Matthew Davis arrived on the Atlanta set of The Vampire Diaries just two days after getting the gig, leaving him no time to read the books; so playing Alaric Saltzman, an enigmatic new teacher, wasn't that tough. Right off the bat, Alaric takes a shine to both Jeremy and his aunt, but it will be a while before his true passion is revealed. (Hint: Alaric has something in common with Buffy.) Davis tells TVGuide.com what Alaric is researching in Mystic Falls, when he'll interact with Stefan and Damon and why he hopes never to be called to the special-effects office.
TVGuide.com: Are you a vampire person generally?
Matthew Davis: I'm huge into genres of all sorts, especially the darker elements.
TVGuide.com: What did they tell you about Alaric going in?
Davis: I hopped on that plane not knowing what I was getting myself into. Alaric definitely has a past, and he's there to add a heightened sense of tension to the story line.
TVGuide.com: Is Alaric a good guy or a bad guy?
Davis: It's not so clearly defined. He has a dark side, and I think he's not always going to do the right thing. How that compels him remains to be seen.
TVGuide.com: Tell me about Alaric's secret research.
Davis: It's of the paranormal persuasion. I'm here to play the teacher; the hobbies of my research are pretty much kept secret at this point.
TVGuide.com: Will he be allied with the vampire-hunting grown-ups in any way?
Davis: I don't think so; I think he's more of a loner.
Read the rest of the interview: Meet Vampire Diaries' New Slayer