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Ian Somerhalder dishes on season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries”

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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:

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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.

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