Claire Holt Will Be Rebekah Mikaelson in The Originals!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // March 4, 2013

Claire Holt, Rebekah Mikaelson, The Originals

Claire Holt will continue her role as Rebekah Mikaelson in The Originals!

It’s official, as of January 13th, 2013, that Claire Holt will continue her free-spirited, manipulative and devilishly sexy role as Rebekah Mikaelson on The Originals!

The Originals is The Vampire Diaries spin-off which will air on April 25th, 2013, as the backdoor pilot for the series, which is set in New Orleans. It will begin filming in the Big Easy on March 11th, 2013.

Rebekah is the youngest and only surviving sister of the Mikaelson family. Ever since becoming a vampire, she pined to be human. When last we saw her, she was cheated from the cure when Jeremy was killed by Silas.

Rebekah has been in and out of her coffin as the centuries have rolled by. With only the cure being a single does, will she run the risk of becoming human if there’s the chance she could be daggered again and die for good? Since she’s loved Stefan since they met in the 20s, will she sacrifice her chance at humanity and let Stefan have the cure, since he wants to be human, too? Or he at least told her this when they danced and shared a pseudo-human romantic moment of bliss. Or was Stefan just deceiving her? Klaus says she’s “borderline supernatural” meaning she knows when people aren’t telling the truth. To Rebekah the cure is a chance at a real and normal life.

Like Klaus, Elijah, Kol, and Finn, she became a vampire when Esther cast the spell to transform them into immortals. Only a stake from the White Oak tree can kill an original vampire. After becoming vampires, they discovered the vervain flowers that grew at the White Oak tree’s base burned their skin and prevented them being able to compel others. Because of this they burned the tree. They never expected that it would regrow and be used to create the Mystic Falls town marker. After Esther died, Rebekah, Klaus, and Elijah swore a pact to stay together always and forever. It will be interesting to see if this relationship continues after moving to New Orleans.

Claire Holt, who has been acting since 2006, was born in Brisbane, Australia. Her first role was on the Australian teenage TV show “H2O: Just Add Water” as Emma Gilbert, which was filmed on coast locations as well as at Sea World. Phoebe Tonkin, werewolf Hayley on The Originals, also starred in “H2O: Just Add Water” where they became BFFs. In addition to “H2O” and TVD she starred with Norman Reedus of “The Walking Dead” in a Direct-to-Video TV movie. She also played Samara Cook in “Pretty Little Liars.” In addition to movies and TV, she’s also done ads for Sizzler.

In school at Stuartholme School in Toowong, Australia, Claire was involved in swimming, water polo, various other sports, and sang in the choir. She also has a black belt in Tae-Kwon-Do! In her spare time, if she has any, she enjoys playing piano and guitar.

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