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C2 eXCLUSIVe INTERVIEW WITH A VAMPIRE / ARTICLE BY COURTNEY HAMPSON PRODUCED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY KRISZTIAN LONYAI fraught with innuendo. Oh, and there’s blood (corn syrup and Jell-O) and fangs if you’re into that kind of thing. On The Vampire Diaries, Accola plays “Caroline Forbes,” who in the first season was of the nonvampire persuasion (we thought!), yet a selfish, bitchy, “frenemy” who was always out to win the popularity contest. “As the season progressed, I think the writers gave the character the opportunity to be so much more than any stereotype. the audience got to see that all of her external characteristics were really just a front for her insecurities and her constant need to just feel loved,” said Accola. the writers may have also seen the spark in “No doesn’t mean never, it just means not yet.” Wise words uttered by Candice Accola’s father, and the inspiration she needed to continue auditioning, hoping for the perfect role. It worked. In grade school, scary movies were an essential element of any slumber party for Accola. She grew up shrieking to the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer thrillogies. So, it is only natural that once she determined that acting was her career path, she would land her breakout role on the hit television series The Vampire Diaries. For Accola, her role is proof that dreams do come true. For the rest of us, it is the realization that, at some point over the last few years, the vampire genre has become a pop-culture phenomenon. It’s saucy, sexy, and STYLING: LAURIE VIGLIONE, MAKE-UP: MARA ZAL previous page next page