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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Jul 12th: Katerina Graham interview for Starry Constellation Magazine

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Katerina talks about Vampire Diaries Season 2 and Sassy.

Q. What can you tell us about the inspiration came from for your new song “Sassy”?

A. When I was writing it, it kind of just came, it wasn’t like I want to make a song about this or that. In all of my songs I want to have a message of empowerment and fun and good vibes. I did a collection of five songs in like three or four days and that was one of them and it kind of just came out. I wasn’t sure about releasing it officially as the first single because it was just getting traction on the blogs and doing that thing. I really noticed that the fans started to respond to it and they loved it so much that I was like, let’s make this the first single, and now I’m doing it.

Q. There is early buzz that “Sassy” is going to be the anthem of the summer, how do you feel about that?

A. I hope so! It’s really up to the fans what happens with it because we’re not doing huge radio promo for it just yet because I can’t while I am shooting “Vampire Diaries.” I can’t really do much promo work because I am on set most of the time and I can’t really travel and do shows. We’re doing as much as we can while I am still shooting. I believe it’s a summer anthem and I am glad that everyone believes it too. It’s really exciting.

Q. The song is even getting some great promotion from other celebrities like Perez Hilton.

A. He’s incredible, I love him, I’ve always loved him for years. He’s got this philosophy of do what you want and live your life. He’s just a really fun guy and very creative and is a great visionary. A lot of people are unaware of that and I love that about him and how supportive he’s been of me. I have always been supportive of him, my first tweets ever on Twitter are of me praising him. I really think he’s a fun guy and he doesn’t take himself too seriously.

Q. Where can fans go to hear “Sassy,” has it reached iTunes yet?

A. “Sassy” is on iTunes right now and it’s really exciting because it’s my first song ever on iTunes. If you just look up Kat Graham it’s right there. It’s really, really exciting!

Q. How can fans help promote the single and call attention to it?

A. Just keep tweeting about it and call your local radio stations and request it. Talk about it on blogs, websites, and forums and play it in your house or in your car so somebody can be like, “Who is that, oh that’s Kat Graham?” Share it! What I love about “Sassy” is that it is a people’s anthem, it’s not just about me, it’s a representation of everyone. You know me, I like to include the fans in everything, it’s really about you guys. The more you share it with people the more it makes sense. I want the whole world to be like, “Yeah, we’re as sassy as we want to be!” That’s my dream.

Q. Can you give us some tips on how to be sassy?

A. I really, really believe in the philosophy of being yourself, being confident in who you are no matter what you look like or where you come from and just really live your life and be happy with who you are. It might sound kind of cheesy but once I really started to be myself that’s when life just got so much better for me and that’s where sassy comes from. It’s about being yourself and just being fabulous in who you are. That’s my tip on how to be sassy, just be yourself with no apologies.

Q. We heard you just finished filming the lead in the movie Honey 2, what’s new with the storyline?

A. I’ve wanted to do a dance film for so long because I’m a dancer and it was like, “Wow, when am I going to get my chance?” I auditioned for all of the other dance movies and no one picked me and I was devastated. I finally got one and I am the lead in it which is insane because I didn’t think that would come any time soon. The director Bille Woodruff really took a chance on me and he’s an incredible director and we shot it in LA with six or seven weeks of just nonstop dancing. It’s cool, it’s this story about this girl Maria who gets out of juvy, she got caught up in the wrong crowd, and when she gets out she has to prove herself through dance. She has to change her life for her, not for anyone else, and she discovers who she really is through dance. It’s really awesome, it’s a great story and it’s a lot edgier and a lot more dancing than the first Honey. There are crazy dance battles, we’re definitely coming for blood with this one.

Q. How did you hear about the role, through auditioning or did someone seek you out?

A. You know, kind of both. One of my first dance teachers, he got me in with my dance agency and that really helped me as dancer, I saw him out in LA and he said I should audition for Honey. I had just literally gotten back from Atlanta shooting the season finale, I think I had been in LA two days. I was like what chance do I have, maybe I will audition for it. A couple of days later I went in and auditioned and there were like six other girls there to audition for it. I went to the call backs and then I got it. It was very surreal, it all happened fast, we started rehearsals like that Monday. We had rehearsals and it turned out so amazing, I am so happy with it.

