Arielle Kebbel is back with an all new rehash of The Vampire Diaries’ 6×16: “A Bird In A Gilded Cage”. The Vampire Diaries will return with new episodes April 16th. Ugh, the wait is killing me already!
The Originals’ 2×17: “Exquisite Corpse” airs Monday, April 6th on The CW
CONTROLLING THE DEMON — When Eva Sinclair’s (guest star Maisie Richardson-Sellers) reemergence leaves Rebekah trapped and helpless, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) is forced to put aside his mistrust for Freya (guest star Riley Voelkel) in order to save Rebekah’s life. Meanwhile, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) learn more about Eva’s violent past from Josephine (guest star Meg Foster), who then makes a startling revelation about Hayley’s future. With time running out to save Rebekah, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) turns to a reluctant Vincent (Yusuf Gatewood) for his help to take down Eva, but his plan takes an unexpected turn, as Eva will not go down without a fight. Danielle Campbell also stars.
Alloy Entertainment sat down with Maisie Richardson-Sellers to talk about Rebekah’s upcoming battle on The Originals;
Mark our words, fang fans: In one year, Maisie Richardson-Sellers will be a household name! The 22-year-old U.K. native, who recently celebrated her birthday on March 16, graduated from Oxford University a few months ago, and since then has landed three prime roles! She not only is set to star in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens movie but also in a new epic ABC series titled “Of Kings and Prophets.”
Not that we’re shocked by this news: She’s an incredibly gifted actress and has proven as much by commanding every scene she’s appears in on The Originals. Despite having some pretty big shoes to fill as Rebekah Mikaelson, Maisie has brought so much pluck and vulnerability to this character that she’s actually managed to fill the void created by Bex’s absence. Best of all? She has a firm grasp on the Mikaelson family dynamic, and can more than hold her own in scenes with powerhouses such as Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies! (Even Claire Holt gave her blessing upon witnessing Maisie’s nuanced performance!)
So what’s next for the show’s main vixen, especially now that the evil host of her body, Eva Sinclair, has made her presence known and is determined to wreak havoc in New Orleans? Scroll on down for EXCLUSIVE details courtesy of Ms. Maisie!
Alloy Entertainment: We’re just going to start this off by saying how amazing you are as Rebekah. It’s not easy to play an established character in another body, but you captured all her mannerisms to a t. How did you prepare?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: My main research was to watch The Originals, especially Claire’s scenes, again and again just to really understand the finite differences between her relationships. She’s known these people for so long and we’ve seen that played out on screen, so it was really important to me to make it convincing. And another thing I tried to focus on was understanding her essence — her sass, her confidence, her fiery temperament. You know, how passionate she is and how loving she can be. And then once I grasped those, it sort of naturally translated into how I would behave.
Alloy Entertainment: Is there a particular Rebekah scene from the show that truly struck a chord with you while watching it?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: I LOVE watching her and brothers interact. As for my favorite? I really liked “Tangled Up In Blue,” the third episode of Season 1. It contains such memorable moments between her and Klaus as well as her and Marcel. Also, I’ve enjoyed watching her relationship with Hayley grow. There was a bitchiness element there at first, but it’s developed into a loving friendship. In general, it’s always nice to see Rebekah go from being tough to tender, especially in the scenes with Hope. She’s such a well-rounded character.
Alloy Entertainment: We saw that you tweeted a photo of you and Claire at Brunch! Did you meet up to exchange notes?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: [Laughs.] Actually, it was a coincidence. We were having brunch in the same place in Los Angeles, and it was just a wonderful, spontaneous occasion. We did have a chat about Rebekah though, and it was great to hear that she was happy with how it was being done. She’s honestly a lovely person and it was nice to pick her brain about the character for a bit.
Alloy Entertainment: That said, you’re also playing a murderous psychopath – Eva Sinclair. What horrors does she have in store for the witch community and the residents of New Orleans?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: As you can imagine, she’s now awake and well aware that someone is in her body. She’s not happy at all about this. Moreover, we have to question why she’s killing these kids in the first place. There are lot of things we need to find out about her and in the next episodes we learn more about her motives. It’s quite surprising! And let’s not forget that she was locked up in a witch asylum; clearly she’s not the most sane person. She was put there for a reason.
Alloy Entertainment: Your character’s situation reminds us a bit of the scene from The Exorcist in which the words “Help me” appear on Reagan’s body. Rebekah is stuck in this body and now she and this evil woman are fighting for control. Can you tease anything about this?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: There’s definitely going to be a battle. We are not sure who’s going to win or how they’re going to address it. Having a host wake up in her body while someone else is in it has never happened on the show before. This is completely new territory for everyone involved. And obviously we now have Freya around and she happens to be a very powerful witch. So, Rebekah is going to ask her for help as well as Marcel’s to try to figure out this bizarre event.
