Kat Graham may leave The Vampire Diaries after season 7 if she feels Bonnie’s story has been finished!
The Vampire Diaries Kat Graham, who plays witch Bonnie Bennett, has been on the series since it began in 2009, but will season 7 be her last one?
If she decides to leave the series, at age 25 this talented actress won’t be fading away. Kat has accomplished a lifetime of achievements in acting, singing, dancing, film making, and human rights campaigns. Recently she released her latest album of 90’s- inspired pop music, including her second single “1991,” found time to make a critically acclaimed three-part film noir series titled “Muse,” and also worked with refugee organizations.
In an interview Kat revealed that part of the reason she’s been able to do all these projects is the fact that she doesn’t shoot every day on The Vampire Diaries. In fact, she’s only in about a third of the season. She describes herself as a “workaholic” so on her days off she shoots her music videos, other photo shoots, and works on other projects. Even though the pace isn’t always easy, she says, “You just don’t really stop I think, you have to commit to not stopping.”
She decided to do an album of the 90’s because she confessed to being obsessed by the era, as well as “Linda Evangelista, high waisted pants, bustiers, and the whole Madonna/Jean Paul Gaultier style, that’s my natural style, so I wanted to do a song that reflected who I really was inside, and my mentality when it comes to my relationships.”
Her single is with Babyface, and is the kind of “nineties sensibility of bringing a very melodic, strong, sound.” The sound is similar to music in the 90’s which she’s “bringing … back in a modern way, a cool and an unapologetic way.”
Her three-part series “Muse” just made it into the Palm Springs International Film Festival, and it was also screened at Cannes. Directed by Darren Genet, it started as one song and then became three. Then it was turned into a film series, then black and white film noir. With “Muse” she wants to let people know she’s also focusing on producing and developing film.
Kat reveals that she doesn’t want to only be known as Bonnie Bennett on The Vampire Diaries. She really cares that people knows her for who she is versus the character she plays. Even though it’s amazing for an actor to have a career like Johnny Depp, the problem is that people only want to see him as Jack Sparrow even though he’s done a ton of other movies.
It’s important to Kat that she stays focused and not make her life only about her. This is why she works with the United Nations Refugee Agency, to help put things in perspective.
Kat on her first visit to Jordan
The first time I went I visited Jordan, to a Syrian refugee camp, about 80,000 refugees that were living there in these tiny tents, or these little caravans, and they all slept in the same room. They had lost everything, whether it was the dress shop that they had worked at their whole life that had been blown up, or their house, or they’d lost their family members along the way, I worked with people that had literally just been smuggled across, possible death for them to even cross the desert to get past the Syrian border.
As for how much longer she’ll be doing The Vampire Diaries, she admitted she’s excited about doing season 7 since her character has finally gotten out from the other side and from the prison world she and Damon were in.
Kat on her TVD future
I think I was really excited about the idea of doing a season seven, based on the fact that I feel like my character, who was basically in the other dimension for about two years, finally got out, and I knew that the fans felt that the character’s story wasn’t completed. There are storylines with other characters, whether it’s Damon, or other people that the character has scenes with, that they just felt that the character’s relationships had not come full circle or had not fully developed, and wanted to explore that also, I felt the same way. I didn’t feel like the character’s story was done, I felt that there was more that they could do, but I won’t say I would do a Season eight, it really depends on whether I’m fulfilled, and whether we’re like “Okay, this story’s been told, and we’re good to go.”
She’s excited for her friend and former co-star Nina Dobrev, whom she felt put her heart and soul into the show. She really wants to see her do spectacular things and see what’s next for her. As for the show, she thinks Elena will eventually return, and she feels Bonnie is “extremely strong and powerful without all the magic and then with the magic, she’s kind of lethal.”
Kat says about her and Damon that, “You’re going to see that they both have their issues with each other, which isn’t anything new, but they’re actually dealing with it. We’re going to see them dealing with each other in a very direct way.”
Her favorite scene last season was Bonnie’s suicide attempt. “We wanted to show the vulnerability of being alone and what that means. I was really proud that the character was able to make that full turn.” The season 7 premiere will show what Bonnie now wants out of her life.
Kat on Bonnie in season 7
This is a character that’s come back strong and obviously she’s going to want to do right by herself, by Elena and whoever else that she’s lost in the process. She’s going to want to not sacrifice any more. If she lost all of this, she’s going to make it count.
Kat Graham’s interview about The Vampire Diaries
Kat on her 90’s-inspired album
Kat returns as Bonnie in The Vampire Diaries season 7 starting Thursday, October 8th, 2015, at 8/7c, followed by The Originals at 9/8c, on The CW!
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