Joseph Morgan as Lysander in Immortals film.
David Anders and Zach Roerig Duo Panel at the Chicago Convention
Zach Roerig (ZR) and David Anders (DA)
[[Preface this one with a statement: This Panel is hilarious. But the humor can be inappropriate at times, so if you’re easily offended, you probably shouldn’t read it.]]
What is your most embarrassing story/moment?
[DA and ZR looking at each other] Call [Steven] McQueen up here to do my story.
DA: Okay, I’ll go. Do you guys remember the scene at the beginning of Season 2 when Stefan is force-feeding Uncle John blood in the hospital [2x01]? Well, it was seriously so hot filming that scene. After one of the takes, I got up off the bed, turned around, and there was a silhouette of my butt on the bed. Right in that same area… there was also a brown streak. I was mortified. I was like, “There’s no way that could have happened!” (laughs) I mean, I had on clothes under the hospital gown, plus the hospital gown. I got back in the bed for the next few takes and I swear, I gave Paul absolutely nothing to work off of for his scenes. I was just so mortified. After we were done, I found out that Paul had taken a Hershey kiss and put it all over the bed to make me think it was from me.
ZR: Way to “leave your mark” on The Vampire Diaries. (both laugh)
ZR: Well… I don’t get embarrassed. So, I don’t have a story.
What actor had the biggest impact on you on set?
ZR: Well, since he’s here I’ll throw one his way [about David]. We like to speak in T-shirts [like what you would see written on a T-shirt].
DA: Should we sing the song?
ZR: Let’s sing the song.
Together: (laughing) ♫♪Friendship is the best ship! It’s a schooner that you ride with — ♫♪
DA: There’s a second verse, too but no one really likes it. It goes ♪♫Friendship is the best ship! It’s a barge you ride with your bro!♫♪
What do you like to do in your free time?
ZR: He’s a big golfer –
DA: Make babies.
DA: (both laughing) Why am I talking?
ZR: I like shooting my bow and arrows.
If you weren’t actors, what would you do?
ZR: I’d be the pioneer of awesome-ism on like The Greatest Catch or something. (laughs) I’d run the family business back in Ohio.
DA: Be a professional golfer. Or professional tennis player. Professional something. Professional Ice Skater.
Do you have any upcoming projects?
ZR: Yeah, about 4:30 this morning I pulled my camera out of my bag – JK – I wish I had a project, but alas….
DA: I’ve got one: Once Upon a Time. (laughs) But about that movie Roerig, maybe like a two-man show about lesbians. So lez-be-friends.
ZR: We can be two transvestites.
DA: Still with the same title.
ZR: Yeah titled Lez-Be-Friends
If your characters were to become vampires, would you like to be with the Salvatores or the Originals?
Daniel Gillies’ Panel at the Chicago Convention
What is your favorite thing about playing Elijah?
Well, it’s changed. In the beginning, I liked the idea that he posed a threat. As things have ensued, I like that he’s instrumental in the new order of the vampires.
What is your most outrageous fan experience?
I’m waiting for that to happen. It’s open season.
Do you like Elijah’s good or dark side better?
I never really look at the sides. He does what needs to be done, takes care of business. He’s more calm and direct. I wish I was more like him. But playing the darkness is kind of fun.
Describe Elijah’s relationship with Klaus.
Tempestuous. It’s the marvelous mischief of Joseph Morgan. He’s so good. He’s kind of Napoleonic, his unquenchable thirst for power. Elijah’s more rational; the voice of reason. I like that [that he’s sort of like an adviser for Klaus]. I love the two energies together. Apart from the fact that I love Jo – it’s so fun to do scenes with him. It’s a classical motif; two brothers and a power-struggle. But I don’t think Elijah is as concerned about having power as Klaus is, he’s more interested in finding stability.
What’s your favorite thing to do during your downtime?
Hang out with my wife [Rachael Leigh Cook] – [Audience: “aawwwww”] plus my 3 dogs and 2 cats. Mostly the dogs, sometimes my wife.
How do you guys do the scenes where you rip out the hearts?