Based on Anne Rice’s novel of the same name, Rolin Jones’ Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire is an American gothic horror television series produced for AMC. The main character of the program remembers his time with his teenage vampire maker while speaking to a seasoned journalist. Seven episodes made up Season 1, which was later renewed for a second season with eight episodes.

Along with Eric Bogosian, the show stars actors from the United Kingdom, including Assad Zaman, Jacob Anderson, Delainey Hayles, and Sam Reid. At this weekend’s Comic-Con, fans were hoping to see the first image from Season 2 of Interview with the Vampire, but there has been a change that may upset them.

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Sam Reid as Lestat Du Lioncourt and Jacob Anderson as Louis De Pointe Du Lac

Interview With the Vampire season two filming halts

According to reports by Deadline, the filming of Interview With the Vampire season two has hit a pause due to the actor’s strike. Even though the majority of the actors on the show are contracted under the British actors union Equity, they understand the need to be SAG members.

The actors on the show decided to join the SAG-AFTRA strike, which began on 13th July after WGA went on strike to fight for fair pay, working conditions, and more since May. The second season of the show was expected to bring the second half of the novel on-screen with, of course, some adjustments from the source material.

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Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid and Bailey Bass

According to reports, the San Diego Comic-Con panel of Interview With the Vampire has been called off due to the strike. The actors are leveraging their collective power as workers to get their demands met, which means that the production of a lot of shows and movies will be pushed back and the fans have to wait longer than they expected to watch their favorite shows and movies.

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Bailey Bass is not to return as Claudia for Interview With the Vampire season two

Actress Bailey Bass, who played Claudia in the show, announced back in March that she would not return to play the character for season two. It was later reported that actress Delainey Hayles is going to take over the story of Claudia alongside Jacob Anderson, who plays Louis de Pointe de Lac, the vampire.

She said in a statement, “Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances, I’m unable to return to Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire for the second season. 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 it. I’m extremely appreciative of AMC, the producers, Jacob, Sam, the crew and, of course, the wonderful fans.”

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Bailey Bass to not reprise her role as Claudia on ‘Interview with the Vampire’

A spokesperson for AMC added at the time that Bailey Bass is a talented actor who has done a remarkable job in bringing the character of Claudia to life. Due to unfortunate circumstances, she won’t be reprising her role for the second season, but they are very grateful for her contribution to the show.

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What do we know about SAG-AFTRA that halted Interview With the Vampire?

Two unions that represent actors and screenwriters are reportedly waging strikes against the government for the first time in more than 60 years. According to reports, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists were unable to come to an agreement by 12th July 2023, which prompted their union to declare a strike by actors.

President of SAG-AFTRA Fran Drescher said, “At some point, the jig is up. You cannot keep being dwindled and marginalized and disrespected and dishonored. The entire business model has been changed by streaming, digital, AI. This is a moment of history. If we don’t stand tall right now, we are all going to be in trouble.”

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Jacob Anderson, Sam Reid and Bailey Bass in ‘Interview With the Vampire’

About 160,000 actors, broadcast journalists, announcers, hosts, stunt performers, and other media professionals are represented by SAG-AFTRA. As they claim about an employment environment that has been influenced by streaming and threatened by AI, they are demanding better pay and working conditions as they experience that the streaming platforms have reduced their work. Actors claim that the evolving nature of streaming services has changed their earnings as well and that they are no longer able to rely on royalties from the number of reruns of their shows.

Season one of Interview With the Vampire is streaming on AMC+

Source: Deadline

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