If The CW was going to have a poster child, hands down, Arielle Kebbel would have to be it. Not only is she an alumna of The Vampire Diaries (as Lexi) and Life Unexpected (as Paige) and even Gilmore Girls (as Dean’s wife, Lindsay!), she’s now got herself a juicy new role on 90210. And, she tells TVLine, there’s much, much more than meets the eye to her latest character, Vanessa.
TVLINE | I think we like Vanessa at this point, but this is 90210, so I have to imagine that the other shoe is about to drop.
Of course! [Laughs] I like her, too. The fun thing about Vanessa is that you never know what she’s going to do next. Vanessa doesn’t really ever talk about her past. She did share a little bit about it with Liam to make him understand her more, but aside from that, she’s focused on the future. She’s focused on helping Liam get to where he wants to be in his career and keeping him as her boyfriend.
TVLINE | So, things are good between the two? He’s not at all suspicious of Vanessa?
Things are great between them. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Be honest, don’t you find it a little funny that Liam forgave her so quickly for running him down with her car and lying to him about it for months?!
[Laughs] I think that he’s mesmerized by her.
TVLINE | We’ve already had a taste of how Vanessa’s ambition can rub Liam’s friends the wrong way. Will she continue to butt heads with the gang?
Vanessa’s a go-getter and a fighter, that’s clear. She has a vision for Liam, and she’ll stop at nothing until she makes that vision come true. [She’s that way] with everything in her life, [but most significantly] supporting Liam and his career and taking their relationship to the next level. She feels like these other girls are threatened by her, so it doesn’t surprise her that they’re coming after her. But she’s not going to let them deter her from what she knows is possible.
TVLINE | She and Annie went at it early on. Is it safe to say that that tension’s now in the past?
I think the Annie/Vanessa conflict has calmed down for a bit. The next wave of heat will come between Adrianna and Vanessa… She’s making the rounds!
TVLINE | Ooh, do tell!
Well, Adrianna becomes suspicious of Vanessa, because she sees how hard she’s working to make Liam a star. Of course, when Vanessa gets wind of that, she may or may not go out of her way to sabotage a meeting or two with certain music producers for the former singer. [Laughs] But listen, it was really Ade trying to sabotage them first, so Vanessa’s justified…
TVLINE | Naomi and Vanessa seemed to bond a bit last week. Are they OK for the time being?
They’re not friends by any means, but there’s a mutual respect there. They are both smart, business-savvy women who enjoy a good party. [Laughs]
TVLINE | Given that Vanessa’s past is such a question mark, might we start to learn more about her in upcoming episodes?
I would hope so. It would definitely help explain who she is, where she’s coming from and why she has so much to prove.