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‘First Kill’ star Imani Lewis: Out for blood on Netflix lesbian vampire show

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In the new Netflix vampire series “First Kill,” two teen girls fall in love.

The catch? One is a vampire and the other is a slayer.

“I immediately fell in love with the story of the show in general,” Imani Lewis, 23, who stars as vampire hunter Calliope, told The Post.

“I love strong female characters, I love powerful calculated confident characters, and for her to be from a family of monster hunters, I was like, ‘I have to be part of it.’ The fan support for the show already is bananas. It’s so sweet and funny and warm.”

Premiering Friday (June 10), “First Kill” is based on a short story by V. E. Schwab and follows teenage vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook, “American Crime Story”), who sets her sights on new girl Calliope (Lewis) when it’s time to make her first kill. It’s a move that will help her come of age in her vampire family, which is helmed by her mom Margot (Elizabeth Mitchell, “Lost”) and dad Sebastian (Will Swenson). Juliette, however, doesn’t realize that Calliope isn’t a regular human — she’s a hunter from a family of monster slayers along with her mother Talia (Aubin Wise) and dad Jack (Jason R. Moore, “The Punisher.”) For her part, Calliope has also been encouraged to make her first kill. Matters become even more complicated when these two enemies who are supposed to kill each other begin to fall for each other. 

Calliope (Imani Lewis), left, and Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) right, stand next to each other looking serious.
Calliope (Imani Lewis), left, and Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook) right, are star-crossed vamp and slayer in “First Kill.”
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Imani Lewis embraces and kisses Sarah Catherine Hook.
Complicated crush: monster slayer Calliope (Imani Lewis) romances vampire Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), right, in “First Kill.”
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Imain Lewis and Sarah Catherine Hook hold hands while standing near a fire outside.
Calliope (Imani Lewis), left, with Julliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), right.
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That last part is how “First Kill” stands out from other entries in the crowded bloodthirsty genre, said Lewis. 

“What makes this story unique is that it’s two queer teenage girls. I don’t think we see enough of that,” she said. “And, their fight isn’t with their sexuality, it’s this lineage that they were both born into. I think it’s interesting that they were both trying to prove themselves in obtaining their first kills, but they end up going on this different journey. I think it’s so awesome how it all plays out. It’s really special.”

Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), left, and Calliope (Imani Lewis), right, sit at desks in a classroom.
Not so ordinary schoolgirls: Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), left, and Calliope (Imani Lewis), right, in class.
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Lewis, who’s originally from Queens, has previously appeared in series such as “Hightown” and “Flatbush Misdemeanors,” but “First Kill” marks her first time as a lead. That gave her a feeling of kinship with her character, she said. 

“I resonate with Calliope in so many different ways,” she said. “I tried to perform her from a place of strength, strategy, diligence. Being a young actress in a game where everything is a hustle, I related to her discipline and her hunger to prove that she’s worthy. I resonate with that feeling in the entertainment world. The character goes through these emotional changes. I love her combat, I love her agility, but I enjoyed them both equally when it came for her journey with herself and figuring out who she was.”

Imani Lewis looking upset while Aubin Wise cradles her face.
Calliope (Imani Lewis) with her mom, Talia (Aubin Wise) in “First Kill.”
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Imani Lewis elbows a wall and jumps.
Imani Lewis said she did many of her own stunts playing monster hunter Calliope in “First Kill.”
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Imani Lewis lays in a bed next to Sarah Catherine Hook in "First Kill."
Calliope (Imani Lewis) with Juliette (Sarah Catherine Hook), right, in “First Kill.”
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Lewis consulted other movies and shows in the genre, but she didn’t lean on them too hard, she said. 

“I had been taking kickboxing prior to the role, so I felt ready for the action,” she said. “I did a lot of my own stunts. It was so much fun. And I grew up watching movies like ‘Blade.’ That’s definitely at the top of my list [of vampire movies] mostly because he doesn’t start off as a vampire, and I love the aesthetics of it.  Personally, I’m not much of a television viewer but I did watch a little bit of ‘Buffy’ because I heard the comparison.

“But, I wanted to make Calliope her own.” 

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What Time Will ‘Riverdale’ Season 6 Be on Netflix?

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The season finale of Riverdale aired in late July on The CW. Notice we said season finale? Thankfully, the beloved series will return for a seventh season, but, unfortunately, Season 7 will be the final installment of Riverdale.

If you already streamed the current season, make sure to read Alex Zalben’s interview with Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on Decider. If you’re waiting to binge Season 6 on Netflix, well, you better clear your calendar because all 22 episodes are about to drop on the streamer. What time will the sixth season of Riverdale debut on Netflix? What time does Netflix release shows? Here’s everything you need to know.

WHEN IS THE RIVERDALE SEASON 6 NETFLIX RELEASE DATE?

Riverdale Season 6 premieres Sunday, August 7 on Netflix.

HOW MANY EPISODES ARE IN RIVERDALE SEASON 6?

The sixth season of Riverdale consists of 22 episodes.

WHAT TIME DOES NETFLIX RELEASE NEW SHOWS?

