous about this but reluctantly says yes. Later in the day, in art class, Sav walks in and confronts Anya about being pregnant. Anya is moody towards Sav and is surprised he even cares. Sav then leaves, but returns the next day. He switches out of music and transfers into Anya's art class, so that he could be with her more. Anya is surprised, and he tells her that since she's having a baby he wants to be there for her. Anya feels bad, because she knows he loves music. She walks away from him and text messages Holly J. saying, "OMG can't do this N E more." After school that day, Anya and Sav are walking through town, they sit on a bench, and talk about the baby and what they'll name it. They come up with the name Victor if it's a boy. Afterward, Anya surprises Holly J. at her house and asks her if she got her text. Holly J. did receive the text, and Anya tells her that she changed her mind. Sav is totally falling for her again, and when the day comes for the "baby" to be born, she'll fake a miscarriage. Holly J. tells her that's a little dark, but okay. The next day at school, Holly J. sees Anya with a "Vote 4 Sav" shirt on, and Holly J. wants some revenge. In Breakaway (1), Sav is not giving up with the election, and is going strong with Anya. But, when Holly J. hires Declan to post on a famous blog about Anya's "pregnancy," Anya has to tell Sav the truth. Sav wants to break up, but Anya changes his mind by telling him that she did not want to lose him again. She tells him that over the summer she cried every day because of him, and if he wants to win, he'll have to lie, saying that she is pregnant and that it was Holly J.'s idea to make him lose. Sav decides to stay with Anya and continues to lie about the baby. Before the election, Holly J. confronts Anya about Sav, saying that she stabbed her in the back and that Anya is supposed to be on her side. Anya tells her that she changed her mind and that Sav is all hers now. At the election, Holly J. basically says she wants to be all about education, but Sav's speech was about being fun and full of life. He also lies and tells everyone that he is going through a tough time with being an upcoming father. Later in the episode, Sav wins the election because of his lies and popularity, making Holly J. angry. In Breakaway (2), Sav and Anya are happy to be together once again at last, and are happy that the fake baby is making everything good. Even Dave and the other reps want to throw a baby shower for them, but they have to decline. They feel like it is time that the little lie has to come to an end. The next day on the morning announcements, Sav and Anya tell the school that they're not having a baby, and they pause, before Anya tells them that she had a miscarriage. She tells the school that they need their space. Everyone feels bad and give them flowers as the day progresses. After school, Sav and Anya begin to kiss behind the school bus, but Sav is nervous. He tells Anya what about when his parents find out, and she replies, saying that then they'll tell them that it's just a rumor that Holly J. made up. They start another relationship, and Anya asks Sav if this relationship will be different—Sav nods his head, yes.
Later on, Anya and Sav are at his house, and they are making out on his couch. Sav asks her why he ever broke up with her, and she talks about how Farrah came between them. A few minutes later, they hear the door open and they jump up from the couch. Sav says that it is his mother, and that she should leave out the back door. Anya is upset, because she thought their relationship would be different this time. Sav's mom walks in and is angry, asking what is going on. Sav lies, saying he brought Anya back to his house to pick up French notes, and that she was just about to leave. Anya tells his mom the truth—that they were making out, saying it will never ever happen again. The next day at school, Anya is upset with Sav. She breaks up with him and tells him it would be better if he switches back to music.In My Body Is A Cage (2), Anya has been informed that her mother may have cancer. Leia tries to make Anya feel better, but Holly J., who isn't aware, ruins it. Holly J. asks what is wrong, and Anya admits that she hadn't started on her share of a project that they were working on with Sav. Holly J. is angry and Anya volunteers to help, but Holly J. declines and walks away. Out of earshot, she calls Sav and says that she thinks Anya knows that they're together, saying this is the worst thing that could happen to Anya. Anya is sitting at home with her parents, eating sadly while her parents laugh cheerfully. Anya asks her mother about losing hair, but her mother assures her that with radiation, she isn't going to. Her mother asks Anya if she'll go with her to the doctor's appointment and asks if they'll give each other manicures after dinner. Anya's dad makes a joke and the two parents laugh. Anya, outraged, asks how they can laugh and walks out. Anya is at school and calls Holly J., asking where she is and that she thought that they could work on their project together, before walking into the classroom, seeing an already-built project, a replica of Pompeii and the volcano. She angrily presses the red button on the project. The volcano releases smoke and red liquid, like a real volcano, while Anya blankly watches.
