In an interview with the new cast member of The Vampire Diaries actress Grace Phipps talks about her character April Young, how her character looks up to Elena, and more.
Warning: Spoilers Below
A human orphan who is about to be sucked into vampire madness, April is a little bit Season 1 Elena, with the sarcastic humor of our dearly departed Anna. “I’ve done a lot of work with Nina, which has been fun,” Phipps tellsZap2it. “April really, really looks up to Elena, so that’s been really fun to play with. She kind of mirrors her a little bit. April grew up with Elena babysitting her, so they’re very close.”
Like many of her Mystic Falls cohorts, April now has no family to speak of, and Elena takes her under her wing. “Since she doesn’t have a role model right now, she looks to Elena,” Phipps says. Still, despite the horrifying circumstances surrounding her, April keeps a brave face.
“What’s actually really fun to play about April, and what drew me to her when I first read the part, is that she’s not a depressed person. She’s not a person who goes around blaming. I mean, she’s 16, so you’re not entirely stable at that point, you’re a teenager, but she’s not a tragic person, she just got thrust into a tragic situation. That’s what’s really fun to play,” she explains. “There’s a conflict between the person that she wants to be and the situation that she’s in.”
As for romance, “There is a love interest,” Phipps tells us coyly. When we ask whether there’s just one love interest, she scoffs, “Let’s not talk about geometry yet!”