The friendship between Holly J. Sinclair and Anya MacPherson formed sometime before they transferred from Lakehurst Secondary School to Degrassi Community School in their sophomore year of high school, in Season 7 of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
Holly J. previously treated Anya as her "lapdog", and Anya continually put up with her bullying ways until she finally confronted her about it. The two had a break in their friendship for a while, but made up once again, keeping a distant but friendly relationship with each other. In their senior year, the two became best friends once again and remained close until graduation with a new member in their group, Fiona Coyne.
Season 7In Standing InThe Dark, Anya and Holly J., both Lakehurst students, are introduced as best friends who are forced to transfer to Degrassi after their school burns down. However, Holly J. treats Anya less like her friend and more like a "lapdog." Her vindictive personality and cattiness make the shy Anya too scared to ever stand up to her. Instead, Anya plays the part of loyal friend to the point of even dressing in outfits similar to Holly J.'s every day. In exchange, Anya is able to be a part of the popular clique.
In Jessie's Girl, after seeing that Anya was being nice to Holly J.'s rival Mia Jones, Holly J. decides to treat her poorly, by telling the entire physics class that she is dyslexic. Holly J. then talks Anya into copying an old report from her sister Heather Sinclair for their physics class, only to tell on her during class while Holly J. cunningly makes a separate one for herself. Mia is eager to see the kind-hearted Anya break free from Holly J.'s hold on her, but to her surprise, that doesn't happen. Anya tells Mia that she would rather fail her physics assignment than be unpopular like her. By the end of the episode, Holly J., having reinforced her dominance over Anya, invites her to come to Sav's birthday party with her.
In Another Brick In The Wall, Holly J. is embarrassed to be seen with Toby Isaacs in front of her friends, Anya and Chantay Black. 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 Bhandari to become friends by making them work together, but Holly J. and Sav end up sharing some secrets instead. 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 and showing the whole group. 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's 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 Anya 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's 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 replies saying Holly J. did this to herself. Holly J. angrily tells Anya to get over herself.
Season 8Heat of the Moment, when Holly J. causes Johnny DiMarco, to break up with Alli Bhandari, 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. She 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 Haig makes an offensive comment about her.
Season 9In Just Can't Get Enough, Anya sees the superhero "Holly" that Blue drew for Holly J., and asks where the "J" was, as she thought Holly J. hated being called Holly. She helps Holly J. prepare for the Winter Beach Bash, such as selling tickets with her. When Holly J. is complaining about Blue, Anya tells her she will never be happy, because everyone used to hate her and now she is popular and still unhappy. She later brings Holly J. tacos.
In Wanna Be Startin' Something, after Sav cancels his plans with Anya, she asks Holly J. if she wants to hang out while she waits for him to call. Jane asks if she has any "non-Sav" interests and Holly J. tells her to get a life that doesn't involve waiting around for Sav to call. Anya comments, "Some friend you are," before walking off, looking hurt.
In Somebody, Anya wonders how Holly J. started dating Declan, the hottest boy in school, as Holly J. is Holly J. After Holly J. is one of the finalists for a mentorship, Anya asks how Holly J. is going to be able to date on top of her mentorship, job, business, and being school president. Holly J. says behind every powerful woman is a man who better be cool with it. Later, Holly J. pushes some of her responsibilities off onto Anya.In Why Can't This Be Love (1), Anya tells Holly J. and Chantay that Sav's arranged wife, Farrah Hassan, is coming into town. The two convince her that Farrah is not a threat to her and Sav's relationship.
In Why Can't This Be Love (2), Anya and Holly J. see each other at prom with their respective dates, Sav and Declan Coyne. The next day, Anya confesses to Holly J. that she had unprotected sex with Sav in the limo at prom. Holly J. tells her that she could take "morning-after" pills and she'll be fine.
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.
