Hope Mikaelson – The Actress Behind Her Character In Legacies

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Hope Mikaelson

Hope Mikaelson is a powerful vampire. Actually, referring to Hope Mikaelson as a vampire is incomplete; she is a tribrid which means she is a vampire, witch, and werewolf.

Hope is a one-night stand product, daughter actually, of Niklaus Mikaelson and Hayley Marshall-Kenner. Her father named her hope because he believed the words of her half-brother who predicted that the girl will be the hope of the family.

According to Fandom: “Hope was conceived in ‘The Vampire Diaries’ season four episode ‘Bring It On’, and it was revealed that Hayley was pregnant four episodes later in The Originals. She was then born in ‘The Originals’ season one episode ‘From a Cradle’ to a Grave. As a result of her unique heritage, she is the world’s first werewolf-witch-vampire hybrid.

She inherited her werewolf gene from both of her parents, while her vampire and witch legacy came from her father who is the Original vampire-werewolf hybrid and the son of the Original Witch. Through her mother’s Labonair lineage, Hope is werewolf royalty.”

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The character of Hope Mikaelson was initially played by Alexandria and Victoria Collins and Summer Fontana as a recurring member of the cast in “The Originals”. When “The Original” ended and there were rumors that the show will return, showrunner Julie Plec didn’t want to be quoted on making a promise of a new show but she left a giant clue.

She said: “While I love the world of the boarding school and all that it represents, that would be an entirely new show that I haven’t even begun to think about, but the doors were not left open unintentionally. They’re open with a hope, not a promise.” With a Hope, she said.

And true to her words, we saw Hope. And when Hope Andrea Mikaelson became a main cast member in “Legacies” she was played by Danielle Rose Russell who had come in towards the end of the previous season. Hope Mikaelson was 17 when Danielle Rose Russell began to play her. And this is about Danielle Rose Russell and not just about her.

Hope Mikaelson actress age and background

Danielle Rose Russell was born and raised in New Jersey, first in Pequannock Township then in West Milford. She was born into a family of show business. Her mother Rosemary Rado used to be a dancer and her father Ricky Russel used to be a dancer. Danielle studied in Holy Spirit School in Pequannock where she was involved in multiple plays.

While in school, she was modeling in print and on TV commercials. Her work interfered with her studies and she didn’t finish in Pequannock and only completed her high school via an online course.

Danielle was born on October 31st, 1999. She was born during the Halloween period which may help to explain why she has become such a hot actress in the horror aspect of Hollywood. Miss Russell is 5 feet 5 inches (or 1.65 m) tall.

Danielle Rose Russell’s career

The Hope Mikaelson actress might be known mostly for her role as a vampire. But that is not the only role she has played. Admittedly, Rose has a small screen credits list but non-Vampire roles are a significant part of this. Her first screen appearance was in the thrilling drama “A Walk Among the Tombstones” directed by Scott Frank and based on the 1992 novel of the same title by Lawrence Block.

Liam Neeson starred in the role of Matthew Scudder who is the most known, most-lasting character of the world of Lawrence Block’s world. Made with up to 28 million dollars in 2014, the film made 62.1 million dollars at the box office.

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In 2016, Danielle Rose was a recurring member of the cast in the sixth season of “The Last Tycoon” which is based, loosely, on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s last book “The Last Tycoon” by Amazon Studio. You should know F. Scott Fitzgerald: he wrote “The Great Gatsby”, the novel from which the 2013 film starring Leonardo Dicaprio was made.

In 2017, she was in “Wonder” a comedy-drama film directed by Stephen Chbosky. She played the role of Miranda, the protagonist’s elder sister Via’s best friend. Made with just 20 million dollars, the film made more than fifteen times its budget at the box office, raking in 305.9 million dollars. In 2018, Rose played a small part in the comedy-drama film directed by Jim Loach.

Her role as Hope Mikaelson in The CW “Legacies” is her latest show and the one for which she is most known, 30 episodes and counting.

In January 2022, ScreenRant ranked the ten most stylish characters of “Legacies” and Mikaelson came second, beaten only by the character of Josie Saltzman. “Every type of supernatural creature dresses in a specific style that aligns with their personality and their powers,” they wrote, “but, being the Tribrid, Hope embodies all of these in her wardrobe.”

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