'Vampire Diaries' scoop: Candice Accola talks Tyler's transformation (and Michael Trevino's reward)

Candice-AccolaImage Credit: Bob Mahoney/The CWTonight’s episode of The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8 p.m. ET) brings the moment we’ve been waiting for all season: Tyler’s first full moon transformation. “Moment” is deceptive — it’s such a long process that actor Michael Trevino was encouraged to watch videos of wolves feeding and howling and women giving birth to prepare for shooting it over two days. We caught up with Candice Accola, who, as his suddenly loyal friend Caroline, had a first row seat.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Watching Tyler and Caroline watch his uncle Mason’s video of his own first transformation was brutal last week. What was that like to film?
: We didn’t watch the video, that was all filled in during post-[production]. So, yes, that made it very interesting. We were just staring at a blank screen. Trevino actually went in the day before and watched Taylor [Kinney] shoot the beginning of his transformation. In this week’s episode, Tyler goes through the transformation, and you will see everything. As an actor, and as a person, Trevino was put in a very vulnerable place. He’s not wearing a lot of clothes and he’s going through pain. It’s a very, very long process. The viewers just got a taste of it watching Uncle Mason transform. And Caroline’s focus this entire episode is to help Tyler get through the transformation alive, and help him so he’s not alone and so he doesn’t hurt anyone.

What was the hardest part for you filming it?
Just watching him. There are people — even last night over dinner, one of the women who works in wardrobe said, “Yeah, I just wanted to stop in and see how everything was going, and after one scene, I was out of there.” There’s a lovely parallel between Caroline and Tyler being friends and Caroline’s watching him go through this horrific experience, and as an actor and a friend, watching Trevino just really bare everything like that. The screaming and the crying –it’s the guttural screams that get you — it’s one of those things where you’re like, “That’s awesome. That’s great,” but it’s so emotionally and physically exhausting. Please make a note that all the chains that he wore when he’s walking around are real chains. For two days straight he had these pounds worth of chains literally weighing him down.

Did the two of you do anything to celebrate when filming was done?
[Laughs] He’s a cookie monster. He’s a total chocolate chip cookie-aholic. He’s shirtless for most of it, and boys being boys, they want to be extra, extra fit for those days. He skipped eating the chocolate chip cookies over and over at lunch. And finally, he was wrapping up that day, and we went to lunch and it was like sugar white chocolate cookies, and those are not the ones that he wanted. So I asked catering if they wouldn’t mind baking him his own chocolate chip cookies. So that was a good celebration. And then production got him a giant pepperoni pizza. Everyone just shoved warm yummy food toward his dressing room, very motherly.¬†

It’s like my sister, years ago, dieting for her wedding, and then going through the McDonald’s drive-thru immediately after the reception.
Isn’t that funny? It’s like, “The pictures are done!” Exactly. It’s the same kind of thing. Celebratory meal.

Where will Tyler and Caroline’s friendship go post-transformation?
The biggest thing to remember is that Caroline has been lying to Tyler. So even though there has been a really wonderful friendship that’s grown, it’s based off of lies to protect him and those around him. He thinks that she’s the only vampire town. He doesn’t know that werewolves can kill vampires. There are lot of things that she’s kept in the dark from him, and secrets don’t stay secrets in Mystic Falls very long. When that comes out, that’s going to affect their relationship, for sure.

Looking ahead: We haven’t seen Caroline’s mother in a while. Is there any story line brewing there?
No. You will see Sheriff Forbes, but there’s not a lot of interaction between Caroline and her mom. That is a story line that will need to be told. But actually, [actress]¬†Marguerite MacIntyre hurt her leg, so she’s having to rest for a little while. She’s just physically not able to be here. So there will be a temporary absence of the sheriff, but she will be back as soon as she’s up and running. I think she tore a ligament or something in her leg, and she had to have surgery. It was one of things there where she was like, “Yeah, it just kept bugging me and bugging me,” and finally she went in, and she was like, “Oh, that’s why it’s been hurting to run and go to spinning class.” Yeah, silly. She’s resting and getting better.

Fans enjoy the unlikely friendship between Caroline and Stefan, because it’s always nice to see him smile. If they weren’t facing the Originals and werewolves, what might they do to bond? Bon Jovi is touring again.
[Laughs] Oh, man. I don’t know if Caroline rocks out to Bon Jovi much. But I think if there were no stress of life and death situations, I think Caroline would probably get Stefan out dancing somewhere or so something messy, like paintball. Anything to have fun. Those old vampires need a little reminder that it’s okay to run around and be like a kid sometimes. It’s inspiring. I think that’s what Caroline would do, something to bring out the kid in Stefan.

I love how fierce Caroline was in that scene when she had to separate Matt and Tyler the night Tyler’s curse was activated. Will there be more badass moments for Caroline?
Yes, there is more physical stuff. The stunt work has been very fun at work recently. You’ll see Caroline get physical very soon. [Laughs] Wink face.

