EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Vampire Diaries Star Sara Canning Reveals Show's New Secrets

Jan. 11 2010, Published 9:47 a.m. ET

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Beautiful Sara Canning has taken America by storm in her role as Jenna in the CW's smash hit, and People's Choice award winner for favorite new drama, The Vampire Diaries. She gave all the new details about her upcoming onscreen romance and her new real-life roommate.

"I was living on my own for the first part of the season," Sara said about her arrangements in Atlanta, Georgia, where the show shoots. But now she has plans to room with co-star Nina Dobrev.

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"Nina lived with Kayla who was on the show as well. I hear she is a fantastic roommate and I love her, so it will be great."

Canning, a Canadian native, faced some changes when she relocated to the south to play the level headed aunt and guardian to Debrov's character Elena.

"At first it was the heat in the summer, I couldn't believe how hot it was when I got off the plane I was like... ok, what the hell do I do in this weather? I packed all my jeans away and bought like 15 dresses as soon as I got off the plane. It's kind of sexy and once you get used to it, it's kind of nice."

Although it's Canning's first time living in America she says the actors on the show are a great support.

"We're really lucky to have a cast that gets along so well, everyone is really close. In the summer we used to go to the lake all the time on weekends," she gushed. "Now, we actually just hang out at each others apartments and stuff or we'll go out to dinner or go to movies."

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While shooting The Vampire Diaries the actors spend much of their time in thick fog and in dark graveyards which help set the spooky mood.

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"Some of the locations are really, really creepy. You don't have to use too much of your imagination. In fact, one night when I was driving with Kayla, the fog started coming in out of nowhere and we were like oooooohhhh, 'when is Damon going to pop out?'"

Canning is definitely having fun with her role despite not being one of the high school characters. "I think Jenna is really fun to play because she is a parental figure on the show but is still really young herself," the 22-year old actress said. "She is really feisty, spirited, and headstrong. And she's still going through those rough patches with guys."

Speaking of boys, she told that the relationship with a mysterious new history teacher will be heating up this season.

"He's very handsome, they are just getting to know each other," she said. "He's played by Matt Davis who is hysterical and I love working with him. I think we'll see that relationship develop quite a bit over the next few episodes."

You can join in on the fun by catching the show on the CW on Thursday nights at 8:00 pm.



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