Carina MacKenzie from Zap2It did this great story about Torrey DeVitto (Paul’s lovely wife) and her new character on The Vampire Diaries.
Tonight’s (Jan. 5) episode of “The Vampire Diaries” introduced a new character to the series: Dr. Fell (Torrey DeVitto). Her appearance was brief, but readers of L.J. Smith’s “Vampire Diaries” novels got a big surprise when she coyly told Alaric (Matt Davis), “The patients who follow my advice get to call me Meredith.”
“It’s something we’ve wanted to do for a while, for the book fans, to bring Meredith into this world,” executive producer Julie Plec tells Zap2it. Of course, Meredith a key character in the novels, and some fans were dismayed when the TV series premiered to see that the character had been cut.
DeVitto herself has long been part of the “Vampire Diaries” family behind the scenes, as she’s married to series star Paul Wesley. Plec tells us that Meredith won’t be sharing scenes with Stefan right away, but Wesley is beyond thrilled just to have her around set in an official capacity.
“It makes Paul Wesley so happy,” Plec laughs — but she makes it very clear that casting DeVitto was by no means a favor to Wesley. “There is no nepotism here. In fact, he was so grateful that we wanted to give her the part, so he called to thank us. We were like ‘Dude, we are not doing this for you. She’s really good. We’re doing this because Kevin and I love Torrey.’ We didn’t want him to think we were just trying to make our lead actor happy. Torrey read for Courtney Ford’s role back in Season 3, so we’ve had our eye on her for a very long time. We’re very excited to have her.”
Love how excited Paul is to have Torrey around! I think she is going to be a wonderful addition to a great series!