Sep 17th: Vampire Diaries’: Ian Somerhalder on Blood, Oil, and the New Season

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For Ian Somerhalder it’s good being the bad guy. The new season of “The Vampire Diaries” premieres tonight on the CW, and Somerhalder, a former cast member on “Lost,” has become a breakout star in his role as Damon Salvatore, a handsome, anti-heroic vampire who sometimes shows a softer side.

In real life, Somerhalder, a native of Covington, Louisiana, recently helped launch Go Green Mobile Power, a company that provides solar, wind and biodiesel mobile energy generators. Somerhalder says he’s been inspired to take more action in his life after meeting spiritualist Deepak Chopra, whom he calls his “new bff.”

The Wall Street Journal spoke to Somerhalder about his role on the show, and what the coming season has in store.

Speakeasy: What can we look forward to from Damon this season?

Ian Somerhalder: Some changes. Changes in the sense that in the season finale, Damon raised the question that he came to this town with the intention of destroying everyone and now [things have changed]. He started building relationships and when we forge relationships, we raise the stakes, and I think having said that he’s not as hell bent on destroying the town this season. He and his brother are going to discover a few problems, outside of Elena, and they’re going to have to bind together to protect what they love and to protect each other.

Is there anything you can tell us about the new season without giving away any spoilers?

Katherine comes back and I’ve been eagerly awaiting Katherine despite the fact that it’s going to make Damon’s life harder. Katherine presents a plethora of problems because she’s a threat to everyone. She can kill anyone of us in the blink of an eye and that poses a very serious problem. I think that the Lockwood family is also going to pose pretty serious problems for the Salvatores. [With the ability to dive back into time], you get the assemblage of the events that lead up to right now. You get to see normal high school kids sort of battling these ultra supernatural issues. It’s going to be cool.

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Sep 17th: ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Taylor Kinney shows his teeth

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“The Vampire Diaries” is going to introduce a new species of monster this season, and these guys aren’t exactly the diary-writing types. If you haven’t yet heard about the werewolves about to chew up trouble in Mystic Falls, I’m very sorry about that rock you’ve been living under. That can’t be comfortable. You should seek more traditional forms of shelter.

Now that his father is dead, Tyler (Michael Trevino) will need some guidance through the Lockwood family curse. Cue the arrival of his Uncle Mason, the unbearably attractive Taylor Kinney.

By some miraculous twist of fate, Zap2it happened to be on the show’s set in Atlanta for Kinney’s first day. (I know, I know… I have a tough job.) I got a sneak peek at Uncle Mason’s first encounter with Tyler in many years.

Zap2it: So I liked your big entrance.
Kinney: Wasn’t that the sweatiest, swampiest day of your life? It was my birthday actually, so it was kind of a baptism by fire with the humidity and meeting everyone and jumping right into Mason. I just got thrown right into the mix.

Uncle Mason seems to be pretty mellow initially, especially compared to Tyler, but anger is kind of a Lockwood family tradition. Are we going to see Mason show his temper any time soon?
Of course. Mason grew up in Mystic Falls, but he left probably before college, before adulthood, and he’s come of age now. He’s learned to harness his rage and to deal with problems in a more amicable way than lashing out the way that Tyler is right now. He’s comes back to Mystic Falls because of the death of his brother, but he stays because he empathizes with where Tyler is right now. He recognizes himself in Tyler and he knows the curse that’s in their bloodline. He’s going to try to help Tyler keep from being so on edge all the time.

What was Mason’s relationship like with Mayor Lockwood, his brother?
We haven’t explored it too much, but it wasn’t great. I think they were at odds for a large part of their life growing up. They weren’t the closest of kin, but it’s still family, so I’m going to look after my brother’s family the best I can.

The Mayor wasn’t exactly a loving dad. Trevino told me that Tyler is still very angry with his father, even after his death. Is Mason going to be a father figure?
Nope. It’s definitely more of a big brother thing than a father thing. I’m not trying to replace Tyler’s dad by any measure — I don’t want to stand in those shoes. It’s not easy for anyone to grow up without a father. Having a mentor in the family is a blessing, you know, and Tyler never had that. I now look at Tyler and say, “I know what you’re going through. I know what could happen.”

