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September 22nd, 2011 8:14am EDT | SheKnows Entertainment By: SheKnows Entertainment favorite Add to My News

The Secret Circle debuted to strong numbers on the CW Sept. 15 and what we learned during the premiere is only the beginning. SheKnows got the dish straight from Shelley Hennig and you won't believe what's in store for the coven of witches or her character Diana.

Witches, shooting in Vancouver and her Vampire Diaries crossover dream scene -- The Secret Circle's Shelley Hennig dished it all to SheKnows! 

The Secret Circle features teen Cassie's struggle as she learns she's not only a witch, but the key to a fight between good and evil.

Shelley Hennig stars as coven leader Diana on The Secret Circle --  a witch that is tasked at keeping order but she may have a few secrets of her own.

After watching the premiere, we had a few lingering questions for Shelley: Will Diana continue to take Cassie under her wing? Can Diana keep her own powers in check? And what would be the first thing Shelley would do if she was a witch? We have all those answers and more.

Shelley recently took a moment from witchcraft and supernatural doings to chat with SheKnows and we were spellbound! 

TSC: Where do the witches go from here? 

SheKnows: Fans were introduced to the Circle/coven and your character pretty fast in the premiere. What can we expect in the upcoming episodes?

Shelley Hennig: It definitely gets darker and sexier. You will always be wanting to know what happens in the next week. We as the actors feel the same way -- we finish an episode and can’t wait to get the next script to figure out what’s going to happen next. There’s also some love triangles -- there’s the Adam , Cassie and Diana love triangle. It gets really interesting and really complicated, because Diana and Cassie become really good friends, so it’s a little awkward.

SheKnows: We haven’t seen much of Diana’s relationship with Adam yet...

Shelley Hennig: Diana is really intuitive and she fears something is happening between Adam and Cassie --something that they can’t control.

SheKnows: Diana seems to be the voice of reason and takes a liking to Cassie, but does she really care about Cassie or does she have a bigger motive in mind where the Circle is concerned?

Shelley Hennig: Diana really does like Cassie. I do believe that there is a bigger motive as to why Diana, or anybody, wants the Circle being bound. I think that’s what’s interesting about this show. You don’t necessarily know the real reason why each person in the Circle actually wants to bind it --  or doesn’t want to bind it. I think there are some secrets for sure. 

SheKnows: Are there going to be  moments coming up where we see Diana lose control?

Shelley Hennig: That will be interesting. Diana will definitely change. I think she’s on a path right now for sure.

Keep reading to find out about Shelley Hennig's Survivor show moment on set...


TSC: Shelley on her survivor show moment

SheKnows: Kevin Williamson is a genius when it comes to building on a genre rather than making it completely unrecognizable. How has it been working on a Kevin Williamson project of this nature?

Shelley Hennig: I have total trust in him, first of all, because of The Vampire Diaries and everything else he’s done. What I love most about Kevin’s writing, and his shows, is the relationships are real. Yes, we’re doing a supernatural show but the relationships are so real and everyone can relate to each relationship in the show and that’s, in my opinion, what makes his shows so great.

SheKnows: You guys shoot in Vancouver. Are you enjoying the location?

Shelley Hennig: I’m loving it! I was really nervous. First of all, I’m from the South -- New Orleans. I lived a couple years in New York and froze my bum off . Now, I’ve been in LA for four years, so I’ve been really warm. So, we shot the pilot here in Vancouver and actually the rain scene, I’ll point out, I find very humorous on our end...

SheKnows: Why’s that?

Shelley Hennig: The rain scene where Faye makes it rain -- it was about 20 degrees and we were doing that scene for a good 10 hours in the middle of the night with the rain tower. The water was not warm. So, there’s this shot where all of a sudden Phoebe convulses and her body just jumps and I’m frozen over. Re-watching that is so crazy because I’ve never been so cold in my life and the minute that water hits the top of your head --  it was like someone was taking a scalpel to the top of my head. We all went home and felt so accomplished. I kept saying I felt like I completed an episode of Survivor.

TSC: Shelley chats days of our lives and flying

SheKnows: Obviously, we know you from Days [Days of Our Lives] and when we saw the pilot you were almost unrecognizable -- it was kind of cool to see you in a different way.

Shelley Hennig: I thought it was cool too because people really do know me as Stephanie from Days of Our Lives. That was my first job, so it was really important to me that I did look completely different, but it’s also important that the look keeps changing -- I’ll be recognizable again .

SheKnows: We had to keep doing double takes of the pictures.

Shelley Hennig: I can play so many different nationalities and people. I kind of have fun getting ready for auditions and playing different characters.

SheKnows: If your character could cross over to The Vampire Diaries, who would you want to have scenes with and who do you think Diana would relate to the most?

Shelley Hennig: Oh, that’s a good one! My first instinct is Elena -- a good girl just wanting to be normal, because she’s put in a situation where’s she’s fallen in love with a vampire and it’s the same with Diana. Diana never asked to be a witch, she just happened to find a book of shadows and boom, her entire life has changed -- but it is her life and she embraces it and Elena does the same thing.

SheKnows: If you could have a witch’s power for one day, what would it be and what would  you do with it?

Shelley Hennig: Well, right now I’m having trouble traveling to all the places I want to go to and I cannot stand airports and it depresses me. So I would want to fly. I don’t care if was on a broom or a carpet, it doesn’t matter to me -- I just want to get to places faster.

Check out Shelley Hennig on The Secret Circle every Thursday on the CW


Shelly Henning

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