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Ian Somerhalder dishes on season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries”
What a difference a year makes. Just ask “The Vampire Diaries” actor Ian Somerhalder, who spoke with Reuters recently about the issues close to his heart — the environment and animal welfare, as well as the hit CW show, the fans and what’s in store so far for season 2. Here’s more from our chat:
Q: You’ve been back on set for a few weeks now. What’s it like? Thinking back to a year ago when people weren’t sure whether things were going to take off?
It’s still the best group of people, best crew in this business … Now, the heat is really on. We feel more of a responsibility at this point to actually do a better job. To make this a better year of television than last year … We’re going to continually work harder on every scene, every take. We have more of a responsibility to make that happen and to not let people down.
Q: What’s in store for your character, Damon?
This season is a different situation for Damon. Damon has fun anyway, but he’s been humbled a little bit, to say the least, by virtue of what happened with Katherine. I think this year, there’s some other elements in town that’s forced Damon to work a little harder and actually get over the things that have hurt him and protect the things that he cares about…He realizes throughout this year that he’s forged relationships and when you forge relationships with people, you have something to lose and something to protect and I think that’s where Damon finds himself. This year, Damon is not having quite as much fun – yet.
Q: What’s your favorite episode so far?
I would say episode 5 of last year where Damon turns Vicki…into a vampire and we had a blast. I got to run around for almost a week with Kayla Ewell in her underwear. It was such a fun episode.
Q: Can you tell us about a scene you worked on recently?
This episode (five) in particular really deals with Damon and Stefan having to kind of come together, set aside their differences. Look, at the end of the day they’re brothers. Any chance that Damon had to kill Stefan and vice versa — they didn’t. Because deep down they love each other… they’re going to be forced to put their differences aside and make sure that the greater goal is achieved: Which is protecting the town, protecting Elena, protecting themselves. They have to protect themselves in order to make sure really bad things don’t go down.
Paul (Wesley) and I actually just did a scene … we’re in a beautiful location outside and … in the beginning of the scene, I was furious and kind of off the handle. But at the end of it, Stefan and Damon actually agreed on something and it was such an odd moment for Stefan to say something and for Damon to actually agree.
Q: I understand you’re going to be in a film called “Cradlewood”. Is that correct?
Due to the production schedule of “The Vampire Diaries” I was unable to do the movie.
Q: What other shows do you follow?
I haven’t been able to watch television in years — I mean, I love it. The only stuff that I can really watch is “The Wire”, or Discovery, or Animal Planet, because I’ve been just so focused. “The Wire” is insane, it’s crazy. I mean, there are some amazing storytelling being done on the small screen right now. That’s what so cool about being in television right now. Studios, networks are starting to throw more resources, better writers, more production values…and to be part of that is awesome.
Caption: Ian Somerhalder arrives at ABC’s “Lost” Live: The Final Celebration at UCLA Royce Hall in Los Angeles, May 13, 2010. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok