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Julie Plec Teases Cassidy Freeman’s TVD Guest Role & “1912″
We just got back from an advance screening of Thursday night’s Vampire Diaries episode “Dangerous Liaisons” (read 10 teases here) and we also attended a Q&A with Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec.
Details from the rest of the Q&A can now be found on our general TV news site KSiteTV momentarily, but for VampireSite.net visitors, here’s what Julie had to say about the upcoming guest role portrayed by Smallville fan favorite Cassidy Freeman, and more details about what to expect in her first episode.
“I haven’t seen it. I’ve only heard that she’s awesome,” Julie says about Cassidy’s TVD premiere. “Cassidy Freeman’s character is a vampire that we’ll meet in our 16th episode, which is the first episode in March [once we're back]. The episode is called ’1912,’ and it is a time about a hundred years ago that I like to call as when Damon was still the Damon that walked out the door in a huff of disappointment and piousness, when his brother was out of control in 1864, and somewhere between 1864 and the pilot episode, Damon became the Damon that we know and love, and this episode kind of gives us a little glimpse into that, and what this character Sage, played by Cassidy, had to do with it, she teases.
“She’s ballsy, and sexy, and dynamic. It’s a fun character,” Julie adds. When asked if Sage will be showing up in the present day, she wasn’t able to hide her answer, saying “yes” to everyone in attendance.
Julie also told us more about the episode Cassidy premieres in, which, as mentioned above, is called “1912.” First, she was asked if the episode will explore some history between Damon and Original family member Kol as hinted in “Dangerous Liaisons.”
“When we did this episode, that was our intention, to have them cross in a very sort of fun ‘wait, who was that guy?’ kind of moment, but the story went in a different direction,” Julie says. “But yeah. We had a whole great Damon-Kol bar night out, brawl kind of drunk, don’t remember any of you, but in our drunk night brotherhood, we had a moment, but we didn’t end up going down that road.” When asked if the recent popular PBS series Downton Abbey was an inspiration, Julie confirmed that she had been watching. “You know, it’s funny. When we were trying to pick the era for when we wanted this flashback, I had just been watching Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2 in this obsessive marathon, and I thought ‘well, everybody looked so good in 1912. Dresses are so pretty! Men are so handsome’!”
Cassidy Freeman’s episode “1912″ airs in March, but until then, don’t forget that we have some new TVD before then, including “Dangerous Liaisons” on Thursday night! Thanks for reading! And if you’d like to read the rest of what Julie had to say, come by KSiteTV!
Vampire Diaries Interview: Julie Plec Talks About This Week’s Show & The Rest Of Season 3
As you may have seen in previous postings, today, KSiteTV’s Craig Byrne attended a press screening of Thursday night’s Vampire Diaries episode, “Dangerous Liaisons,” that was followed by a Q&A with Executive Producer Julie Plec.
The Q&A went on for a half an hour, and you’ll surely be reading about this at other media outlets as well. Here are some highlights. Questions to Julie Plec are in bold and her answers are not. Please do not reproduce this interview on to other websites. Thanks! And of course, beware of spoilers!
Could we ever see a spin-off series about The Originals?
“Well, I mean, look. We love these characters so much and we have a lot of stories to tell for them, so it’s really more a matter of somebody else’s desire to give them their own forum, more than our desire to write for them.”
Are we starting to see more humanity in Klaus, in a Damon sort of way?
“I think that you can define ‘villain’ in a lot of ways, and Klaus certainly is and will continue to be the provider of much antagonism and some very, very extreme jeopardy for our heroes, but no one is singularly just evil. He has got his own demons; his own wants, his own desires, and there are things that he’s never experienced that he wants in his own life, and I think that the two aren’t mutually exclusive, so we could get a glimpse into what makes Klaus tick as a man, without compromising his ability to wreak major havoc in this town.”
How soon will we be seeing Tyler (Michael Trevino) again?
“Tyler’s still going to be a little while, doing his journey of self-discovery and whatever it is that he’s doing. We’ll see him back in the Spring.”
Do you think Elena cares for Elijah and sees that he’s a good person?
“Some major, major stuff goes down that will be interesting and surprising for the audience.”
Do you see that there’s more there than just a working relationship?
