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“I wanted to try out my theory that beauty actually comes from the inside,” the Vampire Diaries alum tells PEOPLE

Posing without makeup for PEOPLE’s annual Beautiful Issue actually required more prep for Kat Graham than if she’d been wearing a full face.

“I started a juice cleanse. I wanted to try out my theory that beauty actually comes from the inside out when it comes to your health of your hair and of your skin,” the actress and singer, 31, explains to PEOPLE in this week’s Beautiful Issue. “This company, Suja Juice, they’re so good. And I did that for three days, so it’s actually been the longest prep I’ve ever had for any shoot — and it was no makeup and my curls!”

Graham admits that she only recently started to wear her natural curls.

“Hair has been such a great journey for me through this past year in quarantine,” she says. “I really embraced my curls, which is not something that I ever did before. I really relied heavily on straight wigs and things like that. And now I’m finding ways to have looser curls, tighter curls, softer curls, stronger. I feel like I’m almost a curl expert, I’m not quite there yet.”

The co-founder of wellness platform Modern Nirvana started out as a total novice when it came to beauty. Graham says she started wearing makeup around 15, but her mom didn’t want to show her the ropes.

“I remember the first thing that I did was tried to pluck my eyebrows to get them a good shape, but my mom wouldn’t let me pluck my eyebrows, so I shaved them,” Graham recalls. “It was picture day, and it was a disaster.”
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Ian en Paul hebben een interview gehad met Forbes om hun Bourbonmerk ‘Brother’s Bond’ te promomten, deze verschint officieel op 1 mei.

According to Bacardi Limited’s annual trends report, 70 percent of North American consumers sought out sustainable or eco-friendly spirits brands at the end of 2020. While the upward trend of sustainable demand offers a positive shift in the market for now, all too often trends are just that—a fleeting moment. For Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley, actors, directors, and activists, however, they intend to surpass sustainability with the debut of their bourbon, Brother’s Bond, by supporting regenerative agriculture.

“Building communities around farming and regenerative agriculture is the way to the future,” Somerhalder told Forbes. He explained that in the next decade there’s an opportunity for a great change in agricultural practices as the existing generation passes control to a younger (and by proxy, more progressive-thinking) generation. “We see that as a very powerful and positive thing,” he said. “The companies that are going to create the largest amount of stewardship are the companies with the triple bottom line: people, plant, profit.”

According to a 2020 journal published by MDPI, in comparison to the short-range concepts of sustainability, regenerative practices—including regenerative farming—reflect a holistic world view and aim for thriving living systems, where whole-system health and wellbeing increase continually. The journal furthers Somerhalder’s narrative and adds, “although the advancement of regenerative practices will require fundamental shifts supported by more awareness and education, theoretical and practical development, leadership, empowering communities, and integrating spirituality,” we should focus on regenerative sustainability because it addresses the “root causes of (un)sustainability.”

“Agriculture contributes more to climate change than all the cars on the road and all the planes in the sky, so that is where we make our stand,” Somerhalder emphasized.

The concept of Brother’s Bond originated during the early days of “The Vampire Diaries”—The CW hit series that aired from 2009 to 2017—where Wesley and Somerhalder first met and enacted the roles of the Salvatore brothers. Though Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) and Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) shared many drams of bourbon on set, they revealed that the brown liquid consumed during the episodes was actually iced tea—so by the end of the day, they were ready for the real deal. Wesley shared, “Not to sound cheesy, but we would bond over bourbon after shooting.”

After 11 years, eight seasons and 171 episodes, Wesley and Somerhalder nurtured a brotherhood offset as conversations over their daily drink spanned from climate change and philanthropy to creating their own bourbon. They said that when filming ended, it was time to combine these recurring topics into a brand that extended beyond the show.

“We’re aware that although [“The Vampire Diaries”] was popular, it’s still finite,” said Wesley. “We want Brother’s Bond to transcend past TV and past our bond to create a community.”
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“This has been 10 years in the making,” Ian Somerhalder tells PEOPLE of the craft bourbon he created with Paul Wesley, Brother’s Bond

Though it’s been four years since Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley last shared the screen as brothers Damon and Stefan Salvatore on The CW drama The Vampire Diaries, the real-life best friends haven’t missed a beat while creating and developing their joint passion project: bourbon.

