Entertainment Weekly caught up with Vampire Diaries guest star Torrey DeVitto to talk about the mysterious Dr. Meredith Fell – her motives, her past, and her upcoming interactions with Alaric and Damon. She also gives her perspective on the evolution of Stefan’s character, the expectations of book fans and the book adaptation she would be nervous to see on-screen.
Getting back to Meredith, is there anything you’d like to see her get to do during her time in Mystic Falls?
I just keep going episode by episode because I have no idea where exactly they’re taking her, what’s gonna happen to her, what’s gonna happen next. I just keep riding the ride. Obviously for the sake of Alaric, I would like for things to work out for maybe a millisecond at least, so that he’s not so tragic all over the board. I just hope as the character goes on I make the TV fans happy and also the [Vampire Diaries] book fans happy. I know how that goes. I get so obsessed with books, and turning them into movies and TV shows, you get so stuck on these characters. I know there’s a lot of book fans that love Meredith, and I know she’s a little different on the show, so I just hope I do the book fans justice.
TVLine is reporting that Cassidy Freeman, who you may have previously seen on Smallville or The Playboy Club, has been cast as Sage, a “sexy and fearless” character who will appear in flashbacks and have connections to both the Salvatores and the Originals. Intriguing! She will first appear in Episode 316, and the role may be recurring.
Last week, a long-awaited (and much-beloved) book character finally made her TV series debut and Zap2It has a thorough and excellent interview with Vampire Diaries newcomer Torrey DeVitto, aka Dr. Meredith Fell. While Torrey cautions that there will be inevitable differences between book!Meredith and TV!Meredith, she has read the Vampire Diaries books and understands why her arrival is kind of a big deal.
Good news, Meredith fans — your favorite is in good hands, as DeVitto is, herself, a fan of the novels. “Well, when the pilot came around, I picked up the series and actually read the entire series without stopping,” she tells us. “I had just finished the ‘Twilight’ books and was so smitten with Edward, so I saw that this was vampires and I was like, ‘Great! I’ll read all of them!’”
That said, of course, she’s intentionally creating some distance between the book character and the TV writers’ reinterpretation. “I remember Meredith, but I don’t remember her completely and perfectly,” she says. “She’s very different on the show, so I didn’t really go back into the books and re-read, because I didn’t want to get too many conflicting ideas. I thought that was so cool to come on and not only be a part of the show, but also, I’m honored to be a part of something that the book’s fans are going to recognize and hopefully appreciate.”
Torrey also reflects on Dr. Fell’s involvement with Alaric “Has Bourbon, Will Mourn” Saltzman and his less-than-rosy love life (hint: his love interests turn into vampires and die), the potentially tense interaction between Meredith and Damon (YAY), coming to The Vampire Diaries three seasons in after being part of the off-screen TVD family, and her dedication to raising awareness about hospice care and Global Roots (alongside Paul Wesley). We also can’t help but wonder if the good doctor will be the one to finally restore respect for Fells amongst the Founding Families…and stuff.
Okay, so The New Deal (EP310) was a big deal for a whole slew of reasons (those are spoilers we can continue to suppress here for the international fans), but we know that fans of The Vampire Diaries book series had reason to be very excited about last night’s episode. After nearly two and a half seasons, a fan favorite book character finally made her debut on TV: Say hello to Dr. Meredith Fell, played by Torrey DeVitto.
If you’ve been following this website since the beginning, when we were covering the pilot’s development and production – waaaaaay back in early 2009 – you know there was a big sticking point with book series fans: Where’s Meredith? We blogged about it one, or two, or three times. In April 2009, Julie Plec acknowledged Meredith’s absence from the pilot for the first time, saying: “Be patient, Meredith fans.” And now here we are.
Zap2It has a nice write-up on Julie and Kevin Williamson finally making good on their promise to bring Meredith into the TV series fold. As is to be expected, there have been some changes made to the character in translating her from page to screen – TV!Meredith is now a Fell and is older than her book counterpart – but Julie hints that the good doctor will have a bigger role to play as we head into the rest of Season 3:
Book Meredith is unique in that she’s one character who is completely unaffected by Damon’s charms — in fact, she makes him a little bit nervous. Most of Meredith’s scenes are with Alaric and Damon, so viewers can look forward to seeing just how Damon reacts to a little romance getting in the way of his bromance. “She’s a Fell, so she’s got a point of view about how to handle the vampire business in this town,” Plec teases. We’re sure Damon will be thrilled.
