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‘Vampire Diaries’ EXCLUSIVE: Steven R. McQueen On Jeremy’s New Girlfriend And Werewolf Future

At long last, “The Vampire Diaries” is returning! In preparation for Thursday’s first new episode of 2010, Hollywood Crush caught up with Steven R. McQueen, who plays Jeremy on the CW show, to get the scoop on the second half of the show’s season. Steven was tight-lipped about what was going to happen to his character, but here’s what we managed to learn about Jeremy’s future.

It was way back in 2009, but you may recall that earlier in the season, Damon (Ian Somerhalder) pulled his special vampire brainwash-y powers out to erase Jeremy’s memory of his girlfriend Vicki’s death. The catch is, it’s not exactly clear what Damon did. “That’s something that’s going to unfold itself a little later in the series,” Steven said. “[Damon] did erase my pain and my grief and such, but I’m not sure what I can reveal of just how much he shut out of my memory — and if he put anything in there.” (Dun Dun Dun… )

As for those hairy rumors that Jeremy’s going to turn into a werewolf, this is what Steven had to say: “I know in the books, Tyler was the werewolf,” he said. “From script to script, we don’t really know too much ahead of time, but we did hear they might change that up. We’re not 100 percent sure on how that’s shaping to unfold itself.”

Now that Jeremy’s had his memory erased, he starts to get on the straight and narrow, and uncovers clues about “the little secrets of the town” along the way. “Now that he’s no longer focusing on the death of his parents …he starts to work more at his full potential. He was rebelling against he world, trying to fight everyone at every twist and turn. Now he’s trying to fit in and become a little less of a social rebel.”

The best part about Jeremy’s now-promising future is that he’ll be getting a special lady friend — hopefully one who won’t turn into a vampire. “It’s this lovely actress Malese Jow who’s coming to the show,” Steven said. “She’s very talented; she’s very sweet; and I know the audience will fall in love with her, just like I secretly did a little bit.” (We located Malese on Twitter, so start following her now!)

We can’t wait! Are you excited for “The Vampire Diaries” to return on Thursday night? And for Jeremy’s new love interest to appear?

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