Dec 3rd: Ian Somerhalder on Jay Leno, 2 December, 2010 (Video)

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As you all know Ian Somerhalder was interviewed by Jay Leno on 2 December, 2010. Enjoy the interview:

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Dec 3rd: Vampire Diaries Stars Dish on Who’s Hooking Up—and Howling Soon

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Don’t you just hate it when you accidentally kill someone and activate a centuries-old curse that turns you into a werewolf?

“The episode [2 December 2010] is called ‘Sacrifice,'” Michael says. “Tyler and Caroline, they take a little journey into the cave and find something—it’s a little information about Mason.” He reminds us that as of this point, Tyler has no idea Damon killed his uncle Mason. “He’s still in the dark. He’s thinking Uncle Mason just left town and went to Florida.”

Next week is Tyler’s huge episode, in which he turns—and not in a fun sort of pirouette way. He’s getting all wolfy for the first time. “Dec. 9 is our transformation episode, which I can’t say anything about,” Michael tells me pointedly.

Right. OK. Well, a few hoodoo-voodoo Jedi mind tricks later, and I got Michael to pony up this: “We shot the transformation over two days…All I can say is it doesn’t happen really quick, this transformation. It’s long and it’s painful and it’s bad. Poor Tyler, he just goes to hell and back. It’s rough, but I think you’re going to like it. As far as prosthetics and CGI, I think it’s good, it’s top-notch. They didn’t waste a penny on it, that’s for sure, they didn’t go the cheap route, and I think it’s going to look really good.”

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Dec 2nd: The Ian Somerhalder Foundation: ‘Vampire Diaries’ star seeks to inspire and empower ‘Generation Extinction’

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By Carina Adly MacKenzie

The first time I spoke with “The Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder, he was still reeling from the shock of B.P.’s oil rig, the Deepwater Horizon, exploding off the coast of his Louisiana home. At the time, he was somewhat reluctant to use his celebrity as a platform for a cause. “I never wanted to be one of those actors with a political agenda,” he told me.

Now, only six months later, Somerhalder proudly announces his newest project, The Ian Somerhalder Foundation. The Foundation, which has applied for official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS, seeks to educate youth on a global level to put the power of change in the hands of the young generation.

“There’s Generation X. There’s Generation Y. This generation is Generation Extinction,” Somerhalder tells me, calling from his home in Atlanta as he feeds his beloved cats. “This generation holds that in their hands – the responsibility of it, and the power to change it. They have the ability to make the changes for themselves and for their environment. It’s pretty badass, if you think about how much they can do.”

The IS Foundation’s main focus, as Somerhalder explains, is habitat – meaning preserving and restoring the flora and fauna essential to the planet’s biodiversity.

“We’re getting involved with what Conservation International is doing,” says Somerhalder. “They were really the inspiration of this whole thing. Without biodiversity everything falls apart, and we’re destroying it. By preserving it and helping to recreate it, and helping stop deforestation and start reforestation, this is what I mean by habitat.”

Read the interview in full here at Zap2it

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Dec 2nd: Interview with Nina Dobrev

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You could be forgiven for initially dismissing The Vampire Diaries as another melodramatic teen vampire drama. A beautiful teenage girl falls in love with a devastatingly handsome vampire – gee, where have we heard that before? Even star Nina Dobrev admits that her reaction was somewhat similar.

“I’ll be honest: when I first read the pilot synopsis, I remember thinking, ‘Oh, this is just Twilight on TV,’” the 21-year-old Canadian says during one of her few days off from filming in Atlanta. “Then I researched and realized it was much more than that. We began shooting and it kind of grew a life of its own. It’s such a huge departure from how it originally came across.”

The first few episodes of The Vampire Diaries followed the standard vampire formula: young Elena (Dobrev) meets and falls for Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), unaware that he’s a centuries-old vampire – or that his brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), is similarly afflicted and has been attacking the town’s residents. But once Elena discovered the Salvatores’ true nature, The Vampire Diaries let loose, employing a breakneck pace of storytelling rarely seen on other shows (ahem, Lost).

Events that could take weeks to develop on another series instead occur within a single episode (or less) on The Vampire Diaries. Elena gets kidnapped? She’s rescued within the next 20 minutes. Stefan discovers a terrible secret about Elena’s past? He shares it with everyone immediately so they can determine a plan of (literal) attack. Now in its second season, The Vampire Diaries is enjoying great ratings and even better reviews – many of which begin with, “You’re not going to believe it, but…”

“You always hope that a show will be successful and it will do well and people will watch it and love it, so we always had hopeful expectations,” Dobrev says. “And then when the show premiered, it started doing well and had a good response, we were absolutely thrilled. It’s just been going strong since then; the ratings have been consistent, people are still watching and I think it’s because we’re still delivering intense, jam-packed, sexy, dramatic, action-filled episodes.”

Describing the show’s writers as “masterminds,” Dobrev adds that The Vampire Diaries won’t let up on the action any time soon: “They’ve got a plan and I’m so confident in them. I know they’ve got a good, long plan for the show.”

