Damon Salvatore is the bad boy with a good heart. He’s the funny guy. He’s the stud of Mystic Falls. However, even snarky rebels have their own personal crosses to bear and Damon often finds himself dealing with a plethora of personal issues on the show. Whether it’s rescuing Stefan from Klaus’ grasp or overcoming a broken heart after the girl he loves chooses his brother over him or dealing with Alaric’s death, it’s safe to say that Damon has it rough in terms of family, friendships, and romance. And even the talented actor who portrays him — Ian Somerhalder — agrees that there is way more depth to Damon than initially meets the eye. Here’s what he revealed about his character and The Vampire Diaries Season 4 during an interview with The Star:
On Damon’s Development: “(Creator) Kevin Williamson made me understand that for an audience to empathize, there must be values similar to our human lives. We have crests and troughs, some days are better than others, some funnier, some sadder. When Damon showed up, he was the baddest dude around. Then other characters showed up way more powerful than Damon and it’s been humbling for him.
On Damon’s Struggles: “And now he’s expressing depth of character using humour like medicine to cover up his pain, as he’s still dealing with a lot of demons. So he’s using his charm and wit as a band aid.”
On Choosing Salvatores: “Life is about the turn of relationships. And a TV show is a living, breathing organism. It becomes an entity of its own and, like life, involves a lot of uphill battles. They bring some of us characters closer together; at other times, they pull us apart. Damon is now going through that push and pull. Elena has chosen Stefan and he’s fighting that desire to rip everyone’s throat out.”
On Romancing The Ladies: Speaking of Elena’s rejection, Somerhalder says tongue-in-cheek, “Recently, he’s rejected by every woman he’s met. . . . The guy’s supposed to be a stud, man! Where’s the action for Damon Salvatore? Then again, Stefan and Damon now have a very cool relationship. They’re not out to bite each other’s heads off. But who knows how long that will last?”
On TVD Season 4: As for Elena, who fought so hard to save her humanity and then was finally turned last season, he suggests, “Anyone who becomes a vampire has to learn how to quell this desire to kill everyone around you, how to deal with your emotions and power. It’s so powerful watching Elena go through this, and watching her relationships change as result of her transition. It’s really cool storytelling.”
Check out the full interview over at The Star!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how tough do you think Damon’s had it these past three seasons on The Vampire Diaries? And do you agree with Ian Somerhalder that Damon Salvatore deserves a lady love of his own? Let’s chat it out in the comments!