We know she had a very brief appearance on last night’s episode, but how do book fans feel about finally having Meredith on their TV screens? Let us know in the comments!
Entertainment Weekly has posted our first look at Persia White as Bonnie’s mom, Abby Bennett. She makes her Vampire Diaries debut in the January 19th episode, The Ties That Bind (EP312). Head over to EW for more scoop about Abby.
And TV Overmind has a handful of The Ties That Bind episode stills, including another first look, this time at guest star Robert Ri’chard as Jamie. Check out a still below and head over to TV Overmind for more.
WE’RE ALMOST THERE. The CW has released the official synopsis for The Vampire Diaries: The New Deal (EP310). The episode airs Thursday, January 5th. Highlight for spoilers or head over to the Episode Index:
A REASON TO FEEL GUILTY — Stefan (Paul Wesley) has hidden the coffins containing the bodies of Klaus’ (Joseph Morgan) family, and Klaus quickly turns to violence to convince Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev) that no one will be safe until he finds Stefan and gets his family back. Tyler (Michael Trevino) continues to make the most of his new abilities as a hybrid, but he has to face the disturbing consequences of his actions as well. After a terrifying incident, Elena and Alaric (Matt Davis) grow increasingly concerned about Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) attitude and, ultimately, his safety. Alaric meets the beautiful Dr. Fell (guest star Torrey Devitto, “Pretty Little Liars”), who is intrigued with his amazing ability to heal. While trying to strike a deal with Klaus, Elena delivers news that truly shocks him. Kat Graham also stars and internet personality Justine Ezarik guest stars as a bartender.
The episode was directed by John Behring and written by Michael Narducci. It also marks the first appearance of Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Fell.
Earlier this week, SpoilerTV posted a list of future TVD episode titles. While we can confirm that Dangerous Liaisons (EP314) and All My Children (EP315) are correct, the title listed for EP316 (1911) is incorrect and yet to be confirmed.
TV Guide has an exclusive first look at guest star Torrey DeVitto as Dr. Mary Fell, a doctor who is “intrigued by Alaric” because of his seemingly miraculous healing powers. (And maybe she’s interested in him for personal reasons, too?) She will first appear in The New Deal (EP310) when The Vampire Diaries returns on January 5.
Well, you can put away those wishlists, Vampire Diaries fans: TV Guide has exclusively revealed who will be portraying our final two unknown Originals. British actor Casper Zafer will play Finn and Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic will play Kol, brothers to Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah. (The article clarifies the point that the two other Original siblings died before/during the events of Ordinary People.) GET THE DETAILS OVER AT TV GUIDE.
(We couldn’t find a proper head shot of Mr. Zafer, so had to use a still from a film. We’ll be on the look out for a better one! Also, there seems to be a lot of confusion about how his name is spelled, so apologies if IMDb is wrong. We’ll fix that, too, if we chose the wrong one.)
UPDATE: Zap2It has a very interesting tidbit via Julie Plec that will be sure to interest the coffin-counters in the house.
More exclusive Vampire Diaries casting news, this time from Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly: Persia White, known for her role as Lynn on Girlfriends (she’s also had spots on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel!), has been cast as Abby Bennett, the mother of our resident witch Bonnie.
She’ll first appear in episode 312 and recur. Abby is described as a beautiful but troubled woman who is burdened by the secrets of her past that led her to leave Bonnie. She’s also “as determined and fiery as any Bennett woman.”
The Hollywood Reporter has big, exclusive Vampire Diaries casting news: Torrey DeVitto (of One Tree Hill and Pretty Little Liars) has signed on to the show as a recurring character. We will meet her when the show returns from hiatus on Thursday, January 5th.
DeVitto, who married [Paul] Wesley in April, will play Mary, an intelligent young doctor intrigued by Alaric’s (Matt Davis) powers of recovery on the CW’s vampire drama. She’ll appear in Episodes 310 and 311 with a strong likelihood to continue on afterward.
Thanks to Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie, we know episode 310 is titled The New Deal and Ian Somerhalder revealed last week that episode 311 is called Our Town.