|“||Wait! For that you’ll need a weapon–and, it just so happens, I have an arsenal.||”|
— Cami in From a Cradle to a Grave
Camille "Cami" O'Connell is a bartender and psychology student who initially moved to New Orleans to find out the truth about the death of her brother, Sean O'Connell. Both Klaus and Marcel are attracted towards her and hope to keep her sheltered from the major ongoing conflict between the vampires, witches and werewolves of the city. However, this is getting increasingly difficult, especially now that Cami has discovered the truth about the supernatural world and that her brother was cursed by a witch in revenge for her uncle's actions. She is also good friends with Davina and Josh.
Camille is a member of The O'Connell Family.
As of right now, there is not much known about her early history. She grew up with a twin brother, Sean, and moved to New Orleans near her uncle, Kieran, in order to figure out the circumstances surrounding Sean's suspicious, tragic death. At some point she enrolled in courses and began working as a bartender at Rousseau's.
The Vampire Diaries
In The Originals, Camille is the bartender at the Deveraux sisters' bar. When Niklaus is monitored by Marcel 's minions, she appears saying: "Sorry for the wait. If you're here for the gumbo, I'm about to break your heart. We just ran out."
Moments later, Marcel meets Cami. She thinks that Marcel has no good intentions. Niklaus meets again with Camille in one of the streets of New Orleans. Camille describes the painting of an artist, which causes Niklaus to show parts of his humanity.
Season OneIn Always and Forever, Elijah converses with Camille over the bar after ordering a drink from her. He tells her about his family history and about his half-brother, Klaus, who has a temper and tells her, his brother and him don't have the same father and says it never bothered him. But it bothered his brother and tells her his brother never believed he felt belonged anywhere. Elijah then continues with saying his brother believes people are conspiring against him. In which Camille responds with "Narcissistic and Paranoid". Elijah then takes an interest in her, and she then explains, she's a bartender with a grad at psychology. Elijah then asks where, he can find Jane-Anne Deveraux, and Camille leads him to "someone who might" - a French Quarter tour guide who knows that Jane-Anne is dead. In House of the Rising Son, Klaus compels her to give Marcel a chance. While on the date with Marcel, Rebekah shows up demanding Marcel to take her to Elijah using Cami as leverage. Marcel complies and compels her to not remember the Rebekah part of their date. He promises to make it up to her.
In Tangled Up In Blue, she's invited to Marcel's ball by Rebekah so her presence will distract him. Soon after she arrives, Marcel spots her, and says he's sorry for not inviting her to the ball (unknown to Cami that the ball was restricted to supernatural species), they shared a dance, flirted, and almost shared a kiss when Marcel was pulled to the side by one of his minions. Cami stood still watching from a distance as Marcel lost his temper at Thierry. When Klaus approached her, she reminded herself that she always knows better then she leaves. Later that evening, she's seen drinking beer at the bar when Klaus sat next to her, she quickly discourages Klaus from giving excuses to what Marcel had done earlier, Klaus seems to get the impression that she might been hurt badly before, nonetheless, he compels her to remember that she had a great time with Marcel.
In Girl in New Orleans, she's informed about the supernatural world by Klaus who compels her not to be afraid and to only remember that he's an vampire when only he's around her. Later when Cami sees him at her bar she expresses curiosity towards his powers which he showed amusement to and compel her to help him meet Davina; who Marcel told her to look after. At the church where Davina lives, she is seen listening to Tim's music in the back, away from the two teenagers. She tells Klaus the reason of why she moved to the city, and how her twin brother Sean O'Connell had murdered an entire coven of priests without prior signs of mental deterioration.
Later in her apartment, Klaus shows up wanting to compel her out of her fixation on bringing justice to her brother, she gets emotional, and tearfully begs him not to make her forget about her torment, yet he compels her anyway, believing that she's stepping into dangerous grounds. Before he leaves, he promises her to find the truth of what really happened to her brother.
