Kayla Ewell recently sat down with Wetpaint to dish about her return to Mystic Falls.
Here’s a little of what she told them:
What did you think when you heard you were coming back to the show?
I was just as shocked as everyone else was. When I received the phone call, I had thought my time on The Vampire Diaries had passed. It was April Fools’ Day and I literally thought it was a joke. I really thought my managers and agents were playing a cruel joke on me and they thought it would be really funny to trick me. It took me a whole day — at the very end of April Fools’ Day my manager was like, “Okay, you know what? You really need to listen to us and get over the fact that you think this is a joke because we need to talk contracts.” I was just like, “Oh my gosh! Wow, this is actually real!” Then I was so excited and jumping up and down.
How did everyone manage to keep such a big secret?
I got a call from Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) the next morning at like six because the first version of the script came out without Malese and I in it, on purpose so that no one would know. So Malese and I were already committed to it and knew what was happening but it was so secretive that they kept it from the cast in the very beginning. I’m so grateful that they thought it was such a big deal to keep it a secret. And Kevin and Julie planned stories with us in case anyone had seen us in Atlanta, what we would say and stuff like that. That’s how devoted and loyal they are to their fans. They really wanted it to be a complete surprise. I’m happy to say I think we did a really good job with that, because I don’t think anyone knew.
I didn’t even tell my brother and sister because they’re both in college and they have Twitter and Facebook. And with one slip-up it could get out there, and I didn’t want Warner Brothers to be upset. So we did a good job keeping the secret and it’s just going to be so much fun to go back and be with my friends and be a part of a show that I was with since Day One. It will be nice to be part of the family again.
What can you tell us about your role in Season 3? Do you know how many episodes you’ll be in?
Actually, they’ve verbally said seven, and then they’ve said ten, and then they’ve said three, and then they’ve said… so I really actually have no idea. I’m not sure if they really know either. We’re just going to have to see. I really think it depends on the fans and how much they enjoy it. So hopefully we get really great people who want to write in and talk about it.
Do you think Vicki will cause problems for Jeremy and Bonnie?
Absolutely. Instead of a triangle there’s a love rectangle going on right now, and I think with Vicki, wherever she goes she stirs up trouble. I don’t even think she means to, she just does. I think Vicki and Jeremy really do love each other, and I think Jeremy really loves Bonnie too, so there’s bound to be some drama stirred up. There’s room in there for some major catfights, because if you throw in two vampires and a witch there’s bound to be trouble.
You’ve mentioned that you think Vicki will be “coming back with a vengeance.” What would you like to see happen with the character this season?
I have a hard time saying what I want to see, because what I really want to see is what they write. Kevin and Julie come up with things that I as the character can’t even fathom in the very beginning, so whatever they chose to do is going to be so much more fascinating than anything I can actually tell you right now. All I would like to do is stir up trouble and have some fun, and really bring the storyline back to the beginning, back to what it was in the very beginning of the show.
What are you most excited for when you return to the TVD set and Atlanta this summer?
Everything. The people are so wonderful. They have such Southern charm about them and everyone is just so wonderful and nice. And then throw in grits and all the good southern food! The city itself is so beautiful and it’s nice to escape L.A. and be able to go a new city and meet new people. I love the rain and it rains all the time. Shooting in a city that is not L.A. or New York, no one really cares who we are. I think that really helps to keep the whole cast really grounded. To be in that little bubble and just be happy and working, it’s really wonderful.
Like I said, I’ve been there since the pilot, and I’ve developed such strong friendships with so many of those people. I would go to Atlanta and visit the girls even when I wasn’t working, so to be able to come back and work with my girlfriends again will be so wonderful. I really feel like we’re part of a special little family.
If you’d like to read Kayla’s interview in it’s entirety, visit Wetpaint.