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Phoebe Tonkin on Hayley’s shocking decision in The Originals

The Originals has never shied away from death. After all, its central characters are all technically dead. However, they’re also immortal… or perhaps more accurately, they’re just very difficult to kill. Because as the show has taught us, there are varying levels of immortality. Some vampires — cough, the Mikaelsons — are more difficult to kill than others. And yet, we’ve seen many Mikaelsons fall. More than that, we’ve seen the people they love fall.

As Hayley once said to Elijah after Jackson’s death in season 3, “Loving any of us is a death sentence.” And unfortunately for Hayley, she wasn’t wrong. In the sixth episode of season 5, Hayley allowed a witch to bind her werewolf side, therefore turning her from a hybrid into a regular vampire. (Read: Slightly less immortal.) And when a fight with Greta took a bad turn — Greta literally had her hand on Hayley’s heart — Hayley made a choice. As she looked around the room and saw a defeated Klaus and an unconscious Hope, she knew she had a chance to take out the current threat against her family. So, she ripped off Greta’s finger, the one that had her daylight ring, and then she pulled Greta out into the sunlight. In doing so, Hayley also burned. And that was the end of the immortal Hayley Marshall.

Star Phoebe Tonkin reflected on Hayley’s goodbye in an email interview with EW. “This was Charles Michael Davis’ episode,”> Tonkin said of her costar, who directed the hour. “I love him so much. He’s incredibly focused even though he’s wearing both actor and director hats. And he has a really great knack for giving great direction while still respecting that he’s working alongside us as an actor. I was so grateful to shoot that scene with him. He did it with such grace and sensitivity to an obviously heartbreaking moment.”

Although Tonkin won’t say if we’ve seen the last of her this season — “you’ll have to watch and see” — she was prepared to say goodbye. “Every season we prepare to say goodbye for good as we never know if we will come back for another season or not till very last minute, but knowing this season would be [the end], it definitely made it easier to plan wrap gifts and say proper goodbyes to my buddies who I’ve spent 5 years with,” Tonkin said. “My last scene sadly was at one in the morning, and the core cast weren’t there, nor were some of the main crew members as there were two units shooting that day, so I basically ran around the studio yelling anyone’s name so I could give as many tearful hugs and goodbyes before I left the studio for the last time.”

Homegrown actor Phoebe Tonkin goes through all the steps in her (sort-of) quick morning beauty routine.
For Phoebe Tonkin, star of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, a daytime beauty look begins with glowing skin. First up, she massages in Chanel’s La Solution 10 de Chanel mixed with its Huile de Jasmin Revitalizing Facial Oil for a hydrated base, “especially when I’m travelling or dehydrated or haven’t slept very well.”

Next steps include sunscreen, foundation and concealer—but never too much. “I think it looks a little sexy to look like you’re not entirely well rested,” she says. “Or maybe I’m just justifying, because I naturally have dark circles.”

Glossier’s Boy Brow, an eyelash curler, and a lip stain (be sure to catch her technique here!) follow. Tonkin then reveals the best dry shampoo trick to get that cool-girl hair texture and the final touch that makes her feel fully ready for the day ahead.

Watch Tonkin do her entire routine in under three minutes below, filmed in a suite at Manhattan’s The Whitby Hotel.


Phoebe Tonkin doesn’t have time to think about her wardrobe when she’s traveling the world. She needs an outfit that can take her from the airport to set and then to dinner without a worry, and even if we’re living in envy of her jet set lifestyle, we need that combination of practicality and presentation too.

Rip & Tan: Describe the outfit that makes you feel like the most authentic version of yourself:
Phoebe Tonkin: Vintage Levi’s, a sweater, a pair of flats, and gold hoop earrings.

Rip & Tan: How has your career influenced the way you dress?
Phoebe Tonkin: I definitely tend to favor comfort over anything, especially when I have early call times and I’m working through long days.

Rip & Tan: Consider your favorite item of clothing. What is it that draws you to it? Is it the texture, color, silhouette, its history?
Phoebe Tonkin: My best friend Ilona is a blue jean connoisseur, and for about a year I kept dropping hints about a particular pair of Levi’s until she eventually relented and gave them to me. I protect them like they’re gold. I always pack them in my luggage. Other than that, I have a lot of jewelry that has sentimental value.

Rip & Tan: Are there any women in your life that have given you wisdom on style or dressing? Who are they, and what have you learned from them?
Phoebe Tonkin: Ilona Hamer and Alex Nataf, editors of Unconditional Magazine, totally inspired the way I dress and the way I look at fashion. They favor basic, well-made, classic pieces, and they steer clear of anything trendy.

Rip & Tan: Describe the evolution of your taste over the years. How do you imagine your style changing in the future?
Phoebe Tonkin: My style has definitely changed over the years. I remember when I was younger, I would look at girls who were older than me and I didn’t understand how they just looked effortless. And I realized that style is something that you accumulate…like those jeans I stole from my best friend, the shoes that I’ve been wearing for seven years, the jewelry that I traded with my sister. When you’re younger, you think that being sexy is wearing tight little things, and now I do feel sexiest just when I’m in something really simple and classic, like a T-shirt and a pair of jeans.

