Check out this hilarious interview with Julie Plec from one of our favorite recappers Price Peterson of TV.com. Here Julie talks about how her interactions with the actors on the show may or may not influence what happens to a character later on.
Have your interactions with the real-life actors ever influenced what happened to a character later on in the show? I think you’ve mentioned that ghost girlfriends were due in part to how much you’ve enjoyed the actresses personally. Are there characters you thought you’d kill off but you liked the actors too much? How does one thing influence the other?
It actually influences it quite a lot and yet sometimes, painfully, not at all. Sara Canning as Aunt Jenna being the perfect example. There is not a more gifted, wonderful, professional, fantastic young woman on this planet than Sara Canning, but Aunt Jenna had to go. But on the reverse, I would say the same thing about Kayla Ewell being one of the loveliest human beings you’ve ever met, and though there’s probably 70 percent of the audience that barely remembers Vicki Donovan, she as a human being made such a mark on us that we couldn’t wait to bring her back. Daniel Gillies is a great example of somebody coming in and being such a tremendous actor in a role that was just kind of meant to be a henchman originally. And he was so good and so juicy that the whole picture of that character immediately evaporated and we created this life for him, his brother connection to Klaus, and suddenly Elijah’s become one of the most important characters in the canon of the show.
Did you know how awesome Katherine would end up being? At first it seemed like she was going to be a Big Bad, but now it seems like she’s maybe just more of a regular character. Was that an intentional decision?
Yes. That has a lot to do with the basic mechanics of the same actress playing two parts. As juicy and delicious as Katherine is as a villain and vixen in our series, it takes a lot out of Nina [Dobrev]. It takes a lot out on our production. It’s very hard to do. So the simple logistics of executing it are really, really complicated and so we have to pick and choose our moments when she can be present like a Big Bad or, like, a romantic love interest. We just have to be really careful.