'Vampire Diaries' actress Kayla Ewell talks about alleged flashing incident

Vampire-Diaries-Kayla-Vicki_lLast Thursday, Vampire Diaries bowed to The CW’s highest debut ratings ever. So Kayla Ewell, who plays Vicki on the show, has a request: Stop talking about those supposed mug shots that made the rounds on the Internet last week, and start talking about those ratings. “Having this be the first story that’s released is so frustrating,” Ewell says. “[The situation] is so exaggerated and [has been] made into something it’s not.”

A little background: On Aug. 22, police responded to several phone calls about a group of women who were allegedly flashing motorists and hanging off a bridge in Forsyth, Ga. When police arrived at the scene, they found four actresses from Vampire Diaries — Candice Accola, Sara Canning, Nina Dobrev and Ewell — and a photographer, Tyler Shields. (Another actress who does not appear on the show, Krystal Vayda, was also on the scene.) Officers looking through the group’s pics found “numerous photographs of the females hanging, sitting, and straddling the bridge,” according to a report by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office. As EW previously reported, the six were taken into police custody, paid a fine, and were released soon after.

But, according to Ewell, the incident was more innocent than it was made out to be. The actress says while on a road trip with her castmates (the show shoots nearby), the group decided to stop to take pictures on a bridge. That’s when they were rushed by Monroe County cops. “They were like, ‘We’re getting calls that people are flashing,'” Ewell says. “And we’re like, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. The only thing that’s flashing is our camera.'” The actress says that after showing police their photos, the group was asked to follow officials to the police station, where they were ticketed for loitering on a public walkway.

So why did motorists allegedly think the actresses were exposing themselves? “I have no idea,” Ewell says. “We are not the type of girls who flash our breasts. In all honesty, the size of my breasts aren’t necessarily something people would be interested in. It’s so ridiculous. I would never do that.” (As for those rumors that the group was drinking? Not true, says Ewell: “I mean, this happened at 11 am in the morning.”)

But Ewell and the cast is still trying to focus on the positive, regardless of whatever bad press the situation created. “We’re trying to straighten everything out and be happy that we’re on a fabulous TV show,” she says. “As a cast, we have all worked so incredibly hard to get here. We don’t want people to think of us this way.”

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  • Vee

    “Stop talking about those supposed mug shots that made the rounds on the Internet last week, and start talking about those ratings.”


  • Eli

    that’s the danger of shooting in small towns, you get a small town mindset. That’s why you have to shoot in Vancouver, it’s cheaper, there’s tax breaks and they’re lovely lovely people.

    • Felicia

      It’s kind of nice to have some things shot in the states, thanks.

    • Doyle Baker

      I live in the “small town” where this show is filmed. We do not bother the cast/crew, we make a lot of accomodations, and there are tax breaks…I wouldn’t blame this on a “small town”

  • CandyMaize

    Glad you gave her an opportunity to address the reports and share their (or at least her) version of it.

  • AmandaStarr

    I was waiting for one of them to say their side of this story, because ironically I live in this town, and was shocked to see one of my favorite actresses [Nina Dobrev] on the front page of our town’s newspaper. Based on what our newspaper said, that they were cited for disorderly conduct for having a photoshoot while hanging over a bridge; literally in one photo one of them was hanging over the bridge while another held her by the feet. They shouldn’t have been hanging off the bridge, its not safe. But the show is AMAZING! (:

  • Most Interesting Man in the World

    I think the girls are lucky to have their mugshots posted online and in the news, I had no idea who any of those girls were before this. And they did nothing wrong, nobody got hurt, and they all look good in the pictures- not like the Andy Dick or Nick Nolte did.

  • Tony

    I thoroughly enjoyed the Vampire Diaries Pilot last Thursday and plan to enjoy it this Thursday. What the cast does in the their spare time escapes my interest. it’s a great show with great writing and casting. I hope this ludicrous incident doesn’t effect the shows ratings.

  • wtf

    Why is Kayla releasing a story? She must want some PRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR hope this helps you out Kayla next time don’t be cheesy and draw bad attention to your breasts!


    These actresses deserve to be hobbled! Put them in foster care! Lies. Lies. Lies.

    • Yesenia

      lol I love Glee too

  • Peggy

    Even if there weren’t flashing, and I believe her about that, they were still doing something dangerous. It wouldn’t have been such a lark if one of them had actually fallen off the bridge.

    • lucas

      true. not to mention that Mr Shields, if he is the same Mr Shields that is the renown, though a tad avant garde, photographer, knows that pretty much everywhere has rules about setting up photo shoots on location. so if nothing else, some trespassing and loitering was going on. which wouldn’t have been the case if they had actually asked.

      but in the end, who cares. this rumor got them more press in the places where real folks actually read. joe and jill q don’t give a fig about ratings cause they don’t understand them. but hey if a dude is encouraged to tune in cause ‘they got babes with nice tits’ its still a win for the show.

  • Jean Genie

    Just more Girls Gone Wild hijinks – no biggie, it’ll blow over.

  • Brooke

    It would be funny to find out that whoever called the cops about the “flashing” really was talking about camera flashes…

  • Johnny

    I wouldn’t call it an arrest…The “supposed” mugshots are fake. The girls were ticketed, that’s it. Cops went overboard, again unfortuantly hurting these girl’s reputations.

  • Kellie

    PUBLICITY STUNT…There are too many different stories on what happened. The “arrest report” says it happened at four, but Kayla says before noon. The amounts they had to pay for “bail” keeps changing in every article. I doubt anyone was arrested. They were probably ticketed and the cops helped make the story more interesting. If not, the cops are really in the wrong.

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