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Phoebe Tonkin is one of Australia’s most successful young acting exports. Beginning her career on the Aussie teen series H20: Just Add Water, she gained international fame (and a casual 4.8 million followers on Instagram) from her starring role on The Vampire Diaries and its-spin off, The Originals. Now, with her career in its peak, she has returned to Australia to take on the lead role of young Gwen (with her older self to be played by Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver) on Stan’s new original series, Bloom, premiering on January 1. Below, Phoebe chats all about Bloom, and what it means to be an actor in 2018.

POPSUGAR Australia: Tell us about the premise of Bloom.

Phoebe: The premise is if you have the opportunity to have your youth, energy and vitality back, with the knowledge of being in your sixties or seventies, what would you do differently? Are there any wrongs you would right, any big regrets you had in your life that you would try to make up for, if you had the chance?

PS: You play a character called Gwen – tell us about her!

Phoebe: When we meet Gwen we find out she’s been struggling with dementia for the past few years and so a lot of her memory has gone. But you realise there’s a man she loved once when she was much, much younger, as well as the man she’s still living with now, Ray. She went through some stuff when she was younger and was quite torn between two men she loved very much. You realise as we explore in the series that sometimes our memory is a little foggy and you can romanticise relationships. So, we’ll learn more about the relationship she had with Max and her husband Ray.

PS: What drew you to the character and the show?

Phoebe: I love working in Australia. I think Stan is doing a great job of being a strong competitor to big American cable shows. I thought the premise was really interesting and unique, and I thought the creatives involved – [director] John Curran is someone I’ve wanted to work with for a long time – and all the Australian actors are people I’ve always looked up to. But yeah, the premise was just really different, and I think it’s very bold for Australian drama.


When you’re a world famous actress and social media sensation, people tend to ask you a lot of the same questions: What is your workout routine? How do you get your skin so glowing? And while we were curious to ask our November cover star, Phoebe Tonkin, these questions (you can read up on those here), we also wanted to get into something a little… meatier.

Because Phoebe Tonkin is not only hugely eloquent and well-spoken, but she also has a lot to say. Like how she choses to use her substantial Instagram following (4.7 million and counting) to give a platform to causes she’s passionate about. Or how she values the creative inspiration of her female friendships. Or how her Mum taught her to try her hand at everything—even if she didn’t nail it first go—a lesson she carries with her to this day.

In short: Phoebe Tonkin is wise beyond her 29 years—which is why we wanted a glimpse at her hard-learned wisdom. Touching on everything from digital detoxing to her unique approach to beauty and self-care, watch Phoebe Tonkin’s best life advice above.

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Taking a break from filming new supernatural drama series Bloom, Phoebe Tonkin talks outgrowing fantasy roles, the positive power of social media and becoming a professional Cinderella.

Phoebe Tonkin is sipping a ghee coffee and nibbling a banana muffin at The Roadhouse, a rustic coffee shop in Byron Bay, when BAZAAR calls. “My dad lives here and I’m visiting,” the Los Angeles-based Australian actor says. “I’ve been in Melbourne the past couple of weeks and it’s not the greatest weather over there right now, so I wanted to come here to go swimming, enjoy some sun and just hang out.”

The relaxed, sunny vibe of Byron Bay’s hipster wholefoods scene is about as far away as you can get from the project Tonkin has been working on in Melbourne: a dark supernatural drama series called Bloom. The 29-year-old stars alongside two-time Oscar nominee Jacki Weaver, Bryan Brown and Ryan Corr (Holding the Man, Hacksaw Ridge) in the six-part Stan original. The story is set in a country town, one year after a devastating flood has killed five locals. Survivors have discovered five mysterious plants growing where their neighbours drowned, each producing berries that have the power to restore youth. But there’s a catch. The renewed vitality is fleeting, so the town must protect their supply at all costs. Tonkin is calling it “a grounded, dark fairytale”. “Even though there is an element that is not of this world, everything from the relationships to the characters feels very real and relatable,” she explains. “It’s still very Australian, but I think it’s something that will also do very well internationally.”

Helmed by acclaimed American director John Curran (Tracks, Chappaquiddick, Praise), Bloom taps into the global sci-fi zeitgeist — think series such as Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Incorporated, Dark and Altered Carbon — making it one of the most buzzed-about debuts of the year. “It poses really interesting questions about our desires and vitality: what are the costs? What would you sacrifice?” Tonkin continues. “It asks things we need to ask ourselves every day about the way we consume, the way we use social media, the people we look up to and whether it’s a very superficial world.”

Read more of the interview at Harper’s Bazaar Australia


A few highlights:
– This was Phoebe’s first convention in Australia.
– Phoebe is still filming Bloom, and expects it to come out at the end of this year.
– She expressed her desire to do period work, though said that Bloom has some period scenes.
– She would really like to work with Reed Morano, Sofia Coppola, and Wes Anderson.
– When asked about Tomorrow When the War Began, Phoebe mentioned that she is still really good friends with Rachel Hurd-Wood and not too long ago met up with her in London.
– When asked what kind of roles Phoebe would like to portray, she said she would like to work in a film that explored a country and culture that is not very well-known to general audiences.
– Thought one of the most fun scenes to film on the Originals was the masquerade because everyone was on set, and she preferred the scenes where all the characters were together.


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.

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