Vampire Diaries Scoop: Phoebe Tonkin Previews Her Wolfy 'Threat' to Tyler and Caroline

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Phoebe TonkinIs a wolf about to ruffle the feathers of The Vampire Diaries lovebirds Tyler and Caroline?

The Secret Circle‘s Phoebe Tonkin shows up in Mystic Falls this Thursday (The CW, 8/7c) as Hayley, a werewolf who helped Tyler free himself from Klaus’ mental chains. As a result, she and the hybrid have shared quite the traumatic experience, which might spell trouble for Tyler’s current romance.

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“Hayley is a little bit of a threat to that relationship because she has a history with Tyler,” says Tonkin. “She knew Tyler during a very emotional time [when] he was breaking his sire bond.”

In tough situations like that, people tend to lean on each for support and… something more. So can viewers trust that the two kept things strictly platonic in the past? “All we know is that they were friends and that they went through something big together, so they have a special bond because of that,” replies the actress. “So they were just good friends. But I don’t know if, at the beginning, Caroline thinks that.”

That doubt will cause “a bit of friction” between the girls as the blonde vamp is “a little threatened” — there’s that word again! — “by Hayley because she doesn’t know how close her relationship was with Tyler in the past,” Tonkin says. As for the hybrid himself, he’s “a little surprised” by the unexpected appearance from his pal “because she’s, obviously, someone from his past, a past that we don’t know that much about. But she’s a good friend of his, so he’s just excited to see [her].”

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Tonkin advises fans of the couple not to fret too much. “Caroline and Tyler have their own situations going on,” she says. “I don’t think Hayley is a huge priority for Caroline at the moment. They have a lot of bigger things” to worry about. And the werewolf, too, is on a mission, so starting a relationship (or breaking one up) isn’t on her agenda.

“She’s hiding a secret, and she’s trying to find out something very important to her that we’re going to [discover] eventually,” teases the actress.

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Despite all the turmoil Hayley may stir up, Tonkin hopes the audience likes her character, who she believes is a departure from her Secret Circle witch Faye – “It was definitely going to go darker, a little bit more twisted,” she says of what the future held for the canceled CW drama – even though the two are both “confident and strong and independent,” she says. “Hayley has a little bit more empathy. Faye is quite manipulative.”

But who has more fun: Werewolves, witches or the mermaids of her and Vampire Diaries co-star Claire Holt’s Australian series H20: Just Add Water?

“They all have their different kind of fun,” she replies with a laugh. “But it’s definitely nice to play Hayley. She’s a free spirit. She’s kind of ballsy. She’s different from what I’ve played before.”

Comments (27)

  • This whole storyline is ridiculous. It’s such a retcon that I don’t even know how someone is supposed to take this seriously! Hayley was just created for this season, so I can’t blame Tyler for keeping anything. He didn’t know he was keeping a secret! I really, really don’t appreciate Plec trying to assassinate his character. If they want to do Klaroline, do it. Just don’t ruin 3 years of Tyler’s character development to do it!

    If we’re stuck with this inane storyline than I just don’t understand why they couldn’t make Hayley his half-sister. She’s a werewolf and could have been Richard’s. It could have opened up so much story with Tyler and his family (especially his mom who could have known). It would be much more interesting in watching Tyler trying to split time between his new-found sister and Caroline, rather than ANOTHER pointless love triangle. I would have loved that dynamic, but sadly this show is too obsessed with love geometry to actually write a decent, non-contrived storyline.

    Comment by M – October 25, 2012 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I assume they could still go this way — a surprise reveal at some point, perhaps — assuming no actual romance happens between them. And then Caroline would be embarrassed that she was jealous, once the truth comes out. (Candice Accola seems like she could pull off “embarrassed” in a really charming way.) Here’s hoping they do that instead of retreading way-too-familiar ground with yet another love triangle.

      Comment by Ace – October 25, 2012 06:40 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well I’ll reserve my judgement until I see where the storyline goes. I think everyone assumes that it will turn into another love triangle but we don’t know that for sure.

      Comment by Sarah – October 25, 2012 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I dont understand how the introduction of new characters are scoffed at. Its getting a little incestuous in Mystic Falls so i have no problems with bringing in new characters who help explore the background/emotional state or otherwise help push and pull our characters in new and exciting ways. Just because she “might” be a potential obstacle in a current love story doesnt mean that her addition will be a bad one. Or that making her LESS of a possible love interest and MORE of platonic friend/family member suddenly makes her more acceptable as a cast member. If Caroline and Tyler are going to work out, then they will or wont.