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Sep 17th: Vampire Diaries’ Katerina Graham: Bonnie “Will Do Something Unthinkable”

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High school is hard enough, without being a witch whose best friend is dating a vampire who’s also your sworn enemy. But Katerina Graham says that Bonnie, the character she plays on the CW’s Vampire Diaries, is much stronger in Season 2. In other words, she won’t be hanging out after school with vampires Damon (Ian Somerhalder) or Stefan (Paul Wesley) any time soon. Graham tells how Bonnie’s new powers will alienate her from besties Elena and Caroline, how she’ll get back at Damon and whether she thinks Bonnie should have a cute warlock boyfriend. How has Bonnie changed since the first season?
Katerina Graham: She’s definitely a lot stronger and more empowered and less fearful. She started off as this timid sidekick and she’s been through so much that she’s really had to develop an inner strength. She’s shot through the roof in terms of being more honest. There’s a lot of guilt that if she would have said, “No, we’re not [opening the tomb]; figure it out yourself,” she would still have her grandmother. Will Bonnie and Elena ever be as close as they once were?
Graham: I don’t think the relationship with Bonnie and Elena will ever go back to the way it was. I think they can be friends and they can still be close, [but] it’s different. We all have those friends we have serious problems with, but you know they would die for you. Do you see the vampires and witches ever aligning?
Graham: For the benefit of a life, yeah. Just for the benefit of the vampires? No, I don’t think Bonnie would do that. What about Bonnie and Stefan or Damon?
Graham: I don’t know if it’s never going to happen, but I don’t know about a friendship. They’re going to have to work their asses off to get Bonnie to even like them. I think if it helped Elena, she would definitely work with them and I think that says a lot about Bonnie. How does Bonnie take her anger out on Damon in the second episode?
Graham: She keeps her promise, I will say that, and she will do something unthinkable. How will the dynamic between Bonnie and Caroline [Candice Accola change after what happened during the premiere’s final scene?
Graham: Caroline’s always been the chatty, blonde, silly frenemy, and now that that’s changed. It’s left them all in a vulnerable place, especially Caroline. Bonnie wouldn’t ever just cut anyone off for no reason. If they were really not going to be friends anymore, it would have to be because of something Caroline did. No matter what Caroline is, it would have to be something awful. Other than that, Bonnie is pretty accepting of the fact that her friends are a little different. I think Elena choosing a vampire is just as strange as Bonnie being a witch, personally. Will Caroline finally figure out that her friends are “different”?
Graham: I think there are certain characters that will have no idea about this secret the town has and there are people that are going to work to cover it up. Then there are people that are going to uncover every secret and figure everything out and not know what to do with it. Caroline is going to have to find out something. She’s going to have to figure out what’s going on. Will Bonnie get a love interest — perhaps a cute warlock boyfriend?
Graham: She’s definitely focused on her own abilities. But I do think it could happen. It happened last season with [Ben McKittrick], even though he ended up being a vampire jerk, but that’s OK because most guys are. But hopefully she’ll have a deep connection with a guy, because right now she doesn’t really have a connection with any of the guys on the show. The biggest connection she has is with Damon — and it’s not a positive one.


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Sep 5th: Executive Producer Kevin Williamson Interview THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season Two

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Returning for its highly anticipated second season, The Vampire Diaries is the story of two vampire brothers obsessed with the same beautiful girl, and battling to control the fate of an entire town.

During Season 1, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) returned to their hometown of Mystic Falls, where they both became enamored with high school student Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev). Season 2 will see the appearance of the villainous Katherine (also played by Nina Dobrev) throwing a wrench into the love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon. This time around, the stakes are raised even higher as new and unexpected friendships are forged, allies become enemies and hearts are broken, and Stefan and Damon are forced to face a villain more evil and diabolical than they ever believed possible.

In a recent interview to promote the Season 2 premiere, executive producer Kevin Williamson talked about what fan can expect, why Katherine has returned and that the werewolves will play a bigger role in the story. Check out what he had to say after the jump:

Question: What’s in store for the fans this coming season?

Kevin: Well, Katherine being back in Mystic Falls is a bit of a game changer for the show. It’s about, “How is that going to affect Damon and Stefan, in terms of Katherine now being back in town?” It’s so hard to talk about it without giving anything away because it seems like everything is a surprise and everything is a twist. But, Katherine comes back and pretty much states why she’s back. It will be fun to watch that play out. If you’ve watched our show in the past, you know that there’s always more than one reason why someone is there. It’s a huge journey.

What is Katherine’s reason for being back?

Kevin: She says that she wants Stefan and that she came back for him.

