Soon (and by soon I mean very far away and by very far away I mean January 14th at the earliest) we'll see two new faces in Mystic Falls, and two very attractive faces at that. Sean Faris and Malese Jow are joining the cast in the new year and planning to spice things up.
Sean Faris has been a teen heartthrob since his stint on Life as We Know It, and, let's face it, Sleepover. Somehow I doubt that this role will take away from his legion of fans. More Vampire Diaries spoilers below:
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Ausiello reports that
Faris will play Ben, an ex-high school football star-turned-bartender at the Mystic Grill. “He’s Matt’s buddy,” says a Vampire insider. “He gets entangled in the group when a broke Matt takes a job at the Mystic Grill.”
The Vamp source also hints at a possible romance between Ben and one of the show’s females.
So, which female? Though I'm rooting for our sweet Bonnie to finally find some romance on the show, I have a feeling that Ben might not be so much of a buddy... and come between Matt and Caroline. That said, Elena could very well be free and looking to work out her frustrations (I-look-exactly-like-Katherine-Stefan-is-an-obsessive-perv-argh) on a new man. And if Alaric doesn't work out, there's always Aunt Jenna. Who knows? Since it's the Vampire Diaries, there'll be a surprising twist SOMEWHERE along the line.
As for Malese Jow - well - this seems to be the most grown-up role she's ever taken, as her resume mostly consists of Unfabulous, Hannah Montana, iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place, The Secret Life of the American Teenager AND Bratz. Good luck climbing out of Disney's black hole, Miss Jow.
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Kevin Williamson revealed this casting spoilers with some delicious details to William Keck:
“She comes on as Jeremy’s smart new friend, Anna,” series creator Kevin Williamson tells me.
Hmm...just a ‘friend’? Couldn’t Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) use a friend with benefits now that his love, Vicki (Kayla Ewell), was staked through the heart by Stefan? “We’ll see how it goes,” teases Williamson. “Jeremy certainly turns her head. She gets a crush. It starts in one place and maybe ends someplace else.”
Also expect this duo to uncover a mystery.
A mystery? Could this have something to do with the journals and incredibly creepy artwork of Jeremy's Gilbert ancestor? Will Anna and Jeremy discover Elena's vampire secret, or realize that Tyler, is, in fact, a werewolf? We shall have to wait and see. But hooray for Jeremy for moving on after the disappearance of his long-time crush and love interest, Vicki. He is as cute as a little puppy dog when he's happy, and utterly depressing when he's depressing. Time to leave that drug dealer rep behind.
So will these two new characters cut it in Mystic Falls? Well, the show hasn't made a wrong step yet, casting-wise, so I'm going to go with yes.
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