Thursday night’s season finale of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries marked the shocking (and welcome!) return of fan fave Kayla Ewell. In an exclusive Q&A with TVLine, the starlet reveals the reason she initially thought Vicki’s reappearance was a very mean joke, ponders potential Season 3 plans, and more.
TVLINE | It was so nice to see you back on Vampire Diaries! How are you feeling about your big return?
It was a wonderful surprise to be able to go back for an episode. I love Atlanta, so it was fun to be back in the city. [On Thursday night] we had a wrap party during the finale and the second Malese [Jow, who plays Anna] and I showed up on screen, everyone screamed and clapped — it was a fun moment that everyone on the inside of the show got to share together.
TVLINE | Julie Plec told me that Vicki and Anna’s returns were in the writers’ minds all season. When did you find out, and how much notice were you given before heading back to Mystic Falls?
It actually wasn’t much notice at all. The funny story is that I got the call about it on April Fool’s Day, so when my agents and manager called me, I was just waiting for them to tell me they were kidding. I was thinking that it was the cruelest joke anyone had ever played on me. But it ended up being real and was the coolest thing to ever happened.
TVLINE | What was your reaction upon reading the finale script?
It was crazy to get that script and read it. I was just as shocked as all of the viewers were.
TVLINE | How did you approach playing Vicki this time around? It was such a mysterious scene, and you were given very little knowledge of what exactly was going on.
It definitely took me a second to figure out what I wanted to do. I had a bunch of different options in my head, and the one that I ultimately decided on I’d actually like to keep to myself, just so I can wait and see if it comes true or not. [Laughs] One of things that makes our job as an actress so fun is that we’re able to explore and create something out of nothing — which is essentially what we had to do. It was challenging, but also really fun at the same time.
TVLINE | I know that the cast is really close-knit, and you’re still so much a part of that, so what their reaction when you came back to town?
They actually flew me out a little bit early to spend time with everyone. We just came together as a group and went to dinner at this cute place in Atlanta with a Bocce Ball court. They really just make me feel special because whenever I come into town, everyone gathers together. I’ve been back many times not working, just to visit, so it’s more than just work friends — it’s family.
TVLINE | This might be an obvious question, but are you hoping this will lead to more appearances next season?
Of course I am. If they ever asked me back, I would do it in a second. I love the character Vicki so much, I would hope they’d want me back. But that’s what makes the show so great, we never know what’s going to happen.
TVLINE | In the meantime, what’s next for you? Any summer projects?
Yes! There’s a Hallmark movie called Keeping Up with The Randalls, coming out July 19. It’s a really cute little movie I did with Marion Ross from Happy Days, and I play an L.A. fashion designer. To be honest with you, I’m really used to playing the villain and a bad druggie girl, so this was a switch-up for me. [Laughs]
And in case you’re still itching for more from Ewell, she’s finally joined Twitter. Follow her @real_kaylaewell.