Q. How emotionally draining did you find the role to be?

A. It was really hard because like I said I had never been a lead in anything this big before. I had been the lead in an independent thing before but nothing with this kind of budget or anything like that. There was a lot of pressure on me that I had never felt before but everyone was really sweet and helped me through it. I would go two days without sleep, literally no sleep because I would still be doing stuff for my music on the weekend and photo shoots in LA to promote the second season of “Vampire Diaries.” There was just a lot of stuff going on and some days it really took a toll on me. I would be lying to you to tell you that it wasn’t an exhausting process. It was really rewarding in the end because we came out with the best possible product we could. I love that this character has had to fight through so much and in the end she wins in her own way. I felt that same way with myself, even during the process. Some people think, “she’s on a TV show and she’s in a movie,” but no matter how many great things you never know what someone is going through in their lives. I use my acting and my music as a way of putting that out there because no one’s life is perfect.

Q. With shooting season two of “Vampire Diaries,” what can you tease us about what’s going to happen with Bonnie?

A. I can’t talk about the other characters because I don’t want to piss anyone off but Bonnie is definitely pretty fearless in the new one. If there was a promise to anyone in the last episode, she keeps it. Let’s just say that. She is not one to F with right now, if I didn’t know her, I’d steer clear.

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Jun 27th: News: Ian Somerhalder Exclusive Q&A

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IAN SOMERHALDER as Damon Salvatore in ‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ – exclusive Q&A! Written by Shahlin Graves / Q&A: SUPPLIED Sunday, 27 June 2010 16:05

Despite his fanged bad-boy dramatics and nonchalant disregard for human life as Damon Salvatore in the new TV show ‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ – in reality – actor IAN SOMERHALDER is a heart-warming champion for animal rights and environmental issues.

Somerhalder wants: you to question how much mercury is in your sushi, an end to the slaughter of Calderon Dolphins in Denmark (specifically the Faroe Islands), some-one to invent a replacement for plastic so that marine wildlife cease mistaking it for food floating on the surface of oceans, a stop to primates being threatened by tropical forest destruction, you to be aware that 320,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity is wasted in the United States every minute from inefficient residential electricity usage, a boycott of all BP petrol stations, and a resignation from the head of the American Environmental Protection Agency in light of the horrific aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil-drilling disaster.

The thirty-one-year old has devoted his Summer break from ‘The Vampire Diaries’ production, to rolling up his sleeves and going all-in to aid efforts to clean up the Gulf region. Even en route, stopping to visit a dog adoption drive in Atlanta – crestfallen that no-one had turned up – retooling his personal Twitter profile as an animal adoption agency. When Vampire Diaries-press duty diverted Somerhalder away from Grand Isle to New York, he declared that he was: “pretending everything is okay – everything is NOT okay. Oil everywhere! Anyone have a plan? BP? Feds? Nope! This is a joke and we as a country should be sick to our stomachs. Thank you Government for allowing huge industries to regulate themselves.”

60,000 barrels of oil are still leaking into the Gulf every day, and Somerhalder is devastated: “I’m so sorry that our insatiable thirst for oil has spawned the worst disaster ever in the Gulf of Mexico, spewing hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the water which will hit the shores of and destroy my favourite place on the planet, the Gulf coast of Louisiana.” He summarised his anguish in the following: “We can send people to the moon, wage giant wars, and transplant human hearts, but we can’t stop a leaking oil well…”

…and when he’s not busy trying to save the world, he’s otherwise engaged interacting with his fans via Twitter, constantly thanking them for their support and adoring messages. “I sincerely thank you for them and smile to myself when [ I ] see them, so thanks for taking time out of your day to send a thought. I would be here 12 hours per day if I tried to answer them – who in the hell would play Damon Salvatore then???” But it seems like Somerhalder is a dab hand at multi-tasking, following up his rhetorical question with a promise “to make it a point to respond no less than once a day! Whether while having a coffee in the morning or hitting the sack at night.”

As if Somerhalder wasn’t already perfect enough, he likes to listen to Fleet Foxes, Neon Indian, Black Lips – and despite having formerly modelled for the likes of Calvin Klein, Dolce & Gabanna, Gucci, Versace, and Guess – Somerhalder is indeed a real boy. The son of a building contractor and massage therapist, his childhood was spent in small-town Covington in Louisiana: training horses, fishing, swimming, and boating. Despite a modelling career at age ten that flew him to New York each Summer, Somerhalder decided to focus more on school and sports by the time he reached Junior High.

