Did you just go through an audition process for the role? Nathalie Kelley She’s focused. I’m finding it comes quite naturally, which is frightening. It seems like a lot of her anger stems from jealousy, whether it’s directed at Bonnie for Enzo or Elena for Damon. From a young age, she dreamed about being an actress. - Screenrant, https://vampirediaries.fandom.com/wiki/Nathalie_Kelley?oldid=2767362. There’s definitely a lot more evil to come from her, as the season continues. The final season of 'The Vampire Diaries' airs Friday nights at 8pm on The CW. Like on any show, people are a family. This is the role for me. She has nothing else to do with her time. I went through the regular audition process, but Julie knew what she wanted. Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian–Australian actress known for her role as Neela in the 2006 action film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and for her roles in various television series including Body of Proof (2011–2012), Unreal (2015), The Vampire Diaries (2016–2017) and Dynasty (2017–2018). None of the other roles before this were the right fit and nothing really worked. I also like how much fun she has. The pilot was not picked up as a result of The WB and UPN merging into The CW; the resulting network passed on the show. How do you feel about Sybil? She’s gonna enjoy this evil thing. The following month, Kelley appeared as the protagonist in the low-budget horror film Urban Explorer, which follows a group of four urban explorers who explore an underground world beneath metropolitan Berlin. 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Without giving anything away, what can you say about what Sybil’s true motivations and goals are, and are we going to learn about them anytime soon? 8. Kelley has since appeared on both Lone Star and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. I’ve never joined a show in its eighth season. She also seems to not want to be having to work as hard as she’s had to work with them. But just because she reveals all this stuff about her past, it does not mean she is trying to stop being evil. You’ve gotta do something, if you’re immortal. The film made over $158 million worldwide. KELLEY: I like how unrelentingly bad she is. She’s really committed to this evil thing. 'The Vampire Diaries' Nathalie Kelley talking about joining the CW show in its final season, getting the chance to play evil, and Sybil's possible downfall. How do you approach playing a character like this? KELLEY: I knew that by going into Damon’s memories and replacing Elena, that would really mess with the fans. Covering the hottest movie and TV topics that fans want. She’s never gonna die, so she’s just gonna work through these vendettas and take a sadistic pleasure in that. In March 2008, Kelley appeared in the low-budget drama crime film Loaded alongside Jesse Metcalfe. She’s enjoying going out and wearing nice clothes and making people do her evil bidding. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Nathalie Kelley talked about how much fun she’s having with playing evil, why this role was the right fit, balancing Sybil’s humanity and depravity, whether we might feel some sympathy towards this Queen mean girl, how what she was most nervous about with the role is also what she was most excited about, what it was like to join this cast in the show’s final season, and that we’ll learn more about Sybil’s possible downfall. Especially knowing that this is the final season of the show, when you started to think about this character, who she is and what she would mean not just to the characters but to the fans of the show, what were you most worried about and what were you most excited about? While Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Alaric (Matt Davis) team up to uncover the origins of the mysterious force they’re up against, they must also decide when the actions of Damon and Enzo will pass the point of no return. Do you think there’s any situation where she would willingly let go of Damon or Enzo, or both of them, or is it too much about control for her? I’m like, “Does she feel bad for this person, at all, in this scene?” They go, “No!” And I’m like, “Okay, just checking!” This is a cool episode coming up because, of all the episodes, it’s the one where you really see her humanity the most, literally. She is a theme park fanatic, which has lead to covering various land and ride openings, and a huge music fan, for which she judges life by the time before Pearl Jam and the time after. It’s been amazing! I knew they were all really tight knit and they definitely have a lot of history. Now, I’m in the flow. Kelley was cast as the series protagonist Nikki, a mermaid who is rescued by a young man when she washes ashore in Miami. How did you come to The Vampire Diaries? I don’t know where I’m getting all this evil from, but it comes through. You’ll learn more about that, down the line. There’s not repentance, in any way. She would never! It had to be the evil to end all evils, and I guess I pulled it off. You never know, when you join a show like that. It would never even occur to her. She’s sadistic. They’re her toys, and nobody is going to take them from her without her giving them a fight. I guess worried was one thing that I felt, but I was also excited about that. Ian was like, “Oh, wow, this is really going to mess with the fans!” But it was not until I saw it all together and the episode came out that it really hit me, the gravity of what Sybil had done. Kelley appeared as Dani Alvarez in ten episodes and made her final appearance in the episode "Going Viral Part One". She moved to Sydney when she was 2 years old. Actress Christina Radish is a Senior Reporter at Collider. She takes a lot of pleasure in it. I don’t know how people are going to react. Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell, The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You, Every CW Star: Who Are They Dating? I was just like, “Wow!” When Ian and I were filming the scene and I put on Nina Dobrev’s clothes, it was a trippy thing. She likes controlling people and watching them suffer. It’s a new and interesting experience. Season In August 2011, Kelley signed on in a major recurring role in the second season of the ABC crime drama television series Body of Proof. On The CW series The Vampire Diaries, currently in its final season, everyone is still fighting for Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) souls while Sybil (Nathalie Kelley), the Siren controlling them, is exploring new and more sadistic ways to make them all regret that. There’s a reason the others didn’t work. I’ve never done a character like this. KELLEY: When you work on a character for the first time, you’re like, “Is this going to be evil enough? If she does not get everything really quickly, she takes it