- 11 Sep 17
The Vampire Diaries was a cult TV sensation with students. Now star Michael Malarkey is swapping his prosthetic incisors for a guitar and taking his music career to the next level.
It’s a case of fangs for the memories for former Vampire Diaries star Michael Malarkey, who has swapped his days as an on-screen blood slurper for the life of a footloose troubadour.
“The whole thing is a real double edged sword,” he says of the fame garnered as bad boy vamp “Enzo” St. John in the CW channel hit. “There’s an immediate gain in the fanbase and the international interest makes it easy to tour. The hurdle is that there are a lot of bad connotations in terms of actors becoming musicians. Of course, in this case, I was a musician before I was an actor.”
The Vampire Diaries, for the benefit of those not au-fait with ratings-gobbling teen drama, was a hit supernatural series that cannily blended elements of Twilight, Buffy and Dawson’s Creek, and which generated stellar ratings until the conclusion of its eight-year run in 2016.