Remember when Elena’s biggest problem was plain old water? Lots of changes since then but Elena’s drowning scene was a big challenge for the actors and crew. Entertainment Weekly has a great piece on the mechanics of filming that scene, as told by Supervising Producer Chris Grismer.
I started the actors training for the scene about two months before we shot. They had to train every weekend with dive instructors. Nina Dobrev was already PADI-certified, but those who weren’t had to become. They also had to learn how to act underwater for a long period of time without air: They had to learn how to do a scene and then get air between takes from a safety diver, who was never more than five or six feet away, instead of coming back up to the surface, which I think was pretty terrifying for them.
Tonight’s episode, My Brother’s Keeper (EP407), features the return of the Miss Mystic Falls pageant, and cast members including Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder talked to E!Online on set about who is and isn’t attending the festivities. Ian jokes:
“Damon wins the Miss Mystic Falls pageant, so he gets his tiara!” His talent? “He can put his lipstick on with his toes perfectly. No mirror, nothing,” the star says.
There are quick tidbits from Paul Wesley and Steven R. McQueen as well.
Entertainment Weekly has three different videos to help get you ready for tonight’s episode. Click over to see what Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino, Candice Accola, Steven R. McQueen, and Nina Dobrev have to say about My Brother’s Keeper (EP407). Here’s Ian on Damon and Elena at the Miss Mystic Falls dance:
“Remember, in the first season they had this dance where you could feel, really for the first time, that cool chemical attraction that they had,” Somerhalder said. “Seeing this again … and seeing both of them recognizing it and sort of internalizing it, it’s cool.”
Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas will be appearing on tomorrow night’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, My Brother’s Keeper (EP407), and Nina Dobrev interviewed her for Entertainment Tonight about her experience visiting the show. Gabby also helps Nina with some gymnastic, and there are some nice words from Nina, Ian Somerhalder, and Candice Accola about Gabby’s accomplishments and working with her on set. (And for international viewers, try this YouTube version.)
Here’s a cool (and very sweet) behind the scenes video featuring Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas and the Vampire Diaries cast chatting about Douglas’s upcoming guest appearance in tomorrow night’s episode, My Brother’s Keeper (EP407). We’re not sure who was more excited to meet who.
There’s not much news this holiday week, but this video from TV Guide is hilarious enough to make up for it. Nina Dobrev, Joseph Morgan, Ian Somerhalder, Steven McQueen, and Candice Accola play Shag, Marry, Stake among various sets of characters on the show, and they really put a lot of thought into it. Enjoy!
The Vampire Diaries and cast are finalists in the People’s Choice Awards. Yes, the fans have managed to vote ‘em all into the PCA finals.
And it looks like the TVD Family made into the final round for Favorite TV Fan Following, so be sure to vote for yourselves, too! Congrats to Nina, Ian, Paul, and everyone involved in bringing TVD to our screens every Thursday, and to the fans as well.
Check out the nominations and then vote, vote, vote! And, just like previous years, you can vote via Twitter as well. See the end of the post for easy copy-and-paste tweets to vote.
You can vote TVD in each of the following categories:
- Favorite SciFi/Fantasy TV Show: The Vampire Diaries
- Favorite Dramatic TV Actor: Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder
- Favorite Dramatic TV Actress: Nina Dobrev
- Favorite TV Fan Following: TVD Family
The People’s Choice Awards 2013 will air January 9, 2013 on CBS.
Copy and paste your votes:
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Um . . . ew? The CW has posted a new, rather bloody, webclip for Thursday’s episode, We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes (EP406).
The CW has released a snazzy new Vampire Diaries promo via the official TVD Facebook and this one features (most of) the cast. Check it out:
Some of you may remember the “Starve A Vampire” blood drive from the first season and it looks like the CW has resurrected the PSA to get the word about donating blood. So here’s a reminder that you can visit the official Red Cross website and find out how and where you can donate blood for those in need.