New Inteview Dom Sherwood Talks Vampire Academy, Fans and Music
First thing's first, was he a VA fan prior to filming?
"If I'm completely honest, no. I hadn't heard of the series. I did my research after the first audition — just before the first audition, actually, when I found out that it was based on the best-selling series. I started there, then dug a little deeper. I read the first one, and I've actually made the conscious choice not to read ahead of what we're filming because — as we've finished the first one now, and Richelle makes it all illustrative, which is amazing — I'm not hired to do Richelle Mead's version; I'm hired to do Mark and Dan Waters' version. It was very important to me that I didn't end up kind of muddying the water, and confusing one with the other. It's almost like if you were hired to play Romeo, and going back and watching other people's performances, you will naturally pick up things from that part that they've done, and that's not what I wanted to do. I wanted to do Mark and Dan's visioning of it."
On his character, Christian Ozera
"He's had a terrible upbringing because his parents [are] the worst things that are known in vampire culture; [they've done] the worst thing that they could possibly do. So all the people at school — I think it would be kind of like [at] any school, if your parents do something that's seen as criminal or immoral or whatever, he's neglected, and he's pushed to one side, and he's segregated and bullied by all the kids at school, so he ends up very much on his own; he turns to humor and sarcasm and that's how he kind of defends himself. Lissa has this same sort of thing where she's locked up and feels alone because of royalty and all the things she's going through. And then they find each other, which is really nice because they find love in one another through something that's quite normal."