Ian Somerhalder is switching from acting to directing for an episode of The Vampire Diaries season six. While he will be on the screen for some of the time, he will take a step behind the camera for episode 16, which airs in 2015.
He is not the first actor on the set of The Vampire Diaries to take a step behind the camera. Paul Wesley, who plays Somerhalder’s onscreen brother Stefan Salvatore has already taken up the director’s chair. He made his directing debut in season five with Resident Evil, and is also set to direct Woke Up With a Monster, which will air later this season. Many fans were excited to see how their favorite actors handle these other roles, and how they juggle performing on the camera and directing the shots at the same time.
The Vampire Diaries is not the only show to see actors transition to director. Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles, who plays Dean Winchester on the show, has stepped behind the camera on four occasions now. His most recent episode he directed was Soul Survivor in season 10. He noted that the hardest person to direct was himself, since he would have to do the shot and then watch it back on the camera to see how it worked out.
Somerhalder will have all this to come when he directs the season six episode of The Vampire Diaries. Episode 16 is called The Downward Spiral but very little has been shared about it. The actor took to social media to share the script and the fact that he was making the decisions. He wanted to thank those who have given him this chance, and promises fans that he will try her “very very very best not” to mess it all up.
While directing while acting is nerve-wracking enough, he has to follow his co-star Wesley who has already proven just what he can do. The bar is set high for the man who plays Damon Salvatore on the show.
The Vampire Diaries returns to screens on January 22 after taking its winter hiatus. Julie Plec is already sharing small teasers for the upcoming episodes, as “stocking suffers” for the fans. Some of those include seeing a young Caroline and young Stefan in separate episodes, meaning there are more flashbacks to come, and the real Sarah Salvatore will be revealed. There are high chance that the young Stefan and real Sarah Salvatore scenes could be in the same episode.
Plec also teased that more than one person will die in the remaining episodes of season six of The Vampire Diaries. She has not yet hinted whether these “more than one” will be main characters, but it is possible that one of the main three will be permanently killed off at the end of the season. So far, only two out of the three—Somerhalder, Wesley and Nina Dobrev—have signed up for another season. The question will be whether these people who will die will actually stay dead, considering the show has a habit of bringing back characters.
There is a lot more to come for season six after the winter hiatus. For now, all eyes will be on Somerhalder, who is set to direct an episode in season six of The Vampire Diaries.
Opinion by Alexandria Ingham
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