      Comment by Naazneen – October 25, 2012 06:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um, for most of the past three years Tyler has been a huge douche. I don’t think it’s really ruining character development. If anything his sudden transformation into a “good guy” is the unebelievable part.

      Comment by Ari – October 25, 2012 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agreed. Tyler is actually one of my least favourite characters. Douche about sums it up

        Comment by Naazneen – October 25, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • i dont think the storyline is ridiculous

      Comment by ashlea – December 31, 2012 10:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I heard she comes back at the end of the season and wipes them all out. END OF TVD…God one can only hope.

    Comment by Jake – October 25, 2012 06:41 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • LOL at the fact that they keep using “someone from his past” mean someone from 3 weeks ago!? In the time frame of TVD, Tyler going out and breaking his sire bond was only several weeks prior.

    Comment by enr702 – October 25, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She’s the reason I quit watching the secret circle she was just so annoying. Oh and I’m getting tired of all this love triangle crap (damon, elena, stephan)get them together or break them forever so f**** annoying. Or just give them a threesome

    Comment by Romney 2012 – October 25, 2012 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I too, am sick of triangles.

      Comment by Obama2012 – October 25, 2012 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tyler and Caroline as a couple absolutely STINK! Anything that breaks them up is okay by me.

    Comment by Gina – October 25, 2012 07:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well I love the love triangle between(damon,elena,stefan). I just hope that this new girl doesn’t mess up tyler and caroline’s relationship bc it took them so long to get were they”re right now.and I think it would be cool to see Klaus and Caroline together for one he did save her life a couple of times so why not I think it would be a great idea. And I wish elena would just already pick damon she’s making me mad with this crap she know she loves damon so she needs to make her move already and stefan is boring to be with I mean she needs a love that consumes her and she’s not getting that with stefan.and for bonnie wat is her deal now she seems like she’s going to turn into this dark witch or something like that idk.and rebecca she has noone now her brother left her the salvatores hate her and elena and jeremy so wat she’s still doing here just saying

    Comment by Ajia Stringer – October 25, 2012 07:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Does Claire Holt have anything to do with Phoebe Tonkin being on this show now? They did do a show together years ago in Australia called H2O.

    Comment by whatevs – October 25, 2012 07:56 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • No, Kevin Williamson was one of the people behind The Secret Circle that Phoebe worked on and loves her so when there was a role available that he felt she should do, he called her up for it.

      Comment by Kay – October 25, 2012 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so glad Phoebe was added to TVD and I hope she stays!! I was hoping she’d be an interest for Damon, but there’s still hope for that! I think they’d have great chemistry. I hope they don’t just use her for like 2 episodes and then kill her like they did to Cassidy Freeman.

    Comment by Mikael – October 25, 2012 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as she doesn’t touch Damon, I don’t care what she does.

    Comment by Babybop – October 25, 2012 11:07 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dont worry Forwood is endgame in the books, they have twins!

    Klaroline, phoyler or whatever is just to pass time…..

    Comment by Cody – October 25, 2012 12:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah but the show deviates from the books greatly. Case in point in the books Caroline and Tyler are villains while on the show they’re good guys, so don’t assume that because they end up together in the books they will on the show as well.

      Comment by Jon – October 25, 2012 03:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I mean hayler


    Comment by Cody – October 25, 2012 12:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Phoebe Tonkin and TSC! I’ll be watching TVD again just because of her

    Comment by Janine – October 25, 2012 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • She was the only thing I loved about TSC. I’m not some crazy fan BTW and I think that they deserved the cancelation. That being said, TVD hooked me up again and made me remember why I became a fan in the first place. :D

    Comment by Phil – October 25, 2012 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally!! an h20 reunion! cant wait :D

    Comment by luli – October 25, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I remember phoebe Tonkin she was my favorite actress on the Secret Circle , i think she is terrific and i am glad that she is going to be on the Vampire Diaries tv show.

    Comment by June – October 25, 2012 10:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Teenage girls and their obsession with the bad boys. It makes me laugh.

    Comment by Kelly – October 26, 2012 06:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Phoebe is a werewolf?

    Comment by AlexanDraa – November 14, 2012 12:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • what episode of vampire diaries is she on

    Comment by trisha – December 7, 2012 02:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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