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The Flash and Vampire Diaries – Rick Cosnett Interview

By Travis
In Actors
May 28, 2014
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Rick Cosnett talks to myFanbase about playing Eddie Thawne on “The Flash” and Dr Wes on “The Vampire Diaries”

Q: Congrats on landing the part of Eddie Thawne on “The Flash”! You’re gonna play a supervillain right after playing a villain on “The Vampire Diaries”. Is that your favorite part of acting, exploring how a character is pulled into the darkness?

A: Wow thanks! We’re so excited about it. Unfortunately you’re going to have to watch to find out exactly what happens as Eddie’s lips are sealed right now. I do love the messed up depths of Dr Wes and I think it’s something that fascinates and scares me about the human condition. I always want to know why people behave in extremes and how they got to that point. Eddie is a wonderfully complicated character to play.

Q: On “The Vampire Diaries” you play Dr. Wes Maxfield who introduces a whole new story arc to the show, the secret society Augustine. Secret societies are always somehow enticing. Can you relate to Wes’ choices, trying to eliminate a threat using scientific methods?

A: I related Wes’ choices very much to prejudice. He is a man who is simply ignorant and spirals out of control. He sees vampires as ‘other’, just as a lot of ignorant people in society today see different races, sexes etc as ‘other’ to themselves. They will treat people completely differently based on this awful assumption and so it is with Wes. Hopefully with the fall of Wes, what we can take away are values of equality. I hope, something in addition to blood and sexy vampires of course.

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