In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Camille visits her brother's grave which was smudged with graffiti writing encircling the word "murderer". she then visits her uncle in the church confessional box to talk about her brother's grave being vandalized and how it's weird she is not upset over it. Kieran tells her if she has found away to turn off the pain then she shouldn't question it. Klaus later makes a deal with Kieran, a deal that he'll protect his niece. She is then later told the truth about what really happened to Sean by Klaus, he tells that the witch responsible is dead, Cami slaps him for using her and making her culpable in murder. She vows and threatens to get his compulsion undone.
In The River in Reverse, Klaus has Camille typing up his memoirs. He’s upset that Elijah took Hayley's side. Klaus says that the only thing that he’s done is try to get their home back. Camille has had enough and tries to make him realize that not everyone is out to get him. He keeps reliving the past because he does it to himself.
Later, Camille is cleaning off her brother's tombstone from the graffiti. Her Uncle finds her and they talk. Cami is worried she’s losing her mind too. Father Kieran tells her that maybe she should leave town for a while. She doesn't want to; she wants to find out what those symbols mean. Camille and Father Kieran are in the church. She is sitting looking intensely at her drawing. She says she has finally figured it out, She has sent herself a message. She just figured out about Klaus and Marcel being vampires again.
In Reigning Pain in New Orleans, Camille is still typing Klaus's memoirs and still compelled to remember him only when she is around him. However she deciphers some cryptic messages that she has left for herself to find which lead her to her voice recorder in her bag. On it she hears herself talking to Klaus while writing his memoirs. Klaus shows up again at her apartment, this time to compel her to forget about him and to leave town permanently for her own safety. Later, when Cami is packing her bags to leave, Davina comes to Camille's apartment asking for her help and when she realizes that Camille has been compelled yet again, she begins the process of freeing her from the compulsion the same way she did with Josh.
In The Casket Girls, Davina uses decompulsion at Cami's request to help her remember and try to understand what's happening to her. Cami now remembers everything that Klaus had compelled her to forget. Cami tells Davina that her uncle Kieran can help them, however Davina tells her that he knew about everything already and kept it a secret from her. As a result, Cami meets up with Kieran upset and storms out as she lost trust in him. Later, Cami spots Klaus and warns him that if he ever hurts Davina or Josh, she will expose him to the world.
In Dance Back from the Grave, Camille is visited by a mourning Marcel. Marcel shares some details of his past with her, but things quickly spiral out of control when Papa Tunde shows up. She attempts to help Marcel fight Papa Tunde with little affect. She calls Klaus to inform of the situation at Rousseau's. Klaus manages to arrive in time but is nearly killed in the process. Elijah and Hayley manage to save Rebekah allowing Klaus to have the advantage but Papa Tunde escapes.
In Crescent City, Camille learns that her uncle has been hexed just like her twin brother had endured. She is approached by Genevieve who offers a deal. If she stabs Klaus with Papa Tunde's Blade, her uncle will be cured. Camille ultimately decided against betraying Klaus and betrays the witches. Klaus attempts to remove Kieran's hex by compulsion to no avail. Camille is last seen searching for a way to help her uncle.
In Le Grand Guignol, Elijah enlisted Camille's aid to help Klaus' recovery. Elijah stabbed Klaus with Papa Tunde's Blade to protect Rebekah. Camille attempts to persuade Klaus from his pursuit of his sister. During this time Klaus shares memories from his past, concerning his father.
In Farewell to Storyville, Camille is reunited with Davina whom is visibly shaken by her past death.In Moon Over Bourbon Street, Cami is helping her uncle in the church attic by locking himself up. He’s wanting to kill and doesn't want to. He wants Cami to leave but she refuses. Father Kieran is getting worse and goes after Cami to kill her but she knocks him out with whatever she can grab. At Cami's house, she’s getting a drink. Marcel comes up behind her. He notices that she’s hurt. Cami opens up to Marcel about her fear of losing Kieran. They kind of have a mutual ground about the lack of family. They go out for a drink. Cami and Marcel get back to her house and they’re pretty wasted. Cami tells him she’s tired of being alone and then they have sex.
