"What you did to me changed my life. I still can't sleep without my light on. Sometimes I even look under the bed to make sure you're not there. I made a mistake going upstairs with you, but you made more than a mistake: you made a choice. "
Paige Michalchuk is a graduate of Degrassi Community School (Class of 2006) and the founder and first captain of the Spirit Squad (succeeded by Darcy Edwards). She is the younger sister of Dylan Michalchuk, who is two years her senior. Although initially portrayed as a typical Queen Bee (beautiful, cruel, manipulative, and arrogant), she is later seen as a sharp-tongued, intelligent, and ambitious individual, revealing a kinder side as the series progressed.
When she was fifteen years old, she was raped by Dean Walton and testified in the Michalchuk vs. Walton rape trial, although Dean, unfortunately, was found not guilty. After high school, she went on to attend Banting University for the 2006–07 school year, but dropped out in early December 2006 after suffering frequent panic attacks. She had a rocky lesbian relationship with Alex Nuñez but never dated another girl, so she is considered to be bisexual. She was best friends with Hazel Aden, Ellie Nash and Marco Del Rossi, and also friends with Ashley Kerwin, Jimmy Brooks, Terri MacGregor, Spinner Mason, Craig Manning and J.T. Yorke, before his death. She was rivals with Heather Sinclair, Manny Santos (although both later made up) and Darcy Edwards. She was portrayed by Lauren Collins.
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Season 1In Family Politics, Paige is shown to be the all-around queen bee of Degrassi and J.T. almost likes her instantly. Paige also quickly establishes herself as a mean girl early on in the series. Her above statement may indicate that the snobby, but secretly kind, popular girl we all know and love today may have not always been that way.
Paige likes Spinner but he has a crush on Terri, which makes her jealous. When Spinner asks Terri to the dance, Ashley gives her a makeover but quickly leaves to help set up the dance preparations. Terri is unhappy with Ashley's makeover, so Paige gets her into some inappropriate and revealing clothing. She also advises her on the benefits of alcohol. Terri ends up getting drunk and making a fool of herself, so Spinner's feelings have changed.Next, Paige and Ashley vie for the attention of Toby's mom, Kate's, attention as she is a talent scout. This further displays their rivalry. They are both shocked when their sucking up is nothing compared to Terri's natural modeling talent. Paige is jealous once again but nonetheless congratulates her along with Ashley.
Soon comes Ashley and Jimmy's 8-month anniversary, Paige encourages Ashley to have sex with Jimmy and Spinner does the same to Jimmy. Ashley at first says no but when she sees Paige kissing Jimmy for an English assignment, she changes her mind. Paige seems to get in the middle of their relationship a lot just to pressure Ashley into doing it. Ashley relays her insecurities to Jimmy, and he confirms he likes her not Paige. It is now known that Paige is jealous of Ashley's popularity.
In the episode, Coming of Age, when Emma gets her first period, Paige lends her a pad. It is here that we see the first positive interacting between the two.
When Ashley's dad comes to town, Paige is impressed and notes that he's cool for a parent. Ashley notes that she doesn't understand why her parents broke up when they had so much chemistry. Ashley's dad later reveals that he is gay. The next day, Ashley is upset and allows only Terri to talk to her. At lunch, Ashley is about to reveal to Terri why she's upset when Paige butts in and says that Ash's dad may be gay. Ashley thought Paige was being mean and squirted milk in her face. Paige then told Terri that she was sincerely trying to help as her older brother, Dylan, is openly gay. They reconciled.
Paige also tries to take advantage of Manny at Spirit Squad, which helps her to realize who her true friends really are. She also gets into a war of words with Emma when the latter calls the squad sexist. Paige later encourages Ashley to dump Jimmy when he begins to smother her.Later, Terri and Ashley decide to team up for the school talent show under the name, "Two Girls and a Keyboard." Terri, feeling bossed around and that the act needed fun, asked Paige to join. Paige wanted to call the band "Paige Michalchuk and the Sex Kittens" (shortened as PMS) but Ashley opted for the updated, "Three Girls and a Keyboard." Terri took Paige's side, so Ashley left the band. After being a hit at the talent show, the three girls reconciled and Ashley agreed to the name PMS and also let Terri have more of a say.
In the final, Paige encourages Ashley to invite some boys to what is supposed to be a friendly get together. Soon, the party spirals out of control and Ashley consumes ecstasy. Paige asks Ashley to stop acting like a hag to which Ashley replies, "I'm not the hag, you are. In looks AND personality." Paige, disgusted, leaves the party along with everyone else (except Terri). After this, Paige becomes the most popular girl in school.
Season 2In When Doves Cry (1), J.T. wants to date Paige but she thinks she is above him. Hazel and Spinner pay her twenty bucks to go out on a date with him.
In When Doves Cry (2), she finds herself enjoying his company but has to cover it up when she runs into her friends. J.T. discovers she only did it for money and Paige says that she doesn't want to date someone younger. Feeling bad, she gives him a kiss on the cheek and they decide to be friends—just friends.
In Karma Chameleon she somewhat forgives Ashely, although she later turns against her, taking Terri with her.In Weird Science, she's part of a skit with Spinner.
In Shout (1) when Degrassi beats rival soccer team Bardell, Spinner asks Paige out. She accepts, but when she is asked by Dean Walton, who goes to Bardell, to a party, she cancels on Spinner despite Hazel's protests. Paige flirts with Dean until a girl warns her about him and tells her she should keep her guard around him. Paige dismisses the warnings as simple jealousy. When she notices Spinner and Jimmy arriving, she asks Dean to take her somewhere private. Dean leads her to his room and the two proceed to get on the bed together. Paige is under the impression they were going to make out, but when he takes out a condom, she immediately says no. However, Dean begins to push back onto the bed and forces her down. Despite Paige trying to defend herself, he rapes her.The following day at school, Hazel is lead to believe that Paige had sex with Dean and keeps pondering for details. Paige just tries to change the subject, but Hazel keeps pressuring for details. Spinner, angry about being rejected for another guy, implies Paige to be a slut for "letting every other guy touch her". Paige, hurt, slaps him and storms into the girls' washroom. She is found by Hazel to whom she confesses she was raped. Hazel urges her to talk to the police, but Paige won't listen.
