Claire Holt has spoken out for the first time about her shocking departure from The Originals.
In an interview with BuzzFeed, the actress strongly shoots down talk that she was forced of the series in any way or that her exit was related to any decision except her own.
Referring to those rumors as "ludicrous," Holt says:
“I want to be very clear that they didn’t run out of material, I wasn’t pushed out, I wasn’t fed up with Rebekah, I didn’t quit mid-season, there was no drama, there was no rift between cast members; it really came down to the fact that I completed my initial commitment and made a life choice, not a career choice.”
The star emphasizes that the experience of filming The Originals and The Vampire Diaries has been “amazing” and the material “unbelievable,” but:
“It was just never my intention to be away from home this long... I hadn’t been home to Australia in years, I hadn’t seen my family, and I hadn’t spent time with the people I loved."
Creator Julie Plec, meanwhile, hints that there’s room for more members of the family (“Especially Kol…”) to come back at some point and that "in ending Rebekah’s journey, we opened up a lot of room in the final chapter of the season, which is really exploring all these different factions we’ve introduced along the way."
In closing, Holt leaves fans with some hope.
"I am so glad I was able to do The Originals, and I want to be a part of that family for a long time. I am simply looking at this as a temporary absence.”
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