Before Malese Jow jetted off to Nimes, France for the Mystic Love Convention — where she’ll meet up with Ian Somerhalder, Nina Dobrev, Michael Trevino, and Candice Accola — the busy actress took a few minutes out of her packing session to talk to Wetpaint.
Malese was super sweet and answered all our questions about what’s going down in Mystic Falls now that Anna and Vicki (Kayla Ewell) have returned, what other characters she wants to bring back from the dead, and what it’s like to kiss Steven R. McQueen. Here’s a hint: Her answer has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she called him a puppy dog.
I’m really crossing my fingers for some more flashbacks because there are a lot of questions that myself and the viewers have that would be really cool to touch on as far as what is the relationship with Katherine and you know, and Damon and Stefan and my mom. There’s a lot of stuff that we didn’t get to know about Anna. But it would be really interesting to see, I feel.
Wetpaint: You’re about to leave for Nimes, France.
Malese Jow: I am, yeah, with some of the cast. It’s going to be really fun. I can’t wait to see that part of the world. It’s so crazy that people know who I am and know the show. I mean, you’re just kinda in a little bubble when you’re here in America. But I mean, it really is all over the world. And there are some fanatics that I can’t wait to meet.
Along those lines, what other characters would you like to see resurrected?
Oh, my gosh, I would, actually, I would resurrect Jenna! Because that’s so sad. They kind of need that motherly, family person there with them. Or Kelly Hu. I mean, obviously. I love her as a person. Working with her was absolutely great. And I love that she was my mom. I mean, she was cool. But yeah, I definitely think that Jenna’s death was a very sad one. I can’t imagine how the feel was on set, because I can relate.
Are you staying in Nimes or traveling around?
I think I’m just gonna be there through the weekend. I’m going a little bit early just to get used to the time change because I’ve never experienced anything like that before. It’s gonna be some major jetlag. But I’m going to be there throughout the weekend. The itinerary is jam packed with meet and greets and autograph signings and Q and As, so I mean, it’s gonna be pretty jam packed but it’s gonna be the good kind. I mean, I get to meet everyone and it’s gonna be good.
What are you looking forward to most?
Just being in that part of the world and meeting all those people. I mean, English isn’t their native tongue — I mean, that’s so weird to me. I mean, they see the show in French. And that’s so fascinating, and I can’t wait.
What was the mood like on set when you found out Anna was going to be killed?
Oh, my gosh. That whole week, there was just kind of this downer mood going on. And everyone was comforting me and just coming up to me individually, just telling me how great I am. Which, I’m like, thanks guys, but you know, this is a job. And, you know, you have to move on because it really is a job. And I was so thankful for them giving me such an arc on the show. I was just amazed with what Anna became. But yeah, and to be brought back now after a lot of people have died. The fact that it’s Kayla and I, that’s such an honor. And I can’t wait to see where they go with it.
What happened when you got back on set? Did you have a reunion party?
Everything was so secretive about that scene. Like, whenever I got the phone call from my manager, he definitely stressed to me like, do not tell a soul. So there are like, best friends and family members that I didn’t even tell that are, you know, fans of the show. And they were so mad at me when it came out because I knew for weeks and I had to keep it a secret. So that scene was actually the last scene of the season. That’s how secretive it was.
So I barely got to see anyone. I only got to see Nina for like 2 seconds and Kat for 2 seconds and then Steven, obviously. But down to the wire they kept it very hush hush. I’m so surprised it didn’t get out but it was so worth it that it didn’t … The shock was very effective. It did what they intended it to.
Are you dubbed over in the French version of the show?
I mean, I’m guessing so. I’ve seen some clips on YouTube of Jeremy/Anna scenes in German. So, I’m guessing that it’s dubbed in French, which is crazy. The voices don’t sound anything like us. But, I mean, the material on the show is all that matters.
That must be a strange experience...
Yeah! It’s really weird. I mean, I think that my voice, the one that I heard, she sounded very womanly, and I was like, whoa, look at me.
[Editor’s note: Check out the video here to see what Malese is talking about. Amazing.]
So you get to kiss Steven R. McQueen. What’s that like?
[Laughs] What’s it like to kiss Steven? Oh, my gosh. Well, Steven and I, we knew each other before I came onto the show and whenever he found out that it was me and I showed up for my first day, it was like, oh, my gosh, this is so awesome. And we were just immediately just so close from then on out.
I mean, people would dread us having scenes together because it would constantly be a giggle fest and we had millions of inside jokes. So, kissing him was… it was just natural. I mean, I was so comfortable with him that it wasn’t an awkward thing. He is a good kisser, girls. Yes, I will give him that. And he’s very charming. So it’s definitely not a hard thing to interact with that face.
So, what's in your suitcase?
Some essentials, you know, packing heels, and the dressy stuff. I mean, I’m way into maxi stuff. I’m packing my maxi skirt. And definitely, like, three different kinds of cameras. I’m gonna try to document everything because, you know, aside from this being a cool experience going to this convention and meeting everyone, it’s my first time, like I said, going somewhere so far away from home. So it’s very exciting for me. It’s kind of a monumental moment in my life, really …
The whole show has kinda provided me with a whole new part of my life and growing up and getting now to see parts of the world that I wouldn’t get to otherwise.
Lighting round: You’ve got one word to describe each of these people. Go!
Kayla Ewell is convinced your characters are angels. Do you agree?
I’m totally down with that. I mean, I’ve heard everyone’s predictions, and, you know, I kind of have a few myself, because I haven’t heard anything definite from anyone over at The Vampire Diaries. So, right now it’s all speculation. And an angel/spirit thing would be a great facet to the show, I think.
I mean, I think they definitely portrayed vampires and werewolves in a non-cheesy, very convincing way. And I think if that’s a new part of the show, that they’ll make it really creepy and really cool and incorporate it really well. So, that’ll be great. And there’s always the option we could be resurrected for real. So, I mean, I guess we’ll see what happens and to what extent we’ll be part of the show. It’s really exciting.
Do you know when you're due back on set in Atlanta?
No, once again, I have no idea! But that’s kind of how the show goes. It’s very last minute, on the fly. You just have to be ready for anything. For the first season, when I was recurring, I would find out the day before that I would have to be on a plane the next day, getting the script. So, that’s how the show works, but it keeps you on your toes. And I think that’s why it works out so well, ‘cause you’re not in your head too much. You just kind of have to go for it.
Why do you think Anna and Vicki have returned?
Oh, my gosh. I don’t know. I try not to think about it too much because usually I am very wrong. So, I’m just letting them handle the direction of the show, and I’m not going in with too many ideas of my own. But I do hope Anna continues to be a loving character. I hope that she’s not turned to the bad side. Because, you know, that’s what she was known for. She was strong, but yet she was strong and, you know, threatening for a reason. Like, she was doing it all for love.
It's interesting that Anna and Vicki are such different characters but both came back.
Yeah, exactly. I mean, I can’t wait to see if we’re gonna be, you know, together for the majority of everything. I’m not quite sure, because we are polar opposites. We suffered the same fate and we kinda had that relationship with Jeremy, but other than that … [Vicki] started out mortal and Anna’s hundreds of years old with history with the Salvatores and Katherine and all that stuff. So I’m really curious to see how they’re gonna do that.