And the Wrap’s exit interviews … They talked with Julie, Kevin & Candice … and see how they discuss the finale and Paul and whether or not they are Team Damon or Team Stefan!
Cast and crew share on-set memories, job perks and which storyline Julie Plec never got to do
As Elena Gilbert and her human and supernatural friends and foes get set to leave Mystic Falls for the final time, “The Vampire Diaries” star Candice King and co-creators Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson got a little nostalgic as they looked back on the eight-year journey.
Ahead of Friday’s series finale, TheWrap caught up with a few of the supernatural creatures and people who brought them to life to ask the tough questions about their experience on the show.
What was the biggest job perk? Which cast member was the greatest distraction? Seriously, who wins — Team Stefan or Team Damon?
See the answers to these questions and more in a new edition of TheWrap’s “Exit Interview.”
Candice King (Caroline Forbes)
Describe your workplace environment.
Was your wifi and/or parking sufficient?
Wifi?!? We might as well have been in a bunker. It’s a great way to remember that we are humans that are able to converse with each other about day-to-day thoughts. However, the parking was spectacular.
Were your own expectations of the job met? How?
This job surpassed all of my very high expectations. To say that it was life changing would be an understatement. From Season 1 to Season 8, I appreciated the twists and turns of Caroline’s storyline. It made going to work an adventure.
Favorite craft service item?
DGT Ian style (Damn Good Turkey Sandwich with whatever fancy bread Ian liked to eat).
Did you take any memorabilia or tokens from set?
Yes, but I’m not telling what.
Which costar was the biggest distraction?
It’s a tie between Ian’s food, Nina’s gum, and Paul’s hair.
Biggest job perk?
Getting my hair and make-up done every day. I’ve basically forgotten how to use a curling iron.
How satisfied are you with where your character ends up?
I’m very satisfied. I know the ending has shifted over the years but I was so happy reading the finale. Julie and Kevin did a great job bringing eight seasons to a close. I think fans of the series will be fulfilled and teary eyed watching it.
Which dearly departed character would you bring back to life?
Sheriff Forbes. (Cue the tears.)
Was there a scene or a story you wanted to play out but didn’t get a chance to?
After thinking about it… No! Caroline has been through it all!
What scene do you wish you could’ve played on “Vampire Diaries,” and with which costar?
I wish I could have participated in the flashbacks with anybody! I was so jealous of all the spectacular costumes and locations.
Once and for all, Team Stefan or Team Damon?
I played Caroline… Team Stefan all the way!Continue Reading
Another set of exit interviews … this time with Parade Magazine.
All good things come to an end and such will be the case tonight when the series finale for The Vampire Diaries airs, bringing the hit CW series’ eight-year run to a close.
The night begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a one-hour retrospective, featuring interviews with past and present cast members and guest stars, a conversation with executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, behind-the-scenes footage from the final season and special moments from the past eight years.
Then Old Friends, the series finale episode, airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT when Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) must fight their greatest enemy for one last battle, which will determine the fate of Mystic Falls.
But before tuning in, check out the interview with Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Malarkey (Enzo) and Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) in which they share their favorite memories of the show, their feelings on reading the final script, what they took as a remembrance from the set, the return of old cast members, the possibility of a reboot, and more.
What is your favorite memory from the past eight seasons?
Paul Wesley: Off the top of my head, I don’t really have a favorite memory, but in the general sense, as an actor, you audition for something, you get a job, you shoot that job, and then you go away and shoot the next job. It all comes and goes. And with something like this, I never knew walking into that room that it was going to be eight years of my life. I started the job as a certain kind of person, and I left a completely different person. It’s shaped my entire existence, or at least a lot of my formative years, my 20s. This show is going to forever be ingrained in my personality, which is a major deal. I didn’t sign up for that when I walked into the audition, but I’m very grateful for it. It’s amazing! I’m scarred for life.
Ian Somerhalder: You have to realize that it’s 171 episodes, at a minimum of eight days per episode and sometimes ten, so you’re looking at hundreds and hundreds of days. The newness of it, in the beginning, was really special, with the bonding of this cast and crew. That’s what you miss most, when you leave these things. It’s not performing every day, or the writing. You miss the cast and the crew. You miss all the people who make it work because you, effectively, become a family.
Paul and I have been joking for years while we’re killing each other or staking people. In the middle of it, all of a sudden, there’s a fart joke, and you’re just hysterically laughing while everyone is covered in blood. There were these really funny juxtapositions, and there are just too many to count. It’s an era of our lives. I’m 38. Eight years of that is a substantial part of your life.
Paul: We watched Episode 5 in my apartment, with a bunch of people. I think that’s when we were like, “Oh, this show is pretty good!” It was this episode called “Lost Girls.”
Ian: It’s my favorite episode, ever.
