Danielle Campbell Interview – ‘The Originals’ Season 3 and Davina’s Position of Power

Danielle Campbell Interview - The Originals Season 3
Danielle Campbell (Photo by Richard Chavez / Showbiz Junkies)

The Originals‘ Danielle Campbell believes season three of The CW series will be the show’s best season yet, and that’s mostly due to the fact the storylines have moved on from their Vampire Diaries origins. Season three of The Originals will premiere on October 8, 2015 and with it, according to Campbell, comes a fresh start.

“I think that the Mikaelsons now think they had a calm couple of months,” explained Campbell during our roundtable interview at the 2015 San Diego Comic Con. “They’ve had no trouble other than the ones that they made for themselves, and I think this season they’re bringing in new evils. They’re bringing in the new bads. There’s multiples; there’s not just one, so there’s going to be multiple battles that they’re fighting. I just think that this is such a fresh season. It’s going to keep it really fresh and new. It’s hotter. It’s more exciting. There’s lot of action. There’s just so much going on and all the storylines are so in-depth now, it’s going to be a really exciting season.”

Campbell also told us she couldn’t be happier with her character Davina’s arc and how she’s evolved over the seasons. “I think it’s really cool. I think Davina has grown so much and I think this season is really kind of showing her as an adult for the first time. She’s now taken on this leadership role; she’s basically queen of the witches. She is going to be battling with how to balance fighting for what she believes in but then also what’s best for her people,” said Campbell. “She took this role because she believes that the witches have been held back for so long. They’ve been always pushed to the side or they’ve been pushed around by anyone who was in the leading spot. I think Davina is the only person who’s not afraid of the Mikaelsons. She’s not afraid to fight for what she cares about, and right now that’s her people. I think that’s something that’s going to really drive her into doing some good, some crazy, and some exciting [things].”

Does that mean Davina will be seeing a little more screen time in season three? “I think it would be cool,” answered Campbell. “She’s definitely tied into the Mikaelsons now far more than she was before. She is a power source that the other witches aren’t going to have. You know, she’s going to be fighting the battles alongside the Mikaelsons just because she’ll never be able to leave that. Her family’s tied to New Orleans just like the Mikaelsons are. I think no matter what’s happening, she’s always going to be intertwined with them in some way.”

Campbell’s really pleased with the way the writers have chosen to allow Davina to mature and come into herself. “Playing on a TV show – I’ve done film mostly in the past and being on the show where you get to follow the arcs of the characters you experience everything the character is going through so I feel personally, as Davina, I feel like she has grown so much. She went from the scared girl in the closet fearing for her life to now enforcing so much destruction. Whether it’s good or bad, she’s going to continue to grow because she’s still young and she’s still taking on everything for the first time,” said Campbell. “But I think at the end of the day, I think she’s grown so much. She’s been through so much. At the end of the day she’s someone who cares about people and the people she cares about she’s willing to fight for until the end. I really admire that about her character.”

You can see for yourself by watching the interview video that it’s obvious Campbell loves her The Originals character. “I do! I do, and it’s been fun for me. Everyone else who’s playing their characters, they got to inherit it just as I have Davina. But I think now also I’ve grown up like Davina has. I’ve grown up on the show with these people, and Davina you’ve seen her go from this scared 16 year old girl to now this leader who is in a position of power and strength. It’s been a transition for me as well. That’s why I have such a close bond to my character.”

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