Phoebe Tonkin Biography

Phoebe Tonkin (Phoebe Jane Elizabeth Tonkin) is an Australian actress and model born on 12th July 1989 in  Sydney, Australia to Jannyfer and Nicholas Tonkin. She is popularly known for her role as Hayley Marshall-Kenner in The CW TV series The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off series The Originals.

Phoebe Tonkin attended Loreto Kirribilli and later graduated from the Queenwood School for Girls. When she was four she attended dance cources in in classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary dance, and tap dance. At the age of 12, Tonkin began courses at the Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP) at the Wharf Theatre.

Phoebe Tonkin Age

Phoebe Tonkin was born on 12th July 1989 in  Sydney, Australia.

Phoebe Tonkin
Phoebe Tonkin

Phoebe Tonkin Career

In December 2005, Phoebe Tonkin was cast as the role of Cleo Sertori on the Australian children television series H2O: Just Add Water which follows the lives of three teenage girls who turn into mermaids. She was nominated for “Best Lead Actress in a Television Series” at the prestigious Australian Film Institute Awards for her role. The series ran for three seasons with the series finale airing on 16 April 2010.

In September 2010, Phoebe Tonkin made her film debut starring in the Australian action ensemble film Tomorrow, When the War Began. In the film, which revolves around a group of teenagers waging a guerrilla war against an invading foreign power in their fictional hometown of Wirrawee, she played the role of the rich and uptight Fiona Maxwell. In December 2010, a sequel was announced with Phoebe Tonkin expected to return, though production of a sequel never came to fruition.

In January 2011, Phoebe Tonkin moved to Los Angeles to pursue an international acting career. She was cast in March 2011 as Faye Chamberlain on The CW supernatural drama series The Secret Circle which premiered on 15 September 2011. The series follows a group of young witches who are a part of a secret coven. For her performance, Phoebe Tonkin has received critical acclaim, with critics referring to her as the breakout star of the series; she was featured on Variety’s list of “new faces to watch” and named one of 2011’s breakout TV stars by E! Online. The Secret Circle, however, had only one full season as it was canceled on 11 May 2012.

In August 2010, Phoebe Tonkin was cast in the 3D horror film Bait 3D. Filming took place on Australia’s Gold Coast and follows a group of strangers who are trapped in a supermarket after a freak tsunami with a pack of great white sharks.

In August 2012 Phoebe Tonkin joined the cast of The CW television series, ‘The Vampire Diaries’, in the recurring role of ‘Hayley’, a friend of Tyler. On 11 January 2013, The CW confirmed that a spin-off series to ‘The Vampire Diaries’ was in the works, titled ‘The Originals’. The series revolves around the Original Vampire family members.

On 15 May 2017, SBS announced that Phoebe Tonkin had been cast (as Olivia) in their new four part drama ‘Safe Harbour’ about a group of Australians who come across a boat of refugees whilst sailing on vacation.

Phoebe Tonkin Movies and TV Shows

  • 2006–10: H2O: Just Add Water as Cleo Sertori
  • 2009–10: Packed to the Rafters as Lexi
  • 2010: Home and Away as Adrian Hall
  • 2011–12: The Secret Circle as Faye Chamberlain
  • 2012–13: The Vampire Diaries as Hayley Marshall
  • 2013–present: The Originals as Hayley Marshall-Kenner
  • 2015: Stalker as Nicole Clark
  • 2018: Safe Harbour as Olivia Gallagher
  • 2018: The Affair as Daphne
  • 2010: Tomorrow, When the War Began as Fiona Maxwell
  • 2012: Bait 3D as Jaime
  • 2014: The Ever After as Mabel
  • 2016: Billionaire Ransom as Amy Tilton
  • 2016: Cul-de-Sac as Mother

Phoebe Tonkin and Paul Wesley/ Phoebe Tonkin Boyfriend

Phoebe Tonkin and Paul, an American actor, director and producer, met on the set of CWS’s hit supernatural drama The Vampires Diaries in 2012. They began dating in 2013, in 2017 they split but they later reconciled.

