Annie Wersching has been making the rounds chatting with various news outlets in prep for tonight’s episode, where we get to meet the infamous, Lily Salvatore. Damon and Stefan’s long lost mother, who was thought to be dead. Check out what Annie had to say from TVLine and more. We’ll add more interviews as they come in.
TVLINE | So much of the focus right now is on Damon and Lily, but Stefan is also her son. What’s that dynamic, and when will we see them interact?
I actually think I shot for quite a while before I even met Paul [Wesley], so most of her initial stuff is with Damon. It’s actually Damon’s plan to have mama be the thing to help Stefan out of his humanity-off phase. That doesn’t necessarily mean things go according to plan, but that’s the idea. … She tries her best to be what her sons want her to be, but she’s a very different woman now.
Ian Somerhalder did an interview tour to chat about tonight’s directorial debut “The Downward Spiral”. We were able to catch a few live. Check out the videos from Ian’s tour stops this morning. We’ll add more as they come in!
TV Guide sat down with Ian Somerhalder to discuss tomorrow night’s episode and his experience directing for the first time. We’ve updated this post to include more interviews with Ian! We will continue to add more as they come in.
Via TV Guide:
What surprised you the most about directing?
Ian Somerhalder: The one thing I loved was the creative process of [beginning with] a blank canvas, which is a stage or set, and working with the incredible group of people. Michael Allowitz, who was one of our first assistant directors for the first four years, came on as a co-producer and helped me navigate the waters of this episode. It was a huge thing to have someone I’m so close to and who is such a great director on our show to be there with me and spend every day with us. You have your [assistant directors] and your director of photography and without those people it doesn’t work. They guided me and I can only take credit for very little to be honest.
Was there one scene in the episode you’re especially excited for viewers to see?
Somerhalder: We have a huge party in this episode, which was a lot of fun to shoot. Bonnie and Damon have a really great scene in this episode where Bonnie is just so fed up. She always gets hurt and is always the fall girl, and it’s always so intense for her. She tries her hardest to help people and it always backfires on her. This experience in the prison world made her a woman, and she’s no longer going to deal with this bulls—
Talk Show Host Rick Yaeger of One Question Interviews chats with Paul Wesley about his upcoming projects and answers “One Question”. Watch below, then view more footage from the interview over at Rick’s Forum! Must be a registered member of the forum, sign up HERE!
Julie Plec sat down with several news outlets to discuss her directorial debut with tonight’s episode “Let Her Go”. Check out what she had to say in the interviews below.
TVLine invited the first-time director to document her maiden voyage — one that, believe it or not, took quite a bit of convincing on Plec’s part.
“For five years, I was like, ‘I’ll never direct. Absolutely not. There’s way too much I don’t know,’” she recalled at a screening of last week’s episode. “Then I realized that I had said, ‘I’ll never be a writer‘ for years and years. I was like, ‘I can’t write. I’ll never be good at it, and I don’t want to try anything I feel like I’m setting myself up to be average at.’ When I realized those parallels, I was like, ‘Oh, maaaaan!’”
What went into the decision to direct Vampire Diaries vs. Originals?
For me, it was no question, because I know the team at Vampire Diaries so intimately after six years. I knew there was no margin of failure. I knew if I showed up and said nothing, they would still make the episode look good and be beautiful. It was a safe choice.
Now that you’ve directed once, do you think you’ll do it again?
I loved doing it because I get to think of one thing, and one thing only. I get to focus on one show, and I get to be completely immersed in it. But it definitely has a domino effect. EvenVampire doesn’t get to move forward as much without me. And Originals was moving ahead, but they were wishing I was there. So I feel it would be a little selfish to be like, “Hey, guys, I’m doing episode 19 now, because I love it so much!” I think I’ll very slowly dabble in it, and try not to shirk my responsibility as a showrunner, and leave the filmmaking dreams for the future.
Were you nervous to finally sit in the director’s chair?
The thing that made me most nervous, which is so dumb, is the call times because I’m a night person and I never, ever, ever get up in the morning. I’m so terrified of being late or missing my alarm clock that I get the worst anxiety, so I basically spent every day filled with anxiety, worrying if I’m going to get enough sleep or if I’m going to sleep through my alarm clock. It’s the dumbest thing, but another director said that to me. It’s a director’s worst nightmare.
Once you made it to set on time, what was the biggest challenge?
It’s an endurance challenge. You’re inevitably on your feet all day running around and tweaking things and moving from set to set and standing and jumping into set. I’m a writer, so I’m used to sitting on my butt for 12 hours at a time, and I haven’t had to be that active on the job. I was a waitress back in the day, so it’s a very similar feeling to coming home at the end of a double shift where every bone is aching and creaking. Physically, that was a challenge. Then creatively, they tell you that time is your biggest enemy and you never realize it until you are there…having to come up with the perfect thing to say in six seconds, especially to an actor, is not easy. That’s the biggest challenge because directing is all about communicating, and everybody needs to be communicated with differently. Actors have their own processes, and if you want to be respectful of their process, you’ve got to communicate with them in the language of their process, and keeping that all straight is a little bit of a head-scratcher.
Both TV Guide and TVLine had a chance to chat with Candice Accola about tonight’s episode. We’ll add more interviews as they come in.
Via TV Guide:
Tell us about the actual funeral scene.
Accola: It’s very emotional and it’s also remembering that this wasn’t just a funeral for family, but that she was the sheriff of the town. So you have the police officers there and a salute and the final call and the things that go into a funeral for a lost service member. If you’re hoping for a lighter episode this week… it’s going to be pretty heavy like last week.
And you sing during the funeral! Whose idea was that?
