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]
Fun news during tonight’s new episode of The Originals: The CW is bringing us a new recap/interview digital series for the show called Secrets from the Quarter and it is hosted by none other than Steven Krueger, aka Josh, First of His Name, Bestest of Best Friends, He Who Shall Never Die. Executive producers Michael Narducci and Julie Plec sit in on this round to discuss The Big Uneasy. WARNING: Wait until you’ve watched tonight’s episode before watching this, as it super-spoils everything that happens. (And a LOT happens.)
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.”
Yahoo TV has a feature called Office Drop-By – “Our series in which Hollywood’s creative greats in entertainment show us around their workspaces” – and this time around they visit Julie Plec in her Los Angeles offices.
This a must-read article if you want insight not only into how Julie oversees three shows, but the particulars of bringing that show to your screen every week. Also there are photos featuring other familiar faces, and you can the skeleton of what I assume is a former employee kept in Michael Narducci’s office.
“Let’s just say today we’re starting to break a new episode, which means we are in the process of finishing the one that precedes it. We make a list, we look at a blank board, and we make [another] list, and we say, ‘OK. Where did we end the previous episode? What do we owe from all the episodes we’ve done?’ Make that list. Make sure there’re no threads dangling, characters that haven’t been seen for a while.
What do we owe? We make a list. We spend a day sort of thinking, Gosh, what do we want to see? It’s been a long time since Elijah smiled. How can we create a story that makes him happy or where he can have a little fun? Hey, it’s been a while since there’s been a full moon, and we have a werewolf storyline, so should this be a full moon episode? What’s the big shocking reveal? What’s the big romantic wow? If you were going to say what you wanted this episode to be and mean, what would you call it? What would you say?
We just keep talking like that in really broad strokes. What we want to see our characters doing. What we want to see happen supernaturally. Then, in those big talks, myself or [Michael] Narducci, whoever’s kind of in charge at the moment, will start to whittle all those big thoughts into more clear, precise, beats, story ideas, pitches and you just keep whittling until you land on a concept for the episode.”
Complex has a nice lengthy interview with Joseph Morgan in which he discusses the development of the spinoff, his dead Original siblings, and more. On how he builds his portrayal:
“When I am Klaus, I keep in mind that my evil comes from the fact that I had a dysfunctional childhood, my father wasn’t my real father, my mother and my siblings rejected me so I’m striving for love and I want affection and I’m lashing out because I’m not getting it. All of these things that build the backstory for the character. When the audience is allowed to glimpse that backstory, to see Klaus as a child or young man, that allows them to sympathize with him. And to a certain extent, to justify some of the things he’s doing in the context of this fictional world.”