'The Originals': Claire Holt, Leah Pipes on Rebekah's mission, Cami's history, supernatural politics of New Orleans, and more
As one Original sibling goes down for the count (temporarily), another tears into town.
That's right, Rebekah (Claire Holt) makes her way to New Orleans in Tuesday's (Oct. 8) all-new episode of "The Originals," after Elijah stops calling her -- since Klaus daggered him at the end of the series premiere.
"Her primary goal is to come to New Orleans and find Elijah," Holt told a small room of reporters in LA after a screening of "The House of the Rising Son" on Monday (Oct. 7). "Right now, that's her quest, her mission, and she doesn't really care for making relationships with other people, or bonding."
Of course, once she arrives in New Orleans, her plans change. "There's sort of a bonding that happens with Hayley that is natural and more of a family type thing," Holt teases. "We've both been betrayed or left behind by our families so that occurs. But right now she thinks that she's just going to pack up and leave as soon as she finds Elijah. There's obviously history that makes her stick around. Like a very hot guy."
In Tuesday's episode, viewers will learn that Rebekah has history with Klaus' former-protege-turned-rival Marcel, and it's a very complicated history at that. Add to that Marcel's present-day infatuation with human Cami (Leah Pipes), and we've got the makings of love triangle. "We might be [heading towards a love triangle]," Pipes says. "There's definitely two girls pining after one guy so I guess that is a triangle, but I think it's a much more political show than just love triangles."
Holt agrees. "The love story takes a secondary part behind it but it will definitely be something," she says.
Both Pipes and Holt are excited to showcase more of a political story than "The Originals'" parent series "The Vampire Diaries" does. "It's a turf war. In a lot of ways it's a gangster show," Pipes says. "Everyone's fighting for New Orleans. Not just two vampires but everyone, even the humans. Everyone's fighting for this wonderful little town. It gets really complicated in the wonderful way that 'The Godfather' gets complicated."
"I referred to it as 'The Sopranos' earlier but I'll take 'The Godfather,'" Holt adds. "It's cool because on 'The Vampire Diaries' it was really about the love triangle and there's only so much room that you have to explore those stories. The way that our show works, we step away from that a little and I feel like it's something that everyone can relate to, with family and war. It's more of a common theme. It's allowed us to explore something different and it feels fresh and exciting and something that we haven't really done before."
But fear not: there will be romance on "The Originals." "People are going to kiss in this show," Pipes promises. "There's going to be kissing."
So what is it about Cami that attracts the king of the French Quarter, Marcel? Pipes says we will learn why when more of her back story is revealed. "There's a lot more than meets the eye right now. I love where they're taking my character," Pipes says. "She has gone through hardships in her life and she's a very strong girl because of it and kind of gives these vampires a run for their money."
Holt teases that Cami's back story will surprise fans. "It's such a great story line when it gets discovered," Holt says. "There's a history that's so much more than just the girl works at the bar."
A main staple of "The Originals" -- and its parent series "The Vampire Diaries" -- is its use of flashbacks as a storytelling device. "The House of the Rising Son" features a lot of flashbacks to show how Marcel came to be Klaus' protege, and his surprising relationship with Rebekah. "We're going to see more of the history of Marcel and the family and how we got to where we are now," Holt says. "The [flashbacks] are always really great to shoot. They're cool and fun, despite the fact that I'm always in corsets that are much too small for me."
"The Originals" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.