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After starring in two successful shows in Australia, Phoebe Tonkin burst on to the American scene on the short lived WB show, The Secret Circle. She played Faye Chamberlain, the bad girl witch.
Phoebe, 25, didn’t let the failure of that show get her down. The very next season the actress gained the role as Hayley, the werewolf, who helped Tyler break his sire bond.
I think most fans didn’t like Hayley very much. She was coming between Tyler and Caroline and ultimately betrayed Tyler. It wasn’t until she got her own show with Klaus (Joseph Morgan), Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Rebekah (Claire Holt), that fans learned to like Hayley. She became a character the fans could sympathize and relate to. On TVD she was a threat against the original cast. The Originals brought a strong following from TVD and is going into its second season in the fall.
Phoebe is just one of many Australians breaking into Hollywood. Her costar, Claire, is also from Australia and they worked together on H20: Just Add Water. This is a fun show about three girls who find a secret cave that gives them the ability to turn into a mermaid. The Australian actress seems to like her roles with some sort of supernatural power, mermaid, witch and werewolf turned hybrid.
The Australian actress that has made the biggest splash recently is Margot Robbie. She starred alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the Oscar nominated film, The Wolf of Wall Street. Margot also broke into Hollywood on a short lived show, Pan Am. She also starred on a long running Australian soap, Neighbours. Maybe Phoebe is following in Margot’s footsteps.
Before Claire and Phoebe reunited, Phoebe starred on several episodes of the Australian soap, Home and Away, that has been on the air since 1988. This time she was more of a normal girl.
The Originals will return October 6 at 8/7c on the WB. In the meantime check out these clips of Phoebe’s blossoming career.
Check out Phoebe’s scenes from her first show in Hollywood, The Secret Circle:
Here’s a promo for H20: Just Add Water:
Scenes from Home and Away:
When Hayley first appeared on TVD:
Interview with Phoebe teasing season 2 of The Originals:
The Originals season 2 trailer: