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.
We also have some interviews with Ian Somerhalder, Julie Plec and Caroline Dries to share. Check them out!
Throughout the first half of Season 6, Damon and Elena have been forced to fight for their love. They’re not just getting their happy ending handed to them on a silver platter. And despite the agony, it’s creating a “worth the wait” type of scenario. And when ETonline caught up with Somerhalder, this was an observation that the 36-year-old-actor wholeheartedly agreed with.
“Actually that’s a really awesome observation,” Somerhalder said. “They haven’t just been handed this. In the past we’ve fast-forwarded through a lot of the cool, gushy parts that you would typically see in a new love story, so I think that Damon being in this space of who he loves genuinely gives him a sense of purpose.”
Elena could get her memories back, though she probably won’t anytime soon. Plec and Dries agreed that there is a possibility for Elena’s memories to return, but it’s not on the books in the near future. “I think the fun of that story actually is the fact that she kind of can’t get them back so it’s like realizing oh the feelings are inside you whether or not you get rid of them through compulsion,” Dries said, with Plec adding, “There’s no magic switch that we’re just going to come up with a loophole for.”
TVF: Will we see a different Jo now that she has her powers back? Do we see her differently as a character?
CD: Actually we don’t. She still kind of puts being a doctor and being girlfriend of Alaric as the main priority in her life. She never really, I think, identified herself as being a witch and so she has this now…she’s going to try to embrace it and try to win the merge, is what she decides she wants to do. But she’s going through her own growing pains as Kai is with dealing with the magic.
Paul Wesley has made the rounds talking about tonight’s highly anticipated midseason return, “Woke Up with a Monster” directed by Paul, himself. Check these out, and we’ll add more as the become available.
Via Yahoo TV on Chris Wood’s character Kai:
While he loves working with Michael Malarkey, who plays Enzo, Wesley’s favorite parts of the episode are the storylines involving Caroline and her mother and Kai (Chris Wood) holding Elena captive. “[Wood]’s work in my episode is pretty hilarious. He would surprise me and do things that even I didn’t think of, and I would use those takes in my cut,” Wesley says with a laugh. “The best actors bring their own little spin to things. It’s always intimidating joining a Season 6 show, being relatively new. Having the sort of confidence to just start improvising and doing your own thing is really pretty ballsy. It’s either gonna work or fail, but it really works in his favor.”
So much, in fact, that Wesley says, “The notes that I got back when I submitted my episode were, ‘We love Kai.’ Like literally, everyone loves Kai because he’s so likable despite the fact that he’s completely sinister. That was what was so exciting about the way it was written — you kinda like him, even though he’s doing all these awful things, which makes it really interesting. Otherwise, it would just be really boring.”
Via THR, more about Kai and the last 15 minutes of the episode:
What can you preview about the other storylines?
Kai — Chris Wood — has a lot of stuff with Elena. The interactions are pretty amazing. Caroline has a lot to do in my episode, and Candice Accola is dealing with some things with her mom. Those were the two storylines that are the most pivotal in episode, and the most compelling and effective. And if people can get through the episode, then they’re really in for a great treat at the end. The last 10-15 minutes, I want to make sure people watch it. There’s not a lot I can tease, but I really want to make sure people stay with it; make sure you watch it live.
Via TVLine on losing series regular, Steven R. McQueen:
TVLINE | Lastly, how do you feel about losing Jeremy — and Steven R. McQueen as a series regular — next year?
It’s weird. We’ve gone through this before, but certainly not in Season 6. I love Steven. He’s such a sweet and nice and kind kid. Of course it’s sad, you know, but he’s a young actor, we’re in Season 6 and I’m excited to see what he does next.
People caught up with Paul Wesley, he talked directing tomorrow night’s episode and here’s some Stelena scoop for ya! Also, to commemorate tomorrow night’s return of The Vampire Diaries, check out the awesome new promotional photo shared via @cwtvd.
As a couple, are Stefan and Elena dead and gone forever? Or is there hope for Stelena yet?
I don’t think it’s out of the question. I think it’s contingent upon the writing – writers are really magicians. They can come up with anything, and it just depends on what the audience wants. Writers can make it seem like Caroline and Stefan are the end game, and suddenly switch it on a dime and then everyone is rooting for Stefan and Elena. You never know on this show, but I think that’s what keeps it fresh and exciting. If you do have a preconceived notion of what’s going to happen next, it just becomes unreliably boring, and so I don’t think you could ever rule anything out.