In Shout (2), Paige hears about a songwriting competition so Terri writes a song and suggests they reform PMS with Hazel replacing Ashley. However, after hearing Ashley's poem in English, she makes up with her and asks her to write a song for the band. Ironically, Ashley's song is about rape to which the subject she has been researching about. Ashley begins giving them proven facts about women who have been raped, making Paige uncomfortable. Due to the subject of the song hitting too close to home, Paige begins insisting Ashley do another song, but she refuses to listen. When Ashley bluntly begins using the song anyway, Paige snaps and runs out of the room during practice and to her locker. Ashley, following her, accuses Paige of having "no emotions" and says that since she's been studying rape, she knows more about the subject then she (Paige) does. Paige then breaks down into her emotion, sliding down to the floor in tears. Putting the pieces together, Ashley realizes Paige is a victim of rape herself. Ashley, now sympathetic, agrees not to use the song, to which Paige is thankful for. However, right before the band is about to perform in the contest, Paige recognizes Dean in the audience, and decides to sing Ashley's song after all. Dean, upset, walks out. The next day at school, Paige goes to the school counselor and seeks help, finally admitting that she had been raped.
In Mirror in the Bathroom, realizing how expensive the clothes and items Terri has been getting are and since Terri won't offer a good explanation, she and Hazel think Terri has been shoplifting. They are shocked and excited for her when it turns out that she's become a model, explaining the money she has been getting.
In Relax, Terri, who has become interested in the details of being a Psychic, messes up while reading Paige's palm and is convinced she is going to die. Paige later looks up how to read your palm and realizes that Terri didn't read the correct hand (her dominant one). Although she does not tell Terri this right away, as Terri is doing things for her, Terri's convinced she's dying.In How Soon is Now? after a few months of therapy, Paige finally feels that she is ready to let go of her rape and move on in her life, having finally learned that she did not deserve to be raped. She then discovers that Bardell had made it into the basketball playoffs and that Dean will soon be coming to her school for the game. Paige tries to avoid him, but he sees her and begins taunting her. When she sees him talking to Manny, she becomes anxious and warns Manny—having learned from the girl at the party—only to be called jealous (just as Paige did to the girl). Paige then talks to her therapist about the possibility of pressing charges against Dean. She is told that the best time to press charges is right after the rape, when the evidence is intact, and that the odds of winning such a case such a long time afterwards is very low. Soon after this, she eventually breaks down and confesses to J.T. that Dean raped her. J.T. tries to beat up Dean on the basketball court during the game, getting Dean suspended from the game. Spinner finally finds out that Paige was raped and goes after Dean himself. Paige breaks up the fight and declares to Dean that she is going to press charges. At the end of the year, Spinner and Paige compete in the luau and lose.
Season 3At the beginning of the year, Paige thought her locker was undesirable so Spinner tried to get her a new one. He asked if Jimmy could swap and he agreed. On the condition that he told the whole grade that Paige controlled his life. Paige was angry with Spinner but they reconciled and hey - not every boyfriend gets you a new locker.
In U Got The Look, Paige gives Manny advice about looking "sexier."
In Whisper To A Scream, Paige discovers that enemy Ellie Nash cuts herself, and when Ellie refuses help, Paige secretly tells the school's counselor about Ellie's problem. When Ellie overhears Paige talking to the counselor, she becomes angry at Paige until she convinces her to see the school counselor. Afterward, Ellie is thankful for what Paige did and the two become friends.In Never Gonna Give You Up, Hazel is the first to notice that Terri is in an abusive relationship with Rick, and tells everyone about Terri's predicament.
In Don't Dream It's Over A couple months after their breakup, Terri gets back together with Rick and Paige is caught in the middle. Paige gets into an argument with Rick, who storms off; Terri defends him and berates Paige. Terri later ends up in the hospital in a coma because of the abuse she was still receiving from Rick, and Paige at first blames Spinner, but then blames herself. Paige then visits Terri regularly, but is distraught when Terri decides to leave Degrassi.
In Rock and Roll High School, PMS reunites for Battle of The Bands.
In This Charming Man, Paige is later concerned when she lusts after her driving instructor. Hazel and Jimmy make jokes about this and Spinner gets mad. When driving in class, Spinner is short with the driving instructor and runs into a car in the parking lot.In I Want Candy, she skips school with Spinner and Ashley to go and see Terri. She borrows Dylan's car. After a day of fun, Ashley reveals that she believes Degrassi is cursed so she's leaving at the end of the year. Paige and Spinner both think she's nuts. When they go to see Terri, Ashley freaks out and Paige tells her to lighten up and that everyone is hurt by what happened to Terri, not just her. Ashley decides to stay and wins third prize in an Elvis impersonation competition.
Season 4In Ghost in the Machine (1), Dean's lawyer grills Paige with questions about how many men she had been with. Paige angrily shoots back that she was a virgin before meeting Dean and that she would not have chosen to lose her virginity to a guy she had met at a party. However, the judge reluctantly finds Dean not guilty of rape, due to the lack of witnesses and physical evidence. Therefore, the rape legally never took place. In Ghost in the Machine (2), in an attempt to relieve herself of her stress from the trial, Paige attends Dylan's college party, gets drunk and flirts with several guys at the party, even though she is dating Spinner at the time. Paige tracks Spinner down and tries to sleep with him, but he refuses, which makes Paige angry. The two argue and Spinner feels that Paige would never get over the rape. Paige remains angry and depressed that no one seemed to sympathize with her.