In this week’s issue of PEOPLE, the duo open about their latest venture, their friendship throughout the years, and whether or not there’s a possibility of reprising their Vampire Diaries roles in the future.

“This has been 10 years in the making,” Somerhalder, 42, says of their craft bourbon Brother’s Bond, which will be available in stores and online May 1. “Our soul is in this bottle.”

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Candice en Kayla waren van de week te gast in The Big Ones podcast!

This week, Kayla Ewell and Candice King stop by to discuss a moral dilemma from the classic movie A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN. Would you drop the game winning ball to let your sister’s team win?


Michael Malarkey is an actor and musician. He is best known for playing the roles of Enzo on The Vampire Diaries and Captain Michael Quinn on Project Blue Book.

He released his debut full-length record, ‘Mongrels’ in 2017 and in 2020 Malarkey released his second album, ‘Graveracer’.


Kat Graham heeft een interview en nieuwe fotoshoot gehad met het tijdschift Dujour.

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The Natural Beauty of Kat Graham
Actress and singer Kat Graham shows off her natural beauty, undeniable talent and powerful point of view

Kat Graham is in hair and makeup preparing for a photo shoot at the Towers of the Waldorf Astoria residences in New York City on a gloomy November day. The actress and musician has always had a love for all things glam, but, since she’s been quarantining at her home in Atlanta for most of the year, she’s learned to live with less. “I’ve really stopped hiding everything,” says Graham. “We all want to cover up and pretend like we’re OK, but I think that the more honest you are about where you’re at, the more beautiful you are.” Discovering new beauty and hair routines on her own has been revealing and powerful for Graham, and has brought her to a new place of self-acceptance.

“Hair has been a spiritual journey for me this year,” she says. “I’ve really learned to accept my curls, my ’fro and my African roots.” Graham describes going to a hair salon at age 6 because her mother, who is white, didn’t know how to style her hair’s texture. “My mom would just drop me off at the salon. Emotionally, it felt like I was being rejected because my parent couldn’t really handle it.” After associating “manageable” hair with success in her personal and professional life for so long, she says it’s freeing to feel content with her natural locks. “Whether you’re Black or not, we all struggle with self-acceptance,” she says, “and we all have our own individual journeys.”
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Michael was eind december te gast bij The First Ever Podcast, beluister de aflevering hieronder.

Michael Malarkey: Giving Back The Frequencies
During this episode Michael talks growing up in Ohio, early memories of television being the X-Men cartoon, finding punk through ska, spending a school year in Africa, working at a record store when he returned to the US, starting a band which he eventually left to do theater, moving to the UK to study at LAMDA, auditioning for television shows while doing theater and playing solo concerts, landing The Vampire Diaries, Project Blue Book and more.



Daniel heeft enkele online interview gehad op zijn nieuwe film ‘Coming Home in the Dark’ te promoten. In een interview met ET Canada laat hij ook weten of hij ooit weer een rol zou spelen in ‘The Vampire Diaries.’, zie hieronder.


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Ian Somerhalder has responded to the rumours of ‘The Vampire Diaries’ reboot and well, it’s negative. The actor who played the vampire Damon Salvatore in the fan-favorite series still has a lot of love for Vampire Diaries, but he’s learned that it’s best for the dead to stay dead.

On Sirius XM’s Radio Andy, host Andy Cohen brought up the possibility of reviving the beloved CW series, asking, “[There are] rumours circling online that it could come back for a ninth season, but that the decision is up to you and Nina [Dobrev]. Any truth to that?”

Ian shut down the idea of returning to his role as Damon, aka Nina Dobrev’s love interest. “I have not heard anything about a season nine,” he simply stated.

As fans will recall, they both ended the series having taken the cure for vampirism and were ready to embark on a life as newlyweds. Not to mention, Stefan (Paul Wesley) finally passed on to the afterlife.

For Ian, he said that it wouldn’t be the dramatic story fans got to know and love. “What would happen?” he questioned. “Damon would have like, grey hair and they’d have canes. Like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to feed the baby.'”

