Persia White Interview: Can Abby Be a Mother to Bonnie?

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Abby Bennett will not be winning any Mother of the Year awards on The Vampire Diaries. That much is certain.

But in an exclusive TV Fanatic interview, Persia White explained how her character will still do all she can over the coming weeks to make up for abandoning her child at such a young age. Read on for excerpts...

Bonnie and Mother

On "The Ties That Bind," Abby said she's enjoyed the past 15 years being a "woman," as opposed to a "witch." Can you elaborate on that? Will we be seeing or learning about anything else from the character's past?
Abby has a lot of making up for the past mistakes. Being a parent is a huge responsibility and the fact that she is a witch holds an even greater weight... we'll learn more about her weakness and strengths as the episodes unfold.

What can we expect next from Abby? How will she work with Bonnie to regain her powers? 
Abby is trying to finally step up to the plate and be who she is, mainly a mom to Bonnie.

How do you interpret Abby's bond with Jaime? Is she trying to make up for abandoning her daughter by taking in a son?
Yes. I think Abby was trying to make up for her abandoning Bonny by being a parental figure to Jaime. She took him in as if he was her own.

Got any dating advice for Elena?
I think Elena should stay out of vampire business and date a young hot guy who can giver her what she deserves, life as a human... a family.

You share many scenes with Kat Graham. Talk about working with her on set.
I LOVE working with Kat. We have so many things in common, it's been amazing! We both have a musical and dancing background. Sometimes we laugh so much together on set, they have to tell us to be quiet and stop goofing around. I love many of the cast members on The Vampire Diaries, it really is the best cast and crew I've ever worked with.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.

Damon

Damon: You know what they are? Children. Like lighting a candle's going to make everything OK, or even saying a prayer. Or pretending Elena's not going to end up just like the rest of us murdering vampires. Stupid, delusional, exasperating little children. And I know what you're going to say: 'It makes them feel better, Damon.' So what? For how long? A minute, a day? What difference does it make? Because in the end, when you lose somebody, every candle, every prayer is not going to make up for the fact that the only thing you have left is hole in your life where that somebody that you cared about used to be. And a rock with a birthday carved into it that I'm pretty sure is wrong. So thanks, friend. Thanks for leaving me here to babysit. Because I should be long gone by now. I didn't get the girl, remember? I'm just stuck here fighting my brother and taking care of the kids. You owe me big.
Alaric: I miss you too, buddy.