Exclusive: Interview with Annie Wersching of “The Vampire Diaries”
The CableTV blog team spoke with Annie Wersching (of “24,” “Bosch,” and “The Vampire Diaries”) to get the scoop on what we can expect in season seven of “The Vampire Diaries.” Annie also shares how she prepped for her role on “Bosch,” her experience at Quantico, and the time she met Snoop Dogg and played “Gin and Juice” on a tin flute. Click play to listen to the interview, or read the transcript below.
CTV: I saw that you recently shared a throwback Thursday image of you and Snoop Dogg, which I thought was hilarious and awesome. I’m wondering if you can give us some context about that and tell us what he’s like.
Annie: Oh yes. I wish it was a more exciting story, but we were both guests at the same time on the George Lopez show when he had a nighttime, late night show. I don’t know if you remember that. I was pregnant, so it was five years ago. So, yes. We were just both—I was a guest and then he was there after me or before me, but just I knew he was there on that show I played the tin whistle, which is an Irish flute…
Image credit: Annie Wersching
Annie: And I played “Gin and Juice.”
CTV: I did see that! Okay, yes, yes, yes, I remember that. That’s awesome. So funny.
Annie: That’s all it was. I mean it was really cool to be able to hang out for a second, and it was very low key we’ll say, and it was awesome. He was just so cool and so nice. Super cool.
CTV: “Yes, that was a pretty solid TBT picture, so I was a little jealous.” Okay, so you began your acting career early 2000’s right or around 2000?
Annie: Yes, I started out in LA. I was in theater just before then, but yes.
CTV: Who or what inspired you early on in your professional acting career, and further who did you admire in the film and TV world?
Annie: Wow. Let me think. One little interesting tidbit is when I first—I was touring with a musical, “Anything Goes,” that closed down in LA and so, I was like, “Well let me just stay out here. I think I’m just going to spend the week. Let me just stay here for a little bit and see what it’s like and try to get on some sets and just see how the whole thing works.” And I started doing extra work, actually, and I ended up regularly working on “Providence.” That goes back a little bit, but that was definitely the first time I was on a set, kind of saw how the whole thing worked, and I watched actors doing their thing, and I was like, “Oh, wow, this is really cool.” So, that was definitely inspiring to me, just that experience as a whole, just doing regular extra work on Providence, just being on a set for the day for the first time. So that—it’s not exactly what you asked…
CTV: No, it is.
Annie: It was just a good experience that I had for sure and then what was the rest of the question?
CTV: It kind of relates, was there was one actor or actress in particular that maybe you looked up to when you were first starting out?
Annie: Like I had worked with or something? I mean my first big thing was, you know where I had a lot of lines, was “Star Trek Enterprise.” So, I mean, just as far as the actress that I worked with closely in this show Connor Trinneer, Scott Bakula, and René Auberjonois. I mean, those were really my first experience. I remember going up to them like, “Look, I’ve only done theater. Feel free to tell me if I’m doing this wrong or too big.” [laughs] So really for me, it was more just not like a person that I emulated. I just sort of loved when I would work with people who are really giving and sincere, and on top of their shit, you know. It’s inspiring to me to work with people who really know their lines. It sounds like just a simple thing, but it’s not always the case.
CTV: Yeah, that makes sense. So, you play a police officer on “Bosch,” which is an Amazon original series. It was picked up for a second season, so congrats on that.
Annie: Thank you.
Image credit: Annie Wersching
CTV: And do we know when season two will premiere yet?
Annie: I think it’s February again. It’s like January or February of next year. We’re through with shooting; we’re like on episode five, I think, right now. And I’ve started going back and forth and doing—you know, I went—I was there for episode three and yes, I think I’m going to be back in like 17 or something—I don’t know. I’m working it out with “Vampire Diaries,” but…
Annie: Yes, so they’re going strong. They’re already, I guess, almost half way through.
CTV: That’s awesome. So having your show on Amazon means that, as you know, people can just stream them all at once. What makes that show a solid binge-watching show or why should people choose it as this weekend’s show to binge-watch? Because so many people just spend their weekends just having binge-watch parties.
Annie: Yes, I know, right? Me too. Well the really cool thing about “Bosch” is that it’s based on Michael Connelly’s novel and there’s like 18 or 19… You know, there’s so much good stuff in those books for them to draw on to the series. So I mean, I think that’s definitely a unique thing to the show. A lot of shows, they get picked up and they start going and they don’t necessarily know where they are going and they don’t necessarily have all the materials but with “Bosch,” we have so much stuff to pull from. So I mean, I think that is definitely me thing for “Bosch” and the Amazon thing. I don’t know, I just liked that it’s a great show to sort of sit down and watch and it’s not incredibly fast paced, which I kind of like.
Annie: It doesn’t rush and it sort of lets the moment breathe and it’s not like fast, fast, TV, TV. You feel like you’re really in the world of these characters. And, so when I started binge-watching the first season, even though I was in it and stuff, you’re like, “It’s slow” but by the time it’s over, it’s not slow in a bad way but you know, it’s moving at its own pace and by the time it’s over you’re like, “Yes,” and immediately move on to the next one.
CTV: Right. Yes, it’s thoughtful. I think so many shows try and cram so much in at once where the story isn’t always developed as fully and I feel like that’s not the case with your show. It’s thoughtful, and the story is there.
