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'Vampire Diaries' Gets First Gay Character

Actor Chris Brochu will be joining The Vampire Diaries along with Hellcats star Heather Hemmens, E! News reports:

BrochuHemmens, who recently appeared on Grey's Anatomy, will take on the role of Maggie, Enzo's (Michael Malarkey) love interest, while Brochu will play the fun and charming Luke, a student at Whitmore college who bonds with Elena (Nina Dobrev) and Caroline (Candice Accola). But relax, Delena, Stelena, Klaroline and Forwood fans because there's no chance for romance between Luke and one of the ladies as he's gay. Also, he has a secret agenda.

Brochu, who has appeared on CSI: NY, NCIS: Los Angeles and Melissa & Joey, will make his TVD debut in episode 16 and is set to appear in multiple episodes. And while fans are sure to initially like Luke as much as Elena, Caroline and Bonnie (Kat Graham) do, we'll eventually learn he's come into the girls' lives for mysterious and dangerous reasons that has to do with the growing tension between the witches and the travelers.

Creator Kevin Williamson has said he wanted a gay character on the show since 2010 but said he didn't want it to be a coming out story:

"It's one of those things that needs to feel organic and seamless. I don't want it to be a character that comes in and is a one-off. I want someone to come in and have a reason and a purpose and really push that story forward the way I want to do it, and they're so important to the story that without them the show won't happen. That's what I want."

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  1. What? Damon & Stefan don't count?

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 19, 2014 9:28:57 PM

  2. I'm still shipping Matt and Jeremy!

    Posted by: Grover Underwood | Feb 19, 2014 9:31:14 PM

  3. Williamson may finally be getting to it because the spin-off "The Originals" beat them to the punch, featuring a recurring gay character since nearly the beginning of the series. It made VD look even more behind the times.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Feb 19, 2014 11:04:18 PM

  4. Sorry, but Williamson's comment feels hollow. TVD is a show with tons of supporting characters that have 6-12 episode arcs. Any of these characters could have been "organically" gay without affecting the narrative: Logan Fell, Connor Jordan, Mason Lockwood, Wes Maxfield, Atticus Shane, or Kol.

    That said, Kevin Williamson still has done much more than most gay Hollywood producers. The inclusion of the character of Jack McPhee on "Dawson's Creek" was fairly groundbreaking at the time.

    Posted by: alex | Feb 19, 2014 11:10:50 PM

  5. I applaud inclusiveness, but unless there's a second gay character to be his love interest, does it really matter if he's gay?

    Posted by: Fox | Feb 19, 2014 11:34:47 PM

  6. Caroline's dad was gay too, wasn't he?

    Posted by: Kevin | Feb 19, 2014 11:40:50 PM

  7. Caroline's dad was indeed gay, in a relationship(rocky one but still) and was kind of a villain during certain seasons.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 20, 2014 1:20:41 AM

  8. Anyway adding more characters to a poorly written show isn't going to change much. They need to fire Julie Plec and get better writers.

    Posted by: Derrick | Feb 20, 2014 1:21:34 AM

  9. @Derrick: I agree about the writing. It's a shame because it used to be a decent series. They lost me when virtually all the characters were supernatural. I finally quit when Matt got possessed.

    Posted by: alex | Feb 20, 2014 3:31:21 AM

  10. It’s been ages since I was able to sit through this show. Are they still perpetually throwing some sort of party/dance/picnic/Founder’s Day in Mystic Falls?

    Posted by: ichabod | Feb 20, 2014 8:13:13 AM

  11. LOL at "perpetually throwing some sort of party/dance/picnic/Founder’s Day in Mystic Falls."

    Every episode. Except Elena, Caroline and Bonnie have graduated from high school and gone to college, so the weekly party/dance/picnic/Founder's Day is at Whitmore College, outside of Mystic Falls.

    The show is a guilty pleasure for sure. Sometimes the only reason I watch is to see if Matt ever takes his shirt off.

    Posted by: crispy | Feb 20, 2014 10:49:19 AM

  12. I'll stick with Teen Wolf.

    Posted by: Mikey | Feb 20, 2014 11:09:29 AM

  13. This is BS....nice to see gays betraying their usual..

    Posted by: styler | Feb 20, 2014 1:18:00 PM

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