PopWrap‘s Jarett Wieselman rings Kevin Williamson up for a post-mid-season finale wrap-up and a range of topics are discussed, including the vision behind Tyler’s tranformation and where Tyler goes from here, Caroline’s determination to stick it out with Tyler and the fan response to her character this season, who we’re definitely seeing again and who we may not see again, just how worried we should be about what a werewolf bite can do to a vampire, and the surprise of Katherine as a character.
PW: I remember you once said that you love when, in the writing process, a character surprises you. Has that happened at all this year?
Kevin: The one thing that surprised me is Katherine. I always expected her to play into the show in little pieces, little scenes here and there – I didn’t expect her to drive an entire story with her at the center of it. And that’s because of Nina [Dobrev] being so good. Her performance is what made us go there. It’s just too delicious. And I don’t think I would have gone into Bulgaria, with a flashback of her giving birth, unless I really felt like she was a character I wanted to explore.
Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie brings us an on-set interview with Ian Somerhalder and she just so happened to get a sneak peek at the brand-spankin’ new sets for Damon’s bedroom/bathroom. (A lot of you were very excited about this when writer Caroline Dries dropped that they were being built during the Vampire Diaries Writers’ Room Live Tweet.) Ian discusses shooting in his birthday suit (funny, because it was his birthday), the launch of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation birthday project, Damon’s snazzy new bedroom, Stefan’s trust in Damon, and the “uphill battle” between Damon and Elena.
Brotherly love trumps girlfriend-stealing, even for Damon Salvatore. Over the last season and a half, Damon has come to the rather reluctant conclusion that he needs his brother. “I think that without him, it poses a major problem. Yes, of course he doesn’t have Stefan to contend with for Elena, but from my perspective he’s done so much sh** to Elena that it’s going to be a very uphill battle with that. Right now, it’s about protecting her.”
The Futon Critic‘s Jim Halterman has more from his interviews with Julie Plec, Michael Trevino, and Candice Accola.
Jim Halterman: Let’s talk about some of the other characters. Elena (Nina Dobrev) is definitely not the damsel in distress anymore. Was that a conscious effort that you wanted to see this year?
Julie Plec: Absolutely. We always want our female characters to have a point of view and be strong but by definition putting the ingenue in jeopardy is a part of the show so how you sort of make her really strong-willed and fierce and stand up for herself… we saw that a lot last season but this season she’s not necessarily letting other people make decisions for her anymore and it’s part of her growth and the way she is taking back her life, which has spun out of control. It’s nice to see Elena take a stand.
We apologize in advance for all the posts coming your way today. Oh, who are we kidding? You love it. Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly caught up with Candice Accola to talk about tonight’s mid-season finale and give a behind-the-scenes peek at how that now-storied two-day shoot of Tyler’s transformation went. Most endearing? Michael Trevino’s reward for minding his diet.
Did the two of you do anything to celebrate when filming was done?
[Laughs] He’s a cookie monster. He’s a total chocolate chip cookie-aholic. He’s shirtless for most of it, and boys being boys, they want to be extra, extra fit for those days. He skipped eating the chocolate chip cookies over and over at lunch. And finally, he was wrapping up that day, and we went to lunch and it was like sugar white chocolate cookies, and those are not the ones that he wanted. So I asked catering if they wouldn’t mind baking him his own chocolate chip cookies. So that was a good celebration. And then production got him a giant pepperoni pizza. Everyone just shoved warm yummy food toward his dressing room, very motherly.
And MTV’s Hollywood Crush has posted more from their Ian Somerhalder interview. So how does Damon really feel about Stefan being trapped in a tomb with Katherine?
“It would seem as though Stefan in this cave away from Elena stuck with Katherine is exactly where he’d want him to be, but he wants to get his brother out of there. I can’t imagine being stuck in there with her,” Ian said. “He needs him. He needs his brother. There are some elements coming to town that are highly problematic to them and that pose a serious danger to everything that Damon loves, and it’s a tough time for him.”
Jim Halterman follows up last night’s Michael Trevino interview with Candice Accola’s thoughts on Caroline in Vampire Diaries Season 2, her TV loves and need for watercooler talk, and the importance of being involved in charity work for the right reasons. Thanks to @CAccolaWeb for the heads up!
What I found really interesting is that as soon as I got this show, I was asked ‘What charities do you want to start putting your name to and helping out with?’ I was like ‘Well, I don’t know!’ I think you have to have an emotional connection to what you’re doing or else you’re doing it for the wrong reasons. The whole point is that you want to show that you authentically care and that’s dedicating your time and you’ll be more inspired if you are attached to something.
Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie has been on the Vampire Diaries set this week and she had a chance to discuss tonight’s episode, By the Light of the Moon, with Michael Trevino, Candice Accola, and Ian Somerhalder. Each of them has wonderful insight into everything from filming the scene to the Mystic Falls politics that lay beyond Tyler’s werewolf transformation. (Werewolves and vampires don’t exactly get along, remember? And Tyler is 2-2 on relatives killed by vampires.) But first up, Julie Plec explains why that “controversial” promo is misleading:
There is one thing that everyone from Michael Trevino’s co-stars to showrunners Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec agreed on unanimously: this is Trevino’s episode to shine, and it’s a story that’s been well-earned.