In What a Girl Wants (2), Anya switches over to Sav's side in the campaign and Holly J. calls her a Benedict Arnold. Anya decides to use the pregnancy to help Sav.In Breakaway (1), Anya decides to tell Sav the truth after Holly J. asks Declan to set up a blog about her "pregnancy." She then tells Sav that the pregnancy was to help Holly J.'s chances of winning the election. Before the election, Holly J. confronts Anya about Sav, saying that she backstabbed her 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.In
In My Body Is A Cage (1), Anya has just 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's 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 says she will do it to help, but Holly J. notices how upset she is and insists she will do it. In spite of her unawareness of the real issue, she calls Sav believing Anya knows what is going on between them and tells Sav this is one of the worst things that can possibly happen to her.In My Body Is A Cage (2), Anya is at school and calls Holly J., asking where she is and that she though they could work on their project together, until walking into the classroom and 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 and Anya sprinkles ash. Holly J. and Sav look angrily at Pompeii, which has been covered in fake ash and lava. Holly J. declares it a disaster and yells at Anya for jeopardizing their grade. Holly J. claims she's overreacting and Anya scoffs an leaves, with Holly J. following. Holly J. says that she can't believe Anya would do this over something so stupid. Anya asks what she's talking about and Holly J. states she did it because Sav and her are dating. Anya says that her mother has cancer and Holly J. comforts her and convinces her to go to the doctor's office for her mothers appointment. Anya arrives at the doctor's appointment just in time; she learns that her mother will be just fine and make it through because they caught the cancer in time.
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 Holly J. shows up at Anya and Dr. Chris date night and she reminds Anya about her curfew she quickly. Holly J. tells Dr.Chris to pay at the counter and therefor ending the date.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), Holly J. walks into a room where Fiona and Anya were talking and interrupts their conversation, asking "bring what up?". Anya replies by saying its her dry feet problem. Holly J. asks both Anya and Fiona out as her dates to the spring formal, which they both agree to it. Anya teases Fiona with a heart sign which Holly J. gets weirded out by. Later, Anya finally reveals to Holly J. that Fiona might be in love with her. Anya warns Holly J., since Fiona and Holly J. are best friends to not make things awkward for both of them. Later at Fiona's condo, Holly J. asks someone to help her to zip her dress and asks Anya instead of Fiona, even though shes not busy. 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.
In LoveGame, Anya, Fiona, and Holly J. share a hug upon realizing that it is their last semester together. Sav breaks up their hug because he needed Holly for the announcements, and Anya and Fiona walk away together.In What's My Age Again?, in the start of the episode, Fiona, Holly J., and Anya are trying to pick out a theme for Anya's 18th birthday party. Holly J. and Fiona tease Anya as she makes a date with Dr. Chris on the phone. Later on, Fiona and Holly J. surprise Anya with her 18th birthday at her condo.
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 Paper Planes (1), Anya confides in Holly J. about her stress, and admits to her that she had used cocaine the previous night, much to Holly J.'s dismay. Holly J. is relieved when Anya assures her that she won't do cocaine again, and suggests that Anya not let her boyfriend, Owen Milligan, drag her down.Later on, at the volleyball tournament, Holly J. tries to persuade Anya to break up with Owen, as Holly J. feels that Anya is too good for him. Owen hears Holly J. insult him, and sprays the back of her head with a water gun, which angers both Holly J. and Anya. Anya offers to help Holly J. dry off, but Holly J. resists her help.
That night at a club, Owen tells Anya that he doesn't want her to hang out with Holly J. anymore at all, as he feels Holly J. has too much of an influence on her life.
In Take a Bow (1), Anya, Holly J., and Fiona are together when they see Charlie.In Take a Bow (2), Anya and Holly J. graduate Degrassi, and have a pre prom for Holly J., along with Chantay and Fiona. Anya, Chantay and Holly J. put their initials underneath their hand prints, on the Degrassi sidewalk.
In Dead and Gone (2), at prom, when Holly J. calls on the iPad, Anya shows her the prom scene since Holly J. couldn't be there herself.
- They have both dated Sav Bhandari.
- They were both friends with Chantay Black and Fiona Coyne.
- Both lost their virginities to their first love: Holly J. to Declan Coyne and Anya to Sav Bhandari.
- Holly J. had a conflict with Anya's ex-boyfriend Owen Milligan.
- Holly J. had a conflict with Anya's good friend Mia Jones.
- They both left their handprints at Degrassi.
- Anya had a conflict with Holly J.'s friend, Jane Vaughn.
- They both attended Lakehurst Secondary School before transferring to Degrassi.
- They both graduated in the Class of 2011.
- They were both on the Power Squad, but Holly J. was kicked off.
- In Heat of the Moment, Anya was a member of the "I Hate Holly J." page on Facerange, but they later reconciled when Holly J. wouldn't show up to school.
- They were both seen in the Season 11 opening credits together (first half only).
- Their friendship is somewhat similar to the friendship of former Degrassi students Melanie Brodie and Kathleen Mead.
- They were both members of the Degrassi Drama Department.
- They both made their first appearances in Standing In The Dark (1).
- They had a bit of a falling out between Ladies' Night, until My Body Is A Cage (2), because Anya wasn't going to let Holly J "treat her like dirt" anymore.