Witch twins Luke (Chris Brochu) and Liv (Penelope Mitchell) have brought new narrative energy to The Vampire Diaries Season 5. And, on a meta-level, it’s particularly exciting to see TVD portray another gay character in college kid Luke — only the second since viewers met Caroline’s father, Bill Forbes, in Season 3. What did Chris tell Hollywood Life about playing the role?
“I’m honored,” Chris said. “He’s somebody I can connect with and feel for. I mean I’m not gay, but I have many many gay friends and I love them to death. It’s an honor, truthfully. Everyday I get to know more about Luke and it’s wonderful.”
So far, Luke’s sexuality has been depicted in a few throwaway comments, rather than any real exploration of his sexuality — much like Caroline’s pop. It would be nice if TVD not only included gay characters on the show, but gave their love stories weight akin to other love stories on this show. Though, given the recurring nature of Luke’s character, as well as the tendency for new characters to quickly get killed off on this show, we’re not sure this will happen any time soon.
Of course, Luke is more than just his sexual identity. So far, we also know he’s a brother and college student and seems intent on stopping the Travelers. It’s that first identity which seems particularly relevant moving forward. Chris told Hollywood Life: “The biggest thing between Liv and myself is the loyalty, the family bond. It’s that blood’s thicker than water. You know, he will always be there for his sister, because his sister has always been there for him. So they very much have that kind of balancing dynamic. Liv is very a go getter and Luke — he follows the rules but he also follows his heart in situations, so I think that kind of balance is what’s going to be interesting to the viewers and as well the storyline coming up, leading up to the finale.”
We say, bring on more witch twins! They’re the best thing to happen to this show since Enzo.
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The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.