Shannon says Celeste has ‘unfinished business’ in the Quarter, and it all leads back to the fan-favorite twosome.
Sabine’s true identity is about to be unleashed on The Originals — actress Shannon Kane tells HollywoodLife.com that “everyone will get that memo … pretty soon” — but that’s only the tip of the iceberg for the big bad of the Big Easy. And, FYI, Shannon says she was just as surprised as we were by Celeste’s game-changing reveal.
“They didn’t tell me until about four episodes in that I might be some sort of shapeshifter, or I might not actually be who I am,” she explains. “They were alluding to a lot, but didn’t actually pinpoint anything until they gave me the episode of Sabine coming out as Elijah’s ex-lover.”
Celeste’s ‘Agenda’ Will Target Both Elijah & Hayley
Speaking of all things talk, dark and handsome, Shannon confirms that Elijah (Daniel Gillies) very much factors into Celeste’s plans for the supernatural denizens of New Orleans.
“She definitely has an agenda, and it is based upon her love affair with Elijah,” she explains. “Elijah was her one true love, so she’s come back to resolve some unfinished business.”
And you can bet that as long as Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) continues to cozy up to Elijah, she’ll find herself in Celeste’s crosshairs, too.
“Celeste is not a fan of Hayley, and you will see that,” Shannon says with a laugh. “And it’s unfortunate because I love Phoebe, she’s such a sweetheart. She’s quirky and fun and working with her has been a blast.”
Behind The Magic: How Shannon Prepped For Her ‘Originals’ Role
If you ever start to think Celeste’s witchcraft seems a little too authentic, it’s probably because Shannon has been well taught. In fact, my mind is kind of blown by her training:
In order to play these scenes accurately, I’ve had live voodoo sessions online with Marie Laveau‘s great granddaughter, her actual direct descendent. She gets on the computer with me, and she tells me all about spells and séances and the rule of three — all the things that are incorporated into the work. It’s been eerie, but it’s been fun.
For those of you who didn’t pay attention in voodoo history class, or didn’t watch this season of American Horror Story, Marie was one of the most famous historical voodoo practitioners, known for working her magic in New Orleans in the late 1800s.
Shannon, whose TV background includes non-magical roles on All My Children and Hollywood Heights, says the supernatural aspect of her new gig has been a “challenge,” but it’s also “made it one of [her] favorite times being on a television show.”
Then again, you might just chalk it all up to fate; Shannon cites The Craft as one of her biggest addictions in middle school.
“I was really inspired by witches and the dark side and all that,” she recalls. “So to be able to actually do that has been really fun.”
HollywoodLifers, what are your thoughts on Celeste’s storyline? Are you worried about what she has in store for Hayley and Elijah? Drop a comment with your take below.
— Andy Swift