The rapper we now know as Drake wasn't always a hip-hop heavyweight. Before his days of collaborating with Lil Wayne, he was Aubrey Drake Graham, a Canadian teen star known for his role as the paraplegic Degrassi High School student, Jimmy Brooks.

But Drake isn't the only cast member of 'Degrassi: The Next Generation' to transition from 'Teen Nick' to big-time Hollywood.

The educational program turned high school soap opera also produced Shenae Grimes, who currently stars as Annie Wilson in '90210.' For four seasons, Shenae played Darcy Edwards, an uber-Christian girl turned wild child.

And Nina Dobrev, who played teen mom and model Mia Jones on 'Degrassi,' now stars as Elena Gilbert in the hit CW show, 'The Vampire Diaries.'

'Degrassi' expert Kary Bowser, founder of, thinks Drake, Shenae, and Nina won't be only big names to come from the show.

"In Canada, 'Degrassi's' huge. So, if you're a teen actor, that's the thing you want to do," he says. "As far as those three, I don't necessarily know that they were the most talented. They just decided they wanted to make the journey from Canada to Hollywood and their timing was right."