‘Interview with The Vampire’ is replacing Claudia actress Bailey Bass for season two


Interview with the Vampire’s first season should have been a much bigger hit than it was. Possibly a large part of the reason it didn’t catch on was that you can only stream it on AMC+. (My LG TV – which I do not recommend because they have a sh-tton of popups – doesn’t have the AMC+ app, I can only get it on Roku. Plus you can’t get Better Call Saul on AMC+! What is the use of paying for that app then?) IWTV didn’t generate the buzz it would have if it was more widely available. The plot, acting, costuming and settings were fabulous and I’m really looking forward to season two, which just started filming now. Unfortunately there’s news that actress Bailey Bass, 19, is not returning as Claudia for season two. She’s been replaced by actress Delainey Hayles.

“Interview With the Vampire” star Bailey Bass won’t be continuing in the role of Claudia in Season 2 of the AMC Networks show.

Delainey Hayles will take over the role. Production on Season 2 will begin next week in Prague, and the show will also shoot in Paris and New Orleans.

“Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances I’m unable to return to Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with the Vampire’ for the second season,” Bass said in a statement. “Playing Claudia has been a dream role and an incredible ride. I wish Delainey the best of luck in taking over. I cannot wait to watch. I’m extremely appreciative of AMC, the producers, Jacob, Sam, the crew and, of course, the wonderful fans.”

A spokesperson for AMC added, “Bailey Bass is a talented actor who did a remarkable job bringing the character of Claudia to life in Anne Rice’s ‘Interview with the Vampire.’ For a variety of reasons, Delainey Hayles will appear as Claudia in season two. We are grateful for Bailey’s unforgettable performance in season one and wish her nothing but the best.”

[From Variety]

This is a bummer as I really liked Bailey in that role. She was so convincing as a petulant teen vampire. As Variety goes on to mention, she was in Avatar: Way of the Water. It’s likely Bailey is busy with that franchise now and that’s why she couldn’t continue. AMC and Bailey’s explanations hint at some other issues rather than just scheduling though. They both used the word “variety” in their statements. I wonder if talks fell through in pay negotiations as well. I’m not going to stop watching this show due to the recasting, Delainey might be really good, but it probably won’t be back until next year anyway. They’re not done filming until August.

— Meech (@MediumSizeMeech) April 1, 2023



Thanks to Ameerah for the tip and to Zakia for encouraging me to watch!

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