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Oct 14th: Supernatural’s Lauren Cohen Joins Vampire Diaries Cast

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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.”

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Oct 13th: Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Damon, True Blood, Vampires

Linda | Categories: Season 2, TV Series | Comments Off on Interview: Ian Somerhalder Talks Damon, True Blood, Vampires

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

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Oct 11th: New Mysterious Father & Son Duo Will Take Interest in Bonnie

Linda | Categories: News, Season 2, Spoilers | Comments Off on New Mysterious Father & Son Duo Will Take Interest in Bonnie

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.”

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Oct 1st: Ian Somerhalder on Gulf Coast Disaster: “This Can’t Happen Again”

Linda | Categories: Exclusive, Gulf Oil Spill, Ian Somerhalder | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder on Gulf Coast Disaster: “This Can’t Happen Again”

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.


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Sep 30th: Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

Linda | Categories: Ian Somerhalder, TV Series | Comments Off on Ian Somerhalder is Inspired and Humbled by Fan Support

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.


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Sep 30th: Ian Somerhalder Dishes on Tonight’s Vampire Diaries (Brace Yourselves, Delena Fans!)

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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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Sep 8th: Interview: Ian Somerhalder Thanks Fans, Talks Vampire Diaries’ Season 2

Linda | Categories: Ian Somerhalder, News, Season 2, TV Series | Comments Off on Interview: Ian Somerhalder Thanks Fans, Talks Vampire Diaries’ Season 2

The Vampire Diaries has been good to Ian Somerhalder: It earned him a spot on Entertainment Weekly’s 2009 list of TV’s Best Bitches and the title of Sexiest Beast in this summer’s popular EW.com bracket game, which saw readers rack up more than 1.5 million votes while whittling the 64-deep field down to his devilishly delicious Damon Salvatore and Twilight‘s saintly sensitive Edward Cullen. Shortly after his victory last month, we caught up with a humbled and grateful Somerhalder, who was already feeling the pressure that comes with the crown…

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on Damon being named the ultimate Sexy Beast.
[Laughs] That is so cool.

What would you like to say to the people who voted for you?
Thank you, thank you, thank you. It makes you realize the dedication of the fans, how much fun they’re having and how much fun they make us have. It’s the fans who are making the success of the show happen. We can’t thank them enough. We’re just doing the acting leg of it. Season 2 is starting [Sept. 9, 8 p.m. ET, The CW], and we’re gonna try not to suck. Wow, that’s a terrible pun. Let me reword that. You finish the first season of the show, and everyone worked their asses off, and the season went really well, and people liked the show. But then season 2 comes up, and you realize, whoa, we have more of a responsibility now. The heat is really on now. We cannot do a bad job. So, we are committed to making this a better year of television than last year. So that’s what I want to tell everyone: “Thank you, and literally, we’ll try not to suck.” [Laughs]

We know from promos that Katherine [Nina Dobrev as the vampire lover who essentially turned the brothers in 1864] says she’s returned for Stefan and never loved Damon. What can you tease about season 2?
Poor Damon. Katherine comes back, and it’s the chicken or the egg thing. In the story, Katherine obviously came before Damon, and Damon learned a lot of his antics from Katherine and then 150 years of cynicism. When I watch Nina be Katherine, it’s crazy, the similarity that you see between Katherine and Damon. She starts wreaking havoc in a very similar way that for most of season 1 Damon wreaked havoc — because he wanted something. You’re gonna see Damon in a way in which you haven’t necessarily seen him before dealing with Katherine and what happens after so many years of longing and wanting to be with someone, being hurt and let down in that extreme manner. It’s a lot of fun watching Katherine and how powerful and manipulative and sexy and crazy she is. It’s a lot of fun to play. It’s brutal for me. [In classic Damon delivery] Damon doesn’t always get what he wants now, which is boring for Ian, but great for the story.

After the show premiered last fall, you told us that you used to be jealous of Josh Holloway for the things he got to say and do as Sawyer on Lost. Now Damon is that character. What do you think it is about him that draws fans in?
I only know what I love about him: Though he may be doing things that are off our moral compass, Damon loves what he’s doing, and he’s enjoying the hell out of his life, even despite the amount of pain and anger that he has inside of him. A lot of the world has a lot of pain and anger, and it’s fun to watch someone who’s learned how to take their pain and make it fun. [Exec producers] Kevin [Williamson] and Julie [Plec] have assembled a phenomenal writing team. When I watch the episodes, I don’t see Damon as me, because Damon is such a specific, strong character. It has nothing to do with me. It’s the way it’s written down on the page.

