This Vampire Diaries Star Wants You to Put Your Underwear WHERE?!
Take ’em off! At least, that’s what The Vampire Diaries‘ Kat Graham plans on doing with her undies when she rolls up to the American Music Awards on Sunday, and she’s telling her fans that they should go commando, too!
All kidding aside, thanks to her recent partnership with Cottonelle, the 26-year-old actress slash musician celebrated World Toilet Day (yes, that’s an actual day!) in a big way this year. She plans to #GoCommando4ACause to raise awareness on the 2.5 billion people worldwide who don’t have access to toilets… OMG, can you even imagine?! To read more about her sans-undie weekend, and all the other exciting projects she has coming our way, check out our chat below:
You’ve recently partnered up with Cottonelle. How did that get started?
“They reached out to me to see if I would be a part of it, and basically what it is, is Cottonelle providing products to help people feel as clean as possible. There is about 2.5 billion people in the world that don’t have access to toileting or good, basic sanitation. We’re going to be kicking this #GoCommando4ACause off at the AMAs. I’m literally going to show up on the carpet completely commando, and we’re going to do a call to action for my fans.”
How can everyone get involved using the hashtag #GoCommando4ACause?
“Hopefully you and the rest of the world will use #GoCommando4ACause, and for every Tweet and Retweet, Kimberly-Clark Corporation is going to donate a $1 to Water for People. Water for People is a non-profit international organization that brings together communities, entrepreneurs, governments — people — to create solutions that empower people to maintain their own reliable water systems and sanitation. It’s a big deal and they’re going to donate up to $50,000. It’s a pretty big night and I’m asking all my fans to go commando, which I’m sure they’ll have no problem doing that. We’ll probably hit the 50k mark in the first five minutes (laughs). It’s really exciting and such an interesting and creative way for Cottonelle to get people involved and to do something that really could create such a huge, viral situation to really help raise funds and awareness for the lack of basic sanitation in the world. It’s probably one of the coolest campaigns I’ve ever been a part of, for sure.”
Is anyone else showing up commando with you?
“Whoever is with me at the AMAs will definitely not have a choice if they’re wearing underwear or not (laughs)! Whoever rides in the car with me, if I found out that they’re wearing underwear, I’m going to tell them to throw it out the window. I’m going commando for a cause on Sunday, that is what it’s all about. I want to announce my plans before the AMAs and hopefully more celebrities and people will be involved in it and take one of music’s biggest nights and use it to raise awareness for the rest of the world. It’s cool to do something that’s kind of cheeky and fun, but it’s also important to realize that you can’t do that unless you are really clean and have enough confidence to do that. It goes back to talking about my fans and how basic sanitation really helps your confidence, how you see yourself and how you approach life. If you don’t feel clean, it effects everything you do; you can’t even focus right.”
That’s so true! Let’s switch gears a bit and talk about The Vampire Diaries. So far this season has revolved a lot around Bonnie’s love life. What do you think of the Bonnie and Enzo dynamic?
“I loved working with Michael Malarkey and I think we were both surprised when the writers paired us together, because most of the fans have been very adamant about making sure the Bonnie and Damon characters were kind of partners-in-crime. You’ll see them partnering up and it’s really cool and definitely almost as cheeky as my Cottonelle campaign (laughs)! They’re slowly turning into frenemies and are spending more time together by default. I think it’s growing towards something special. Lots of twists and turns, as per usual.”
What else can we except to see from Bonnie this season?
“You know, I can’t really say, but you will get to see more flash forwards, which are a big thing for this season. You’ll see where these characters end up and who they end up with. There’s a new villain coming into town that’ll reek a bit of havoc, that’s pretty cool.”
TVD isn’t the only CW show you’ve been working on. It was just announced that you’ll be the executive producer of a new drama, From the Top. How did that get started?
“Marc Cleary, who’s been my creative director and one half of my choreographers with his partner Oskar (Rodriguez), they have been working with me as choreographers for eight or nine years now throughout all my stuff. While we were in the middle of all the promo for Roxbury Drive, we have been working on developing a scripted TV show about the lives of backup dancers, but in a way that would make for great drama TV…We wanted to find a way that people could become more invested in characters the way that they are in TV shows. We wanted to keep the visual element of dance intertwined with it. Marc brought from the top to me, and I knew that the best place to go with it was my home. We’re just really excited and we’re developing the pilot now and hoping to shoot in 2016; I think it’ll be great.”
Will you be making any acting appearances on it?
“I’m sure I won’t be able to get away from doing that. I love dancing and I would love to come in and do some cameos and stuff, but my sole focus on it is to make sure it’s produced right and that the scripts are great. Between The Vampire Diaries, Roxbury Drive and making the world a cleaner place with Cottonelle, I’m not sure that I’d have the most time in the world to do two shows simultaneously.”
Speaking of Roxbury Drive, it’s been out for almost two months! What made you go with “Secrets” as the single?
“Well “1991” was treated as the buzz single so that people could kind of knew what the album was. “Secrets” we’ve been working on for only a few weeks now and dropped the video a month or two ago. Obviously Babyface is a huge reason why you drop anything as a single, right? Having him featured on the song is a huge deal and we’re excited to do more with it in 2016. We’re actually currently working on Roxbury Drive Reloaded, which is the album with some additional songs. They’re more pop songs, which we’re going to be releasing in the first quarter. It’s super exciting. We’re creating a bunch of music and going to be doing a really cool fan video in New York in December for the music video and we’re shooting a remix for “Secrets.” It’s going to be really great; we’re just having a great time with it. As kind of a “wink” to From the Top, Marc is coming and joining me on stage when I perform at Troubadour this weekend, which I think is hilarious. I would have never at all said okay to it, because we’ve been dancing together for so long and he has been wanting to be the director and writer, but we’re doing it as kind of our last performance together with him as backup dancer.”
Do you know when you’ll be releasing the next single? Are you leaning towards a particular song?
“Yeah, it’ll be first quarter. We’re looking at March for the next single. Kenny (“Babyface” Edmonds) and I are working tirelessly to make sure that the next records are absolutely amazing and that the Roxbury Drive complete collection of music is very, not just ’90s reminiscent, but powerful, current and makes sense. I want my young fans to also be able to understand it. We want to make sure it’s perfect. I’m spending a year or two on this record alone.”
You definitely have your hands full right now, but are there any other projects coming up that you’re excited about?
“I’m doing my Tammi Terrell biopic right now and we’re in pre-production for that. It’s pretty big for me; it’s my first big film that I’m producing with Hilary Show, and Rob Teitel and Rose Ganguzza. We’re really stoked about that. The script is amazing and Babyface is the music supervisor for it. We’re building and just excited to bring great art into the world.”