She steals Spinner's car keys, drove to the frat house where Dean is rushing and tells everyone in the house about her rape. Dean takes her outside and demands she stop telling people about it. Suddenly, he proudly admits that he did indeed rape her. He walks off, telling Paige that she should call him should she ever want to get together with him.Paige, infuriated by Dean's indifference, crashes into his car with Spinner's car. Dean calls the police on Spinner, and he is arrested. Spinner takes the punishment for Paige, but she eventually confesses to the crime. Paige apologizes for wrecking Spinner's car and begs him to take her back. He does, and Paige promises to pay for the damages to his car.
In Mercy Street, Rick returns to Degrassi, Paige, Spinner, Jimmy and Hazel try to get him kicked out, but have no avail, even after Marco and Alex talk to Mr. Raditch about how dangerous he is. Emma, trying to get in with the popular crowd, vows to help Paige get back at Rick, for Terri's sake. However, after Jay begins beating Rick up, Emma puts a stop to it, angering Paige and the others.In Islands in the Stream, after Paige totals Spinner's car, she is forced to find a job. She tries working at The Dot, the Degrassi students' favorite hangout, but discovers that she is a horrible waitress. She then sets out to find a new job, but, unfortunately, the only job she can find is working at the movie theater in the mall with Alex Nuñez. This irritates Paige, as she and Alex have never gotten along, and Paige feels that she is better than Alex. The two eventually warm to each other, though, and become good friends.
After Hazel informs Paige of Spinner's possible romantic involvement with Manny Santos, Paige is suspicious that Spinner no longer likes her. While working at the movie theater one day, Paige witnesses Spinner and Craig Manning getting into a fistfight over Manny. She then ends their relationship once and for all.
In Time Stands Still (2), when Rick has paint dumped on him as part of a prank, he returns to the school with a gun; he considers shooting Paige, but decides not to when she expresses her sympathy and admits that she was disgusted by the prank. Rick then goes on to shoot Paige's fellow student, Jimmy, later in the same episode.In Bark at the Moon, Paige later dates Matt Oleander, a teacher's assistant at Degrassi. Paige and Matt go to great lengths to hide their relationship. One day at school, Manny catches them kissing, but doesn't say anything at first. Soon afterwards, Paige and Manny get into a verbal fight in the hall, which led to a cat fight between the two after Manny kicked her in the behind. Paige retaliates by slapping her across the face and the two begin scratching and pulling each other's hair until Matt and Ms. Hatzilakos break the fight up. After he pulls her away from Paige, Manny angrily calls Matt "Mr. Pedophile," which raises suspicions, and Matt is called into the office. Paige is also called into the office, and is shocked to learn that Matt had said she was stalking him.
Paige confronts Matt, but eventually agrees to go along with his story. The next day, Paige has a meeting with her teacher, Mr. Simpson, Ms. Hatzilakos and Matt. She confirms Matt's story and then says that she wants to be transferred out of his class. They refuse to let her change. Paige then says she wants to change schools. Because her school year would be lost, however, they refuse to let her do that as well. Mr. Simpson doesn't believe her, as he had overheard Hazel teasing Paige about Matt one day in class. He tells Ms. Hatzilakos, and Matt finally confesses to his relationship with Paige. Matt is expelled from school, and the couple start openly seeing each other. At the end of the season, Matt leaves Toronto for the summer, after getting a job planting trees in the Yukon.
Soon after the fight, Paige makes Manny the mascot in the Spirit Squad. Subsequently, Paige made herself the center of the basket toss routine, the position that was previously held by Manny in the routine. Manny retaliates by plotting with Chantay Black and Darcy Edwards to drop Paige in a basket toss routine at the celebration for Jay and Bob. But, things go awry when Paige break her leg. Once again, Paige gets even by stripping her dress off (the same dress Paige was wearing), when Manny won semi-formal Prom queen. After Manny ran off into the washroom Paige brings the dress and pins then the two get into a heated argument but agree to end the rivalry after realizing that they were finally even.
Season 5Paige is overjoyed when Matt returns to Toronto. He meets up with Paige at a restaurant one night. Paige has high hopes that they could be together after graduation, but Matt breaks up with her; he already has a job lined up and tells Paige that he couldn't live the structured life she wanted. He gives Paige marijuana as a parting gift, but this only angers her, and she storms out of the restaurant. Alex and Paige later share the weed and both get stoned. Paige almost ruins her chances at getting into Banting University by announcing to a representative of the school at Degrassi's university fair that she was high.
When Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh! premieres, Alex is excited to go. Although Paige is reluctant to go because she was cut out of the movie, Alex finally convinces her to come and enjoy time together.
After the movie, Paige and Alex sneak into after-party, by pretending to be employees and a lesbian couple. Inside, they begin to dance provocatively in the middle of the floor. Jay criticizes Alex for putting on a show for everyone, but Alex replies that the night isn't about her, but that it's only about Paige. After dancing for a long time, Alex walks Paige home, and they stop by Alex's house to get shoes (as Paige left her shoes at the theater). When they get to her house, Paige chats with Alex's mother, who mentions that Alex talks about her all the time.
Later, Alex sits with Paige and begins to talk about their dancing.But is interrupted by her mother's boyfriend Chad yelling and accidentally knocking Alex over an end table. They head to Paige's house so Paige could try to aid Alex's injured arm and Alex says how good it felt to be away from the chaos of her own house. They eventually kiss. Paige is very confused, pretending it didn't happen and insisting on sleeping on the couch.
