Hello from New York! That’s right, I’m back from my TV travels in the south, and, naturally, I’ve brought back a few goodies for y’all.
First, I have a little scoop from the set of The Vampire Diaries, courtesy of Kat Graham (who rocks the most awesome hair in the video below!). Also, in case you missed it, make sure you check out my chat with Candice Accola, with extra scoop from a really fun brunch I attended with some Vampire boys. (Fact: I sat next to the incredibly chivalrous Ian Somerhalder and I might never wash the top of my kissed right hand again. I don’t mind sounding gushy in this case; I’m only human, people!)
And you’ll also find some scoop from the set of Teen Wolf, where I sat down with the whole cast. More goodies from that will come your way close to the show’s summer premiere, but what kind of friend would I be if I teased the visit and didn’t deliver?
But my monster week didn’t stop me from also packing lots of goodies for the non-supernatural-loving set in this week’s column, so I hope you enjoy. All I ask in return is that you keep the conversation going by asking questions! Send ’em all my way: firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter. Thanks, y’all!
‘VAMPIRE DIARIES STAR KAT GRAHAM: UPCOMING CONFRONTATIONS ‘WILL RESULT IN DEATH’
It looks like Caroline’s dad (Yup, I’m still crying) is only the tip of the death iceberg on Vampire Diaries.
Now that we know the originals are ALL here, and ready to have a ball (literally and figuratively) with the gang from Mystic Falls, I can share with you a fun conversation I had with the lovely Kat Graham while on the set of Vampire Diaries this week, in which we talked a little bit about the episodes (and CHAOS!) to come. “The show is very epic. The storylines move really really quick. [It’s] definitely one of the fastest storylines I’ve ever been a fan of watching or that I’ve been involved with. So there will be developments that are going to happen [in every episode],” she says. “The episodes with the originals are going to start reaching a head and you’re not going to know whose going to die and whose going to survive and what plans really are going to work this time. And what plans are going to be stopped and thwarted. So some really massive confrontations are definitely going down… that WILL result in death.”
With no one safe, Graham is simply counting her lucky stars that this year has given her such a meaty and satisfying storyline with her mother (played by Persia White). And while their coffin mission might be over, Graham says the same certainly can’t be said for their mother-daughter issues. “There’s still stuff to hash out,” she says. “If somebody does something to you that really really hurts you and has created a ripple effect in your life, you don’t really forget about that and you have to go back and deal with them. You sort of go back into a protective mode because you feel like they’re going to go back and do it again. So Bonnie feels like her mother has to win her trust.”
Want more from Graham? Check out our full chat:
‘TEEN WOLF’: MEET THE NEWBIES. PLUS, STILES SCOOP!
Teen Wolf doesn’t kick off until summer, but while in Atlanta, I got a chance to meet a few of the new faces (and some old faves!) who you’ll be seeing in season 2. So I thought it’d be nice to have two introductions:
Gage Golightly plays Erika, a high school pariah whose days of lonely lunchtimes and hallway shame are over after being bitten by a werewolf. In an instant, she’s “the girl who walks in the cafeteria and forks drop,” says Golightly. “It’s very fun to play that whole transformation and just be able to get back at everybody who made fun of her all those years.” In more teasy news: Golightly says her favorite scene so far is when she shares a “sexually intense” scene in the morgue with [REDACTED].
Sinqua Walls, who you might remember from season 3 of Friday Night Lights, plays new “troublemaker” Boyd, who “brings an interesting animalistic nature” to the show. Boyd, after finding new physical strength, joins the lacrosse team and gains newfound confidence. But, Walls says, his sudden transformation doesn’t erase all traces of his insecure past. “I hope to show the slow maturation from going really insecure to being confident,” he says. “Inside, [he still has] those nerves and anxieties and self-consciousness.”
Elsewhere, I also caught up with Dylan O’Brien, who told me that this season would find one of my favorite teen BFF duos (Stiles and Scott) pursuing different paths. “I think Stiles kind of had to take the reigns last year with Scott, who was more in a state of panic and wasn’t quite ready to handle all the werewolf endeavors. Stiles picked up the slack. This year, Scott and Stiles separate a little bit — not as friends, but in their storylines in a sense,” he shares. “I think Stiles is going to have a lot more to deal with on his own this year.” Among it all? Possibly a date or two with Lydia! Well, he hesitates to call them dates — instead opting for “forced-hang out occasions” — but I’m going to go there and say date. Because that has to happen.