‘The Vampire Diaries’: Shooting Tyler’s First Werewolf Transition ‘Was a Marathon,’ Said Michael Trevino

by Jeremy Spirogis
Michael Trevino

The Vampire Diaries boasted wealthy mythology with many supernatural creatures. And the inventive minds behind the present pulled off some fairly spectacular TV magic to carry the characters to life on display screen. Michael Trevino, who performed the hybrid heartthrob Tyler, shared what it was wish to create plausible man-to-wolf transitions.

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‘The Vampire Diaries’ was about extra than simply vampires

Vampires, witches, ghosts, and werewolves populated the fictional city of Mystic Falls, Virginia, the place The Vampire Diaries passed off. In the story, many of the human townsfolk have been none the wiser when it got here to the weird occasions taking place proper underneath their noses.

At the middle of the story have been two undead brothers, Damon and Stefan Salvatore. Other vamps within the inside circle included Caroline Forbes and Lorenzo ‘Enzo’ St. John. In circumstances when the crew required some further firepower, they enlisted the highly effective witch, Bonnie Bennett, to help.

A number of people have been within the know, together with Elena Gilbert, Jeremy Gilbert, Matt Donovan, and Alaric Saltzman. Tyler Lockwood rounded out the group because the werewolf who an authentic vampire, Klaus Mikaelson, ultimately changed into a hybrid.

Michael Trevino put in ‘very emotional work’ for Tyler’s first transition

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The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Episode 7, “Masquerade,” was a turning level for Tyler. When the supervillain vampire Katherine compels a woman named Sarah to bait Tyler, he by chance kills her throughout the battle. In killing Sarah, Tyler triggers the werewolf curse that plagues the Lockwood household.

Tyler’s new chapter as a werewolf had its drawbacks, together with excruciating bodily transformations throughout each full moon. In a 2015 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Trevino opened up about taking pictures his first werewolf transition scene.

That course of was with [director] Marcos Siega, and we shot that with him over the course of two, 12-hour days of very emotional work. It was a marathon. There have been very particular factors with having to interrupt my leg, or break my arm, or I’m spazzing out a bit and there’s growling — so it was two very lengthy and exhausting days. And fortunately, by the point we obtained to season 3, season 4, it obtained simpler. We sort of simply had Tyler run right into a darkish nook after which come again out as a wolf. We didn’t present so particularly what was taking place with him. I bear in mind having to get actually, actually match, and after our second day after we have been utterly accomplished, I bear in mind our first [assistant director] ended up shopping for me an extra-large pepperoni pizza as a result of I had been ravenous myself to look good and preparing. Now we simply put a pair dots on me on my face after which they repair all of it in post-production. Now it’s straightforward.

Michael Trevino in Entertainment Weekly

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