Phoebe Tonkin’s star is on the rise thanks to landing a role on the hit show The Vampire Diaries and a new feature film, Bait, on the way.
Phoebe Tonkin’s star is on the rise thanks to landing a role on the hit show The Vampire Diaries and a new feature film, Bait, on the way. The Australian actress has experienced the highs and lows of Hollywood after being cast as a witch in The Secret Circle, only to have the show cancelled after one full season on The CW. Still, the Rising Star finalist in the Cosmopolitan Fun Fearless Female Awards has a lot on her plate, including a new lifestyle venture with her best friend Teresa Palmer. We quizzed Phoebe on her exciting new roles, settling in LA and how international fans compare to Aussies.
Congratulations on scoring your role on The Vampire Diaries! What can you tell us about it?
I play Hayley, an old friend of Tylers, who is a werewolf. She has been travelling and has come to see her old friend. Which stirs up Tylers relationship with his girlfriend, Caroline.
What was your experience of shooting Bait 3D?
Wet! We spent six weeks drenched in water on top of a shelf. But it was so much fun. Dan Wyllie [currently in Puberty Blues] is so cheeky, he had us in stitches every day. It was a really great experience, and I’d never worked with 3D cameras before so I learnt a lot.
You’ve done a mix of film and TV — do you have a preference? What are the differences?
I've been very lucky that both the television shows and films have been fairly big productions. I guess the biggest difference is that on American TV the hours are longer, but with both you’re just trying to tell a story. With films you know where your character ends up. There’s a shorter arc. On TV you don't know where you'll end up!
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