Holly J. and Sav look angrily at Pompeii, which has been covered in fake ash and lava. Then Holly J. declares it a disaster and yells at Anya for jeopardizing their grade. Holly J. says she's overreacting and Anya storms off, with Holly J. following. Holly J. says that she knows Sav and her aren't supposed to be together and that she can't believe Anya would do this to her to get back at her. Anya asks what she's talking about and Holly J. admits that she and Sav are dating. Not reacting to the news, Anya tells her that her mother has cancer. Holly J. hugs her, trying to comfort her. Anya arrives at the doctors' appointment just in time.In Tears Dry On Their Own (1), Riley tries to find someone else to hang out with. He walks up to Anya, and asks if they can hangout since they haven't in a while, but Anya tells him he can't because she has family responsibilities. But, Riley tries to negotiate, until Anya tells him that her mom has cancer. Riley is astonished, and asks if he can go to the hospital with her. Anya says okay but doesn't understand why.
Later, after a football game Riley meets up with Anya and he tells her that he'll go to the hospital with her whenever she goes, because it'll be a good way to find a boyfriend, or something in that sense, Anya agrees. They go to the hospital, and waiting outside of the room they talk until Anya introduces her mom's doctor, Doctor Chris to Riley. After the doctor walks away Riley asks if she likes him, and Anya sort of makes it aware, she also notices that he likes him too. Riley tells Anya that he's gay because of his awesome gaydar abilities, but Anya thinks he's straight. They shake on it to see if they can prove their cases.In Tears Dry On Their Own (2), Riley and Anya walk outside of school, and they talk about Doctor Chris. Riley begs Anya to let him go back to the hospital with him, because he only had about 4 crushes, and 3 of them came out, and the other one was Peter. Anya laughs and they begin talking about how they can find out if Doctor Chris is gay or not. They go to the hospital with a clipboard, they begin to interview the Doctor for their "relationship education" class. Doctor Chris lead them on that he was gay, by calling his old girlfriend by a partner, and that she was a doctor so he called her by doctor. Anya and Riley look at each other and ask other questions, Riley asks what he sees in a guy or a girl, and the doctor awkwardly answers that he tries to find the right girl, and never succeeds. Afterward, Chris asks why they're asking these questions, and Anya tells them it's for their relationship class, and Chris asks if they're in university, and Anya lies and tells him that they are, and that's their extra class. Doctor Chris tells them that they're lucky because that wasn't a class when he was at college; after Anya leaves, and Riley comes with her. She turns around and asks what's wrong, Riley tells her that he was just excited that he met someone he liked that doesn't go to Degrassi. Anya asks him to describe his dream guy, and he describes Zane. Later on, Anya and Riley are doing Algebra, Anya calls Zane to come over and help despite Riley's wishes, Zane comes over and helps, then leaves, but Riley calls him back and they talk.
In Still Fighting It (1), Riley is still falling for Zane, and decides to take Anya's advice: to find a way to make Zane see that he cares for him. They see Zane hang a poster for a LGBT event about homophobia, and Anya suggests that Riley go, to try and show Zane that he is working on bettering himself.
In Purple Pills (1), Getting advice from Anya, Riley hopes to ask Zane out on another date, and makes it aware that they're dating without making a public announcement. Anya gets the idea to have Riley and Zane sign up for the dance's King & Queen, or in other words King & King. Riley does so.
In Purple Pills (2), Riley talks to Anya about whether it's best to come out or not since he's being scouted by an Eastern college football recruiter. As he does so, Chantay walks up to him and says she's proud of him for nominating himself and Zane for King and King at the Degrassi dance. Riley is surprised and Anya tells him that the closet is officially bolted shut.In Love Lockdown (1), Anya walks into the media room with Chantay, worrying about the cancellation of the Power Squad. Anya is seen trying to access the internet, but both of them fail to visit different social sites, as Mr. Simpsons introduced a firewall that prohibited them from visiting social networks. Later, Anya and Marisol arrive at The Dot, where Chantay is waiting, but Marisol leaves a minute later. Anya is surprised that none of the member of Power Squad showed up yet for their emergency meeting. Anya advises that they should look for other ways to convince the school that the Power Squad should be brought back.
