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Hello, Clarice: Meet Rebecca Breeds

Rebecca Breeds is Clarice.

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Get to know the star of the new CBS drama series Clarice.

By Nate Millado

Step into the light, Clarice! If you don't know Rebecca Breeds, you will soon. The Aussie actress is tackling the iconic role of Clarice Starling in CBS' highly anticipated The Silence of the Lambs spinoff series Clarice (from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet). Here's everything you need to know about the rising star.

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Clarice premieres Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

She's from Down Under

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Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling in Clarice.

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Born in Sydney, Rebecca Breeds got bitten by the acting bug early on. She attended St. Andrews Cathedral School, where she earned the title of Drama Captain, and enrolled at the University of New South Wales to pursue a dual degree in music and performing arts. Following a string of TV commercials, Breeds landed her first lead role in the 2008 Australian film Newcastle. After a stint on Blue Water High she got her big break: The Aussie soap Home and Away.

She's vamped it up

Breeds sunk her teeth into the role of 1,000-year-old vampire Aurora de Martel on The CW's The Originals, a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. She also had a recurring role as Nicole Gordon on the teen mystery thriller Pretty Little Liars.

She has a funny bone

Clarice Starling is a pretty intense role, but back in 2013, Breeds got to lighten up as Abby Russo on the CBS sitcom We Are Men. And talk about full-circle: Breeds reunites with her former Men co-star Kal Penn on Clarice!

And she writes!

The multi-hyphenate recently wrapped production on her short film AIR, which she wrote, produced, and stars in. The quirky rom-com centers on a woman who uses her Airbnb business to meet people.

She's a proud dog mom

Scroll through her 'Gram and you'll see tons of ka-yute posts about her cockapoo, Alfie! The pup even makes a cameo as "Doug" the dog in Mom's short film AIR.

She married her co-star

Breeds met her hubby, actor Luke Mitchell, on the set of Home and Away. Life imitated art when an on-screen hookup led to an off-screen romance. She recently commemorated their eighth wedding anniversary with a sweet selfie and caption: "8 years. You are the best thing that ever happened to me. Into the wild and beyond. 💫"

She is Clarice

Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling

Rebecca Breeds as Clarice Starling in CBS' new psychological thriller Clarice.

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When Breeds was cast in the titular "role of a lifetime" of Clarice, she posted "[I] think I've earned myself a nice glass of Chianti"—a cheeky reference to Hannibal Lecter's favorite liver-and-fava-beans wine pairing. And while the iconic cannibal doesn't factor into Clarice's storytelling, you'll get a deep dive into the untold personal story of the FBI Agent as she returns to the field in 1993, a year after the events of the film.

SEE MORE: Hannibal Who? Clarice Dives Deep Into Untold Personal Stories

Clarice premieres Thursday, Feb. 11 at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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