'The Originals' post mortem: Claire Holt, Leah Pipes on Rebekah's 'amazing' arrival, Davina, and more
Rebekah finally made her way into New Orleans on Tuesday (Oct. 8) night's all-new episode of "The Originals" (read the full recap here), and Claire Holt loved the way her character stormed into town, taking out seven vampires in the process.
"I get to do the coolest stuff," Holt told a small group of reporters after screening "The House of the Rising Son" in LA on Monday (Oct. 7). "I always get these amazing, bada** chick things to do. It was a great entrance so I was very happy. I didn't mind waiting an episode for that."
Now that Rebekah knows the full story -- that Marcel has the daggered Elijah, hidden in a secret place with his secret weapon, Davina -- she will be staying in town with Klaus and his baby momma, pregnant werewolf Hayley. Holt says the two girls will form a familial bond, which we began to see forming in Tuesday's episode. "It started with Rebekah feeling protective, when she thought Klaus was going to kill Hayley," Holt says. "She finally stepped in and this maternal instinct took over. And then when Hayley gave her the 'antique steak knives,' that really solidified that. Rebekah's never really had any girl friends. She's tried, but she's terrible at it, so I think this is a necessity for the both of them. It'll grow over the next few episodes as well."
These two will have to stick together if they are going to survive Klaus' war with Marcel, especially now that they know what they're up against: Marcel's secret weapon, the powerful Davina. Both Holt and Leah Pipes, who plays the human bartender Cami, had nothing but compliments for Davina's portrayer, Danielle Campbell. "She's like a baby Katie Holmes. She's the most beautiful thing I've seen on the planet," Holt says. "It's great to be able to work with someone who's so commanding and powerful but really sweet and young and nice and beautiful."
Pipes agrees. "She's so amazing to watch her change from being this sweet girl, and then camera's start rolling and she's this scary, scary witch," Pipes says. "She's really talented. She has a long career ahead of her."
So when will Davina leave the attic, if ever? "I think she'd love to leave the attic, but she's confined there right now because Marcel is so terrified of anyone finding out about her," Holt says. "That's a lot of the story line so she gets stuck in there for a while. Poor love."
As for Cami, the token human -- the "Matt Donovan of the show," jokes both Pipes and Holt -- Marcel may have compelled her to forget meeting Rebekah, but these two blondes will cross paths again soon. "I'm compelled to forget but we meet again," Pipes reveals. "She comes to see me and we have a little lady date. I've had scenes with everyone. There's still so much that needs to be revealed."
Oct. 8 was also the permanent time slot premiere for "The Originals" on Tuesday nights, and Holt hasn't made up her mind on whether or not she's glad the series will now air on a separate night from parent show "The Vampire Diaries" (which airs on Thursday nights). "I go back and forth on this. Sometimes I think we could really use the help and sometimes I think that it might be nice to stand on our own two feet," Holt says. "We're very lucky to have loyal fans from 'The Vampire Diaries' so hopefully they'll come over to us whatever night we're on. And maybe we'll get some new ones if we're on our own fresh night."
"The Originals" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.