“Yeah. Absolutely. The whole character of Elijah – and I’ve said this before, but I can’t say it enough – has been such a glorious surprise to us as writers, because it’s really been as much of Daniel Gillies and what he’s brought to the character, that has fed into what we want to give to the character. So of course, when we decided that there needed to be a Big Bad Evil Vampire in the middle of last season, that paved the way to the introduction of Klaus, in a million years, never would we have said ‘Oh! And then one day he’ll have this magnificent and lovely friendship with Elena!’ You know? And yet, that has evolved over the course of a season and a half worth of stuff for Elijah and for Daniel. So we kind of like to watch it as it happens, more than we even like to lay the map for them, because they bring so much to it. And then we are able to play with that a little bit. Next week definitely is very much rooted in the foundation of this compassion that Elena has for Elijah.”
What’s up with Matt?
“Matt’s in a wonderful situation right now, where he finds himself right smack in the epicenter of everybody else’s business. And there he is – the guy that’s always kind of been on the periphery, now finding the fact that he’s the human, the good friend, the nice guy, the gentleman with the varsity jacket… and he’s right there in the middle of a lot of attention from a lot of people, and I think that ultimately, the power of his abiliy to be a friend, and to be there, certainly for Elena, in times that are need that are even yet to come… will keep showing us that part of Matt that, screentime be damned, is one of the fundamentally most important characters in the show, in what he represents, in that he is that guy who is just trying to get through life, and maybe get out of this town one day, and maybe have a normal life, free of vampires, and ghosts, and the supernatural, which essentially, is kind of what we wish for all our characters. It’s just not that all of them are going to be able to achieve it.”
Will we be seeing Jeremy again this season?
“You know, it’s so funny. I will tell you this. I had calls from some casting directors, basically being like ‘Do you realize that all of your actors’ representatives are putting them up for pilot season?’ And I said, ‘that’s so tragic!’ They’ve all gotten to the point where they’re like, ‘well, you don’t really know how this is gonna go, so we may as well get our backup plan.’ We will see Jeremy before the season’s over. That’s about all I can say on that.”
Are we going to see the Original Petrova anytime soon?
“That’s not something that we have any intentions of exploring this season. It depends on how many Originals are around to tell the tale when all is said and done. If there are any standing, maybe that’s a story we’ll tell one day.”
“Katherine – homegirl’s MIA, man. She’s smarter than to get herself caught up in all of this mess.”
What’s coming up for the Stefan/Damon/Elena love triangle?
“Obviously, we’re at a little bit of a crossroads with Elena and the boys. I think a lot of what we’re going to start to see is the question for Elena, which is ‘here’s this person that I loved, and still love in my mind, so much, and here’s this friend that I have made, that has this friendship that has gone complicated. And at the middle of it all, I’m still that girl who is not entirely sure that she’s supposed to be in love with any vampires, much less two.’ So we’ll really be exploring her point of view a lot for the rest of the season, and certainly I can say that you’re not going to get to the end of the season without all three of them understanding that a choice needs to be made.”
Is there any possibility that Elena’s parents aren’t definitely dead?
“You know what, this is another of the things that ‘never say never,’ but if it turns out Elena’s parents aren’t dead, that will probably be when I’m in retirement on a beach in Hawaii, and somebody else will be on [the show]. It could happen, I guess. But no. In my mind, Elena’s parents are dead. It was a human accident, and a human tragedy, and as we know, the night that Stefan pulled her out of the water and saved her life. That was kind of the beginning of their love story. I would certainly like to return to that night at some point, and know more about it. So, we’ll see if and when that happens.”
How would you describe “Dangerous Liaisons” (the Feb. 9 episode) to someone who hasn’t seen it?
“Elena finds herself on the arm of two tuxedoed Salvatores. Klaus attempts a Cinderella seduction. And the Original Mother reveals she has big plans in store for her beloved children.”
Is some death on the way?
“Certainly, many of our characters are going to come face-to-face with their maker. At some point before the season is over, and the question is whether they meet and shake the hand and get dragged away with their maker is a whole other question, but there’s going to be a lot of moments where we’re not going to be sure who’s really safe and who’s going to see it through.”
Do you have to kill someone?
“Well, Kevin is convinced that you always have to kill somebody. He writes about serial killers. You know, we don’t kill just because we feel like we should, but we also don’t let people live just because they’re part of the family. That’s one of the great, sad tragedies of our job, not being able to say ‘oh, we love you, and therefore you’ll be with us forever.’ But by no means is there a rule that says ‘oh, in Episode 22 we’re checkin’ one more of these guys off the list.’ But there’s definitely going to be some jeopardy by season’s end.”
Did you have a favorite of the Entertainment Weekly covers that were released earlier today?
“Even if I didn’t mean it, I would say it’s the one with the three of them on the cover. I am more wise than to open myself up to that.”
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