So, agree that vampires are oh-so-chic this season? That’s why I was thrilled to catch up with Katerina Graham, Bonnie of the CW’s hit show, The Vampire Diaries. I got the dish on all things style (like her DIY spray-painted stilettos!) and her 2010 movie, The Roommate, she just finished filming with Leighton Meester. Read on!
IHH: Describe your character Bonnie’s style on The Vampire Diaries.
KG: Bonnie has a very hippie style – very earthy and natural. Simple, but still young and innocent.
IHH: Is Bonnie’s style ever anything you would wear on your own?
KG: We’re different to the extreme. Bonnie goes for the loafer, while I opt for the platform stiletto. But, I love Bonnie’s clothes and will even see something and pick it up in a store if I feel it reflects her. As an actor, it’s important to lose your ego and fall into the character, even if she’s different than you are style-wise.
IHH: The leather jacket is very “vampirish” and a hot trend this season. What do you think about it – do you try to wear what’s on trend or stick to mostly basics?
KG: I don’t do leather that much personally. I can see why dark, dangerous designs could be very vampirish – like Nina Ricci, or even McQueen’s last fall season. Alexander Wang also has some dark pieces I could see on a couple of high-fashion vampires. But, I don’t wear what’s on trend, and always like to do my own thing. In fact, if everyone is wearing one kind of style, I purposely veer off to do my own thing.
IHH: You just finished filming The Roommate with Leighton Meester. How was that, and when is the release?
KG: It comes out September 2010. It was a lot of fun to work on a thriller, and I think a lot of people will like the film.
IHH: You’ve done a lot of acting for several different shows; would you ever consider a guest role on Gossip Girl?
KG: Sure – I like Gossip Girl! And I LOVE the CW, so of course!
IHH: What’s your take on high heels and do you have a favorite pair?
KG: Heels should always represent who you are. If you’re not naturally into six-inch open-toed platforms, then go for the flats. Always get shoes that represent your style, not because you saw them on a celebrity. My favorite pumps are these really old black platforms I call my “Basquiats.” I spray-painted the tips of them and studded them with diamonds and I love how the paint looks as if it’s still dripping off of them. I was inspired by Raphael Young’s batwing shoe. I love art, so to turn what is naturally a very elegant shoe into street art was something fabulous for me.
>Catch The Vampire Diaries on the CW tonight at 8/7 central.
[Photo Credit: Michael Chevas]
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