Vampire Diaries love triagle
Ian Somerhalder & Paul Wesley desire for Nina Dobrev makes Vampire Diaries a Success
The strange days at Mystic Falls High School for The Vampire Diaries seem almost like Dawson’s Creek with fangs. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Kevin Williamson is the executive producer and writer behind both of those two great teen angst TV series.
Williamson is also the force behind the popular Scream films, which shows that adding a biting sense of humor to a thrilling story can be a key ingredient to success. But the creative fellow is quick to add that a hot love triangle can turn a show into a huge phenomenal success. And the trend-setting CW network can certainly boast that The Vampire Diaries have reached that coveted status.
“For that kind of success you need the right girl, and we certainly got lucky with casting Nina Dobrev,” Williamson says. Nina plays the beautifully tragic Elena, whose destiny is inescapably linked to the mysterious vampire siblings who come to the small town of Mystic Falls.
Completing the desirable trio, Paul Wesley (Fallen) plays the solemn swain Stefan, and Ian Somerhalder (Lost) is the older intense Damon, and plays him with badboy panache.
Williamson says the brothers’ conflict would not work without a strong female lead who is the object of both their desires, pure and unholy. “It is always hard to find that anchor. And if you look at the signature CW shows, you’ll always see that anchor girl.”
“All those shows have that one girl, the anchor of the show that everything revolves around. And it is so hard to cast that part. It’s great when you actually see it, when you do it. And when you don’t do it, it all seems to fall apart. And I’ve seen plenty of shows that don’t do it.”
The casting helps Williamson with his writing for the show, he reveals. “We have so scored with Nina and the two guys, Paul and Ian. I think I hit a home run. For whatever part I played in that casting, I pat myself on the back, because that has saved me on whatever script I turn out. They are so good they make the material even better.”
Looking ahead, Williamson confirms the speculation that werewolves are coming. He reports, “For everyone who’s been watching, they know that we’ve hinted of it already. And if you’ve read the books you know which character is the first. I’ll tell you it will be triggered by a peculiar activity.”
Looking further ahead, if The Vampire Diaries has a really long run, Williamson jokes that his vampire actors might start to look older, and vampires aren’t supposed to age. “I have actually thought about that, and I’m pleased that, with modern technology, we’ll be able to correct that problem when we’re faced with it. We’ll just increase the special effects budget.”
Now let’s recap how it all began. It was Elena’s (Nina Dobrev) first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her aunt Jenna (Sara Canning), Elena tries her best to look after her troubled younger brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), and salvage what family they have left.
The first day is a struggle for Elena, until she meets the strange new kid at school. Stefan (Paul Wesley) is mysterious and sensitive, and Elena is touched that he can relate to what she’s going through.
But she is clueless that Stefan is a vampire who must resist the temptation to taste her blood, as their attraction grows stronger.
Enter Stefan’s dangerous older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who shows up to wreak havoc on the town of Mystic Falls. And he has the desire to claim Elena for himself.
Of course, the inspiration for the hot-blooded love-triangle is ripped from the pages of the L.J. Smith “Vampire Diaries” horror-fantasy book series. So if you want to get more into your favorite character’s motivation… pick up a book!