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Phoebe Tonkin(“The Vampire Diaries,” “The Secret Circle”)andCariba Heine(“Dance Academy,” “The Pacific”)bothbegan their careers with starring roles in the Australian TV series“H20: Just Add Water,” which has become the #1 series airing on TeenNick TV.The pair plays teensCleo(Tonkin) andRikki(Heine), who, along with their friendEmma(Claire Holt) spend their time on the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast.However, when theystumbleupon an ancient cavern, they’re transformed into mermaids with magicalpowers. This worldwide phenomenon is set to make a splash this Marchwhen Flatiron Film Company releases each fan-favorite season of H20 inthree individual, specially-priced releases. Each collectible 4-disc setincludes 13 episodes from each season, plus bonus cast photos. Phoebeand Cariba took time from their busy schedules to answer some questionsabout the series that launched their careers.
1.How were you cast for H20 – can you tell us a little about what theproducers were looking for? Any funny stories aboutthe casting call?
Phoebe:Ihad barely been on any auditions before my H20 audition, so I was verygiggly and awkward, which turned outperfectly because that’s exactlywho Cleo is. I also told the director, Colin Budds, that I was a goodswimmer, which Iwas far from. But I jumped straight into training toprepare after I was cast.
Cariba:Itwas a fairly normal casting process, we all read for roles then cameback for call backs and then we eventually went up to Queensland (wherewe shot H2o) and did more chemistry reads and finally swim tests to seeif our Stunt Coordinator Mitch would be able to train us up to a levelwhere we could swim with the tails. I think the funniest casting storylooking back would have been Mitch’s reaction to Phoebs and I swimming.He said he saw us flailing around in the water and secretly thought”there”s no way I”m ever going to be able to get these two to swimbelievably like mermaids in 8 weeks”. But he did a brilliant job oftraining us and in the end, we showed him.
Phoebe:I used to hate swimming, now I love it. Sometimes I’ll catch myself doing my mermaid kicks underwater in the ocean!