Phoebe Tonkin Talks 'Vampire Diaries'
On August 7, it was revealed that Phoebe Tonkin, breakout star of the recently defunct Secret Circle, would be staying on The CW's Thursday nights by joining the cast of The Vampire Diaries as Haley, a mystery woman from Tyler Lockwood's past.
Today, while promoting the DVD release of Bait 3D (available September 18), I got the chance to talk to Phoebe about sticking with The CW, what you can expect from Haley and how it feels to be working with her B.F.F. Claire Holt (who plays Rebekah) once again!
TheInsider.com: Was there any hesitation for you in joining The Vampire Diaries after Secret Circle's cancellation?
Phoebe Tonkin: As a person, I'm so attracted to the supernatural world, the unknown world. I find that so fascinating I got into acting to tell stories and be a kid again and use the part of your imagination you can't use as an adult. And I'm such a huge fan of Kevin Williamson, I would do anything for him. To be part of something he created, is so popular, is so well-written and has such a big fan base, there was no question to joining.
Insider.com: How excited was Claire when you told her?
Phoebe: I called Claire when she was on set and I had to do a disclaimer before I told her so she wouldn't squeal [laughs]. But we haven't done any scenes together yet. I think they're worried about us getting too excited and giggly on set. We're hoping to work together soon.
Insider.com: What can you tell me about your character, Haley?
Phoebe: I like that she's a world traveler, a bit of a tomboy, pretty ballsy and provocative, but not in the way Faye was on Secret Circle. I mean, she went out to manipulate and see what should could gain from people. Hayley just doesn't have a filter. She didn't really have parental figures in her life, and I like that kind of a person. I like that she's tough and tries to keep up with the boys. That's what I responded to when Julie [Plec, executive producer] first pitched the character to me.
Insider.com: And how has it been working with Candice Accola and Michael Trevino?
Phoebe: They're so sweet. The majority of my scenes so far have been with them. They're so professional and prepared and talent. I mean, it's been so lovely on set the past couple of weeks with the two of them. The dynamic between the two of them is amazing, so working off that is really great.
The Vampire Diaries premieres October 11 at 8 p.m. on The CW.