In The Big Uneasy, Camille is seen at the bar when Klaus shows up with a way to help her uncle, knowing that Genevieve is the one that might help/ Camille refuses the offer then changes her mind believing it might be her only way out, Later at the feast thrown at the honor of the witches, Camille crashes the party and goes to talk to Genevieve and hands her a thoughtful gift, in an attempt to persuade the red head witch to save her uncle. Genevieve, who's touched by Camille's gift, agrees to see if there's any hope left.
Camille is preparing herself to leave when she spots Klaus sitting in the dark and drinking. Klaus apologizes for offending Genevieve, causing her to refuse to help Kieran out and Klaus confronts Camille about her relationship with Marcel, which she explains that it was his doing, Klaus gets angry, threatens Marcel, and leaves Camille rather speechless.
In An Unblinking Death, Camille enlists Josh's help to try other remaining strategies to lift the hex on now a hallucinating Father Kieran. She brings a doctor to help her try shock therapy on Kieran, but with no avail. Klaus comes to help Camille who's only objective is to remove the hex by any means possible. She asks Klaus to turn her uncle into a vampire which he does when Kieran's heart fails.
Camille apologizes to now-in- transition Father Kieran for turning him into a monster against his faith, and she tearfully says goodbye. When the hex resurfaces on Kieran, he leaves his room after the boundary spell wears off, and attempts to kill his niece, but failing when Klaus swoops in and stakes him after Camille approves of it. Later that evening Camille is in her apartment, shocked and frightened of what happened that day, Marcel drops by her apartment after Klaus allows him to come console a grieving Camille.
In A Closer Walk With Thee, Marcel helps keep watch over Kieran's body during the wake and Camille discovers that Marcel took Kieran's key that was meant for her since he didn't think that she was ready for the family legacy. Camille argues that she's involved in the supernatural affairs and isn't backing down. Marcel gives her the key.
In The Battle of New Orleans, Cami is working on the code that Father Kieran left for her in the box that his key opens, when several men in suits come in and start clearing out the customers. Camille sees what they are doing and goes over to find out what's going on. Francesca threatens Cami once again and she asks for Father Kieran's key. When Camille maintains that she doesn't have the key, nor does she know where it is, Francesca tells Cami that her family has been in New Orleans a long time, longer than hers, and gives Cami one day to find the key for her before she turns to not-friendly means of "persuasion".
In From a Cradle to a Grave, Cami is first seen in the compound helping the vampires who have been bitten by Klaus, when Davina comes in with a cup of a Klaus's blood. Marcel gives the blood to Josh instead, and starts to leave when Cami stops him. She tells him that she has an arsenal, and takes them (Davina and Marcel) to her Uncle's hidden vault of weapons. Soon afterwards, she is seen by the memoriam wall for the fallen, and sees the picture of Hope. She goes to Klaus and tells him that she's sorry for his loss. Klaus tells her they can't be friends anymore as he doesn't want to ruin her. Cami leaves in tears.
PersonalityCamille does not possess any supernatural attributes. Camille exhibited an air of pluckiness about her by claiming to Marcel that she has a black belt in karate. She is not judgmental. Her brother's murder-suicide has left her with a need to understand the human psyche, to be able to make sense of the supposed chaos within insanity. She is a person who stands by her morals, as upon learning of her brother's murder's demise, she felt enraged that someone had gotten killed. Likewise, she possesses a strong will, angrily telling Klaus that she will find a way to break through the compulsion's control over her.
Now that she's right smack in the middle of all the chaos and bloodshed in the French Quarter, she has displayed considerable determination to continue what her uncle worked so hard to protect. She stands tall as a human in a town chock full of supernatural creatures.
