Vampire Diaries' Annie Wersching on Lily's Arrival: Can She Save Stefan?

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Damon finally comes face-to-face with Mama Salvatore on Thursday’s Vampire Diaries (The CW, 8/7c), but as newcomer Annie Wersching explains, this ain’t no Oprah Winfrey Show family reunion.

“She’s been trapped in this 1903 prison world for a very long time, so initially, there’s a little bit of shock,” Wersching tells TVLine. “And Damon has a lot of questions, which he asks not-so-nicely; he’s bringing a lot of resentment and sarcasm to the party to mask his pain … so you can tell right away that they’re mother and son.”

Below, Wersching takes us into the mind of Mama Salvatore — she even reals her ‘ship of choice — and discusses how Lily will shake things up in present-day Mystic Falls, including how her arrival might be the key to Stefan’s salvation.

TVLINE | You’re coming into a show in its sixth season with more than 120 episodes under its belt. Were you able to catch up before you started filming?
When I was first up for the role, I was blind, but when I got it, I started doing my homework a little bit. I watched four episodes before I actually started shooting, but now I’ve seen the first three seasons. I’ve been a good little binge-watcher; I’m also holed up in a hotel room in Atlanta, which is kind of a prime binge-watching scenario.

Vampire Diaries SpoilersTVLINE | You’ve mostly played humans throughout your career. What was your approach to playing a vampire?
My approach, besides taking goofy pictures when I was getting my vampire teeth mold done, is exactly the same as it would be for any other character. One of my goals is to make sure that, even though we’re in this heightened world, I still make Lily as grounded and real as possible. On top of that, she just happens to be a vampire.

TVLINE | And not just a vampire, but a ripper. Will we see a change in Lily’s demure demeanor?
Yeah, and I think you can tell that even though she’s this prim-and-proper 19th century woman with her hat and her corset, there’s some stuff brimming under the surface. In these first encounters with Damon [tonight], he gives her a little attitude and she tries to stay nice and calm, but you can tell it might not take much for her to snap.

TVLINE | Elena, the only other woman Damon cares about, also meets Lily this week. What’s the vibe between them?
Yes, Lily is a potential mother-in-law, and she wants to meet her son’s girlfriend, but there’s so much else going on that they have to get through first — like, “So, you’re a vampire. And you’re alive!” There’s a lot to deal with before Lily and Elena go out shopping. [Laughs] Once Lily gets to come to present-day Mystic Falls, there are interactions between her and Elena that aren’t exactly as cookie-cutter as you’d expect [from a woman and her son’s girlfriend.]

TVLINE | Lily being from the 1800s, I imagine coming to the present day will freak her out a bit. Like, what are these cell phones?
Oh, absolutely! I think in [tonight’s] episode, she sees a computer for the first time and is just kind of like, “OK…” But I will say, she’s a Salvatore, so she does acclimate — in some regards — pretty quickly, like, “Well, look what I just Googled!” There’s a lot of social stuff in the modern world that takes her a little longer to acclimate to, like how women act and how they’re able to act.

Vampire Diaries SpoilersTVLINE | So much of the focus right now is on Damon and Lily, but Stefan is also her son. What’s that dynamic, and when will we see them interact?
I actually think I shot for quite a while before I even met Paul [Wesley], so most of her initial stuff is with Damon. It’s actually Damon’s plan to have mama be the thing to help Stefan out of his humanity-off phase. That doesn’t necessarily mean things go according to plan, but that’s the idea. … She tries her best to be what her sons want her to be, but she’s a very different woman now.

TVLINE | Since you went back and watched the earlier seasons, do you have a favorite couple on the show?
I’m assuming part of my bias is that I’m a mother, but I tend to first go to the Defan ship, the boys together as brothers. But as Lily, I feel like the writers and producers are perfectly manipulating me. I feel like I’ll be going in one direction, like, “Oh, Damon and Elena…” and then I’ll be like, “Oh, Stefan…”

Vampire Diaries fans, are you excited for the Salvatore family tree to (almost) be complete? Drop a comment with your thoughts below: How do you hope this all plays out?

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  1. Tran says:

    She’ll always be Renee Walker from 24. I know that one of the stars of TVD was on 24 at the time and I think it was Paul Wesley who played Kim Bauer’s hubby and proud father of Teri who named it after Kim’s late mother.

  2. C.H. says:

    Interesting that the actress they chose to play Damon and Stefan’s mother is one year older then Ian Somerhalder….

  3. Brendan says:

    Let’s see how Annie Wersching does on that show and she’ll working alongside Paul Wesley, who portrayed Kim’s husband on 24. Annie was great as Renee Walker in 24 and any show she appeared in.

  4. 20dj10 says:

    I’m excited to see how this all comes together!! Can’t wait for tonights episode ;-)

  5. Nona says:

    This story sounds interesting I hope it is played out well., I cant wait to see the reunion between mama Salvatore and her beloved sons

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  8. Liza says:

    Didnt they say she in a previous episode she was turned in 1853? At her “funeral”, Stefan looked to be about 10 years old and I am not sure of the age difference between him and Damon. I think I heard 7 years. So if Damon was 17 when his mother “died”, she may have only been 35 or 40 years old and will stay that age as a vampire.

  9. stefanie says:

    seriously??? i can not believe what tvd is doing. stefan and caroline hooking up what??? oh and now the cure is introduced again! this show has truely lost its heart.

  10. Meatwad says:

    didn’t they say a few seasons back that turning off your emotions only last for about the first 100 years????