Fancast has an interview up with Zach Roerig, who plays Matt Donovan on the show. Amongst other things, he talks a lot about Matt, his relationship with Elena, the Donovan family background, working in Atlanta and with the other people involved with the Vampire Diaries, and… Matt the Vampire Slayer? We think that could work, as long as Stefan isn’t on the list for staking.
Where are Matt and Vickie’s parents? Matt seems to take care of Vickie almost like her father.
I don’t think that Matt or Vickie ever really had a father figure around. That’s why the Mom all through their childhood was bouncing around from guy to guy. So Vickie and Matt had to raise themselves.
What would you like Matt’s character arc to be?
I think that every family [in Mystic Falls] is going to have some kind of secret. I think it would be cool if Matt killed a vampire. I think once Matt realizes that there are vampires he will definitely be involved in the killing of vampires.
This Friday’s issue of TV Guide Magazine has a spread of Vampire Diaries behind-the-scenes photos courtesy of Kayla Ewell, who also gives some spoilery insight into what the future holds for Vicki and Jeremy, reveals that the vampires of the show don’t yet have the hang of the whole biting thing, and gives up Michael Trevino and Zach Roerig‘s dirty little Twitter secret (with photographic evidence! – we’re LOL-ing over here). Click on the images below to see bigger, readable scans in the gallery (a little spoilery!) – and big, big thanks to Denise for the scans.
Nina Dobrev is featured in the new issue of Glamour, along with Sara Paxton (R.I.P. The Beautiful Life) and Jessica Lucas (Melrose Place), and we have a scan courtesy of Nina Dobrev Fan.
The CW Connect has a video interview with Nina where she answers fan questions about the show, including whether Elena suspects Stefan is a vampire, the vibe on the set, how much she knows about what future episodes hold, and how the show is different from Twilight and True Blood. Lots of good stuff – you can view it at CWtv.com or on the official Vampire Diaries Facebook (the second link should work for you, non-U.S.A. peoples).
UPDATE: YouTube embed below.
E! News visited the set of The Vampire Diaries last week during filming of the Halloween episode (Haunted – we’ve already had glimpses of Jeremy’s and Elena’s, and Matt’s costumes via Nina’s Twitter), and the segment features some soundbites from Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, and Ian Somerhalder.
VAMPIRE DIARIES continued to cast a spell on viewers in a number of key ratings measurements, with flat week to week performances in adults 18-34 (1.8/6) and women 18-49 (2.3/3). TVD also mesmerized female teens with a 2.5/10, winning a first place finish in the influential demo. Additionally, TVD was seen by 3.52M total viewers.
Ian Somerhalder answers reader questions about Damon’s motivations, what attracted him to the role, how he gets into character, and books vs. TV over at Entertainment Weekly:
Some people would say the show’s success depends on the chemistry between Elena and Stefan. I think a show like this is only as good as its villain. How do you see it?
I just see it as another component in the story. Every love story needs a catalyst of some sort. Love is tested in so many ways. How do I articulate this? Two people are together. There are stakes, strife, struggles, all these things that make us fall for someone, love someone even more, leave someone. But there’s always a catalyst. Something happens. And Damon, I think, is just that catalyst.
The L.A. Times also caught up with Ian:
It’s important that you and Paul Wesley, who plays Stefan, have chemistry. Did you do anything to bond before production?
We just have it, which is great. I remember after a whole day of shooting publicity, I still hadn’t seen the pilot and Paul had it at his place and he said, “Listen, we’re going to grab dinner and we’re going to go and we’re going to sit and we’re going to watch it.” I was sitting there with him and I thought, “There are so many other people I could be stuck doing this together with and, fortunately, we got stuck with each other because it just works.”
NEW Ian in the New York Post:
PW: How soon will we start learning about Damon and Stefan’s history?
Ian: Very, very quickly. They’re not going to make the audience slowly get to know these people, which I think is smart. I’m one of the worst, but we’re all ADD. I have the attention span of a mosquito from multitasking and all the things that have affected my poor little brain. We want to get to the meat of the story, so Damon starts doing something things right off the bat that are so wrong … but so much fun. And that’s the key, man.
NEW More chat with Korbi at Zap2It (spoilers!):
Will Elena be the character to bring (the humanity) out of him?
IS: You know, when Damon’s in the presence of Elena, that is when you definitely see a change in him. There is something so profoundly attractive to Damon about this girl, not only just because Nina Dobrev is strikingly beautiful and extraordinarily talented, but because there’s a lot of Nina in Elena and Elena is very sweet and beautiful and [she's] going to be a complex character. Something about her reminds Damon of something that was very, very important in his life, and that’s why you see a bit of difference with him when he’s around her.
NEW Ian (boy, has he been busy!) interview with E!Online:
Are Damon and Stefan close at all, or is it strictly sibling rivalry with those two?
Stefan is not a fan of Damon, and for good reason. Whatever happened in the past, something happened between these two to yield an enormous amount of animosity, equally shared. Damon harbors a lot of anger toward Stefan for something he did in the past. So at any given moment, Stefan finds himself in a place where he’s happy, Damon will show up to ruin it. And that’s intense. Make no mistake about it, Damon loves his brother. He would never let anything happen to his brother. He’s the only one he has. And to be honest with you, Stefan is the only person who truly understands Damon, who understands what he’s been through, understands what he’s coming from.
