Kat Graham Talks ‘TVD’ Finale, Working With Prince, and Tupac Biopic — Exclusive
Prepare to get FOMO, because TVD star Kat Graham blessed attendees at the opening of AOL’s BUILD Studio in New York City with a sneak peek of songs from her new funk album.
And don’t worry, as she also gave Wetpaint a little scoop on what’s coming in The Vampire Diaries series finale.
The most recent episode gave us a little hope for the final run — ahem, Damon starting to believe in redemption when he finds Elena’s necklace — and then it took a lot of that hope away. Two words: Ripper Stefan.
But Kat has some news for us: Don’t expect to say goodbye to Cade anytime soon.
When we asked what she can spill about the finale, she was tight-lipped, but did offer this tidbit:
“I don’t have any idea! I know the devil is involved and there is some wind and fire,” Kat told us.
As for the wind and fire? Maybe Kat’s just playing with us, but does that mean her character Bonnie gets full witchy powers back?
Fingers crossed we get to see badass Bon Bon back in power.
One thing is for sure, Kat is talented on screen and off, but she doesn’t always believe those two should mix.
For one, she doesn’t plan on contributing to The Vampire Diaries’ notoriously-stellar soundtrack with her self-described “inclusive funk” style music.
“I’ve had opportunities to do music that fits in with the realm of the show but I prefer to keep the two separate because that is so much of a character, and my music is so much about self expression and empowerment and of who I really am,” she said.
“So I don’t feel like I’m in the position to make that kind of music right now, music that would make sense for the show. And I prefer to keep it separate — one is a character and one is me.”
Luckily, all of us will soon be able to get our hands on Kat’s new album, which she worked on with music icons Babyface and the late Prince, both of whom she saw as mentors in different ways.
“Prince always did good music and I want to keep good music alive, I think he saw that. Babyface spent hours with me in the studio.
“They were both very different but amazing mentors, and to have this incredible influence was unbelievable” she said.
However, at the start, Kat says she found the whole experience “bizarre.”
“I didn’t think it would happen to me. Like, who am I? I’m a little street rat from Hollywood who rode a skateboard to auditions, I’m no one, I’m not the best at anything.
“I have to work really hard to be good at anything. Why would either of these men give me the time of day?
“I don’t know that I could have a better mentor in Babyface, he’s everything to me,” she told Wetpaint.
Clearly Kat is underselling her talent — though we always appreciate her ability to dive in and work hard — because she’ll soon be on screen in the Tupac biopic All Eyez On Me, playing the incredible Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I am totally inspired by Jada Pinkett Smith. I wanted to bring her energy into the role and the relationship she had with Tupac,” Kat said about the movie.
“There were moments on set I got the chills, I didn’t know where I was. I thought I was in another era.
“It felt very real, I got chills up and down my spine. They did an amazing job of letting the energy of Tupac come into the room.”
It seems that even after The Vampire Diaries ends, we will still be seeing and hearing lots of the talented Kat Graham.
— Reporting by Rachel Quigley
The Vampire Diaries Season 8 airs Fridays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.
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