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'The Vampire Diaries' star Ian Somerhalder envisions a future for Damon and Elena: Parties, an art gallery, and a tropical beach... or not
Ian Somerhalder will be the first person to admit that the race for the cure isn't exactly going well for Damon on The Vampire Diaries. "It's getting to a point now where only living for Elena's well-being and getting this cure is starting to take a serious toll, and it's starting to become not the healthiest thing in the world," he says. "But he's gonna do it anyway."
In this week's episode (Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on The CW), Damon's still being held captive in the Salvatore family cellar because Kol compelled him to try to kill Jeremy. Stefan asks Klaus to babysit Damon, which results in Klaus promptly letting slip that Stefan slept with Rebekah. Damon will, of course, get out of the cellar at some point, because we've already seen shots from the Feb. 7 episode, "Into the Wild," of him joining the Professor Shane-led expedition to an island off the coast of Nova Scotia in search of the cure. "You have Elena, Damon, Stefan, and Rebekah all sitting around a campfire looking at each other. What an odd moment. Everyone has basically slept with each other," he says, laughing. "Pretty funny." But as so often happens on this show, things do take a serious turn. Photos from the Feb. 14 episode, "Down the Rabbit Hole" (pictured), reveal that Damon suffers more than awkward moments on that island: He runs into a skilled Hunter named Vaughn (guest star Charlie Bewley), one of The Five, who banters with him but also beats him. We're used to seeing Damon tied up and tortured, but usually with his shirt open. What gives? "I think A.) it's really cold in Georgia, so we opted against that," Somerhalder says, laughing again. "But I just thought, 'You know man, I would love to get my ass kicked once but have clothes on.' And it wasn't like it was Rebekah, or Katherine, or some awesome lady [doing it], it's a guy in the woods."
The knocks will keep coming off-screen as well for Somerhalder, who's set to take part in DirecTV's 7th annual flag-football Celebrity Beach Bowl this Saturday (along with Nina Dobrev). "I think what I'm gonna do is just eat a lot, because a guy like Deion Sanders or someone hits you, you better have some cushion," he says of his preparation. And p.s., just like TVD, the game should have a great soundtrack: "When they do the football game, they say, 'Hey, if you were to score, what kind of song do you want to play?' So apparently they play one over the speakers, which will be cool. I'll be curious to see if you like my song."
Joined: 04 November 2012
Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder on Elena's Sire Bond, Damon's Angst About the Cure and More
Below, Ian Somerhalder weighs in on Damon's feelings about being human again, the controversial sire bond twist, relating to Professor Shane and more!
TVLINE | The sire-bond storyline has been hotly contested in TVLine's comments section. What did you think of the twist and how it affects Elena and Damon's relationship?
Well, I thought, "Hey, cool! He can do whatever he wants." Three years of trying to get the same girl, who looks like your ex who you thought was in love with you for 150 years, has to do whatever you say. Could be worse. Actually, no, I thought, "Poor guy"… Here's the thing: At the end of the day, Damon does not want to take this cure, nor would he in a million years want Elena to take it. He's thinking, "Why would I want to do this? Why would I want to become a normal, boring human being susceptible to everything?" It's just not in his wheelhouse to have that thought… It really is a tragic [thing]. You want this character — even though he does really awful things — you want him to win. You want him to be happy in life… There's something big in the cards for Damon soon.
TVLINE | You say he doesn't want Elena to be cured, so why is he going out of his way to find this cure for her? Is it purely about him knowing whether she truly loves him?
No, it's not that self-serving. That would be [like] Damon. But I think ultimately, it's that it's what she wants. It's really what she wants.
TVLINE | Elena made a pretty big confession of love recently, and Damon told her to come to him. But then they got distracted by the hunter/cure business. Will they address that conversation soon?
That's the idea. One would hope. She did come to him, and it was a really cool moment for him. There's got to be conflict there [between them]. There has to be. Now, this cure is really not something Damon wants, and so he's forced to do all this stuff for her. It adds tension because she's saying, "Look, I love you, man. You have to believe me. I really do." And he's just saying, "No, no, no. It's not possible." It's tough for her, and it's tough for him. It's Vampire Diaries, it sucks for everyone. It's hard.
TVLINE | An an actor, was there any frustration about your character finally getting the girl and then there's this asterisk that it might just be because of the sire bond?
I just thought, "Ooh, Salvatore, you poor bas***d." Leave it to life. It's Murphy's Law. That's the way it goes.
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