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TV Guide’s Robyn Ross had a chance to catch up with the cast on the set of The Vampire Diaries, check out what Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev had to say about Elena and Damon, and how she will react to his return.

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We have several interviews coming through today from Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola and more. First up Nina Dobrev chats with The Hollywood Reporter, and Candice Accola talks with Alloy Entertainment. We’ll post more as they come in.

Nina Dobrev via THR:

The Vampire Diaries ended on an emotional note last year with Damon and Bonnie’s deaths and even with several months to grieve, Elena hasn’t been dealing with her losses well. What’s her mindset like at the start of the season?

It’s eerily happy, unconventionally so, and confusing for a lot of people — for her, for her friends and for the audience. She’s not really dealing with it. She’s sort of masking it and pretending that it never happened in a way. It’s a ticking time bomb. She’s just delaying the inevitable. It’s not healthy and it hurts people around her and it makes her do things that she probably wouldn’t otherwise. It’s like a drug addiction. She goes off the deep end.

Read more over at THR.

Candice Accola via Alloy Entertainment:

Alloy Entertainment: A lot of fans, myself included, have been inspecting the TVD Season 6 poster in closer detail and it’s interesting to note that Caroline is not only alone but also the only individual who’s lying on the ground. There’s a mesmerizing yet uncharacteristically dark quality to her in this moment. That being said, what are your thoughts on Caroline going rogue and perhaps becoming the new ‘Big Bad’ on the show?

Candice Accola: Yea! I would love that. I think that would be a really interesting transformation — to see a sunshiney character such as Caroline accept her bad side. And, honestly, that seems like a natural progression for anyone as they age and grow into adulthood. Everyone has good and evil inside of them, and it’s all about finding your own moral compass and achieving a balance in your ability to control both of those. You know? You don’t want to be so nice and so welcoming that you are just constantly taken advantage of, but you also don’t want to be so guarded and so defensiveness that you just shut everyone out. Caroline in particular has been pushing away her natural sense of vampirism since Season 2; she is so obsessed with keeping a tight rein on it that the only way she’ll ever be able to find her true footing is to lose control completely…at least for a little while. We’ll see where the writers take it but I think it would be wonderful to see her go through those struggles and emotions

Read more over at Alloy Entertainment.

Julie Plec Reveals what our characters will be up to via E!Online:

Vampire Diaries this season is so fun and fresh and so exciting to write,” Plec said. “All the characters are going through all this crazy stuff that is really deeply rooted in their own emotional experience. Stefan [Paul Wesley] is making all these choices about what kind of life he wants to live next and it doesn’t necessarily involve anybody that he already knows. Caroline [Candice Accola] is really struggling with the fact that her friends are scattered and she can’t even go home and sleep in her own bed. Tyler’s [Michael Trevino] human again and is terrified that he’s going to do something to trigger his curse. Alaric [Matt Davis] is back teaching! And we’re dealing with the fact that he had to come back and start his live over but he doesn’t really feel comfortable in his own vampire skin.”

Watch the full video interview over at E!Online.

Nina Dobrev via TVLine on why Stefan and Elena are holding hands in the new promotional image:

TVLINE | OK, I won’t make you. But I do want to ask why Elena and Stefan are holding hands on the Season 6 poster.

Wouldn’t you like to know! All of our characters go on a journey this season; Damon and Bonnie have disappeared, which is why they’re holding hands, so Stefan and Elena have to take the lead and save the day. They’re left to pull through and grieve the people they’ve lost.

TVLINE | So it’s more of a supportive hand-holding thing?

I mean … you never know where they’re going, honestly. We’re shooting Episode 8 right now, so we still have over half the season to film. Anything could happen. As of right now, it’s more of a support thing.

Read more from the interview over at TVLine.

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TV Guide has six teases from Nina Dobrev about tomorrow night’s season premiere, here’s a preview, then check out the rest over at TV Guide.

Goodbye, Salvatores!

For the first time, viewers will see what Elena is like sans any Salvatores in her life. “I’m excited to see her start this new life in college and see how she copes without the Salvatores and how long that lasts and if it makes her realize that being away from them is good or bad,” Dobrev says. “It’s interesting to see her become her own independent person.”

EW chatted both Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, check out what they had to say and read the rest over at EW.

As for Damon, he won’t exactly find himself grieving for anyone or anything. As Ian Somerhalder put it, “He’s pissed off. They’re stuck in a place they don’t want to be, and Damon’s fiercely loyal. He feels the need to get back to his family. They’re trying everything. They’re Scooby-Doo-ing that sh– like crazy.”

However, don’t expect Damon and Bonnie’s situation to be devoid of fun. “You never really get to see these two together because they do have a lot of fun together,” he said. “Damon’s a goofy man. He likes to have fun, and Bonnie doesn’t take s–t from anyone anymore. She’s just been hammered for years by all these sort of supernatural elements and she just doesn’t take it anymore. It’s awesome.”

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A huge congrats goes out to the cast and crew of The Vampire Diaries for taking home several surfboards at this years Teen Choice Awards, that took place on Sunday, August 10th. TVD won in the following categories.

Choice TV Show Fantasy/Sci-Fi – The Vampire Diaries

Choice TV Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Ian Somerhalder

Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Nina Dobrev

Choice TV Female Scene Stealer – Candice Accola

Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev were on hand to present and accept the awards. Check out some of the photos below of Nina, Ian and Paul presenting, then head on over to our official Facebook page for the rest!

Hey guys! Just giving you a heads up that Nina Dobrev will be live on HuffPostLive Monday, August 4th at 5PM EDT. Make sure you tune in! And be sure to leave your questions for her in the comments section!

Tonight Nina Dobrev will be doing a live stream from her green room on set via Stage It. Tickets are $5 or 50 notes, the proceeds will be donated to a charity of Nina’s choosing which she will announce during the live stream tonight. Head on over the event page, to purchase your ticket.

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Check this out guys! Not only will Nina Dobrev be attending SDCC on Saturday for TVD, she will also participate in a panel for her upcoming comedy, Let’s Be Cops at Nerd HQ on July 25th at 1:15PM PDT. You can purchase tickets HERE.

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Parade Magazine caught up with Nina Dobrev. Check out what Nina has to say about the upcoming season of The Vampire Diaries.

The cliffhanger this past season was killer—literally! Is there hope for fans of Damon and Bonnie?
“I think they knew I would be doing all of these interviews today, so they didn’t give me the script—I get it tomorrow—so I have no idea what’s happening. Except for the fact that I will be returning, that’s for sure.”

The Other Side is gone, what kind of repercussions will that have?
“Well, for one, when someone dies they’re dead for good, they can’t come back. They’re dead, they’re gone since there’s no place for them to come back from. So that’s going to be one of the main repercussions of the other side disappearing.”

What do you want to see happen for Elena in the upcoming season?
“I don’t know. I’d like to see how she copes and deals with things post-Damon and see how she’s going to be able to move on and if she’ll have a normal life. Everything in Elena’s life is complicated, it’s never easy, everyone’s dying around her.”

Read more from the interview over at Parade Magazine.


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