It must be so strenuous, writing about sexy vampires for a living. And yet, somehow, Vampire Diaries writer Charlie Charbonneau has managed to make it part of his everyday life. Truly astonishing!
To find out how this TV writer has survived in spite of the constant threat of Original-vampire sex lurking around every dark, wonderful corner, we decided to ask him a few questions. But, in particular, about his upcoming episode, “We’ll Always Have Bourbon Street,” which airs this Thursday.
Wetpaint Entertainment: Which character are you most excited for fans to see this episode?
Charlie Charbonneau: Everyone has some juicy stuff this episode. I'm excited for the Damon [Ian Somerhalder] and Stefan [Paul Wesley] fans. They'll get to see some awesome Salvatore brother moments.
So far, which has been your favorite character to write in Season 4?
Puhlease, Hayley [Phoebe Tonkin]. Hot werewolf with a chip on her shoulder, need I say more?
What's the weirdest part of working on a show about supernatural creatures?
Trying to apply the supernatural rules to real life. Tip: don't.
Do you ever worry about how the fans will react when you're writing an episode?
I think with every episode the TVD Writers hope to entertain, surprise, and impress the TVD Fans. We have some of the most loyal, awesome, and vocal fans out there. Overloading the twitter servers is a lofty, but genuine goal. #TVDFans
Are you Team Stelena or Delena?
Team Klaroline, for sure.
Out of all the supernatural creatures you get to work with, which are your favorite? (Vampires, Originals, Hybrids, Doppelgangers, Werewolves)
What about Witches!? Hello! I had the pleasure of working with Kat Graham [Bonnie] (who plays a present witch) and Phoebe Tonkin (who I got to work with when she played a witch on The Secret Circle) on this episode. Witches scare the hell out of me in the best way and there are some rad witchy moments in this episode.
What do you have on the walls of your office for vampy inspiration?
A watercolor of a BMW convertible with fangs that my friend Cliff created for a Spirit of Children charity art auction. And a picture of me and Kevin Williamson from when I worked as his assistant.
Is the writers room set up like a vampire den?
The company in the room is pretty great. But I'd rather be breaking story in the Salvatore House or the Mystic Grill.
Is there an episode of Vampire Diaries that you wish you'd gotten to write?
All of them.
Can you tell us a little about the process of collaborating for this episode?
The TVD Writers are all incredibly talented and supportive, starting with Julie Plec. Jose [Molina] is a genius and brought his A+ game. I learned so much from him. On set, the director Jesse Warn and our entire cast and crew were stellar, and our Post and Editorial staff never cease to amaze me. I still cannot comprehend how everyone at TVD brings 110% every single episode, but the evidence is there Thursdays at 8 p.m.
And the evidence of Charlie’s hard work will be on display for the Vampire Diaries Family to see this Thursday at 8 p.m.; will you be tuning in?!