Michael Trevino Exposed – A (Sometimes Shirtless) Glimpse at the Man Behind the Wolf

As most of you probably already know (especially, considering you are reading this post) The Vampire Diaries  has just settled in for a LOOOOOOOONG winter hiatus . . .

And yet, tonight kick starts the CW’s airing of The Vampire Diaries Season 2 Marathon — which will showcase, not one, but TWO episodes of the show’s second season, each week day, starting at 8 p.m.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I have decided to pay a little tribute to one of the stars of The Vampire Diaries.  This actor is a heretofore unsung hero of the series, who has recently received a significant amount of recognition for the “hair-raising” transformation his character has undergone, during the show’s Second Season.  Of course, I’m talking about Michael Trevino .  . .

My Michael, what great big . . . acting skills you have! ;)

I’m going to kick off the post, by discussing the Michael Trevino you all KNOW, namely the Michael who has portrayed Tyler Lockwood, for almost two full seasons now.  We’ll see how the character has evolved during the past couple of years, learn what Michael himself has to say about Tyler, and analyze where we think the character might be going.  (Of course, you can expect to see plenty of animated GIFS and hot shirtless screencaps, along the way too   . . .  This is MY SITE, after all! ;)) 

Now, now, Michael!  This is no time to get shy or cheeky!

After that, we will get to take a look at the Michael Trevino you might NOT know, by examining the actor’s life so far, through his past film and television roles . . .

[But before we begin, I must give some credit where credit is due.  Most of the animated GIFS you will see here, come from the amazing Oh My Michael Trevino Tumblr.  Photo stills and screencaps tend to come from my own personal collection, but I did get a bunch over at Fanpop and CWTV.com.  I owe much of my inspiration for this post to Michael Trevino, himself  (DUH!) but also to my fabulous blogging pal, Cherie, over at myspideysenseistingling.  Be sure to check out her kickass recent post dedicated to Tyler Lockwood and his new Girl Friday, Caroline Forbes.]

Well, it looks like Michael is ready to get started.  So, let’s not keep him waiting any longer.  Shall we?

Michael Trevino as Tyler Lockwood . . .

When The Vampire Diaries kicked off its first groundbreaking season, we actually knew very little about Tyler Lockwood, save for the stereotypical labels he embodied.  Tyler was an Alpha Male, in every sense of the word.  He was an Athlete . . .

 . . . a Man Whore Ladies’ Man . . .

 . . . a Spoiled Rich Kid with Daddy Issues . . .

 . . . a Bully . . .

 . . . and a Hard-Partying Substance Abuser .  . .

It wasn’t until the end of the first season, that we really began to scratch the surface of who Tyler REALLY was, beyond the aforementioned stereotypes.  For example, we learned that Tyler was also a Tortured Artist, with a penchant for drawing supernatural creatures . . .

And in the Season 1 Finale, entitled Founder’s Day, we began to suspect that Tyler’s untenable rage, along with his obsession with werewolves, might very well have a genetic explanation . . .

Here’s what Michael Trevino himself had to say about the evolution of his character, throughout Season 1 of The Vampire Diaries:

Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries really tore down the walls of Tyler Lockwood’s character, allowing him to seem more raw, and vulnerable, and, therefore, significantly more empathetic than he was during Season 1 . . .

In the course of just a few episodes, Tyler had to grapple with the death of his girlfriend . . .

 . . . and the death of his abusive father, about whom his feelings were both complicated and conflicting.  Tyler then learned of his werewolf origins from his Uncle Mason Lockwood, who was, at the time, his one true mentor and confidant . . .

But before Tyler could truly receive the guidance he needed to make it through this difficult and confusing time, Mason seemingly abandoned him (well . . . actually . . . he was murdered . . . but Tyler doesn’t know that yet). 

And yet, the poo didn’t really hit the fan, until Tyler’s actions, during one fateful Masquerade Ball unintentionally brought about the death of an very slutty innocent girl – thereby triggering the curse, which would force him to turn into a werewolf, during each full moon . . .

Fortunately, Tyler found a new ally in a friend / former acquaintence, who was also no stranger to the supernatural, Baby Vamp Caroline . . .

Having been through something sort of similar (though, admittedly, not nearly as awful), Caroline showed Tyler that he didn’t have to go through this terrible bone-crushing transformation alone.  She stuck by him, while he watched with horror a video that captured Mason’s painful first werewolf transformation, knowing that the same thing would inevitably happen to him.  She supported him, as he prepared to endure the worst night of his life . . .

And, most importantly, she stuck by him, when it mattered most – during his own first werewolf transformation.  Caroline held him and calmed him down, by whispering in his ear encouragingly, stroking his hair, and rubbing his back, when he was in so much pain, he nearly couldn’t bear it . . .

And when it was all over, and he was crying out her name . . .

 . . . Caroline was there to comfort him, and keep him strong . . .

Here’s what Candice Accola (who plays Caroline . . . obviously) and Michael Trevino had to say about their characters’ budding relationship, during Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries . . .

