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Ian Somerhalder: Elena Gets Things From Damon That She Doesn’t Get From Stefan

The goodies from Comic-Con just keep on coming. That’s good news for us, and Ian Somerhalder was more than willing to spill on Damon’s Season 3 sibling situation and his banter with Elena. Check out some of Ian’s insights, overheard in the press room.

On having to be the hero: “Ultimately, he's not happy with the way things have turned out. He tried for two seasons to get his brother to do what he wanted him to do, which was be what he is. Just eat and destroy everything in their path. And he tried that for two seasons, man. And now Stefan's running around with a guy Damon hates, who tried to kill him, and he's left him in this town with this girl that's 150 years younger than him, who he's in love with, that he can't have. A., she doesn't want him, and B., it's his brother's girl. He's just sitting there thinking to himself, 'This sucks.' But he's going to rise to the occasion, I think, and he's going to have fun. This is the guy who will have the same grin on his face if he was ripping your head off or saving a kitten. He feels the same way about both things.”

On the kiss: “In this episode coming up, he makes a mention of it, kind of joking, kind of jabbing at her, but illustrating that he definitely remembers it and it didn't go unnoticed. And I think that she gets things from Damon that she doesn't get from Stefan. They jab at each other, they have this fun banter. He makes her smile, ultimately, even though he killed her brother and basically destroyed her life in many ways. But that's where I think he is. He's not happy about the situation, but he loves and has to protect this girl and he knows his brother did all this sh*t to save him, he did. Stefan's now an indentured servant for who knows how long, whether it's a decade or a millenia.”