In Love Lockdown (2), Anya is first seen in the bathroom with Chantay. They discover more sticky notes on the bathroom wall. Later, Anya is at The Dot with Chantay and other Power Squad members. They discuss how they are going to get Power Squad and other school clubs back, and everyone gives suggestions. Finally, Anya comes up with making a giant sticky note wall that Mr. Simpson wouldn't be able to ignore. Chantay asks, "Anya, has anyone ever told you you're a genius?" Anya thinks and replies with, "...Yes."
In Halo (1), Wesley surprises Anya by putting wishing stars on her locker. He then asks Anya on a date, she hesitates but then and finally accepts.In Halo (2), Wesley surprises Anya again with a limo and plans to take her out to dinner then to Adam's party. At dinner, Anya begins eating cheese sticks which reminds Wesley of a dream he had about Anya the day before, leading him to take sexual stimulant pills when Anya goes to the bathroom. This causes a raging erection for Wesley and he tells Anya his heart is racing and "it won't go down." Anya realizes what he means and takes him to the hospital. Anya introduces Wesley to Dr. Chris, and confesses she has a crush on him. Wesley is upset, and Anya realizes Wesley got the wrong idea and thought she liked him, but she lets him down easily and says he'll make another girl happy. Wesley asks Anya to get coffee, and while she's gone he convinces Dr. Chris to have coffee with Anya. In When Love Takes Over, Anya meets up with Holly J. in the entrance to tell her that she will know if her mom is cancer free or not. Holly J. give her flowers. Later Dr. Chris delivers the good news to Anya and her mother is cancer free and that everything looks great! An elated Anya is so excited that she hugs the doctor. Anya feels bad because she doesn't get to see Doctor Chris anymore. While leaving, Anya notices that he is going to be at Pizza Leslie that night. Anya and Dr. Chris goes on a date at Little Miss Steaks and have a great time together. Anya asks Dr. Chris his age, he answers 25, in return Anya tells him that she's 20 and a half years old. When Holly J. shows up she reminds Anya about her curfew she quickly. Holly J. tells Dr. Chris to pay at the counter and therefore ending the date, but not before asking Dr. Chris to check out a mole she has, and Dr. Chris leans forward to give her a kiss. Later, Anya's mother convinces Anya to tell her potential boyfriend that she lied about her age, and they agree to talk again in two months, when she turns 18.
In The Way We Get By (1), Anya is walking in the hallway with Riley and he tells Anya that he didn't want to go to an art show with Zane because he thinks it will suck. Anya tells him that doing things that suck is what being a good boyfriend is about. Riley asks Anya what people wear to an art show and says that he's going to need a make-over. Anya goes over to Riley's house and helps him pick out an outfit for the art show. Riley cuts his hair and Anya finds an outfit to wear, saying that she's sure that Zane will love it.In Chasing Pavements (1), Anya gets stuck with creepy, homophobic bully Owen in CPR class. She reports Owen to Mr. Armstrong to have Owen removed from the CPR class. Owen confronts Anya and asks her why she didn't tell him how she felt about him touching her before telling Mr. Armstrong. Anya tells him because he insulted Riley and Zane. After that Owen waited at Anya's locker and Owen tells Anya that he likes her. But Anya tells him that she doesn't feel that way about him and she probably never will. In Chasing Pavements (2), Anya is seen at The Dot with Chantay. Anya is deep in thought when Chantay brings her coffee. Anya then confesses to Chantay about Owen's apology and if she really did overreact. Later she talks to Coach Armstrong (although no dialogue is heard) and he seems to understand the situation. Then, Owen comes into The Dot and thanks Anya
for letting him back into CPR and asks for her number. She acknowledges, his thanks but still shows no interest in him. He then hugs her and smells her hair. She shoves him back and yells at him. He then asks, "What's wrong with you?" and that any girl would want him to flirt with them. Anya then disproves him when she asks the girls at The Dot if they would want Owen to flirt with them and no one raises their hands. She then leaves a wronged Owen at The Dot.In Drop the World (1), Anya and Fiona walk into class and see Holly J. making a pro's and cons list about Sav. Anya reads it and tells Holly J. to break up with him. Anya and Holly J. are walking in the hallway talking about her relationship with Sav and Anya unknowingly gives Holly J. an idea how to break up with Sav by telling Holly J. that Sav would never stand up to his parents for her. Anya is seen in The Dot with Holly J. and Fiona and they are reassuring Holly J. that she did the right thing, telling Sav's mom about the relationship so Holly J. wouldn't have to break up with him directly. Sav walks in and Anya and Fiona move to another table so Holly J. can talk to Sav. Anya and Fiona begin talking about how breakups suck and Fiona says that it's good Holly J. is breaking up with Sav. Anya realizes that Fiona is in love with Holly J. and calls her out. Fiona gets defensive and denies it and begins to leave but, Anya tells her not to leave and that she knows what it's like, not being with the one you love. Fiona tells Anya to promise not to tell Holly J. and Anya agrees. In Drop