Taylor Kinney Talks Mason, Tattoos and His Man Crush

Author: Linda | October 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Taylor Kinney Talks Mason, Tattoos and His Man Crush

Filed Under: | Season 2, TV Series

In last night’s episode of “The Vampire Diaries,” we said goodbye to one of my favorite new characters, Mason Lockwood (Taylor Kinney). After seeing Mason literally get his heart ripped out, I was eager to talk to Kinney and take a look back at his time in Mystic Falls.

We chatted about everything from Mason’s trust issues with Katherine to Kinney’s tattoos… and he filled me in on one of his favorite childhood games. Let’s just say that Kinney has always had the wild imagination that makes him so fun to watch on screen.

Zap2it: Even though Mason was on Katherine’s (Nina Dobrev) side, he maintained a bit of sympathy right down to the bitter end. Would you classify him as a good guy or a bad guy?

Taylor Kinney: Especially on this show, the lines are so blurry. There’s no definitive line between who’s good and who’s bad; everyone’s capable of some pretty wild stuff, across the board. Every character is in the gray. You look at Jeremy last season, his desire to become a vampire, I mean, there was some shady stuff there. And then Damon is this evil character, this antagonist, but deep down, he doesn’t think he’s a bad guy. He does things to benefit himself, to benefit his brother, and to survive. He justifies things that way.

It’s the same thing with Mason. He loved Katherine. He still had walls up, he didn’t trust her. He threw the moonstone down that well full of vervain, so there were walls up, and then he was doing shady stuff on the side. At the end of the day, he wasn’t being bad, but I don’t think he was a good guy, either.

Read the rest of the interview here:  Source + Article

The Vampire Diaries Plans to Kill Off Character

Author: Linda | October 14, 2010 | Comments Off on The Vampire Diaries Plans to Kill Off Character

Filed Under: | Exclusive, Season 2, Spoilers

Non-spoiler.  No details are revealed of who that character will be.

Get ready. The show with some of the best twists—and sexiest cast—around is serving up a jaw-dropper you fans won’t want to miss.

No, not $#*! My Dad Says, silly! We’re talking about the CW’s über-addictive The Vampire Diaries, and this particular twist means that a certain actor is leaving the series…

According to reliable sources, The Vampire Diaries will be killing off one of its characters. And it won’t be the Jeremy-got-his-neck-snapped-but-was-wearing-a-magic-ring kind of death. This one will be for good. The character will be no more. And the actor will no longer be working on the show.

That’s all we can reveal because we don’t have our own magic ring, but suffice to say it will be some TV that is dipped in all kinds of awesome—even though the actor will certainly be missed.

Source + Article

Supernatural’s Lauren Cohen Joins Vampire Diaries Cast

Author: Linda | | Comments Off on Supernatural’s Lauren Cohen Joins Vampire Diaries Cast

Filed Under: | News, TV Series

There’s a new vampire in Mystic Falls, “Vampire Diaries” fans. Sources confirm to Zap2it that “Supernatural’s” Lauren Cohan will be sinking her teeth into the role of Rose, a tough, sexy vampire who might just catch Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) eye.

But then again, doesn’t everybody?

Rose is over 500 years old and described as disarmingly elegant despite a “tough girl” first impression. Five centuries of bloodsucking have given her a certain edge. “Maybe there’s some humanity left in her — have fun finding it,” my source says.

She’s expected to make her first appearance in Episode 8, titled “Rose” — yeah, she’s kind of a big deal.

Cohan is best known for her role as the mercenary Bela Talbot on “Supernatural.”

Read the entire article here:  Source

Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Damon, True Blood, Vampires

Author: Linda | October 13, 2010 | Comments Off on Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Damon, True Blood, Vampires

Filed Under: | Season 2, TV Series

Entertainment Tonight interviewed Ian Somerhalder about his role as Damon Salvatore, True Blood, and vampires.

His piercing blue eyes are one of the first things you notice about Ian Somerhalder, who was one of the first characters to be killed off of “Lost.” Now he is back from the dead — actually, he is undead — with his role as bad-boy vampire Damon Salvatore, who steams up the action on The CW’s “The Vampire Diaries.” ET chats with the Louisiana-born actor to get his take on sinking his teeth into his role.

ET: Are you a fan of the whole vampire craze?

Ian Somerhalder: I am from New Orleans, so I grew up with Anne Rice. From a very young age, I knew a lot about vampires and always wanted to play one.