Could she just be saying that?

Kevin: Maybe. Could be.

How is Katherine now different from Katherine in 1864?

Kevin: She’s meaner. Actually, it’s going to be interesting to watch. She’s different, in the sense that she doesn’t have to wear corsets anymore. I’m scared to say because it will tease where she’s been. What she’s been up to is a bit of a secret. This is one of those shows you just can’t talk about. It sucks.

Are you going to have a few flashback episodes, like in Season 1?

Kevin: Right now, we have one. We have three flashback episodes planned, and I’m guessing there will be a fourth.

Will there be flashback scenes with any of the characters that departed from the show?

Kevin: Yes.

Will there be a reappearance of Isobel in Season 2?

Kevin: Not right away. I don’t have any plans, in the first half on the season. We’ve broken the whole season, but we haven’t individually broken down the back nine episodes. I’d hate to say no and then turn around and do it, so that you can make a liar out of me, but not in the first 12 episodes.p>

How much will viewers see of the werewolves this season?

Kevin: Tyler (Michael Trevino) is going to learn, through help from his Uncle Mason (Taylor Kinney), who comes to town in the very first episode, who and what he is. He’s going to learn about the curse, who he is and how he responds to it. It’s going to be a typical growing up story and a coming-of-age tale. But, it’s horrible to have all these questions about why you’re the way you are, why you’re so angry and why you always feel so lost, and then you get the answer and you don’t like it. It’s going to be a fun journey for him, and it’s going to be violent.

There was a lot of pressure going into Season 1, just for the show to succeed. Now that this show is so popular, was there pressure to outdo yourself in Season 2?

Kevin: There is a lot of pressure to keep it up. It’s a very hard show to write, I’ve discovered, because there’s so much genre mixed with relationships and characters. I didn’t realize how hard it was going to be. But, I do think we’ve found a rhythm to our show, which is some sort of human relationship and a mythology that runs concurrently with it, so yes, we are going to continue to mythology.

We’re going back to zero and telling a new story, but it’s the story that you already know half of because you’ve watched the first season. It’s the other half. We’re just going to continue the story. There’s so much to still know about 1864. What happened? Why wasn’t Katherine in the tomb? How did she escape? Where did she go? Why did she come to Mystic Falls, to begin with? What brought her to Mystic Falls? There’s all those fun questions that we’re going to explore, and how the Lockwood curse figures into it. It will be fun.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES returns for Season 2 on The CW on September 9th


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Sep 3rd: Ian Somerhalder video interview

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Sep 2nd: Ian Somerhalder about his character Damon

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Aug 22nd: The Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev interviewed by Saturday Night Magazine

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We admit it: we’ve officially been bitten by the vampire craze and The CW’s The Vampire Diaries (Thursdays at 8 p.m.) is our latest fang-filled obsession. With equal parts teen angst and blood-sucking goodness, we are hooked on the Elena, Stefan, Damon love triangle. Throw sexy vamp Katherine into the mix and we can’t wait to find out what happens in the new season, premiering this month. We caught up with series star Nina Dobrev, 21, at Westwood’s Hotel Palomar for a taste of what we can expect

SNMag: What initially drew you to the show and the character of Elena?
Nina Dobrev: Well, I remember reading it and just being drawn to the fact that she was this average girl who was damaged in many ways and then I did some research and found out that I would probably end up having to play Katherine too, who is the complete opposite. This is one of the rarest, coolest opportunities in television, to play two people on the same medium.

SNMag: What can you tell us about Katherine coming back at the end of the finale last season?
ND: The only thing I can really tell you is that she’s back, and if I told you any more I’d have to kill you or bite you or something. But, yeah, she is back and you can just imagine now that she’s back in action things are just going to get more and more intense. It’s fun to see what she is going to do because she is just so spontaneous and crazy, but I’m just as in the dark as you are because they don’t tell us anything until we get there.

SNMag: Who do you have more fun playing – Elena or Katherine?
ND: I think like anything in life, whatever you’re deprived from or you don’t get to do as often, you end up enjoying more than anything else because it’s like a guilty pleasure. So, whenever I play Katherine, because I do it seldom, I have the most fun playing her.