the World (2), Anya is seen with Fiona, talking about her crush on Holly J. and Fiona tells her to stop talking about it before Holly J. finds out. Holly J. walks in and asks Anya and Fiona to be her dates to the dance and they both agree. Holly J. gives them both flowers and Anya makes a heart with her hands to Fiona behind Holly J.'s back. Later, Anya tells Holly J. that Fiona likes her because Anya doesn't want Holly J. to keep unknowingly leading her on and Anya asks Holly J. to not tell Fiona that she told her. Then, they are all seen getting ready for the dance at Fiona's condo where they had plans to sleep over. Holly J. tells Fiona that she can't sleep over because her mom needs her and when Fiona leaves the room Anya tells Holly J. to stop being so obvious about trying to not lead Fiona on. Anya is at the dance with Fiona and Holly J. and Holly J. tries to set Fiona up with a member of the LGBT. Anya tells Holly J. that she shouldn't have tried to set Fiona up with someone that she didn't even know.
Season 11In What's My Age Again?, Anya is excited about her approaching 18th birthday, because she will finally be able to date Dr. Chris. However, when she goes on a date with him, he reveals he'll be leaving to go to Kenya for a year, leaving her upset. The next day, when she learns she wasn't accepted to Toronto University, the only school she applied to, she decides to go with him to Kenya. When she runs the idea by him, he doesn't seem very enthusiastic, and she realizes he never took their relationship seriously. She then returns to Fiona's apartment, where she is surprised by a birthday party. She leaves to Fiona's room to cry, and is caught by Owen, who she hooks up because of her frustration, and lack of judgement.
In Idioteque, Anya begins to date Owen after she accidentally told people on FaceRange that she slept with him. She told Holly J. and Fiona that Dr. Chris rejected her and that she didn't get accepted to her first and only college she applied to (TU).
In Dirt Off Your Shoulder (2), Anya gives Riley advice about his problem choosing between Zane and family.In Paper Planes (1), Anya is stressed with having to tell her parents that she didn't get into TU. So, when on her date with Owen she goes out clubbing with him. They meet with Bianca, Pauly, and Chloe. Chloe offers them all some cocaine and Anya decides to try some. Anya comes to school, crashing from her high and meets with Owen. She tells him that she told her mom about not getting into TU and that her mom was out in the car redoing her mascara. At a meeting with Mr. Simpson, he tells her that she might have a slim chance getting into a different university and gives her an app. She tells Holly J. about trying the drugs and tells her that she's never going to do it again. While trying to get her admissions essay finished, Owen manages to convince Anya to get call to get an interview with the dean, which she does. After, she meets with Holly J. for a volleyball game in the gym. Holly J. tries to convince Anya that she's too good for Owen and that she should break up. Owen overhears and squirts her with his water bottle. Again at the club, Owen tries to convince Anya that she doesn't need to be friends with Holly J., which makes Anya angry at him and she storms off to the bathrooms and meets Bianca and Chloe there. Chloe gives her more cocaine and they both take hits before leaving the bathroom. Owen finds her, high, and gets angry at her. As he's leaving, Anya dances with another guy, enraging him. In Paper Planes (2), Anya replaces the sand in the necklace her mother gave her with cocaine before hurrying to school. There, she talks to Owen before he leaves for his hockey tournament and they agree to evaluate their relationship when he gets back. Anya then asks Holly J. for help with her interview. Anya wants to talk about her dyslexia and how she helped her mother through cancer, though Holly J. would rather have her focus on her major. Late, Anya is in the car with her mother, nervous that she won't get in. Her mother tries to convince her to be more confident, but Anya says that she doesn't have to confidence she used to have. During the interview, when the interview goes to get her application, she decides to snort cocaine, acting very hyper through the rest of her interview. The next day, Anya nervously waits for her acceptance. When it never arrives, she goes back to visit the interviewer, buying him coffee first. He tells Anya that she didn't get in, and that if he didn't no any better, he would've though that she was on drugs. Crushed, she tells her mother that she didn't get in. That night, her mother wants to talk to her about her options, but Anya who had just done cocaine, doesn't care and wants to go clubbing. When her mother tells her not to, she goes anyway. At the club, she begins dancing with a guy. In Extraordinary Machine (1), Anya is driven to school by Chloe. After talking a bit about Owen, she buys more cocaine from her. She catches up to Owen and apologizes before inviting him to a job fair with her mother, hoping that he'll make her look like less of a failure. However, he surprises her by wanting to be a coach. Later, at Above The Dot, the fight over Anya not finding anything interesting at the job fair and Owen impressing her mother. Anya goes into the bathroom to do more cocaine and comes back high annoying Owen again. Then she is discovered by Bianca, who convinces her to turn her life around.
