Collider sat down with Matt Davis to chat about his new show Cult, his time on The Vampire Diaries and what he thinks about fans.
Collider: Was it nice to know that, even though you hadn’t quite finished withThe Vampire Diaries yet, you already hadCult lined up and wouldn’t have to go through a mourning period because you’d be getting right to work?
MATTHEW DAVIS: Yeah, it was great! It really was a beautiful segueway, for sure. I felt very blessed. If I had just been out in the rain, after The Vampire Diaries, without somebody to turn to, it would have been hard. It was a blessing, for sure.
Alaric had a great storyline and send off, but it still must have been pretty sad to say goodbye.
DAVIS: It was sad. We became so close with each other. We were like a family. So, anytime anybody leaves, it’s heartbreaking.
What was it about Cult that attracted you to it? Did you like the fact that it didn’t have a supernatural element, but still had a dark tone?
DAVIS: Yeah, I liked very much that it was not supernatural and I also liked that it was dark, suspenseful and psychological in nature, and that it posted the question of the influence of television and fans and the cult of personality, and the influence of charisma over followers. It had a lot of interesting, intriguing potential when I read the pilot.
You’ve had some of your own experience with fans who get very passionate about a show that you’re on. Do you think it’s a thin line between passion and obsession?
DAVIS: I think that if Hollywood has a problem, it constantly underestimates the intelligence and integrity of fans. You can be passionate about a show, but I don’t think that people are obsessed to the point where it’s so manic that they lose themselves and they lose a sense of their center of morality. I think it’s good to be passionate, and I think it’s even good to be obsessed about a show. Why not? I think it’s great! I don’t think people really get lost in it. If a show is good, it helps people learn about themselves, in some way and in some function. Whatever the genre is, if it’s executed well, audiences grow and learn from it, and that’s where their passion and enthusiasm comes from. But, I don’t think there’s ever been a real case where fans were controlled because they have so much obsession about a show that they lose all sense of reality and therefore become pawns in somebody else’s game. I don’t think that ever really happens. Hopefully not. We’ll see.
Read the full interview at Collider.