Pasquale "Pat" Mastroianni is a Canadian actor who portrayed Joey Jeremiah in the Degrassi series. He tried out for the Degrassi series when he was thirteen years old, and was subsequently cast as Joey Jeremiah at fourteen. In 1988, Mastroianni won a Gemini Award for Best Continuing Actor in a Supporting Role. After Degrassi High ended in 1992, Mastroianni worked as a waiter and a painter in his father's construction business, and gave up college for acting when his university mandated that he devote all his time to his studies. He had roles in several Canadian productions, including Liberty Street and Music Works. Though he was quoted as saying in 1998 that there was "very little" chance for a Degrassi sequel, Degrassi: The Next Generation began in 2001, where Mastroianni reprised his role as Joey for five seasons. He announced on his website that after three seasons of Degrassi Junior High, two more of Degrassi High and five seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation he is no longer going to portray Joey Jeremiah; he wanted to continue his acting career to pursue other projects. He is really good friends with Siluck Saysanasy.
In the 2015 interview Straight Talk with Adamo Ruggiero, Jake Epstein admitted that he did not know who Pat Mastroianni was when he read for the Craig auditions as he had never seen the original Degrassi.