Spoilers below for the most recent episodes of Legacies, so be sure to catch up before reading on!
Grab some tissues, Legacies fans. Josie Saltzman actress Kaylee Bryant said Episode 6, "Mombie Dearest," is the most emotional one yet for her character. But it's also a great episode for OG fans of The Vampire Diaries, with plenty of nods to that show. That makes sense when you consider the "Mombie" of the title is the seemingly revived Josette "Jo" Laughlin.
Jo isn't just a familiar character from The Vampire Diaries, she is Josie and Lizzie's biological mother, pregnant when killed by her twin brother on her wedding day to Alaric Saltzman. Kaylee Bryant told CinemaBlend it's a big deal for Josie to kinda sorta "meet" her mom for the first time ... even if she's also the Monster of the Week.
No doubt! The Episode 6 promo shows that Jo returns still wearing her bloody wedding gown, as Alaric points a crossbow at the love of his life. That's heavy stuff. Kaylee Bryant explained why it's especially poignant for her character to connect with Jo. Josie -- technically Josette -- was named after Jo, and resembles her the way fraternal twin Lizzie resembles their other mother Caroline.
As Kaylee Bryant explained it to me, Josie and Jo have quite a special connection.
Kaylee Bryant said she loved working with "fun" and "fantastic" Jo actress Jodi Lyn O'Keefe. She tweeted a photo with O'Keefe, along with screen twin Jenny Boyd:
As a Vampire Diaries superfan, Kaylee Bryant joked that Jodi Lyn O'Keefe was probably sick of her endless TVD questions by the end of filming. Still, it was very special for her to meet the actress who informed so many of her own character choices for the spinoff. Bryant spoke about looking to O'Keefe for inspiration.
As part of her acting process, Kaylee Bryant said she likes to write letters to various characters that Josie interacts with. Her letter to Jo led to something of a character breakthrough:
Josie Saltzman is known for being kind and selfless and always putting others -- especially twin sister Lizzie -- ahead of herself. So Episode 6 is going to give her some major moments in being able to speak up for herself.
That should be very satisfying for the fans to see, and Kaylee Bryant said she's definitely looking forward to the feedback:
The heavy emotional moments of the December 6 episode will be balanced by both TV nostalgia and some romance 'shipping. Kaylee Bryant said this will be a great episode for longtime fans of The Vampire Diaries, but also for fans who just want more from their Legacies favorites. Apparently there are some big moments ahead for Kaylee Bryant's own favorite pairing -- Lizzie and MG (Quincy Fouse). After all, this episode is meant to be set during the twins' long-awaited Sweet Sixteen party.
Yes to MG and Lizzie news, but what about Lizzie's surprise Episode 5 hookup with Peyton Alex Smith's Rafael? Check back later this week for Kaylee Bryant's scoop on Josie's reaction to that hookup, and her thoughts on the various #Hosie, #Rosie, and #Posie 'ships for her character.
We'll also hear more from her on what's up with mama Caroline, and when we'll learn who Landon visits in New Orleans. Bryant also shares scoop on the big cliffhanger ahead, the Big Bad ahead, and the one Vampire Diaries character she is dying to see on Legacies. All coming soon...
Gina grew up in Massachusetts and California in her own version of The Parent Trap. She went to three different middle schools, four high schools, and three universities -- including half a year in Perth, Western Australia. She currently lives in a small town in Maine, the kind Stephen King regularly sets terrible things in, so this may be the last you hear from her.
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