Q: Can you talk about casting Nina Dobrev in the show?
Kevin: It is always hard to find that anchor. If you look at The CW, you'll always see that anchor girl. All those shows have that one girl, who is the anchor of the show that everything revolves around. And it is so hard to cast that part. You can actually see when you do it and when you don't do it. I've seen shows that don't do it. We have so scored with her and the two guys, Paul and Ian. I think I hit a home run, for whatever part I played in that. I pat myself on the back because that has saved me on whatever the script. They are so good.
Q: How has she changed in the six months the show has been on?
Kevin: I don't know if she's changed. She started out brilliant and she's still pretty brilliant. I think what's changed is that they're all getting more comfortable in their roles. She's taken over the role now and she owns it. It's hers now. It's no longer about just getting the script. Now, I feel like I'm writing for Elena/Nina. They're all one and the same now.
Q: If The Vampire Diaries has a really long run, have you thought about what to do when your vampires start looking older?
Kevin: I have really thought about that and, with modern technology, we'll just increase the special effects budget.Q: How much will Mia Kirshner have to do?
Kevin: Well, she's coming in to set up Alaric's character and we haven't really developed it beyond that. I don't really know the long term prospects of her character. It's mainly flashbacks.
Q: Will you be introducing any other primary characters this season, or will you just be focusing on Damon, Stefan and Elena?
Kevin: Yeah, those are our core group that we're going to stick to, and we have our supporting characters that we're going to stick to for the first season. Then, we're going to be bringing in new characters. Melinda Clarke is going to come in as Matt's mother. I'm hoping that she will always be Matt's mother. While she'll come in for three episodes, I hope she'll come back.Q: Are you working on any film projects right now?
Kevin: I'm almost done with the first draft of Scream 4. I'm trying to get that together for Wes Craven. We've got to get going on that, during the hiatus. We have Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox and Dave Arquette. I was always holding out hope because the pitch was about those three characters. I didn't want to have to re-route the whole story. We don't have to do that. I can do it exactly the way I want wanted. The story is going to be told the way I originally conceived it.Full Article Here