Hi there, my fellow Fangbangers! Welcome back to my third, and final, installment of The Vampire Diaries Eyecon coverage! Today, we will be digging DEEP into the twisted minds of Steven R. McQueen (a.k.a Jeremy “Mini” Gilbert) and Michael Trevino (a.k.a. Tyler “Teen Wolf” Lockwood). So, get out your shovels, fangirls!
(For those of you interested in additional Eyecon coverage, feel free to check out my “recap” of Paul Wesley’s Q&A, here and my, admittedly gushing, recounting of Ian Somerhalder’s Q&A, here.)
This particular blog post is dedicated to my FAVORITE Trevino Fangirl and Forwood / Taroline Shipper, Cherie over at My Spidey Sense is Tingling. Definitely check out her blog for the most comprehensive, and best-written, Forwood-related TVD coverage on the ENTIRE internet. I promise you, this is not an exaggeration.
So, are you ready for some juicy tidbits, and crazy Trevino / McQueen hijinks?
Awesome! Then, let’s get started . . .
Michael Trevino and Steven R. McQueen seem to work a lot of their press junkets and conference Q&A sessions together. Having watched this dynamic duo in action, I can definitely see why! On the show, Tyler and Jeremy may be forever teetering between being at one another’s throats . . .
. . . and bonding over their respective sometimes – broody natures, artistic talents, and the recent losses of both of their fathers.
But in real life, the relationship between these guys isn’t nearly as angst-y. They are bromantic buddies, plain and simple.
That definitely comes across when you see these two interact with one another. Watching Michael’s and Steven’s easygoing banter on stage, as they jovially tease one another, and exchange inside jokes, you can tell that these actors are genuinely enjoying eachother’s company, as well as the company of their fans. The laidback and inclusive atmosphere, made this Q&A session feel more like an evening spent sharing beers with friends, than a formal press junket. And, for me, that is a VERY good thing!
So, how close are Michael’s and Steven’s personalities to the characters they play on the show?
Steven actually seems fairly different from Jeremy. Whereas Jeremy seems quiet, kind of serious, and a bit of a loner, Steven is extremely outgoing, energetically animated, and gregarious . . . sort of a Class Clown type. And yet, according to Steven, he and Jeremy actually share some similar interests. Like his television doppelganger, Steven LOVES comic books and all things- animation.
Of the two, I’d say Michael Trevino has more in common with his character . . . at least, the kinder, gentler, version of his character that we have come to know and love in Season 2. A bit more reserved than Steven, but equally engaging with fans, Trevino shares Tyler’s pensive and mysterious nature.
Every once in a while, Michael will get this grin on his face. And you just know that there’s this hilarious running dialogue going through his head, which he’s not quite ready to share with the world. Trevino also shares Tyler’s sly wit and dry sense of humor.
In terms of interests, Trevino is a HUGE television buff! He loves watching True Blood, Dexter and anything with strong characters, intriguing plots, and a bit of gore. But he DOESN’T like movies about vampires who sparkle . . .
My apologies, Edward Cullen!
Here’s what the pair had to say, on the following titillating topics . . .
Regarding their characters . . .
Not surprisingly, both actors had some pretty eloquent things to say about the roles they have been inhabiting for the past two years. As for Steven, he notes that, in addition to getting both physically, and emotionally, beaten down, more than ANY character on this show . . .
. . . Jeremy has also genuinely evolved and matured throughout the course of the series. “He finally seems to be finding himself, and getting what he wants out of life,” Steven explained excitedly.
(Note: You can tell, by the way he talks about his character, that Steven REALLY doesn’t enjoy being TVD’s Resident Punching Bag. So, I hope for his sake, and ours, that this aspect of Jeremy’s life will change very soon.)
When asked about Jeremy’s suicide attempt / thwarted vampire conversion in the Season 1 finale, Steven had this to say:
“[After Vicki and Anna died so soon after his parents’ untimely deaths] Jeremy felt like he literally had the Kiss of Death. Everyone he loved seemed to die on him . . . He felt like a monster. So, he wanted to physically become one.”
But Jeremy Gilbert wasn’t the only character to undergo a MAJOR transformation throughout the course of The Vampire Diaries. Aside from literally transforming into a WEREWOLF, Tyler Lockwood also seems to have transformed as an individual.
The Tyler of Season 2 of The Vampire Diaries allows himself to trust and care for others in a way that Season 1 Tyler never could. Suddenly, this character seems more real, and more vulnerable than ever before. Ironically, the act of undergoing a werewolf transformation has made Tyler more human.
