Published On: Mon, Feb 18th, 2013

Matt Davis talks creative differences on ‘Vampire Diaries’ and CW’s show ‘Cult’ with Jessica Lucas

Fans of The Vampire Diaries’ Alaric Saltzman were devastated when he died in the show’s third season, but in an interview with TV Guide, actor Matt Davis says he had a very different reaction: relief. This translates in show business to “creative differences.”

matt-davis-season-2-promo-vampire-diaries-photo“I’m very opinionated and when you’re put in a position where you’re getting the story lines that are not necessarily what’s cranking at the back of your mind or digging at the potential of your character and you have to sit on your hands, that’s frustrating,” he said. “And being a secondary character is equally frustrating.”

Davis confesses that he was happy with the exit and wasted no time lining up another gig.

“We were winding down Season 3 when [executive producer] Julie Plec let me know that this would be the end of the show for me,” Davis tells TVGuide.com. “I called my agents right away and I said, ‘I’ll be a free agent soon enough. Get me back out on the market.’ That was on a Friday and they called me on a Monday with an offer for this pilot Cult.”

On the new CW series, premiering Tuesday at 9/8c, Davis plays Jeff, a journalist who is prompted to investigate the rabid fans of a show called “Cult when his brother goes missing. Jessica Lucas plays an inquisitive production assistant on the show named Skye whom he teams up with during his search.

Matt Davis Jessica Lucas Cult pilotThe description of the show Cult sounds confusing, and Davis readily admitted that.

“[Understanding the plot] was always a concern, and it definitely takes you through some twists and turns,” Davis says. “While the pilot might be somewhat confusing, you get to a place pretty quickly where you can identify the bad guys. Once you get the concept, it takes you on path different than any other show that’s been on the CW. The first six episodes [after the premiere] will begin to codify the plot, and then it spins out of control again.”

“The originality the suspense, the cast — it’s just a wild, crazy ride. When I was done filming and able stand back from it all I could think was, ‘That was the most insane show ever.'”

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