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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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.


Dear Elena, yes you heard that correctly. Hell has frozen over. I'm writing it all down. Granted, I'm half a bottle in thanks to my 1950 Chateau Cheval Blanc, a bottle I waited 65 years to open. I used to spend nights sitting in my wine cellar convincing myself I could hear it age, tannins growing, fermenting, but appreciating its beauty didn't make time go by any faster. The bottle just laid there on its shelf, torturing me while I waited for Katherine and time stood still. Eventually I convinced myself that no sip of that wine could ever taste as good as I dreamt it would. And that is the story of why I drink bourbon. I don't know who I am without you, but I know that as long as I'm with you, time will stand still. So who is Damon Salvatore without Elena Gilbert? A selfish friend, a jealous brother, a horrible son? Or maybe with a little luck, I'll do right by you. Because you may be a thousand miles away or a hundred years away, but you're still here with me and my heart is right there in that coffin with you. Until you come back to me.