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Vampire Diaries: Ian Somerhalder answers your questions with Damon’s Diary

Vampire Diaries: Ian Somerhalder answers your questions with Damon’s Diary

Ian Somerhalder Answers YOUR QUESTIONS



Thank you. And now, here’s Damon’s Diary:

Hello, Brother… I mean, hello Friday people… It’s Ian and for sure a bit of Damon typing here. My dear friend and boss Julie Plec and our amazing friends at EW were kind enough to let me jot down an entry into Julie’s weekly diary so that I could share a moment with you all to talk about episode 716 of The Vampire Diaries. The list of all the people who made this and every episode is so long it would take up this whole “Diary” entry, so I just wanted to say that I love and am thankful to every single member of this crew that makes this story come to life each week. I’m truly grateful to have had this opportunity to talk with you all after tonight’s episode and will get right to it.

The last time I got to direct an episode the story was much darker, more dangerous, pushing our characters (Caroline and Stefan) to the brink of pure evil. This time was a bit different. This story required a much more layered approach because it was setting up our current timeline, three years in the future. No more bookending the episodes with the flash forwards; we will stay right here. For now at least…

“Days of Future Past” had more story lines built into it, all of them laden with heavy consequences, all building simultaneously into an emotional crescendo and then abruptly ending in tragedy with our hero in the Hell Stone and no way to get him out.

I was actually very lucky, because I directed 616 last year and 716 this year, which fell within the window of the Christmas hiatus. I feel super fortunate to have had that stroke of scheduling luck because I got much more time with the script while I was on vacation with my family. It was great being there in the mountains with the peace and quiet of white snow that really allowed my mind to dream of shots, performance, and style.

Directing anything from a short film to an episode of television or a big-budget studio film is quite a journey with so many moving parts. Every moment, you are racing against the clock, living with two major issues breathing down your neck at ALL times. Yep, much like in life, those two major things are time and money. How quickly and successfully can you capture the story on the page, in your head, and on the story board in the time allowed, using a very set amount of money to do it? Kind of like life, right?

Again much like life and that famous movie quote we all know, directing a serialized show is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re going to get. You know the story only when the writers push send and the script shows up in your inbox… It’s pretty wild because you have no way of knowing in advance what the story will be, what to expect, and the anticipation makes it a game of patience. Then once you get it (hopefully on time), you have to study it intimately. Without a total understanding of the story and the journeys of the characters, it’s nearly impossible to try and tell it with cameras or actors. You need to know every scene, every beat, all the nuances, and how they all contribute to story as a whole. I once read an article that Anthony Hopkins will read a script 60 times while in production of the movie — I think this is great and always try to mirror someone as great as he. I figure if he does it, then it must work.

After sitting with the writers who are also the producers and understanding the tone of the overall episode, you start getting into choosing locations and walking through the sets with the director of photography, the writer, the producers, assistant director, production designer, the art departments, construction, and all the people who are going to bring it to life. The amount of information that the office staff processes in one day is incredible. It’s like its own little City Hall, with its own set of rules and utilities. We have our own fire protection, our own electricity, our own food supply, fuel trucks, and a huge piece of real estate allowing us to build the world that you see on the screen. In this awesome place, we get to put our noses to the grindstone as well as frolic for nine months a year. So after endless meetings, scouting, hair and makeup tests, wardrobe fittings, and lots of joke cracking, it’s time get serious, call action, and start shooting.

The story, the actors, the crew, the artists, the bosses, and the audience… thank you for letting this guy live his boyhood dream to be a director. Or at least attempt to be. It means the world, and I hope you enjoyed it.

I reached out on Twitter to see if you guys had any questions, and picked a few to answer.

@katteachart asked: What has been the most surprisingly eye-opening experience with being a director?
Honestly, the MOST eye-opening experience literally just HOW MUCH work goes on behind the scenes to make even five minutes of screen time — much less an entire season!

@somrhwlder asked: I have almost no time, and I only go to school. How do you have time to be an actor, director, and run ISF?
Ha! Great question! I have the best partner in the world, and she keeps me going! My beautiful wife is the healthiest person I’ve ever known and makes sure that I sleep, eat non-GMO healthy foods, exercise, and have a happy, healthy outlook. Lots of natural immune stimulants, vitamins, and meditation.

