Canadian actress Sara Canning is best known for her role as Jenna Sommers on The CW’s freshman TV drama The Vampire Diaries. As the young aunt and new guardian of Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and her brother Jeremy (Steven R. McQueen), the 20-something who was always the cool, fun one, now finds the transition to responsible authority figure to be a bit of a challenge.
The show, which follows the relationship between the human Elena, her vampire boyfriend Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder), premiered to the highest ratings in the network’s history and has since gone on to win the 2010 People’s Choice Award for Favorite New TV Drama.
In this exclusive interview with IESB, Sara Canning talked about the wild ride she’s been on with the successful new series and how she can’t wait to see where Season 2 will take them.
IESB: How did you become an actor? Was it just something you always wanted to do?
Sara: There is someone who played a big part in it. When I was 12, I was in a drama class in my junior high school and I auditioned for a play. We would use our after-school time and we were putting on this production, and I just had this really awesome teacher who was into the more quirky sides of theater. He would go into the dark side of Shakespeare, and that kind of stuff. So, I think he really influenced me, just wanting to be a performer and becoming really interested in theater, and then that developed into an interest in film and television, later on.