“I absolutely loved and adored Selma,” Matthew Davis told news.com.au;

ON SCREEN, we met Warner Huntington III as the playboy who had two beautiful women fighting over him as they all attempted to graduate law school in comedy masterpiece Legally Blonde — but there was a whole other love story going on behind the scenes.

Warner (played by Matthew Davis) was the ultimate pompous jerk: early in the piece, he dumped sorority queen Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon) in favour of a more “serious” fiancee (Selma Blair) before heading off to Harvard, inspiring his ex to follow them there and prove she’s “wife material”.

In real life, Davis was lusting after Blair in a classic tale of unrequited love.
“I absolutely loved and adored Selma,” Davis told news.com.au.

“I developed a crush on her at the time but she was with someone else — I think she was dating the guy from Rushmore [actor Jason Schwartzman] but he was coming around and I was kind of like ‘who is this guy?!’”

He added that Blair (who played snobby socialite Vivian Kensington) was also the most hilarious cast member, which — given the comedy chops of co-stars Luke Wilson, Jennifer Coolidge and Witherspoon — was no small feat.
“She was the funniest person on set. I love a very dry, dark sense of humour, so she had me in stitches the whole time … She was the bees’ knees,” he gushed.

Legally Blonde took the world by storm when it was released in the early ‘00s — and no one was more surprised by its smash hit success than the cast themselves.

“No one had any idea how huge it was going to be,” Davis said.
“All I knew was it had Reese Witherspoon in it — and I was a huge fan — but no one had any idea of the phenomenon it was going to become.”

While Davis — who’s heading Down Under for Oz Comic-Con next month — went on to star in movies and TV shows including Blue Crush, The Vampire Diaries, and Cult, he was just starting out in Hollywood when he got the call up for Legally Blonde.

So he didn’t quite know how to play it cool when he first met bona fide celebrity Witherspoon.

“I fanboyed out on her and embarrassed myself,” he admitted.
“I felt starstruck by all this because it happened so quickly and I hadn’t adjusted. I definitely wasn’t cool. At the first table read, I just kept going on and on about how much I loved her work, fawning all over her.”

It’s clearly still an excruciating memory for Davis: “I remember turning beet-red and later getting back in my car and just slapping my forehead, feeling like a fool.”
Thankfully, the more-experienced actress took it in her stride despite appearing “kind of surprised” by it and responded politely.
“She was gracious — she was very sweet … Reese is very professional.”

While it’s been nearly 16 years since the movie hit cinemas, Davis admitted he still can’t shake his bad-boy image.
“People are like ‘oh my God, you’re Warner, the a**hole from Legally Blonde! I get a lot of ‘oh, you’re such a jerk’ … but I think it’s funny. I think it’s charming.”

Legally Blonde and Vampire Diaries fans will have the opportunity to meet Matthew Davis face-to-face at Oz Comic-Con in Brisbane on the 23rd-24th September and in Sydney from 30th September-1st October.

For further information and ticketing, head to the official website.

Ocean Drive sat down for an interview with the beautfiul Nina Dobrev about her role in ‘Flatliners’ and more;

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Flying back and forth from Canada to NYC to LA, shooting TV shows, feature films and magazine covers, working out (she recently signed on as an ambassador for Reebok and Les Mills), saving sharks, and squeezing in an occasional night out, the living, breathing world for Nina Dobrev is hardly as carefree and glamorous as it seems. “I have been jet-setting like a maniac the last few months. It’s hard to keep track anymore,” says the 28-year-old actress. Later this month she stars in Flatliners, a sci-fi thriller about medical students who, intrigued by what lies beyond life, experiment by stopping their hearts, triggering near-death experiences. “I had so much fun playing this character and kind of playing my first adult role in a professional sense.” It is a departure of sorts, after breaking onto the scene in cult-classic school drama Degrassi: The Next Generation, followed by the supernatural Vampire Diaries, which catapulted her to TV stardom. But today, Dobrev continually proves there’s no role (in acting or real life) that she can’t conquer.

You’re taking improv classes at the UCB—for fun or career?
I’ve always loved improv and I do it day to day and in my work, but I haven’t done formal classes since I was in theater school. I wanted to brush up on it, both professionally and personally, to be on my toes and keep flexing that muscle, because if you stop using it, it atrophies.

Your dog Maverick is a “doctor-certified emotional support animal.” She seems so important in your life.
She is a bundle of joy and her resting position looks like she’s smiling and it makes me so happy to have that energy around me all the time. She’s cuddly, cute, fun, and makes my heart happy. I can barely remember life without her. I did have another bundle. My cat, who passed away a couple months ago, was the other light in my life and I miss her every single day. I guess I need to always have a furry friend.