The next morning, Paige refuses to talk about the kiss and says she just can't deal with what is happening. This upsets Alex, who then avoids her. In class, they agree to meet in the lane way. There, Paige says being around Alex makes her laugh; Alex says being around Paige makes her be a better person. Paige then kisses Alex, unaware that Jay is watching from a distance. After wards, Jay antagonizes Hazel by telling her what he saw. Hazel then confronts Paige, asking if she turned gay and didn't tell her. Paige is caught off-guard and says she just got caught up in the moment and Alex meant nothing to her. Alex overhears the remark and was hurt.After talking to Kevin Smith about the situation, Paige decides to stop caring about what other people thought, and pursues a relationship with Alex. She goes to Alex's apartment, and when Alex returns home, Paige asks her if she has "room for a stupid girl." Alex saying she "already had one of those." Paige then asks her if she "had room for someone who's ready to stop worrying about what other people think." She said she was wrong when she said Alex didn't mean anything to her because right now, she meant everything. They begin to date; this makes Hazel uncomfortable, but she ultimately accepts it.
As graduation nears, Paige insists that Alex plan on what to do after high school. She refuses, and says that she was is on the same time table Paige was, and has to do things when they are right for her. She is unsure of what she wants to do, but decides that she wouldn't be happy following Paige to college and becoming her 'lapdog'. As the fight reaches a climax, Alex decides to break up with Paige. At the end of the graduation, Alex and Paige hug, indicating that there is no animosity between them.During the season finale, Paige and Spinner have a brief reconnection. She and Alex had broken up around the same time Spinner had broken up with Darcy, so they comfort each other and even kiss.
The next night, Spinner goes to see her after reconciling with Darcy, with the intention of letting her down easy, but when they reminisce about the past, they kiss again, which eventually leads to them having sex. When Darcy finds out about it after reading Spinner's text messages, she tearfully breaks up with him. Spinner believes that Paige wants to get back together with him, but she informs him that sleeping together was just a one time thing and it was what she needed to say goodbye to Degrassi. Though upset, he ultimately accepts that there is no longer anything between them and then reconciles with Darcy.
Season 6Paige has a farewell party to kick off the beginning of everyone's new lives. As the party goes on, Darcy confronts her about last year and Paige says she is done with high school drama. Paige helps Marco realize that moving on isn't such a bad thing and being away. She visited Degrassi for a minute to catch up with everyone.
However, soon Paige begins to crumble under the pressure of university life and has frequent panic attacks. Due to the immense amount of pressure she feels, Paige's grades begin to drop while she is at Banting. Paige goes back to Toronto for a while and stresses herself and yells at Alex during a panic attack, and while talking to Marco she realizes that she needs to leave. Then she sets her dorm on fire at Banting while she had major work to do for her semester, then she used an online essay that she gave to her professor, who gave her a zero for that because she has saw it before. After that she ultimately drops out of Banting and returns home. She tried to get into Toronto University but they needed her Banting transcripts, which were bad so she gives up. Then she lied to everyone saying that she came home and got accepted into Toronto University because she missed everyone. She slinks home to Toronto with her tail between her legs - but nobody can know the truth about what happened. Despite rising panic attacks and friends who just might understand, Paige is committed to keeping her secret - no matter what.Upon her return, Alex continually asks her why she has returned so soon. In an attempt to stop Alex from further question her, Paige kisses Alex. Paige brushes it off by saying it was only a 'good night kiss'. Later, Alex tells Paige's mother about the failing papers she found in Paige's car. Paige, angry at first, later admits to Alex she lied because she doesn't want Alex to think she is a failure. She said that she does not know what she wants to do in her life. Shortly after this, Jimmy and Spinner hire Paige to be the business manager for their t-shirt company. Paige wanted to return to her pre-Banting glory and that included dating. Following Alex's advice to get out and 'play the field', Paige begins to see Ellie's ex-boyfriend, Jesse, and Spinner at the same time. As Paige develops feelings for Jesse after a night out, Spinner develops them for Paige when they start seeing each other more and more. This kind of made Alex jealous because after her dates with Spinner and Jesse they were going to hang out but she never showed up, and Alex got mad over that.
Eventually, Paige decides to stop seeing Spinner and continues to date Jesse, following a fight between Spinner and Jesse at the mall. Later, when Paige and the others are having drinks at The Dot, Alex and Paige get into an argument, at the end of which Alex storms out. Paige follows her out and angrily asks what is wrong, and in response, Alex kisses her and confesses that she still loves her. Paige says she couldn't deal with that at the moment, and walks away, leaving Alex heartbroken.Paige then dates Jesse exclusively, after Ellie gives her "permission" to date her ex which left drama between the two. Soon after, however, Paige breaks up with him, telling Alex that she and Jesse have nothing in common.
When Paige visits Alex at her movie theater concession job, she discovers that Alex is once again single, having broken up with Carla. Later, Paige informs Alex that she is also single, having broken up with Jesse. She admits to Alex that her life is not on track like she'd imagined it to be, but that she is happy being with Alex.
Paige kisses Alex, but Alex rejects her. Confused, Paige says that she thought Alex was open to dating her again, but Alex tells her that she keeps being hot and cold, and she can't deal with it.
Paige expresses her uncertainty about her sexual orientation, telling Alex that while Alex might be okay with being a lesbian, she doesn't know what she is. Alex tells Paige that she's bisexual, but Paige is reluctant to accept that; her family already has a gay child, she says, so she "has to be straight." Paige says that her family is already dealing with her dropping out of Banting, so she doesn't want to burden them with another crisis.
She tells Alex that her parents expect her to give them grandchildren, and that Alex has no idea how much pressure that is on her. Alex snaps back that Paige's idea of pressure is nothing like what she has to deal with. When Paige tries to comfort her, Alex rebuffs her, saying that Paige can't both break her heart and comfort her as well.
