In season two, Tyler Lockwood (Michael Trevino) is shocked to see his uncle Mason (Taylor Kinney) in town. Mason turns up for the funeral of Tyler’s dad, the mayor. But the real surprise is when Mason tells Tyler that werewolfism runs in the Lockwood bloodline!
“Mason has learned to harness his rage and is going to serve as a mentor to Tyler,” says Taylor. “I’ve come to teach Tyler that there are choices he can make to control his destiny as a human…or otherwise.”
Nina Dobrev (Elena/Katherine) adds, “Taylor’s been adjusting really well. I don’t envy when new people come [on set] because we’ve all already created this family bond, but everyone’s really accepted him.”
The vampires and werewolves may be friendly on set, but in Mystic Falls they do not play nice with one another. Ian Somerhalder (Damon) reveals that, “Mason’s a really nice guy, but Damon makes it difficult for him to be nice,” says Ian. “He really pisses Damon off.”
“Yeah, we don’t get along,” says Taylor. “Historically, the Salvatores haven’t gotten along with the Lockwoods for ages, and having a new Lockwood in town doesn’t sit well.”
Then the interview moves to the other famous Taylor werewolf – Twilight’s Taylor Lautner. “My brother gave me a few ‘Team Jacob’ magnets to mess with me,” says Taylor, who apparently has some sexy abs of his own. “I don’t know if I stack up to Mr. Lautner, but we’ll see.”
When talking about the werewolves on True Blood, Taylor says he finds it baffling that “every time a werewolf takes off his pants on True Blood, he transforms.” Mason’s transformation will be a bit more traditional – dependent upon a full moon. And the actor says he’s well-equipped for his first wolfy scene. “I grow hair like crazy!”