Variety gives us a run down of last night’s Paley Fest panels for both The Vampire Diaries & The Originals.
On March 22, the casts and producers of the CW drama “The Vampire Diaries” and its spinoff “The Originals” hosted back-to-back PaleyFest panels at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood to talk about their craft for killing, kiss scenes and conniving plans — the second of which being by far the most interesting to fans, who treated the event like a modern-day Beatles concert. Amidst the screams from the audience, those on stage gave some helpful insight into both shows:
The actors know that their characters may come to fatal ends, but they (usually) get fair warning.
“We have a rule that if you’re killing off a series regular, you have to tell them first,” said Plec. “If you’re killing off a person temporarily, you have to warn them before the script comes out.”
Unfortunately, no one warned Danielle Campbell that her character Davina would temporarily die on “The Originals.” She found out when the script came out. Plec sent her an apologetic email.
That said, Plec said on the “Vampire Diaries” panel that new characters on that show don’t have much of a shelf life.
And “Vampire Diaries” Somerhalder, who played a character on “Lost” that suffered this fate, commiserated with these actors.
Even villains need backstories.
“I don’t like villains who are just villains,” said Plec, who was raised on soap operas. “People who are just there to be bad, ugh so annoying.”
Sorry, “Vampire Diaries” fans, despite online campaigns, it doesn’t look like Ian Somerhalder’s Damon and Nina Dobrev’s Elena will be kissing in the rain anytime soon.
“First of all, it’s really cold in Georgia …,” said Somerhalder, adding that “the last time we were in the rain together, it was below 30 degrees. When the rain frames would come down, the water would hit us and we had to cut because my facial muscles would freeze and I literally could not speak. It was as if I had Bell’s palsy.”
After that scene, Dobrev said she’d emailed Plec and demanded that, if they were to film something like that again, Plec would have to be right there with her and wear the same type of costume. Since fans will probably not get a new memory to cherish, here’s the video of the first scene:
Elena has not picked her man, yet.
Despite the rain scene, “Vampire Diaries” fans are often split as to whether Elena will end up with smoldering Damon or with his stoic brother Stefan (Paul Wesley). She’s dated both and neither relationship has been drama free, so Dobrev has another solution.
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