For the CW, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is a huge success, earning an early pick-up for its second season. Somerhalder says he finds it interesting how different networks judge what constitutes terrific ratings. This show [VAMPIRE] has five [million viewers], so it’s significantly less, but it’s the power of the youth culture, and that’s what’s so amazing. Like the fact that VAMPIRE DIARIES won the People’s Choice Award. It’s a numbers game. The people vote. And crazy enough, they voted for our show. It’s a really active audience, and that’s the other thing. They’re active online, and this network [the CW] – they’re geniuses at online network marketing – and it’s so interactive now. We know that this is such a great way to talk with fans.” He likes what can be done with Twitter. “It’s insane. You can push a button and a hundred thousand people will get that instantly.”
Although Damon is attracted to Elena because she looks exactly like her ancestor Katherine (also played by Dobrev), there is the matter of that century-plus age difference, despite the fact that Damon doesn’t look much older than Elena. Somerhalder explains his take on the relationship. “It’s interesting if you think about it. If you were connecting to a ten-year-old on a real basic [non-sexual] human level, it’s interesting. We spend our lives in search of knowledge and money and history and art and music and film and food and travel. Damon has so much of that, and I think what’s kind of interesting and amazing is, when he really is standing there, talking to Elena, who’s seventeen years old, he finds there’s a commonality.
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