'The Secret Circle': Jessica Parker Kennedy on Melissa's downward spiral, her 'connection' with Callum
It’s girls’ night on The Secret Circle, and they’re ready for some fun. Read: Trouble.
“It’s your average young girl slumber party except for the fact that we’re witches, so it’s not average at all,” jokes Jessica Parker Kennedy, who plays Melissa on the CW drama. “We get some pretty exciting visitors, and we conjure up this extremely attractive pizza boy to deliver us some pizza and Diana (Shelley Hennig) gets a little frisky…we get into a lot of trouble but good trouble.”
But it hasn’t been all fun and games for Melissa in recent weeks. The loss of Nick, a member of the Circle with whom Melissa shared a romantic connection, earlier this season continues to weigh on her teenage shoulders, and she’s recently taken a liking to the effects of Devil’s Spirit — that’s CW/Witch talk for drugs — which Callum (Michael Graziadei) supplied for her, touting it as an all-natural, mellow substance. “In reality, it’s not necessarily that,” says Kennedy. “It’s a drug and it’s serious business. Unfortunately, Melissa doesn’t know that now. But it’s like anything, it has the potential to cause some serious [effects].”
Be sketchy as he may be, Kennedy says Callum, as displayed in one of the last scenes of last week’s episode, doesn’t necessarily have bad intentions when it comes to Melissa. And fans will see that as the two begin spending more time together. “They obviously have a connection and the connection they have is really real. I always say he’s almost like a ‘good drug dealer’ — that’s how Melissa is [approaching] it,” she says. “[He] comes from a really genuine place.”
But as the two continue to cross paths, Kennedy is quick to point out that Melissa is far from over the loss of Nick. “That’s why she’s doing the drugs,” says Kennedy. “That’s why she reaches out to Callum. I think Melissa is very much drawn to the bad boys — like Fey as well….There’s a comfort there and a connection that’s undeniable.”
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