In Don't You Want Me (2), Paige tells Alex that she truly does care about her and asks Alex to be her "sweetheart." Alex kisses her and says that the kiss is her answer. Paige is elated to be back together, and even happier to learn that Alex is supposedly quitting her job at the cocktail bar (which is a lie). She shows up at the bar with a bouquet of roses for Alex, only to discover that Alex is actually working as a stripper. She confronts Alex about it backstage, saying that she is worried about her, wondering how bad her life must be for her to stoop so low. She leaves, hurt, tossing the bouquet at Alex.
Paige later meets Alex at The Dot. She is willing to wipe the slate clean and ignore Alex's stripping. She tells Alex about a job at her mother's business, but Alex turns her down, stating that she already has a job. Paige is angry and hurt that Alex is still a stripper, as it 'kills her' every night Alex is doing that. She and Alex argue, and Paige leaves angry once again, saying that she can't deal with Alex stripping.
At the Degrassi Winter Dance, Paige has a friendly conversation with Spinner, who expresses disbelief that Paige is attending the dance alone. However, a moment later, Alex shows up, wearing the red dress Paige had bought her. Alex remarks that this is her first ever Degrassi dance, and Paige, still a bit hurt, makes a sarcastic remark about Alex's dress belonging on the floor at her job. However, Alex then confesses that she has given up stripping, which makes Paige happy.
Paige then comforts Alex, when Alex goes on to say she has 'nothing left', telling Alex that she still has her. Paige invites Alex to dance and leads Alex onto the dance floor, where the two joyfully embrace.
Season 7Once Squatch Designs goes out of business, Paige interviews for a new job as assistant. She's thrilled with the new job, but runs into a speed bump. Her license had expired and she wouldn't be able to renew it for at least 72 hours. Alex volunteers to be her driver, but lets Paige down when she ends up smoking pot with Jay instead of picking her up.
Later that day, Alex tries to make it up to Paige by showing off one of the dresses she was given to look after, but this only causes more tension between the two. Paige has her make it up by sending VIP chocolate boxes out, but Alex decides not to do this after discovering that the chocolates cost $3,000. She didn't like that Paige's job was more like being a maid. The two have a fallout at her work, where they end up breaking up. The next day, Paige packs up all of her stuff, while Alex says she'll be staying with her Mom's cousin in Ajax. Both knew it was time to parts ways, but that didn't make it any less painful for them to split up. Paige helps out Marco after he and Dylan split up by telling him he can be single and not alone. She also helped out Ellie telling her don't put a guy in the way of her life. Paige found out that she'd had to work for Andrea for four years before getting a promotion, then when she felt disrespected by Andrea too many times, Paige decided to take a "vacation" from reality, by skipping her job and going to the movies with Marco and Ellie. However, when she decided to continue her "holiday" the next day, Marco talked with her and made her realize that even if it takes four years to stop being Andrea's assistant, it's better than four years of college. So, at the end Paige returned to work and actually gave Tobias, Andrea's boss, a good idea about how to fix some photos which made her happy, but Andrea seem to develop jealousy because of this but ends up liking Paige, which is why she got a raise.
Paige starts having feelings for Griffin, they start dating shortly after, and the two have sex. The morning after that, Griffin left to go to work but he forgot his wallet which makes Paige go in his room to put it away. She and Marco then discovers that he is using an HIV cocktail, meaning that he is HIV-positive. When Paige confronted him they had a falling out for the rest of the night, until Griffin reveals that he was born with HIV, and that all the drugs he has taken have helped. Paige assumed "too many girls too few condoms." Despite his initial secrecy, Paige wants him to stay, because Griffin wanted to leave after that after they talked it through. Whether Paige herself has HIV is unknown, since they used protection, and it will take some time to get results.
Paige then has her father buy her a condo which causes everyone to move out of the apartment and split up for good.
Season 8Paige has been telling everyone that she is a stylist, but she's really been working as an assistant for an actress named Hailey Montel, who is snobby and mean to Paige. Paige gets Hailey an audition with Jason Mewes. After Hailey's audition she asks Paige to get an item that she left at the audition. Paige goes back and decides to audition for the part of Trixie. Paige ends up scoring the part in Mewsical and quits her job as Hailey's assistant.
Marco Del Rossi and Ellie Nash come to visit her in the mansion that she got by being the lead in the movie. Fame later gets to Paige's head, and she starts acting like a diva. Since she has the lead role in the movie she thinks that it should go her way or no way at all.
Marco eventually tells her off about her attitude. Paige ends up slapping Marco in the face and he leaves her house in shock. This is assumed to be the end of their friendship.When she encounters Perez Hilton in downtown Hollywood he tells her, "You're only as hot as your latest scandal." She decides to strike while the iron is hot and comes up with a plan to have the media buzzing about her. The plan involves taking off her underpants in a limo outside of a Hollywood movie premiere and while on the red carpet she plans to intentionally fall down in attempt to expose her private parts.
In the end, she becomes Jason Mewes's assistant and helps him on the movie.
Degrassi: Next Class
Season 2In #ThrowbackThursday, Paige is with Marco who later walks up to Lola and Shay after hearing Lola talk about the zero tolerance policy. Paige tells Marco not to bother Lola and Shay but Marco tells them he listened to podcast that talks about the policy being seriously flawed. Lola ask what does he mean and Paige tells Lola not get him started. Marco tells them that policy isn't applied fairly, informing them that a white male student is likely to be three times exempt from the policy from not white student and six times for females. Paige, Shay, and Lola are shocked as the policy is racist and sexist and Marco informs him that other things could be in play such as it sometimes isn't the schools fault which Paige tells him the states are still high and Marco tells her that she should listen to the podcast which Paige jokes about slapping him again as leave. Paige is with Spinner is walking in the hallway of Degrassi talking about Heather Sinclair's attempt at dancing, when Spinner notices Frankie as her face is one of the posters outside and Frankie was about to leave but they tell her she can't run from her problems and informing her that they have both made mistakes before when they went to Degrassi. They tell Frankie that it's okay to make mistakes but the important thing is to learn from them and that Degrassi is the perfect to make mistake and if you're a good person Degrassi always seems to give you second chances.
