Robert Ri'chard Teases Closeness to Come Between Jamie and Bonnie on The Vampire Diaries

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They may share a last name, but The Vampire Diaries has made it very clear: Jamie Bennett is NOT Bonnie Bennett's brother. Did you catch that not-so-subtle line on last Thursday's episode?

It was reiterated to me again last night on the phone with Robert Ri'chard, who has come on board The CW thriller in the role of Abbie's adopted son. What did producers tell him about the role when he first signed on?

"They made it clear I'm not Bonnie's brother," the actor said. "I'm not family to her, but I'm gonna play an important, personal role in her life."

Robert Ri'chard as Jamie

Meaning what, exactly? Will romantic sparks fly? Robert Ri'chard couldn't say, but he did elaborate on a bond that forms between the pair.

With Abby out of both of their lives, Jamie and Bonnie will grow "closer and closer," Robert Ri'chard teased. "She's the only person he can turn to. Yes, she's a witch... but she's also really pretty!"

And what does Bonnie see in Jamie? (Not that the actor isn't handsome, of course).

"He's paternal," Ri'chard said. "He's strong. She really admires his strength. There's a protective nature about him him, which it helpful in this town of vampires, witches and werewolves."

The Vampire Diaries returns with a new episode tomorrow night. Check out a clip from "The Murder of One" now!

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@QueenBee123 Oh STFU. I luv me some Bonnie Bennett and lots of ppl do as well!


@Bored Now: What Bonnie-fans? :P


Seriously? I like the brother-sister bond better! I miss Bonnie and Jeremy, though if Jeremy ever remembers what Elena did this could possibly work in favor of Beremy - having Bonnie move on and Jeremy having to fight for her. Bonnie has so many potential interesting story-lines, why not use one of them?? This show is starting to suck... This has nothing to do with Robert/Jamie. I've been a fan of his since I was younger!


they should kill her off if they can't do anything good with her character.


"He's paternal." Seriously is that supposed to be romantic? Instead of being a brother figure he is a fatherly figure? In the words of the dismal Julie Plec no...just no!


I do not care what Julie says, Jamie is Bonnie's brother. How much hate does JP have for Bonnie? You cannot give Bonnie a good storyline or a decent love interest why bother?

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So Bonnie gets YET ANOTHER throw away love interest and plec continues to ignore her making comments about her racist tendencies all the more valid. Add to that the twitter debacle of Plec and Matt Davis flaming bonnie's fans and you have one hell of incompetent tv show staff. I am surprised there are still Bonnie-fans considering of just how damn neglected she is and how reduced to the role of plot device she has been since well, the start.

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