Michael Malarkey (Enzo St. John) and Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) are currently promoting the final season of their hit CW show, The Vampire Diaries. While the show itself may be coming to an end, Michael Malarkey and Paul Wesley assure us that Enzo St. John and Stefan Salvatore will always live on in our hearts and minds. Michael Malarkey and Enzo St John Interview
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Background of Enzo
The first appearance of Enzo is on the fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, where he is featured as one of Damon’s hallucinations caused by his daylight ring (introduced in the fourth season). He is a vampire who had been trapped in a prison cell underneath Fell’s Church by the Augustine society (whose members have been named after saints or religious figures) for hundreds of years due to his uncontrollable killing sprees.
What Enzo had done for Stefan
In season 3, Stefan was turning his back on humanity to follow his dark urges as he got angry at Damon for not sticking by him. It wasn’t until Enzo used their mental connection to try and make Stefan remember when they were kids that he was able to let go of all of those negative emotions that were turning him into a monster again. And eventually, Stefan did kill Ric in self-defense.
How did you get into acting?
My mother always told me I was very expressive as a baby so my family always thought I would end up in something like theater or dance when I grew up but it wasn’t until I was in high school that I actually pursued it on my own time. A friend of mine had gotten into some trouble and needed a way to make money to pay for it, so she signed us both up for an acting class through our high school because if you made $200 you didn’t have to do detention for a week.
What is like on set?
While on set, what do you do when you are not shooting? What is your character like in person? If viewers were going to an event that you were attending, how would they know if it was you there or not?
What was it like working with Nina Dobrev?
She’s just wonderful. I had already worked with Nina on The Vampire Diaries, so it was easy to get back into it with her. She’s an amazing person, and when we both got cast on Legacies, she was like a little sister to me; we hung out together every day between shoots or off camera.
The story behind your tattoo
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Thoughts on The Vampire Diaries finale
What was your reaction to The Vampire Diaries series finale? What did you think of how it wrapped up storylines for all characters—did it tie up loose ends or leave things open-ended? Why?
In terms of characters, what can you tell us about your character that we don’t already know? (fans will appreciate these things)
What nationality is Michael Malarkey?
He is American, born in Buffalo, New York to parents of Italian descent. He lived on a dairy farm in upstate New York until he was 18 years old and moved to Southern California when he decided to pursue his acting career. His first role came in 2003 when he played Brad Fuller on The Young and The Restless . However, most people know him for his portrayal of Mason Lockwood on The Vampire Diaries .
What is Enzo St John accent?
Michael, who plays your character’s human incarnation in season six of The Vampire Diaries, speaks with a distinct accent. Where does that come from? Is it his natural voice or does he have to do something to get it just right?