In Degrassi Takes Manhattan, a picture of Paige can be seen in Spinner's condo on his memory shelf.
- She appeared in 15 episodes in Season 5, more than any other character in that season.
- Paige is of Ukrainian descent.
- Paige is the fourth and most recent character to appear in a mini during a season in which they did not appear. The other three are Sean, J.T., and Ashley.
- Although credited as a regular in Season 6 and Season 7, she only appeared in 8 episodes of the former and 7 episodes of the latter.
- Paige has a tendency to mix French phrases into her everyday speech, such as "excusez-moi?" (excuse me) and "s'il vous plait" (if you please).
- She was the first original character from Degrassi: The Next Generation to graduate from Degrassi on time (Terri transferred, Ashley took a year off, and Sean, Spinner, and Jimmy were all held back).
- Paige is the first bisexual character in Degrassi history.
- Paige has slapped three people: Spinner Mason, Manny Santos and Marco Del Rossi. She also slapped Liberty Van Zandt in a mini and once said she would have liked to slap Darcy, but she had moved on past high school.
- Paige was the one who started the Power Squad (then known as the Spirit Squad).
- She had the longest rivalry in Degrassi history with Manny Santos, which lasted five seasons.
- Paige has broken both of her legs.
- Her right leg after a prank by Manny, Darcy, and Chantay goes awry.
- Her left leg after a photo shoot in Hollywood when she trips on the red carpet after seeing Manny there.
- Both times were indirectly caused by Manny. The prank that wound up accidentally breaking her leg was Manny's idea, and Paige tripped on the red carpet after being shocked that Manny was in the crowd.
- Paige is the first character to smash a vehicle they were driving on purpose. The second is Eli. The third is Hunter.
- She smashed Spinner's car into Dean Walton's car as revenge when she lost her trial against him.
- Eli purposely smashed his car into a wall to get Clare to leave the dance to be with him.
- Hunter purposely crashed the family's car into a bus stop to convince his brother not to leave town.
- "Hun" is her catchphrase.
- She is the first character to be high during an interview. The second is Anya. Both were interviews to get accepted into university.
- She is one of seven characters to have a crush on a teacher. The other six are Melanie Brodie, J.T. Yorke, Darcy Edwards, Dave Turner, Sav Bhandari, and Tristan Milligan.
- Paige is the first character that has been in a relationship with a teacher. The second is Manny Santos, the third is Sav, and the fourth is Tristan.
- She is the third out of eight to intentionally harm someone else's car. She crashed Spinner's car into Dean Walton's. The other seven are:
- Spinner and Jimmy, who egged Ms. Kwan's car.
- Rick, who spray-painted an "X" on Spinner's and Jay's car doors.
- Fitz, who broke a hood ornament off of Eli's hearse.
- K.C. keyed Coach Armstrong's car.
- Katie, who egged Bianca's car, before breaking off the right side-view mirror.
- Zig, who dumped garbage on Madame Jean-Aux's car.
- Her surname was almost always mispronounced.
- Although it is never stated whether or not she contracted HIV from Griffin, it is presumed that she did not.
- Paige is one of three characters to have suspended reality in his or her plot. The other two are Clare Edwards and Wesley Betenkamp.
- She has kissed Darcy Edwards in a mini, Party Etiquette.
- Paige, along with sixteen other characters, was sexually assaulted.
- Paige was one of six characters to be followed into their freshman year of college as a regular. The other five were Ellie, Marco, Emma, Manny, and Liberty.
- Paige was the first character to force a member of the Spirit Squad to wear the mascot costume. The second was Marisol to Tori.
- In Venus (2) it was revealed that Paige wanted to be an Ad Executive.
- In the Season 1 episode "Mating Game" it was assumed by Ashley, Jimmy, and Spinner that Paige was not a virgin. This was proven to be just a rumor because she said that she was a virgin when Dean raped her in Shout.
- Paige lost her virginity to Spinner Mason.
- Paige and Alex were the first characters to have a lesbian storyline in the series.
- Paige was technically responsible for the school finding out that Manny was pregnant.
- Paige was part of the first on-screen kiss in this series with Jimmy.
- Paige was part of the first band in this series: PMS.
- Alex and Ellie both instantly disliked Paige.
- Ironically, Paige ended up dating Alex and became friendly with Ellie.
- Paige was the first person to know that Ellie was cutting herself.
- Paige caught Ellie in the girl's bathroom.
- Paige is the one who convinced Ellie to seek help for her cutting.
- In a deleted scene Paige was roommates with a girl named Molly when she was at Banting.
- Paige was jealous of long-time friend Ashley
- This was seen a lot in Season 1 and Season 2.
- Paige was the first character to get sexually assaulted on TNG.
- Paige was the original "Mean Girl" of TNG.
- A few characters have resembled Paige after her run on this series.
- Paige is responsible for Terri and Ashley no longer being best friends, because she made Terri choose between her and Ashley in Karma Chameleon.
- Paige is the second character to purposely rip someone else's clothing off in public. The first was J.T. when he pantsed Paige's then-boyfriend Spinner.
- She had a soft spot for J.T.
- Paige was one of the characters who visited the site of J.T.'s murder six months after his death to have a moment of silence with him. The others were Toby, Liberty, Danny, Manny, Emma, Mia, and Derek.
- Paige is one of the nine characters to appear as a regular after their graduation.
- Paige is the second character to set fire to a building, the others being, Emma, Miles and Mrs. Nash.
