'The Vampire Diaries' Star Kat Graham on Bonnie's "Different Perspective"

The actress talks with THR and teases Bonnie's conflict with Lily and friendship with Damon.
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Post-prison world, The Vampire Diaries' Bonnie (Kat Graham) is experiencing a new wave of confidence.

Unfortunately, that new look on life might be a bit more dangerous than even Bonnie realized. With Lily (Annie Wersching) — Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Stefan's (Paul Wesley) mother — on the loose and unhappy that Bonnie stole and destroyed her best chance at bringing back her 1903 vampire friends, things could get messy — and fast.

Graham spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about Bonnie's new perspective on life, conflict with Lily, friendship with Damon, the changing cast and more.

Bonnie took a stand when she stole the Ascendant from Lily and refused to return it to Damon, even when she knew his mother was blackmailing him. With Lily angry and dangerous, what will that dynamic be like going forward?

Bonnie's like, "I gotta do what I gotta do, and I'll deal with it later." (Laughs.) You'll see everything come to a head. I can't imagine Lily is going to be too happy with Bonnie, but I can't say if they kind of meet up or what happens. 

Bonnie is going to have a nightmare about Lily. What can you share about that sequence?

I had to run out of my dorm room in my socks, and I slipped a few times. So I'm hoping some bloopers come out of it. I fell on my ass. In my dream, I'm not even wearing anything hot or sexy, I'm literally wearing pajamas … and I'm running around the corner and slipped and fell on my ass. Other than that, I can't really reveal anything.

Elena (Nina Dobrev) is trying to figure out what she should do now that Damon has offered to take the cure for vampirism with her. What kind of guidance will Bonnie be giving her friend?

What I love about where all the girls are is you don't really see them advising each other. You see them making their own decisions. Bonnie definitely made her decision in the last episode with Damon — no one was telling her anything. She literally said, "I know exactly what I'm doing." She didn't consult with Caroline (Candice Accola) or Elena. When Caroline tuned her humanity off, she didn't consult Bonnie or Elena. Elena's going to be making decisions based on what she needs to do herself. I think these are empowering women and the choices they're making. They're still for each other and their support systems, but they're not having conferences about, "What should I do?" I don't think they're doing that.

Where do you feel her relationship stands with Damon at this point? Like they said in the previous episode, they've essentially been to hell and back, together, but since she wouldn't give him Ascendant, does that change things?

As angry as he can be at Bonnie, he would never deny she's being truthful and she knows him at this point. She is aware of how he feels, and she can call him on his shit. They're at a great place. Whereas before, he would pressure her, and she would do it, and she would want to appease everyone, and she'd want to make sure everything is OK, and sacrifice herself over and over again. I don't think that's where the character is at right now. She's looking at everything from a different perspective, because she has a new chance at life.

Looking ahead, Jo (Jodi Lyn O'Keefe) and Alaric (Matt Davis) are getting married. What can you tease about Bonnie's role in the wedding?

There is some really cool stuff happening. It's beautiful. I had some really cool scenes with Matt, Zach Roerig, and we haven't really teamed up in a while since one of my favorite episodes, 305, "The Reckoning." You get to see us doing some cool stuff together. It's a big moment and it's gorgeous.

Does the wedding bring up thoughts of her own romantic life?

Caroline has her lip out and has everyone focused on what they have to do and where they have to do it. I don't think anyone is focused on themselves at this point. They want to make sure this wedding goes off without a hitch.

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As you look to next season — and since the cast shake-ups will provide for the opportunity to have different scene partners — is there anyone you're hoping to work with more next year?

I spent a lot of this season by myself. So I'm looking forward to working with Ian a lot more. I think we're going to do some really cool work together. I think Matt Davis is really talented. I hope we get some more girl power in; there's a lot of men walking around. Those are the two I'm excited to work with. Whenever Ian and I have a scene together, I just feel extremely confident we're going to get some great moments together and be there for each other as actors.

Nina and Michael Trevino (Tyler) are both leaving the show. How will the dynamic change?

It'll be a different show, but it'll be a good show.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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