Interview: Ian Somerhalder’s Career from Model to Vampire

Author: Linda | May 14, 2010 | Comments Off on Interview: Ian Somerhalder’s Career from Model to Vampire

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Ian Somerhalder talks about his career beginning with his start as a model up to his role as vampire Damon Salvatore.

On the CW’s breakout hit The Vampire Diaries, Ian Somerhalder plays a nearly 170-year-old man who — perhaps unwittingly — became a vampire as a teen. Though the actor’s luck has been indisputably better than that of his character, Damon Salvatore, both have had the same response to the twists in their lives: outright glee.

For Damon, that giddiness manifests itself in the smirky, wanton torment of the people who surround him. In Somerhalder, fortunately, it takes a more gracious form.

“Right now, where I am, doing what I’m doing, it’s exactly where I want to be,” he says.

As Vampire Diaries wraps up its first season (Thursday at 9/8c), look to learn even more about Damon’s tortured past, as he teams up with vampire hunter Alaric to prevent a massacre at Mystic Falls’ annual Founders Day celebration. He won’t be entirely successful, and the subsequent tragedy will change Damon in the second season.

From Somerhalder’s start in modeling to nabbing the lead role in a Bret Easton Ellis film adaptation to a TV hit, he’s always managed to convey joy and pain at once.

In L.J. Smith‘s young-adult horror novels, on which the series is based, Damon is complicated and misunderstood. When he acts out, it’s only because he’s hurting inside. Somerhalder’s version of Damon seems to be having more fun than his literary counterpart. He pounces on his quarry with almost sadistic delight.

The real-life fun started early for the Louisiana native, who started modeling at age 10. After a brief sabbatical, he got an agent at 16 and, within a week, he says, shot a 12-page spread for L’Uomo Vogue with fashion photographer Steven Meisel.

You can read the entire interview here.



News: Vampire Dairies’ Cast Reacts to the Season Finale

Author: Linda | | Comments Off on News: Vampire Dairies’ Cast Reacts to the Season Finale

Filed Under: | Candice Accola, Ian Somerhalder, Kevin Williamson, Malese Jow, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Steven R. McQueen, TV Series, Videos

The Vampire Diaries’ cast told MTV News what their reactions were to the season finale.

“It was a bonkers finale — is everyone flipping out?” asked “The Vampire Diaries” star Candice Accola of the MTV News reporter covering the Young Hollywood Awards red carpet last night. To put it bluntly, Candice, YES. We are all flipping out about last night’s crazy “VD” season finale.

If you, like us, haven’t been able to move past the “OMG WTF” stage in your “VD” finale reaction, let the “Vampire Diaries” cast members who attended the Awards put it a little more eloquently.

Nina Dobrev was shocked when she learned what was going to happen in the finale. “I remember sitting in bed reading the script, and when I got towards the end it was so [crazy]. Every single episode of ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ I feel I am always shocked and surprised. … This one being the finale has to exceed all expectations and go above and beyond,” she said. “And I think it does, and it’s crazy and fun, and I had a lot of fun being crazy and doing bad things.”

Her leading man, Paul Wesley, said he was a little intimidated upon reading the finale script. “Well, I was like, ‘Whoa, this a huge endeavor,’ ” he said. “The last four pages … really take the audience on a little bit of a thrill ride. I mean, the whole thing’s good, but the way it ends is kind of incredible.”

Don’t think we were able to get any answers out of the gang as to what’s in store for next season — they don’t know what is going to happen next season either, considering show masterminds Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have just barely finished this season.

When asked if she knows whether Tyler’s going to end up a werewolf, as he is in the books, Candice played coy. “I plead the Fifth. I don’t know what you’re talking about. Who knows? I don’t know,” she said. She doesn’t know the fate of her character, Caroline, either. “I don’t know. This is going to be such a pain in the butt for you ’cause I don’t know. There is a car crash that happens, but I really don’t know the outcome of it.”