Paul: Mine, too. Ian and I watched the episode together, and that’s when we were both like, “This is really good!” That was a great moment.
Zach Roerig: My favorite memory would be the pilot. A lot of us were very young, and it was early in our careers. There was a certain excitement. There was an electric buzz in Vancouver that we all felt, especially around the casting of Stefan. Most of us were there in Vancouver, waiting to see who they were going to cast.
I remember Kayla Ewell and Nina [Dobrev] floating around pictures on their phones of who they might pick, and I saw a picture of Paul. It was the beginning of the very formative years of all of our lives, I guess. Vancouver definitely sticks out in my mind.
Michael Malarkey: For me, it was also the beginning. That first episode that I shot, with Ian in the cell, felt like we were shooting this little short film. All my scenes, we were shooting together, and we just had this instant connection and understanding of each other. When you come onto a show late in the game, it’s rare that you have that synergy with one of the main actors on the show. I found that, subsequently, with the rest of the cast and was embraced into this world. I feel like I’ve been there forever. It all started with that episode, so that’s my most pivotal and favorite memory.
In these final episodes, you had some returning cast members, like Melinda Clarke, Kayla Ewell and Nina Dobrev. What was it like to work with the returning cast again?
Zach: It was very fitting. It was nice having Kayla come back to say goodbye, as a friend, and getting to work with her again.
Paul: And on that note, I think it would be strange to not have Nina come back for the finale. The whole story is about two brothers, essentially, fighting over a girl. Obviously, there were a bazillion other storylines, but I felt like it would have been a real shame for the fans and for the show not to wrap that up to a degree.Continue Reading
The Huffington Post talks to the Vampire Diaries cast on the end of the series ….
Showrunner Julie Plec and stars Paul Wesley and Candice King reflect on the series’ end.
After eight successful seasons, CW’s “The Vampire Diaries” is closing the doors of the Salvatore mansion and saying farewell to Mystic Falls.
The supernatural series, which starred Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice King, Kat Graham and Nina Dobrev, is wrapping up on March 10, leaving behind a legacy of wacky, witchy, blood-sucking, doppelgänging storylines.
But how will it all come to an end? Below, “The Vampire Diaries” showrunner Julie Plec and stars Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) and Candice King (Caroline Forbes) reflect on the show’s run with The Huffington Post, and hint at what’s to come in the series finale.
Bidding Farewell To The Characters
Julie Plec: I told everybody at the read-through that we would be saying goodbye to every set, every person and every important prop along the way, up to and including, literally, the last shot of Damon’s Camaro. [Laughs]
Candice King: I think the only time I kept getting choked up was at the mention of saying goodbye to Caroline. I’ve been lucky to play a character for so long that I kind of felt like I knew who she was. I didn’t really have to dive into it too much after eight years, and so whenever anyone asked me what it would feel like to say goodbye and put that character to rest, that’s when I started tearing up a little bit. This was my first show, it was my first significant job, and for the first couple of years I didn’t know if I was going to be lucky enough to keep my job because they killed a lot of characters off. So she just represents so much of who I became as an actor. I feel like playing Caroline prepared me for whatever happens next in my career, wherever that takes me.
Paul Wesley: Saying goodbye to the character Stefan and the things that came along with being on the show [was hard]. Honestly, the show went on for so long that you sort of start saying goodbye by Season 6. It’s not a sudden jolt — you’re already starting to transition into a different phase in your life. So it wasn’t like I was splashed in the face with cold water and in complete shock. I’ve sort of been saying my slow goodbye to the character for about three years now, which I’m grateful for because it makes it easier to transition.
Last Day On Set
CK: The last day on set was incredibly emotional. I knew that I needed to cry … a lot. And luckily Julie was directing and wrote the last episode and she’s a crier, so it made me feel comfortable to cry as much as I did. It felt like an important moment of closure. “The Vampire Diaries” represented the majority of my 20s. I booked the show when I was 21 and I’m about to turn 30 now, so it’s really defined a decade of my life — and a pretty significant one as far as growing up and who you become. It really did shape me, and a lot of that is because of the people I got to work with. It felt so significant to stand next to so many people that had seen me grow and change and who’ve I’ve seen grow and change. We’ve all been with each other through life and death and marriage and divorce, and to be able to all stand in the Salvatore House great room set and hold hands and put arms around each other and really say goodbye to the series was a powerful moment I’ll never forget. A lot of tears, and silly string. The silly string brought the laughs after the tears.
JP: In that last moment, we really wanted to get Paul and Ian [Somerhalder] at the same time and so I had Candice and Kat [Graham] work with the art department, props and the AD department so that they could ninja-style launch an attack with the silly string and all the poppers and the sparkling champagne and all that. So we ended up wrapping on a party note.
