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Danielle Rose Russell Dishes On Old 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Popping Up on 'Legacies': 'It Needs To Be Its Own Thing'

Danielle Rose Russell Dishes On Old 'Vampire Diaries' Stars Popping Up on 'Legacies': 'It Needs To Be Its Own Thing'

There’s been a lot of talk lately about former Vampire Diaries stars returning to pop up on new series, Legacies.

Star Danielle Rose Russell recently opened up about why the cameos, or guest roles, aren’t actually necessary.

“We definitely have people there. But the show is so new, it needs to be its own things,” Danielle reasons with Collider. “You will have the history from The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, if you know those shows, but if you don’t know those shows, you don’t need to have watched them.”

She adds, “It needs to take its own independence as a show, if that makes sense.”

However, if there is a need to bring a character back for a storyline, Danielle knows exactly who she wants – Joseph Morgan.

“I’m hoping for the ghost form of Klaus. I just want Joseph Morgan back to work with again,” she confessed. “I would really like to see Hope and her Aunt Freya. I always loved that dynamic, which was explored a bit in Season 5 (of The Originals). I thought that was so sweet, so I would like to see Hope and Freya again.”

She adds, “I know that all of these actors have moved on to do other things, so we’d be grateful for anyone who comes in.”

Legacies returns in January on The CW.

Danielle Rose Russell Was First Intimidated by 'Vampire Diaries' Fandom Fans

Danielle Rose Russell Was First Intimidated by 'Vampire Diaries' Fandom Fans

Danielle Rose Russell stops to pose for a few pics after her appearance on Build Series in New York City on Monday (November 19).

The 18-year-old actress opened up about her new CW series, Legacies, and more about what she felt when she first joined the Vampire Diaries fandom.

“When I first got cast, I think a lot of fans were shocked because we did that eight-year time jump,” she shared. “…I was kind of controversial in this world for a little while.”

Now that the fans know her, Danielle is getting used to another aspect of acting – the social media side.

She added, “I’ve only acted just to act. This other side of people following you and following the show has completely been so new to me in the last few years. I think I’m finally getting a handle on it.”

Check out her full interview below:

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Danielle Rose Russell Opens Up About That Ending Scene With Hope & Landon on 'Legacies'

Danielle Rose Russell Opens Up About That Ending Scene With Hope & Landon on 'Legacies'

Landon Kirby is back at Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted on Legacies – and the first person he wanted to see was Hope (Danielle Rose Russell), but she didn’t really want to see him, it seems like.

The intense moment on last night’s episode, Danielle shared with TV Line, is one of her favorites between her and Aria Shahghasemi, who plays Landon.

“I love how charged that moment is between them, and that Hope breaks away,” she says. “You see a visual representation of what their relationship is like.”

Danielle adds that the moment fuels the rest of their relationship going forward: “They go through a journey. We’re shooting Episode 10 now, and they’re still going on a journey.”

She also opened up about Hope’s relationship with Josie: “They complement each other in such nice ways, so I think that friendship could be great for both of them. They need each other, and you’ll see that develop a bit more. Of course, Lizzie hates it — she hates every moment of it. It’ll be up and down for a while, but this episode gave you a taste of what could be.”

Legacies airs Thursdays @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

Danielle Rose Russell Leads Gifted Students in 'Legacies' First Official Poster

Danielle Rose Russell Leads Gifted Students in 'Legacies' First Official Poster

Hope (Danielle Rose Russell) conjures up some magic in the official poster for Legacies.

The poster also includes Matthew Davis, Jenny Boyd, Kaylee Bryant, Quincy Fouse, Peyton Alex Smith and Aria Shahghasemi.

Showrunner Julie Plec opened up to EW about the bond between Hope and headmaster Alaric (Davis).

“Alaric and Hope get along because he gets her,” she says. “He understands that feeling that you’re cursed. And they both throw themselves into everything else that they possibly can to avoid intimate and committed emotional relationships.”

Legacies premieres NEXT Thursday, October 25th on The CW.

Check out the full poster below!

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'Legacies' Will Reveal What Happened to Klaus & Elijah on 'The Originals' Finale

'Legacies' Will Reveal What Happened to Klaus & Elijah on 'The Originals' Finale

The cast of Legacies hit the stage for the show’s New York Comic-Con panel at Jacob Javits Center on Saturday (October 6) in New York City.

This is the first event that the whole cast – Danielle Rose Russell, Matthew Davis, Kaylee Bryant, Jenny Boyd, Quincy Fouse, Aria Shahghashemi and Peyton Alex Smith – have attended together, along with EPs Julie Plec and Brett Matthews.

During the panel, Julie did confirm that we will find out what happened to Klaus and Elijah in the series finale of The Originals.

She also said that this show is all that she hoped The Vampire Diaries would be.

“It’s a world that keeps giving back creatively,” Julie said, via TV Guide. “This show is what The Vampire Diaries was before it became TVD. Everything I always thought TVD would be, I was able to circle back and bring to here.”

Legacies premieres on Thursday, October 25th @ 9PM ET/PT on The CW.

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