But don’t take my word for it! Let Michael Trevino tell you himself . . .
“I don’t think anybody was really a fan of Tyler in Season 1,” Trevino notes. “I know I wasn’t a fan of Tyler, then. He was a jerk!”
“But then Season 2 came around, and you started to learn more about this guy, and why he is the way he is . . . His father abuses him. He feels alone. And then he’s got this Werewolf Gene to deal with. Things start happening to him that he doesn’t understand. And fans began to relate to him, and develop some sympathy for him, because of what he’s going through now. So, let’s love Tyler!”
(Oh, don’t worry Trevino . . . we DO!)
Regarding shirtlessness . . .
Speaking of those jaw-dropping moments on the show, when male cast members suddenly become clothing-challenged . . .
. . . these last few episodes of the season should DEFINITELY prove interesting for Mini Gilbert, since they promise a possible SEX SCENE between him and Bonnie . . .
“Awwwww YEAHHHH!” Trevino exclaimed, in an uncharacteristically exuberant moment, when this little tidbit of information was revealed. (So, either Trevino is a BIG Jonnie fan, or he REALLY likes to see Steven without his shirt on!)
But Steven won’t be the only TVD actor bearing his skin, in the final episodes of the Season. Another Full Moon is on the horizon, and it promises to bring about Tyler’s return. You know what that means, Forwood Fans! Were-Tyler will be making a Very Naked comeback! (Hopefully Coed Naked . . . if you catch my drift.)
Regarding their characters’ love lives . . .
Well, I already told you that Bonnie and Jeremy were probably going to DO IT this season. So, it’s safe to say that these two will still be going strong, when TVD returns from its hiatus on April 7th.
When Steven was asked to choose between his character’s two previous star-crossed lovers, the ever-diplomatic McQueen hedged his bets (though most of the fans in the room, seemed to overwhelmingly support Team Anna).
The actor was more talkative about Jeremy’s new relationship with Bonnie. “You know, every time Jeremy gets a love interest, she dies. So, when I got the script, and saw that I was paired with Bonnie, I thought. ‘She’s a
series regular witch! She can do all sorts of magical things! So, she’s probably safe! Geez, I wonder if I’m the one who’s in trouble now!”
Steven also noted how much he loved working with Katerina Graham. “She’s a very talented actress and a really great person. We really enjoy working together.”
But what about Tyler’s once blooming, but now halted, romantic relationship with Caroline?
Unfortunately, Trevino couldn’t really say very much about that, out of fear of spoiling upcoming episodes. However, he did admit that he enjoyed the supernatural connection that Tyler and Caroline share, and the way in which these two characters relate with one another.
In fact, when asked why fans should join Team Tyler versus Team Matt, Trevino seemed a bit surprised that this should be such a difficult choice! “Uh ohhhh,” groaned Steven, playfully slapping Trevino on the back, when the question was asked.
In support of Team Tyler, Trevino had this brief, but effective, response. “Where’s Matt?” He snarked, noting his on-screen best-buddy’s / romantic nemesis’ absence from Eyecon.
“Low Blow, MAN!”
Regarding their favorite scenes from the show . . .
Steven LOVED the scene in which Jeremy, upon first learning that Anna was a vampire, cut his hand, in order to tempt her with his blood. The plan worked, of course. And what resulted was a highly erotic episode of mutual handgasming (TM Cherie). Was it any wonder, that after this, the couple soon ended up in bed together?
Both Steven and Trevino really enjoyed acting in their infamous Bottle-Breaking Fight Scene from Season 1. “It was just so well choreographed, and cool to take part in,” explains Trevino.
Speaking of well-choreographed fight scenes, Trevino’s favorite episode of the show was Masquerade, in which he, Matt, and, ultimately, Caroline, engaged in a rather Matrix-esque battle of epic proportions.
“What about your first werewolf transformation, [in “By the Light of the Moon”]?” Steven inquires of Michael.
“Oh, yeah, of course! That was awesome,” recalls Trevino.
Regarding what it’s like to play a supernatural creature (versus a human surrounded by them) . . .
When asked whether he would prefer to be a vampire or werewolf, Trevino emphatically said “WEREWOLF!” He loves the strength and masculinity inherent in this man/ beast amalgamation, and the intensity of the transformation, as it is portrayed on the show.