ET: How did you prepare for playing a vampire?

Ian Somerhalder: I don’t like blood. Blood freaks me out a little bit. So when you think about being hungry, for example, think of a time when you are stuck on a plane, or wherever you were that you didn’t have food, or you see people starving in the world, think about how intense that is. Imagine being a vampire and having 160 years of life experience — knowledge of humanity, of life and death, of everything — then on top of that your senses are heightened by 1000 percent. All of the things you hear, you have to learn to block out, and your sense of needing to eat is constant and 1000 times more than we have. It is a very intense proposition, so trying to inhabit someone who has that much knowledge of the world … it is a feat. I hope I am doing it right.

ET: How is your vampire different than other vampires?

Ian Somerhalder: [jokes] I do whatever I want. I go in the sun. I want [executive producer] Kevin [Williamson] to write an episode that sends Damon to the Caribbean.

Read rest of the interview here:  Source + Article

New Mysterious Father & Son Duo Will Take Interest in Bonnie

Author: Linda | October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on New Mysterious Father & Son Duo Will Take Interest in Bonnie

Filed Under: | News, Season 2, Spoilers

Beware, Bonnie: The Vampire Diaries is set to introduce a father/son duo who will take a special interest in this Mystic Falls witch.

On episode nine, viewers will meet Luka and Joanes. The former is a new student at school who Alaric will ask Jeremy and Bonnie to show around. Look for him to ask Bonnie about her ancestors and then privately tell Jeremy that his friend is “cute.”

Read the entire article here:  Source

Ian Somerhalder on Gulf Coast Disaster: “This Can’t Happen Again”

Author: Linda | October 1, 2010 | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder on Gulf Coast Disaster: “This Can’t Happen Again”

Filed Under: | Exclusive, Gulf Oil Spill, Ian Somerhalder

Last June, we were fortunate enough to learn firsthand about Louisiana native Ian Somerhalder‘s fight to raise awareness about the BP oil spill and its devastating effects on the Gulf Coast.

At the time, the Vampire Diaries star voiced his dissent over the seemingly nonexistent response to the Gulf disaster from both the government and his Hollywood counterparts. But today Ian, who’s still actively involved in the ongoing recovery efforts (as any good Twitter follower knows), seems hopeful about our future—and is encouraging everyone to make sure something of this magnitude never happens again:

“I’ve been speaking with a lot of people down there,” Ian tells us of the latest semi-good news out of the Gulf Coast. “I know we all hated it, the 1.7 million gallons of [oil]. It could have been Armageddon.”

But thankfully, the tide of crude oil seems to have ebbed away, at least for now.

Explains the actor-activist: “There is a significant amount of oil in the marshes, but a lot of it is evaporating. It wasn’t as horrible as it could have been. It was really bad, and there are definite areas that are destroyed forever—places in Grande Isle, La., and certain beaches—but a lot of these marshes are going to bounce back. The nurseries, the areas of young shellfish and fish that were incubating and growing that we thought would be covered [in oil] and destroyed, I don’t think were really hit. Mind you, this is all very premature. Yes, it’s a disaster, but it’s a lot better than if it would have just kept gushing.”

Now that Ian’s cry for action has been heard, the next step is helping to recover the Gulf’s economy.

“There’s still a stigma about the seafood in that region,” he tells us of the deterioration of the area’s main source of income.. “They’re catching a lot of seafood, but they’re being turned away at the docks. A lot of preliminary testing of a lot of these animals, the speckled trout, the red fish, shrimp, crab, oysters, all of it coming in, shows that there’s no oil on these animals. I hope we can get enough testing soon that will give enough conclusive evidence that these animals are not contaminated and that we need to start buying this seafood again and supporting these people.

“We learned a lot, and maybe in 10 years we’ll really realize what happened, why the government didn’t step in more,” Ian says of the oil spill’s ultimate outcome. “It’s really a shame how we handled it. We lost a giant ecosystem because of it. But it taught us a great deal.”

Ultimately, the message from the talented thesp and do-gooder is this: “We can’t let this happen again. We can never see this again in our lifetime. Ever, actually—screw our lifetimes. That’s the goal, to never see this again. And it never should happen again.”

HELP: Continue to support Gulf Coast relief efforts here and here.


Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

Author: Linda | September 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

Filed Under: | Ian Somerhalder, TV Series

Alrighty Ian Somerhalder fans, although we’ve already shared teasers for upcoming episodes, Ian’s thoughts on going musical and Katherine’s reign of terror, we’ve saved a few of the juiciest bits of our interview with your favorite “The Vampire Diaries” star for today. This one is all about you: the fans.

During our conversation, we mentioned to Ian that typing his name into YouTube results in over 5,000 videos—most of them fan-made—and we wondered what he thought about his popularity.

“These fans, I owe them so much,” Ian said. “Not to sound cliché, we wouldn’t have this show [without them]. They are so unbelievably supportive of me and my work and my passions. It’s a very strange relationship; it’s like having this crazy support team, it’s almost how a family supports each other, it’s really bizarre and it’s really really cool,” he explained.

“I don’t take it for granted, I appreciate it in every way shape and form. They’re great, and they’re pretty damn inspiring,” he said. “They get together on their own and they make all sorts of things happen. This one group of teenagers in high school raised this really significant amount of money for the National Wildlife Federation just on a whim, because they thought that was the right thing to do. People kept asking where to send money, the NRDC which is the Natural Resources Defense Council, those people are amazing; there’s Conservation International, and then there’s the Wildlife Federation that is actually helping all these animals survive and these kids raised like a lot of money and they sent it to the National Wildlife Foundation… I didn’t even ask them… These are kids in high school who could have otherwise been buying some Justin Bieber albums, and they put their allowance and whatever money they make babysitting and they pooled it all together and…you know how many animals they’ll help. It’s humbling, put it that way.”

So there you have it, a giant “I heart you” from your Mr. Somerhalder.


Ian Somerhalder Dishes on Tonight’s Vampire Diaries (Brace Yourselves, Delena Fans!)

Author: Michelle | | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder Dishes on Tonight’s Vampire Diaries (Brace Yourselves, Delena Fans!)

Filed Under: | Ian Somerhalder, News

First things first: If someone doesn’t mend Damon Salvatore’s broken heart soon—as in 10-minutes-ago soon!—we’re breaking up with The Vampire Diaries.

Sorry, that was harsh. But seriously, the guy’s been dissed too many times—first by one(time) true love Katherine, then by her doppelgänger descendant Elena (Nina Dobrev times two)—and we just can’t take it anymore. Sure, D technically did kill Elena’s baby bro, but all will be forgiven…right?

Um, Dalena fans, you might want to sit down for this, because what Ian Somerhalder just spilled is cause for some serious concern…

“Karma is kicking Damon in the ass right now,” Ian laughs when asked if we are ever going to see his supersexy alter ego enjoy just an ounce of joy. “Damon happy is a very iffy thing. And right now he just feels silly and stupid.”

Poor guy! We totally get Elena’s trust issues with Damon and all (see the aforementioned brother killing), but why can’t these gals see he really has a heart of gold? Well, according to Ian, “He’s in major protective mode right now. He’s heartbroken. I don’t think the Katherine/Elena thing knocked Damon a few rungs down the ladder—it knocked him off the ladder.” And here’s the part that worries us most. As the TVD star puts it: “I just don’t know how he’s going to get back in the good graces of Elena. This is not going to blow over very quickly at all. She hates him! And I don’t blame her.”

Unfortunately all the love triangle action in the world can’t stop Mystic Falls’ (and Damon’s) newest foe: the damn werewolf!

“We’re going to learn a lot about this werewolf thing in tonight’s episode,” Ian tells us of “Memory Lane.” “Katherine is actually the one that explains a lot of what’s going on. It’s interesting to see where this whole thing came from in Mystic Falls—who knew about it [and] how vampires got involved. It’s a very enlightening episode.”

Also heading your way tonight is the crazy-good face-off between Katherine and Elena, which does not go well for one (or both!) of the ladies.

“Katherine’s definitely not going to buy her flowers,” laughs Ian. “She’s going to kill Elena if she doesn’t get what she wants, there’s no two ways about it. Plus, Katherine can’t kill Elena until Damon gets to at least sleep with her once!” Um, yes please!

Ian does leave us on a bright note: A tiny semblance of hope that sometime in The Vampire Diaries future, Damon will rid himself of Katherine’s hold and find the happiness we all want for him.

“Damon learned a great deal that she is not the person you want to be in love with,” the star reassures us. “She is the unobtainable woman that you don’t want to obtain. But in a time of need, he can probably still be manipulated by her.”


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