Metro.co.uk has an interview with Ian Somerhalder about that show he’s starring in – you know, the one aimed at “moody teenagers” (you guys feeling moody today?). As you know, the Vampire Diaries lands on the UK’s ITV2 on February 2nd, and here Ian talks Damon, vampire groupies, Lost, modelling, extravagant purchases and, if he was a kangaroo, what he could keep in his pouch (I know it sounds like something we’d make up, but I swear we didn’t).
Your character is a bit of a rotter, isn’t he?
Yes, but I don’t judge him. Everyone has righteous reasons for what they do in the world. He believes what he’s doing is justified. He believes he’s been wronged by his brother and has vowed to make him miserable for eternity. He’s just living up to his promise.
Also from the UK, Wales on Sunday has an interview with Nina Dobrev. Aside from her love of the English accent (and what’s not to love *cough*), Nina talks about the show, Elena, and the sex appeal of vampires.
“I love my character, and I can’t say too much because I don’t want to spoil it but things get pretty intense and I get to do a lot of amazing, really cool things, so every day’s exciting and every day’s different.”
Back in the USA, Paul Wesley is a “proud non-conformist”, and talks about getting kicked out of school, how he got started in acting, and going out for the role of Stefan.
“I finally went in after reading a bunch of times and it was literally me and nine other guys _ a couple from Australia, a couple from London and some from New York. And a week later I was on the set filming. But it was way worth it, I’ll tell you that much. It’s the greatest part I’ve ever played. It’s a little more fun to play the villain, but this is the most challenging thing I’ve ever done and the thing I’ve fallen in love with the most.”
Thanks to Vampire Diaries Web we have some more stills from Thursday’s episode, “Unpleasantville” in the gallery:
And finally, we’ve had word from several readers Down Under that the Vampire Diaries will return with brand new episodes on Monday, February 8 on GO! in Australia.
Digital Spy’s Tube Talk has posted their interview with Paul Wesley (following up yesterday’s chat with Ian Somerhalder). Paul talks good-naturedly about the slippery slope of producers and writers unafraid to kill off main characters, why Elena is the obvious choice over Katherine, and how he’d like to see Stefan engage in some role reversal with Damon.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush has exclusive outtakes from the NYLON photoshoot, as well as more quotes from the article:
Costar Michael Trevino, who plays troubled Tyler Lockwood, had another vampire series in mind when he heard the show’s premise. “I think the majority of our cast was kind of like ‘Vampire Diaries’? Really? There’s already a ‘Twilight;’ is this going to be like trying to make a fake ‘True Blood’?”
Thanks to @CWVampDiaries for the heads up on this video interview with Ian Somerhalder, courtesy of Digital Spy’s Tube Talk. He discusses the Stefan/Elena/Damon dynamic, why Damon would make an excellent boyfriend, and how “the Katherine thing is very difficult for Damon right now.” Watch the @TubeTalk Twitter for links to their upcoming interviews with Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley.
MTV’s Hollywood Crush has an ever-so-rare chat with Steven R. McQueen about what’s in store for Jeremy on upcoming episodes of The Vampire Diaries. He has wonderful things to say about Malese Jow, who will be guest starring as Anna (J’s potential love interest?), calling her “very talented and very sweet.”
And we know from reading your comments in the blog and posts in the forum that what Damon did to Jeremy is a huge, HUGE point of interest, and you’ll be happy to know Steven plays a bit coy on that front (spoilery!):
[spoiler]It was way back in 2009, but you may recall that earlier in the season, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) pulled his special vampire brainwash-y powers out to erase Jeremy’s memory of his girlfriend Vicki’s death. The catch is, it’s not exactly clear what Damon did. “That’s something that’s going to unfold itself a little later in the series,” Steven said. “[Damon] did erase my pain and my grief and such, but I’m not sure what I can reveal of just how much he shut out of my memory — and if he put anything in there.”[/spoiler] (Dun Dun Dun… )
And @LilMissX is being very, very good to Vampire Diaries fans in anticipation of the show’s return this Thursday. Check out our first look at Mia Kirshner as Isobel, Alaric’s wife, in this still (we know Isobel is set to debut in Bloodlines, but we’re not 100% positive that’s what the still is from) with Matt Davis (Alaric):
UPDATE: Thanks to KryptonSite, we now know the Alaric/Isobel still is from an upcoming episode called A Few Good Men.
According to this ITV2 press release, it looks like UKers can look forward to a Tuesday, February 2nd debut for The Vampire Diaries. And it gets better: The channel will be kicking off with a 9-11 p.m. double header of the pilot and Night of the Comet. Smart move, we say.
Speaking of air dates: The Vampire Diaries kicks off in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria tomorrow night! Though I suppose it’s already January 20th in your neck of the woods, so… Enjoy the show!
With all of the TVD cast appearances in magazines lately, we thought you might want to check out Katerina Graham pontificating on the particulars of her beauty bag in this Seventeen video, and Nina Dobrev Fan has nice, watermark-free scans from Nina’s very pink fashion spread in SELF.
