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There's been a developing sexual tension between Elena and Damon. How has that been affected by the fact that Damon turned Elena's mother?

Right now I think that Elena hates Damon's guts. She cannot stand Damon at all. Because somehow as soon as she realizes that he has a redeeming factor, or redeeming quality of some sort, he tends to sabotage it. He's very self-destructive in a way. And she finds out things like this, like the fact that he turned her mother into a vampire, or that he killed her. It's crazy. But the thing is, Elena's the type of person who tries to find the good in everyone. So as much as she hates him and can't stand him, she finds all these good things in him and that's what appeals to her and that's why she develops this friendship. That's what I would say the relationship is between her and Damon – they have a friendship. And it keeps developing, and she keeps on sympathizing with what he's doing, because ultimately he's doing everything out of his love for Katherine. Yeah, there's some sort of a tension. I don't know if it's sexual or what it is. But we'll just have to see where it goes and where the writers decide to take it, and if it puts any strains on her relationship with Stefan. It may, it may not. We'll see.


Having seen the three of you on stage here in LA at this year's PaleyFest, I noticed the camaraderie you share with your costars – Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder – is very strong.

We're all really, really close, and we've become like a family, and we hang out a lot and work a lot together. That's the way you develop these great friendships – you get to know all these people. Luckily, I'm surrounded by an incredible group of people who are not only talented and professional and successful, but are also sort of great down-to-earth people.


How do you keep the relationship between Stefan and Elena fresh, knowing the show could go on for years? 


A lot of it's in the writing. I have to give all of the credit to our incredible team of writers – Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec.


Is there any particular direction in which you'd like to see Elena go in the second season?

Yeah, I definitely want to see how her relationship between the two boys progresses; and if at some point enough will be enough, and if she will decide that being around these two individuals is really worth all the pain and heartache and all the difficulties that they really put on her life. She had problems before they showed up. But it's definitely complicated things a lot, their presence. So I'd like to see whether or not she will call it quits or keep going and fighting for what she loves.

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