In addition to adding so many different and complex layers to Tyler Lockwood, the character, these past few episodes have really illustrated the range and skill Michael Trevino has as an actor.  Through his role as Tyler, Trevino has seamlessly woven together strength, warmth, rage, intensity, masculinity, romance, and vulnerability, into one VERY SEXY package . . .

As for the second half of the season, I predict for Tyler Lockwood a fair amount of brooding . . .

 . . . some angst . . . a little bit of romance . . .

 . . . some more wolfishness . . .

 . . . and, hopefully, a WHOLE LOTTA NAKED!

But enough of about Tyler Lockwood, and his sexual acting prowess, let’s get to know a bit more about the guy who plays him . . . Michael Trevino.

Michael Trevino – The Actor

Michael Trevino was born January 25, 1985 in Montebello, California.  He is of Mexican-American descent.  After nabbing guest starring roles in popular dramas like Charmed, and Summerland, Trevino nailed his first major role in the Disney film, Cow Belles, starring alongside Ally and Amanda Michalka . . .

In Cow Belles, Trevino played Jackson Meade, the love interest for Ally Michalka’s destined-to-be-reformed spoiled rich girl, Taylor Callum . . .

Though heir to a milk empire himself, Trevino’s character Jackson, was a down to earth guy, who loved animals, and wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty . . .

This is the only time in my life that I have EVER wanted to be a pig . . .

But, perhaps, more importantly, when he got his shirt dirty, he TOOK IT OFF!

My, my, Disney Channel, I didn’t know you had it in you . . .

Shortly thereafter, Michael starred in the short-lived presidential drama Commander in Chief.  He also landed the starring role in an episode of CSI: Miami.  The good news is, I found a very high quality video of that CSI episode.  The bad news, is that it’s in Spanish.  So, if you do speak fluent Spanish, you can find the episode by clicking here.  And if you don’t, feel free to click there anyway, and watch Michael Trevino looking super hot, as an American soldier fighting in the Middle East.  (So what, if you can’t understand a word he’s saying, right? :))

After that, Michael Trevino landed a role in the CBS television drama Cane, about a wealthy Cuban American family, running a sugar cane business in South Florida . . .

Trevino played Jaime Vega, son of Jimmy Smits’ character Alex . . .

Trevino’s wife on the show (that’s right . . . I said wife) was played by Alona Tal, who you may remember as Meg from Veronica Mars . . .

And yet . . . judging by this clip . . . it looks like Michael’s character may have had some issues with fidelity . . .

(Special thanks to my new friend, Gen, for this sexy little clip!)

Unfortunately, Cane was canceled after just one Season.  But Michael kept busy, landing the role of Joshua in the Hallmark Channel romantic period drama, Love Finds a Home . . .

I didn’t actually become familiar with Michael’s work, myself, until around 2008, when he landed a role in the CW’s update of the classic 90′s teen drama, 90210 . . .

Trevino played Ozzie Cardoza during the new 90210‘s first season.  Ozzie was a down-to-earth high school student and aspiring chef.  He was also the unlikely love interest for Queen B*tch Naomi Clark, who is played by blonde bombshell AnnaLynne McCord (Geez!  I guess Senor Trevino really likes blondes!)  . . .

You can get a taste of the pair’s magnetic antagonism, and intense sexual chemistry, by watching the two clips below:

Trevino’s stint on 90210, and, consequently, his character’s romance with Naomi, ended after just four episodes.  In protest, I stopped watching the show, shortly thereafter.  (OK . . . that wasn’t really why I stopped watching.  But, you have to admit, it’s an interesting coincidence.)

While Michael Trevino’s career has surely had its ups and downs (as have most actors his age), he truly does seem to have found his home on The Vampire Diaries, in the role of Tyler Lockwood.  And for that, we are TRULY thankful . . .

We just wish he’d wear less clothes . . .

JUST KIDDING!  (No, really, stop wearing clothing, Michael . . . like altogether.)

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20 responses to “Michael Trevino Exposed – A (Sometimes Shirtless) Glimpse at the Man Behind the Wolf

  1. Pingback: Mixtape Mondays – Spidey Tyler & Spidette Caroline – The Vampire Diaries – Part I « myspideysenseistingling

  2. i hated Tyler in the first season of TVD i always thought something terrible would happen to him and well im glad they didn’t GOOD LAWD ALMIGHTY!! he’s gorgeous and i forgive him for his past.
    thank you for this little info session on Michael especially all the shirtless gifs and pics
    JUST KIDDING! (No, really, stop wearing clothing, Michael . . . like altogether.)lol AGREED

    • Thanks, Janies118! I’m so glad you enjoyed all the Trevino-ey goodness! (I think I just invented a new adjective there!) And I’m with you. I really wasn’t a fan of Tyler Lockwood during the first season of The Vampire Diaries. He seemed like little more than a two-dimensional stereotypical bully / antagonist-type character. But BOY am I a fan, now! That man can ACT! (And he looks pretty darn AMAZING, sans clothing too . . . :)

      Ah, so many hot TVD men to objectify . . . so little time ;)

  3. @Janies118 “i forgive him for his past” I LOLed at this SO HARD! You and me both! Seriously, Trevino, your scratching post or mine? ;)

    And I agree that it is a crime against fashion for any of the boys on this show to be anything but as scantily clad as possible. Mean producers, hooking us in with gratuitous shirtless shots early on and holding out because they know we are fans for life ;)

    KJewls, I have already pinged back the awesomeness of this post – my love of Tyler has taken me by complete surprise and has meant I’ve been scrambling and on the fangirl backfoot a bit – and this post has everything I could possibly need to know about the actor and his TVD character, and everything along the way!

