'Vampire Diaries': Candice Accola talks Klaus, Miss Mystic Falls, and a Winter Wonderland

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The promo for this week’s Vampire Diaries doesn’t show what fan favorite Caroline (Candice Accola) will be up to now that she knows boyfriend Tyler (Michael) and his friend Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) plan to help hybrids break their sire bond to Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Here, she teases what’s next.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where does Caroline go from here?

CANDICE ACCOLA: I feel like this season, Caroline’s just trying to be a moral center for not only herself but also the people around her. For Elena, through her transition. For Tyler, just making sure nothing comes between them. She’s now very secure in who she is as a vampire, who she is as a young woman, and what she feels is the right thing to do in any situation. So we’re gonna see her in quite the pickle, to keep it in simple terms — if she needs to do the right thing for the right thing’s sake, or if she needs to make sacrifices for those around her.

One theory fans have is that she’ll spend more time with Klaus to distract him from what Tyler and Hayley are plotting. 

Caroline has definitely, in the past, used Klaus’ feelings toward her to distract him so that they can execute their plan and try to get ahead and beat Klaus at his own game. So we’ve seen this before, and we will definitely see it again. Caroline knows the kind of hold that she has over Klaus. I don’t think that she necessarily trusts fully that he will never just switch on a dime — I don’t think anyone can. I think that’s what so enticing for viewers to watch a character like Klaus. The second that you think he’s being the nice guy, then he’s the bad guy. The second you think he’s just a bad guy, he’s a nice guy. He isn’t a one-note bad guy. He does have a genuine side, and I think that through Caroline, we’re getting that perspective. 

When Elena was asked why she wasn’t going to Caroline for help learning to feed instead of Damon, Elena said it’s because Caroline is too good at it — she wouldn’t understand Elena’s struggle. I think that was a question viewers had. Did you? 

Yes and no. Me personally, I love everything the writers are doing, so I never sit there and question what’s going on because they’re gonna reveal it throughout the story, just as they have through all four seasons. But if Caroline ever had a moment questioning why Elena hadn’t come to her for help, I think it’d be because as strong as she is, she will always have an underlying insecurity and a need to be accepted and loved. That’s something that’s really relatable about Caroline. And then if she heard it’s because she is really good at it, [she'd understand]. Caroline by nature is a perfectionist. Watch her throw a party, and she’ll make sure every detail comes together. She’s applied a lot of what it means to be a perfectionist to her being a vampire. She wants to be the best at it.

You mentioned party planning. We have a Miss Mystic Falls pageant coming up in the Nov. 29 episode. As the reigning Miss Mystic Falls, does Caroline have duties at that event?

She does. Caroline works with Mrs. Lockwood to announce the nominees for Miss Mystic Falls. And she’s a big part of getting the party organized and decorating. She’s running the show.

Fans are speculating that Caroline brings Klaus as her date.

There are pictures out there of Caroline and Klaus at Miss Mystic Falls. They definitely do have time together.

And I love your dress. Did you have any input on that?

I love it, too. And no. In the wardrobe room, just being like “Ooooh,” that’s about the extent of my input. It’s funny, all these little things that you don’t think of. You can be in a wardrobe room and be like, ‘Oh, but this looks so great,” but you don’t know what the other characters are wearing, and you can’t have three female leads all in the same color. And then if one character has to do stunts, that’s gonna alter the option that she or he has to wear. It’ll mean certain jackets, certain lengths. Then you can’t have other characters [copying that]. You would think that it’s just so easy, they just find these cute dresses and fun clothes, but it’s so much more calculated than that.

So will Caroline be doing any stunts at the Miss Mystic Falls event?

I think the craziest stunt that I do is walk in the grass with high heels on. They asked if I wanted a stunt double. I said, “No. No. I got this.”

There’s a Winter Wonderland-themed party in the Dec. 13 episode. What does Winter Wonderland look like in Mystic Falls?

They must have a killer storage unit for all these incredible decorations. It really was a Winter Wonderland. It was just cool enough in Georgia that you could be sipping on your hot tea, coffee, or latte sitting outside, and they’ve got fake snow and all these beautiful lights and they’re playing Christmas music. It was a cool week to go to work.

The synopsis for that episode says that Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Caroline find themselves at odds with Tyler over his plans for Klaus and his hybrids. It feels like by virtue of her relationship with Tyler, Caroline hasn’t been interacting as much with Stefan as some fans may hope. But this makes it sound like the story lines will converge.

We will definitely see Caroline interact more with Stefan this season. Stefan’s constantly trying to do the right thing for Elena, even though it’s not necessarily what she seems to be wanting. And Caroline’s trying to do the right thing in making sure that everyone stays safe — including Tyler, love of her life, even if he’s willing to risk it all. I don’t think Caroline’s necessarily willing to risk his life. So Caroline and Stefan find a friendship in trying to really protect the ones that they love, even if the ones they love don’t want protecting.

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