Alloy Entertainment: What was it like filming scenes with Ian Somerhalder, Joseph Morgan, and the cast? Were there any entertaining behind-the-scenes moments on set?
Charlie Bewley: Ian is the glue that binds us all. He runs the show. It’s quite the spectacle. I love the guy — he has lots of great energy and is a real people person. TV is a new medium for me… these guys have been going at it for years. I feel privileged to have come in and injected my own brand of energy to Mystic Falls.
Alloy Entertainment: You portrayed a vampire in the Twilight saga. And now you’re a slayer. Moment of truth: Which do you have more fun playing and why?
Charlie Bewley: I am all about supernaturalism. My focus on a daily basis is to push evolution to its limits and there is nothing I believe is not possible. So naturally, to play a vampire with the abilities of Demetri was very special. Vaughn is like Bear Grylls on a vengeance mission – and everyone loves Bear. But Bear can’t fly. And Demetri can.
The Insider‘s Jarret Wieselman chatted with Kat Graham the other day when she was making her interview rounds, and here she teases the next big shock.
Insider: In this dream, she saw Klaus lying in the coffin that in reality can’t be opened. How long will it remain sealed?
Kat: I can’t say how long it will be but I can tell you that whatever is in that coffin is extremely important to the future of what’s happening in Mystic Falls – and the show in general. There’s a lot of weight to that reveal.
Insider: Suffice it to say, the reveal will be, in true TVD fashion, shocking?
Kat: So shocking. I thought that by season three they wouldn’t be able to shock me anymore, but that has not been the case at all. It’s always said that a third season is the best season, and in our case, that’s so true. This year is so incredibly shocking. It’s a mind f*** and I love it [laughs]. People will not believe what’s coming and the degree of twists and turns with how they interlock the originals with other things and how their relationships with everyone in Mystic Falls is going to play out.
Yesterday Kat Graham was making her rounds chatting with the news sites. Here, she talks to E!Online, Zap2It and EW. I’m sure there will be more to come.
We’ll soon meet Bonnie’s mother, and Kat tells us she’s “like a kid in a candy store” to be getting this backstory. “[Bonnie’s] mother was out of her life for 15 years and…her father didn’t really want to be involved in any of this mess. They’ve still yet to introduce him so them bringing in the mom before the father is for a specific reason and it really makes sense for the storyline and what they need right now.”
Mysterious! So how is Bonnie’s friendship with Elena progressing?
I think the foundation of their relationship is solid, but you will start to see some serious bumps come along where Elena is forced to make decisions based on the facts at hand, and maybe not necessarily the repercussions — and the repercussions might be Bonnie. There are going to be a couple of bumps, and I don’t know how deep those bumps are going to go or how high. You are going to see happy and sad, which I think is normal, but there are going to be certain instances that have never happened before that are going to happen this season with Bonnie and Elena.
”There’s going to be some unanswered questions that Bonnie’s gonna have: Why did you leave me, or why did you disappear? What made you disappear? Where did you go? Why were you not in my life?” Graham says. “A lot of those questions will get answered and you will find out where her mom’s heart is and why she has to come back into Bonnie’s life. And that whole thing will surprise you, too, because it’s not what people think.”
Thanks to Hannah from Warner Bros. for sharing these video interviews from the cast while they were promoting The Vampire Diaries in the UK. They answer questions about their dream guest star, favorite episode, dream set location and more! New episodes available to download from iTunes now!
Dream Guest Star
Watch the rest after the jump!
Several interviews have been popping up since tonight is the Season 3 premiere of The Vampire Diaries. So I’ve decided to create a roundup post of them. We’ve got interviews with Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley and Julie Plec from AOLTV, TV Guide and TV Line. Be sure and click the links to each site to view the rest of the interviews. Beware of spoilers.
Interview with Ian Somerhalder via AOLTV:
What can you tease about the Season 3 premiere? Anything that will set the tone for this season?
Um, well Damon’s naked. [Laughs] That sets a tone. I spent a couple of days naked on set, which always brings you closer to your fellow grips and electricians … which is pretty awesome. [Laughs] Such a strange statement.
[Laughs] Well it sounds like you all have been listening to your fans …
I’ve had my head so buried in working! But the premiere is so indicative of ‘Vampire Diaries’ — a lot happens in the 48 minutes that the show airs. Season 1 was just incredible storytelling, and Season 2 was a season of a lot of mythology — it set up a lot of what we’re doing for the next 80 episodes or whatever we get, provided they don’t cancel us. But I think ultimately, Stefan and Klaus pose very serious issues. Stefan’s gone to that other place, and Damon’s seen this before … he knows, he’s seen his brother. So one thing that Damon’s feeling, in all honesty, plain and simple is he’s pretty annoyed. He’s pretty pissed off. He’s angry because I don’t think he ever saw his life ending up this way.
