The Sara Diaries: Sara Canning’s Finally Talking About That Thing That Happened to Her Character Jenna (Exclusive!)

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Summer on Teen.com is about to get really juicy! Not like bloody juicy (gross!), but fans of The Vampire Diaries, we’ve got an awesome surprise for you. We were able to snag up VD star Sara Canning (aka Jenna) to blog about the show and the movies that inspire her. And get this, Sara will be with us ALL summer long (VD Spoiler Alert past here), unlike her character! You’re welcome.

Click on to read Jenna’s Sara’s second blog post, where she finally addresses her TV show death!

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I have a large “thank you” to say this week. But before I do, SPOILER ALERT! Anyone wishing to view TVD‘s “The Sun Also Rises” and hasn’t yet, avert your eyes! Jenna’s chapter has ended. I am so grateful that I was given the opportunity of working on The Vampire Diaries. I made many great friendships and had a great time developing Jenna’s character. As viewers witnessed her death in last week’s episode, my Twitter feed blew up with messages. I was floored and so appreciative of all the love sent my way. I am not a Twitter whiz, but I know enough to be thrilled that Jenna was trending. Right under Don Cherry (Go Canucks!) and Johnny Depp (Johnny Depp!).

Speaking of Johnny Depp, any fans out there? A few? Though I love him at his character-y best in roles like Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow, one of my favorite performances is tucked away in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. The film is an amazing, honest portrait of a family that Gilbert (Depp’s character) struggles with everyday. His acting is subtle, yet filled with an incredible emotional range stemming from Gilbert’s home life, from frustration to guilt to the simple joys he experiences with his brother, Arnie. Arnie is played by Leonardo DiCaprio in what is, in my opinion, his best performance ever. I first saw the film when I was very young. Amidst a sea of Disney, it was the first “grown-up” film that I loved. Though I didn’t necessarily understand all of it, I was so moved by it.

I am happy to report that I will be working on two new projects this month. One is a short noir piece (big fan of that genre), and the other, a Lifetime film called The Hunt for the I-5 Killer. Thank you again for all the support, much love to you!

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19 Responses to "The Sara Diaries: Sara Canning’s Finally Talking About That Thing That Happened to Her Character Jenna (Exclusive!)"

  1. Teen.com
    Claudyne says:

    Will you ever come back in Vampire Diaries?

  2. Teen.com
    Anita says:

    Hey Sara,

    You added a special touch to The Vampire Diaries and will be missed. I look forward to seeing you in other projects.

    What’s Eating Gilbert Grape is such a spcial movie. Juilette Lewis, Mary Steenbergen were also great. Everyone was. My favorite part had to been when Arnie was so excited about the Burger Barn…

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    KK says:

    All I can say is… why?!? I loved Jenna… and just seems imbalanced not to have a human couple, i was looking forward to seeing Jenna’s involvement in season 3. Bummed out royally!

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    Bara says:

    Johny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio make great movies. They were amazing in What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. It’s one of the movies that stays with you even if you’ve seen it only once or twice (so far). That was for me in the 1990s about time I rewatch it :-)

    The best of luck with your new projects and also screenwriting class!!!

    Looking forward to your new blog tomorrow:-)

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    Andrea says:

    Wonderful post Sara.
    I was saddened to see Jenna get killed off Vampire Diaries. I’ve watched The Sun Also Rises episode over and over (I think I’m on like the 13th watch now. lol), each time I try and understand what exactly the reason for her death was. I get the plot concept, but I still believe that they are letting go of an amazing character and actor. Jenna was a relate-able character and I think a lot of people could connect with her in a way. She was always left in the dark when it came to secrets, usually for her own safety. But the audience also got to see her take on new roles and become a stronger person and a wonderful role model for Elena and Jeremy. Thank you for bringing Aunt Jenna to life, she was a favorite for many; myself included!

    I am excited to see what happens next for you Sara, as you continue on your acting career. Best wishes!!

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    TVD FAN! says:

    They really shouldn’t of killed you off!! The excitment between you and Alaric was just beginning!! They really need to bring you back at a Ghost.. Being that Jeremy can see Anna and Vicki, he should see you too!!! Would love to see you in your new projects!! I don’t think I cried so much for a show, like I did when they killed off Jenna!!! All the best to you and your new endevours!

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    Amanda says:

    Sara, from the season finalie it looks like they are bringing back anna and vickies character, shouldn’t they bring back yours as well? since jeremy now apparently “sees staked vampire ex girlfriends.” does that meant he can “see” other characters that have died as well? I really hope they bring you back in the show, you were one of my fav. charachters.

