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Zach Roerig talks "Vampire Diaries" plotline and more

"Zach Roering may not play a vampire on The Vampire Diaries, but he's still got a role he can sink his teeth into. The actor co-stars on the hit CW series as Matt, the lifelong pal and ex-boyfriend of Elena (Nina Dobrev). She, of course, is the seemingly average teen who's currently caught between two vampires, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder)."

TVStar recently had a chance to catch up with Roerig for an exclusive interview during which he talked about what sets The Vampire Diaries apart from True Blood and Twilight, how Matt fits into the overall story, and his plans for the off-season.

Let's start with The Vampire Diaries (TV). A lot of people wrote off the show before it even started, calling it a younger, lighter take on True Blood or a TV version of Twilight. What was your thinking early on about its resemblances/differences to other vampire fare and how confident were you that it would find an audience?

Zach Roerig: The Vampire Diaries literary series has been around since 1991, which gave us somewhat of an advantage in finding an audience, as it was already a bit of a known commodity. A lot of people attempt to dissect the current vampire phenomenon, ranking each different show and movie in terms of what’s "better" and what is "best," but I truly believe there is room for these franchises to coexist. Twilight is a film series and True Blood is vastly different in terms of content, so I don't believe any of us are going head to head or stepping on one another's toes. Why choose between the three when one can enjoy them all?

What do you see as Matt's function/purpose in the VD universe and specifically when it comes to Elena?

Zach Roerig: Matt is a constant reminder that, although incredibly strange, Mystic Falls still has some semblance of the typical American town. Up to this point he is a pretty true-to-life depiction of your all-American boy, and who wouldn’t want to see how the all-American boy will react when placed in such a bizarre situation? In terms of Elena, Matt will always connect her to the way things used to be before her parents' death, the arrival of vampires, and every other crazy thing that she has been subjected to in the series.

Read full interview here.

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