ITV2 has a shiny new promo trailer for the UK. Obviously, there’s no new footage, but it’s snazzy, and there’s the British voiceover guy. ;)
There’s also a nice Damon and Elena teaser up on the Ausiello Files, which pleases Vee and I endlessly. We’re both impressed with this take on the Damon and Elena dynamic, and look forward to a slow build to a big bang.
Question: Corner Kevin Williamson at press tour and get some good Vampire Diaries dirt on Damon/Elena.
Ausiello: I did you one better. I cornered him, got him drunk, and then went in for the kill. “What’s going to be really fun for Damon isn’t seducing Elena — she’s in love with Stefan, so that’s not going to work,” notes KW. “The best way to truly piss off Stefan is to be her friend. True love doesn’t necessarily come from passion. And he also needs the friend. So they develop an unlikely friendship that’s real.”
To whet the appetites of UK fans for the premiere of the show in January (and for everyone else who’s waiting for the hiatus to be over on the 21st), here’s a short and sexy promo for you from ITV2.
Track used is “Makes Me Wanna Die” by Tricky – thanks to QUEENCROWN for the ID.
Remember that People.com poll we mentioned a while back? The one that ruffled so many feathers with its “Second-Hottest Vampire” designation (assuming RPattz was number one)? Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley were included and, well, the results are in – as voted by People.com readers (click the screenshot to go to People.com):
Speaking of the Vampire Diaries ladies – the new issue of InStyle magazine features a two-page spread with Nina, Candice, Katerina, and Kayla Ewell. And the Jan/Feb issue of Men’s Health has future recurring guest star Sean Faris on its cover. (Thanks to @sabinetbfl and @Joselito4390 for the heads up.) And don’t forget to watch for Paul, Nina, and Ian on the February 2010 NYLON cover.
Thanks to book cover maven Lorraine of L.J. Smith Cover Resource, we now have some much better scans of Brazil’s The Struggle and the U.K. omnibus covers for The Awakening & The Struggle and The Fury & Dark Reunion. Click the images below to see bigger version in the Gallery.
By the way, if you’re a fan of L.J. Smith’s other series, or just a book cover fan in general, you really should swing by L.J. Smith Cover Resource and check out the plethora of international covers that are coming out. It really is a renaissance for the author’s work and Lorraine has it all.
Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley are still in the UK, hopefully having fun. Though given both Ian and Nina have tweeted a desire to live here, the experience obviously hasn’t been a bad one. Don’t worry, USA, we’ll make sure they get home again. After all, people might notice a difference if the Vampire Diaries started mysteriously looking like it was shot in the same locations as MI5: Spooks. ;)
Looks like the UK’s Heat Magazine have been won over by the Vampire Diaries, and we have to say our hearts developed a warm glow at the article headline. No offense to Robert Pattinson fans, but it’s certainly nice to see people enjoying more variety in the field of young, hot vampires. ;)
After spending the day doing some promotional work for ITV (we’ll hopefully be seeing pictures from that before too long), the trio attended the world premiere for Sherlock Holmes (you know, the one where Watson is even prettier than the female lead). We’re hoping we get some images soon, but until then there are couple of short videos of Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder to keep you going.
We’ve got some more images from the Apple store appearance, courtesy of Giochan over at Italian fansite Only Paul Wesley. Her awesome family gave her a birthday surprise and sent her over to London so she could meet Paul Wesley, and she’s sharing her Apple store images with us. You can view some of the images in our gallery, and more of them in the Only Paul Wesley gallery. There are also a few video clips of Paul for you to take a peek at. If you’d like to use the images, be sure to ask Giochan’s permission.
And if you want to see some more video footage from the Apple store appearance, then check out @SmeaGollum888‘s YouTube channel for her uploads.
(Small clarification note as some people aren’t aware: Red is in the UK, Vee is in the USA. World domination bid, yo.)
We’ve got some more information about the Vampire Diaries being available for download on iTunes in the UK. Looks like ITV are trying something radical to help build a buzz for the show before it premieres next year, and to also try and encourage UK fans to download it via a legal route and combat piracy. The first ten episodes that have already aired in USA are going to be released on iTunes over the coming weeks, with (and this is the best bit) the remaining twelve episodes being made available for download in the UK the day after they’ve aired the USA. The pilot is now available for download in Standard Definition for £1.89 or in High Definition for £2.49. UK fans, enjoy catching up. You’re in for a treat.
And if you’re in London, don’t forget to head over to the Apple store on Regent Street this evening, where Nina, Paul and Ian will be from 5:30pm to promote the Vampire Diaries and answer fan questions.
That’s right, folks. We finally have a date for the Vampire Diaries in the UK. According to Digital Spy, British fans need to mark down Sunday, 24th January, 2010 at 9pm on ITV2. If you have plans for that date, now is a great time to rearrange them.
UPDATE: Guardian article now saying UK premiere is in February.
As we’ve mentioned previously, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder are headed off to London for a few days to promote the TV series. HeatWorld is reporting that the trio are going to be at the Apple Store on Regent Street on Saturday, 12th December from 5.30pm, so UK fans should head on down there to ask them questions. HeatWorld is also reporting that the pilot will be available for download on iTunes in the UK tomorrow, for those who want to get their paws on it before the end of January.