- Paige is the first character to set a fire at school. The second was Miles.
- Paige shares similarities with former character Kathleen Mead and future characters Holly J. Sinclair, Fiona Coyne, Marisol Lewis, and Zoë Rivas.
- She is fond of bacon and cooked it for Ellie and Marco in Pass the Dutchie and Don't Stop Believin'.
- Paige is the second character to dine and dash, the other three being Ashley, Spinner and Zig.
- As revealed in Tell It to My Heart, she was a member of the Degrassi Drama Department. She starred in the school's production of Hamlet.
- Paige was the only one of Ellie's friends who regularly called her "Eleanor."
- In contrast to Jimmy, Marco and Craig, Paige never blamed Spinner for his involvement in the school shooting, as revealed in High Fidelity (2).
- Paige hates the color grey.
- Although they were not close friends, she attended Craig's surprise 17th birthday party at the Dot in Venus (1).
- In both Family Politics and Ghost in the Machine (1), Paige used the line "New year, new look, new Paige!" to refer to her new style. In the 2015 interview Straight Talk with Adamo Ruggiero, Adamo Ruggiero referred to it as Paige's most famous line and Lauren Collins agreed.
- This line was alluded to in Ladies Night when Holly J said "new day, new week, new Holly J."
- In Secrets and Lies, she described Dylan as her "oldest brother," implying that she had more than one. However, it was later established that Dylan was her only sibling.
- Paige was J.T.'s first date in When Doves Cry (2).
- Deanna Casaluce auditioned for the role of Paige before being cast as Alex.
- (to Ashley and Terri): "Hey guys!" (first line) - Family Politics
- (to Frankie): "If you're a good person, Degrassi always seems to give you a second chance." (final line) - #ThrowbackThursday
- (to Unknown) "Hello, I'm not done here!" - Family Politics
- (to Manny): "Courtesy of Mr. Mewes...Your call time for tomorrow 6 a.m. sharp." - Paradise City
- "Hun." (Repeated)
- (About Dean): "What you did to me changed my life. I still can't sleep without my light on. Sometimes I even look under the bed to make sure you're not there. I made a mistake going upstairs with you, but you made more than a mistake: you made a choice." - How Soon is Now?
- "Guys, there's been a shooting." - Time Stands Still (2)
- (to Emma about boobs): "They're actually pretty great." - Coming of Age
- Mohammed to Terri: "Hey, did the photographer use a wide angle lens or what?"
Paige: "Yes loser, just like you need a microscope to find your..."(Hazel stops her)"... I was gonna say brain." - Mirror in the Bathroom
- Alex: [helping Paige pour nacho cheese into vat at movie theater concession stand] "You know, fake cheese is one ingredient away from being plastic."
Paige: "Hmm. Just like Manny Santos." - Modern Love
- "Shoot me. Drown me in fake cheese!" - Modern Love
- (to Ms. Suave): "What if Jimmy never recovers from this? What if he never walks again?" - Back in Black
- "Actually, I'd like to answer that. That was my only experience, and I certainly would not have chosen to lose my virginity upstairs at a house party with a guy I've known for an hour!" - Ghost in the Machine (1)
- (to Terri): "Four years of high school. Will you spend them cool with us, or as a social loser outcast with her? You decide." - Karma Chameleon
- (Paige meets Holly J.) "At Degrassi, I was known for making girls cry with nothing more than an evil eye or a snort." - Queen Bees
- "Marco's not scary. Marco's afraid of bees and Heather Sinclair, not scary. Unless maybe you see her in her granny panties after gym." - Modern Love
- Paige: "The whole world is gonna hate me if I get him fired."
Marco: "You're in love. What were you supposed to do?"
Paige: "Abstain from contact with male humans, seeing as how I'm Paige, the Bermuda Triangle of love." - Modern Love
- (To Ashley about J.T.) "Did that thing just wink at me?" - Jagged Little Pill
- "Dean, I have one thing to say to you. I am coming after you, not like the mascot or Spinner. For real." - How Soon Is Now?
- "Ninth grade, my date is orange and I'm sporting a screaming sunburn. Tenth grade, our limo driver, Jim Boy Jed the criminal, delivers us in a cop cruiser. Eleventh grade, it gets worse. Hopped up on painkillers, I arrive with a date who doesn't like girls on the special bus! Hello everyone! Happy prom! This is so perfectly festive!" - West End Girls
- "Maple bacon! The candy of all meats." - Pass the Dutchie
- "SHE'S THE DEVIL'S SPAWN!!!" - (To Holly J., in the Mini: Queen Bees)
- "Does it say, 'Caution: Freak Inside!'?" - How Soon Is Now?
- "Do you have time for a girl who's ready to stop caring about what other people think?" - The Lexicon of Love (2)
- Paige: "And I can't believe we lived with each other for a year, without there being a murder!"
Ellie: "There's still time..." - Don't Stop Believin'
- "Thanks, hun. Without you, I'd be sad, lonely, and with many cats." - Standing in the Dark (2)
- (To Craig): "What did you expect, For He's a Jolly Good Fellow?" - Rock and Roll High School
- "New year, new look, new Paige!" - Family Politics and Ghost in the Machine (1)
- (To Ashley): "Craig didn't cheat on you just because of hormones!" - I Want Candy
- "So run away next year, it won't help. Because the real problem, is you." - I Want Candy
- "I wouldn't worry too much, if you're talking about who I think you're talking about, he seems like the semi-responsible type. But you should ask him anyways. And hun, remember this next time; ask questions first, get naked later." - Accidents Will Happen (1)
- "You want me to thank you? For what? Dropping a dirty bomb on my life?" - Modern Love
- "YOU TOLD HAZEL WHEN YOU SWORE THAT YOU WOULDN'T!" - Modern Love
- "Don't use your outdated slang on me. I doubt that your mouth is even connected to your tiny, shriveled boy-obsessed brain." - Modern Love
- "Big words for someone who picks up my leftovers." - Modern Love
- "Manny Santos is a liar." - Modern Love
- Paige: "Twigs and berries. You girls practicing to be on Survivor?"