Ian also wondered why they would need to reboot the series after all this time, especially when it continues to be a success on streaming platforms like Netflix. He remarked, “Now, it’s still living. That’s what’s so amazing.”

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At long last, Thursday’s episode of Legacies (The CW, 9/8c) raises the curtain on Salvatore: The Musical. But what’s supposed to serve as a straight retelling of the supernatural school’s inception quickly becomes a musical recap of The Vampire Diaries‘ many sordid romances. And we have no complaints.

Following a brief-but-memorable audition process, Josie (Kaylee Bryant) and Kaleb (Chris Lee) land the roles of Elena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore, made famous 11 years ago by Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder. And just as Damon and Elena’s legacies (tee-hee!) are inherently woven into the fabric of this spinoff, both Bryant and Lee were already familiar with the original series’ angsty lovers.

“It was the first show I ever binge-watched,” Bryant tells TVLine of The Vampire Diaries, adding that she has rewatched the first season “at least three or four times, so the research is already done.” Lee says he was also familiar with both TVD and The Originals before joining Legacies, albeit to a lesser extent, thanks to a previous girlfriend’s obsession with the franchise.

Still, walking (and singing) a mile in Damon and Elena’s shoes helped both actors develop a new appreciation for them. “Elena’s character arc was all about choosing what made the most sense for her, which was sometimes seen as the ‘selfish’ decision, and that’s pretty much what Josie has been dealing with,” Bryant says. “It was fun being able to relate to [Elena] in that way I never thought I would.”

Lee also discovered similarities between Kaleb and Damon, particularly in their philosophies about being a member of the undead among the living. “Kaleb’s attitude, especially in Season 1, came from Damon,” Lee says. “And I love the relationship he had with his brother. It’s like, ‘I love you, but I hate you. I need you, but I don’t want you around.’ That type of thing.”

Speaking of Damon’s brother, Lee commends Ben Levin’s work as Stefan in Salvatore: The Musical. “Jed’s voice is incredible,” Lee says. “He was committed to getting the moves and steps right, making it look like he wasn’t trying at all.” As for his female counterpart, Lee says, “Kaylee is a dream and a half. I love her voice. And she gets theater. She’s so natural at translating it to the screen.”

Though Landon gets in-show credit for penning this musical history lesson, the episode itself was written by Thomas Brandon, who also co-wrote the songs with musician Chris Read. (Brandon, whom executive producer Julie Plec calls her “secret weapon for music,” previously wrote Josie and Landon’s songs for the talent show in Season 1.) Several of the numbers in Salvatore: The Musical are even named after iconic TVD lines, including “Hello, Brother,” of which you can hear in full below:

Next, it was time for Bryant and Lee to dress the part.

“There were pictures of the main original cast of The Vampire Diaries everywhere, and everyone was trying to figure out what their most iconic looks were,” Bryant recalls. “For Elena, it was the layered thermal with the white cami popping out. And a fake leather jacket. So much pleather. We even put up pictures of her hair, trying to find the perfect wig that would fall straight down like her hair did. All that fun stuff.”

But no costume piece brought Bryant more joy than Elena’s flare jeans. “They were really comfortable,” she says. “We need to bring those back. My ankles got so much of a breeze!”

Lee also relished the opportunity to dress like Damon, whose style he originally hoped Kaleb would mirror before he and costume designer Ann Walters settled on a more refined look for his character. Kaleb dresses “like LeBron after a basketball game,” Lee explains, “which makes sense, because he’s a football kid who happened to become a vampire. In the fitting room for this episode, putting on that scarf, those boots, that jacket — it was like, ‘Oh man, I’m not even worthy.’”


Legacies is about to take a trip down memory lane. In the series’ upcoming episode, “Salvatore: The Musical,” the Salvatore School puts on a musical all about the school’s history. That history includes the story of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), Stefan and Damon Salvatore (Paul Wesley and Ian Somerhalder), Caroline Forbes (Candice King), Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan), and many more. And for Legacies’ Kaylee Bryant, it was a chance to put her love of all things Vampire Diaries to use.

EW spoke with Bryant about the hour and the pressure of playing Elena.

