Thomas Dekker

Thomas Dekker admits it took a lot for him to return to TV, but what better reason than to play a warlock?

"I haven't done TV in a couple years now," he tells TVGuide.com. "It's a grind, it's a lot of hard work, but it's really rewarding and the show [Secret Circle] is great -- and I get to be a male witch."

Based on the popular book series of the same name by L.J. Smith, Secret Circle follows a young witch (Britt Robertson) who is the key to a battle between good and evil. Vampire Diaries' Kevin Williamson will executive-produce the CW pilot that also stars Gale Harold and Natasha Henstridge.

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Dekker, who was most recently in the HBO film Cinema Verite, is optimistic that Secret Circle will get picked up for fall. "It's Kevin Williamson and CW, who was behind Vampire Diaries and Dawson's Creek, so I think there's a lot of belief that it will be in that vein... I'm very hopeful and pretty sure we'll be back for at least a season," he says.

Plus, how can the network pass on what he calls a very "steamy" moment in the pilot? "I joke that was our Twilight moment. I have to run after Brittany Robertson and in the rehearsal I kept calling her Bella. I haven't seen the Twilight movies, but I hear that's what that girl is called," he jokes.

Watch the full interview with Dekker below: