The Water Factor in a Vampire Love Story
Australian actresses Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin were already famous in Oz for their performance in teenagers' TV Show “H2O: Just Add Water”. Claire left the show after season 2 and the series ended the following year.
Time passed and many fans were content to see the attractive, familiar faces of the actresses back on the small screen, but this time, under a different light and in an American TV show. And it is a big contrast, indeed, not only in theme but also in terms of scenery.
From playing the roles of teenage mermaids in “H2O”, now the actresses feature in a show about creatures of the night: “The Vampire Diaries”. They have left the stunning beaches blessed with sunshine in the Gold Coast and surrounded in the gloomy and violent town of Mystic Falls. The happy endings of the teenage show differ from the constant deaths and strong violence that takes place in “The Vampire Diaries”.
Their characters are still supernatural but they are more complex, deal with more tumultuous feelings and face more dramatic duels. Claire Holt plays Rebekah, a powerful vampire confronted with tragic loneliness. Forsaken by loved ones and betrayed by family, Rebekah plays a dangerous vampire that is actually in search of affection.
Phoebe Tonkin plays Hayley, a free-spirit werewolf. Her character is newer and her arrival thickens the plot in a mysterious way. Her own secrets, particular quest and personal feelings for one of the characters in the TV show twist the fate of Mystic Falls.
The Australian actresses featuring in American productions follow a current trend in the US. It seems that the American public is very prone to appreciate Australian talent, and world-class Aussie actors keep amazing critics and audience.
“The Vampire Diaries” is a drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by L.J. Smith. The Series premiered on The CW Television Network back on 2009 and is now on its fourth season. Set in a small town of Virginia named Mystic Falls, the main focus is a love triangle between main character Elena gilbert and vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore. As the narrative has evolved, it has been focusing on the history of the “mystical” town.