PW: Oh, it was really funny. It was a bit surreal. I finished my take in my final scene and literally they hadn’t even yelled cut yet and someone just sprayed silly string directly into my eye. [Laughs] I have grown up on the set of “Vampire Diaries,” and, in many ways, it’s a beautiful thing and, in many ways, I have a relatively myopic view of things because you’re on set eight months out of the year. I’m 34 and I certainly want to be able to honor some of the artistic feelings I have in terms of my taste level. “The Vampire Diaries” is a fantastic show and I am so grateful for it and I think that it’s been incredible, but it will be exciting for me to do a series or a film or a play, as an actor, that is definitely a little more focused on adult stories.Continue Reading
Okay it has been 24 hours since the series finale so I can finally share some articles about the episode …
Paul, Ian, Nina, Candice and more share their thoughts on the series finale.
Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!
After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But this time, saving the day cost him his life.
In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion.
As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)
So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:
Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. I was just excited. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between.
Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that.
Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.
Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written.
Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.
Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. I cried during a lot of moments. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago.
For over a century I have lived in secret, hiding in the shadows, alone in the world, until now. I am a vampire. And this is my story.
It has been eight years since filming started on the Vampire Diaries in Vancouver, British Columbia (which eventually moved to Covington, Georgia). A cast and crew of mostly strangers would eventually become a family as they filmed the CW hit series. Thank you to every person who helped make the Vampire Diaries what it has been. Thank you to Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec for taking a series of books and making it into a weekly favorite. Thank you Paul for bringing us the rich character of Stefan Salvatore. And thank you fans for all the fun along the way.
Tonight is the night … the two hour season finale. I have played catch up today and added all of the missing season 8 episode stills to our gallery.
Paul Wesley shares his favorite behind the scenes moment on set.
I came across this article by Entertainment Tonight where they discussed last week’s episode with Paul and discussed the finale along with Nina’s return.
Here comes the (vampire) bride!
In tonight’s penultimate episode of The Vampire Diaires, Stefan and Caroline are tying the knot — and unraveling some Mystic Falls trouble along the way.
Earlier this week, ET caught up with star Paul Wesley to get the behind-the-scenes scoop on tonight’s epically romantic wedding and inside details on what’s ahead when Nina Dobrev returns next week for The Vampire Diaries’ series finale.
Wesley, who jokes that Stefan has seen and done it all over these last eight seasons, (I’ve died 17 times and killed 18,000 people, and I’m still the hero!”) confesses that a wedding was still on his TVD bucket list.
“It’s funny because you know I had heard about this ‘June wedding’ for the first time at Comic Con. I had no idea what everyone was talking about and I still kind of don’t really know what it’s about,” Wesley admits with a laugh to a group of reporters.
True TVD fans remember that in the very first episode of the series, Caroline gushes to Bonnie about all of the information she has already gathered on the attractive, yet mysterious new student Stefan Salvatorre.
“We’re planning a June wedding,” she breezily adds.
The actor continues, “So when they first told me that we were going to have a June wedding, I was like, ‘Oh, cool. We’re paying homage to the fans,’ But yeah it was kind of amazing.”
Wesley reveals that he knew that from the moment that the Vampire Diaries writers “dangled that carrot” with the news of a Steroline proposal, that a wedding was inevitable. “I know how this show works in the sense that if we hadn’t gotten married, I thought that’d be a real twist,” he says. “And [Vampire Dairies creator] Julie [Plec] is way too nice of a person. You know, she wouldn’t do that.”
“Stefan and Elena were such the pair for so many years and I never in a million years thoughts Caroline and Stefan would end up being that kind of — I don’t want to say true love because I think true love can exist in many forms — but I never knew that they would be equally as powerful as a couple. So it was equally surprising to me,” he explains.
Speaking of Elena, fans were overjoyed to learn that former TVD leading lady Nina Dobrev will officially be returning in the drama’s series finale to reprise her roles as both Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce.
“I think it would be very strange to not have Nina come back for the finale,” he shares. “It’s like the whole story is about two brothers essentially — I mean the crux of it — is two brothers fighting over a girl. I mean, there’s a zillion other storylines. But, I felt like it would have been a real shame for the fans and for the show to not sort of wrap that up to a degree.”
Wesley confirms that Dobrev’s return in the final episode will be a very “satisfying” ending for audiences and that he even got a little choked up when reading the very last script.
“I read the script on the plane,” he recalls. “It’s just a culmination of so many emotions. You’re like, ‘OK, this is the last script I’m ever going to read for this show.’ I got a bit teary-eyed and I’m kind of a cold-hearted bastard,” he confesses. “So I took a selfie with just a bit of red eyes, and I sent it to Julie and Kevin [Williamson]. I was like, ‘Good work, guys.'”
The Vampire Diaries airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.