Alloy Entertainment: Speaking of Freya, we love how the two of you met. It reminds us of Rebekah’s quote, “Us girls have to stick together.”
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: Exactly! Without Freya, Bex is just surrounded by all these brothers. I think there’s something appealing about this long-lost sister. We don’t know that much about her but we’ll learn more about her past with Aunt Dahlia in upcoming episodes. But aside from the natural affinity that she feels, Bex’s instinct is remain wary until she finds out whether Freya is trustworthy or not.
Alloy Entertainment: It’s interesting that you bring that up because Klaus doesn’t trust Freya one bit. Will this cause any tension in Rebekah’s relationship with her brother?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: Yea! We see them all together in the same for the first time in episode 2×16. We’ll see how that plays out, who takes whose side, and how Freya’s story will change the way each of them perceives her.
Alloy Entertainment: You also mentioned Marcel earlier. We really appreciate the fact that Rebekah was not down with kissing him while in someone else’s body. However, there will forever be an attraction between them, as their little eye exchange at the wedding made clear. Will they continue to grow closer now that she’s back in his life?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: [Laughs.] They have this irresistible charm between them and they both, as much as they hate it, love each other. So we’ll see how much his presence affects her. Will not being in her body be enough to hold her away from him? Additionally, the dynamic has completely shifted because, for the first time, she’s vulnerable and he has to look after her. This definitely influences their emotional relationship as well. They have this sort of sassy connection, and I think it’s important to show that it’s still exists.
Alloy Entertainment: The actors who play the Mikaelsons have worked together for years and yet you show up and gel right in. Kol’s death scene in particular was beyond poignant and effortless. Were there any activities you had to do to capture that natural family bond of “Always and Forever”?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: It’s all about talking about it and finding the truth in the scene. We didn’t have to create the moment, it just naturally fell into place. We focused on how our brother of over a thousand years is dying and what that mean to each of us; we each had a unique relationship with [Kol] and losing such a connection is powerful and painful. It was definitely an emotional time on set: Everyone was crying and it was really intense.
Alloy Entertainment: How will Kol’s death affect Rebekah in the long run?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: While he was dying, she basically promised to bring back her brother if it’s the last thing she does. And Rebekah is someone who means her words — she doesn’t say things lightly — so that’s definitely going to be on her mind. But first, she needs to deal with the psychopath lurking inside of her. [Laughs.]
Alloy Entertainment: Will we get to see Bex back in auntie action any time soon?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: I really hope so! I think she’s got so much on her plate right now — and she’s a bit unstable — so the idea of getting near the baby is a bit scary. [Laughs.] She could wake up as this child killer at any moment! But down the line, I would love to see that.
Alloy Entertainment: By the way, congrats all these stellar roles you keeping landing. First, you’re making your movie debut in Star Wars and you’re starring in Of Kings and Prophets! What can you tease about your empowering new character Michal?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: Thank you! Yes, I’m very excited. In the Bible, Michal is the first of the rebellious women who challenges authority and does her own thing. I’m drawn to roles in which women fight for power and what they believe in, so it’s going to be a fun experience.
Alloy Entertainment: You just graduated from Oxford! We love that you value higher learning and education. What would say has been your most profound educational experience thus far?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: I studied Anthropology, which focuses on diversity in cultures around the world, so for me it would have to be all the traveling I’ve done. Meeting and interacting with different people has definitely been the most incredible. Moreover, playing these characters has been a great learning experience for me. Even Eva has a story and a reason for doing these things. It’s always easy to see someone as evil, but it’s never that simple. There’s always a reason behind their actions, and once you discover it, he/she becomes a real person and not just a character.
Alloy Entertainment: Did you experience any culture shock after you moved to the U.S.?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: No, not really. I actually love the south. Everyone is so warm here and the cast and crew have been nothing but welcoming. Everyone was so willing to accept me, and we have such a great time together. Moving to Atlanta wasn’t that big of a concern for me.
Alloy Entertainment: What was your first day on the set of The Originals like? Was it nerve-wracking just like any other job?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: [Laughs.] It’s funny because I was trapped in an asylum for the first three episodes, so I didn’t actually get to meet anyone until well after. Regardless, everyone — from the directors to the writers — were just amazing and we just jumped right into the scene. I was waking up. I was screaming. I was being attacked. I mean, it wasn’t exactly a gentle introduction to the character, you know? But still, it was wonderful and continues to be. I love it. We can do our own stunts if we want and the writers shake things up a lot — it’s never a boring day at work. [Laughs.]
Alloy Entertainment: One amazing thing about The Originals is how empowered all the women on the show are, regardless if they’re bad or good. That said, what sort of roles do you hope to tackle in the future?
Maisie Richardson-Sellers: I love characters with layers who are slightly unhinged, sort of like Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted. I just want to continue being challenged as actress and taking on tough roles.