April 6-7, 2024
After stints on The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and more, Perth-born actor Elizabeth Blackmore is no stranger to the world of pop culture, but it’s only recently she’s stumbled into the fan convention scene.
“Well, it’s been interesting,” she notes ahead of her Supanova 2019 – Adelaide and Brisbane appearances.
“I haven’t really done many, to be honest. I think I’ve done two in America and one in the UK, so it’s still pretty new to me and I’ve only ever done them for Supernatural…I think most of the time people were just a bit shocked, that I’m Australian and not this evil, supernatural beast hunter woman. I think it takes people a bit of time to get used to it.”
Although she hasn’t kept up with Supernatural since departing as Lady Toni Bevell in 2017, she’s still very much part of the family.
“There’s nothing like it,” she says. “I mean, I have been really… shocked is the wrong word, but pleasantly surprised every time I do one of these things and I see the community that it’s created. It’s really, really cool and I think as actors, particularly doing television or film, you don’t really get to see that very often. So I find it really special that I actually get to kind of meet people and see that happening in real life and it feels like a real privilege.”
Blackmore describes her time on The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural as “unique experiences”.
“It’s really special, particularly when most of the ongoing roles I’ve done have really undergone transformations and, as an actor as much as an audience member, you don’t know that stuff until it happens.
“So you’ll read the script and be like, ‘Wait, what? I did what?!’ And that’s always really fun to get to go in and do that. I enter Supernatural and Vampire Diaries as quite a villain and in both of them end up in a much more ambiguous, complex place, which is really nice to get to do as an actor.”
On why fans become so attached to certain pop culture franchises, Blackmore notes, “There’s just a little bit of magic there.”
“It’s hard to put your finger on it,” she adds. “I think if we knew, then everyone would be trying to recreate the magic, you know?
“I think there’s real magic to those shows that I’m sure TV executives would love to bottle up and reproduce all the time.”
Her first foray into the pop culture arena was a fantasy TV show called Legend of the Seeker, which is what led to her eventually being cast as Natalie in 2013’s Evil Dead.
“I didn’t have much knowledge of that film franchise. I’m not a big horror watcher. In fact, I very rarely watch horror films,” she admits.
“I didn’t understand the cult following that it had, which I think was really good going into it as I didn’t feel immense pressure. And then in filming it and then it opening and seeing the reactions and responses, I got to know that fandom a little bit.
“It’s really great to get the information from the people who really, really know, particularly on things like Supernatural and Vampire Diaries, which have such a big background in the stories. And I guess I learn something new every day whenever I do these conventions.”
And as for what’s next?
“I was [in America] for a week or two, just shooting a small role in a new project, which I’m really excited about, but of course can’t say anything about,” she teases.
“Yeah, on the DL, but that should come out next year and then I’m just enjoying being in Melbourne, seeing friends, family, all that fun stuff.”