IAN AND NINA ON THE COVER OF PORTRAIT MAGAZINE

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We’ve got a lot of Nina and Vampire Diaries related content in the issue including:
‘25 Reasons we Love Nina Dobrev‘ – article
‘Hanging with the Vampire Diaries cast in Sydney!‘ – our coverage from the Sydney VD Convention, full of exclusive images.
‘Ian Somerhalder: A Star with Conviction‘ – article
‘Confessions of a TV-Holic: Crushing on the Bad Boy…‘ – article
‘Rise of the Vampires‘ – All the best VD quotes.

SOMERHALDER ‘HAS HEAVIER DIARIES ROLE’

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Ian Somerhalder has revealed that he has a “heavier” role in the new season of The Vampire Diaries.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Somerhalder explained that he is not used to playing a nicer side of his character Damon.

“It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just very counter-intuitive,” he said. “These guys [Nina Dobrev, Matt Davis and Paul Wesley] – I have so much respect for them because they have a lot of weight on their shoulders at all times in most of these scenes and I just kind of breeze in and kind of screw around.”

Somerhalder continued: “This whole new Damon thing, I have put a lot more heavy thought into in the sense that it’s heavier. It throws me off a bit.”

THE ULTIMATE SEXY BEAST IS…

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The final Edward-v.-Damon showdown trumped ‘em all. The polls were open for 72 hours, and midway through the final day of voting, the virile vampires were separated by less than 200 votes. With six hours remaining, and our finalists still locked in a statistical dead-heat, EW.com’s Sexy Beast special-ops team decided to hide the poll results, and began to plan a special issue of Entertainment Weekly commemorating a tournament that had becoming nothing short of an Internet sensation. When the blood, sweat, and broken fangs were wiped away, who was the winner? Let this be the official reveal: Damon Salvatore eked out a mild upset victory over Edward Cullen by a margin of 138,630 to 134,728, a difference of just 3,902 votes.

Maybe it was a last-minute Tweet from Somerhalder himself –”That Pattinson guy will end up kicking my butt, however thanks for taking the time, that’s really cool : )” –that turned the tide in favor of his character. Or maybe it was a get-out-the-vote campaign by Somerhalder’s co-star Matt Davis (Alaric). “I think he text-messaged Justin Bieber and said ‘Hey, would you please vote for my friend?’ I’m not even kidding,” Somerhalder tells EW.

VAMPIRE DIARIES: GET READY FOR THE RISE OF KATHERINE

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Once Katherine returned to Mystic Falls in The Vampire Diaries’ season finale, it didn’t take her long to do some serious damage. Kissing Damon! Stabbing John!

Producers and cast say her tour of destruction has only just begun.

“I would like to see Elena take on Katherine. Elena’s gone a long way,” Nina Dobrev said at the show’s Comic-Con panel Saturday. Despite Elena’s evolution over the course of Season 1, Dobrev said it’s still nice to step into Katherine’s shoes. “She’s badass. She gets away with a lot.”

More important than a possible battle between Elena and Katherine, however, is the conflict ahead for Damon and Stefan, as Katherine tries to pit the Salvatore brothers against each other. In exclusive footage from the new season, Katherine tells Damon that she never loved him, despite their season-finale lip-lock, and tells Stefan that she came back for him.

“This little switcheroo thing is kind of interesting. Katherine fooled Damon, but it will be really interesting to see Katherine and Stefan come face to face,” creator and executive producer Kevin Williamson said, noting that the confrontation will take place in the first episode.

Katherine’s return may also lead to changes in Damon and Stefan’s distinct personalities. That means seeing more of “nice Damon” and the increasingly dark side of Stefan.

“I think it’s a thing that will never escape him,” Williamson said. “He’s going to have to come to terms with being a vampire and accepting himself for who he is. Part of accepting himself may just be drinking blood.”

But no matter how dark Stefan or other characters may get this season, executive producer Julie Plec promises the change isn’t necessarily permanent.

“We like to think that the darker a character goes, the closer we get to a window to the light,” she said.

Things can’t get much darker for Katherine, who murdered John in the final moments of the season finale. Will there be further bloodshed in Mystic Falls at her hands? Williamson would only say there would be more deaths ahead.

“It has to fit for the story,” Williamson said of the upcoming fatalities. “It has to come from a place of good storytelling.”

Viewers can also expect to learn more about Katherine’s origins via flashbacks.

“There’s another part of the story we haven’t shown you,” Williamson said. “It’s Chapter 2, but it’s also the other side. That’s sort of the mystery: Where has she been? What has she been up to?”

The Vampire Diaries returns on Thursday, Sept. 9.

