I guess this life is bittersweet. You spend your entire life, working for a dream, a dream that only 3 years ago seemed unreachable… I had .86 cents when I booked vampire diaries (in my savings account) I didn’t expect to get the role, let alone stay on the show. I didn’t even get a bed until 6 months into it because I thought that good stuff didn’t really happen to a kid like me. Not to be a downer, I didn’t mind it, but at that point I always and only knew the hard way. I found out (via twitter) that I got nominated for a TCA. I was so excited and most of all shocked. I don’t think I’m going to win, by any means… I didn’t think I was going to win last time I went, but I went anyways, to meet the fans that were hanging out at the barriers… because I used to be behind those barriers and I thought even going would just be so cool. Come to find out within a few hours, I’m getting hate tweets from fans of my real life best friend Candice about why should I have gotten nominated, like I control it. I don’t even know how to respond to that. I moved like everyone else to Atlanta, away from my family to shoot this show, we all spend hours a scene to break it down. It kinda bummed me out. No one wants Candy to succeed more than me. She’s the most beautiful person in the world. I love her so much and anything I even get nominated for I’d share with her anyways. She’s incredible and fuck yeah she should’ve been nominated, so should Sara Canning… but I don’t run anything. We are a team of actors that rely on each other for a great scene, a great moment captured. I’m happy even one of us got nominated, I don’t care if it’s me or someone else, I really don’t. But don’t tweet me negative shit, because it takes my attention away from the people that really matter. I can take critism, but just messaging me about something I have zero control over is just hurtful. So stop. This is the only award show where the fans have the power, use it well.
This FANDOM IS VILE AND CRUEL. I can’t …ugh…makes me really feel for Kat.
What’s your opinion on black people in rock? Is it a trend or do you see it becoming something big?
ZK: First of all, we fucking started this shit. People need to calm down and not act like we’re new to the game. It all came from blues. People think that four black men picking up an electric guitar doesn’t make any sense. Look at Elvis Presley, his music came from blues. I think that it’s great that we’re ‘getting it back,’ but I don’t think it’s a new trend. Somehow black people got boxed into the categories of R&B and hip hop, which is cool but it’s time for us to let go of those constraints. These days the category lines are blurring. Rock has become a large category now, so has hip hop, R&B and soul. Everything is kind of meshing together. I think putting things in categories isn’t really helpful when it comes to music as well as skin color or race.