SNMag: Do you think Damon and Elena could ever have a good, healthy relationship?
ND: “Damon” and “healthy” in the same sentence? That’s funny! I don’t know, I mean, with the way the season ended, it doesn’t seem as though Damon and Elena are an item in any way because he didn’t really care for her. He chose Katherine. Little does he know he is totally falling in love with Elena but Elena truly doesn’t feel that way. She sees him as a buddy. She sees him as her boyfriend’s brother, and, at times, a pain in the butt. But their friendship and their chemistry are definitely growing.

SNMag: If it were up to you, which brother would you choose?
ND: Well, I would choose the other brother, definitely – or maybe a mixture of the two. I think both characters have different qualities that are very appealing so it just depends. If you combine them, they make the perfect man because Stefan is committed and sweet and protective and loving, and Damon is spontaneous and crazy and fun and exciting. Every woman has to find that guy who pushes all her buttons, and Damon and Stefan push different buttons for Elena.

SNMag: What’s it like shooting in Atlanta?
ND: I like it, I really like it. It took a second to get used to in the beginning because, like any city, you have to give it a shot and explore and find out the little quirks about the town. But once we did, I found so many great restaurants and such amazing food and really great, nice, fun people and it’s so different from New York and LA and the big cities. We get an opportunity to be real, average people and hang out and go to restaurants and watch movies and not take ourselves too seriously.

SNMag: Do you guys all hang out off set?
ND: You’d think we’d get sick of each other by now, but we don’t somehow! Everyone is so sweet and supportive and loving and caring for each other. We can’t wait to get back to Atlanta and start filming again.

SNMag: Do you ever get to go back to Canada to visit your family?
ND: Actually, I just went back home to Toronto and hung out with my mom and my brother. I don’t get to go as often as I’d like to because of my work schedule but when I do it makes the time with them so much cooler. I’m really close with my mom so I miss her a lot and she travels a lot. She comes to visit me in Atlanta so I get to see her often that way.

SNMag: Since the show has become more popular, have you had any interesting fan encounters?
ND: Yeah, I’ve had tons of interesting fan encounters! This one time, I was at yoga with my mom and this girl came up to me while I was basically half-naked in a dressing room and she was asking me about the show and asked for an autograph and a picture with me while I’m sitting there, like I said, half-naked!

SNMag: We’ve heard that you’re a very big coffee and chocolate connoisseur – any specific preferences?
ND: Well, if we’re going to talk about coffee we’re going to have to talk about Starbucks and Coffee Bean! I change it up a lot, I love chai lattes and caramel macchiatos and double chocolate chip frappucinos with whipped cream…the sweeter the better, basically! When I have chai, I have dirty chai lattes with chocolate espresso in it. It’s a good pick me up. When it comes to just chocolate, lava cake is my absolute favorite. Hot, molten lava cake!

SNMag: What’s your feeling on this whole vampire craze? Do you keep up with shows like True Blood or the Twilight series?
ND: We’re all aware and supportive of each other’s shows and I have a lot of friends in them. I just finished shooting a movie with Kellan [Lutz], actually, a couple days ago. Vampires are hot. They’re sexy and mysterious and dangerous.

SNMag: Can we expect any werewolves on the show next season? Could you give us any hints?
ND: I can’t tell you about that. Maybe, maybe not, but I’m not allowed to talk about it. Sorry!

SNMag: When you’re not filming, how do you spend your free time?
ND: To be honest, whenever I have free time I just sleep. I chill and keep everything low-key. I’m a very low-key person because the rest of my life is so fast-paced and exciting. I like to just relax.

SNMag: Are there any spots in Los Angeles that you especially enjoy when you’re here?
ND: I hang out in Santa Monica a lot. If I can, I love to be by the water. And I love 25 Degrees, they have the best burgers and so does 8 Oz.! I go shopping on Melrose. I go to the Melrose flea market on Sundays if I can.

SNMag: You mentioned the movie with Kellan Lutz, Death Games, what can you share about it?
ND: The reason it appealed to me was that I always wanted to do an action movie. Also, I wanted to play a character that was a little older. I play a young girl in her 20s who Kellan marries. I’m his wife! So that was pretty fun. I’m pregnant in it too, I get to have a baby belly.

SNMag: What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday night when you’re not working?
ND: Two things: Either go out for an amazing steak dinner and just indulge in yummy food and then just watch a movie and hang out, or I’ll go out with the girls and go to a cool, dive bar. I like intimate settings where you can really talk and hang out with your friends and cool people.

By Jillian Gordon

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Aug 11th: Watch The Full T4 Interview With The Vampire Diaries Cast

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