EXCLUSIVE: Lauren Cohan on The Vampire Diaries, Chuck and More

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She may have caused many Vampire Diaries fans to cry their eyes out last week, but Lauren Cohan was nothing but a sweetheart in our exclusive interview with the actress.

Below, she talks about her supernatural themed-roles, her time on The Vampire Diaries and her upcoming role on Chuck.

As Rose

You appeared on Supernatural. Talk about working with Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki.
Oh, it was so much fun. I feel like those guys have such a nice relationship from having all of that time working together. You have to find ways to make these characters fun for you when you’re doing them for years on end, and Jared and Jenson both do that. They’re very gracious.

Do I sense a theme of supernatural roles?
I know. I think that might be the end of that theme. Well not the end, but Chuck is definitely not supernatural. It was funny for a minute there, I was like ‘I’m going to be this sci-fi CW girl’. I’m cool with it.

Were you a fan of The Vampire Diaries before you landed the role of Rose?
All I knew about The Vampire Diaries was the posters and how delicious they looked. (Laughs). It’s hard to keep up on everything, but I watched it as soon as I got the gig. I love how it really holds to the big teenage emotional issues, which everyone has to make communion with, and has all of this saucy vampire adventure. It gives it license to go even further with it. For me, it was My So Called Life and Dawson’s Creek and they were my kind of emotional, and it made sense for what I was going through. This generation does that with vampires and action. Paul, Nina and Ian are just gorgeous, and really good. It was fun to watch the scenes I wasn’t filming.

How has the experience been different than other shows?
It was so much fun because I got to be unglamorous. We did the chop of my hair, and I learned that she was bit older than the other characters on the show, she had more history to her. It gave me a chance to explore things I hadn’t gotten to before... It liberates me. Rose wasn’t about being glamorous, she was about genuine friendship and the connection she had with Damon.

Why did Rose suddenly want to protect Elena?
Because I think she saw a lot of herself in Elena. At the end of the day, what Elena wanted to do was stop the people that she loves from being hurt, even if it meant sacrificing herself. She had respect for her.

On a scale of 1-10, how torturous was it to make out with Ian Somerhalder?
God. It’s like I kept asking them to get someone else to do it for me, a double. They just wouldn’t, I had to do it. It was horrible. I cried every night. Beyond 10, it doesn’t fit on a scale. (Laughs.) I can’t imagine the jealous woman. I don’t even want to go there, I don’t even want to know.

In summation, what was the best part of being a part of that show?
I got to be violent, I got to explore dementia. That’s not something that happens everyday on a TV show. I got to really make a mini movie with people that I had a really fun time with. I walked away with new friends, and I walked away with a new understanding of what I want to be able to create.

You have an upcoming character arc on Chuck. Can you talk a little about your character?
Her name is Vivian. She’s a recluse who Chuck and Sarah come to interrogate. They think she’s privy to some very special information. She ends up echoing chucks journey and unwittingly goes through a journey to a higher purpose. She’s searching for her purpose and finds out that it’s a lot darker and more complex than she ever could have imagined.

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Vampire Diaries Quotes

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.

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.