The stars of The CW's hit show "The Vampire Diaries" spoke to Savannah College of Art and Design students Sunday afternoon during a panel discussion focusing on working in television and life as an actor.
"I'm really excited to absorb their energy. I'm excited to hear what questions they have because as an actor it's easy to forget that you're always a student and it can be an intimidating business," said Candice Accola, who portrays Caroline Forbes on the series. "To be in an environment where everyone is hungry and inspired and OK with asking questions will be a fresh perspective."
Co-star Nina Dobrev, who plays Elena Gilbert, said she jumped at the chance to speak to the students when she was offered the chance and she and the cast managed to squeeze in some karaoke at McDonough's and a ghost tour while in Savannah.
"This film festival is incredible. I've heard about it for years and years, so as soon as I had the opportunity to come do a panel with the students I was really honored and excited. We kind of live in a bubble in Atlanta, so coming down here it's been nice to feel the love. There has been a lot of love in Savannah," Dobrev said. "Everyone has a different path and I think that's what my message to the students will be. Everyone is talented and will get to their destination in a different way and at different times, but as long as you work hard and don't give up then you will arrive."
And that attitude and determination has paid off for Dobrev, who along with the rest of the cast will begin shooting the 100th episode of the series today in Atlanta.
"The show really took a shift this year and it's grown up. It's growing an evolving as we are, as people an as actors. It's been fun to see that evolution. The show hasn't lost it's flare and I still love going to work everyday," Dobrev said.
"It's a huge accomplishment for television," added Accola. "We've worked as a family for five years, we've grown together professionally and it's a really exciting time to be a part of the series."