You’d think the kids on “The Vampire Diaries” have enough to worry about with all the vampires and witches and werewolves running around — but to top it all off, they’re completely drowning in relationship issues. With three separate love triangles happening, Mystic Falls is bound to go Jerry Springer any moment.
Zap2it caught up with star Steven R. McQueen on set in Atlanta to talk about all the drama brewing between Jeremy, Jeremy’s sister’s best friend Bonnie, and the new witch (ahem, warlock) in town, Luka.
The pairing of Jeremy and Bonnie (Kat Graham) was as surprising to McQueen as it was to all of the fans. “I never expected Jeremy and Bonnie!” he admits. “”Our characters somehow have this great chemistry which has been awesome, and it’s fun, definitely, adding the Luka character to the mix. I’m feeling a little personal competition for Bonnie’s affection. It definitely ups the stakes and makes Jeremy want to fight for Bonnie’s affection that much more.”
It’s also left room for a little improv on McQueen’s part. Off-camera, he admitted that the almost-kiss that Jeremy and Bonnie almost shared in “The Sacrifice” wasn’t actually scripted – it just felt like a natural progression to McQueen, so he went for it, and the cut ended up making the final edit.
Luka, like most Mystic Falls newbies, has more to him than we think – he and his father are working behind the scenes with our latest villain, Elijah. McQueen stays mum on whether or not Jeremy will start prying into Luka’s past, but he does tease, “Jeremy’s always trying to get to the bottom of what’s going on.”
Despite Luka’s sketchy agenda, Jeremy may not be the guy for Bonnie. After all, his last two girlfriends have died before anything got serious. “I’m no longer dating anymore!” McQueen jokes.
This season, Jeremy has become more involved with the Mystic Falls monsters, much to the chagrin of his sister, Elena (Nina Dobrev), but McQueen says that Jeremy getting into the mix may have an upside for the siblings. “Jeremy’s involved in this whole situation whether Elena likes it or not,” he says. “That does cause a little bit of conflict between them but it also causes them to get closer because they have less secrets and they’re both kind of in the loop an in the same boat, kind of.”
Still, there’s no denying Jeremy’s occasional recklessness this season – a rash move on his part got Stefan trapped in the tombstone with Katherine. McQueen says that Jeremy’s tendency to act before he thinks has very little to do with the ring he wears, which prevents him from supernatural death, and is more rooted in deeper issues.
“To a certain extent, the ring has given him a new level of confidence, but I think also, after losing so much, I don’t feel that Jeremy feels he has anything left to lose,” he says. “He’s lost his parents, lost his two first loves, and now with Bonnie, she’s threatening her life by doing these spells and stuff, and I feel like more than the ring’s confidence, I’m just not willing to lose anyone else, so I’m willing to sacrifice myself to dig her out of that ditch. But it ends up backfiring.”
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