Julie Plec is the woman responsible for bringing “The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals” to our TV screens. But before the prolific producer/writer/showrunner got her start, she had convinced herself she wasn’t good enough to write professionally. That’s why, once she realized she was telling herself the same thing about directing, it was time to try her hand at it.
“For years and years I was like, ‘I can’t write; there’s too much I’m not good at; I’ll never be good at it and I don’t want to try anything that I feel like I’m setting myself up to be average at,'” she tells Zap2it and a small group of reporters about her directorial debut on “The Vampire Diaries,” the show she co-created on The CW that’s now in its sixth season.
Now Plec is the showrunner emeritus of “TVD,” showrunner of the “TVD” spinoff she created, “The Originals,” and is working on developing yet another new show for The CW. So when the same thing started happening when she thought about directing, she realized it was something she needed to try.
“Over the years people kept saying, ‘Why don’t you direct,'” she says. “Basically, ‘You’re bossy; why don’t you step into the director’s chair so that we don’t have to f***ing listen to you anymore?’ I realized that I had said ‘I’ll never be a writer’ for years. … When I realized those parallels I was like, ‘Oh man, I gotta take the challenge.'”
In addition to directing the emotional “Let Her Go” — which will feature the funeral of the Mystic Falls crew’s last remaining parent, Sheriff Forbes — Plec also wrote the installment. She says her experience filming the episode has helped her sympathize with the directors on her show.”
“As a showrunner … we have it very easy sitting in the editing room and judging what’s there or what’s not in the film and being like, ‘Ah god, how could they?’ … It’s so easy to judge that process and now having done it and being on the other side … it gives you more sympathy for their plight. So when we sit and judge them, now at least we feel bad about it.”
“The Vampire Diaries” airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.