Kat Graham on The Vampire Diaries and Playing ‘Bonnie’

Kat Graham Interview for 'The Vampire Diaries'
Kat Graham in 'The Vampire Diaries' - Photo Courtesy of The CW
Season four of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries came to an end with Bonnie dying but not letting her friends in on the secret. However, given the dead supernatural creatures who show up on the popular series, death doesn’t mark the end of Kat Graham’s time on the show. Although she couldn’t say much about the fifth season of the series, Graham did drop a few hints as to what’s in store in the future during our interview at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con.

Kat Graham The Vampire Diaries Interview

How has your Comic-Con experience been so far?
Kat Graham: “This is my first moment at Comic-Con. I haven’t experienced anything thus far. I’m waiting to see the crazy kids in the costumes, because as far as I can see right now, I’m the craziest dressed person here. [Laughing] It wasn’t supposed to happen. I was supposed to see people in crazier outfits than me. It’s cool. It reminds me of a festival. I’ve never been here before, but it’s cool. I’m ready to see some nerds.”
Last season you passed on with your Gram, so how will you help your friends from the other side now?
Kat Graham: “You know, that’s still yet to be determined. We just started filming the first episode back, just wrapping it up now, so there’s a lot of room to kind of discover where this character is going to go throughout the season. I know that the fans are really interested in seeing what happens to Bonnie who is now a ghost on the other side, and the only person that can see her and communicate with her is Jeremy. It’s going to be really cool to see how it all plays out.”
How much have they actually told you about what’s going to happen?
Kat Graham: “You know what? I’m somebody who…I befriend the reporters and stuff like that, so for me I purposefully choose not to know. It makes sense for the character to not know and it makes sense for me unless it affects my choice as an actor where I need to know specific things. I’m somebody that always wants to have somebody to have a story or whatever, so I’d just rather completely be a bit in the dark about it, so you guys don’t get me in trouble.”
Where do you see Bonnie and Jeremy going?
Kat Graham: “I really am happy that they developed this intimate relationship and more so on the friendship level than like even more so than a romantic level. They love each other so genuinely and so innocently. We’ll see. I mean, they’re best friends at this point and I love that. I had a best friend like that growing up that I loved so much. I know a lot of girls have, where it’s that young, innocent love. You know, we’ll see. I don’t know. Bonnie is somebody who I feel like can explore so many different sides. You haven’t really seen her romantically obsessive about anyone or anything yet. We’ll see.”
How much input do you get to have in what’s happening with her?
Kat Graham: “I’m pretty laid back in the process. I’ll communicate with Julie [Plec] and I’ll communicate with Caroline Dries if there is something that I notice or I’ve picked up on or ear to the streets. But they let me do my work as an actor and they let me have my space. It’s a respect thing, and vice versa. I really like to give them their space and let them create. I always believe in the idea of creating things because you’re inspired to, not because the pressures of the world or the public wants you to create something because it’s to whatever their personal opinion is of what you should be. I’ve always mentioned that you know what, just write what you’re inspired to and go with your gut and I’ll just fall in line.”
Bonnie chose not to tell her friends that she had died because she wanted them to have a good summer, so do you know how they’re kind of affected by that? How they’re going to react?
Kat Graham: “You will see. It has yet to be discussed or determined, but you will see…”
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The Vampire Diaries season five premieres on October 10, 2013.

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