Camille is a young woman in her early to mid twenties, standing at approximately 5'6" who has an attractive face possessing green-blue eyes, dark lashes and blonde hair.Her shoulder length hair is worn in a variety of different styles although usually worn pulled back with a clip, exposing her strong jaw line. Camille seems to be absent of heavy make up, and wears a minimal amount of jewelry, usually only a necklace or pendant. She wears a variety of different styles of clothing ranging from colorful knitwear, denim jackets and jeans, floral summer dresses, cardigans with sandals or boots and occasionally matches them with colored scarves. Camille also has a small tattoo on the inside of her left wrist, the significance is however unknown and the tattoo is often hidden beneath her clothing.
- Main article: Camille and Marcel
Marcel spotted Cami walking alone at night and Marcel decided if she was brave, he'd let her live, and if she was dumb, she was dessert. When he startled her, she promptly told him she has a black belt in karate. She lived. She represents an allure to Marcel. Their relationship will further develop as he is drawn to her. She sees him as a hot, sexy bad boy but is afraid of getting herself hurt again. After Camille realized she was compelled by Klaus to date Marcel, she tried to push her feelings onto the compulsion, however Klaus stated whatever feelings she felt for Marcel were real. Their relationship status seems unknown after her realization of being compelled and his relationship with Rebekah, however it was clear that she had developed some sort of attraction to him.
- Main article: Camille and Klaus
Klaus spotted Camille earlier on before their meeting whilst with Marcel. He then later met her upon a busy New Orleans street, they were both drawn to the same painting.
Her words about the man in the painting being "alone", caused him to show his humanity and seemingly change his mind towards the future of his unborn child. As Klaus wanted to regain control of Marcel's empire, he used Camille and compelled her into being with Marcel in order to get closer to Marcel's weapon. Klaus eventually tells Camille he is a vampire- although compels her not to be afraid and to forget once she leaves. Klaus seems to care for her, more than he would an average human and shows his humanity around her, particularly when taking away her memories so she will have peace of mind due to the events surrounding her brother's supernatural death, although she pleads not to take away her memories he promises he will find out what happened to her brother. Whilst Camille is seen to sympathize with Klaus after he reveals part of his past, after regaining all of her memories, she feels rage towards him and the terms of their relationship is very strained after she threatens him. When Cami saves Marcel by giving him her blood, Klaus appears to be jealous.
- Davina and Camille (Friends)
- Elijah and Camille (Acquaintances)
- Camille and Kieran (Family)
- Camille and Josh (Allies)
- Camille and Genevieve (Enemies)
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- Camille is a unisex name of French origin. The meaning of the name is "young ceremonial attendant".
- O'Connell is a last name of Irish origin. It is an Anglicization of the Gaelic O Conaill which means descendant of Conall.
- Cami is Camille's nickname.
- She came to New Orleans in order to find out information regarding the death of her brother.
- Camille found out about the existence of the supernatural in Girl in New Orleans, although was compelled not to be afraid by Klaus.
- She is the only female human on the show with a major role, the other human being Kieran, her uncle.
- With Kieran now deceased, Cami is the only human on the show (as of now) with a major role.
- She has a deceased twin brother, whose name was Sean.
- Cami mistakenly thought Klaus was Rebekah's on and off.
- So far she has been compelled by Marcel and Klaus at different times.
- No one has ever mentioned Cami's parents.
- Davina turns to Camille for help and frees her from Klaus's compulsion the same way she did for Josh.
- Her uncle Kieran tells Klaus that he thinks Camille should leave New Orleans for her own safety.
- Camille had fed her blood willingly to both Marcel and Klaus.
- Camille tried shock therapy to cure her uncle from the hex.
- Camille urged Klaus to turn her uncle Kieran to a vampire, then agreed that he should be staked when his state worsened.
- Camille first interaction with Hayley was during her uncle Kieran's funeral, in which Hayley paid her respects, and asked if Camille knew anything about Francesca Correa.
- Camille learned a secret code when she's only 15 years old by her brother Sean ,that enables her to decifer secret messages related to her family.
- Camille thinks that Hope has been killed by the Guerrera Wolves.