Two weekends ago saw The Hub Productions hold their third Vampire Diaries Conventions in Sydney & Melbourne. Whilst I wasn’t able to attend both events, I was able to attend the Sydney Convention on Saturday, 11th May.
The event was held, as normal, at the Sydney University in Kensington. This time though, we were in the Sir John Clancy Auditorium. This particular venue is probably my favourite due to the fact that the seating is tiered, giving every attendee the best vantage point, with no heads in front to block your view of the guests (or your photos!).
This year saw Kat Graham (Bonnie Bennett), Zach Roerig (Matt Donovan) and Michael Trevino (Tyler Lockwood) make the long arduous trek from the States to meet their fans, take some photos and answer some questions (some quiet interesting ones at that!).
The doors to the day open at 9am, however, having been in attendance at many past events of The Hub Productions, I was well aware that nothing really kicked off until about 10am, sometimes a little later. Knowing this, I was in no rush therefore I arrived at the venue at around 9.45.
After stopping by to say hi to the lovely Jeanie at Random Fandom, I headed off to find my allocated seat for the day. After settling in, I got to know those seated around me and discovered that I was seated next to the lovely Sabah from Vampire Diaries Fan News. After introductions and a little chat with Sabah, there was a little action on the stage and we got our first appearance by all three guests.
After their appearance it was time for the professional photo sessions to start. First up was Micheal, who was, as always looking good and having fun with everyone. Then it was time for photos with Zack, who was absolutely wonderful and far more gorgeous than the camera gives him credit! After Zack, it was Kats turn. Kat looked stunning as always wearing a gorgeous Joyrich dress.
Once the photo sessions were finished, we took a break for lunch before the all important Q & A sessions.
Zach Roerig came onto the stage amidst a plethora of screams from the audience. After taking a seat and waiting patiently for the screams to die down it was straight into the Q & A.
What did you buy with your first TVD pay cheque?
My favourite surfboard – an Al Merrick 66 Surfboard
What are your thoughts on Matt & Rebekah’s relationship?
I think its awesome. Its great seeing their love blossoming and I’d love to see more of it.
Whats your favourite episode so far?
I’d have to say Season 1, Episode 3, where Vicki is changed into a vampire.
Whats it like being one of the only humans left in Mystic Falls?
I think it’s the coolest thing. Matt is the last link to Elena’s humanity.
Do you have any funny stories from set?
[laughs] Nothing appropriate.
There is one thing I can share – In episode 23 (the season 4 finale) there is a group hug with all the main characters. Paul Wesley kept grabbing my butt and its nearly impossible for them to cut it out of the scene! So keep your eyes out for it.
Who is your inspiration?
I’d have to say Robert Redford.
What do you do in your free time (when you get some!)
I love to surf but that’s a little hard to do in Atlanta. I also race SUP’s (Stand Up Paddleboards). I like to garden and read and recently I’ve taken up playing ping pong.
If you weren’t an actor what would you be doing?
If I wasn’t an actor I’d be working in my dads business. He’s a tombstone cutter. If I wasn’t working for dad then I’d be working with the Department of Forestry.
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