High school is hard enough, without being a witch whose best friend is dating a vampire who's also your sworn enemy. But Katerina Graham says that Bonnie, the character she plays on the CW's Vampire Diaries, is much stronger in Season 2. In other words, she won't be hanging out after school with vampires Damon (Ian Somerhalder) or Stefan (Paul Wesley) any time soon. Graham tells TVGuide.com how Bonnie's new powers will alienate her from besties Elena and Caroline, how she'll get back at Damon and whether she thinks Bonnie should have a cute warlock boyfriend.
TVGuide.com: How has Bonnie changed since the first season?
Katerina Graham: She's definitely a lot stronger and more empowered and less fearful. She started off as this timid sidekick and she's been through so much that she's really had to develop an inner strength. She's shot through the roof in terms of being more honest. There's a lot of guilt that if she would have said, "No, we're not [opening the tomb]; figure it out yourself," she would still have her grandmother.
TVGuide.com: Will Bonnie and Elena ever be as close as they once were?
Graham: I don't think the relationship with Bonnie and Elena will ever go back to the way it was. I think they can be friends and they can still be close, [but] it's different. We all have those friends we have serious problems with, but you know they would die for you.
TVGuide.com: Do you see the vampires and witches ever aligning?
Graham: For the benefit of a life, yeah. Just for the benefit of the vampires? No, I don't think Bonnie would do that.
TVGuide.com: What about Bonnie and Stefan or Damon?
Graham: I don't know if it's never going to happen, but I don't know about a friendship. They're going to have to work their asses off to get Bonnie to even like them. I think if it helped Elena, she would definitely work with them and I think that says a lot about Bonnie.
TVGuide.com: How does Bonnie take her anger out on Damon in the second episode?
Graham: She keeps her promise, I will say that, and she will do something unthinkable.
TVGuide.com: How will the dynamic between Bonnie and Caroline [Candice Accola] change after what happened during the premiere's final scene?
Graham: Caroline's always been the chatty, blonde, silly frenemy, and now that that's changed. It's left them all in a vulnerable place, especially Caroline. Bonnie wouldn't ever just cut anyone off for no reason. If they were really not going to be friends anymore, it would have to be because of something Caroline did. No matter what Caroline is, it would have to be something awful. Other than that, Bonnie is pretty accepting of the fact that her friends are a little different. I think Elena choosing a vampire is just as strange as Bonnie being a witch, personally.
TVGuide.com: Will Caroline finally figure out that her friends are "different"?
Graham: I think there are certain characters that will have no idea about this secret the town has and there are people that are going to work to cover it up. Then there are people that are going to uncover every secret and figure everything out and not know what to do with it. Caroline is going to have to find out something. She's going to have to figure out what's going on.
TVGuide.com: Will Bonnie get a love interest — perhaps a cute warlock boyfriend?
Graham: She's definitely focused on her own abilities. But I do think it could happen. It happened last season with [Ben McKittrick], even though he ended up being a vampire jerk, but that's OK because most guys are. But hopefully she'll have a deep connection with a guy, because right now she doesn't really have a connection with any of the guys on the show. The biggest connection she has is with Damon — and it's not a positive one.