Interview with Paul Wesley and Julie Plec from TV Guide:
“There will be a surprising thing that happens a few episodes in that will cause Stefan to turn the corner fully and really absorb himself in this darkness with absolutely no sense of conscience and no predisposed history of his prior empathy and his prior life as a ‘good’ so to speak,” Paul Wesley tells TVGuide.com. “Damon, in comparison to what Stefan is morphing into, is a puppy.”
“Stefan is doing everything he can to not come face-to-face with Elena because what she represents is a part of him he’s had to let go of,” executive producer Julie Plec says. “[He’s] reverting to some old behaviors and old problems that he has worked very hard to combat and it’s a side of himself he never wanted Elena to see again.”
Interview with Julie Plec via TV Line:
TVLINE | How is the kiss between Elena and Damon in the season finale going to affect things between them, especially now that Stefan is not around as much?
Damon and Elena have an interesting dynamic in that they finally come to terms with each other at a level of mutual appreciation. And as that was happening, Stefan was off sacrificing himself over to the dark side, basically making a Faustian deal in order to save Damon’s life. So there’s a big elephant in the room [because] of the awkwardness of that. It goes largely unspoken, but it’s always there. Both of them are equally committed to saving Stefan because Stefan sacrificed himself for them. But along the way, they are thrown into a lot of different circumstances where they work together, they’re very close, [and] they’re getting closer. It’s a complicated relationship that they have. There’s a lot of tension there. There’s a lot of sexuality that lies under the surface. There’s a closeness between Elena and Damon that she might try to ignore and fight, but it’s obvious to everyone around them. We’re going to start to see, as we get into the season, how other people in our world see Damon and Elena’s friendship and relationship, and what they think about it.
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.
Malese Jow chatted with Wetpaint at VH1’s Do Something awards last night, and she believes 100% that a Twitter campaign to bring back Anna is why she returned to The Vampire Diaries.
The Vampire Diaries fans can sleep soundly at night, safe in the knowledge that Anna is back for all eternity — well, for Season 3 at least — and you can thank yourselves for her safe return to Mystic Falls!
Wetpaint Entertainment caught up with Malese Jow at the VH1 Do Something Awards and the petite bloodsucker revealed how a Twitter campaign secured Anna’s spot on the show.
“It was part of a fan campaign, I definitely believe that 100 per cent,” Malese exclusively told us. “I love all the fans because they were totally just freaking out on Twitter — it’s amazing.”
Despite her “death,” Anna was back in Mystic Falls for the last episode of Season 2, and is (almost) alive and kicking when the third season premieres Sept. 15 on The CW.
“I know that after I departed from the show, the uproar online was out of my control,” explains Malese. “It was insane and overwhelming. I really do feel the fans had a huge influence on them bringing me back in terms of the Internet petitions and the outcry.”
Wetpaint has posted exclusive interviews with both Kayla Ewell and Malese Jow. Both discuss the return of their characters and speculate what “they are” and why they have returned.
Kayla Ewell on Vicki:
What’s your theory on Vicki’s return?
For me as an actress it’s an interesting job to get the script, to know that I was coming back, and to have absolutely no idea what I was — if I was a ghost, if I was an angel, if I was actually there in person? It was really interesting for me to have to come up with kind of a reason as to why I was there. I have a theory that I’m kind of keeping to myself because I want to see if it comes true or not, and we’ll have to see if it does. It was just so much fun to create a backstory, and to realize why I was there. It was interesting to go back to [the writers] and talk to them because they were like, “You know what? Actually, we don’t really know what you are yet either. So we’re going to have to come up with that.”
I think what’s interesting about Vicki coming back is that it’s not just solely about Jeremy. It’s about having unfinished business with my brother, Matt (Zach Roering), and my ex-boyfriend, Tyler (Michael Trevino). There are just so many different ways to go with the story. And after my little talk with Kevin Williamson I think they’re going to do some really fascinating things. There’s going to be so many twists and turns — even just talking to him about it I had butterflies in my stomach! I was just so excited about the ideas they’ve been tossing around. So we’ll see what they come up with, but I just know that Kevin and Julie will do a fantastic job whatever they decide.
Malese Jow on Anna:
Kayla Ewell is convinced your characters are angels. Do you agree?
I’m totally down with that. I mean, I’ve heard everyone’s predictions, and, you know, I kind of have a few myself, because I haven’t heard anything definite from anyone over at The Vampire Diaries. So, right now it’s all speculation. And an angel/spirit thing would be a great facet to the show, I think.
