The Vampire Diaries Michael Malarkey Has a Secret Talent!

Written by Cecelia Lawshe   // March 20, 2015

Michael Malarkey, Enzo, The Vampire Diaries

Michael Malarkey who plays Enzo on The Vampire Diaries answers questions for Style Republic!

Michael Malarkey, who plays Enzo on The Vampire Diaries, was born on June 21, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon. His father is Irish American, his British mother is Arab Italian, and he grew up in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Michael traveled to London in 2006 to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and is a dual citizen of America and Britain. He married actress Nadine Lewington in 2009 and they have a son, born in 2014.

Style Republic caught up with the handsome actor for the Follow Friday Q&A. Every “Follow Friday” they ask their favorite “tweeters” to answer some fun and quirky questions. One of their “Follow Friday” industry insiders was The Vampire Diaries star Michael Malarkey.

The Vampire Diaries star answered some ‘Follow Friday’ questions for Style Republic, including his secret talent.

The questions and his answers were:

Q: How would your friends and co-workers describe you?
A: A great lay?

Q: What was his favorite song when they asked the questions?
A: The Commodores “Night Shift”

Q: On his day off or spare time, what is he most likely to do?
A: Lock himself in a room and write music

Q: If he could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
A: Shapeshifting Obvs

Q: Who is his celebrity crush?
A: Always thought that Maid Marian in Disney’s Robin Hood was a bit of a fox

Q: What show does he religiously watch but don’t want to admit to watching?
A: Naked & Afraid

Q: What is his most memorable moment as a part of The Vampire Diaries cast so far?
A: Getting the call to find out I was going to be a series regular

Q: What qualities does he share with his character Enzo?
A: Sarcasm & loyalty

Q: If he had to quit acting for a living, what would he do instead?
A: Grow a beard

Q: If he woke up and discovered he was a real vampire, what would he do first?
A: Buy a motorcycle

Q: What is his secret talent?
A: The Irish goodbye

Michael Malarkey and “The Irish Goodbye”

The Irish Goodbye is where guests at public events abruptly leave without saying goodbye, and is somewhat of an identifiable national characteristic. While other cultures might think this is inconsideration for the host, the Irish feel it’s deeply considerate.

The Irish welcoming ritual is elaborate and mult-ilayered and can take a whole afternoon to get through the greeting protocols, such as, “Have you had your tea? Would you like your tea? Would you like a biscuit with your tea? Would you like milk with it? Almond milk? Do we have almond milk? Sure we can get almond milk. Sit you where you are and I’ll be right back with your almond milk. It’s no trouble. Lookit, would you eat something while you wait? Would you like it heated? Would you have another? You’ll have another. Just have another. You look starved, I’d say you’re starved, are you starved?”

So Irish Goodbyes are the opposite of Irish welcomes, fast, quick, and final. One minute you’re there, the next your speeding away in a taxi!

The Irish ceremony of leaving is almost as long as the arrival. To just leave can cut hours off your leaving to speed your journey home.

So Irish Goodbyes aren’t rude, just eliminates the anguish of separation and are therefore considerate, and deeply practical. Although you may have to be Irish to understand.

Watch Michael on The Vampire Diaries on Thursdays at 8/7c, on The CW!

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