"The Vampire Diaries": the actors of one of the best occult TV series of our time
The narratives of occult serials, filling mystics with television and the surrounding reality, are mostly based on the opposition of supernatural forces. Such shows include the dramatic television project “The Vampire Diaries”, whose actors, under the strict guidance of C. Williamson and D. Plec, worked inspiredly to create each season of the series from 2009 to 2017.
Telereport to Twilight Success
The Vampire Diaries, which many filmmakers position as televisions' response to the twilight film saga, is an adaptation of the eponymous series of works by Liza Jane Smith, written and published long before the novels by Stephanie Meyer. At the center of the story is a story about high school student Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), who becomes an object of praise for two vampire brothers at once, the “good” Stephen (Paul Wesley) and the “bad” Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder).
However, the project quickly goes out of the framework of the love triangle, transforming into an epic adventure teesagu with many characters, unpredictable plot twists and various monsters. One of the authors of this show is Kevin Williamson, known to the public for working on the creation of a realistic teen series “Dawson's Bay” and the postmodern horror epic “Cry”.
Largely due to the high rating of the show (IMDb: 7.80) in 2013, the “Diaries” spawned a branch called “First-born” about the very first vampires in the world. Many actors in the series "The Vampire Diaries" took part in the production of individual episodes of spin-off.
The ups and downs of casting
Since the first season, the actors and the roles of The Vampire Diaries have gained spectator love and worldwide fame. The performers, who embodied 10 main characters, received the status of stars, for the entire existence of the show, two artists dropped out of the acting ensemble of the project, one was added.
At the stage of casting for the role of key character Damon Salvatore, Michael Trevino, Zach Roerig and Paul Wesley were tested, and later they got the roles of Tyler, Matt and Stefan respectively.
The image of Isabella Fleming could embody the Canadian singer Niv Campbell, but the final choice of the authors was Mia Kirchner.
Initially, James Van der Beek was to play the role of Alaric, but as a result, the contract was signed with Matthew Davis.
Katherine Pierce and Elena Gilbert could play Ashlee Simpson, but the images of the two main characters eventually went to Nina Dobrev.
Stephen Amell, after failing to test Elijah Michaelson and Mason Lockwood, almost gave up hope of being on the show when, during the filming process of the second season, producers called him and offered to be reincarnated as Brady werewolf.
Friends of the main character played by Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) and Catherine Graham (Bonnie Bennet).
It is a curious fact that the actors of The Vampire Diaries lived in the same hotel as the actors of the Twilight film, the fact is that the shooting of the projects took place in parallel.
Three key characters played in the "Vampire Diaries" actors: N. Dobrev, P. Wesley and I. Somerhalder.
Canadian actress of Bulgarian origin Nina Dobrev (“Chloe”, “Type of cops”, “Komatozniki”) plays the central heroines - Elena Gilbert and Katherine Pierce, as well as one of the main antagonists of 2000-year-old Amaru.After the completion of the filming process of the 6th season, the actress refused to continue cooperation with the creators, but in January 2017 the press received an official statement that she would return to the image of Helen as a guest star.
American actor Paul Wesley (“Mysteries of Smallville,” “Peaceful Warrior,” “Shark”), performing the role of Silas, as well as Stefan Salvatore, the sensitive and kindly vampire who is the complete opposite of his older brother.
Ian Somerhalder (“Sex Rules”, “Lost”, “Survival Tournament”) embodied on the screen the brightest character of the evil vampire Damon, who was originally an antagonist, later a little fit because of his love for Elena.
From television to reality
As soon as the first episodes of The Diaries appeared on television, millions of viewers around the world clearly felt the chemistry that had arisen between Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore. You can't spend the army of fans - sparks sparkled not from scratch, the actors of “The Vampire Diaries” Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev really plunged into flaming feelings and tried to spend every free minute together.
Unfortunately, their vampires are eternal, and the feelings of the actors playing their roles are not. Roman died in 2013, which did not affect the show at all. Somerhalder and Dobrev showed themselves to be true professionals, continued to play in the series until its completion.
Not without incident
All those close to the subject of the supernatural, know that it is problematic to kill a vampire. At the same time, it was quite easy to injure the actor playing the bloodsucking monster. The actors of the film "The Vampire Diaries" had the opportunity to see this clearly.
One day, on the set of a TV show, Ian Somerhalder almost lost his life. During the filming of the battle episode due to props problems, Somerhalder’s on-screen partner, actor Nathaniel Buzolich, nearly cut off Ian’s head. The shooting was immediately interrupted, the actor playing Damon gushing blood, and he collapsed without feelings on the floor. Shocked Nathaniel later admitted in an interview with the media that his first thought was the realization that the incident would be the end of his creative career, and he would have to hide from his fans for Ian for the rest of his life. Fortunately, the doctors on duty at the site responded quickly and saved the situation.