“Though the promos have focused heavily on the ‘triangle’ drama, honestly the episode really belongs to Michael Trevino, Tyler, as we watch him go through the most harrowing experience of his life,” Plec says, referring to the CW’s episode trailer, which may not do the actual plot of the episode much justice.
Following up the Michael interview we just posted, E!‘s Kristin Dos Santos talks with Candice Accola about Caroline’s change from insecure teenage queen to ass-kicking vampire, whether Candice is a Damon or Stefan girl, the Caroline and Tyler bond, the ever-growing friendship with Stefan, working opposite Nina as Elena and Katherine, and the uncertainty of any character’s longevity on The Vampire Diaries.
Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie has posted Part 2 of her video sit down with Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino and Candice Accola and this time they’re (vaguely) getting into the nitty gritty of Tyler Lockwood’s transformation into a full-fledged werewolf. As we suspected, the show is saving the big guns for Tyler’s inaugural turn and Michael says not to expect a tidy (but still pretty gut-wrenching) before and after like Mason in Bad Moon Rising (EP203). (Candice uses words/phrases like “crazy,” “risks,” and “pushing the boundaries.”)
“How can you explain it?” Trevino says. “It’s Tyler going through this crazy struggle. It’s like he’s being reborn, because you have Tyler and the journey that he went through before this transformation, before this curse, and he doesn’t want any part of it, but he has no choice — it’s just happening.”
Thanks to Candice Accola Web for the heads up about Candice Accola’s guest spot on IGN’s Channel Surfing podcast! Candice drops in to discuss Vampire Diaries, Caroline, filming in Atlanta, and even talks about Dexter and The Walking Dead. You can download the podcast over at IGN.
Speaking of podcasts, the intrepid Melissa of The Televixen’s Vampire Diaries podcast has been busy playing catch-up on all of the episodes we’ve been recording this season. In case you don’t know by now, myself, Lucia of Heroine TV, Connie of Blast Magazine, Lee of From My Side of the Moon, and The Televixen herself have been podcasting Vampire Diaries since Season 1, and Season 2 is giving us a plethora of entertaining chat fodder. (Warning: The podcast is marked “explicit” for language and themes!) You can download from TheTelevixen.com or subscribe on iTunes! Here’s a list of direct links for all Season 2 podcasts posted so far (with the Rose/Katerina podcast coming this weekend!):
- The Return: Let’s Blame Alaric (iTunes)
- Brave New World: Silently Burning (iTunes)
- Bad Moon Rising: Something Pretty Damn Epic (iTunes)
- Memory Lane: The Happy Vervain Dungeon (iTunes)
- Kill Or Be Killed/Plan B: Aneurysms of Suck (iTunes)
- Masquerade: Who Spiked the Milk? (iTunes – showing up only for subscribers right now, should be in the Store shortly)
Following on the heels of Zap2It‘s ‘The Vampire Diaries’ Klaus casting: 9 guys we think could bring down Mystic Falls, BuddyTV has posted their 15 casting suggestions: Who Should Play Klaus on ‘The Vampire Diaries’? We don’t know about you guys, but while a few suggestions definitely pique our interest (um, Hal Ozsan? Yes, please – we don’t care who he plays), not a single suggestion has made us sit back and go, “Whoa. YEAH.” Granted, we’re not eager to attach too many expectations on the character’s appearance or presence because who knows what the writers have in mind? It’s wait and see at this point, though the speculation is certainly fun.
AOL TV‘s The Show Girl sits down with Candice Accola to discuss everything from her initial reaction to being “killed off,” playing vampire!Caroline, a possible Matt/Caroline/Tyler triangle, possible vampire-werewolf sex, her hopes for Caroline through the rest of Season 2, the Vampire Diaries character she’d bring back from the dead, her dream guest star, what fans can expect in the next few episodes, and an intriguing comment about seeing “familiar faces” pop up. Ohhhhh?
In case you missed Michael Trevino and Candice Accola on E! News the other night, never fear – the clip has hit YouTube. Candice and Michael talks about the relationship between Caroline and Tyler and where it could possibly go… Sort of. Thanks to Candice Accola Web for the heads up!
L.A. Times‘ Vlada Gelman talks with Candice Accola about Caroline’s transformation and growth over Season 2, the bond between Caroline and Tyler (“Tyler needs a Stefan”), job security on a vampire show, getting to do a lot more stunt work, acting opposite Nina Dobrev as Katherine, and that Buffy the Vampire Slayer remake.
Would you say that’s also been the most challenging thing about playing this role? Or is there something else you find more challenging?
Yeah. That definitely ups the ante when you’ve got a lot of emotional things going on and then you’ve got to bring in the physical things that are now on top of everything. The other thing that I think is a constant challenge is kind of reminding yourself of all the little nuances of vampires and what they’re susceptible to doing and becoming. Whether it’s your heightened emotions all the time or getting used to your attack face. That’s always one that I’m still adapting to is remembering my attack face.