'The Secret Circle's' Shelley Hennig: Diana's Blackwell blood lets her take the lead again

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tsc-secret-circle-diana-cassie.jpgIf you don't count little things like burning people alive and drowning teenage boys, "The Secret Circle's" Charles Meade has actually been a pretty good dad to daughter Diana.

All kidding aside, Diana ( Shelley Hennig) and Charles (Gale Harold) are relatively close, probably because her mother died when Diana was just a baby. So it's only natural that when faced with the proof that Charles is not, in fact, her biological father, Diana would retreat into a safe bubble of denial -- at least, until she's forced to ask Charles some tough questions.

"I don't think Diana believes it yet," Shelley tells us. "Cassie told her, but the real answer is going to come from Charles, or at least, that's what Diana is hoping. She's going to confront Charles and see what information she can get. This is the father that she grew up with, so if it's true, everything she's ever known has been a lie."

Shelley admits that she was just as surprised as Diana was to discover that she was the secret Blackwell child -- particularly because everyone in the cast was hoping it was their character.

tsc-diana-grant.jpg"I didn't see it coming, honestly," she says. "I found out the night before we started shooting the episode. I was shocked, but what made sense was that it explains Diana's connection with Cassie, the fact that Diana went to Cassie right after she and Adam broke up, even though Cassie was the one who got in the way. I think it just explains her love for Cassie and how connected she's been with her since she came into Chance Harbor."

When you're a little girl, finding out that your best friend is actually your sister is an adorable pipe dream. But when it actually happens, it's far more complicated and unpleasant. In this case, Diana has been looking for some distance from the Circle, and her Balcoin blood is going to yank her right back into the middle of it.

"It's probably not as sweet as 'Oh my god, we're sisters! Yay!' because it changes a lot for Diana. It means Charles isn't her father, if it's true, and so Diana's really not in a good place, because now, what does she have left? Everything she's ever thought was her life isn't, and now on top of that, she's got dark magic -- and that's the last thing Diana wants."

Before Cassie came to town, Diana was the leader of the Circle, but she's taken a backseat over the last few months as Cassie has grown more powerful and more headstrong. Now, Diana's taking charge again.

"Cassie needs Diana to get things done, because Diana has the power that Cassie has. Now, when Cassie calls Diana and says, 'I need you,' Diana has more of a leg up," Shelley reveals. "Now she can say, 'Okay, if I help you, it's going to be on my terms. I'm not going to do it the way you want to do it. We've done that in the past and look where it's gotten us.'"

Finally!

When her hot yacht guy Grant comes back into the picture, Diana is looking for a way out of her witchy world. "All she wants is a normal life and Grant seems to be the answer to that, especially if Charles isn't really her father," Shelley says. "Once she finds out what Charles and Dawn have been up to, I'd imagine that Diana wouldn't want to have anything to do with anyone except for Grant. Who else is there?"

secret-circle-iphone-app.jpgWe can't wait to see how the final four episodes of the season play out! Tune in Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST.

In the meantime, get your Circle on with the new "Secret Circle" iPhone app, where you can play games, watch videos, and read the characters' entries in the Book of Shadows.

"We're so excited about the launch of this app," says EP Andrew Miller. "We wanted to give something back to the fans and thought that being able to channel your inner witch and earn power badges or read the Book of Shadows on your iPhone was a pretty cool way to do it. I love how it turned out - it's a great way to experience the show a little deeper."
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