really personally. KELLEY: I can’t really speak to her master plan. Status In 2014, she won a regular role in the Lifetime series UnREAL. Behind every evil person is some really awful, dark wound in their past, and she definitely has more than a few. Collider: It’s been so fun to watch you be the Queen of evil this season! She’s really having a good time in Mystic Falls. KELLEY: I’ve actually been auditioning for the show for awhile. Will we start to feel some sympathy for Sybil, or are we still just going to mostly hate her? Nathalie Kelley was born in Lima, Peru, to a Peruvian mother and an Argentine father. She just wants to satisfy her sick urges and cravings, sadistically, with this small town. But what we both agreed on was just how much fun this character, Sybil, has with being evil. Lima, Peru KELLEY: No. I thought, going into it, that there were probably all of these mixed feelings about it being over and that they’d be so tight knit, but I’m coming out of this show with a lot of life-long friends, which is awesome. Having worked at Collider for over a decade (since 2009), her primary focus is on film and television interviews with talent both in front of and behind the camera. Birthplace She is also a member of the Critics Choice Association and the Television Critics Association. I love that! That’s her motivation right now. She talks about what she was like, before becoming a Siren, and her tragic childhood and the things that happened that led her to being the evil being that she is today. The go-to source for comic book and superhero movie fans. KELLEY: I hope so! In fall of 2016, Kelley appeared in the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries as Sybil. The film was shot in Los Angeles in 2007 but its release was delayed by Universal Pictures for unknown reasons. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In 2012, Kelley played a vampire princess in the video clip "Luna Llena" from Puerto Rican reggaeton duo Baby Rasta & Gringo. You’ll learn that a lot of these circumstances were forced on her, but she makes the best of them. She attended North Sydney Girls High School on Sydney's North Shore. Nathalie Kelley is a Peruvian-Australian actress who portrays Sybil in the eighth and final season of The Vampire Diaries. I’m really enjoying it! In June 2006, Kelley received her breakout role in the film The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third installment of the Fast and the Furious movie series. The "Miss Latin America competition" also earned her a much-needed $1,000, before she took a year off and went to Brazil. I take cues from the director, and usually they want to go more depraved. She’s not an evolved person, despite being alive centuries. We’ve seen that Sybil is not as infallible as she likes to make people think she is. The Vampire Diaries Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. Is that a fair assessment? Hopefully, people will get to see another side of her and cut her some slack. Birth date KELLEY: You’re already seeing elements of it with the tuning fork, and yes, that does become a big part of the storyline. KELLEY: For an immortal, she’s really petty and she holds grudges. The Vampire Diaries airs on Friday nights on The CW. Because she really is the Queen mean girl of all mean girls, how intimidating is it to play the embodiment of evil? Sybil You’ll learn about what that tuning fork really is and what it does, and you’ll start seeing chinks in her army, in terms of her infallibility. It’s really easy for me to turn that on now. You’ve gotta have a passion, and hers is making people suffer. Kelley played the role of an Australian schoolgirl attending a Japanese high school (a role she would later reprise nine years later in Furious 7 through the use of archival footage). KELLEY: I was nervous, at first. Aside from the writers, the actor playing the character knows them the best. I hope this gives people more of an insight into why she is the way she is, and I hope they have some compassion for her. What’s it like to join a show like this, where it’s the eighth and final season and you’re coming in to really shake things up? Julie [Plec] had known me for a couple of years, and this was just the perfect fit. Nathalie Kelley Played The things Kelley saw there prompted her to shun show business and come home to launch herself into a social science degree at the University of New South Wales. In March 2011, Kelley had a small role in the retro comedy film Take Me Home Tonight, which starred Topher Grace, Anna Faris and fellow Australian Teresa Palmer. Job Everyone was really warm in welcoming me. The Vampire Diaries ha aprovechado la Comic- Con de este año para anunciar un nuevo fichaje para su última temporada, Nathalie Kelley. Name In 2005, Charmed executive producers Brad Kern, Aaron Spelling and E. Duke Vincent developed a one-hour pilot for The WB titled Mermaid. Here's How to Watch the X-Men Movies in Order (Chronologically and By Release Date), 'The Vampire Diaries' Nathalie Kelley on Playing Evil and Sybil's Possible Downfall, Like 'The Queen's Gambit'? There have been some pretty strong emotions about my character flying around. At this point, she’s really just enjoying being out and not being a creature in a pool of blood. October 5, 1985 (age 35) KELLEY: Yes, that’s a really good way of putting it. Will we start to learn more about what her weaknesses are, or where her downfall might come from? Do we have any idea what she’s really up to? Guest Starring Is this what they want?” And then, I started to really settle into it. When she was 16 she became a salsa dancer, which helped her get the money to finish her education. Nathalie Kelley gave us all the goss from 'Dynasty', 'Vampire Diaries' and 'UnReal', including the kicker: never sleep with your co-stars on set. Is it about finding the balance between how much humanity and how much depravity you should inject her with? In 2010, Kelley played the love interest in the music video for the Bruno Mars song "Just the Way You Are". She volunteered with Indigenous Australian youth in the inner-city suburb of Redfern before moving to Los Angeles and eventually becoming a film actress. At this point in the season, it’s still evolving. What was your first day on set like? She’ll go to extreme lengths to punish the people who don’t do what she wants. I like her show really goes after what she wants. Be aware that there are some spoilers discussed. Nathalie Kelleyis a Peruvian-Australian actress who portrays Sybil in the eighth and final season ofThe Vampire Diaries. NATHALIE KELLEY: I’m surprised at how much fun I’m having, playing this supremely evil person. For what reason? In 2020, she debuted in the lead role of Noa Hamilton in the ABC series The Baker and the Beauty I’ve actually made some really wonderful friends on this show, which was surprising.