Let’s go way back. When you were young, you trained 4 hours a day, 6 days a week as a gymnast, but made the choice instead to be an actress.
I was getting to that age where it was the point of no return. I knew I wasn’t going to go to the Olympics and that level of competitiveness, so I had to make the choice. I didn’t know it at the time, but it was definitely great training for the path that I did choose [because of] the regimen, determination, and persistence that you have to have. It prepared me for the rejection, and [taught me] to keep going further and working hard, to not take no for an answer. I grew thick skin in gymnastics and even thicker skin as an actress.

Were you able to do any crazy gymnastics poses?
If I was on my knees, I’d be able to roll onto my stomach and then my feet would go over my head and in front of my eyes and I could keep my feet in front of my eyes and do split leaps and all these crazy things. You have so much flexibility because your limbs and your bones are Jell-O at a young age.

How did your humble Canadian upbringing influence you?
I moved around a lot. My parents grew up in Bulgaria, and I was born and lived there for a very short amount of time before we moved to Canada. Every summer we’d go back to Bulgaria and do a lot of road trips to Turkey and Romania and all the neighboring countries, so I definitely got the travel bug young. I didn’t have a privileged life, but I had the privilege of experiencing many cultures and meeting people from all walks of life.

As an immigrant to Canada who has now come to America, how do you feel about the current political climate?
I keep expecting to wake up and find out that it’s not real. It’s a very unstable political climate at the moment and it scares me to see the negative repercussions that will come as a result of all of the work that’s been done—especially with the environment, the way it is in its fragile state, seeing the direction that it’s going in, and the decisions that are being made in the White House. The decisions that the administration makes at the moment affect the world, not just this country.

Are you a dual citizen here?
No, I have a green card. I cannot vote. I did not have the option to make an impact on this election other than with my voice and the platforms that I have access to.

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You’re on People’s Most Beautiful list, and constantly get named on Maxim and FHM’s lists. But you stand for so much more than just external beauty…
It’s so not real—that’s the scariest part. And now we have apps that can Photoshop anything and everything, which puts out an image that’s not realistic. Young girls see this image and think that’s what they should be and that’s how they should wake up. That was one of the main reasons that I wanted to be a part of that issue [People’s Most Beautiful] and especially proud to represent the section [with no makeup on]. I don’t wear makeup on a daily basis. I try to reflect that on my social media, too. When I do Instagram stories, I’m not all dolled up and glamorous, it’s a peek into my day-to-day life, which is kind of normal and average. I get pimples and zits all the time and I deal with them just like anybody else, with zit cream. Sometimes I walk out of the house with the zit cream and forget about it. And that’s just life, it’s unpredictable and awkward and we all feel insecure all the time but that’s completely normal and okay and everybody has good days and bad days. It’s especially important now to show young girls that and to make them aware that they are perfect exactly the way they are.

Is there something that you’re insecure about?
I’m very busy and on the go and I don’t sleep that much. I have terrible dark circles under my eyes as a result of that, so I’m constantly aware of covering up my dark circles and trying to look like I’ve slept 10 hours when I’ve only slept 3.

How do you handle the online critics?
The online world can be beautiful but also vicious, and it’s very much like high school in the real world. After you graduate, you’re still a student and you still get bullied and have good and bad experiences. The thing about the online world is that it’s almost worse because they can hide behind a screen and say what they want without face-to-face confrontations. So as a result, they end up saying worse things because it’s harder to say something mean to someone’s face. I just try to ignore it. I don’t read comments often if I can avoid it. I try to practice what I preach, and if I put good vibes out there I hope that they’ll come back to me and karma will bite them in the bum.

You recently said you picked up healthier habits like eating more. Was it hard being a teenager growing up in front of the camera?
I think everyone is always self-conscious, whether you’re in front of the camera or not. Everyone always loves to look their best, so of course I was always aware of it, but I think it comes down to education. I didn’t learn until later in life that the more you eat, the more your metabolism works at a healthy rate and you’ll actually lose weight and be more toned if you keep it on a consistent schedule. I would never starve myself then but I would definitely choose different things and eat smaller portions.

Set the record straight—there’s a great photo of you and some bridesmaids hitchhiking at Julianne Hough’s wedding. What happened?
The bus broke down from the wedding to the reception because they were at two different locations. We didn’t actually hitchhike. We were joking. But we took that opportunity, as we waited for the rest of the vehicles to come back around, to get an awesome photo of all the bridesmaids. It was a joke. We didn’t really get in the cars of any strangers, but we would’ve if anybody had stopped.