@yarosnikulina asked: What was the hardest scene that you’ve done in all seven years?
Episode 14 of Season 2. It’s when Damon is lying in the road, and the girl Jessica pulls up. She gets out of the car looking at this peculiar scene, a man lying in the middle the road drinking out of a flask… He is so distraught, missing being human, but he can tell no one his true feelings unless he compels them and kills them. It was such a cathartic scene for me to shoot.  A very close second was the scene at the end of episode 10 of this season when Damon tells his mom that he loves her and that he’s sorry in the battle! Wow, two great scenes…

@eldestdamon reached out with a deeply personal letter that you can find on that account about a difficult health struggle.
Wow. Nothing to say but wow, my friend… your strength, your wisdom, and your courage are nothing short of inspiring. If anything, just know that your ability and will to survive with the attitude and outlook that you possess cannot be found in most — it’s amazing to hear and I’m grateful. Keep up the good work and keep the writing coming — I will think about you on set in these scenes when the going gets tough. It’s all about survival, man, but as you’ve mastered, it’s also all about being happy. Spreading happiness and hope around is a gift that you give us all. I’m grateful that you’re on this earth. I hope to shake your hand as well, but until then, keep going, keep fighting, and at some point throughout each day, no matter how hard it may be, just smile or laugh, because when you do, the world smiles with you and laughs with you.


‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 7 Spoilers: Ian Somerhalder Teases Damon, Bonnie Fight

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 7 Spoilers: Ian Somerhalder Teases Damon, Bonnie Fight

(Photo : The CW/The Vampire Diaries’ Official Facebook Page) “The Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder recently revealed in a new interview that his character Damon Salvatore is going to get into a big fight with his friend Bonnie Bennett in an upcoming episode.


The Vampire Diaries” star Ian Somerhalder revealed in a new interview that when Damon Salvatore returns to the world after being desiccated for three years, he is going to have to patch up his friendship with the witch Bonnie Bennett.

 Aside from having to catch up with everything that has happened over the past three years, Somerhalder toldTVLine that Damon is going to try to mend his friendship with Bonnie but warned fans that it is not going to be easy.

“Coming back into the fray, she is not having it,” he explained. “She is not happy with him at all. Why should she be? He abandoned her. There’s no two ways about it. So he’s really going to have to build that back up as the season continues.”

The Vampire Diaries” star added that part of the reason why Bonnie is so mad is because she has done so much for her friend and he has always been trouble for her.

“Like Stefan, she goes through great lengths to try to help him, and she constantly gets the short end of the stick,” Somerhalder said. “She tries so hard to give him the benefit of the doubt because they’re bonded. There’s a bond there, and he does love her. She is his best friend. She and Ric are really his best friends, other than his brother.”

Somerhalder noted that Damon is going to have to contend with his selfish actions and how his mistakes have ruined Stefans’s life by the end of the seventh season.

“Damon is the biggest burden on the planet,” he noted. “He’s Stefan’s biggest liability, and I say that with love. Damon is desiccating and it was a super cowardly act. He left everyone high and dry, but because he is such a vulnerable character, the audience forgives him. At the end of the day, this guy does terrible things and gets away with it.”

The Vampire Diaries” star also revealed to Zap2It that a main character is going to die during an upcoming episode called “Days of Future Past.”

“This one was really about telling the story of this whole group of individuals and how they are all intersecting,” Somerhalder explained. “We lost some very wonderful, very beautiful characters in this episode.”

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 8 Renewal Depends On Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley

‘The Vampire Diaries’ Season 8 Renewal Depends On Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley

Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley
(Photo : Getty Images/Frazer Harrison)
Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley will decide as to when “The Vampire Diaries” will end.

The Vampire Diaries” co-creator Julie Plec recently talked about the fate of the hit The CW series after season 7.

In an interview with E! News, Plec said that she recently came to the realization that “The Vampire Diaries” is really about Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley.

“I finally realized that my destiny on this show, creatively, is tied in to Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. And I mean that in a good way. As long as those boys who I now consider my friends want to keep telling the story, then I won’t walk away from telling the story,” she said.

Meanwhile, Plec added that if one or both Somerhalder and Wesley will inform her that they no longer want to be part of “The Vampire Diaries,” that’s the time she would have the show cancelled.

“When they are ready to be done telling the story – which could be tomorrow and could be a year from now or two years from now or whatever — I will put my pencil down and say that I’m done too, and then we will work together to end it in the best way possible,” she said.

Plec added that when it’s time to say goodbye to the series, she, Somerhalder and Wesley will make the creative decision on how the show will end.

In other news, Plec also spoke with Variety about former cast member Nina Dobrev.

According to the exec, she misses Dobrev terribly, and she’s still open to taking her back on the show.

