Plus, how is Nadia connected to that ‘Anchor’ we’ve heard so much about? Olga gives HollywoodLife.com the scoop!
You’ve got to love The Vampire Diaries. Just when you think you know everything about a character — in this case, Nina Dobrev‘s now-human Katherine — you find out (poof!) the daughter she thought she lost centuries ago is alive and well… and raising hell! Olga Fonda recently spoke with HollywoodLife.com about that mother of a twist, what we can expect from the mom-daughter duo, and what Nadia’s involvement is with the Travelers and the Anchor.
Read On For My Q&A With Olga Fonda
>> So, I’ll start with a really dumb question: Is your accent real?
[Laughs] Yes! And for an international actor, it’s sometimes very difficult to get on TV, so when they said they loved my accent, it made me the happiest person in the world.
>> Well, you’re definitely a good fit for the show. Have you enjoyed your stay in Mystic Falls?
Oh, thank you. I’m so happy and honored to be on it. It’s been such a wonderful experience. I didn’t know how long I was going to stay on the show, but now that I’m here and my character has been growing, it’s so wonderful.
>> After five seasons, it takes a lot for this show to shock me. But when Nadia said she’s Katherine’s daughter, my jaw was on the floor.
Mine was too, you know. I was surprised, probably as much as you were, and I thought it was so great. When I read the episode, I could not believe it. What a twist! I was excited, knowing that this would be a fun thing between Nina and I, and it would be an interesting journey for both of us as actresses to go through.
>> How much did you know about Katherine’s history when you joined the show?
I knew she had a daughter, I think in the first or second season, when they took her away. But I never really thought about it. When I found out they’re mother and daughter, it clicked, but before then, I wasn’t even thinking about it. I’m older than Nina, so I never expected Nina to be my mother. But hey, in the world of Vampire Diaries, anything’s possible.
>> Well, it’s also The CW, so age is basically irrelevant.
[Laughs] Yes! I have such a beautiful mother.
>> Did you go back and watch the scene where Katherine loses baby Nadia?
I did! It was so dramatic and sad. Nina did such a wonderful job and it made me cry. I’ll be honest, this show makes me cry a lot, not just when you watch it, but when you do it. … When Nina and I finished shooting that scene [where Nadia tells Katherine she’s her daughter] we just hugged. It was such an emotional scene.
>> Why do you think Nadia chose to reveal the truth when she did?
Well, Nadia’s been looking for her for 500 years; she turned herself into a vampire to find her mother. Nadia had heard from all these people that Katherine is mean and awful, but Nadia was hoping — as every child does — that her mother is beautiful and wonderful. Maybe she hoped she could prove her wrong, that she is this wonderful person. But when Katherine played that game with her, Nadia decided it was time to tell the truth.
>> Will they be keeping the secret to themselves, or will they clue others in?
I’m sure there will be a few people who overhear things and see things, possibly.
>> How is Nadia going to be involved in the whole Travelers/Anchor debacle?
Well, we’re still figuring out who and what the Travelers are. You still don’t really even know why they exist and what they’re doing. Nadia kind of made it clear that, yes, she’s a Traveler, but she also does her own thing. She might be, or might not be, connected to [the anchor] as a Traveler. She’s in town for her own agenda, which was to find Katherine and to learn more about her.
>> OK, this last question is purely out of curiosity: Did you help Zach Roerig with his accent?
[Laughs] I did not, no. That was all him on his own. We do have a dialect coach on set who helps, and I’m Russian, so our dialect is a little different than Cezch. But I think he’s doing a great job!
HollywoodLifers, were you surprised by the Katherine-Nadia revelation? And what’s your take on the Travelers? Drop a comment with your thoughts below!
— Andy Swift