‘VAMPIRE DIARIES’ CREW DROP SEASON TWO HINTS

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Exec producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec offered few spoilers when moderator Marcos Siega rattled off a list of questions he had about The CW’s genre soap “The Vampire Diaries.”

Responses ranged from “I’m not going to say” to “possibly,” but to quell the crowd’s disappointment in the lack of new information from the gatekeepers, a never-before-seen teaser of the Season 2 premiere — which wrapped shooting the day before — was shown, ending the lighthearted panel on an anticipatory note.

The highlight was Katherine (or Elena) admitting to Damon: “The truth is, I never loved you.” Then you see an unhappy Damon violently throw down a glass. A natural reaction if you were caught in his situation, wouldn’t you think?

Some plot points did surface, including one that could prove problematic.

When Siega asked about the possibility of seeing Stefan speaking to Katherine but believing she was Elena, Williamson revealed that “Katherine and Stefan [do] come face to face [in the first episode back].” Speaking of Katherine, according to Williamson, there’s more to her backstory: “There’s another part of the story we haven’t shown you.”

Plec shared some info on Jeremy’s fate. “He’s either going to wake up alive or he’s going to wake up dead. But he is going to wake up,” she said. Read into that what you will.

Williamson also made mention that Stefan would be accepting his identity. “One of the things that Stefan will come to terms with is the fact that he’s a vampire, and that includes drinking blood,” he said.

And like “Twilight” and “True Blood,” “Diaries” has a werewolf element crucial to the series. Now that things are progressing for Tyler, whose family (the Lockwoods) has a curse he isn’t yet aware of, the first werewolf image may be seen sooner than you think.

“It’ll happen [some time] in the first order,” Williamson said.

Much of the session catered to the fans and also showcased the cast and crew’s good rapport. When Siega asked about Stefan being “stuck in the closet,” the panelists couldn’t take the question seriously. Wesley went along with it to the amusement of the crowd and finally said, “I’m going to come out of the closet.”

“[Kevin just] said, ‘Marcos, thanks for ruining the big twist,’ ” Somerhalder said, laughing.

Who was most unlike their character, who had the best hair (Paul Wesley) and who was the better kisser (“I guess I’m the lucky one, I get to make out with them both,” Dobrev answered diplomatically) only scratched the surface.

“Earlier today, I wrote on both their hands. Team Elena [on Wesley’s] and Team Katherine [on Somerhalder’s],” Dobrev said, holding up their wrists as proof.

A fun moment during the panel was when Somerhalder shared that he could wear the vampire fangs and speak normally.

“I can recite the Gettysburg address [while wearing] mine,” he declared.

The panelists urged him to prove his statement (and intelligence) and Somerhalder obliged, “Four score and seven years …,” proving he wasn’t just a pretty face.

TOP TEN CELEBRITIES WRITTEN INTO FANFIC: IAN SOMERHALDER ISN’T FIRST?

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If you’re writing fanfiction, there’s a good chance it involves Ian Somerhalder. And don’t lie about it, ’cause we have proof.

We don’t write fanfic, but we’ve certainly read some. There are some who write material only involving fictional characters, and other people write “RPF” which is real person fiction.

According to WattPad lots of celebrity-based stories are being penned, and they’ve made a list of the top ten. Ian Somerhalder clocks in at number five. Apparently Taylor Lautner’s abs are winning this thing.

Top Ten Celebrities in Fan Stories:

1. Taylor Lautner
2. Selena Gomez
3. Chace Crawford
4. Megan Fox
5. Ian Somerhalder
6. Dakota Fanning
7. Ashley Greene
8. Logan Lerman
9. Taylor Swift
10. Zac Efron

‘THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ IAN SOMERHALDER ON THE GULF OIL DISASTER: ‘LET’S LEARN FROM THIS ONE’

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“I feel relieved,” he said. “I’ve felt physically sick about this for months now, literally, so even just a small amount of relief is a powerful feeling.”

He’s only cautiously hopeful, though, as he explains that there’s still a serious risk that the build-up of pressure under the oil cap will render it useless and cause another gush of oil into the ocean. Though initial tests have been successful, we won’t know whether the cap is a solution for quite a while.

Somerhalder is so dedicated to his personal B.P. boycott that when he ran out of gas on his way to the filming location that morning, he “cruised on fumes,” passing several B.P. stations, until he finally found a Chevron.

He notes that the cap may be holding at the moment, but this development raises a host of new questions.

“All right, it’s capped for now. There’s no oil coming out. What do we do?” he asks. “Well, first we have to make sure B.P. makes good not only on the promises they’ve made, but on the responsibility that they now have. And I hope the U.S. government doesn’t bow down like they did when the oil was leaking. I hope the government makes B.P. compensate.”