Chris Wood about Working with Jodi Lyn O’Keefe
Chris Wood opens up about what is sure-to-be a horrifying bloodbath on tonight’s season six finale of The Vampire Diaries, he is also talking about Jodi Lyn O’Keefe who has the role of Jo Parker in The Vampire Diaries. Tonight we say goodbye to Elena (Nina Dobrev) in the final episode of The Vampire Diaries season 6.
JJJ: Mid-way through the season, we almost started to like Kai when he picked up some of Luke’s qualities! But that didn’t last very long once he got trapped again…
CW: I think that was a great part of the story with when Kai’s badness sorted lifted for a moment. Because you never knew if you could trust this character from the beginning, you couldn’t tell if it was sincere or not. And I think you got to observe that with his sister and with Alaric [Matt Davis], in terms of not wanting Jo [Jodi Lyn O’Keefe] to cooperate with Kai. That was a nice sort of lift in the middle of the season to bring us toward the ultimate conclusion. Not only do we see Kai back to where he was before, he’s just worse than he was when you first met him. Getting trapped again something sort of snapped in his mind. He’s really hellbent on revenge and doesn’t really care what the consequences are.
JJJ: Bonnie hates Kai, and they’ve had this back and forth all season. Will that conflict come to a head in the finale?
CW: We are going to get that payoff that everyone’s looking for – a showdown between these two characters, who all season, have been going through this journey. It’s bloody and it’s wonderful. Obviously, the first person on his hit list was his sister, but he already got that taken care of (laughs).
JJJ: What do you make of the fans who want Bonnie and Kai to actually be a couple? I mean, he’s a crazy person!
CW: It’s very funny to me. To me, it’s sort of a death threat on Bonnie, wanting her to be involved with this psychopath He’s literally killing everyone. It’s very comical that people would wish anyone to be with Kai. It’s a death sentence. But, I mean understand it. That’s a sort of an energy there…But I think they love Bonnie so much they want to see her with somebody. And they hate Kai and they think they would love to like Kai, enough for him to date Bonnie (laughs). He seems a little far gone at this moment.
JJJ: Agreed! Now that Kai hurt (and possibly killed) Elena, what can we expect between Kai and the Salvatore brothers?
CW: I can tell you that it’s not as simple as it may seem. He’s had a moment to plot and plan, and now that he’s out, he has a very detailed plan. It’s a little more complicated than it seems. The brothers are also…Damon was sort of part of trapping him back in 1903, even though they worked together briefly, they still never got along. Kai doesn’t know Stefan [Paul Wesley] at all, but I don’t think he likes anyone at the moment. Anyone who is in that room, he knows who they are. He wants to watch everyone suffer because his whole life, everything’s been so unfair to him. This is his moment to pay back all that pain to anyone he possibly can.
JJJ: Did you have a favorite scene partner?
CW: That’s so hard. I had such a great time this whole season. I worked with Kat a lot, obviously. She’s a lovely actress and really does her homework, and shows up ready to play. She’s a blast to work with. Ian’s very unpredictable and exciting on set, in a way that keeps you on your toes and allows you to make discoveries in the moment. I love that energy. But also, working with Jodi Lyn O’Keefe who plays Jo, she’s a lovely actress. She’s so grounded and present at all times, whether or not she’s on camera. I love working with everybody. They’re all great.