Fans have long been calling for gay characters on The Vampire Diaries (and now The Originals), and The Originals has begun to remedy this deficit with the introduction of Josh, a newbie vampire who also happens to be a young gay man. Actor Steven Krueger spoke with TheBacklot about the unusual aspects of this character:
“I feel like one of the things that kind of sets Josh apart from some of the other gay characters that are on television is [that] his sexuality is probably the most normal thing about his situation. I think a lot of things that drive gay characters is that sense of wanting normalcy and wanting inclusion and belonging and a community and that kind of thing.
And with Josh he still wants all those things. It just has nothing to do with him being gay. You know? He’s now a newbie vampire and he wants to find a normal life in this world but when you watch other character’s reactions to him talk about being gay they don’t bat an eye or raise an eyebrow. When you talk about him being a newbie vampire it’s like ‘Holy hell, that’s the worst thing you could possibly be, is a newbie vampire.’”
Krueger also discusses Josh’s future and his friendship with Davina, as well as his own career progression.
There’s a lot going down with the werewolves on The Originals these days, and actor Chase Coleman talked to HitFix about how his character Oliver feels about recent developments:
He’s extremely passionate, he has a lot of emotion, he has a lot of anger and rage he has built up over the years for his pack, and he feels things are not justified. He feels he deserves so much more, and that’s what’s leading to all this craziness. Things are coming to a head in the [French] Quarter. I feel the war is coming. There’s blood in the streets, and it’s just gonna happen. Something is going to happen.
He also discusses Oliver’s relationships with Klaus and with his brother, and his experiences working on the show.
Between her uncle Kieran, Klaus, and Marcel, Cami has a lot going on on The Originals right now, and actress Leah Pipes spoke with TV Guide about her character’s approach to the situation:
“She’s pretty desperate at this point so she’s taking some drastic measures — you see her at her wit’s end,” Pipes tells TVGuide.com. “It’s been a very emotional arc. But I think she has this wonderful ability of refusing to hit rock bottom. Her family life has been through many trials and tribulations, and the fact that she doesn’t give up and continues to fight on makes her really interesting. She’s not allowing herself to wallow in her own despair, and instead she’s trying to solve the problem.”
And she also has some interesting things to say about Cami’s feelings toward Klaus and Marcel . . .
Tonight’s much-anticipated return of The Vampire Diaries marks Paul Wesley‘s directorial debut with Resident Evil (EP518). Congratulations, Paul! He’s been making the rounds with the press in honor of the occasion, so we’ve got a whole lot of reading for you to help pass the time until the episode. If we find more interviews, we’ll add them on, so check back later! And make sure you tune in to the CW tonight at 8/7c for the episode!
- Paul Wesley Sinks His Fangs Into Directing ‘The Vampire Diaries’ [Wall Street Journal]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Director Paul Wesley explains why he nixed a shirtless moment in this week’s episode [Entertainment Weekly]
- The Vampire Diaries’ Paul Wesley: Directorial Debut Addresses the Future of Stefan and Elena [TV Guide]
- ‘The Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley makes his directorial debut with ‘nostalgic’ episode filled with easter eggs [Zap2it]
- ‘Vampire Diaries’: Paul Wesley on ‘Daunting’ Directorial Debut and Unexpected Hiccups [The Hollywood Reporter]
- THE VAMPIRE DIARIES: Paul Wesley on His Directorial Debut [Give Me My Remote]
We’ll get to see Paul Wesley‘s directorial debut this Thursday on The Vampire Diaries with Resident Evil (EP518), and the actor/director stopped by PIX11 Morning News to talk about the experience and how his fellow cast members reacted to his new role. Head over to PIX11 to watch.
The Originals is back and Davina is back from the dead – and not content to keep being used by the various supernatural forces at war in New Orleans. Danielle Campbell talked to TVLine about what’s ahead for her character in the last few episodes of the season.
“She’s been lied to and deceived way too many times. She’s tired of being used as everybody’s pawn. Josh sat her down in the last episode and was like, ‘You’re a witch. You need to harness your powers,’ and she listened to him. She’s starting to find her place in the coven and create new allies for herself.”
Intriguing! She also talks about the Davina/Klaus dynamic and teases the finale a bit.
The Originals returns with new episodes tonight, and TV Guide spoke with Nathan Parsons about the possibilities for Jackson and Hayley:
“Hayley is a werewolf but she has no idea what that really means because she didn’t grow up with the pack. She does not understand the traditions, and those traditions are very important to Jackson, so who knows if they could ever be together? She walks the line between the wolves and the vampires and both factions want her. As for Elijah, he’s a pretty formidable opponent for Jackson but you’ll start to see that the two guys are surprisingly similar. They both bear the responsibility of tending to a really messed-up family, and they share the pain and agony that goes with that.”
He also discusses the audition process and his role on True Blood.
Paul Wesley is making his Vampire Diaries directorial debut in a few weeks with Resident Evil (EP518), and E!Online spoke with him about the experience:
“It was amazing. I mean it was really amazing. The cast was so supportive. I was nervous at first. I mean, I remember my first scene—I was terrified,” Wesley recalls. “Then it got easier and easier, and it became more natural, and now it just feels like I want to do it again and I want to do it even better. But it was a really wonderful experience.”
And the challenge of directing himself:
“That was hard for me because I had a playback monitor, but at the same time, I almost didn’t want to even look at it, because I hate watching myself,” he admits. “We would like, shoot the scene and then I would like literally look at it for maybe two seconds just to make sure it was lined up right and then move on.”
He also speaks about his animal rights work and his perhaps unexpected voice mail recording.
Candice Accola chats with Entertainment Weekly about tonight’s episode The Vampire Diaries, including touching on a few points raised at this past weekend’s PaleyFest festival.
Paul [Wesley] got his say at PaleyFest when he mentioned how he’d like to see [Stefan and Caroline] take that next step and maybe make things romantic, but personally, would you want to see them go there?
Ever since season 2, when Stefan kind of took Caroline under his vampire wing and taught her how to behave like a good little vampire, there’s been a lot of viewers and fans in the Twitterverse expressing their hope of Steroline, I think they call it, to happen one day. So there’s definitely been speculation and some build up, and it would definitely be a bold choice for both of them to engage in any sort of romantic relationship given the friendship of Caroline and Elena and the history between Elena and Stefan. And so you never know what can happen in the future between these two characters, but I imagine it being very dramatic if anything were to happen.
An all-new episode of The Vampire Diaries airs tonight at 8/7c and Candice Accola teased Access Hollywood about what we can expect with Caroline and Enzo’s road trip to track down yet another Silas doppelganger, the paramedic-in-Atlanta Tom.
There have already been some sparks (well, to be fair, verbal sparring) between Caroline and the formerly imprisoned Enzo, but don’t expect their journey in this week’s episode to lead to romance.
“I think that the witty banter between both of these characters [is] really fun. … Already what I think I’ve seen through Twitterverse, is that it’s kind of a little reminiscent to the banter between Caroline and Klaus,” Candice said. “There’s nothing necessarily dramatic on this road trip between these two characters romantically. I think it’s just a new kind of witty banter that gets the blood boiling a little bit for these characters.”