Fast forwarding to the present, TV aficionados will recognise Somerhalder from thirty episodes as Boone Carlyle in ‘Lost’, as well as from small story-lines as Adam Knight in ‘Smallville’ and Hamilton Fleming in the ‘Dawson’s Creek’ spin-off show ‘Young Americans’. Read on for an exclusive Q&A with Ian Somerhalder himself…

What is ‘The Vampire Diaries’ all about?
IAN SOMERHALDER: ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is a story about two vampire brothers and a girl they were both in love with many, many years ago, way back in time. My character Damon feels like he was wronged by his brother over a century ago and is extraordinarily upset, so my brother Stefan and myself have been feuding for about 145 years. Also, the one brother Stefan has decided to stop feasting on people and that makes being a vampire very boring, so we have split as brothers. So Stefan turns up in this town where we are from and where we were turned into vampires, and he gets settled, finds a girl, starts to feel something, finally, and then I inexorably as always show up to remind him that I want to make his life a living hell. And again we end up in a very interesting love triangle with a beautiful mortal girl, Elena.

Your character has more power than his, it looks like Damon can really kick Stefan’s ass. Will it ever be a fair fight between these two?
SOMERHALDER: There are a couple of factors that create the reason why there’s an imbalance of power. One of them is the fact that you have to feed as a vampire and I deliberately decided to not stop feeding on people and the problem with that is, it makes it invariably difficult for him to take him out because there’s an imbalance of power. In the vampire world, if you eat people you have unbelievable amounts of power. If you eat squirrels and bunnies and rats because you don’t want to kill people, it makes you pretty weak. Stefan doesn’t have the strength that I have, so until he decides to start feeding on people I will have the ability to kick his ass. But when that changes it’s going to be a problem because look how strong Paul is!

We’re really used to seeing you as quite a sweet character on ‘Lost’ and now you’re bad. Is that fun?
SOMERHALDER: It is! You know why? Because bad guys have fun. That’s the whole point, that’s what’s so great about it. And I think what’s really the allure of these types of roles is that you don’t take have to take yourself so seriously. That is fun. On ‘Lost’, Boone was just… I mean, poor guy, bless his heart. He just never really had time to grow as a character, unfortunately. But this guy, Damon, he controls life; life doesn’t control him. Except for the fact that it does stop him sometimes and makes him work a little harder. But Damon has, you know, an immense amount of power, especially playing a vampire, you relinquish all of those mortal restraints. I have immense amount[s] of powers. I have mind manipulation powers; I can look at you and make you think what I want. I mean, come on, how cool is that? That comes in handy. But also when stuff like that doesn’t work, which is very rare, it throws him. The thing is about Stefan is, imagine being 175 years old and the one thing you had in your life, the love of your life was taken away from you? And you feel as if you were wronged in such a way that you have a vendetta of 145 years. Basically I promised my brother that I am going to make his life miserable for eternity. So Damon literally feels as if he’s just keeping a promise. And so when someone really believes in what they’re doing, that’s what’s so great about bad guys. That’s why we like bad guys, because they’re fun. Do you know what I mean? They’re fun and they do what they want.

Why do girls like bad guys?
SOMERHALDER: Girls like bad guys just as much as guys like bad guys because bad guys don’t give a shit. They don’t care.

We like that!
SOMERHALDER: Exactly. They do what they want and they have fun doing it and so I think that there is an allure to a guy who says: “I’m gonna do whatever the hell I want and I’m gonna have a blast doing it and there is not a damn thing you can do about it.” And I think that that power – you know, we’re attracted to power. It’s not even power, we’re attracted to confidence, we’re attracted to someone who knows what they want and how to get it. And this guy is the epitome of that. I mean, he knows what he wants and he definitely gets it.

So you are playing a bad guy vampire heartthrob!
SOMERHALDER: I don’t know about the heartthrob part! He definitely has fun but the problem is he has fun as he hurts people. So Damon is a little mean sometimes.

Can you identify with him?
SOMERHALDER: I can’t identify with wanting to hurt people, but what I can identify with is that he does things out of loneliness. Imagine you are cast away as an immortal for an eternity and the one person you have is your brother and you can no longer be around him, you fight so much because you’re not the same any more, he stopped feeding on people so he lost all of his powers, so it’s kind of impossible to hang out with him and Damon does a lot of what he does out of pure loneliness. Being lonely drives you to do some really crazy stuff.

Will he ever show a good side to his character over the season?
SOMERHALDER: Absolutely. He is fiercely loyal and I think that’s the beauty of it. There’s a lot of edge and heaviness but also a lot of levity. He may sound like a negative character but there’s so much comedy. Bad guys love to have fun, that’s why they do what they do. And I think that levity is a lot of fun to play. It’s going in and out of finding bits of humanity and I look forward to playing that. I think Damon is going to be a lot of fun to play. I’ve just read the new episode last night. It’s awesome, it’s compelling, it’s fast. And I am vicious, vicious, vicious! But yet you start to find…

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