“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.



The 8th episode of The Originals “Voodoo In My Blood” airs May 12th on The CW. Here’s the official description and the preview

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ MATT DAVIS GUEST STARS – After being summoned by the ancestors, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) travel to the ancestral world and come face to face with Davina (guest star Danielle Campbell), Klaus’ former foe and the one person who holds the secrets to The Hollow’s demise. Meanwhile, old wounds are re-opened when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) are forced into an uneasy alliance. Together, they meet with Alaric (guest star Matt Davis) who has tracked down a crucial artifact that could help in their fight against The Hollow.



Carina MacKenzie confirmed that Matt Davis’ Alaric Saltzman will make another appearance on The Originals besides 408.



Here’s the official description for The Originals’ 4×08: “Voodoo In My Blood”. This is also the episode where Matt Davis’ Alaric Saltzman (The Vampire Diaries) heads to New Orleans;

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES’ MATT DAVIS GUEST STARS – After being summoned by the ancestors, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) and Klaus (Joseph Morgan) travel to the ancestral world and come face to face with Davina (guest star Danielle Campbell), Klaus’ former foe and the one person who holds the secrets to The Hollow’s demise. Meanwhile, old wounds are re-opened when Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) are forced into an uneasy alliance. Together, they meet with Alaric (guest star Matt Davis) who has tracked down a crucial artifact that could help in their fight against The Hollow.

The episode airs May 12th on The CW.



EW.com has posted an article about this fall’s TV Pilots and it looks like Claire Holt’s “Doomsday” and Matt Davis’ “Las Reinas” have been picked up!

Doomsday
In the aftermath of 9/11, the U.S. government instituted a secret think tank composed of the most creative minds in science and entertainment, tasked solely with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. The ideas they invented were so dangerous that the list was sealed and the program shut down. But when a catastrophe ripped from the pages of the missing doomsday book occurs, the team is brought back years later to prevent the disasters of their own making.
Team: Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd will write and executive-produce with Carol Mendelsohn and Julie Weitz.
Cast: Dan Byrd, Jack Davenport, Rochelle Aytes, Rachelle Lefevre, Taye Diggs, Claire Holt, Justin Chatwin.

Las Reinas
Detective Alex De La Reina (Daniella Alonso) is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family – the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.
Team: Dean Georgaris will write and executive-produce with Mark Gordon.
Cast: Daniella Alonso, Sonia Braga, Shalim Ortiz, Matthew Davis, Amanda Warren, John Corbett, Eric Winter.



Question: I’m going through Vampire Diaries withdrawal over here! What can you tell me about Alaric’s upcoming trip to The Originals? –Alice
Ausiello:
Sorry to hear about your difficult time, Alice. Hopefully this can can help: Charles Michael Davis (aka The Originals’ Marcel) recently teased a scene he has opposite Matt Davis (Alaric) and Daniel Gillies (Elijah). “Matt took it upon himself to ad-lib a lot, so it was tough getting through that scene,” he said. “When they put out the bloopers for the season, I feel like that scene is definitely going to be in there.” (And here’s some bonus scoop for that blooper reel: It may or may not involve Beyoncé.)

[TV Line]



Here’s a short video of The Vampire Diaries’ cast who celebrated the series finale.



I have added 700+ 1080p screencaptures of The Vampire Diaries’ Special “The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours” to our photo archives;




Spoiler alert: This post contains spoilers from the series finale of The Vampire Diaries. Read at your own risk!

After eight seasons of love triangles, brother bonding, decade dances, and immortal foes, The Vampire Diaries ended with Stefan Salvatore saving the day. But this time, saving the day cost him his life.

In the show’s series finale, Stefan sacrificed himself in order to kill Katherine Pierce and destroy hell. In doing so, he was able to find peace, and by hour’s end, a human Damon and a human Elena would join him in that peace, with both of them reuniting with their families — Elena hugging her parents on her front porch and Damon getting one last brother hug at the Salvatore mansion.

As for everyone else: We left Matt contemplating a run for mayor, Bonnie on her way to travel the world, and Caroline and Ric opening a school for their daughters and other “gifted” children like them. (Yes, Klaus Mikaelson was a major donor.)

