Claire Holt shows off her gorgeous self in this hot new pic from the latest edition of the Just Jared Spotlight of the Week photo series.
The 25-year-old Aussie actress stars on the new hit CW series The Originals as Rebekah Mikaelson, the role that she originated on the sister show The Vampire Diaries.
Claire was photographed by Justin Campbell at the Mondrian Hotel wearing some fierce outfits, including a pair of Vogue Eyewear sunglasses.
In our exclusive interview with Claire, she tells us how she got her start acting on television series in Australia withPhoebe Tonkin before fortuitously landing star-making roles on the same show. We even got her to dish on how they took trips to Target together as broke actresses in Los Angeles and stumbling upon dolls modeled after their characters from that Aussie show. Lol!
Click inside to read JJ’s exclusive interview with Claire Holt…
Claire Holt Interview – JustJared.com Exclusive
Just Jared: Congratulations on The Originals, it is doing super great!
Claire Holt: Thank you, it is.
JJ: How did you first get into acting?
CH: You know, I was doing odd jobs for my dad, or making five dollars an hour filing, at probably age 14, and I thought there’s got to be a better way to earn money than sitting, folding, and putting stickers to some things.
JJ: In Australia?
CH: Yes, so I started doing TV commercials. I did a Sizzler ad, a Dreamworld ad.
JJ: Sizzler, as in the restaurant?
CH: Yeah! I got to spend the entire day eating cheese bread and pink lemonade so I thought I had the best job in the world.
JJ: You made it!
CH: I made it. I started doing that, and then my first acting audition was for H2O: Just Add Water, which is a mermaid show that I did with my Originals co-star Phoebe Tonkin. And yeah, I’ve been doing it ever since.
JJ: How did that come about with you and Phoebe on Vampire Diaries and The Originalsor is that completely separate?
CH: Completely fortuitous. We’re sort of the same demographic I guess, that we appeal to, so we were both up for the same type of roles, but that was just luck. It’s awesome.
JJ: What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t acting?
CH: You know what? It sounds really pretentious, but I always wanted to be a doctor, because my dad’s a doctor and I always wanted to follow in his footsteps. But, I went off track a little bit there. My mum just actually read my grade one school book last night and told me I said that I wanted to be a singer or a police woman. So I guess maybe that.
JJ: You could still be those on film.
CH: Right? A singer or a police woman.
JJ: It could be both, it could be YMCA. (laughs)
CH: Oh yeah, there we go.
JJ: What are you most excited about for the rest of the season?
CH: I’m really excited for the story to move forward in episode 11, or when we come back from the mid-season finale, 10 or 11. I’m excited for the fans to start to see the repercussions of the harvest ritual. Also, Rebekah kind of gets some balls and starts toning back on the men, and following her own path and forging female alliances. There’s some cool scenes that I get to do with Phoebe, which is really nice.
How did growing up in Australia fuel you physically?
I was very active from a young age and played all different types of team sports. I think that the Australian people are quite athletic in general, and I was surrounded by family and friends who always stressed the importance of health and wellness.
What activity do you find works best for you?
I like to have a lot of variety in my exercise routine. I try to run, spin, hike and
strength train regularly. I get bored quite easily.
You have a black belt in taekwondo. What attracted you to martial arts?
I originally started attending martial arts classes to keep my little brother company.
My parents thought it was important for him to learn self-defense and I offered to go along. I ended up falling in love with it and became very competitive.
Have you done any physical activity lately that’s taken you out of
your comfort zone?
I participated in my first triathlon recently. I was very inexperienced on the road bike and was pretty terrified. I’d also never practiced the three different legs one after the other, so wasn’t sure if my body would hold up. I was so proud of myself after finishing.
What’s your non-negotiable indulgence?
Chocolate. I have it day in and day out without fail. My father is a cardiologist and Ironman, so he is very health-conscious, but he has eaten chocolate every night since I can remember. I think I learned the habit from him.
Do you have a healthy role model?
My parents have always been so active and look amazing for their age. Seeing them thrive the older they get makes me realize that health and wellness is truly an investment in your body. I want to be physically fit well into old age.
Claire Holt attends the BAFTA LA 2014 Awards Season Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.