Cassidy Freeman Teases 'Sordid' Vampire Diaries Threesome, Reigniting Damon's Bad Boy Ways

The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon will have a blast in the past – and then get a blast from the past – starting tonight (on The CW, 8/7c), when Cassidy Freeman inhabits the role of Sage, an ol’ vampire friend who in the books was a male, but let’s face it — Cassidy Freeman? Yes, please. TVLine spoke with the Smallville alumna about jumping back into the genre-TV ring (literally and figuratively), how Sage will bring flavor to Damon’s current existence and the super opportunities presented to her post-Smallville.

TVLINE | You’ve had a nice run of straight dramas — guesting on CSI: NY, The Playboy Club, the upcoming A&E series Longmire. Were you tentative at all about dipping back into genre TV?
Absolutely not. This more fantastical kind of vampire-superhero genre? It was super-fun.

TVLINE | Yeah, Sage is out there clobbering guys and canoodling, looking both vixenish and violent… what’s not to like?
You know what I mean? [Laughs] It was a wide array of stuff. [Executive producer] Julie Plec was like, “Would you do it?” And I was like, “How could I not!”

TVLINE | How would you describe Damon and Sage’s relationship in the “1912” flashbacks?
It’s definitely a mentor-mentee relationship, and that’s what I kind of love about this character. I’ve watched this series since it first started, and Damon is that vampire we all love to hate, and he has such a grasp on what being a vampire means to him. And what’s really interesting about this flashback to 1912 is you figure out where that came from. When he was first turned, he wasn’t like that, so this gives great insight into his arc during the entire time he’s been a vampire.

TVLINE | How is Sage brought into the present timeline?
She comes back for her love, for Finn (played by Caspar Zafer), who is one of the Originals.

TVLINE | Aww. That’s a nice reason.
Yeah! True love prevails.

TVLINE | What will Damon’s reaction be to seeing her again?
It’s one of surprise — that was a chapter of his life he thought was pretty much over. Plus, Sage was such a fantastical character in 1912 that you almost can’t imagine her in the present day, because things aren’t quite as heightened. To see her in the present brings back the memories of why he was who he was. Lately, Damon has been playing kind of a good guy, and seeing Sage reignites his bad boy ways — or his “tendencies,” I should say.

TVLINE | Is he wary of her when they reunite? Does he suspect she has an agenda involving more than true love?
I think Damon is wary of everyone, and everyone has an agenda. It’s definitely not wide-open arms, “Let’s hug it out.” There are a lot of question marks.

TVLINE | Let’s talk about you beating up those guys up in the 1912 boxing ring – specifically, my slight unease that you seem a bit too much of a natural.
Yeah…. I do have two brothers, and I’m used to beating guys up, so…. I came a little bit early for the episode and studied with John Copeman, the stunt supervisor. We rehearsed together for probably two or three days before we shot it, and then he hired some really talented stunt people to make it look like I knew what I was doing.

TVLINE | There’s a juicy new promo out…. What are we to make of the bed scene with Damon, Rebekah and Sage… who’s apparently stroking Rebekah’s face?
They released that?! I haven’t even seen that. I need to go online more often. Hmm…. Well, she’s definitely helping Damon figure out what Rebekah is up to. With any sort of threesome, you never know who to trust, but it’s definitely a sordid affair — and because they’re vampires, it has to happen in the bedroom. I think that’s one of the rules!

TVLINE | Like you, Erica [Durance] promptly booked a pilot (NBC’s Saving Hope) after Smallville, as well as guest roles — on Charlie’s Angels and Harry’s Law. Justin [Hartley] also has done the same. Was it a small relief to see yourself not get pigeonholed and round up work right away?
Yeah. I think it was more of a pigeonhole for Erica, obviously, because she played a character that was so iconic and had been on for much longer than I had. I felt really fortunate to be able to play Tess Mercer, but there is something to say about playing different roles. Smallville gave me such an incredible opportunity to get out there, and I think the fear was that might be the end, now that I had whetted my appetite with something that I love to do and with a character that was super-badass. How could I find something to live up to that? And I have. I have found really great characters in Playboy Club and now The Vampire Diaries, and even my little guest star on CSI. And I’m starting Longmire in a week (playing the daughter of Robert Taylor’s Wyoming sheriff), and that is very different than genre, so I couldn’t be more excited.

TVLINE | After I screened the Longmire pilot, I said on Twitter that it needed “50 percent more Cassidy Freeman.”
I know, I remember that! Thank you. Let’s hope that in the next nine episodes there is more Cady Longmire.

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  1. Tiva4Life says:

    Can’t wait to watch for the first time and threesome O_O oh, my :O

  2. Anon says:

    AH! I can’t wait to watch her character on tonight’s episode. However, based on this interview and her getting cast for a Pilot, I feel like Sage doesn’t have long to live on TVD. She might end up like Lexi, except live on for a few more episodes than Lexi did. Which I hope I’m wrong, because Sage does look like a wild and awesome character to watch!

    All NEW TVD and TSC tonight! AW YEAH!! I can’t wait to watch ’em LIVE and I hope everyone else does too.

    That TVD/TSC promo by the way was awesome!!

  3. Pamela says:

    Such a fantastic drama with a great cast & crew. I get aggravated because they keep Nina Dobrev in such an emo state all the time as Elena, but she’s a fantastic actress, as they all are, and she does a fabulous job. I just wish the writers would give her some ‘Buffy’ strength and move on from Stefan.

  4. Rolling my eyes says:

    Of course the threesome includes 2 girls (1 of which was changed from a male to a female for the show)…

  5. Candygirl says:

    I don’t understand how Elena being strong = moving on from Stefan. It Elena was truely strong she wouldn’t date Stefan or Damon.

  6. tania says:

    Stefan has just descended from boyfriend to psycho – ex boyfriend to stalker ex boyfriend. The writers can’t seem to decide what mode to put his relationship in with Elena, especially since he’s no longer tied to Klaus. At the moment he’s still in Angelus mode. Nice to see Elena is still training and working out with Alaric. It would also be great to find out what Mikael’s motives were for searching for Elena, especially since she was only three at the time. Would he have taken her away if he had found her, handed her over to the remaining members of his family, can you imagine Elijah and Klaus fighting over baby Elena.

  7. Annoyed says:

    I loved Cassidy Freeman on Smallville. I’m sure she will be great at making Sage her own. But I’m upset that they changed this Character completely from the books I love. L.J. Smith’s ideas and characters are much better than what the Head Honcho’s of this show are giving her credit for. I used to enjoy the show and didn’t mind the changes so much, but they are starting to irk me.

  8. potatum says:

    I love her in the boxing ring, she kind of gives me Irene Adler vibes from the Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes movies! =D

  9. Kate says:

    God they ruined another character. TVD Sage’s royally sucks. Threesome really? F*** you writers. And everything else with this character really sucks. Ugh.

  10. TheDude says:

    Wait wtf? They said in a previous episode that Finn had been daggered for 900 years….yet now he is Sage’s true love in 1912?

    • J says:

      Rebekah mentioned that Sage has been around for 900 years herself, which really adds to her character, she’s the first non-original vampire that’s been introduced that is more than 500/600 years old (Katherine, Rose and Lexi’s age). Must wonder what she’s seen and been through.
      Also according to Rebekah, Sage had a thing for Finn.

  11. Joy says:

    Cassidy Freeman! I am so excited to see her. She’s gorgeous and matches the role well.
    And good point, TheDude. =/

  12. TheLonelyPlace says:

    Great! Can’t wait for Sinn! Cassidy Freeman will bring it!