Emma: "It's called a diet."
Paige: "Totally wishing I had your will power. When bathing suit season comes around, prepare to be hated by a jealous me." - Our Lips Are Sealed (1)
- "Either you tell me what you saw in my palm, or my nails get up close and personal with your face." - Relax
- "Ashley, just stop being such a hag!" - Jagged Little Pill
- (To Spinner): "Maybe we'll see you later. Like next week, when you're not contagious." - Under Pressure
- "I won't even get into kindergarten with my résumé." - Venus (2)
- "I feel totally helpless. What if Jimmy never recovers? What if he never walks again?" - Back in Black
- "I don't need my parents to protect me, I'm only telling the truth, I was inappropriate with Mr. Oleander, and I request to be transferred out of his class." - Modern Love
- "I'll keep going. You stressed me at Spirit Squad, you make me look like a full, fat spaz!" - West End Girls
- "Hi, you broke my leg." - West End Girls
- "You made me look stupid." - West End Girls
- "Yeah, right." - West End Girls
- "I was fixated on your earlobes for most of the class." - Modern Love
- "The whole world is gonna hate me if I get him fired." - Modern Love
- "Because I don't want to come back for the reunion to find out my former friends are losers." - Death of a Disco Dancer
- "Did you sign up for those college info sessions tomorrow?" - Death of a Disco Dancer
- "Thanks for the tip." - West End Girls
- (To Manny): "I brought pins. If it were legal, I'd offer you painkillers too." - West End Girls
- "Did you want to say something, Manny?" - West End Girls
- "She was really MEAN!" - Modern Love
- "Jealousy is a nasty thing." - High Fidelity (1)
- "See Hazel, that is helpful. She is a helpful friend...person." - Venus (2)
- "You're dumping me and giving me drugs?" - Death of a Disco Dancer
- "For last night dorkus, it felt like the right way to end school. Just don't forget about me okay?" - High Fidelity (2)
- "I'm not quite sure that's advisable, sir." - High Fidelity (2)
- "Spin, just so you know, I never blamed you for what happened with Jimmy." - High Fidelity (2)
- "Okay, I know Marco likes four sugars and Ellie takes her coffee black...like her soul." - Here Comes Your Man (1)
- (To Ellie): "Can you count to two?" - Here Comes Your Man (1)
- (To Darcy): "Sweetie, I would love to indulge your need to ruin my party with a full on catfight, but I'll pass. Save the drama for high school, hun. I'm moving on." - Here Comes Your Man (1)
- "Alex is a pathological liar." Free Fallin' (1)
- "Sorry I'm late. Gucci boots. Cute, but slow." - Free Fallin' (2)
- "You know what Alex, You suck too!" - Love My Way
- "Your apology is killing me with its plaintive sincerity!" - Love My Way
- "And I hate how you're acting! Why are you doing this?" - Love My Way
- "Well, when Ellie gave me the green light to date her ex, I'd say she was just a touch color-blind." - Sunglasses at Night
- "That's Bovine Fecal Matter and you know it, Alex." - Don't You Want Me? (2)
- "I am MORE than upset. I am furious, fuming, pissed BEYOND recognition!" - Modern Love
- "I am SO HIGH!" - Death of a Disco Dancer
- "Singing a song about rape will not win the contest!" - Shout (2)
- "You know what, Alex, you were better off as a stripper! It's not okay to get up on your high horse, but at least that girl was working for something!" - Love is a Battlefield
- "Alex, I'm DONE!" - Love is a Battlefield
- "The boys must love you, hun. I heard that trampy's the new chic." - Queen Bees
- "Hun, that skirt is really slimming in the waste. Now what to do with those saddlebags?" - Queen Bees
- "Hun, I love you hair. No one told me that flat and lifeless was the new look!" - Queen Bees
- "You've got skills, woman. But it takes YEARS of degrading people before you can call yourself a queen bee." - Queen Bees
- (To Jay): "Ew, VIP does not stand for Vastly Icky Poser. What are you doing here?" - The Lexicon of Love (1)
- "Ever feel drunk without drinking?" - The Lexicon of Love (1)
- (To Alli and Tori): "So I guess that is my cue?" - The Power Play (3)
- Marco: "Tim stayed over last night."
Paige: (jaw drops) "I hope you two were safe!" - Tell It to My Heart
- (To Snake): "Now, sir. I sniped at Alex in class. He distributed Manny Santos' breasts through the school electronically. I don't belong here." - Death of a Disco Dancer
- (To Rick Murray): "Look. I know we aren't exactly best friends, but I wanted to say that I-I thought the whole paint and the feathers job was sickening. It was really childish." - Time Stands Still (2)
- Paige: "It behooves me as you and Eleanor's closest friend..."
Ellie: "Oh, actually, I don't really like you." - Pass the Dutchie
- Paige: "Morning, Ellie."
Ellie: "Hey Paige. Great outfit!"
Paige: "New year, new look, new Paige."
Alex: "Ellie, just because Princess Prissy talks to you doesn't mean you have to answer."
Paige: "I'm going, I'm going." - Ghost in the Machine (1)
- Main article: Spinner-Paige Relationship
- Gavin "Spinner" Mason
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- Main article: Matt-Paige Relationship
- Matt Oleander
- Main article: Paige-Alex Relationship
- Alex Nuñez
- Main article: Jesse-Paige Relationship
- Jesse Stefanovic
- Main article: Griffin-Paige Relationship
- Griffin Pierce-Taylor
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