‘Vampire Academy’ star Sisi Stringer on Peacock’s gory new show

When Australian actress Sisi Stringer was cast in the lead role in Peacock’s Vampire Academy, a dream from her young days came true.

“I read the books when I was a teenager,” Stringer, 25, told the Post, referring to the cover series of Richelle Mead novels on which the show is based.

“My sister really liked her so I stole her books and read them when I was younger and I loved it. When I got the call that I got the part, I texted my sister and her reply was a paragraph of all caps and nonsense. She was so excited; she couldn’t even write complete sentences. And she also sent a voice note of her screaming. That definitely matched the excitement I was feeling.”

Vampire Academy premieres Thursday, September 15th on Peacock and is Buffy the Vampire Slayer meets Gossip Girl. Created by Julie Plec and Marguerite MacIntyre (both known from The Vampire Diaries) it is set in a world where there are multiple different types of vampires and a strict social class system. Rose Hathaway (Stringer) is a Warden, a half-vampire who acts as a bodyguard for royal elite vampires and works hard to protect her society from attacks by Strigoi (the evil breeds of vampires). Her best friend Lissa Dragomir (Daniela Nieves) is a royal vampire at the head of her elite society. And to complicate matters further, Rose also has a forbidden love with fellow Guardians Dimitri Belikov (Kieron Moore).

Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov, Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway stand side by side in the dark.
Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov, Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy.
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Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway (left) and Andrew Liner as her boyfriend Mason Ashford stand looking at each other "Vampire Academy."
Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway (left) and Andrew Liner as her boyfriend Mason Ashford in Vampire Academy.
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“I love exploring the beauty and soulfulness of female friendships, because that’s not often the focus of a story,” Stringer said.

“Especially in drama series, it so often revolves around a love interest and that’s the main relationship that you focus on. But at the heart of this story is a strong bond between two young women as they navigate the world together and experience class differences. So that’s very cool to see. I truly believe that you can be soul mates with someone regardless of whether you are in a romantic relationship with them. And Rose and Lissa are absolutely soulmates.”

Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Sisi Stinger as Rose Hathaway sit together on a couch.
Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Sisi Stinger as Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy.
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Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway in "Vampire Academy."
Daniela Nieves as Lissa Dragomir, Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway in Vampire Academy.
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Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway, Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov carrying her across a field.
Sisi Stringer as Rose Hathaway, Kieron Moore as Dimitri Belikov in Vampire Academy.
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Vampire Academy was also made into a movie in 2014, starring Zoey Deutch as Rose.

“I saw the film and was sad when they didn’t make more. So I’m glad we’re doing this as a series now so we have more time to flesh out and explore all the different characters in more detail,” Stringer said. “As a fan, it’s very cool to get the opportunity to be a part of it.”

Stringer is known for the 2021 movie Mortal Kombat but this is her first TV show.

“Obviously in the series we do a lot of fighting and melee combat because my character is super strong and keen senses and stuff and our vampires have moved in and are dedicated to the job of being guardians and protectors. So we fought a lot and for that we have to go to the gym and train a lot. The funny thing is that after doing Mortal Kombat and all the training and martial arts, I walked in with guns firing, so confident that I would absolutely pull it off and be top of the class. And that trust wasn’t justified because on the first day I walked in and fell flat on my face,” she said.

“But we all found a groove.”

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Emma Bowman

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