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Homegrown actor Phoebe Tonkin features in Vogue Australia’s latest video, Pillow Talk.

As far as fan interactions go, being spotted by one in a Korean spa is actually rather strange, as Phoebe Tonkin, star of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, can attest. “It was strange because if you’re not familiar with a Korean spa, you are in the nude,” the Australian actor reveals in Vogue Australia’s latest video, Pillow Talk.

Filmed in a suite at Manhattan’s The Whitby Hotel while dressed all in Chanel (save for her Frame jeans), Tonkin shared other little-known facts, such as what makes her cry, the best compliment she’s ever received and the innocent fun she had at her all-girls high school.

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It was New Year’s Day last year, when actress Phoebe Tonkin set herself a very specific career goal. “I wanted to work in Australia on a project with a social conscience, and with extreme beauty maestro [director] Glendyn Ivin.”

Just a few months later, at 5am in Paris, a very jet-lagged Phoebe answered the phone to hear she’d booked a lead role in Safe Harbour, the new SBS drama about asylum seekers directed by Ivin. It was a job that “perfectly encompassed” that New Year ambition. “Manifest away my friends, and don’t be ashamed to dream, there’s still some witch left in all of us,” the 28-year-old told her 4½ million Instagram followers.

A psychological thriller, Safe Harbour couldn’t be more different from The Originals, the American vampire series Phoebe has spent the last five years filming in Atlanta. And it’s a world away from H20: Just Add Water, the Channel Ten kids show that first brought Phoebe to the attention of audiences – and for which she’s probably still best known here.

Phoebe is now counting on Safe Harbour to transform perceptions of her, so she can break out of her fantasy-character niche and firmly establish herself as a serious actor at home and abroad. “I have high hopes that this show will reintroduce me, especially into the Australian industry, as a different actress than maybe I was expected to be,” she tells me, curled up in jeans and a black cardigan in an inner-Sydney studio, her hair still damp and her face free of make-up. “I’ve been really dying to work in Australia for a very long time.”

Safe Harbour is an expression of Phoebe’s deeper, political self – yet on the surface she appears very much an It Girl. She grew up in Mosman, on Sydney’s lower north shore, and attended exclusive all girls’ school Queenwood, swimming at Balmoral Beach across the road every morning. Her mother ran the local toy store and her dad has his own travel business. Her younger sister, Abby, works in finance and lives in New York.

While Phoebe says the Tonkin family are “brainy and nerdy” rather than creative types, they are serious movie buffs. A childhood ritual was heading to the cinema together every Thursday night to see the latest release. “I grew up feeling like the cinema was a really special experience [but] I was kind of like the black sheep, the fact that I actually went into the industry,” she says.

Capitalising on her super-fine bone structure, pronounced pout and leggy gait, Phoebe has a well-developed side hustle as a model: she’s an ambassador for Chanel, and has starred in advertising campaigns for the likes of Aussie swimwear brand Matteau and LA denim label Frame. Yet she confesses she was self-conscious growing up. “I was shy, I was always just a little aw-w-w-kward,” she says slowly, drawing out the adjective. “I’m probably still awkward.”

She found a respite from these feelings in acting, joining Australian Theatre for Young People at 12, where she met a bunch of like-minded teens. “Acting felt like something that was my own, it was like this secret community of other quirky kids that I could spend time with over the holidays and after school. It was this really nice escape for me.”

Someone suggested to Phoebe’s mother that she get an agent, which quickly led to an audition for Home and Away. Phoebe missed out on that part, but landed the next – playing Cleo, a teenage girl who turns into a mermaid, on H20. “I didn’t have too long to decide what I was going to do for the rest of my life,” she laughs.

Phoebe had just turned 16 when she she got the role and within a week she had quit school and was on set on the Gold Coast. Three seasons of H20 led to her film debut in the screen adaptation of John Marsden’s young adult novel Tomorrow, When the War Began. Phoebe then moved to LA in her early 20s to chance her luck at pilot season, and quickly scored a role in The Secret Circle, playing a young witch. She was hailed the breakout star of the show, and subsequently cast as a secret werewolf in The Vampire Diaries, before taking a lead part in its spin-off, The Originals.

The young Aussie relishes the chance to step away from fantasy TV and star in something ripped from the headlines.

Phoebe Tonkin is relishing the chance to play normal. The 28-year-old Aussie has spent the past seven years acting in US supernatural dramas The Secret Circle, The Vampire Diaries, and most notably, The Originals.

Safe Harbour couldn’t be more different – no spells, no fangs, no green screen, no special effects.

“Safe Harbour is much more grounded than my other recent shows and that means the style of acting is really naturalistic,” Tonkin says.

