Saturday, October 15, 2011

Typecasting quickie: Some people just can't play humans

Not many of you might know H20: Just Add Water but since I am the parent of a tween, I have seen countless episodes of this Australian TV show. The first two seasons have aired in the U.S. on Teen Nick and all three seasons are available on Instant Streaming programs. H20 told the story of three teenage girls who are secretly mermaids (yes, it fits the tween TV formula perfectly) and starred Phoebe Tonkin, Caribe Heine, Claire Holt (season 1-2 only) and Indiana Evans (season 3 only).




Lil' Lilith and I were both pretty excited when we Phoebe Tonkin in commercials for a new show on the CW, The Secret Circle. (No, Lil' Lilith hasn't watched the show. I have only seen part of one episode.) Tonkin stars as "teen witch" Faye Chamberlain.

While watching The Vampire Diaries, I recently discovered yet another H20 alum - Claire Holt - as Rebekah, one of the "Original" vampires.




Apparently these two just can't play regular human beings anymore. Mermaids... witches... vampires. We thought it was pretty funny.

Then we thought about what other actors and actresses have been "typecast" into a supernatural pigeonhole as well. (We already examined the "six degrees of vampire separation last year, but we know there are more by now - especially if we open up to other "species" other than just vampires and werewolves.)

So here are a few more actors who have been "typecast" into non-human/extra "special" human roles...



On The Secret Circle, opposite Tonkin, is Jessica Parker Kennedy who before playing a witch appeared as a "Dryad" (basically a tree monster) on Nickelodeon's The Troop and as an elf in the Santa Baby films.

Also on the show is Nathasha Henstridge, who portrays Principal Dawn Chamberlain and whose first role was that of Sil, the human-alien hybrid on Species.



By now, we're all familiar with Janina Gavankar, who played Luna - Sam's shapeshifter girlfriend - on True Blood.  But did anyone else recognizer her as Leigh Turner from The Gates? Yep, she was the police officer who keeps her heart in a box (literally).


Just last night I spotted Travis Caldwell from The Gates on one of Lil' Lilith's Disney shows - Wizards of Waverly Place - as a ghost. So he went from playing a guy who came back from the dead to... a dead guy.



Skyler Samuels, who played a "succubus" on The Gates recently starred in The Nine Lives of Chloe King (ABC Family) as a girl with cat-like powers. Her character was said to be a descendent of an ancient Egyptian race of Baset offspring called "Mai". 

Colton Haynes, who starred with Samuels on The Gates (as a jerky jock and werewolf) was later cast as a series regular on the MTV show Teen Wolf as yet another jerky jock who wants to be a werewolf. (It's not clear yet whether or not he will be turned.) He also appeared in one episode of Chloe King as a "Jackal" (a race descended from the Egyptian jackal-god Anubis). 


We're not necessarily saying that these actors have been "typecast"... these casting choices are probably more likely due to the fact that everything is about supernatural beings nowadays. But we do think it's a pretty funny coincidence.

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