I recently spoke with Kevin and Julie for EW’s Fall TV preview issue [on stands Sept. 10], and he said something that I wanted to float by you: According to him, it’s a blessing when an actor is asked to be shirtless in a scene on The Vampire Diaries because of the heat in Atlanta. Is that how you look at it?
At this point, why not? Literally. Let me tell you something. I love the South. I’m from the South. I’m a Southern boy. You experience temperatures here that one just doesn’t understand until one is actually geographically here. I am watching our crew members melting like snowmen. It’s insane. When we are in wardrobe and it’s 100 degrees, with 60, 70, 80 percent humidity, you get this heat index and it just sticks to you. So yeah, why not? It is easier just to have your shirt off. I walk around set with it off half the time anyway now, so we might as well shoot it on camera. I’m imagining this isn’t gonna last much longer, but it is summer in Georgia, baby. That’s what you get.

Well, congratulations again, and good luck with season 2. I hope it doesn’t suck. I’m sure it will not.
[Laughs] If it doesn’t suck, I’m sure I’ll talk to you again soon. If it does suck, then I’ll know because you’re not gonna call me back.

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Sep 8th: Interview: Vampire Diaries’ Sara Canning Talks Aunt Jenna and Season Two

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Her niece is in love with a vampire and her nephew wants to become a vampire.

Indeed, it should be an interesting season ahead for Aunt Jenna on The Vampire Diaries, as Sara Canning spoke to TV Fanatic this week about her role, season two – and her ultra sexy co-star. Excerpts follow…

Ian Somerhalder was named Entertainment Weekly’s Sexy Beast. How does it feel to work on set with a sexy beast now?
Isn’t that crazy? Mad props and respect to Robert Pattinson, but I was like “wow, this is a big deal.” There are a few vampires that people are in love with. I think people love Ian for different reasons. I think people really love the character of Damon, and its nice to see a vampire be allowed to be a badass because we’re seeing a lot of vampire love stories, and vampires trying to grab hold of the humanity they have left and find their human qualities. It’s refreshing to watch a destructive force like Damon. I think Ian’s perfect for the role. He’s one of the most charming people you’ll meet and then he can just turn on that crazy side as well.

What can we look forward to this season?
Without being allowed to say much, some of the major points that have been established are Katherine returning and how that’s going to affect the brothers and the entire town. Jenna has let Katherine into the house and it’s going to create a lot of tension with her and Elena because Katherine has become this puppet master and you never know who is who. Jenna is one of the only characters left who doesn’t know about the supernatural beings in Mystic Falls. For her, it will really test her as a parental figure and as friend to have Katherine messing with everyone and misleading Jenna. There are other major secrets that are being revealed.

Other than that finale scene, will Jenna come face-to-face with Katherine again, thinking it’s Elena?
Up to this point, with what we’ve been shooting, Jenna’s been dealing with Alaric and Elena and the whole fact that she’s seen who she thinks is Elena making out with Damon on the porch.

Will Jenna and Alaric’s relationship develop more?
In the beginning of the season, we’re definitely going to see some interaction with them in the sense of “where are we?” and “what are we doing?” because in season one there were so many stops and starts to their relationship and so many things getting in the way. Jenna’s had a lot of crazy guys in her life, so she’s at a point where she knows she playing an important role in the lives of Elena and Jeremy and she’s focusing on what’s right for her for the first time in her life and I think she knows that Alaric is a really great guy, but she’s not going to be the girl who sulks and waits around for him.

Jenna’s too strong of a character for that, that’s not her personality. We’re going to see some good things happen between them, but I don’t think it’ll ever be easy. Whether or not Isobel is completely out of the picture, we also have the fact that Alaric is in cahoots with vampires, and vampires that have a very strong involvement in her niece’s life and her nephew’s as well. If she ever finds out, that’s going to be a serious bone to pick with Alaric over his involvement and his alliance with them.

Does Jenna start to finally suspect something supernatural is going on this season?
I think it’s important that Elena and Jeremy have a strong hold of something nestled in reality, and I think that’s Jenna. They have so many crazy things going on in their lives. Every episode we see them go through these plot twists that rock their world… it’s a show with vampires, but it’s not a show about vampires. It’s a show about people and relationship and, yes, some of those relationships involve vampires, but I think they wanted to stick with watching these characters develop each week with dealing with heartbreak and betrayal and falling in love and the supernatural elements throws something else into the mix. I definitely think eventually, with all of her involvement with these characters who know what’s going on, will bring her to what happens, and I can’t wait to see how she deals with it because she has such a sense of adventure and she’s so open.


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