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Friday October 12, 2012

NEW YORK -- Australian actress Claire Holt knew her career choice would take her to Holly wood, but the small town of Covington, Ga., was a different story.

The 24-year-old is a cast member of "The Vampire Diaries," which films in Covington, about 45 miles outside Atlanta, most of the year. The show premiered its fourth season on The CW on Thursday.

"I didn’t really think about a television show sending me somewhere else," Holt said.

Filming runs from June to April. Holt describes getting used to the area and the intense humidity in the summer as "an adjustment," though she’s now feeling more comfortable.

"The Vampire Diaries" stars Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley as vampire brothers who are both in love with the same girl, played by Nina Dobrev.

Holt plays Rebekah, a member of a founding family of vampires who longs to be a real teen. She badly wants to be accepted and lashes out if she feels rejected.

"It’s something she craves," Holt said. "She really just wants to be liked. She wants people to want to be around her, and then she puts up the tough act and pretends she doesn’t care but she does. She’s just a girl, you know?"

Holt says it’s a "dream job."

"It’s amazing working on a show like this because it’s always changing. They’re so ambitious and it really feels like I get to experience a lot as an actor."