‘The Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Shows Personal Side in Web Diary

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The Vampire Diaries shows as many sexy sides of its cast as it can.

Now, Kat Graham — Bonnie Bennett on the hit CW show — is showing her more personal side in an online video diary. Celebuzz has an up-close look at the project, Kat Graham Road To, in which the actress/singer mingles with fans and hits the recording studio to put down vocals for her pop/hip-hop songs.

“We have kind of created an army, where we get to see the same fans over and over again,” the 23-year-old says. “I get to know them — where they’re from, who they are. We really make a connection. It’s very much a family.”

And it’s one she says is especially close to her.

“I feel like this is my show — not a production company putting it together,” Graham said in a conference call on Friday.

One thing that the singer/actress doesn’t reveal in her videos, which are each a few minutes long: the pain and toil stemming from her music career.

“I have had, I don’t want to say an extremely negative experience in the music industry, but it has definitely been a grind,” said Graham, who has nearly 500,000 followers on Twitter. “It’s very grimy. I wouldn’t say it’s been a pretty process. It’s left me crying on the carpet, in a dirty apartment, with no money. But it’s been worth it.”

Graham’s 2012 record, Against the Wall, boasts a pop/hip-hop sound with strong beats and has a single, “Put Your Graffiti On Me.” The Pictures of You LP came out in 2007, and she had a single in 2010, “I Want It All.” Before joining the cast of Vampire Diaries in 2009, Graham toured with the Black Eyed Peas as an opening act.

Kat Graham Road To is on Awesomeness TV, which also broadcasts programs from teen singing impresario Greyson Chance and pop quartet Mindless Behavior. Road To premieres its fourth episode this week.

Meanwhile, The Vampire Diaries is moving full-steam ahead. Over the weekend at Comic-Con, the show’s cast and creators previewed its fourth season, which begins in September. As is often the case at Comic-Con, they teased numerous spoilers about the upcoming season.

“Everything just feels so new and so fresh,” said said executive producer Julie Plec. “It feels so familiar in all of the right ways, and it feels so different in all of the best ways, too. Elena’s [Nina Debrov] going through a new change, of course. And Damon [Ian Somehalder] and Stefan [Paul Wesley] are going to have to deal with that change with her and for her. But all of the characters, too, as they gear up for senior year and graduation. It’s a lot of really good, deep, emotional, twisted stuff.”

Graham predicts a lot of change for her character this season, as well.

“You are going to see a Bonnie that is in a more vulnerable place — which she’s always sort of been, but now she’s going to be forced to do different things that make her way more vulnerable than she’s ever been,” she said. “She’s going to lose even more than she lost. She’s going to have to find a way to fill in that hole. You’re going to find a different side. It’s not bad. It’s not all drama.”

Will you be tuning in to Vampire Diaries — and Kat’s new show?  Let us know in the comments.