In Extraordinary Machine (2), Anya runs home to tell her mother that she wants to join the army. Her mother is surprised and doesn't want Anya to enlist, though Anya doesn't care. Later, she gets a call from the army and is told that she was turned down because she failed the drug test. Anya's mother meets her on the school steps before the play, having found Anya's cocaine necklace. Anya tells her that she didn't get into the army because she failed the drug test, and they sit and talk. The next day, they talk about Anya's future. Anya still wants to enlist, and they decide to go to the recruitment office after school.In Take a Bow (1), Anya is with Holly J. and Fiona when they see Charlie. Anya begins to train for the army, after realizing that basic training is going to be hard. When Owen walks into the weight room, she asks him for help. He declines at first, but once Anya convinces him that she's done with cocaine, he agrees to help her. After a training montage, Anya begins to get better. Owen congratulates her and she apologizes for her drug use. After they tell each other that they'll miss each other, Owen tries to kiss Anya, but Anya runs off. She later comes back wearing her army uniform, saying that this was the first time she felt like she deserved to wear it. Owen then kisses her and they get back together. In Take a Bow (2), Anya graduates and has a pre prom for Holly J. along with Chantay and Fiona. She, Chantay and Holly J. put their initials underneath their hand prints, on the Degrassi sidewalk.
In Dead and Gone (2), Anya goes to the prom with Owen and seems to enjoy herself. When Holly J. calls on the iPad, Anya shows her the prom scene since Holly J. couldn't be there herself. She is last seen watching Vince shooting up the prom.
- In Not Ready To Make Nice (1), Mo was teasing Owen about how he would cry if any of their teammates would chant Anya's name.
- In The Time of My Life, Owen mentions how he went to prom with Anya, the hottest girl in school, the previous year.
- Sav and Anya have had the most relationships of any couple on Degrassi, as Anya revealed they had six break ups, two of them occurring off-screen.
- She faked both a pregnancy and a miscarriage.
- Anya's middle name is revealed to be Marie in When Love Takes Over. It also happens to be Jenna's middle name.
- Anya is one of eight characters with a mental disability, which is dyslexia. The other seven are:
- Anya, Holly J. and Sav were the last Lakehurst students to graduate.
- Anya is one of nine regular characters that didn't say anything in their first episodes. The other eight are Riley, Luke, Cam, Spike, Shay Powers, Marco, Esme, and Saad.
- Anya is the only one who didn't speak in their second episode either.
- Anya, Emma, Sean, Jess, Clare, Melanie, Lucy, Spike and Marco are the only characters to have had braces.
- Anya was a fan of Craig Manning during her first few appearances.
- Anya is the second character that:
- Has been high during an interview. The first was Paige.
- Has lied about getting into college. The first was Spinner.
- Had a love interest move to Kenya. The first was Peter.
- Had a cocaine addiction. The first one was Craig.
- Was a (regular) member of the Power Squad, but hasn't been captain. The first was Hazel.
- Joined the Canadian Armed Force. The first was Sean (but third overall)
- Was not accepted by her love interest's parents. The first was B.L.T. and the third was Adam.
- Had a pregnancy scare. The first was Emma, and the third was Alli.