In the end, the stars seemed very grateful to be a part of the show. “There’s a bunch of cliffhangers and surreal, strange things that occur in this last episode,” Steven McQueen said. “I think we all took it as a blessing to be able to play these strange situations that can never occur in real life and just feel honored.”

What do you think about the cast reaction to the finale? Are you bummed that we won’t find out what happens next until September?

Source: MTV



Warning: This post may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

OH. MY. FREAKING. GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If September was tomorrow, oh, life would be so freaking grand!!!!!!!

The Vampire Diaries KILLED IT tonight and to do it straight justice, I will not do a full recap, because A) I would be writing all night and B) NO RECAP will do the episode ANY justice. It is a must see with your own eyes!!!! Let’s begin!!!!

“Mini”-Recap

It’s Founder’s Day and everyone is getting ready for the festivities, but problems and drama still blanket the happy, cheery mood of Mystic Falls. Damon and Stefan still snarl and push each other over Elena’s affections, making Stefan confess to Elena about John Gilbert being her father; Caroline still has to witness the Matt and Tyler drama; Bonnie’s still a bitch (but I still love you, girl!); and Anna finds out that Jeremy has had a change of heart on being a vampire, but she still leaves a vial of her blood with him in case his mind flops again. While the denizens of Mystic Falls deal with their problems, Johnathan Gilbert and Mayor Lockwood are planning to multiply those problems by using the town as bait to suss out the vampires with that magical device that Bonnie “forgot” to unarm. Sheriff Forbes is not for this plan and as Sheriff, declares it a no go. That is until John knocks her out and handcuffs her to a pole.

The plan is as follows: John will activate the device, which acts like a dog whistle by sending out a pulse that only vampires can hear in a five mile radius. When the vamps attack during the fireworks display (which John found out from a vampire source, possibly the one Damon and Alaric killed), the pulse will go out, rendering the vamps helpless and exposed. The cops will then inject the vamps with vervain before taking them to Dr. Grayson Gilbert’s old medical building where John will “finish them off”. Crazy plan, right?

Anna informs Damon of the Tomb Vamps plan before getting Jeremy and trying to leave the premises. The mayor has Tyler go home and to take Matt and Caroline with him. He and Mrs. Lockwood have to announce the fireworks show and then they will be off. Damon finds John in the abandoned doctor’s building, which is when John sends the pulse out. All the vamps go down, including Damon, Stefan, and Anna. So, why the hell does Tyler AND Mayor Lockwood go down as well?!?!???!?!? Seems like that device shows no prejudice to wolves as well! But unfortunately when Tyler hears the pulse, he is driving, which leads him to have a car accident with Matt and Caroline in the car with him. While medics check up on Tyler (and get a scare when the kid’s eyes turn ‘wolfy’), Caroline collapses and has to be taken to the hospital!

Meanwhile, John and the cops get all the vamps into the basement of the old clinic, including Anna (who was pulled out of the arms of Jeremy), Damon and Mayor Lockwood. Damon witnesses as John Gilbert takes it upon himself to STAKE ANNA before setting the basement on fire!! While the fire blazes, Mayor Lockwood wakes up and is shocked when he sees Damon. After Damon reveals that he’s a vampire (and promptly asking the Mayor what the hell is HIS excuse for being down there), Mayor Lockwood backs into the waiting arms of the leader tomb vamp who snaps his neck!

Outside, Alaric saves Stefan from being toast and informs them that Damon is nowhere to be found. Stefan superhears the commotion in the basement, leading him and Elena to the doctor’s office that is guarded by John and cops. When Stefan runs to save his brother, John grabs Elena and tells her if she steps one foot towards the building that he will include her in the fire. Elena balks, asking if he would do that to his own daughter!!!! The comment is a smack to John’s face, which confirms for Elena that what Stefan has told her is truth.

Bonnie just so happens to be at the other entrance into the building and tries to stop Stefan from going in, but he ignores her. Elena tries to go in, too, but Bonnie stops her and begins reciting an incantation, which helps Stefan get in, get Damon out, and leave without being hurt. Wow… Bonnie came through yall!!!

Cliffhangers Galore!!!!