Accola: Julie [Plec]’s! [It’s] so funny because for years everyone was like, “Is Caroline going to sing again?” That’s been the running joke. That [scene in Season 2] was fun, but it was never [going to] happen again because finding a natural place for someone to belt out singing on a vampire show isn’t really an easy task. But I did sing and it’s a sweet moment, she pays tribute, and it’s a really tender moment in a very sad funeral.
TVLINE | OK, let’s talk about Stefan and Caroline’s kiss, which I’ve been waiting for since Season 2. What was it like to finally film that moment?
I loved the progression of the Stefan-Caroline relationship. I love that it’s been such a slow burn, and I love that it wasn’t this aggressively dramatic moment; it was just really sweet and tender and the sun was setting. They didn’t need to start ripping each other’s clothes off. It was just a sweet, simple first kiss. And we could not have had a better sunset for that location shoot. The first day we were supposed to shoot it was cloudy and grey, so we swapped some scenes around and we filmed it the next day. We had to wait for the sun to set, then once it started setting, everybody was like, “Go! Go!”
“Yeah, if you thought it was going to get easier and happier and jollier, it’s not,” Accola tells E! News. “It’s definitely going to be an emotional episode this week as well. Thank God for waterproof mascara!”
Although her character has been through a lot this season, Accola is happy with Caroline’s journey so far.
“I thought it was a really powerful move by the writers,” Accola says of Caroline losing her mother. “There has been so much death on the show, a lot of it from really supernatural reasons, like Caroline’s father passed away when he refused to complete his transition to become a vampire. Everyone has found a lot of solutions to a lot of these deaths, these very gruesome, bloody deaths, and this was just as real and non-mythology-based as it gets.”
“As far as the quote-unquote shipping community goes, I love the passion behind anyone who ships Caroline and Klaus,” Accola said. “They are very hardcore shippers… But ever since season two, when Stefan helped Caroline through her transition, it’s been interesting how viewers were saying that they thought there was something there with those characters. It has been a really slow burn for many reasons, and that’s why it’s a really interesting time to be part of a television series in the age of social media — you see exactly what the fans and the viewers are thinking right when they’re watching the episode.”
Basically, even if you don’t ship Steroline, you have to acknowledge the strong “TVD” fanbase for predicting this hookup even when Stefan was still seriously sweating Elena (Nina Dobrev).
The CW has released a video interview with Steven R. McQueen in prep for tonight’s highly anticipated episode. Enjoy! Also, EW has released a gallery of images from Steven’s goodbye party on his last day of filming. Check the rest out over at EW.
Today marks the final episode for our beloved and favorite baby bro, Steven R. McQueen. That’s right, Jerbear will be heading off to Art School in tonight’s episode, that I’m sure will require mega amounts of Kleenexes. Check out these video interviews, articles and tributes to McQueen. Steven, we at VDO wish you all the success and everything your heart desires, can’t wait to see what you’ll be up to next! You’ll always have our support. Much love!
Buzzfeed chatted with Steven, about what he’ll miss most about the fans:
“The instalove on Instagram! I talk to a lot of people on Twitter and Instagram, and I see a lot of them at conventions. They’re always very sweet.”
TVLine’s Photo Gallery of Jeremy’s Best Moments were great, with my favorite being this little tid bit of info!
SEASON 2: JEREMY & BONNIE’S (UNSCRIPTED!) FIRST KISS
“Beremy” apparently heated up much faster than originally planned, thanks to a little improv. McQueen recalls, “I talked to Kat [Graham] before we shot the scene, and I was like, ‘You know what? This would be a really cool moment just to kiss you.’ And she was like, ‘All right, let’s try it! Should we tell the writers?’ And I was like, ‘No, they’re going to tell us not to. Let’s just do it.’ So we ended up doing it, and they liked it, so they kept it. It was a cool moment as an actor to take a risk and have it pay off like that.”
On why Jeremy’s okay with leaving Bonnie: “The way I thought about it was Jeremy’s struggle throughout the show has been fighting to keep the people he loves safe and often times, he’s too weak to do so or there’s these supernatural creatures and there’s all these circumstances out of his control,” McQueen said. “So he’s constantly fighting to get his power back. With Bonnie, in the second-to-last episode, I’m finally able to save her. But for the character Jeremy, he’s so overwhelmed, and there’s so much going on that at that point, I think he knows there’s nothing else he can do to save Bonnie. At this point, she kind of has to help herself, so he’s just at a point of needing something else, needing some sort of distraction.”
Alloy Entertainment had a chance to chat with Steven R. McQueen about Jeremy’s Farewell episode Thursday night titled “Stay”.
Alloy Entertainment: As for your time on TVD, looking back on six incredible seasons, what would you say was Jeremy’s lowest point and his most triumphant moment?
Steven R. McQueen: That’s a good question. That a very good question. His lowest point would be when Bonnie disappeared, you know? At the beginning of the season, I talked to Julie and was like, ‘Look, I want to let [Jeremy] go. I wanna let his hair grow and have him go crazy.’ Jeremy’s lost a lot of people — starting with parents — and he’s gone through a lot. But to have found strength and hope and have that ripped from him? That definitely was a new low for him. As for his proudest moment, I would say it’s when they brought Bonnie back from the Other Side in Season 5. He got his love back, and even though she got taken away again, he was truly happy.
Alloy Entertainment: Speaking of happiness, any time a character on TVD experiences an ounce of joy, something terrible usually occurs to balance things out. Will Jer Bear encounter any danger on his way out?
Steven R. McQueen: [Laughs.] I don’t know. I can’t tell you that — you’re going to have to tune in to find out.