Katerina Graham, Steven R. McQueen

Although The Vampire Diaries' Bonnie declined Jeremy's advances, star Katerina Graham says it wasn't a rejection — it was more for his protection.

"She doesn't want to see him hurt or killed, especially for her," Graham tells TVGuide.com, adding that Bonnie really did want to kiss him.

Vampire Diaries' Steven R. McQueen: Jeremy is throwing his heart on the line

Another wrench in the possible romance is Mystic Falls newcomer — and warlock — Luka (Bryton James). "It's the first time she's met another witch who's not related to her. And he's a boy — a cute boy," she says.

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Watch the interview below for Graham's take on Bonnie's affection for Jeremy vs. Luka and a hint about a character making a return.

The Vampire Diaries returns with new episodes on Jan. 27 at 8/7c on CW.

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