When The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder admitted he was furious about Damon Salvatore becoming a good guy

Throwback to when Ian Somerhalder revealed that he was furious about Damon Salvatore becoming a good guy in The Vampire Diaries.
Ian Somerhalder,The Vampire Diaries,Hollywood,Damon SalvatoreWhen The Vampire Diaries’ Ian Somerhalder admitted he was furious about Damon Salvatore becoming a good guy

As ethically challenged and immoral as Damon Salvatore was, The Vampire Diaries fans could never hate the character thanks to his irresistible charm. The show, that featured Ian Somerhalder as Damon, first aired on the television in 2009 and ran for 8 seasons. For the major part of the first three seasons, we saw the elder Salvatore brother hurting people around him, and we still had a soft spot for him. Of course, it all paid off when he turned into a good guy after falling head over heels in love with Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev).

While the fans were very excited about Damon coming in touch with his humanity, Ian revealed in an interview that he was furious about his character’s story arc. In 2019, during an interaction with Digital Spy, the actor mentioned that he did not like the idea of turning his originally evil character into a good guy and also admitted that he loved playing the antagonist in the show. “Obviously playing the bad guy is so much more fun,” he told Digital Spy.

The actor remembered calling Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, who developed the series, and being furious about the plot twist. “I remember calling them, and again I state this not as a petulant child, but I was livid,” he said. Ian's character was introduced as Stefan Salvatore’s elder brother -- a bloodthirsty vampire who did not think twice before hunting people down and hurting others. In the very first season, he ended up killing his own nephew. He even killed his brother’s best friend Lexi Branson.

However, Damon’s character started to shift when he developed feelings for Rose. The pain he felt while watching his friend die one day at a time after she was bitten by a werewolf, changed him forever. “I was livid. I was so pissed that Damon had taken this turn. And I remember this scene, I remember reading this scene in the script where Damon has to kill Rose and he's in love with Rose. I remember reading that scene, where he puts the stake in her heart and you're seeing all of her visions and he loves her and I was like, 'what the f*** are you guys doing?'” he recalled.

The creators then sat him down and discussed the storyline with Ian. They insisted that the character had to develop and grow with the show and it was time for Damon to get in touch with his humanity so that they could take to story further. Not to mention that change in his character was very important for Damon and Elena’s romantic angle. “And Kevin just said, 'Ian, you have to understand something. This is the 100-episode arc, well literally almost 200-episode arc of this character! You can't be a one-trick pony forever.” 

Ian still insisted that it was a bad idea and believed that the plotline would ruin the character. However, he eventually understood why they needed Damon to become well-rounded in order to survive 8 seasons without making it look boring. He mentioned that while playing Damon, he realised how the audience work. No matter how many horrible things he did, the fans always managed to find some justification for Damon’s actions.

“This character could walk into an orphanage and literally kill 20 kids in cold blood, and the audience would go, 'Aww, well you know, listen, he was really upset about Elena...' and you're like, 'Wait, what?’ People gave [Damon] so much leeway, and it was a fascinating study on humanity and the psychological component of when you love a character – just very much how women or men will love a family member or a partner or significant other even when they are, you know, mean or destructive."

Just like Ian, Paul Wesley, who featured in the show as Damon’s younger brother Stefan, also admitted that he liked playing the bad guy in the series. From the very beginning, the fans fell in love with Stefan because of how kind, caring, and loving he was. This is why the creators took people by surprise when his character spiralled out of control and started killing people after switching off his humanity.

While attending the Dallas Fan Expo in 2017, he admitted that he loved playing The Ripper. “I was like playing this good guy for two years and I was ready to blow my brains out. I was like crying after every three episodes. Elena is like holding me and rocking me like a child. And finally, they were like ‘Oh you have a dark past and you are like this screwed up guys and you rip people’s heads off’ and I was like yes!” Paul said.

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Anonymous 2 months ago

I love all characters good or bad there's no difference especially you know it is vampire movie.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I love Damon Salvatore and there can't be any good or bad in love.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I love Damon Salvatore and there can't be any good or bad in love

Anonymous 2 months ago

Damon was the guy that I like , the role he play was good evening though he was a bad person. I like the bad boy in him. It's a shame vampire Diary didn't last longer.

