‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Zach Roerig Talks Matt’s Guilt, Rebekah and New Characters (Q&A)

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On last week’s insane season premiere of The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, Elena (Nina Dobrev) completed her transition to the undead, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) came back and the council blew up. It was… a HUGE episode.

This week’s episode, “Memorial,” keeps the action coming as Elena begins to adjust to her new life as a vampire, a memorial is held for the council members and two new faces show up in town. One of these two is Pastor Young’s daughter, April (Grace Phipps), who will be enrolling in Mystic Falls High while the other is vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams), who has come to fix the “pollution” problem that is plaguing the town.

“Well Connor… he’s a force to be reckoned with,” Zach Roerig, who plays Matt Donovan on TVD told Celebuzz. “He’s the toughest vampire hunter Mystic Falls has ever experienced. He’s definitely not the history teacher we had before. He’s a [Bad Ass].”

In addition to new characters, Roerig also spoke with Celebuzz about Matt’s role this season, being the only non-supernatural in the group, taking Stefan’s advice and Rebekah (Claire Holt).

Celebuzz: Matt is obviously feeling a lot of guilt about Elena’s sacrifice for him. How is that going to continue to impact his role this season?
Zach Roerig: Feeling that guilt is going to make him is question why he is alive. I just think both Salvatore brothers are going to encourage Matt in different ways to kind of put up or shut up. Matt’s involvement is stepped up in everything.

CB: On the Season 4 premiere, Stefan (Paul Wesley) tells Matt you got to live with the fact that Elena saved you, not that you have to, you get to and that you need to earn that. How is Matt going to take his advice to heart?
ZR: Well the hardest part of Elena’s transition is the feeding. I think that’s known at this point and she can’t seem to keep anything down, nothing’s working. Finally, to prevent her from doing something she’ll most definitely regret, Matt allows Elena to feed from him and that’s an extremely huge thing for him to do for her.

I think on a lot of levels too, no one really remembers, that Matt also has to live with the fact that all his friends knew his sister was a vampire and they killed her. Elena is his best childhood friend, so now we actually get to see that friendship and the rebirth of that friendship. Matt allowing Elena to feed on him, it’s like the ultimate sacrifice.

CB: Does Matt feel like he needs to do make that sacrifice because she saved his life?
ZR: It’s kind of his action to do something and help… I’m trying to help fix this in whatever way I can, but then I think because he has done that, things just kind of flow more naturally. It’s not such an effort for Matt to be a part of this crazy world.

CB: Matt is pretty much the only human without supernatural abilities on the show. What’s it like to be playing that and what do you think is his strength in the group?
ZR: I think Matt is always there as a constant reminder of what everyone was and what they all started out as and what their original plan and values were. I think that’s one of the most important parts of Matt, just to remind everyone of their humanity.

CB: What can we look forward to for your character this season?
ZR: You can see a brotherly bond forming between Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen) and Matt. I think Matt is going to be a very strong kind of guide point for Jeremy as far as who he really is and what he really believes so he doesn’t get his mind all messed up in this crazy world of vampires.

CB: Any chance of a possible reconciliation or forgiveness with Rebekah?
ZR: The only scene I’ve filmed with Rebekah is Matt letting her know that he’s not cool with what she did nor will he ever be. Even though Matt’s able to see the smallest bit of humanity in her, I don’t think he’ll ever forgive Rebekah for that. I think it would be cool if he forgave her for a couple of hours one night, but that’s just me projecting.

CB: What can you tell us about Grace Phipps’ character April Young? Will Matt be interacting with her a lot?
ZR: April’s going to be around for a little while and she might be pining for Matt a bit. April appears in town and it takes a second for Jeremy and Matt both to recognize her. She’s just this young girl that Elena used to babysit and that’s all she was to Matt. Now, she’s a grown up girl in high school and I think he can’t really see past the young girl she once was.

CB: And now for the most important question: Will Matt still be working at the Mystic Grill this season?
ZR: I think if that place burns down eight times, a dozen times, Matt Donovan will still be there in that tight blue t-shirt.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 PM on The CW.

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