'The Vampire Diaries' Ian Somerhalder Talks Delena: It's a 'New Love Story'
Get ready to feel some butterflies, Delena Fans!
The Vampire Diaries returns tonight with its highly anticipated mid-season premiere, and we know that many of you have been dying to discover what’s next for our favorite Mystic Falls residents. Luckily, after enduring countless heart-breaking episodes, it seems like things are finally looking up in the romance department between Damon and Elena.
ETonline sat down with TVD star Ian Solmerhalder and co-executive producer Caroline Dries at the TCA Winter Press Tour last week to get the scoop on what’s next for the star-crossed vampires as they navigate through their newest jaw-dropping obstacle: the awkward first date.
Throughout the first half of Season 6, Damon and Elena have been forced to fight for their love. They’re not just getting their happy ending handed to them on a silver platter. And despite the agony, it’s creating a “worth the wait” type of scenario. And when ETonline caught up with Somerhalder, this was an observation that the 36-year-old-actor wholeheartedly agreed with.
“Actually that’s a really awesome observation,” Somerhalder said. “They haven’t just been handed this. In the past we’ve fast-forwarded through a lot of the cool, gushy parts that you would typically see in a new love story, so I think that Damon being in this space of who he loves genuinely gives him a sense of purpose.”
“When an audience sees that sense of purpose in Damon, I think it makes them very happy. And I enjoy it as well,” he continued. “And I think that the one thing that [fans] can expect again, because it’s The Vampire Diaries, for every minute of screen time of happiness, you’re going to have five minutes of drama, f—ked up, and people trying to kill us.”
Fans were devastated at the end of the mid-season finale when Damon and Elena were this close to rekindling their romance — only to discover Kai’s wicked plan to steal a magically invisible Elena away from the Salvatore house.
“I knew the fans would hate that and I’m so happy that they did,” executive producer Caroline Dries said with a laugh. “I just remember when we thought of that, it was perfect — let’s just ruin everyone’s hopes and dreams and let’s add mistletoe to make it even worse.”
Calm down, Delena fans—don’t’ be grabbing those torches and pitchforks just yet! Dries promised that there’s a bigger plan in the works and the outcome will be worth this tortuous wait. “I always want to say [to the fans], ‘Trust me. We know what we’re doing. We know what we’re doing.’”
And what they’re doing is setting up a side of Damon and Elena’s relationship that viewers have never seen before: the adorable dating phase. “It’s more of that courting period of, 'Do we go on a date?’ 'Where would you want to go?’ the EP explained. "When you see Damon be a normal, human, twenty-whatever-year-old, it’s refreshing and fun, and what we don’t normally get to see.”
Dries teased that Delena fans should get ready to feel some “butterflies” as Elena attempts to re-fall in love with Damon. “As they re-connect — she’s been compelled to forget that she loved him —those feelings are still in her,” Dires said. “So it’s like what do we do? We don’t just jump into bed together. We’re going to be normal so, 'Should we go out to dinner?’ It’s like the fun kind of boring stuff that you would never want to tell but now it’s interesting because we’ve never seen it before.”
Somerhalder spilled that he believes it’s “important” for the Damon and Elena fans to focus on the positive side of things. “That glimmer of hope usually turns into some really gnarly things but it’s a give-and-take,” he said. “I think that there’s some really great stuff coming up, some great Damon and Elena stuff.”
Bonus Scoop: For those fans who are wondering if Damon could have any deep-seeded romantic feelings for Bonnie, Dries was quick to shut that thought down. “I think it’s a deep profound friendship that he even doesn’t admit is a friendship,” she said. “I know there are a lot of eager Bamon fans out there, but for now no. His eyes are on Elena 100 percent.”
I think it's infuriating how the fandom is crucifying Ian. Saying the he is ruining his image, destroying himself and that they hate him now because he changed. This bullshit, they are hating him because he's dating another person that is not Nina Dobrev. Why Nina's fans didn't abandoned her or slut shamed her (like they're doing with Nikki) when Nina started dating Derek two months after the break up? Why Paul's fans didn't hate on him when he left his wife for Phoebe? Just nian stans are nuts
Yeah, it’s pretty intense. I mean, I do still see Nina and Paul hate for those reasons too, tbh, but regardless… all of it is completely out of line (tho the hate for Wesvitto breaking up tends to fall disproportionately on Phoebe, but that’s a whole other conversation).
I see a lot of talk in the mobile tag about Bamon fans and how they’re so horrible for feeling entitled to seeing their ship sail in canon, but I never got that vibe from this fandom. If anything, by s5 most of us were downright convinced we’d never get any inkling of it in canon, and had very strong suspicions (that have since been validated) that Bonnie and Damon were being kept apart by the narrative intentionally. So imagine our surprise and joy when Ian and Kat are so enthusiastic about whatever development we’ll be getting in s6.
If anyone acts like they’re entitled to something, it’s the fans who see that enthusiasm and feel like they can dictate how these actors and actresses can act, and what they can and can’t say, and what image they are and aren’t allowed to project. Ian is HAPPY to be working with Kat, forget the ships, forget the fandom, forget the drama. This guy that you supposedly stan for is HAPPY about getting to do something new with this character that he’s given 6 years of his life to.
If somebody’s not happy about the thing, okay cool, they don’t have to be happy about the thing. They should go write some fanfic or make some au gifsets or edits, or make posts about all their feels, the way the Bamon fandom has done for FIVE SEASONS. They shouldn’t harangue the guy on twitter and make all these CONCERNED posts on tumblr about how Ian is RUINING his IMAGE and LEADING ON THOSE POOR HAPLESS BAMON SHIPPERS and so on.
But then I guess people are gonna do what they’re gonna do, obviously. And we’ll keep on trolling and fangirling and flipping the fuck out about this pairing because that’s what we do best and we’re the damn best at it!
Haha, in looking over your ask again, I see you didn’t mention Bamon at all, that’s just where my head went because I am OBSESSED. But yeah, the rest of it still stands, Ian is HAPPY dating who he chooses to date. The fact that random people he’ll never meet always believed he’d end up with someone else has literally nothing to do with his actual life. These so-called stans are completely out of line, and they show their true colors with every one of these posts. They claim to love these actors, but really they only love them so far as they squeeze into whatever narrow narrative they’ve decreed. That’s not how you treat people, and that’s CERTAINLY not how you treat people you claim to care about. It’s dehumanizing and wrong, and people need to grow up and realize sometimes their wishes are not the most important factor in the way the world turns.