INTERVIEW: Kimberly-Sue Murray Stars as a Vampire in Netflix’s V WARS
The highly anticipated show, produced by Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries), V WARS premiered on Netflix and actress, Kimberly-Sue Murray, stars in this vampire world as Danika Dubov. Her character exudes sexiness as well as being a complete badass– learn more below in our interview with Kimberly.
Congratulations on the premiere of your new show, V WARS, on Netflix! What is the show about and what role does your character, Danika Dubov, play in the series?In your opinion, what makes V WARS different from all the other vampire shows or movies?
Thank you so much! V Wars, based on Jonathan Maberry’s anthology and comics, is about an ancient pathogen that escapes the melting glaciers and infects anyone with the mutated gene turning them into vampires. A war breaks out as Dr. Luther Swann tries to find a cure to save his best friend, son and the rest of humanity. I play Danika Dubov, a vampire and Michael Fayne’s love interest throughout the show. She’s smart, resourceful, strategic and a great asset to Blood Nation. She and Michael have a great bond and hold each other up. While all of this is happening, Mila, who despises who’s become, is on a mission to seek revenge. In an earlier version of the script, Ava O’Malley stabbed Danika and killed her, I guess she couldn’t stand the influence Danika had over Michael. I’m glad we stuck to the book’s ending for Danika and Mila, it’s an incredibly tense moment between the two sisters. What happens next, I honestly have no idea!
What is it like playing a badass like Danika? It is great to see someone as confident and unapologetic as her on screen! What drew you to her character and what do you admire about her?
I feel the same way. I admire how confident and unapologetic she is. She’s fiercely independent, smart, resourceful and doesn’t shy away from turning this crazy situation to her advantage. But I do think there’s a little bit of a defense mechanism there because her walls do go down when she’s alone with Michael. She’s vulnerable and admits to being scared. That’s what I love so much about her; what she presents to the world and how she is in an intimate setting are completely different. It gives me a nice swing to play.
What is your favorite part about V WARS? What is like working alongside Ian Somerhalder and Adrian Holmes?
I do love the genre, but my favorite part of the show is that we’ve combined vampires with the very real threat of climate change, relevant political and social issues and infused the show with so much humanity that it really isn’t about vampires at all. I love that we’ve captured the bigger picture. It’s also about a beautiful friendship between our main characters; Dr. Luther Swann and Michael Fayne. Both Ian and Adrian were so lovely to work with. They were so committed to their character’s realities and truths. It was a true blessing working with both of them.
When did you know you wanted to be an actress, and what inspires your passion for it and the industry?
When I realized that the people on TV were professional actors who were making a living pretending to be other people, I was sold. I was born a performer, from dressing up and entertaining my family, to figure skating and dancing, to talent shows in school. I had it in me and everyone noticed. I was also super stubborn and wouldn’t let anything or anyone get in the way of my dream. Of course, the dream morphed over the years, but it lead me to where I am now. I never second guessed my passion for acting, although I question, on a regular basis, whether or not I can handle the pressure of the industry’s beauty standards and the social media aspect of it. I check in with myself a lot.
You’ve been in shows like Shadowhunters, Killjoys and The Lizzie Borden Chronicles–– do you find it exciting that television today is exploring different genres and big worlds that represent unique and vibrant female characters? What kind of character would you like to play in the future?
Television and online streaming has never been so exciting. There’s so much to choose from. Women are finally being heard and given opportunities to create strong female-driven content. I’m excited to be a part of this shift in storytelling. I’ve been raving about shows like Unbelievable and The Sinner on Netflix. That’s the kind of stories I want to tell. Those are the roles I want to dive into. I’m putting it into the Universe, I’m going to manifest it, watch me! Also, I have a big girl crush on Jessica Biel right now. I started watching Limetown on Facebook. I was a big fan of the podcast, so I’m stoked, but most importantly, this is an actor who’s producing her own work, pushing herself and creating some great shows. She’s phenomenal in The Sinner. I admire her a lot.
What has been the most memorable experience for you in the entertainment industry?
Working on Crimson Peak with Guillermo Del Toro was one of the most memorable acting experiences for me because I got to learn from the best of the best. I’m trying to think of anther one… Well, my family’s response to V Wars being released was really special. My mom and dad have seen all of my episodic work, indie films etc… But they had no idea how big V Wars was going to be. We shot over a year and a half ago and they knew what I was up to, but when they saw it on Netflix… Holy moly, they freaked out! They wouldn’t stop talking about the production value and the CGI, the action sequences and the high caliber of acting. It was so cute. I gave my dad a V Wars cap I got as a wrap gift and he wears it all the time and boasts about me being on the show. It melts my heart.
What do you do when you’re not in front of the camera?
Well, I own and run a self-tape and audition coaching business for actors and that brings me a lot of joy. I’ve created a beautiful community for myself based on support, positivity and the love of acting. I also love photography, arts and crafts, spending time in nature with my dog, Patate, I love to travel, hang out with my friends/family and cooking with partner. I’m obsessed with True Crime podcast and self-help books. When I’m not acting, I double down on my personal life big time.
Thank you so much for doing this interview, Kimberly. For our last question, if you could have one super power, which would it be and why?
The pleasure was all mine. Thank you so much for the interview. One super power?! Can I choose to be a wizard? I want to be a wizard… and go to Hogwarts.
Photo credit: Kristina Ruddick.