As a fan of The Vampire Diaries, what was your reaction the first time you read this episode?
Oh, I was so excited! I was so obsessed with The Vampire Diaries, and I’ve watched it so many times. I feel like the past 5-6 years of my life have been in preparation for this. [Laughs] I got super nervous when they told me I was playing Elena. But the more that I realized it was me playing Josie and Josie who was playing Elena, the more I was like, “Oh, this is okay. This makes sense.”

You all nailed the Elena costume.
Yeah, it’s kind of amazing. The costume department, the hair and makeup department, everybody got super inspired and super excited about it. We had pictures everywhere of everybody’s most iconic looks, which involved a lot of pleather as I think we all know, a lot of bootcut legs.

And the layering of the shirts!
Oh my God, I miss it, but at the same time we were doing the “Hello Brother” dance and we got to take 30 and I was like, “Why am I sweating so much?” And I was like, “Oh because I’m wearing three layers of thermals.” [Laughs]

As the TVD expert on the cast, did you find yourself explaining a lot of things to your cast mates?
Oh constantly. My only thing is, and I’m going to regret this for the rest of my life, is that in the opening number I was wearing Elena’s necklace and I kick myself to this day because she shouldn’t have the necklace by then. That’s going to drive me crazy for the rest of my life. You see Elena and just associate the necklace with her but Stefan’s the one that gives it to her and she meets Stefan with it on in the musical and I’m like, “Nooo!”

What was your favorite part of making this episode?
Honestly, the rehearsal process was so much fun. Chris [Lee] and I both come from musical theater backgrounds and I think we both were really missing it at that point, so we actually did full-blown rehearsals in a ballet studio with professional dancers and it was so much fun! We all got to play around and that was genuinely my favorite part of it all.

How long was the rehearsal process?
Well, episodes 1 through 4 are year-long episodes. These episodes took a year to do because we started at this time, if not earlier, last year and finished at the very end of last year. It took a very long time because we got put on hold because of COVID so it was a lengthy process. We did the choreography and the recordings and a few scenes before we all got shut down. It’s almost been worse because then I had an entire year to sit back and go, “I could’ve done all of that so much better.” [Laughs]

What does Josie take away from her time as Elena?
She really takes away a lot. I went through the same process as Josie in that I heard that Josie was playing Elena and I was like, “Why would they do that, they have nothing in common.” And then the more I dug, the more I realized that their over-arching character stories have so much in common, with them deciding what is the right choice for them outside of everybody else. So it’s really interesting how her stepping into Elena really validates what it means to be selfish versus what it means to look after your mental health.

Looking ahead a bit, is she still dealing with the Dark Josie fallout in episodes to come?
Definitely. Josie has been at this school for her entire life and she sees magic very differently than everybody else. She struggles with basically an addiction to magic, and I think that she really comes to terms with that these next couple of episodes. The Salvatore School is completely full of magic so her entire life she’s always been surrounded by the thing that hurts her the most, so she has to take initiative for herself and what is best for her.

Is there a side of Josie you’d like to see more of this season?
The first half of the season following the musical and episode 4, we really dive into Josie actually sticking to her word of not being co-dependent and really finding her own independence, which is something that I had so much fun working on. What’s exciting about this season for me personally is that I do get to work with some new faces, which was really fun to get some fresh blood in here.



Phoebe was afgelopen de gast in de podcast van Candice en Kayla’s podcast ‘Directionally Challenged’, hier sprak ze o.a. over haar eigen kledingmerk Les Jour en het regisseren van haar eigen film.

This week we’re joined by “The Originals” and “The Vampire Diaries” star Phoebe Tonkin to talk about her new sustainable clothing line Lesjour, her experience writing and directing a short film, and the process of finishing a TV show and adjusting to an identity shift.

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Paul Wesley was als gast in de 100ste aflevering van Candice en Kayla’s podcast ‘Directionally Challenged’. Enkele nieuwe foto’s van de opnames en promotieshoots van de podcast staan in de galerij.

For our 100th episode, we’re joined by Paul Wesley! We’re telling stories from “The Vampire Diaries,” talking about Brothers Bond Bourbon, and giving advice to our younger selves.

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http//: Behind The Scenes (2019)
http//: Behind The Scenes (2020)
http//: Behind The Scenes (2021)
http//: Promotionshoot (2020)
http//: Promotionshoot #3 (2020)