‘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."


  1. bobbyjoe says

    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.

  2. alex says

    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.

  3. Fox says

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

  4. says

    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.

  5. alex says

    @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.

  6. ichabod says

    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?

  7. crispy says

    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.