Phoebe Tonkin Tattoo

Phoebe Tonkin has a tattoo on her lower arm. The word “Joy” is inked on the outside of her lower arm. When asked about the tattoo she responded “Joy was the last name of someone very dear to me who passed away. It’s a reminder to never take any day for granted.” She also has a foot tattoo; the word “Balance” is tattooed on her right foot.

Phoebe Tonkin Interview

Phoebe Tonkin plays Hayley in The Vamoire Diaries and its spin off ‘The Originals’. She had a phone interview with Collider where she talked about the mother-daughter relationship between Hayley and Hope and a dangerous new threat.

Interviewer: What have you most enjoyed about having the five-year time jump this season? What has it allowed you to get to do, that you wouldn’t have been able to without it?

Phoebe Tonkin: I definitely think it’s been really interesting to show Hayley as a mother of a 7-year-old, and the challenges that Hayley’s faced, being responsible for this human being, who has questions of her own about her own family heritage and her own powers, and things like that. It’s created this really nice mother-daughter relationship that wasn’t necessarily there when she was a toddler.

Interviewer: And it must feel quite a bit different, as an actor, to actually have a child to interact and have scenes with, instead of just an infant or toddler.

Phoebe Tonkin: That made a very big difference, especially for my character. As lovely as it was, for three seasons, having baby Hope, it brings a different dynamic to the show, having someone that is listening in on conversations and is very much a part of people’s storylines, and not just a sweet little baby in the corner.

Interviewer: Did the five-year time jump feel more like a reset for you, as an actor, and for how you’re approaching your character now? Did it feel like you had to do a lot of figuring out where her head would be, this many years after the last time we saw her?

Phoebe Tonkin: I think Hayley spent the last five years doing nothing but trying to get the Mikaelsons back. I hope she at least had a couple of fun mini-vacations with her daughter, but I think she spent five years just trying to get them back. After five years of trying, it was such a big relief for her to finally do that, but it wasn’t so much a reset. Five years is a long time to spend looking for someone, or a bunch of people, so it’s just nice for her to have her life back again.

Interviewer: In the five years that we didn’t get to see exactly what Hayley was up to, what did her best days look like and what did her worst days look like?

Phoebe Tonkin: I think her worst and her best days were probably the same. She was in a lot of pain for five years because she was without the people that she loved, who are this family that she’s become a part of. The best days were probably the days where she was getting close to finding out how to break the curse, and the worst days were probably the days that she felt lonely without them.

Interviewer: Hayley spent so much time on saving the Mikaelsons, who in turn saved Klaus. How does she feel about what Klaus went through, in that time, and about Marcel, who was responsible for it all?

Phoebe Tonkin: She feels like what Klaus did was very selfless. He sacrificed himself for Hope, really, and for Hope to have some sort of a normal upbringing. Klaus has done some terrible things to a lot of people, but she was so very focused on helping him and saving him. They’re all very dysfunctional. Even her relationship with Marcel is quite dysfunctional, considering he’s the one that ended up doing what he did to Klaus. They’re all terrible people who have done terrible things, but they have this strange relationship with each other.

Interviewer: Hayley has been so focused on the goal of saving the Mikaelsons, so now that she’s done that, what will her focus be next?

Phoebe Tonkin: I think keeping her child save is her number one priority, and it always has been. When they were on the run, she wasn’t as worried about keeping Hope safe because there were no Mikaelsons around her to bring in potential threats. So now that they’re back, as great as it is to have her family around her, her main focus is her kid and making sure that her kid is safe.

Interviewer: What is Hayley’s place among the Mikaelson family? Does she know where she fits in, among them?