    My favourite line was definitely “what big acting skills you have”, since I only recently read Little Red Riding Hood to my niece. One day she will be learned in the ways of fangirls, but until then fairytales will have to do!

    The white rapper boy GIF made my day, by the way!

    I actually had no idea he was on 90210, never having seen an ep of the show. Is it wrong that I suddenly have the urge to watch the episodes featuring him in the first season?? :)

    • Thanks so much for the pingback, Cherie! I think we are all retroactively appreciating Tyler Lockwood more, after these last few amazing episodes. Heck, I’m even starting to rethink his Season 1 performance. “Tyler was just going through a tough time,” I found myself saying, sympathetically, as I reviewed some of his earlier D-bag moments, in preparation for this post.

      It just goes to show you, Hot Broody Bad Boys can be forgiven anything, if wearing few enough articles of clothing . . . ;)

      Oh yeah, and I would absolutely recommend rewatching those 3 or 4 90210 episodes featuring Michael Trevino. Even before I knew very much about the actor, I recall him being VERY good on that show. I’m not a big fan of AnnaLynne McCord, but the chemistry between Michael and her was pretty smokin’! On one hand, I’m sad his character arc ended so quickly on that show . . . But, hey, if that means we get to see more of him half-naked and caked in dirt on TVD, it’s TOTALLY worth it! :)

  4. Gen

    Aww that’s my clip from Cane you posted. :) Coming to his defense, Jaime was actually very faithful and it was his wife that had a problem with fidelity.

    Lovely post, I read it with the hugest and dorkiest smile on m face.

    • Hi Gen! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, and, of course, for “lending” me the YouTube vid! :) Faithful or unfaithful, Trevino looked pretty darn hot in that scene. It kind of makes me wish I actually watched Cane, when it was on the air . . . *sigh*

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! Fellow Michael Trevino fans are always welcome on this blog! (After all, we have clearly AWESOME taste in men. ;))

  5. Been mooning over Trevino today (kinda appropriate, no? ;)) and trying to predict the Caroline/Tyler trajectory for the next few episodes.

    Then an intriguing thought occurred to me. Imagine if a werewolf remembers vampiric compulsion after a little time has passed since their first transition. Caroline has been feeding him protective lives ever since they started confiding in one another about their new supernatural identities, and on a show like this it is only a matter of time before Tyler discovers the truth. Maybe this is the pulled thread that unravels her fabrications.

    I admit that I am EXTREMELY curious to see how the feelings of being deceived play out between the pair.

    • Ooooh, good point, Cherie! In one of her most recent interviews, I do seem to recall Candice Accola teasing that Caroline’s lack of honesty with Tyler about the existence of other vampires in Mystic Falls is going to wreak some havoc on their romantic relationship, as Season 2 progresses. I’m thinking Tyler is going to be pretty darn pissed about it, especially considering how honest HE has always been with Caroline about his secrets.

      *crosses fingers for some REALLY great makeup sex* ;)

      Is it January 27th yet? :)

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  7. >>>>>>>>......>>>> :)

    will there be a season three of Vampire Diaries

  8. Meg Duffield

    I love this blog-thing. I love Taylor Lockwood, and i expect greatness from in the series to come! I agree woth everything you have said on here, and would liketo say “Thankyou” for making it so i can now go and watch everything he has ever been in! And drool over his body! lol And again “Thankyou for bring me joy!”

    • Hey Meg! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I’m so happy that this little blog was able to give you your Tyler Lockwood / Michael Trevino fix. I suspect that being able to watch this actor strut his sexy stuff in films like “Cow Belles” and old television episodes of “90210,” will make the long summer TVD hiatus be much sweeter for us Tyler Lockwood fans! ;)

  9. Michael =D

    I love him so much!!!

  10. S

    His stylist should be fired. Stop wearing clothes Michael!!!

  11. Gen

    So I was looking for a quote from Trevino about the shirltess situation he finds himself always in with Tyler and this post popped up in the Bing results lol. I find it HILARIOUS that we were all wishing for more shirtless scenes from Tyler/Trevino and now he seems to be the go-to guy for gratuitous shirtlessness on TVD lol.

    • LOL, that’s so true, Gen! In fact, one of the most positive things about TVD’s lackluster third season, was all the Trevino pect porn we were treated to, during its first half . . . you know, back when Tyler and Caroline were going at it each week, like bunny rabbits in heat. Ahh, the good ole’ days . . . ;)

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