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TV Guide Magazine: How did it feel to finally have “hot vampire sex,” as Nina called it, with Elena in the November 29 episode?
Somerhalder: The fans — and I — have been begging for that for a long time. It’s payoff for them, but there are a lot of people out there, particularly dudes, who think Elena would be much better off if she were rid of both [Salvatore brothers].
TV Guide Magazine: You and Nina are a real-life couple — how does that affect the on-screen romance?
Somerhalder: I’ll just talk about the show. That sex scene had a lot of built-up passion, but also a more tender side. Damon’s finally got Elena, and he’s so happy, but he can’t be sure that [her feelings] are real, and not just a result of him having sired her.
TV Guide Magazine: Does Elena want this love to be real as much as Damon does?
Somerhalder: Absolutely. To Elena, it is real. But, again, is that the sire bond making her thinkthat she loves him?
TV Guide Magazine: Stefan still doesn’t know about Elena sleeping with Damon. What can we expect when he finds out?
Somerhalder: [Laughs] Some gnarly blood, of course! Stefan is really hurt by them. It’s a jagged pill for him to swallow.
TV Guide Magazine: Speaking of tough predicaments, Damon had agreed to help search for the vampire cure for Elena. Isn’t he afraid that, if she reverts to being human, he will lose her?
Somerhalder: Yes. It raises a good question. Damon feels guilty that she’s turned, but if she stays a vampire, then she stays in love with him. And that’s all he’s ever wanted. He finally got it, and the sire-bond thing blew up in his face.
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