TV guide: Sink your teeth into this!

2010-10-08 07:59

Tell us about your character, ­­E­lena.
Elena is your average girl who lost her parents in a car ­accident. It isn’t until she meets Stefan (Paul Wesley) that everything changes. She meets someone who understands her loss and they develop a deep ­connection. At this point, she doesn’t know he’s a vampire.

How will the story pan out?

It’s not one of those shows that drags things on and leaves you hanging. They get to the meat fast. It gets dark and bloody, as you would expect from a vampire show, but there are light moments too.

How did you land the part?

I just moved to the States from Canada, and this was my first audition for my first pilot. Maybe it was the way I interpreted it. It all just came ­together.

The story revolves around a love triangle between brothers Stefan and Damon (Ian Somerhalder). Do you have a favourite?
I love them both. They’re like my brothers. They’re older than I am, and I’ve just moved here, so they have been giving me advice. They both came with me to buy my first car.

How is your family dealing with you moving away from home?

I have an international family. My dad lives in Bulgaria, my mum lives in Toronto, my ­brother lives in London and I live in Atlanta. We’re all over the place, but we’re very close. We find ways to get in touch and see each other. My mom goes on to YouTube whenever she misses me so she can see me.

How does your character ­interact with the supporting women on the show?

Bonnie is her best friend. They have a lot of scenes and stories together. And then there’s the ­rivalry with Caroline.

Have you read the Vampire ­Diaries books?

I read the books after I got the part. Kevin, the producer, asked us not to read any more because they wanted us to put our own interpretation on the characters.

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