NEW There’s a video clip available of Ian’s appearance on the Tyra Banks show, which airs tomorrow night on the CW. Check your local listings for times.
NEW CWSource has posted an interview with Ian from Comic Con.
Maxim.com has a very brief Q&A with Kayla and an accompanying photo shoot:
Honestly, on set when they put the bite marks on my neck, I looked in the mirror and freaked out. It made me squeamish. I’m OK with blood, but walking around and talking on your cell phone with a giant gash in your neck—I’m going to have to get used to that.
NEW Radar-online talks to the head make-up artist on the Vampire Diaries:
To get into “Vamp Mode”, as Pryor calls it, Somerhalder and Wesley must endure a painstaking makeup process including prosthetics, contact lenses and specially fitted fangs, which are created from a mold taken of the individual actors teeth. Then there’s airbrushing and a special effects team, which put the finishing touches on their scary transformation using visual effects.
EW.com has a fun photo gallery up: ‘Vampire Diaries’: Where You’ve Seen 10 Stars Before, featuring Paul, Ian, Nina, Zach, Kayla, Sara, Katerina, Michael, Candice, and Steven. And Nina is featured in their Fall TV Preview: 14 Exclusive Shots gallery.
First up, we have a lengthy interview with Paul, courtesy of CW Source. He talks a lot about the show, Stefan, a bit about himself, and how he’s in need of a nickname because there are too many Pauls on set.
Second, we have a variety of interviews with members of the cast (and Bob Levy – and I’m getting a copyright restriction notification, wtf? No fair! This must be what Red feels like all the time):
Update: Vee (and others) should be able to watch it now. ;) (R)
Ian dropped by MTV’s It’s On with Alexa Chung today to talk Vampire Diaries and Damon Salvatore and his return to Lost (as in he’s getting on a plane to Hawaii this Friday with a 36-hour turnaround for filming – Boone will appear in three episodes). He also name-checked Barnabus Collins of Dark Shadows as the best vampire ever, and discussed how he thinks there’s always room for more vampires on TV, calling Kevin Williamson “a genius,” and praising the show’s ensemble cast.
We’re waiting for the video to post on MTV. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s up and add it to this post.
UPDATE: We have a photo of Ian on set at Alexa Chung today, courtesy of MTV.
UPDATE 2: Video’s up! Many thanks to Lora for uploading to YouTube so everyone can enjoy.
Also, thanks to lilacstar1 on YouTube, we have the Daytime EMMY Red Carpet pre-show snippet of Ian introducing a clip from The Vampire Diaries (we’ve edited it down to just Ian’s segment – and hi, Zach!):
Many thanks to @Heaven314 for scanning these for us. This week’s issue of Soap Opera Digest contains interviews with Paul Wesley, Kayla Ewell and Zach Roerig, where they talk about working on the Vampire Diaries with each other and their previous work in various daytime soaps.
We’ve got some episode stills from episode three (production code #102) of the Vampire Diaries TV series, ‘Friday Night Bites’. As the title implies, it’s a very football-focused episode, with a lot of Stefan in a football shirt (and both Vee and I agree that our favourite number is ’7′, so Stefan being ’17′ kind of tickles us). We’ll be adding our spoilery observations to the Friday Night Bites spoiler zone later on.
Quick reminder that Paul Wesley will be on the NY PIX Morning News (on NYC CW affiliate Channel 11) tomorrow (Monday) morning at 7:45 a.m. ET. Watch their blog for photos/video or, if you’re in NYC, watch on TV.
Also, thanks to nysiren for the heads up that a photo of Paul and Nina is featured in the September issue of NYLON, with Anna Paquin on the cover. It’s their TV issue.
As for the CW Fall 2009 Preview Special, it featured the TVD extended preview, which was nice to see on a television versus the laptop. If you stuck around to watch the CW’s Daytime EMMY Red Carpet special, you caught a video message from Ian Somerhalder within the first 20 minutes. He introduced a clip from The Vampire Diaries pilot (Stefan and Damon in Stefan’s room), with Zach Roerig standing behind him. Hopefully that’ll pop up online at some point.
We have a feeling the next 10 days are going to be pretty non-stop with the promo/publicity. Should be fun.
In case some of you aren’t following Vampire Diaries supervising producer/director Marcos Siega on Twitter, he was kind enough to post a photo of Paul and Nina during a “beautiful scene” on Friday night. Moonlight, a fountain…certainly looks romantic from where we sit.
Speaking of Twitter, Julie Plec is just a little bit evil – and we love it.
In case you missed our update to the previous post: My sound card was down when the “Squeamish” promo hit, otherwise I would have been sure to tell you sooner that the track used is “Hang You from the Heavens” by The Dead Weather. (Yes, it has me very excited – it’s shaping up to be my album of the year. And yes, I keep track of these things.) Jack White’s ending up with quite the TVD connection, what with the Raconteurs’ “Consoler of the Lonely” used in the pilot n’ all.
And if you haven’t checked out the official Vampire Diaries site over at CW.com lately, go take a look! They’ve updated with shots from the Greystone Mansion shoot, cast bios (not for everyone yet), videos, and more. Participate in the Vampire Diaries forum, fan the official TVDtv Facebook page, and generally make merry.