Vampire Diaries Interview: Zach Roerig on Playing "Special Teams"

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Matt Donovan is sick of this sh-t.

Forgive the character, but he's made it pretty clear over the last few weeks - first being there for Caroline on her birthday and then for Elena on the bridge where her parents died - that he's had enough of the people he cares about suffering at the hands of werewolves and vampires.

"His friends are starting to see that they can lean on him when they're feeling low," Zach Roerig just told me over the phone. "And Matt is starting to realize none of them should have to live this way. He's kind of sick of all this sh-it."

Fancy Matt Donovan

But what can a human being really do about it in Mystic Falls?

"I might not have a ring and I might not be able to bite your neck," the actor says. "But I'm not gonna stand for this any more."

While Roerig would not get into specifics, it's possible a few of Matt's actions get underway tomorrow night, as he snags an invite - from Rebekah?!? - to a ball thrown by the Originals at their new mansion.

"He's a bit intimidated," Roerig says of the invitation. "He figures that saying no might not be a smart move."

And Matt is all about making smart moves these days. He seems, in many ways, to be the only voice of reason in town, making the keen observation last Thursday that no one will ever be safe in Mystic Falls. Roerig compares Matt's understanding of where he fits in to positions on a football team.

"He's not the quarterback of this team," the actor says. "But he's a key member of the special teams and he'll be wherever his friends need him to be."

He's a "pretty selfless character," Roerig adds, and that's difficult to argue with. Along those lines, the star says not to expect any movement on the Matt/Elena (Melena?) front, despite the deal Klaus tried to make with Damon and Stefan last week.

"You'll see a special friendship between them rekindled," Roerig teased. "There's a genuine friendship there, but that's it."

So why not just leave town? It's dangerous there, Matt has no family remaining, no loved one holding him back.

"He's proud and stubborn and there's this feeling of 'This is my home," Roerig says. "Many fans may be wondering what Matt's purpose is, but they'll start to see soon enough."

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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Matt may feel upset about everything that happened in Mystic Falls but it seems oh wow that he's stickking up to a brave person to help any of his friends. If he can help end the madness happening throughout the show, then he will be a not so bad character after all. Some things get real shocking throughout the show, but it always gets more interesting every single time. =) =O =P


OMG hes fit !


wow JP works so hard to make her fave character who happens to be the most boring tool in the world relevant to this show, even though it is not possible


Julie Plec mentions that Matt will be playing up to a significant thinks he will go into the police force bump out Carolines mommy and start kicking ass in the Mystic town.....


matt is so sexy in the photo and also love the fight between kol and klaus


I just hope Matt doesn't get hurt in his quest. Yes, Matt might be boring and less important in the show, but i like him.


By being in a special team meaning the headgear wearing type of special that rides the special bus to school special are we talking here? right? because that's what I think about Matt and Elena


Here we go again, a post that has absolutely nothing to do delena/stelena turned to a conversation of the triangle turned to a debate about the legitimacy of the main characters, how about saying something like Matt's a boring character or(for fangirls)I'd die if he got with Elena? Please do not turn this post into another arguing match.


I love Elena's dress

Kitanishi h mcdonald

elena more blander than bella swan lol no bella is the poster girl of mary sue
Well, she is. Elena is pretty much textbook definition of mary sue, complete with every male falling in love with her and her actions never having any consequences. *facepalm* since when stefan ever been a wussy crybaby with no darkpast how can he in the beginning have one and then don't please explain your bullshit Easy. In S1, Show did not try to "whitewash" steffie's past. It was something he felt guilty about something "oh ma gawd horrible". Then they introduced the whole bloodaholism. Then they added the whole ripper stuff, which also excuses of half the stuff he could have caused. And then every and every flashback of his has been relatively tame. And then when we actually GET the "famed ripper" in present, he is pretty much just more depressed steffie who does not even get a chance to be evil. Thats how you turn a decent character into a wussie.

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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.


When 9 Russians tell you you're drunk, you lie down.

Enzo [to Bonnie]