The Sara Diaries: Did You Know There’s A Love Story That Doesn’t Involve Vampires or Werewolves or Witches (Oh My!)?

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Summer on Teen.com is about to get really juicy! Not like bloody juicy (gross!), but fans of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve got an awesome surprise for you. We were able to snag up VD star Sara Canning (aka Jenna) to blog about the show and the movies that inspire her. And get this, Sara will be with us ALL summer long, unlike her character! You’re welcome.

So, what’s Sara’s must-see movie for this weekend? We’ll give you a hint…it’s also a famous play…

MORE: Catch up on The Vampire Diaries this summer by adding the books to your reading list!

While I was living in Atlanta and shooting The Vampire Diaries, I had the extreme pleasure of studying at The Company Acting Studio. I made amazing friendships, worked with some passionate, crazy-talented actors, and helped build a new theater in their studio space. A month ago, at the same time I was leaving to trek cross-country back to Vancouver, The Company began rehearsals for their first show in the new theater: The Comedy of Errors. I am keeping tabs on their progress A) because they rock, and B) because I am living vicariously through them. I adore Shakespeare.

It all started with working on Romeo and Juliet in high school. The language was a huge, ridiculous puzzle to me, but the words felt like honey melting into tea. Before I even understood their meaning, these words radiated such beauty. When I got down to piecing the puzzle together, I was swept off my feet by Shakespeare’s profound knack for finding the words to explain first love. We’ve all tried it, right? It’s safe to say I do not possess Shakespeare’s abilities when it comes to speaking my mind…but I am a hopeless romantic.

Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet is also one of my favorite films. I think the film is brilliantly stylized. It’s a complete trip to watch, but the scenes between Romeo (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Juliet (Claire Danes) infuse a sense of gentle wonder into the chaotic world spinning around them. The heightened senses of the characters are mirrored in the dazzling images of the film, giving life to Shakespeare’s take on the world when one falls in love. (Did I mention that I’m a hopeless romantic?) The film also has a fantastic soundtrack.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Atlanta area, get your Shakespeare on with The Company Acting Studio’s The Comedy of Errors. Opens July 8! Adieu, adieu!

Have a question you want Sara to answer? She’ll be answering them next week right here on this blog! Make sure to get your questions in now!

The Sara Diaries: A Love Story That Doesn’t Involve Vampires or Werewolves or Witches (Oh My!)