Ian Somerhalder has found a successful home on the CW series “The Vampire Diaries.” He’s also one of TV’s baddest boys, which makes him a fan favorite. Check out social media if you want proof.
Somerhalder has watched how fans impact the show with their comments on social media, particularly his character Damon Salvatore.
“I will be the first to say I think the world shifted completely with the advent of Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. These spaces, I guess we could call them, created an environment to transfer a lot of information very quickly; but, then, all of a sudden, it becomes this crazy, organic beast at some times, if you will,” Somerhalder says. “Is it nurture or nature, what’s really happening?
“But the ability for these people to start a forum and actually bond themselves over these story lines is really changed the face of the planet.”
Somerhalder has live tweeted during broadcast, which gives him something TV actors have never had — an immediate response from viewers as if he was doing a stage production.
As Somerhalder’s character grew in popularity, the role began to shift from being evil to one of more of a sphere of evil influence of those around him. All of the writers and producers behind the show have taken into consideration what the fans say through social media when putting the show together.
There’s good reason to listen to all of those voices: The CW Network has announced the show will be back for the 2015-16 season.
Julie Plec, “Vampire Diaries” executive producer, describes social media as a double-edged sword.
“On the one hand, it’s your built-in focus group. There are a lot of positives about being able to have direct access to your audience and hear in real time what they are responding to, what they like and all of that,” Plec says. “So that’s — theoretically — a good thing; but, then, the bad thing that’s associated with that is when you have to work very hard not to be influenced, but you are keeping your creative head the priority.
“I had a moment recently. Somebody was yelling at me about something on Twitter, as is often the case, and saying, ‘Well, if you’d only done this, then we wouldn’t be in this mess,’ And I thought, well, going back, would I do any of this any differently? And, you know, no, honestly. I mean, there are there are mistakes we made along the way. But, overall, the arcs of the relationships and the stuff that we’ve done, I wouldn’t do it any differently.”
Routh enjoys small role
TV shows and movies have become such big hits they have become coveted jobs for actors.
Brandon Routh has been double lucky as he’s landed two such roles. He slipped into the familiar red-blue-and-yellow costume of the Man of Steel for the 2006 movie “Superman Returns.”
Now, he’s playing Ray Palmer in “Arrow.” DC Comic fans will recognize that name as the secret identity of The Atom. The CW Network series has revealed only a little bit of information about how the TV version of Atom — or as he’s known on the show, A.T.O.M. — will become a costumed hero.
The suit looks great though.
If it follows the comics, the Atom will be able to shrink to super-small size.
When Routh was pitched the idea of joining “Arrow” to play Palmer, he initially balked at the stepping back into the DC world.
“I really never thought that I would ever play another superhero, having played, you know, in my mind, the pinnacle character. But I went forth with open arms, because I appreciated the work of the show, of seeing ‘Arrow’ and the great work they were doing there,” Routh says. “It’s been nothing but an amazing experience getting to play a character that I get to go and have fun and be light most of the time.
“It’s just become such a cool experience. Everyone on the show is amazing to work with. And it’s loved. It’s good to be a part of the show that’s so well loved and appreciated. And I’m loving playing this character. I would love to keep playing him as much as possible.”
As for his work as Superman, Routh says that after the movie came out most people would tell him that unlike others, they enjoyed his work in the film. Lately, more people are just saying that they liked his work without any qualifications.
He thinks that’s super.