- Lied about her age to go out with an older man, the first was Stephanie.
- She was the third character to have the main plot in an episode of a season she did not star in. The first was Hazel Aden and The second was Ashley Kerwin.
- Anya is the third character to have a drug addiction, the first was Craig, and the second was Peter.
- She originally wanted to be a veterinarian.
- Anya won the title of Formal Queen at her junior prom.
- Anya enjoys LARPing.
- Anya has a great deal in common with former Degrassi student Melanie Brodie and current Degrassi student Frankie Hollingsworth.
- Anya was the first character with dyslexia. The second is Zoë.
- She shares a last name with Spencer MacPherson who portrays Hunter Hollingsworth.
- Charlotte Arnold, who played Holly J., auditioned for the role of Anya.
- In I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself (2), Sav described Anya as the love of his life.
- "Smile for the Grapevine?" (first line to Manny and Damian) - Love is a Battlefield
- "Oh my God." (final line; Dead and Gone (2))
- "Holly J., did you get the flowers I sent you?" (to Holly J., Dead and Gone (1))
- Anya: "Why do you always treat me like dirt?"
Holly J.: "Because you let me." - Ladies' Night
- "You did this to yourself." - Ladies' Night
- Chantay : "Anya, has anyone ever told you that you're a genius?"
Anya: "...Yes." - Love Lockdown (2)
- Chantay : "Wow, check this out!"
Anya: "Uhh, no thanks, I can imagine. We ALL had the Chili yesterday."
- "You're all about to die, and you don't even know it." - My Body Is A Cage (2)
- "And guys, if you were out of the biggest, longest walk-in closet EVER."
- "Have you seen my friend? Curly hair, glasses, came in with a boner?"
- "Believe me, I have stuff that I wouldn't want anyone to know."
- "It's not a big secret after you start asking around."
- "Sweet mother of ...Wesley, hi!"
- "Guys, this our last semester together!" to Holly J. and Fiona
- "You touched me and I didn't like it."
- "You're in love with Holly J. aren't you?"
- "A present is a gift. So go, give him your gift."
- "How come girls either like a guy, or they're just a bitch?!"
- "No reason to leave is never a reason to stay." (Anya to Holly J. on Holly J.'s relationship with Sav)
- "Hell, no risk of pregnancy? I'm in!"
- (To Sav) "Not a game...more like a strategy...and a damn good one if I do say so..."
- "I have gay friends, Holly J. In fact, I think you're my only non gay friend."
- (Mocking Holly J.'s pros & cons list on Sav) "Big - wait for it! ..hearted."
- "Well, things can't get any worse, so..."
- (To Holly J.) "...My mom has cancer. And I can't even look at her without thinking about her dying. Ugh, I'm a horrible daughter."
- (To her mother) "Just watch me."
- (To Owen) "I am not a quitter!"
- "Minutes after we exchanged virginities. Imagine if I hadn't gotten pregnant I would have spent senior year out to here."
- "This isn't training, this is torture!"
- (To Owen) "Stop it! I'm gonna be sick."
- "God. I thought I would ease in to this with baby steps."
- "I need a minute!"
- "Suddenly my history exam doesn't seem so scary."
- Holly J: "You think Fi's into blondes or brunettes?"
- (To Wesley about the limo he got for their date) Wesley: "Oh, is it too much?"
Anya: "No, it's just the last time I was in a limo... you don't need to hear that story."
- (About Ashley) "She's Craig Manning's old girlfriend."
- Jane: "Or you could find your own soccer game. Don't you have any non-Sav interests?"
Anya: "Um, do you mind?" - Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'
- Main article: Sav-Anya Relationship
- Sav Bhandari
- First Relationship:
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- Main article: Anya-Dr. Chris Relationship
- Liam Christopoulos
- First Date: When Love Takes Over (1033-34)
- Break Up: Pam made Anya tell Dr. Chris her real age, but the two met up later and he told her he would give her another chance after her 18th birthday.
- Second Date: What's My Age Again? (1104)
- Break Up: Dr. Chris revealed to Anya that he accepted a job in Kenya, and he wouldn't let her come with him because he didn't want to take her life in Toronto away from her; plus he hardly knew the real Anya.
- First Date: When Love Takes Over (1033-34)
- Main article: Owen-Anya Relationship
- Owen Milligan
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