‘The Vampire Diaries’ faced a devastating loss when a young crew member named Sarah Jones died in a horrific train accident while filming a movie. On Feb. 27, as the cast and crew fought to raise on-set safety awareness in the real world, the show aired a beautiful tribute to Sarah after its latest brand new episode.
The Vampire Diaries has always referred to its cast, crew, and fans as the “TVD Family,” and this family has never been stronger than now, as they deal with the tragic loss of one of the show’s beloved crew members, Sarah Jones. Sarah, who was only 27 years old, was struck by a train and killed while shooting the film Midnight Rider in Georgia.
‘Vampire Diaries’ Airs Sarah Jones Tribute
What a kind ground of people; this “TVD Family.” Immediately following the Feb. 27 episode “No Exit,” the wildly popular show faded to black and wrote a simple but powerful message:
“In Loving Memory of Sarah Jones, 1986 – 2014.”
Undoubtedly this action will lead to more people looking up Sarah to learn her story, and hopefully it will help raise awareness so that a senseless tragedy like this will never happen again.
‘Vampire Diaries’ EP Caroline Dries — ‘It’s Been A Tidal Wave Of Emotion’
HollywoodLife.com spoke to the show’s Executive Producer Caroline Dries on Feb. 27, and she explained that Sarah’s memory is extremely important to preserve — not only because she was a wonderful young woman, but because her death could possibly influence a major change in on-set safety.
“Yes, [the cast and crew] would like to have her name at the Oscars’ ‘In Memoriam’ section,” Caroline says. “But more so, [the campaign] is about awareness about Sarah specifically… and also, more awareness about set safety. [It’s about] having the leadership roles on set really step up and say ‘no.’ What we said to the crew the day after we learned [about Sarah’s death] was ‘no shot will ever be as important as you, as your friends, as your family… as you are as people. This is not the end of the world. This job will never be the end of the world. You are always the most important person; the most important thing.’”
Additionally, Caroline expressed her heartfelt appreciation of the fans and fellow artists worldwide who have been honoring Sarah’s memory.
“Camera departments all over the country and even all over the world have been sending us pictures of their slates, which is what you slap in front of the camera to say what scene you’re on, and who the director is,” Caroline continues. “It’s been this viral movement. It’s been this moving, overwhelming tidal wave of emotion. It’s been really cool. I clicked on the [Twitter] hashtag and was like, ‘Oh my gosh!’ There’s so many pictures of so many crews. It’s amazing.”
How did you feel when you saw the tribute to Sarah, HollywoodLifers?
— Shaunna Murphy