So while fans figure out their feelings on the finale, EW talked to the cast about their reaction when they first read the show’s farewell:

Candice King (Caroline Forbes): As a viewer of television and a lover of series finales, from just a fan perspective, I think it is incredibly fulfilling and emotional and it leaves doors open but it also brings a lot of closure. I was just excited. I kind of knew some tidbits just from talking with Julie [Plec] before, but I just thought it was a beautiful ending to eight years of twists and turns and characters and love interests and heartbreaks and triangles and ships and death and life and all that’s in between.

Matt Davis (Alaric Saltzman): I got pretty emotional about it. Anytime you have that moment where characters from the past reappear and merge, I always get emotional about that.

Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore): Well, it’s not the ending that Paul and I always thought we would get — just the two bros in some Speedos on the beach drinking some rum. These things are hard to write. You obviously want to pay off an audience for going on a very long journey with you. The writers themselves want to pay off their own artistic integrity. And so it’s invariably difficult to satisfy everyone, and that’s what I find so interesting about the endings of TV shows that people go on and on and on discussing. You’re never going to satisfy an entire populous of people. The interpretation that you leave is what you leave. This is the end of our show.

Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan): I think ending this show was probably the hardest thing Julie’s ever had to do in writing. She and Kevin [Williamson] did a great job. But I just really loved Stefan’s sacrifice — that was a beautiful way to end it. It kind of diffused any of the feelings that were going on from all the things that have happened before, especially with Bonnie. I thought it was really beautifully written.

Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore): I didn’t [know ahead of time about death]. I had been telling them that I think Stefan should die. He’s been the Ripper; he was the one who caused his brother to turn into a vampire. All the murders Damon did were all my fault really, if it comes down to the genesis of it. I just felt like he’s been the hero of the story to a degree and it only made sense for him to die at the end. They totally teased me and said that he wouldn’t die, so they really taunted me for a couple months. I read the finale script on an airplane. The first five acts, I was kind of like, “Okay yeah, this is interesting,” but it didn’t really hit me until the sixth act. And then the sixth act I teared up and I never really tear up when it comes to sentimental Vampire Diaries-esque things. I thought how it ended was powerful.

Nina Dobrev (Elena Gilbert/Katherine Pierce): I am satisfied with the way the show ends — the fact that Elena finds peace and becomes human, which is what she always wanted. She gets to be with the man that she loves, which is what she always wanted. She gets to say goodbye to her former love and now best friend. I cried during a lot of moments. I didn’t get the chance to be at the final read-through unfortunately but maybe that’s for the best because I would’ve been a mess. I cried during Stefan and Caroline’s final moments, because it broke my heart. I cried at the end when I read that Elena was writing in the diary again, when Elena basically says the same sentence that I did in the pilot eight years ago.

And me… personally? I feel like a vampire who has just turned on her humanity. I’m all over the place. I’m happy with how it ended, but at the same time I would’ve loved for it to go on for another run, knowing that it was really the time to end.



As The Vampire Diaries prepares to sign off this Friday, Matt Davis is already plotting his TV return.
The TVD actor has joined the cast of ABC’s drama pilot Las Reinas, starring Daniella Alonso (Animal Kingdom, Revolution), TV Line‘s sister site Deadline reports;

The potential series revolves around detective Sonya De La Reina (Alonso), who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged family — the most powerful criminal outfit in Miami. Thrust back into the world she thought she had left behind, Sonya must walk the murky line between the law and her family, and question her true destiny as a De La Reina.

Davis will play Sonya’s partner Andrew Somerset, a good-guy cop who is not about to let her go it alone. The ensemble also includes John Corbett (Parenthood, Sex and the City), Sonia Braga (Alias) and Amanda Warren (The Leftovers).

Dean Georgaris (Tristan + Isolde, 2014’s The Manchurian Candidate update) penned the pilot and will executive-produce alongside Chris Brancato (Narcos), who will serve as showrunner if the project is ordered to series.

In addition to his off-and-on series-regular role as Alaric on Vampire Diaries, Davis’ TV credits include Cult, Damages and What About Brian.



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