Anonymous 2 months ago

I love Damon

Anonymous 2 months ago

I love Damon in general, that's all I gotta say

Anonymous 3 months ago

This series is just awful....I mean there is no differnce btwn good or evil....every time the main characters survive....the main characters are evil as others....the creator wants to made a vampire series nd they created this s**t

Anonymous 3 months ago

I loved Damon as a bad Vampire. But when he started changing to be better for Elena, I loved him more. Ian Somerhalder is and was the best Vampire ever. I miss TVD.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I loved the bad Damon. But when he started trying to begood for Elena I loved him more. Ian Somerhalder was the best Vampire ever.And I miss him and TVD.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I like Damon as a bad vampire, however it was a good thing to change it up but he would go back n forth so it definitely kept it interesting. I really loved seeing Stephen as a bad vampire you wanna see some excitement and I loved it! They're both hot, but who doesn't love a bad a*s!

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love Damon's character and I agree, no matter how bad his character and actions, people still love him becaue it's Ian Somerhalder. He portrayed Damon' character pretty well and he's really good looking. ;)

Anonymous 3 months ago

Yes Vampire Diaries was disappointing on the way it ended. But the Originals is WAY better. And even better then that, the Legacies is about all the kids. Like the twin girls from Rick. And Hope Michelson. Freaking Amazing

Anonymous 3 months ago

The Vampire Diaries is the awesome show and i am lucky i see all the seasons Damon i support you from season 1 and you always entertain the fans i like your experiences you made all the time and my favorite scence when you holding Bonnie's bear talk about Stefan and Caroline you are amazing and i want to see season 9 please

Anonymous 3 months ago

The Vampire Diaries is loved by almost all the people that watch it. I currently finished season 6, but I really am dreading of watching further cause Elena's in a sleeping spell. Well, this was because Nina Dobrev (Elena) left the show and Ian Somerhalder (Damon) and Nina Dobrev (Elena) were dating in real life and had broken up by that time. I read the comments here and they say that when Elena finally woke up, Damon and Elena's reunion was kinda boring and involved a lame hug. Well, this is the reason that series suffer, when the characters don't get along in real life or if they break up after dating. I think that this should not happen, because, acting is a completely different aspect of their life and they should not let their real life matters get in the way of their acting. When this happens, it ruins everything and the joy of their fans too.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love DAMON(Ian). Doesn't matter good or bad. I've watched TVD, The Originals, Legacies. & Ian's V-Wars. But TVD is the best supernatural show till now in my opinion. & it's best bcoz of Damon. I like Stefan too. But Damon I love. I think Damon's best & complete bcoz of black, white & gray side of his character.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Luv this character ! What’s this rumor I hear about Netflix picking up the show for season 9? Any truth to it?? I hope they can some how bring ya back for a reunion!!! Miss TVD!

Anonymous 3 months ago

Damon the roles that he's played the beginning antel season8 evil no evil he's my star especially whit elena good to gather

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love Damon no matter what. To be honest I loved bad him more than good. I would have stopped watching the show if wasn't for his great lines and his attitudes. I hate that the show ended. But I saw a article that said there might a season 9 in 2021. But I was extremely disappointed that Ian and Nina wouldn't be in it.

Anonymous 3 months ago

He played lots of roles in the movie.. Bad guy with good reason,Evil guy, good guy. He is the reason TVD is a bomb to watcH

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love Damon. Even when he was the bad guy, I loved him. And when he started showing his caring side, I couldn't stop loving him more.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Ok but ian ain't gonna be in season 9 or nina so I tealy domt want it if they ain't finna be in it!

Anonymous 3 months ago

bruh theyre ain’t gonna be a season 9

Anonymous 3 months ago

If damon mean or good i love both characters

Anonymous 3 months ago

Oh, but he was an irresistable bad guy!

Anonymous 3 months ago

Damon Salvatore is an irresistible character, and Ian Somerhalder is the best portrayal of the character. Even Bonnie Bennett can't help herself becoming Damon's best friend, something she can't imagine doing if she were told earlier.