“It is a completely different world to The Originals, which is very heightened. That is a fantasy and a big beast. We have done five seasons. You get to a point where everyone knows what they are doing and it is a well-oiled machine.”

Safe Harbour could have been ripped from the headlines. Ryan and Bree Gallagher (Ewen Leslie and Leeanna Walsman) have bought a second-hand yacht in Darwin and invited a group of friends, including Ryan’s sister Olivia (Tonkin) and boyfriend Damien (Joel Jackson) as well as friend Helen (Jacqueline McKenzie) for a boating holiday. After less than a day’s sailing, a broken down and leaking fishing boat appears on the horizon and the group realizes that is overloaded with asylum-seekers.

Do they help or not? After a heated discussion, Ryan decides to tow the beleaguered boat towards Indonesia but by next morning, after a severe storm, the boat is missing.

It isn’t until five years later, when Ryan steps into a taxi driven by one of the refugees, Ismail Al-Bayati (Hazem Shammas) that the truth behind the disappearance is revealed – someone cut the rope, but who? Tragically, some of the refugees drowned.

It is a set-up that will remind some viewers of The Slap when Harry (Alex Dimitriades) hits another couple’s young child and the relationship between the characters is forever changed.

“It is the rippled effect of something (cutting the rope) that is almost a split-second decision – how big an impact that can have on your life and even strangers’ lives,” Tonkin says. “That is what I think is so interesting about the series. It asks a lot of questions of the audience. All of the characters represent a different point of view and a different perspective.”

Olivia and Damien’s relationship has disintegrated in the five years since the asylum-seeker incident but now they are forced to confront the ramifications of what happened that night.

“Olivia undergoes the biggest difference (during the five years) of any of the characters,” Tonkin says. “When we see her on the yacht she is very light-hearted. She is in love. She relies heavily on her boyfriend and her brother. She grew up without parents so really her family is the people on the boat.”

“When you find her five years down the track you realise she is harbouring a lot of guilt and anger and there is a of ugliness in her. There is resentment about how drastically her life has changed because of what happened on the boat. The consequences really affected Olivia and her emotional state.”

“There are scenes with Joel where we are very close and love each other dearly and then we have to play against that when we see each other (after five years).”

Producer Stephen Corvini is thrilled Tonkin returned home to be part of Safe Harbour.

“I wanted to get a diverse cast that didn’t really know each other,” Corvini says. “It was important for them not to be too friendly in a show like this. It was also great to give opportunities to Arabic Australian actors (Shammas as well as Nicole Chamoun who plays Ismail’s wife Zhara, Yazeed Daher as the couple’s son Asad and Robert Rabiah as brother Bilal) who typically get roles that are thugs or terrorists.”

The Originals comes to an end this season but Tonkin has already booked herself a guest role on acclaimed US drama The Affair. But if Tonkin gets her way she will be doing more work in Australia as well.

“(Success in Hollywood) has definitely required patience and perseverance,” Tonkin says. “There have been lulls (between jobs) but I’ve been luckier than most because I’ve worked pretty solidly the whole time I’ve been there.”

“I’ve just take take opportunities as they have come and doing a job like this (Safe Harbour) reignites the excitement.”

“What we are exploring is very real and very current. I did a lot of research on the refugee crisis. This has been a passion project for everyone and it has been really exciting to be part of that.”

Source: Herald Sun

She reveals her grand plans to take her career in a new direction.

While most actors struggle to catch a break in Hollywood, Aussie actress Phoebe Tonkin has never been short of work.

After making the move to Los Angeles, the 28-year-old won a role in fantasy series The Vampire Diaries. Phoebe’s character was then upgraded to a series regular in the spin-off drama The Originals.

But five years on, the Sydneysider is ready to make a change. And it all starts with Safe Harbour.

The actress plays Olivia in the SBS series about five Aussies whose yacht encounters a boat of asylum-seekers.

“I’ve wanted to do something like this for a long time,” Phoebe tells TV WEEK.

“I don’t want to become complacent. I love The Originals, but a long-running series can feel tedious.”

Instead of vampires and werewolves, Phoebe says Safe Harbour is a snapshot of “real human issues”.

“It’s a real gear-switch for me,” she explains.

Meanwhile, the star’s next project sees her join the cast of Golden Globe-winning drama The Affair.

“I gravitate to darker, realistic material,” she reveals. “These are the kind of shows I watch at home. I don’t watch superhero shows.”

But for now, Phoebe is enjoying being back in Australia and being able to sink her teeth into Safe Harbour.

The talented Aussie is also hoping to stretch her skills by joining the growing trend of streaming TV series.

“I’d love to work on a show for HBO or Netflix,” she says. “That would be a great opportunity. But the stories in Australia are really interesting. Hopefully, I can flit back and forth.”

Until then, Phoebe is happy to be in a drama as complex as Safe Harbour.

“It’s been an amazing crash-course in acting, and being back home is a bonus,” she says.

“Considering how dark the subject matter is, we’ve had so much fun on set. I’m lucky.”