When we caught up with “The Vampire Diaries” star Nina Dobrev on her recent visit in L.A., one of the first things she said to us was: “Elena goes into Damon’s bedroom in the next episode, F-Y-izzle.”
We didn’t even have to ask! If that’s not an indication that the actress knows what her fans want, we’re not sure what is.
The bedroom, which we got to check out, is a study on Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) character. He doesn’t clutter it up with non-essential things – his penchant for excess is given away by the gigantic flat-screen TV, but other than that, it’s mostly books, booze, and a very big bed. Very big.
“That bed does not actually exist,” Dobrev laughs. “They made a custom bed for Damon, for the show. It’s called a Vampire Diaries edition, and it’s bigger than a California King, and it has a logo that says ‘The Vampire Diaries’ on it. They special ordered it. “
We already know that Damon is going to be embarking on a new “relationship” — if you can call it that, so we can’t help but wonder how Elena will feel about his new squeeze. Dobrev shrugs. “She doesn’t have a say in his relationship,” she says. “She’s not dating him. I don’t think she’s going to be jealous. She’s dating his brother. She doesn’t have the right to say or feel or do anything. He’s her buddy. I think it’s almost a little bit of a relief because he’s finally moving on. It’s like, “Thank you! Now we can all have lives.'”
That’s not to say that the connection between Damon and Elena isn’t growing. “There’s always going to be the unspoken something,” she says. Still, things keep coming between them. “Whether it be because he screwed up again and she’s angry again, or he tried to kill her brother — you know, the little things in life that upset you about people,” Dobrev laughs. “Then there’s that little connection. The grass is always greener. What you can’t have you always want. If you have one brother, you want the other. It’s one of those things. It’s just a curiosity, almost.”
As for the brother she does have, Dobrev says she was thrilled when she started reading the script for an upcoming episode in which Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Elena take a romantic getaway. As Welsey told us, it doesn’t end well.
“I was really excited for them when I started reading that script!” she says, shaking her head. “I was like ‘Oh my god! Would you look at that? There’s sunshine!’ Actually, it’s the best time they’ve had in a long time. It almost starts to feel like the fairytale that it began as, but it doesn’t end that way. It takes a turn for the worst toward the end, but they do have a good five minutes, give or take. Elena smiles a couple times.”
The episode was shot shortly after Wesley injured his ankle when he was in Los Angeles to support the Trevor Project. Dobrev says that shooting the episode did get a little tricky… and maybe a little bit awkward.
“Because Paul couldn’t walk, because his leg was practically broken, in all the wide shots you could see that he had this cast on,” she says. “So we had to shoot with his stunt double, and he had to do the scenes with me, too. There’s one kissing scene where I had to kiss this Paul stunt double! He’s like, getting engaged, and I know his girlfriend. We were like, ‘We’ll never speak of this again!’ He’s a cool guy, so it was okay, but it was really weird to have to kiss someone other than the regulars.”
Don’t think that all the kissing implies that things won’t get rocky for Stefan and Elena. As much as she loves Stefan, she’s extremely frustrated because he hasn’t included her in any of his plans to protect her. It only escalates when Stefan brings Elena’s birth father, Uncle John Gilbert (David Anders) back to town.
“She feels like everyone around her is against her,” Dobrev says. “She has one thing in mind: she wants to sacrifice herself to save her family and her friends, and they are hell-bent on stopping her. It almost feels like everyone is against her. Now, her father comes home on top of everything, and he’s in cahoots with everyone about it.”
It’s a bit of a slap in the face for our heroine. “He’s no one in her life as far as she’s concerned. She doesn’t care about him and she doesn’t want to care about him. It’s really almost annoying, and she’s angry. She feels alone in the whole process.”
Fortunately, Elena has one person she can count on. Unfortunately, he’s serious bad news.
“Elijah, out of everyone, is the only person who’s actually forming an alliance with her, so her biggest enemy is her closest ally,” Dobrev says. “The people who she’s closest to, and who she’s trying to save, are just holding her back.”
Despite the amplifying tension between the werewolves, the vampires, and the originals, Dobrev says that the next stretch of episodes brings the focus back to the characters, not the battle scenes.
“It’s really sad and really beautiful,” she says. “We went awry a little bit, went into action world, and now it’s everything in moderation. There’s a lot of heart and soul coming back into the characters.”