Hi guys, long time no talk!
The first order of business is to address the fact that we have a new WordPress Theme thanks to the ever so lovely Margos (and a special thanks to Sarah) that I’m absolutely head over heels in love with. Yay! We also have a new email address, email@example.com and the form for Affiliates, which seems to have been glitching, has been fixed – though affiliate requests can still be sent to our email address. I apologize for any that might have gotten lost and/or ignored due to glitches and/or oversight on my part.
And for anyone who may be wondering if this site is going to disappear and/or no longer update now that Leah is no longer steadily working on the originals, fear not, darlings! I am going to do my very best to keep you up to date with all of the latest news and information on her upcoming projects. I cannot wait to see what she does next and am very excited about all of her future endeavors!
Within the upcoming weeks I will be working on updating the gallery – so stay tuned for that. Have a lovely day!
From the moment Camille O’Connell first appeared in Season 4 of The Vampire Diaries to the moment she bid farewell on Friday’s The Originals, she never stopped looking for her purpose — and, ideally, herself in the process. In fact, during her three-season transformation from bartender to psychologist to vampire, the only constant was Pipes’ commitment to the under-appreciated role.
But she never played into her character’s insecurities. In spite of her dark surroundings, Pipes always infused Cami with a sense of optimism that only made her untimely death all the more heartbreaking.
Well, that and Pipes’ killer execution — so to speak — of her final scenes opposite Joseph Morgan. Every phase of Cami’s death was excruciating, and Pipes sold the hell out of ’em, from her initial strength (“I’ve made my peace with dying”) to her eventual breakdown (“I wanted to be brave”). And don’t even get us started on her “Maybe that’s just how you know you love someone” line, spoken to Klaus. Much like Cami after receiving Lucien’s fatal bite, our tear ducts never stood a chance this week.
Of course, the other tragedy of the episode was that we were given a glimpse into what could have been, but ultimately would never be, between Cami and Klaus. With their characters finally willing to drop all pretenses, Pipes and Morgan’s chemistry — previously inhibited by Klaus and Cami’s inability to make sense of what they had — got to shine for several glorious minutes.
We may never know Cami’s full potential as a character, but like ol’ Niklaus said, we’ll carry Pipes’ performance with us for a nice long while.
Spoiler alert: This post contains plot points from the April 29 episode of The Originals.
After an hour of trying to find a way to save her life, The Originals lost its beloved Cami. For three seasons, Cami has been the human, psychologist, bartender, friend, love interest, new vampire, and more. And now, Klaus has lost the woman he loved.
It was an emotional hour for everyone involved, and EW spoke with Leah Pipes about Cami’s farewell, the last scene she filmed, and what’s next for her.
EW: When did you know that season 3 would be your last?
EW: When I spoke with Narducci, we both agreed that it really feels like Cami leaves a legacy on this show.
EW: Were you pleased with how she went out? It’s not often a character gets such a lengthy goodbye on this show.
EW: You got to do so much in this episode. Did you have a favorite part of her death in terms of what you got to play?
EW: Cami’s last major arc on the show was her becoming a vampire, so obviously the writers felt it was important for her to go through that before she died. What do you think being a vampire taught her?
EW: Do you have a favorite Cami story from all three seasons?
EW: What was the last scene you filmed?
EW: That’s the one where you got in trouble for thrusting, is it not?
EW: What’s next for you?
And thus, we say goodbye to our brave bartender. Thank you Leah, for all of the heart and soul and life you brought to the wonder that is Camille O’Connell. Screencaps from Leah’s final episodes of The Originals will be put up as soon as possible, please be patient with me, I too am mourning the loss of a favorite character.
Diane McCarthy (Leah Pipes) is a reality television producer for her arrogant ex-boyfriend’s show highlighting travel destinations. While driving to her next assignment, Diane swerves off the road and gets stuck as a storm approaches. Nearby, she sees the Forest Cove bed and breakfast. Owner, Helen (Lindsay Wagner), offers Diane a complimentary room until her car is ready. Diane, desperate for shelter, accepts Helen’s offer and meets Helen’s handsome son Andy (Rick Malambri). Impressed by its charm, Diane changes plans for the next episode to instead focus on Forest Cove. Helen is excited and hopes the show will bring in much needed business. Andy, preparing to sell the struggling property, is against it. Despite his objections, Andy and Diane bond while preparing for the show. But it gets complicated when, Jared, Diane’s ex and host of the show, arrives and throws a wrench in things.
Leah Pipes had her acting debut in January 2001 as a featured actress on the popular TV series, “Angel.” After a few commercials for Nabisco and Disneyland, by April 2002 she had become one of the stars of ABC’s “Lost at Home,” a romantic comedy about a workaholic dad struggling to re-connect with his wife and kids, opposite Connie Britton and Gregory Hines. Leah has made guest appearances on hit shows such as “Glee,” “The Vampire Diaries,” and “Ghost Whisperer.” Leah was also the lead in the feature film, “Sorority Row,” opposite Rumer Willis. Leah is now starring in the hit CW series, “The Originals,” a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries.”