Lots of interviews popping up today in prep for tonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries “For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Kendrick Sampson made the press rounds yesterday with several news outlets and Rick Cosnett chats with ETOnline. We will add more as they become available.
Rick Cosnett on “shady teachers” via ETOnline:
ETonline: TVD has featured a few shady teachers, particularly towards the end of last season. The audience is now kind of conditioned to think all teachers on this show are evil. Do you get to have some fun playing with the audiences expectations of Dr. Maxfield?
Cosnett: Absolutely. It’s fun because he’s not necessarily bad; it’s the wonderful dichotomy that we all have. I think he’s a nice human being. Or is he? [laughs] Well, he has human qualities either way, and feelings and a life and people that he loves. It’s interesting to show how someone gets to a place where he does things that people might not look at as “good.”
Read more over at ETOnline.
Kendrick Sampson on shirtless scenes and TVD Fan reactions via Wetpaint:
Wetpaint Entertainment: Well, this is the CW, so of course there are some shirtless scenes in your future!
Kendrick Sampson: There could be some shirtless scenes coming up. I’m sure the Klaroline fans will be all over that one!
Wetpaint Entertainment: You’re going to have to prepare yourself for all those tweets.
Kendrick Sampson: I don’t know what their reactions are going to be to a lot of the things coming up. If it’s anything like what it has been, I’m going to be waking up smiling. I get some really big surprises sometimes, especially from all the fans in France and the Philippines and Germany and Brazil. I’m like, “How did you find me?” Vampire Diaries fans are the best. They surprise me every day.
Read more overt at Wetpaint.
Kendrick Sampson on Jesse’s backstory via THR:
But Sampson warns that there may be more to Jesse than meets the eye. Not much is known at the moment about his backstory, but Sampson notes that there may be “ulterior motives” behind why he has “chosen” to help Caroline and Elena on their quest to figure out Professor Maxfield’s (Rick Cosnett) “teacher facade” and the events surrounding the mysterious Whitmore College. Sampson hints that Jesse is “instrumental” in their mission, however, “Dr. Maxfield puts a plan into action that changes some things.”
Read more over at THR.
Kendrick Sampson on the TVD Fandom via Just Jared Jr:
JJJ: First things first, how aware were you of the TVD fandom before signing on?
Kendrick Sampson: I wasn’t aware how intense it could be until I got to set and people were warning me. And even then, I was kind of like, “Oh yeah, that’s fine.” Then I got a little taste of it (laughs). They can be pretty intense. Initially, everyone was pretty much…fire – “Caroline doesn’t need a new love interest.” Now, everyone is pretty positive. Since the two episodes have aired, introducing our budding friendship-romance-ish deal, everybody’s been really positive about it. I was really surprised. I got some really nice compliments and some #Jeroline hashtags.
Read more over at Just Jared Jr.
And check out the video interview below with Kendrick from SheKnows!