I recently went to a Vampire Diaries convention in Chicago put on by Creation Entertainment, so I'm sharing my experience with my readers! I will have a series of posts (hopefully with a lot of pictures!) of all the panels I got to take part in during the event, which took place in April 2013. There may be spoilers for both the TV show AND the books in this series - so read at your own risk!
WOW. I haven't done one of these posts in a while - I'm slacking! I still have a few more to go, and I need to get on the ball! Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) were the stars of a special half-hour panel for Gold Patrons at the 2013 Chicago convention, which I already posted about, but here's a look at the open panel during the convention - the one all attendees were in!
Again, Ian had a broken finger, of course. These boys played off each so well ... you can really tell they enjoy each other. At one point, Ian said it was like they were married without the woohoo, to which Paul rebutted that they were in it for the kids :)
One fan asked which other character Ian would like to play, to which he responded Sheriff Forbes, because he thought she had a pretty good life :)
But the BEST THING EVER? One of my questions was selected to ask them! *gasp* I almost fainted. I'm amazed I actually remember it happening because I was in such shock when my name and seat number was called. My question was what the boys' dream roles were. Before they would answer the question, Ian and Paul scanned the audience and Ian said "Deeeeeestany! Where are you, Deeeeeessssstany!?" HE SANG MY NAME TO ME. I nearly passed out, but I raised my hand. They both waved and smiled at me :) hehe Ian said his dream role is anything with a good script, cast and director, and Paul said his dream was Holden Caulfield from Catcher in the Rye.
One of the funniest moments for me is when Ian started talking about fan mail and how much is sent, received, thrown away, and he mentioned trying to find a way to digitize mail...and Paul was like "You mean e-mail?" and Ian was like "No, not really." and Paul was like "Yeah, Dude, you mean e-mail."
One fan question selected as that Ian and Paul imitate each other. Ian got up, stumbled around with a coffee cup in his hand with squinty eyes (below left) and said he was Paul wandering into the makeup chair early in the morning. He sounded suspiciously like Borat. Then, when everyone turned to Paul for his Ian impression, all he did was narrow his eyes and brood - what Paul called Ian's "Smoldey-pants glance."
At the end of the day was the autograph session with these two - and they were so super nice! I guess I assumed they would be kind of snotty and stuck-up, but they were very genuine and down-to-earth, talking to the fans, joking and laughing with them. When I got up to the table with Ian, I thanked him for singing my name to me when he answered my quetion. His reply? "Oh, it was my pleasure darlin'. Deeeeessstannnny!" HE SANG IT TO ME AGAIN. The girls in line behind started squealing about how lucky I was hahah
And that's about it! haha BUT I will leave you with a great photo of Ian. And his tongue. Not a clue what he was talking about when I took it.