Phoebe Tonkin: I think she definitely feels a bit like the grounded figure. She brings a level of normality to this family. She’s just a mom who wants to protect her kid. That’s really all she wants out of her life, to protect her child. I don’t think she even cares about her love life anymore. She cares about her kid.

Interviewer: How does Hayley feel about Klaus, at this point? Is he just the father of her daughter, or is he the protector of her family?

Phoebe Tonkin: She sees a space in family life for Klaus. I don’t think she wants her daughter to grow up without a dad. Hayley grew up without parents, and without a father figure. I don’t think she’ll ever be romantic with him, or maybe she will be, but for right now, she’s just trying to keep everything somewhat calm, so that her daughter has a father who can protect her. Klaus is very strong, which brings a level of protection to Hope, and I think that’s very important to Hayley. They’re trying, in their very unconventional way, to be good parents to Hope.

Interviewer: Where are things at with Hayley and Elijah? Are they finally free to explore what being together would mean for them, or is she really not concerned with her love life, at all?

Phoebe Tonkin: I don’t think she’s that concerned with her love life. She has a 7-year-old daughter. There are a lot of threats that come at this family that are very violent and dangerous threats. She loves Elijah very much, but her love for Hope is all-encompassing. Once she finally gets some time with Elijah, which we’ll hopefully see in the next few episodes, there’s a true love and bond between them, but her love is now split, a little bit.

Interviewer: We don’t get to see Hayley and Rebekah together too much. What sort of relationship will they have?

Phoebe Tonkin: Rebekah and Hayley don’t have that much together. Hayley and Freya have had quite a lot of stuff this season. They’re both very pivotal in the men’s decisions, and sometimes Hayley and Freya have conflicting opinions. They’ve both been starved of family for so long, in their respective ways, that they feel very protective of their family. They just don’t necessarily see eye to eye on how to support or advise their family members.

Interviewer: When you have two such strong women, like Hayley and Freya, who are unwavering in their own opinions and decisions, how do they move past those moments of tension?

Phoebe Tonkin: I think you’re going to see a little bit of that kind of conflict, in the next few episodes. That’s something that we do explore, and that’s really nice to have. Freya and Hayley didn’t have much to do with each other last season, so it’s really nice to play with that, this season.

Interviewer: We know that whatever this new threat in New Orleans is, it’s going to have its sight set on Hope. How dangerous will things get for her, as well as the other children, especially when the Mikaelsons and Hayley are willing to turn to Marcel and Vincent for help?

Phoebe Tonkin: Yeah, the big threat this year is probably the most dangerous threat that these characters have seen or heard about, in their entire lives. Anything that involves children is just a different type of stakes. The stakes are so different because these kids can’t protect themselves. We’re not only trying to protect ourselves, but we’re also trying to protect all of these innocent children who haven’t necessarily accessed their powers yet.

Interviewer: Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Charles Michael Davis are all directing episodes. What’s it like to be directed by your co-stars, and does watching them try their hand at directing an episode of the show inspire you to want to try it yourself, sometime?

Phoebe Tonkin: I would love to direct. We’ve been really lucky, on this show, that we have a lot of female writers and we’ve had quite a few female directors. Obviously, Julie Plec is our beautiful female creator. I do feel like, as a woman in this industry, The Originals, in terms of the staff, is quite well-represented. I don’t feel the need to put my hand up to represent my gender, in this particular family of creatives. But I’m definitely interested in it, and it’s been really nice to watch my co-stars direct, over the last couple of years. I think I definitely would be interested, eventually.

Interviewer: Julie Plec intentionally left the door to New Orleans open in the series finale of The Vampire Diaries because she wanted to allow for the possibility of maybe seeing one of those characters again. Is there anyone from The Vampire Diaries that you’d like to see show up in New Orleans, either as an ally or an adversary for Hayley?

Phoebe Tonkin: I’ll say Candice [King], just ‘cause I love Candice and I’d love to hang out with her, during the day. So, I’d like to see Caroline Forbes show up.

Source: Collider