I visited the set of The Vampire Diaries a few weeks back, and had the opportunity to speak with several members of the cast about what the rest of the season had in store for our favorite characters. I have all those interviews coming your way now that The Vampire Diaries is returning this Thursday!
The hardest cast member to grab a couple minutes with was Ian Somerhalder, and while I didn’t get as much time with him as I did the rest of the cast – he was able to spare a couple minutes to answer some questions. It was the day after his birthday, which he revealed he had enjoyed immensely while being basically naked all day in a bubble bath with a beautiful woman.
“I was here on set all day… basically naked. I was naked in a shower scene, and then I took about a 3 and half hour bubble bath with a beautiful woman on set…. Pretty much naked. And then munched on her a little bit and then I was brought an amazing gigantic cake by the crew, and sang to as I’m in a bubble bath with a beautiful woman. I also launched my foundation which is just the coolest thing. It really was such a memorable day. The energy floating around was just so palpable.” Ian commented.
I mentioned how his birthday had trended on Twitter, and a smile spread on his face, “I know it’s crazy! And I’m just so thankful to all of you guys, the media and the fans. It was a really powerful day. I was exhausted by the end of it, so I know it was so full. It was awesome. I couldn’t have picked a better way to celebrate it. If I had to work, to be around this group of people and to be naked all day with a gorgeous chick… it could be so much worse.” Ian replied.
So speaking of gorgeous chicks, how does Ian personally wanted to see the Damon and Elena relationship progress? “I just want him to make out with her eventually.” Ian paused. “I mean Stefan gets both of them, and I think it’s just time to pay the fiddler. I have no idea how that’s ever going to happen by the way. I would just like to see him be in her good graces, for her to see that he’s not such a dick… but the problem is that he is. So I don’t really know where I want that to go. All I know is that him to protect her.”
When asked about the biggest challenge in playing Damon, Ian had a cute jingle for us. “The softer side of Sears. It’s like “Come see the softer side of… Salvatore…(sings)” It’s tough, because there has to be truth, and there is a lot of real pain buried in that humor. The maniacal killer in him is starting to wane by virtue of the fact, not to sound like a broken record, but all the stakes have been raised because he cares about people now. There are stakes.”
As Ian ran back to shoot a couple more scenes, we chatted with Julie Plec about what was to come (this interview is also coming this week!). And then just when we thought we weren’t going to get any more time with Ian, he popped back in for another couple minutes.
When Ian returned he talked a little bit more about the confliction his character had faced this season, and how he actually thought that Damon was becoming soft. “He’s starting to feel things that he doesn’t want to feel. He doesn’t like feeling anything for anyone, because then there are stakes. And when there are stakes, you risk losing someone.” Ian explained, “It was really counter-intuitive for me initially because I was just so used to him being a bad guy. To have these layers was difficult for me. I was like ‘wait a minute! Damon is becoming soft’ and then he tried to kill Jeremy and I was like ‘Oh yeah. Never mind.'”
And almost as quickly as he had sat down with us, he was whisked back into filming. This was my 3rd time sitting down with the charming Mr. Somerhalder, and I eagerly look forward to next time so I can get to all those other questions that were on my list to ask!
Article By: Emma Loggins