I mean, I think they definitely portrayed vampires and werewolves in a non-cheesy, very convincing way. And I think if that’s a new part of the show, that they’ll make it really creepy and really cool and incorporate it really well. So, that’ll be great. And there’s always the option we could be resurrected for real. So, I mean, I guess we’ll see what happens and to what extent we’ll be part of the show. It’s really exciting.
I’ve been needing to post this so thanks to Vampire-Diaries.net for posting the full lineup. That’s right, once again The VRO, our favorite radio show on the internet, is having their Vampire Diaries month and it’s full under way. Here is the list of interviews that have already passed and the ones that are upcoming. You don’t want to miss these interviews, an awesome way for the the fans to interact with the cast, and some of the interviews call ins are allowed. So be sure and tune in!
- Tuesday, May 3rd: Joseph Morgan (Klaus)
- Tuesday, May 3rd: Paul M. Sommers (Director of Photography/Director)
- Wednesday, May 4th: Gino Anthony Pesi (Maddox)
- Thursday, May 5th: Bryton James (Luka)
- Friday, May 6th: Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes)
- Tuesday, May 10th @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman)
- Wednesday, May 11th @ pm ET/6pm PT: Sara Canning (Jenna Sommers)
- Friday, May 13th @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Susan Walters (Carol Lockwood)
- Monday, May 23rd @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Forbes)
- Monday, May 30th @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: The Hillywood Show
Note TV After Dark friends – the intro song for Actor, Model – slash – Gardner Ian Somerhalder (lol) on Regis and Kelly. (One guess what I did. lol)
See why Kelly is looking out the window, thinking about Louisiana women and Ian finally says who his girlfriend is. (I hope you all are finally satisfied. *wink*)
Check out these awesome new promo video interviews with Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley. Thanks to Nina Dobrev Network for the heads up. The say some pretty awesome things about their fans. You gotta feel loved! :)
Our good buddy Emma Loggins, of Fanbolt had the chance to visit the set of The Vampire Diaries back in December, and here are the first interviews of many more to come. Julie Plec teases about a particular moment they envision for the ending of the show, and Ian Somerhalder chats about making out with Elena.
The transformation of Caroline was a huge game-changer for the show. Any chance of another game-changer before the end of the season? Julie tells us yes, “We try not to do it just to do it. With Caroline it was a very strategic choice, because we really wanted to mine that character and that actress for all that she was worth. And it has paid off for us in spades creatively. We’re really proud of it and her.”Julie paused, “We have all kinds of things plotted out for the finale, and if even half of it ends up in there…”
What about the bigger picture for the show? Is there an ending (not that we want to think of that!) that they’re working towards? “We don’t have a timeline,” Julie states, “But we have a moment. We have the moment that we want to get to.”
So speaking of gorgeous chicks, how does Ian personally wanted to see the Damon and Elena relationship progress? “I just want him to make out with her eventually.” Ian paused. “I mean Stefan gets both of them, and I think it’s just time to pay the fiddler. I have no idea how that’s ever going to happen by the way. I would just like to see him be in her good graces, for her to see that he’s not such a dick… but the problem is that he is. So I don’t really know where I want that to go. All I know is that him to protect her.”
Zap2It has posted yet another interview from their set visit back in December. This time Steven R. McQueen shares how Jeremy is willing to fight for Bonnie’s affection and more! Be sure and head on over to Zap2It for more from the interivew and commentary.
Leave it to EW to get even more inside information about the upcoming reveal of Damon Savatore’s bedroom and bathroom. The bedroom will make “its” debut in next week’s episode.
Like many viewers of The Vampire Diaries, I’ve been wondering where Damon sleeps when he’s not having sex on the living room floor. We’ll get our answer when the show returns with new episodes next week. Exec producer Julie Plec says they’ve been waiting to build that set until they had a reason to need it — and apparently they found it. Ian Somerhalder admits the addition took him by surprise: “I never imagined Damon having a bedroom,” he says. “I figured he always slept up in a rafter or somewhere atop of an oak tree. I honestly didn’t know.” But he’s more than happy with what Plec, exec producer Kevin Williamson, and production designer Garreth Stover created for him. “By virtue of the fact that Damon is not the most sentimental individual, he doesn’t keep anything from the past. It’s not a room full of antiquities and memories, such as Stefan’s,” Somerhalder says. “But it’s big, it’s very masculine, and it’s classy.” It’s also sexy. “The one really amazing thing, of course,” he continues, “[is] they had this bed custom-made. This thing, I’m not even kidding you, it’s gigantic. You splice together two king-sized beds… Damon could fit an entire sorority on this bed, which I’m sure at some point he will.” (Williamson likes to refer to it as Damon’s “throne.”)