The premiere of Kevin Williamson’s TV adaptation of author L.J. Smith’s witchcraft saga The Secret Circle is still a few weeks away, but I was fortunate enough to catch up with star Brittany Robertson yesterday, whose new film The Family Tree opens in limited theatrical release today. I’ll have my full chat with Robertson up on FEARnet as The Secret Circle’s September 15th debut on the CW draws nearer. In the meantime, after the jump, check out what Robertson had to tell me about the possibility of a crossover between The Secret Circle and Williamson’s other show based on an L.J. Smith book – The Vampire Diaries.
“I think it would be cool,” says Robertson. “I think it would be cool. Maybe not with the entire show, but I think it would be cool to do a separate section with Kat [Graham], who plays the witch [Bonnie Bennett] on Vampire Diaries. I asked the creators, Kevin and Andrew [Kreisberg] about that, and they didn’t really see it happening right now. Because they’re really trying to make sure our show is separated and people don’t melt them together; and we need to stand out on our own. But it would be cool a few seasons in to maybe join hands a little bit. We’ll see.”
Regarding her new film The Family Tree, a dysfunctional family comedy with an all-star cast, Robertson remarked, “I did this a long time ago. We filmed it over Valentine’s Day in 2008. I had turned eighteen on the shoot. So it’s been three and a half years now, a good while. I was ecstatic when I got the part, because it was such a great script, and I knew that Dermot [Mulroney] and Hope [Davis] were attached, and I was a huge fan of theirs. And Vivi [Friedman], the director, was great to work with in the audition, and it was such a great opportunity for me.”
“My character, Kelly, she’s a twin of Max [Thieriot]‘s character, and the two of us are brought up in this very traditional sort of home, and my mother, she’s the queen of charities and my father resents her for not being attentive to their marriage. I think because of that I’ve developed this rebelliousness. And she’s totally someone who is constantly sparking people and keeping things heated. She’s always on edge and is a very lively character. It was just such a cool role for me. It was the first time I had played someone with such gumption. And it was such a great film. Really awesome, and I had a great time on it.
“It was such a different vibe from anything else I’ve worked on. A huge cast, an amazing cast, an ensemble. But the heart of it is about a family; so it has that family vibe, but a very dysfunctional family. So it was the best of both worlds.”