Your new movie, Flatliners, deals with bringing people back to life…
We went through a rigorous medical boot camp to learn about everything to do with reviving a human in a dire situation— CPR, how to use the defibrillator, how to get heart monitors, and if that’s not working, how to physically check the body. We had to do that so that we would look believable on camera as if we had been doing it for years. I don’t want to say that I could save a person’s life, but I could definitely assist in keeping them alive until the proper paramedics came if something were to happen. My character especially, she’s the most hardheaded, stubborn, by-the-rules kind of girl, and she’s competitive, so she wanted to go above and beyond and test the limit. The film explores different themes of life and death and moral compasses and doing the right thing. If you don’t do the right thing, does it weigh heavy on you? Will you do something about it or will you just turn a blind eye?

Is it difficult dating in Hollywood?
You’re the subject of paparazzi but you do a very good job of keeping it private. That is between me and my dating life and it will stay that way and that’s why I’m so good at it because I avoid these questions.

We’re so focused on the ocean in Miami and so are you, with your commitment to sharks as an ocean advocate.
Sharks are so misunderstood and we have a terrible fear of them because of movies and they get a bad rep because of the press. On the rare occasion there’s some sort of accident, you hear about it because it gets publicized, but you don’t hear about all the times when nothing happens, which is more often than not. There are sharks in the water all the time swimming with people, and they don’t do anything because they don’t care about us. They’re animals and they make mistakes so every once in a while, you have to realize that if you’re in their home, you have to play by their rules and you are taking a risk when you’re in the water with them, but they’re not really interested in humans. I want to spread that awareness and make sure they get protected because they don’t have anybody looking out for them. I’m going to be the voice for these amazing and beautiful creatures.

Flatliners hits theaters September 29. For information on how to get involved with protecting sharks, visit oceana.org

When The Originals returns for its fifth and final season in 2018, things will be a bit different: the series will pick up eight years later, and things are as complicated as ever, TV Insider published;

“[The family is] still apart, because they can’t be together,” executive producer Julie Plec told TV Insider at San Digeo Comic-Con. “Hope is 15 years old in the boarding school. Hayley is now the mother of the alien-like child who is misbehaving; [Hope] misses her dad, and her dad is off trotting the globe, murdering people and being at his nastiest and most wicked. Elijah is playing the piano in France, having absolutely no idea his entire family of a thousand years is out there looking for him and wondering about him.”

And while there is relative peace in New Orleans when The Originals returns, Plec teases, “Of course, everything is going to start going terribly wrong, because that’s just what we do.”

Nina Dobrev likes a challenge!

The 28-year-old actress is opening up about her decision to leave The Vampire Diaries after starring on The CW show for six seasons, revealing that it was her plan all along to move on, ET Online publishes;

“That was the plan from the get-go,” she says in the September issue of Harper by Harper’s Bazzar — which she guest-edited. “If anything, the fact that [leaving] terrified me drove me even more. I needed to feel that fear of ‘Oh, my God, what if I never get a job again?’ That just made me want to work five times as hard to make sure that didn’t happen.”

Dobrev portrayed Elena Gilbert for six seasons on The Vampire Diaries, shocking fans of the vampire series when she announced in 2015 that she would be departing the show. Since then, she’s taken roles in films such as Crash Pad and xXx: Return of Xander Cage.

“The things I want to do aren’t necessarily the things that are expected of me,” Dobrev confesses. “I don’t want to play a teenager anymore. I want to play adult roles and be challenged and work with great filmmakers and tell incredible stories, and that has meant being really picky.”

Her decision to make a big move in her career also stems from her love of living an adventurous life.

“My rule of thumb is, I’ll try anything once,” she expresses. “I have a healthy — or possibly unhealthy — obsession with trying things for the first time. Nobody imagines me to be by myself backpacking, so they just think, ‘It can’t be her.’”

We knew that romance (of various sorts) was in store for the Mikaelson women in The Originals‘ fifth and final season, but now we can finally put some faces to names. TV Line published;

First up is Declan, the flirty Irish chef with whom Hayley will be involved — at least physically, if not romantically — following the eight-year time jump between seasons. Per EW.com, he’ll be played by CW veteran Torrance Coombs, best known for playing Bash in the first three seasons of Reign.

And then there’s Roman, the charming vampire who meets grown-up Hope (now played by Danielle Rose Russell) at school and takes an interest in her family after a “mysterious incident” occurs. He’ll be played by Jedidiah Goodacre, best known to Disney Channel viewers as Prince Chad in the Descendants movies.