I know the cast now has a gym on set, but I’ve heard Trevino say he hasn’t actually seen anyone use it. At least he hasn’t.
That’s what’s so funny. [Laughs] All first season we complained, “Here we are in the South with all this yummy food,” and everyone put on what I like to call a little Southern Comfort, including myself. We were like, “That would be awesome if they built us a gym.” So they built us a gym, and I don’t think anyone’s even stepped foot in it. Everyone’s really conscious of it outside of work. All the boys take their kickboxing classes, the girls do yoga. I can’t believe I pay someone to make me want to cry and vomit about three times a week just to feel good on the inside. [Laughs] Most importantly, with all this stunt work that everyone’s doing now, you just want to be prepared and feel strong within your body and within yourself that you’re gonna physically be able to do what they’ve presented to you. But yeah, no one’s stepped foot in that gym. Once you get to work, they get you all dolled up in hair and makeup, and then you sit around for X amount of hours, but you can’t just mess up all the hair and makeup department’s work, because then it takes all that time to rest. So the gym kinda sits there taunting us.

Mandi on Twitter: @EWMandiBierly

More on The Vampire Diaries:
Vampire Diaries scoop: Ian Somerhalder talks this week’s episode and Damon’s humanity (and his own plan to save the planet)
Exclusive: Nina Dobrev talks this week’s steamy sex scene (and the resulting bruises)
Exec producer Julie Plec on Tyler’s transformation and the show’s next chapter
Could Jules give Matt a story line? What’s Elijah’s offer?
And just because:¬†TV’s 21 sexiest scenes, as you picked ‘em

Comments (18 total) Add your comment
  • Annie

    Tyler’s story is the only one I am psyched about seeing tonight, could care less about Stefan/Katherine (just an excuse to continue to keep Stefan and Elena apart) or Elena dealing with Elijah.

  • Susan

    I’m so excited to see what’s to come for Caroline/Tyler! <3

  • Michelle

    I adore Caroline. And Candice seems really awesome. Are there any un-awesome people on this show?! Anyway, I’m now a huge Caroline/Tyler shipper so I’m excited to see how they progress!

  • Sydney

    This was such a good interview Mandy. Best one of the 3 so far (sorry Nina & Ian). Candice just gave us the better scoop: the show’s plot line and behind-the-scene stuff we have no idea about. I’m rooting for Caroline & Stefan actually but Caroline & Tyler make a cute couple too. Can’t wait to see it tonight!

  • R

    i luv the character of Caroline and her arc. i luv how VD develops the characters in ways we the audience did not expect!

    • Liv

      Me too! the Caroline story is actually what lured me over from watch Big Bang Theory first thing on Thursdays. It was crazy, suddenly I just HAD to know what was going to happen on Vampire Diaries. I’m hooked, almost like I’m compelled to watch.

  • bbbb

    They’re my favs at the moment.

  • JT

    I really hope they do something with Tyler’s character. So much potential for a supporting role. Hope this isn’t a Heroes thing where potential is wasted.

  • Mike B

    I think Caroline is in my top 3 favorites. Maybe my top 2. They better not kill her off. You hear me writers?

  • Merry Bear

    Thanks for getting these awesome interviews, Mandi, and for keeping your fellow loyal TVD followers up-to-date on what’s happening on the show. I hope they let play an extra one day, to reward your devotion to the show.

  • jacie

    Will tonight’s episode be the one in which we get to see Tyler’s bare butt?

  • Casey

    I love Caroline, and I’m happy she gets to be more kickass. And I’m really loving Tyler too, he’s become a really good character in a short amount of time. I can hardly believe I hated him last year.

    • nancy

      I know! I kinda hated him too! thought he was just hella annoying like bonnie was but now I can’t get enough of him and Caroline. love this show sooooooo much! thx mandi

    • Mocha

      Same! Now if only they would overhaul Bonnie and make me forget how annoying she is…

  • megan

    so excited about tonight!

  • Erin

    I used to hate Carolyn but now she’s easily my favorite female. Candice and TPTB have done a great job with her.

    And yes I LOVE the Stefan/Caroline friendship. I’d would adore some fun scenes ala paint-balling with the two. But it’s not just the rare smile from Stefan, they seem to evoke genuine emotion and vulnerability between the twosome. I found the scenes genuinely touching where he was teaching her his vampire tactics. And I also loved how she revealed her Tyler secret to just him. That alongside the light-hearted fun makes for an awesome coupling.

    I’m also warming up to Tyler now, bring on the werewolf!

  • CeCe

    I love Caroline she is the Jessica(True Blood) of this show.

    • X

      yesss i totally agree…although i wasn’t too impressed w/ this last season of TB. on the other hand, VD is soo addictive!

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