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The Secret Circle – Thomas Dekker and the supernatural genre

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Adam (Thomas Dekker) and Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) © 2011 The CW Network

No stranger to the supernatural genre, Thomas Dekker is now portraying a witch in his new series The Secret Circle. As Adam, he is one of the leaders, along with Dianna (Shelley Hennig), of a teenage coven of witches in the small town of Chance Harbor, Washington. When Cassie (Britt Robertson) moves there after her mother dies in a mysterious fire at their home, she is drawn into the coven and told that they have been waiting for her, she is the key that binds the Secret Circle together, making them a powerful group.

You’ve done The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the two Laid to Rest movies and you were on Heroes; do you have an affinity for the genre or does it keep finding you?

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Thomas Dekker at the TCAs summer 2011 press event © 2011 The CW Network

The genre keeps finding me, but I love it. I like watching them and reading them, but it’s just work that comes my way.

Were you happy the way they ended Terminator?

I loved the way it ended. I think the only thing that’s frustrating about how it ends is that it ended at all. I think it was an ingenious cliffhanger to come back with. It’s just sad that we didn’t come back with more, but those [are the breaks].

Is it gratifying after being around other people with supernatural powers, or battling things with supernatural powers, to finally have some of your own?

Yes. It’s very nice. Finally, I’m out there in the trenches as opposed to just watching and quivering in fear.

If your character has to be tied to Cassie in order to create the big magic, how does he become his own man and stand alone?

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Faye (Phoebe Jane Tonkin), Diana (Shelley Hennig) and Adam (Thomas Dekker) © 2011 The CW Network

It’s not that he needs Cassie to have power. The six of us, once we’re together, our power as a group is magnified. But Adam seems to be the most even keeled and the most aware of how to use these abilities, and thus he’s the most level-headed in the bunch, but he’s definitely his own man.

Was there any discussion about what you would physically look like or what the magic would like when you’re doing it?

We don’t really change our look. It’s not a Bell, Book and Candle type of witchcraft where we’re kids who’ve sought through books and spells and we have candles and an altar.

We’re born with this ability. It’s innately in our blood. So, whether we want it or not is unknown. Some of us do, some of us don’t. Some of us want it for good; some of us want it for evil. So, it’s really about grappling with it. It’s about these kids trying to deal with this presence that they weren’t really prepared for.

But is there a CG effect when you do magic? What is it like visually?

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Britt Robertson and Thomas Dekker at the TCAs summer 2011, The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California © 2011 The CW Network

Not so far. As actors, we have to believe that these characters have to focus their energy, so you have to get very drawn in to what you’re doing. But as far as effects, so far we haven’t had any of that, which is nice. They’re relying on us to deliver that.

What do you hope that the producers will eventually write for Adam to do that he hasn’t done yet?

I just dream that for however long it runs, that I get to turn evil. My joke is that I’d love for Natasha Henstridge’s character Dawn to possess me for an episode. How amazing is it that she’s on the show? I’ve been a fan of hers since I was about eight.

In the Species movies?

Yes, indeed. That was a childhood favorite.

From what you know about Adam so far, do you have a favorite ability of his?

I just like that he’s very aware of how to control his abilities. Most of the other kids are completely out of control with it. He takes pleasure in the small things, like getting a pencil to stand upright or getting a chair to move. He starts slowly whereas the other ones are like, ‘Hey, let’s start a lightning storm.’

I like his grace and his control. It’s a nice thing to play, especially as he’s a character who is younger than myself. To get to play him with a bit of maturity and wisdom is very invigorating.

Adam’s girlfriend is Dianna, but he’s immediately attracted to Cassie, is there going to be a love triangle in this?

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Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker and Executive Producer Kevin Williamson at the TCAs summer 2011 © 2011 The CW Network

As far as the story goes, we’re finding out more and more that it’s not just a teen lustful attraction between Adam and Cassie. It’s linked to our blood and our ancestry, which is the core of the whole show. There’s a destiny for the two of us, but there’s also a massive amount of loyalty between Adam and Dianna.

It’s probably the central inner conflict that my character is dealing with – his insatiable physical situation with Cassie that’s very dangerous and very new, and then dealing with this very safe and comfortable devotion to Dianna.

Both generations in this show have powers. Are they equal or very different?

That’s a good question. Obviously, something went horribly wrong years earlier, so I’m assuming their power was very immense. But, I believe what’s implied is there was more of a war going on within that [adult] circle than there is at this point [with our circle].

The entrance of Cassie shifts my relationship with Dianna and we’re the two core leaders of the group. Who knows how that will make her react and behave? The beauty of this show is none of us has to stay stagnant. We all have the possibility of turning good or turning evil at any point. That’s the freedom of the storyline.