That’s not to say that The Vampire Diaries sacrifices character development; rather, showrunner Kevin Williamson seems to have realized his actors’ talent and has written their characters accordingly. Dobrev and her costars are constantly acting out the devastating emotional consequences of living such dangerous lives: Stefan has shown to have a dark side, while Damon has struggled to confront both his feelings for Elena and his more destructive tendencies.

Dobrev has the added challenge of playing two characters: the well-meaning Elena, and Katherine, her evil vampire doppelganger who wouldn’t hesitate to snap the spine of an innocent bystander.

“As Katherine, I can get away with a lot more and say a lot more and be a little bit more edgy and bad. She has a very playful personality. As soon as I put on the heels and they start curling my hair, I’m in the zone,” Dobrev explains. “As Elena, it’s the same thing: I put on the Converse and jeans and a T-shirt, and I feel like this strong, young woman, figuring herself out. That’s who she is: she’s figuring herself out and she’s growing.”

And while Elena may not be as over-the-top as Katherine, Dobrev appreciates that she’s evolved beyond the sulky teenager who is constantly in danger.

“Elena started out as a very troubled young woman and throughout all the hardships and experiences of the last year and a half, she’s grown and taken on responsibilities. She’s becoming a strong, confident woman. She’s very courageous; if you ask me, she’s a very courageous individual. I wouldn’t be able to do half the things she’s dealing with.”

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Dec 2nd: Dobrev: ‘Vampire Diaries hours are crazy’

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By Ryan Love, Entertainment Reporter

Nina Dobrev has admitted that she works “crazy” hours on The Vampire Diaries.

The actress plays the roles of vampire Katherine Pierce and doppelganger Elena Gilbert in The CW series and spoke to the Vancouver Sun about the workload.

“I’m not sleeping very much,” she confessed. “The hours are pretty crazy and I’m working a lot; I’m actually becoming a vampire in my own right.”

However, she added: “But it’s great – it’s a really great opportunity that I’ve been given.”

Discussing the differences between the two characters, Dobrev said: “As Katherine, I can get away with a lot more and say a lot more and be a little bit more edgy and bad. She has a very playful personality. As soon as I put on the heels and they start curling my hair, I’m in the zone.

“As Elena, it’s the same thing: I put on the Converse and jeans and a T-shirt, and I feel like this strong young woman, figuring herself out. That’s who she is: she’s figuring herself out and she’s growing.”

The Vampire Diaries continues on Thursdays at 8/7c on The CW

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Dec 2nd: Vampire Diaries’: Michael Trevino and Candice Accola tease ‘painful’ werewolf transformation

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If, like me, you stalk (er… follow) “The Vampire Diaries” stars on Twitter, you probably noticed when resident Mystic Falls werewolf-in-training Michael Trevino tweeted, “A Vampire transformation is NOTHING compared to a Werewolf transformation in Mystic Falls. Those suckers have it easy.”

Heh. “Suckers.”

When Trevino and co-star Candice Accola visited the Zap2it offices last week, I had to get the scoop – especially considering how Accola has been playing out Caroline’s vampire transformation this season.

“I felt a little fortunate, Vicki transformed so I got to use that as kind of a note sheet, of sorts, a cheat sheet,” Accola says. “I mean, I kind of had a certain map to go off of, which there really hadn’t been for a werewolf transformation.”

Luckily, Trevino didn’t have to go it alone. Tyler’s new friend, and possible love interest, sticks by him throughout the whole grueling ordeal. “It was very interesting. We shot it over 2 days. Candice was with me the whole time,” he says. But even with Caroline on hand, he certainly didn’t have an easy time of it.

When Mason (Taylor Kinney) transformed into a werewolf, we only got to see the before and after. We watched as he attempted to take sedatives and chain himself up, and we heard him scream in agony… but most of the transformation occurred after he’d climbed into his truck, out of sight. When Tyler transforms, we’re going to see the whole thing.

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Dec 2nd: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Steven R. McQueen: Carrying grandfather’s famous name is ‘a little fuel in the fire’

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When I caught up with “The Vampire Diaries” star Steven R. McQueen at New York Comic-Con this October, he’d just come from a photo shoot for Vanity Fair magazine on a beach outside the city. Now, the resulting photo – and the interview with it – have finally been released.

Vanity Fair, which refers to “The Vampire Diaries” as a “naughty mix of ‘Twilight’ and ‘Gossip Girl'” profiles the actor in relation to his very famous grandfather… yes, that Steve McQueen.

Steven says that playing Jeremy Gilbert has been a “therapeutic” experience. He spent most of his childhood on the move, living with his mom and his stepfather, Luc Robitaille, a pro hockey player.

“When we were living in Detroit, I had a real lack of direction,” Steven tells the mag. “I started watching movies all day long.”

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Dec 2nd: Ian says Twitterverse is amazing!!!

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