But what about Steven? As we all know, Jeremy is one of the few remaining humans in the regular cast. Does McQueen ever wish he got to play a more powerful being . . . one who . . . maybe DIDN’T get his ass kicked so often.
“The way I see it, there are two [male] vampires in the main cast and one werewolf. But there is only one of ME! So, I figure they will keep me around for a while. And I want to keep my job, PLEASE!” Steven pleaded.
(Hmmm . . . notice how he didn’t mention MATT, as a fellow human. Interesting . . . Was that just a slip-up on Steven’s part? Or should Zach Roerig be worried?)
“He said, what? Awww, crap!”
Regarding past films, in which they were featured . . .
Hey, did you know that Michael Trevino and Steven R. McQueen BOTH enjoyed stints on Disney films with questionable, and possibly sexually suggestive, titles?
Trevino starred in Cow Belles . . .
. . . where he had the opportunity to “touch a lot of teet” . . .
McQueen starred in the high school time-traveling tale, Minutemen . . .
. . . alongside Chelsea Staub, with whom he had recently broken up. “It was kind of an awkward experience for me [working so closely with an ex],” Steven admits. “There was no touching of Cow Belles on the set, not even for a ‘minute.'”
Regarding possible future movie projects . . .
Of all the cast members interviewed, Trevino was the only one who seemed to have a possible feature film in the can. “It’s a homage to John Hughes, and has a breakfast club sort of feel,” he notes.
“We shot it in Detroit. Hopefully, something comes of it.”
After a bit of digging, I learned that the film to which Trevino is referring is called The Lowenfish Party. Based on the IMDB synopsis, it DOES sound VERY Breakfast Club-esque, which is DEFINITELY not a bad thing! Hmm, I wonder if Michael will play the loveable and jocky, Emilio Estevez character . . .
. . . or the Bad Ass, Judd Nelson one?
I guess we will just have to wait and see!
Speaking of films, Steven was asked whether he would ever consider playing his grandfather, Steve McQueen, in a biopic about the accomplished actor’s life . . .
“No, I think that would hit too close to home for me,” admitted Steven. “Besides, he and I are so very different.”
Regarding the Best On-Set Prank . . .
So, remember that scene in The Return when Uncle / Father John (played by David Anders) was in his hospital bed, clad in patient-garb?
Well, apparently, when he got up to go to the bathroom, one of the crew members rubbed Hershey Kisses in his hospital bed, to make him think he “had an accident.” (Ewww!)
Take that, BAD DAD!
Regarding cast members from Glee . . .
When asked about his friendship with Mark Salling, the gorgeous actor who plays Puck on Glee . . .
. . . Trevino noted that he met him once, at the Superbowl. “[Mark] seems like a pretty cool guy.”
However, Trevino did admit, above the snarky guffaws of McQueen, that he has “a lot of good friends in the Glee cast.”
Hmmm . . . I wonder who he’s talking about here? Certainly not, his girlfriend, Jenna Ushkowitz (who plays Tina Cohen Chang on the show), right! 😉
Regarding Steven R. McQueen’s Possible Singing Career, Lack of Twitter, and Various Tattoos?
When asked if he would ever be interested in starting a singing career, like his very talented younger brother, Jessarae (who performed at the convention), Steven said, emphatically, “No.”
“You know, when my brother first started singing, I felt very competitive . . . and I wanted to see if I could sing too. So, I put out a video on YouTube . . . and . . . well . . . many people who saw it, told me I should keep my Day Job.”
Well, fangirls, I found that video. So, you can judge for yourself . . .
Upon being asked why he doesn’t have a Twitter account, Steven responded, “This may sound lazy, but there are a lot of fake accounts out there in my name. And they seem to do all the work for me!”
(Funny answer, though I kind of doubt that’s the REAL reason, don’t you?)
By the way, did you know that Steven has a tattoo representing his mommy on his chest? (She was in the audience at the convention. How sweet is that?) Or that he has a happy face on his body that he put there, himself? (Is that sanitary?)
Now you do!
Well, that’s all I’ve got, folks! Thanks so much for taking this little journey to Mystic Falls with me! It was truly an amazing experience . . . one I undoubtedly will remember for the rest of my life.
Oh, and special thanks go out to my Amazing, Super Fun, Talented, and Witty Blogger Pal Amy over at Imaginary Men for LITERALLY taking this journey with me. Believe me when I say, I NEVER would have done this, if it wasn’t for her.
See you all, April 7th, for the BIG TVD Return! 🙂