Goofing Off Behind the Scenes on The Vampire Diaries (PHOTOS)

Nerina Rammairone

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“Celebrating my last day with these amazing people: producer Trish Stanard, co–executive producer Pascal Verschooris, director Chris Grismer, and Nina [Dobrev],” says Steven R. McQueen (center), who played Elena’s kid brother/vampire hunter Jeremy. “The whole gang dressed up as superheroes and got me a cake, which is why I have frosting on my face!”

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“I’m pretty sure at one point during this scene in the finale, I had fallen into such a deep sleep that I started snoring,” Dobrev says of filming Elena’s final moments. “That was awkward. But everyone laughed—as family would.”

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“Ian and I were trying to make each other laugh between takes,” says Paul Wesley (Stefan) of filming “Black Hole Sun” with Somerhalder. “It’s one of our favorite scenes with the two Salvatore brothers.”

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“At first, we were giggling like slumber-party schoolgirls,” says Candice Accola (Caroline) of shooting her final scene with costar Dobrev. “We kept trading funny stories about the six years we worked together. Then we’d get sentimental and start crying!”

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Ian Somerhalder (Damon), Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (Jo), and Matthew Davis (Alaric) goof off while filming the intense episode “I’ll Wed You in the Golden Summertime.” Recalls Somerhalder, “We were trying to make light of losing an amazing character played by a phenomenal woman—Jodi Lyn O’Keefe. It’s laughter in a time of tragedy.”

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“This episode was helmed by my favorite director, Darren Genet,” says Kat Graham, who plays back-from-the-Other-Side witch Bonnie. “He has a specific style of shooting, and it’s always superfun to experiment with his really cool and different perspectives. I remember hair and makeup had to keep spritzing my face because it was so hot!”

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By Nerina Rammairone

Season 6 of The Vampire Diaries had bloody battles, hot hookups, and sad goodbyes (farewell, Jo, Jeremy, Kai, Sheriff Forbes, Tyler, and, of course, Elena). Here’s how the cast kept it light during all the darkness.

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