The cast and crew weren’t lying when they said the show had multiple cliffhangers and I’d be damned if they didn’t deliver. We had a total of four to five, depending on how you want to define or count them, and all had heavy relevance that will make this summer an excruciating hell. How will we cope (besides the new season of True Blood)? Article on that coming soon…

Now let’s wrap this up quickly:

– Matt and Tyler make up in the hospital, but Sheriff Forbes drops two bombshells: 1) Caroline was suffering from internal bleeding and has to undergo immediate surgery 2) Tyler needs to call home, because of his dad…

– Jeremy gets a visit from Damon, who confirms Jeremy’s fears of Anna’s death. Damon offers to take the pain away, but Jeremy says it wouldn’t help. Damon apologizes to Jeremy for everything and the two discuss how vamps can turn off their feelings, something that Anna told Jeremy earlier that day. Damon says that it does work and that’s easy when you are a vampire, but that life still sucks either way. After Damon leaves, Jeremy takes the vial of Anna’s blood, drinks it and downs some pills and waits for the inevitable to happen!

– Bonnie tells Stefan that even though she saved his and Damon’s life, she did it for Elena and Elena alone. She also says that Damon has to change his ways or she will take both him and Stefan down at the drop of a hat. And she meant business, yall.

– Damon leaves the Gilbert house and bumps into Elena and he spills all his feelings out to her, including that he has had a change of heart since he has returned to Mystic Falls and now wants to protect the town, instead of destroying it. Plus, he is thankful that Elena would consider saving his life, which means to him that Elena feels that he is worth something. Elena is eerily quiet throughout this confession. The two enter a longing stare before they KISS!!!!!! PASSIONATELY, MIND YOU!!! But didn’t Elena just tell Stefan that she loves him and wants only him?!!? Jenna opens the door and is shocked at what she sees, telling Elena to come in. Damon stands on the porch with a “Wait a minute…” look on his face. NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

– Elena makes her way to the kitchen where John is and he immediately goes into apologetic, explanation mode. Elena still remains silent. When he is through talking, John asks if Elena needs help putting up the knives. She says yes, then picks one up and CHOPS OFF JOHN’S RING FINGER!!!!!! Before John can even ask, “Elena” reveals herself to actually be KATHERINE!!!!!! Then she stabs John with glee!!!

– The Real Elena comes home and walks into the eerily quiet house. She calls for everyone and heads into the kitchen, which is when The Vampire Diaries logo bitch-slaps the crap out of me!!!!!

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! But it feels so damn good!!!!!

Oh and about that no recap thing… it seems that I lied and I apologize, but still… This recap doesn’t do the episode justice. WATCH IT!!!!!

From The Journals of the Council

So now we have to wait until September to find out what the hell happened!!!! But let’s sum up what we now know upfront:

– Katherine is FINALLY in Mystic Falls!!!! Imagine the hell to come!!!! And she better not be there for only 1/4 of the second season either!

– Tyler is close to wolfing out!!!! I did NOT expect to see Tyler OR Mayor Lockwood go down during the Pulse!!!! And when Tyler’s eyes got all “wolfy”?!?!? I literally jumped! CAN. NOT. WAIT to see how this plays out!!!!!

– John Gilbert is dead!!!!! (Finally!) The Queen has returned and she doesn’t need that sap in the way. Is it wrong that I was jumping on my couch like a teenybopper at a Zac Efron signing as John was getting his just desserts? If I was, then I don’t give a damn…

– Jeremy could be UNdead!!!! (Sadly) His treatment of Elena was soooo unwarranted and I hope that he wakes up the next morning with a bad stomach ache and nothing else.

– Damon is changing for the better! From apologizing to Bonnie all the way to feeling some remorse for the death of Anna, I think our resident bad boy has discovered that it’s not always good to be bad. Does it have anything to do with his feelings for Elena or has the black and white nature that he has always followed finally got it’s first drop of gray? Will he lose it now that Katherine is back in town?

