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Watch out Vampire Diaries stars, it looks like Kevin Williamson is playing favorites!
After Phoebe Tonkin’s show The Secret Circle was canceled, Williamson didn’t waste any time finding a new home for the Australian breakout star, casting her as Tyler’s (Michael Trevino) sexy werewolf friend Hayley on The Vampire Diaries.
We chatted with Phoebe about the transition from witch to werewolf, the complicated dynamic between Hayley, Tyler and Caroline (Candice Accola), and her close friendship with Claire Holt, who plays Rebekah on the CW hit series.
Before landing the role of Hayley, Phoebe was a huge fan of The Vampire Diaries and admits she didn’t hide her “fan girl” side on her first day. “It was cool. I was like a total fan girl my first day. Claire showed me around all the sets and I was like, ‘What?! This is a set? It looks so real on the show!’ I was like win-a-competition girl,” she says. “But it’s really cool! There’s so many amazing sets and they are so detailed and huge. I obviously knew so much about the show before I went on it, so I was just really excited.”
Phoebe calls the transition from witch to werewolf “sort of easy,” explaining, “I love the supernatural world and I love Kevin, obviously!” As for the transition from the wickedly seductive Faye on The Secret Circle to the “tomboy” Hayley, Phoebe says, “It’s fun to play a character that isn’t so manipulative and evil. [Hayley] is a bit more empathetic; she’s a free-spirit. She’s very independent and she’s ballsy. I think she thinks she’s tougher than she is.”
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