One thing you can always count on with networks like the CW constantly churning out one teen drama after another is attractive actresses who embrace a love of body art. Some of the shows are successful and well-received (like “Pretty Little Liars”); some are horrible and quickly destined for the scrap heap (like the 2009 version of “Melrose Place”); and some are mediocre, but have some staying power (like “90210”).
Shenae Grimes starred for 5 seasons in “90210”, which fit into the latter of those categories. In that show (which also gave us a ‘New 2 Tats’ feature on Jessica Stroup), she portrayed Annie Wilson, a transplant from Kansas who is struggling to find her place in the fast-paced Beverly Hills sunshine (mirroring the journey of Brenda and Brandon Walsh from the original series). While “90210” didn’t particularly impress critics, Shenae did grab a Teen Choice Aware nomination in 2010 for her role.
Shenae hails from the talented acting hotbed known as Canada (what’s that all aboot, eh?). So, it would only make sense that her first acting role would be as the teenage version of Canadian country music star, Shania Twain. She would have a few guest star roles on forgotten tv series over the next year until she got her first major break in 2006.
In 2006, Shenae saw her big break when she took the role of Darcy Edwards in the hugely popular Canadian teen drama, “Degrassi: The Next Generation”. This edition of “Degrassi” is a continuation of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s hits “Degrassi High” and “Degrassi Junior High”. This new iteration is notable for having huge fans in Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith (Jay and Silent Bob), and giving a start to mainstream talents like actresses Nina Dobrev and Cassie Steele, as well as rapper Drake (Aubrey Graham).
Shenae continued on “Degrassi: The Next Generation” until 2008, while also continuing to perform the occasional guest role. 2008 saw her next big move when she became Annie Wilson in the “90210” reboot.
During her 5-year run on “90210”, Shenae continued to ‘multi-task’. She directed her own cinematic short, “Myself and I” (the inspiration for one of her tattoos), had a cameo in “Scream 4” (which could have been titled, “Scream: The Next Generation” for consistency’s sake), and starred in the films “Sugar” and “Empire State”. In that time, Shenae also managed to get married to musician Josh Beech.
Shenae has made no secret of her love of body art. For years on the red carpet, she has worn revealing dresses that show off the script tattoo on her right rib cage that reads “Myself and I” (the title of her cinematic short).
More recently, she has been spotted at the beach with what appears to be an adorable heart with Celtic knots on the back of her left thigh (there is another tattoo just above it, but I have not been able to get a clear photo of it).
She has also embraced the popular trend of behind the ear tattoos by getting a design of Peter Pan’s hat behind her left ear. It is a reminder to her to stay young and not take life too seriously. She got it as a memorial to a close friend who passed away.
You can follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/shenaegrimes