The Originals‘ final season premieres in 2018.

The Originals’ final season will start next year and here are the episode titles for the first five episodes:

5×01: Where You Left Your Heart
5×02: One Wrong Turn On Bourbon
5×03: Ne Me Quitte Pas
5×04: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
5×05: Don’t It Just Break Your Heart
5×06: What, Will, I, Have, Left

Daniel Sharman landed the lead role in Netflix’s “Medici”, Variety.com confirms. Daniel played Kol Mikaelson in The Originals.

The producers of Netflix and Rai’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the grandson of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which has been mismanaged by his father.

As Lorenzo, his brother, and Botticelli set about trying to make Florence a great financial and cultural center, they face off against the Pazzi family, and Pope Sixtus IV, played by Raul Bova (“Alien vs. Predator”).

Sean Bean had already been announced as the Medici family’s nemesis Jacopo Pazzi. Lorenzo’s mother is played by Sarah Parish “Hatfields & McCoys”) and his mistress by Alessandra Mastronardi (“Master of None”).

The series is produced by Italy’s Lux Vide, public broadcaster Rai’s drama unit, and Frank Spotnitz’s company Big Light. “The X Files” writer Frank Spotnitz created the series with “Star Trek’s” Nicholas Meyer. Jon Cassar, executive producer and director on “24: Legacy” and “24: Live Another Day” will direct.

“Medici: Masters of Florence” will be a Netflix Original in the U.S., U.K., Canada, India, and Taiwan and Rai is the broadcaster in Italy. Altice Studio is a co-production partner and has it for its SFR Play streaming service in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland. In Spain, it is with Telefonica’s Movistar Plus.

On August 13th this year the 2017 Teen Choice Awards were held and the cast of The Vampire Diaries won in the following categories;

Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Show: The Vampire Diaries
Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actress: Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries)

Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder are actors and avid activists, and now they can add another title to their resume: Parents, E! Online can confirm;

E! News can confirm the famous couple welcomed their first child into the world on July 25—a baby girl named Bodhi Soleil Reed Somerhalder.

They first announced their pregnancy in May after much speculation. Nikki took to Instagram to share a photo of her precious baby bump in a Bayou With Love dress (the sustainable clothing line she founded a year ago), writing, “I know you, but only because I feel you. How is it possible to love someone so much already? All I know for sure is it’s the strongest feeling I’ve ever felt.”

She added, “We’ve been sharing this body for quite some time, and we’ve already experienced so much together. We can’t wait to meet you…Love your parents.”

Ian also shared his excitement on Instagram at the time, writing: “To our friends, family, and rest of the world. In my 38 years on this earth I’ve never experienced anything more powerful and beautiful than this. I can’t think of anything more exciting than this next chapter and we wanted you to hear this from us first.

“This has been the most special time of our lives and we wanted to keep it between the three of us for as long as possible so we could enjoy this time with each other and our little one who is growing so fast…because that’s what they do, they grow so fast. Thank you for your kind energy.”

Meanwhile, Nikki and Ian tied the knot in April 2015, ringing in their second wedding anniversary this year.

Nina Dobrev will not be returning to her supernatural roots — at least not on the small screen, EW.com says;

Some fans had hoped that Dobrev, who starred as Elena Gilbert (and her doppelgängers) on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries might reprise her role in the fifth and final season of the show’s spin-off, The Originals. But the actress squelched those hopes during a recent interview with EW, saying, “No, I will not be on The Originals, no.”

Asked if she would ever want to head back to Mystic Falls, Dobrev says she has her eye on other projects, “We literally just wrapped a few months ago. I doubt that would be in the books for me,” she says. “But, yeah, no, I’ve been so busy with all kinds of other things going on right now that I don’t know that I’d be able to sign on.”

And she has another reason. “I’m not a young twenty-something anymore. I don’t think I could play a vampire,” she adds, laughing. “I’m getting old.”

Back in March, Julie Plec, who served as showrunner for both Vampire Diaries and The Originals, suggested the possibility of a revival in the distant future. “I could see our universes coming together in five years, 10 years, when people miss the shows,” Plec told EW. “There’s still stories to be told for The Originals that our characters here very smoothly and seamlessly fit into, so if we don’t get to do that while The Originals is still on the air, I think that one day, if somebody wanted it badly enough, it could exist.”

At least fans will be able to catch Dobrev on the big screen this fall; she stars in the remake of the 1990 paranormal film Flatliners, alongside Ellen Page, Diego Luna, and James Norton. Flatliners opens in theaters on Sept. 29.

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