CTV: So, what is it like, though, as an actress knowing that people can just sit down, watch the whole season in a sitting versus traditional TV on air series that you’ve been part of where people have to eagerly wait each week, by week, by week…
CTV: Is that weird for you? I’m just curious of your thoughts on that, and maybe how people perceive it or how they—what your conversations on social media is like with fans on different shows.
Annie: Right. It’s definitely strange to not necessarily know where people are. You know what I mean? With “Vampire Diaries” and “24” I know what people are watching. Oh yes, that’s right. That’s where X, Y, Z happens, and with “Bosch” I’m kind of like, “Oh, I don’t know if they’re seeing my naked butt right now or shooting…”
CTV: Right, exactly.
Annie: And so, I have no radar for where everybody is. I mean, that’s the thing about binge-watching is you sort of lose the water cooler chit-chat the next day. But at the same time, “Wait, wait, wait, where are you?”
CTV: Yes. Then you have people—like I know in our office, we have a few of us watching it and then we’ll have to say, “Like, okay, did you see…?” and then they’ll stop. Like, “Wait, wait, wait, no!” So actually in some ways I feel like people are more amped and hyped about it because they don’t want any spoilers.
Annie: That’s true. Yes. There’s a whole—when you’re trying to talk about a show with your friend and there’s a whole scary spoiler thing, you know like—“Wait, which episode are you on? I don’t want to mess it up!”
CTV: Yes, definitely. And I want to touch on “24” real quick, just curious of what that was like playing an FBI agent and how you prepared for such a role and then, further, did that help you at all prepare or think more about your role as a cop on “Bosch”?
Annie: Yes so, in “24” I was cast, like I think on a Friday and I think I started the next Wednesday. So it’s definitely like, I was just thrown into it and it was like “Okay here we go.” But, obviously I worked so closely with Kiefer so on that show in particular all I really had to do was sort of show up and observe and soak it all in.
Annie: I could watch how [Kiefer] was doing things. I pick up very easily on things like loading guns and you know for some people, it’s hard to make that look natural, but all of the—even running, it sounds silly, but even running is something that sometimes people—it’s seems hard to do. But, I’m pretty precise in doing that kind of stuff, which ended up being super helpful. With “24,” I wanted to do all my own stunts. I was gung ho for anything and everything. After season seven I did to go to Quantico and I did these—I helped them with these videos that they were making. They needed this sort of “spokesperson” kind of thing. It was all about closed circuit monitoring for businesses and stuff and so, they needed a person to be the “host” kind of. But anyway, so in exchange for coming and helping them with those, I got to meet some SEALs and some really heavy duty FBI people and I got to see all of the different departments and shoot some guns and fly in a helicopter, and I mean that was amazing. It was only three days, but it was unbelievably amazing.
CTV: Yes, that’s so wild.
Annie: Yes, so that was really cool, and then same thing of course when I got to “Bosch” that’s when Renee was very seasoned even though she’d come up through the ranks pretty quickly, but she’s been around a little bit even though she was younger. But Brasher, she’s been in the mix for like three months. She likes to think that she knows everything when she clearly does not. And so, that was like I didn’t need—she didn’t need to be perfect. I didn’t need to be perfect in my preparation for her because she wasn’t perfect.
CTV: That’s true. Right.
Annie: But we did have these really wonderful detectives that are on site with us. They’re actually homicide detectives and Mitzi Roberts was the female one and I just picked her brain all the time. She’s not a uniform officer anymore but she started that way. I mean I could sit and listen to her tell stories for hours and hours. I really loved just listening to all that kind of stuff and soaking it up and trying to use some of it here and there.
CTV: Yes, for sure. I won’t spend too much time on “24,” but I know in the past there was a ton of chatter about a possible “24” movie. I haven’t heard anything in a while and I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but do you think there’s any chance ever of that happening?
Annie: I think that was definitely in the process before they came back and did this last reboot. I remember a time when Kiefer was like, “Oh yes, I have a great script for the 24 movie.” So there’s definitely been different incarnations of scripts for the “24” movie and then I think it turned into the last series. I mean, I know that Kiefer is definitely, I think, going to be away from it for a little while, but I would never put it out of—I can envision an old Jack Bauer [laughs]…
CTV: Right, right.
Annie: Coming back in to the force like ten years from now. Hopefully it won’t be that long. But I don’t know. Maybe that’s just my wishful thinking.
CTV: Okay. Let me jump to “Vampire Diaries.” That premieres October 8th. Can you share—I’m sure you can’t share too much, but anything of what we can expect in season seven?
Annie: Yes. For season seven, which will start Thursday, I think there’s this question about how the show is going to be without Elena, without Nina, and the whole reboot and everything. And I feel like people are going to be really pleasantly surprised. I feel like they’ve done this great job of really giving it a fun, energy, a good reboot. My heretics family is now in the mix, and you know they are ready to cause a little chaos. [laughs] In Lily’s ideal world everybody would get along. She could have Damon and Stefan and her heretics and everybody would be just one big happy family. But then, there wouldn’t really be much of a TV show if everybody was just getting along.
Image credit: Annie Wersching
CTV: Well we can’t wait! Where can people find you on social media? I know you’re on Twitter and Instagram, right?
CTV: Well, thank you so much. I know you have another call, but I really appreciate you taking the time to chat with me, and good luck with everything.
Annie: Sure! Thank you so much. Good to talk to you.
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