“Yes, I miss her deeply and would take her back in an instant if she called and said, ‘Hey, can I come back?’ But purely from a creative point of view, it’s been a real new infusion of creative fun,” she said.

The Vampire Diaries” season 7 will return to The CW on Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. ET.

‘Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder is Best TV Couple of 2015

‘Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev & Ian Somerhalder is Best TV Couple of 2015

“Vampire Diaries” fans are rejoicing for the good news: Delena was crowned as the Best TV couple of 2015! The star-crossed lovers bested 18 TV couples in MTV’s voting list of 2015.

Despite Nina Dobrev’s departure last season, Delena still got the top spot. According to MTV, Delena is “timeless,” and the show must thank all passionate “Vampire Diaries” fans. Fans stood by the couple since the beginning of the show in 2009.

Fans started shipping for Delena when Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) was still with Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). The love triangle brought ships of Team Stelena vs. Team Delena. And in the show’s fourth season, Delena fans finally got their wish!

Although Elena is missing in action this season, the site noted that she wasn’t entirely forgotten. But without Elena physically around, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) seems to be going off the edge with his “madcap ways.” Since he’s currently trapped inside the Phoenix Stone, he’s probably reflected on what Elena would say about his actions.

According to MTV, that was the “crux” of Delena’s relationship. Damon and Elena breathed life into each other. Without Elena, Damon feels lost – the same thing that happened to Elena at the beginning of Season 6.

Despite speculations on Nina’s rumoured return, it looks like fans may never get another Delena moment.

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Ian Somerhalder to QUIT The Vampire Diaries New Reports Claims He will follow his-ex Nina Dobrev and Leave the Series?

Ian Somerhalder to QUIT The Vampire Diaries New Reports Claims He will follow his-ex Nina Dobrev and Leave the Series?

By now, it is becoming more and more evident that The Vampire Diaries has seen better days. Although the series was once a huge draw for The CW, Nina Dobrev’s departure at the end of last season has proven to be a negative impact in the show’s ratings. With rumors of a cancellation mounting, is Ian Somerhalder getting ready to quit the series and follow Dobrev’s lead?

According to Celeb Dirty Laundry, Somerhalder’s future with the series may be dependent on his relationship with wife Nikki Reed. Apparently, the marriage between Somerhalder and Reed is not at a high point, and the Vampire Diaries star wants to be a dad before the series is over. However, Reed is not ready to start having children just yet, which has driven a wedge between the two stars.

To add further complications to the matter, The Vampire Diaries has seen a large reduction in the amount of viewers tuning in each week. For the most part, this drop in ratings has a direct correlation with Dobrev no longer being a part of the show. Things have gotten so bad for the series that the network recently announced the show would be moved from its regular night to Fridays when it returns to television.

With the future of the show in question, Ian Somerhalder may have good reasons to quit the series before the network decides to pull the plug on The Vampire Diaries. In fact, it has been known that Somerhalder has had a strong desire to start a family in the past. With the actor turning 37 a week ago, Somerhalder might have a lot of motivation to quit and start a family before he gets too old. With The Vampire Diaries heading downhill, this might be the perfect time for Somerhalder to call it quits.
That being said, Reed may not be willing to start having kids, especially considering how the actress is busy building up her own career in Hollywood. Although Reed has not had a major role since her part in the Twilight series, she was recently cast for a spot on Sleepy Hollow. With her career beginning to shape up, it isn’t clear if she is willing to risk her career at this time in order to start a family with Somerhalder.
Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed [Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images]

Ian Somerhalder and his wife, Nikki Reed [Photo by Angela Weiss/Getty Images]
Meanwhile, Realty Today is reporting that Somerhalder’s character, Damon Salvatore, may be set to be killed off in a coming episode. Apparently, Somerhalder believes that fans no longer value his character now that Elena is out of the picture, and the actor has no problems with producers killing his character off.
 The idea that the series might be ready to end Damon’s life was hinted during a previous episode. In the installment, Damon is caught in a dangerous pit where his life may be in peril. Whether or not Damon gets out of his predicament is yet to be seen.
At the same time, it is always possible that Somerhalder will remain a part of The Vampire Diaries. After all, just because the show has been moved to a new night doesn’t necessarily mean that a cancellation is on the horizon. However, the biggest hurdle moving forward is definitely boosting the show’s ratings, which saw a decrease of over 30 percent in the last episode.
With one episode, titled “Mommie Dearest,” managing to gain the smallest amount of viewers in the history of the network, the series has a lot of work to do if it wants to prevent a future cancellation. At this time, Somerhalder has yet to release an official statement on the matter and let fans know what his future plans entail.
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