Matt Davis is best known for starring in movies Legally Blonde, Blue Crush and Pearl Harbour; and most recently for the series, The Vampire Diaries. I spoke to him on his recent Australian trip for Oz Comic Con. Here's what we talked about:
Note: Some responses may have been edited for length or clarity.
Q: What's the biggest difference between acting on TV shows compared to working on a movie?
A: "Pacing, there's a lot less time to shoot a lot more content on a television show. Whilst a feature movie is a little more forgiving. On a television show, decisions are made by a committee, so there's always lots of phone calls, whilst on a movie the director is right there so you can make decisions much quicker."
Q: What did you enjoy most about playing the character 'Alaric' on The Vampire Diaries?
A: "I loved the relationships that I made along the way. We were such a tight cast, for me it was a joy just going to work every day because we were such a close-knit cast and crew."
Q: What was the biggest challenge you faced, working on The Vampire Diaries?
A: "The biggest challenge was the emotional beats, leaving the show, losing 'Alaric' at the end of season six, they were challenging."
Q: Is there a memorable moment of The Vampire Diaries that stands out to you? Either good or bad.
A: "My best friend Zach, who play's Matt Donovan [sic] when his daughter was born, that was a magical moment for all of us, being on a show that long, we experience so many of life's ups and downs along the way, birthdays, births, marriages, so it's sharing those moments with everyone that really stood out as some of the really special moments on The Vampire Diaries."
Q: Did you go through a gothic phase in your teens, is that what drew you to The Vampire Diaries?
A: "Ha-ha, No but I've always loved vampire movies like The Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire and The Hunger. I was compelled by the idea, and when I saw the pilot of The Vampire Diaries, I thought it looked amazing, with a fresh new cast and I knew I had to be a part of it."
Q: Have you ever kept anything from set as a memento?
A: "There was a totem pole in 'Alaric's' apartment I really wanted but someone else got to it first unfortunately, but otherwise no."
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Q: What's the strangest thing you've noticed that's different in Australia compared to America?
A: "Morning television is a heck of a lot more fun. They seem way more relaxed and that's what's great about travelling, sampling things that are not the same as home, like the different sense of humour, the Brit's, the French, the Aussies, they all have different humour."
Q: What's the next big project for you?
A: "I recently moved back to LA, so nesting and getting married. I keep talking about writing a Vampire Diaries movie as a way to get all the cast back together, but ha ha ha, no I'm joking."
Q: Would you ever consider a role on an Australian television show like Home and Away or Neighbours?
A: "Heck yeah, bring me down here."
Q: Have you seen an episode of Home & Away?
- It's where all Australian actors start out before moving to hollywood, it's set on a beach, you'd love it.
A: "Oh right, so I'd do it in reverse. Sounds great."
Q: When you're not acting, what keeps you busy?
A: "My dogs, my fiancé, my family. It's a bit early for a mid-life crisis but I recently bought a new motorcycle - a Harley Davidson. I love going for long rides, I'll say to my fiancé, 'honey I just have to run some errands,' and then go for like a five-hour ride."
Q: Did you keep up, with surfing after Blue Crush?
A: "No, but I do get out paddle boarding often which is a bit easier."
Q: What do you plan on doing in Australia, that you haven't done yet?
A: "My wife really wants to hold a koala, so definately the Koala sanctuary. Otherwise I'll never hear the end of it, if we missed that."
Q: What can fans expect at The Vampire Diaries dinner in Sydney?
A: "I don't have specifics but it's definately going to be a lot of fun, there'll be food, I'll be there, and I'll tell a lot of jokes. It's going to be awesome fun."
Matt Davis will be appearing at Oz Comic Con, Sydney on Saturday 30 Sep and Sunday 1 October, where you can ask questions at The Vampire Diaries panel, along with Michael Malarkey, who plays Enzo; get your photograph taken with Matt & Michael and also their autographs. Check the schedule for event times.