What chills and thrills await fans of The Vampire Diaries? Nothing that involves flowers, kittens, and happy thoughts, warns Candice Accola, who plays the role of Caroline, in an E! News interview. But she, like the rest of the cast and crew, makes it clear that she’s been bitten and smitten by the attraction to the supernatural.
Caroline has to fight her own way back to happiness after Sheriff Forbes, played by Marguerite MacIntyre, died. Not only does Caroline miss her mom, but she feels heart-broken that she couldn’t be by her side.
So surely life will be less, well, sucky for Candice’s character? No bloody way, not on The Vampire Diaries, warns Candice.
“Yeah, if you thought it was going to get easier and happier and jollier, it’s not,” hints Accola. “Thank God for waterproof mascara!”
And although death happens frequently on the show, Candice has learned to take it in stride and shift between mythology and reality. She also praises the writers.
“I thought it was a really powerful move by the writers. There has been so much death on the show, a lot of it from really supernatural reasons, like Caroline’s father passed away when he refused to complete his transition to become a vampire. Everyone has found a lot of solutions to a lot of these deaths, these very gruesome, bloody deaths, and this was just as real and non-mythology-based as it gets.”
As for the rest of the stars? Shifting between reality and supernatural involves depending on not just the writers, but The Vampire Diary director as well. And now showrunner Julie Plec is exciting to reveal details behind the scenes.
Also a director, Plec noted that Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Paul Wesley also have the potential to direct. But she admits that it’s a nerve-inducing venture.
“The thing that made me most nervous, which is so dumb, is the call times because I’m a night person and I never, ever, ever get up in the morning. I’m so terrified of being late or missing my alarm clock that I get the worst anxiety, so I basically spent every day filled with anxiety, worrying if I’m going to get enough sleep or if I’m going to sleep through my alarm clock. It’s the dumbest thing, but another director said that to me. It’s a director’s worst nightmare.”
Now, having done it, Julie praises her crew. She feels that it’s also satisfying to have become one of the few female directors.
“My favorite part was stepping onto the set and realizing just how natural it felt to be there. Everybody supported me and I’ve got an amazing crew,” she said.
“I do all these panels where people are always talking about the lack of female directors and I have a lot of opinions on that. Here I am in this situation where I actually have the opportunity to make myself a statistic and why not? I think every woman that has the opportunity to take on this type of challenge should and can, so it felt good to be able to do that.”
As the Inquisitr reported, Ian Somerhalder is also directing The Vampire Diaries show. Behind the scenes, his new fiancee Nikki Reed reportedly wants to help, making it more complicated.
However, Julie carefully steered clear of any rumors and focused on how she chooses the stars who are allowed to direct.
“We wanted [the cast] to have this opportunity, but we also wanted them to take it seriously and wanted them to understand it’s not just like, oh you’re the star of the show so you get to direct. We made a bootcamp list of things that they need to have accomplished before.”
That opens the door to Nina, but Julie said that Dobrev has been hesitatant to try her directing skills on the show in which she stars.
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