Guys, we have to wait three and half months for new TVD!!!!! THREE AND A HALF MONTHS!!!!! Will you handle it???! Did you scream and jump out your living room windows like I did?!?! Let me know your pain!!!!!

It’s been a great year and I hope to see you guys again this fall!!!!

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News: Kevin Williamson: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finale To Defy Expectations

Author: Natalie | May 12, 2010 | Comments Off on News: Kevin Williamson: ‘Vampire Diaries’ Finale To Defy Expectations

Filed Under: | Kevin Williamson, News, TV Series

Last summer, executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson took L.J. Smith’s books and turned them into the ‘Vampire Diaries.’ The show was initially marketed as a ‘Twilight’ clone. In a few episodes, though, ‘Vampire Diaries’ proved that it was the heir to the great ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’.

Indeed, what began as a love triangle between a noble vampire, a teenage girl, and his gloriously evil brother evolved into a sophisticated series with a complex mythology and the best cliffhangers on television. The much-anticipated finale, airing May 13 on the CW, promises to be a best episode yet – as Plec and Williamson told us, they hope it defies expectations.

They answered five questions for Fancast.com’s finale special.

1. What were the high points of the season? Everything. But if I had to pick some favorites…I always lean toward the OMG moments. For me, Vicki’s death was a high point because it helped define what type of show we were. I thought Elena finding the picture of Katherine post-sex, pre-car wreck was a high point. And the opening of the tomb revealing that Katherine was NOT in it was a biggie.

2. Do you have a favorite episode, line, or scene from this season? If so – what? There are a few moments in the finale that qualify as my favorite but you’ll have to wait for it. I’m particularly proud of 105. It was early on and we were still finding the show. I felt this episode brought all the elements together for me. The writing, directing, design, acting, photography, wardrobe, hair/make-up, everything came together for me and I truly saw the “epic” that Julie and I had envisioned.

3. Take us inside your approach to the finale, and what you wanted to accomplish. We wanted to entertain, defy even the most avid viewer’s expectations, and leave everyone wanting to tune in next season to see how things will unfold.

4. Did anything disappoint you about this season? Anything you wish you could have done, but didn’t have the time, forethought or resources? We wish we could have spent considerably more time on set with our great production staff and cast. Shooting in Atlanta, with the writer’s room in LA, it was difficult to make that happen sometimes. I wish we had more prep time with the scripts — time is always a factor. A few more bucks and we might have seen that church burn to the ground in an 1864 flashback — but I’m genuinely happy. I think our cast and Atlanta team did an amazing job of making or scripts sing. It was a tough first year and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

5. What should fans look forward to next season? Stefan and Elena. Damon and Elena. Damon and Stefan. Shirtless.

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Spoilers: ‘Diaries’ finale ‘exceeds expectations’

Author: Natalie | | Comments Off on Spoilers: ‘Diaries’ finale ‘exceeds expectations’

Filed Under: | News, Nina Dobrev, Spoilers, TV Series

Warning: This article contains spoilers that some readers may prefer to avoid. Please click here if you wish to continue.

Nina Dobrev has promised that the season finale of The Vampire Diaries will shock fans.

Speaking to The AP, Dobrev explained that the finale has to be better than all the other episodes.

“Every episode has to surpass the last,” she said. “So there’s cliffhangers, there’s a lot going on, a lot of information, fast-paced, people dying, blood. So the finale, it has to exceed all expectations and it has to shock even more, and it does.”

She continued: “There will be a couple of new faces that enter into the picture and a lot of suspense and some of the characters will do things that come as a shock and that you wouldn’t have otherwise expected.

“I remember reading the script for the first time and [at the] end of the season people are going to be frustrated and angry with some characters, shocked, excited. People are going to be talking and waiting very impatiently for the second season to start.”

Dobrev also hinted that Bonnie and Elena’s relationship will be a big part of the finale.

She said: “Bonnie and Elena, they have a long history together, they’ve been friends forever, and this presence of vampires is tearing them apart because Stefan and Damon are basically the direct reason why her grandmother passed away. So there’s a lot of tension there and their friendship is definitely going to be tested.”

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Nina Dobrev: What She Thinks of Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder

Author: Linda | May 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Nina Dobrev: What She Thinks of Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder

Filed Under: | Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, TV Series

Vampire Dairies’ Nina Dobrev talks to MTV News about what she thinks of her fellow cast members, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.

It’s no secret that the cast of “Vampire Diaries,” gets along pretty well. In fact, a few of the show’s actors have told us that they’re bffs on set and off. So, when Nina Dobrev dropped by MTV News last week, we had to ask her whether the same held true for her and the two boys she films with most often — Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder.

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“They are just great guys to be around,” she gushed. “It’s awesome that I get paid to hang with these two guys and work with them and the rest of the cast.” Now, that’s what we love to hear!

Of course, once we learned how close she was to Paul and Ian, we couldn’t help but pick her brain a little on on what both guys are like when they’re not in character.

“Ian and Paul are very different and similar in many ways,” she said. “I think that when people start hanging around each other, they start to pick on on each other’s quirks and taste in music, apparently.”

Turns out that Ian is quite the class clown, while Paul has more in common than his alter-ego, Stefan, then we would have thought. “Ian’s the jokester, the prankster, the guy who likes to talk and hang out and just have a good time,” Nina reported. Note: this only makes us heart him more than we already did.

Paul, however, has a very different approach when the camera’s pointed at him. “It’s funny because when Paul’s on set, he’s very serious, he’s very focused. He’s a lot like his character. He’s kind of method a little bit in some ways,” she said. “But then, as soon as he leaves the set, he has this switch and he’s this cool, fun — not that he’s not cool on set, it’s just he lets loose a little more.” In other words, to quote Hannah Montana, he’s got best of both worlds.

Of course, while they might have their differences, Nina was quick to point out that they’ve got one key thing in common. “They are both incredible and awesome and professional and talented,” she said. We couldn’t agree more, although we’d probably add very handsome to that list.

What do you think about Ian and Paul’s off-set personalities? Do they sound anything like the characters they play?

Source: MTVNews



News & Spoilers: Founder’s Day Articles Galore

Author: Natalie | May 10, 2010 | Comments Off on News & Spoilers: Founder’s Day Articles Galore

Filed Under: | News, Spoilers, TV Series, Videos

I’ve been coming across many articles regarding “Founder’s Day” and it’s got me really wondering what’s going to happen next on The Vampire Diaries. On our facebook fanpage, (located here), we would like to start a discussion about the series and where you think it’s headed. It’s SPOILER marked and we hope you’ll join in with your theories, speculations and *gasp* even spoilers!

Here’s the article from TVFantatic:

As the incredible first season of The Vampire Diaries winds down, we know a few things about this Thursday’s finale:

1. A major character will die.
2. Damon will say many snarky things.
3. Elena and Jeremy’s relationship won’t be on good terms.

The final point listed above is the focus of the following two clips. In the first, Damon and Elena share a moment, but it’s quickly overshadowed by the latter’s attempt to fix things with her brother. How does it go? Not so well…

From there, it’s on to another sneak peek below. This one centers on Damon and his conversation with Jeremy.



News & Spoilers: Founder’s Day

Author: Natalie | May 9, 2010 | 2

Filed Under: | News, Spoilers, TV Series

I was checking out TVSquad and found this blurb about Thursday’s finale:

‘Vampire Diaries’ (8M, The CW) season 1 finale
The whole first season hasn’t lacked for drama and excitement, but the first season finale kicks all that up a notch or 20 with an episode that series star Nina Dobrev tells TV Guide will include “a lot of vampire … a battle … (and) fatalities.” The episode revolves around Mystic Falls’ Founder’s Day celebration, which means lots of fancy dresses and parade floats. But the merriment takes a turn for the tragic, as Dobrev’s Elena continues to be torn between the Salvatore brothers, one her boyfriend (Paul Wesley’s Stefan) and the other her ally, Damon (Ian Somerhalder). “The finale might make a lot of people angry,” Dobrev warns. And very anxious for the second season premiere, too, we’re guessing.



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