Netflix releases new episodes at 3:00 a.m. ET/12:00 a.m. PT.

WHAT TIME WILL RIVERDALE SEASON 6 BE ON NETFLIX?

Netflix is based out of California, so Riverdale Season 6 will be available to stream at 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time (3:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) beginning Sunday, August 7. If the clock strikes 12:00 (or 3:00 a.m. for folks on the East Coast) and you don’t see the new episodes, give it a moment, hit refresh, and then enjoy the show!

WILL THERE BE A SEASON 7 OF RIVERDALE?

Yes! Decider recently covered that very topic.

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Actress Anne Heche Suffers Severe Burns After Crashing Car Into Los Angeles Home

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Actress Anne Heche, known for her roles in such films as Donnie Brasco, Volcano and I Know What You Did Last Summer, was involved in a fiery car crash in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles on Friday.

According to TMZ, Heche was driving a blue Mini Cooper and had first crashed into the garage of an apartment complex. Residents of the apartment complex tried to get her out of the vehicle but she backed up and sped off.

Footage of Heche speeding down the streets of her neighborhood had been obtained by TMZ as well as her initial encounter at the apartment complex.

In the first clip, you can hear her car crash towards the end. It has been reported that the actress crashed into someone’s home, causing her vehicle and the house to erupt into flames. Heche suffered severe burns and was resisting being taken away in a stretcher. You can also view footage of this via the TMZ article.

It has not been confirmed whether alcohol has been involved in the incident since her condition prevents doctors from performing any tests to determine if she was driving under the influence. She is currently intubated in the hospital but expected to live.

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These are the vulgar license-plate requests the DMV has rejected

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Stay CL4SSY, New York!

The state Department of Motor Vehicles nixed 3,752 requests for vanity license plates in the last three years because it deemed them too raunchy, radical or simply ridiculous.

New York’s personalized plates go for $60 initially, and then $31.25 annually for renewal. You can get any plate as long as no one else has it and it’s not offensive.

Odds are a request for a plate that marks a wedding anniversary or shows your allegiance to a team — like METS86 — will pass muster with the DMV gatekeepers.

Vulgarity won’t get you to first base.

So plates with the phrase LFGM — the acronym for Pete Alonso’s “Let’s F–king Go Mets” rallying cry — did not make the cut.

And you won’t see anyone driving around with the custom plates MILFDAD, AS5M4N and WLHUNG.

Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
Crude meanings such as “MILFDAD” are unacceptable by the DMV.
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New York state Department of Motor Vehicles denied more than 3.5 thousand requests for license plates deemed inappropriate.
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“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
“AS5M4N” was rejected for referring to “Ass man.”
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The DMV also put NICEBUNS, FATFANNY, GOTAPOOP and BENDOVER in the rear-view mirror.

One player unsuccessfully tried to score the plate YESDADDY, to no avail.

The DMV also shot down such dark requests as DEADGIRL, GENOC1DE, S8TAN, DETONATE and MURDERM3.

“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
“SUM8ITCH” is not allowed.
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The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
The DMV thoroughly nixed a request for “CNNLIES.”
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BOOBIE is prohibited.
BOOBIE is prohibited.
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Getting political is a dead end too — FJOEBIDN, FDTRUMP and CNNLIES were nixed.

LUDEDUDE, NARCO, GOT METH and BLUNT also went up in smoke.

Staten Island attorney Bill Dertinger said his blue 1995 Jaguar SJS was tagged with ESQLTD after his company and his 2014 Porsche had the plate GHOSTGTS because the sleek sportscar was white.

“The plates can make you stand out — which can be a curse or a blessing,” the 54-year-old Dertinger said. “Make sure you don’t cut anybody off.”

A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
A man attempted to sneak in “YESDADDY” onto his license plate.
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The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
The DMV stopped a request for “FJOEBIDEN.”
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The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
The DMV also rejects any license plates referring to politics.
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There must be a New York Jets fan playing referee at the DMV because a request for the seemingly innocent plate GASE was sidelined. Ex-Jets head coach Adam Gase had an offensive 9-23 win-loss record during his forgettable two-year tenure.

The DMV would not reveal who gives the final yea or nay.

“The DMV reviews all custom license plate requests and works hard to ensure that any combinations that may be considered objectionable are rejected,” said agency spokesman Tim O’Brien.

“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
“GLOCKS” referring to guns is not accepted by the DMV.
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“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
“FLYMOFO” is not approved by the DMV.
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He said guidelines on what plate combinations are restricted can be found on the DMV website: https://dmv.ny.gov/learn-about-personalized-plates. Approximately 50,000 personalized and custom plates are sold per year, O’Brien said.

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The state DMV has rejected 3,752 requests for custom license plates in the last three years because it deemed them potentially offensive. Here are some:

YESDADDY

FJOEBIDN

FDTRUMP

GLOCKS

FLYMOFO

BOOBIE

AS5M4N

BUDLIGHT

DEADGIRL

SUM8ITCH

GENOC1DE

S8TAN

CNNLIES

DETONATE

MURDERM3

MILFDAD

WLHUNG

Source: NYS DMV

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