Anonymous 3 months ago

HE IS GORGEOUS THAT DARK HAIR AND THOSE EYES I HAVE WATCH VAMPIRE DIARES 5 TIMES I WISH THERE WERE MORE SEASONS NOW I'M WAITING FOR THE NEW SEASON OF V‐WARS

Anonymous 3 months ago

Damon was so loveable good or bad and his line were so awesome. TVD is still the best vampire show ever made

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love the show and Damon is hot no matter what I just hope in the next season there is more steemy sexy scenes alot of people have kind of grown up with the V D show and I think the show/characters Need to grow up too

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love Damon as well, good or bad. But I felt almost like Elena did. It was easier to hate him when he was an all around a hole but the more he tried to be good, the more i found myself kind of making excuses as well. I'm not gunna lie tho... I wanted Stefan and Elena to get back together after Stefan originally killed Enzo and they were getting close again. I loved Stefan and Elena but Damon did take her to mire dark places and adventure and other stuff like that but Stefan and Elenas love was just so kick ass to me they would do anything for each other literally. And their bond was amazing. Damon and Elena got to that point too but I just really loved Stefan and Elena together instead honestly.

Anonymous 3 months ago

Damon saved the show season 1-3, I would've stopped watching the show if it wasn't for Damon, he made TVD popular, he was so funny and charming and A Lot of fun, he had the best lines, man!!! Elena and Stefan were very very boring those seasons, no wonder Paul's first choice was Damon not Stefan but he got rejected, Damon and Katherine are the best characters on TVD. Note: I loved Damon and Elena though.

Anonymous 3 months ago

completely agree. Damon /Ian was the reason i kept watching . Ian's phenomenal portrayal of Damon made Damon the best iconic Character ever.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I loved the expressions Damon had. He was a bad boy but loveable no matter what he did. I cant wait for season 9.

Anonymous 3 months ago

That's very true

Anonymous 3 months ago

Season 9 is probably coming next year but it's going to have a big time leap, atleast that's what people are speculating... Wouldn't be that bad I guess

Anonymous 3 months ago

There isn't going to be a season 9 that was it I'm furious about it but its over

Anonymous 3 months ago

You do know that the series ended, right? Just wishful thinking? Lol

Anonymous 3 months ago

No way good damon was better than the mean version... I think the classic bad brother had villainy in his veins and was better in evil bad boy

Anonymous 3 months ago

I just finished TVD! I was seraching for new series to watch during the COVID-19 stay at home order. The build up between Damon and Elaina was intense! I'm a sucker for a hot bad boy, so I could relate;) I loved the whole series, but I was super disappointed at the end when Elaina finally woke up from the spell. All we got was a peck on the lips and a hug!? After all that, I was expecting a passionate kiss followed by a love scene! Their love was so passionate, it should have ended that way!

Anonymous 3 months ago

Ditto all of the above!!! If Nina couldn't be a professional and do the scene justice they could have just thrown Victoria Justice in there and gave the fans the finale they deserved!! I didn't find this show until it hit Netflix either and fell completely head over heels...wish it wouldn't have ended either.

Anonymous 3 months ago

try originals now

Anonymous 3 months ago

Hey! I know you ship delena but the finale was filmed after Ian and Nina broke up in real life so it was not possible for them to kiss so passionately without getting awkward. Btw i ship them too.

Anonymous 3 months ago

You should watch the originals

Anonymous 3 months ago

The originals

Anonymous 3 months ago

Amen to that. Imagine watching the show for 8 years and then Elena goes in the sleeping spell. we then have to wait 2 years for her to wake up and reunite with Damon. They finally do and all we get is a damn hug from them. I was furious!!!

Anonymous 3 months ago

Amen to this. Imagine watching the show from day one for 8 years and then Elena goes in that sleeping spell. We had to wait 2 years for her and Damon to reunite.You can imagine the disappointment when all we got was a quick hug from them. Everything else was great but I was pissed we didn't get anything else from the 2 of them.

Anonymous 3 months ago

They're right no matter what happens Damon was just loveable. He could do anything and you just couldn't stay mad at him.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I was reading this article an like damn I actually did that he would murder anyone’s and us Damon lovers could always find a way to make it look ok and right

Anonymous 3 months ago

My name is Tiffany Lynn Hunt and I love Damon Salvatore mean or good❤️❤️❤️❤️

Anonymous 3 months ago

There is no good or bad in love.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love Damon . His look and little smile is killer.

Anonymous 3 months ago

I love mean Damon,but love good Damon better. He's great to look at no matter what.

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