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    Tia says:

    I’m still not over Jenna’s death…my head just refuses to believe it! I’ve never cried so hard about a character’s death in any show ever.
    Sara, you did a great job on TVD, Jenna just was my absolute favorite, I loved how she always brought something funny even in the darkest episodes. TVD won’t be the same without you. I’m so sad we couldn’t explore Jenna’s full potential and see the developement of her realtionship with Ric :( I now it’s kinda unrealistic but I’d love to see you come back as a ghost…at least for one episode!
    But I’m definitely looking forward to your new projects!^^

    Oh, and I love Johnny Depp too :D This movie sounds really interesting, hope I’m gonny find it in my video store^^

    Love from Germany xx

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    fabienne says:

    hello ,

    Very good new for you . I hope see you in flash back in vampire diaries season 3. YOu are a great actrice (sorry i am a frensh women an my english is not perfect )
    With love xxxx fabienne

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    Christine says:

    Was so sad to see Jenna killed off in the Vampire Diaries :( and she and Alaric never even got to say goodbye. Will miss you on the show. Any chance you can make a comeback as a ghost? Good luck will all your future projects Sara, I’ll be watching out for you. x

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    Nadin (@NadinP85 on Twitter) says:

    Oh, your blog brightened up my day :)

    So, I do not and never will believe that Jenna’s chapter is over :P I’m sorry, it’s probably going to sound petulant and immature, but… There was so much to her we’ve never seen that it was practically against law to end her story the way they did. She could have developed in so many different ways! :S But now that [SPOILER ALERT] Jeremy can see the ghosts, my hopes are high again :) So far they are only his gf’s, but I will not stop hoping until… well, until the show is over I guess :)

    Yep, I HUGE Johnny Depp fan! How is it even possible not to fall in love with Captain Jack Sparrow? It started before, but– ;) And I totally agree with you on What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, great cast, great performance indeed!

    Speaking of, a few days ago I watched “Freeway” recommended by your lovely friend @DEsterhazy. I watched it, I liked it, and it took the fact that it was about the I-5 killer, just like your upcoming project, 3 days to click *headdesk* Speak of slow thinking :P Guess it was why it was brought up in the first place, right? Anyway, I wish you good luck, and I can’t wait to read more news from you next week! *I better shut up before my post got longer than your blog :)))*

    xx

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    Nadin (@NadinP85 on Twitter) says:

    Oh, your blog brightened up my day :)

    So, I do not and never will believe that Jenna’s chapter is over :P I’m sorry, it’s probably going to sound petulant and immature, but… There was so much to her we’ve never seen that it was practically against law to end her story the way they did. She could have developed in so many different ways! :S But now that [SPOILER ALERT] Jeremy can see the ghosts, my hopes are high again :) So far they are only his gf’s, but I will not stop hoping until… well, until the show is over I guess :)

    Yep, I HUGE Johnny Depp fan! How is it even possible not to fall in love with Captain Jack Sparrow? It started before, but– ;) And I totally agree with you on What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, great cast, great performance indeed!

    Speaking of, a few days ago I watched “Freeway” recommended by your lovely friend @DEsterhazy. I watched it, I liked it, and it took the fact that it was about the I-5 killer, just like your upcoming project, to click *headdesk* Speak of slow thinking :P Guess it was why it was brought up in the first place, right? Anyway, I wish you good luck, and I can’t wait to read more news from you next week! *I better shut up before my post got longer than your blog :)))*

    xx

  13. Teen.com
    Marta says:

    Aww Sara !
    That’s such great news for you ! ( Not Jenna dying!) haha
    All the best :) xoxoxo

  14. Teen.com
    _immodesty says:

    I hope to see you again, Sara. I very much hope, because Jenna my favorite character and you’re a wonderful actress. Alaric is crying without you – come back soon.

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    Becca says:

    LOVE Johnny Depp in pirates of the carabean, SO HOT! Just watched new episode of vamps, here in aussie we are a bit behind, is jeremy seeing dead people or have they come back because the curse has been lifted? Does this mean jenna will return?? Looking forward to seeing all your new projects!
    GO TEAM JENNA!!

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    sarah new says:

    hi , i cried when i realised there would be no more jenna. she/ you were a great part to play in the vampire diaries. you will be sorely missed. i just hope they dont kill off anyone else as great as you. good luck in your future ventures.xx

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    Nikki says:

    SPOILER SPOILER SPOILERRRRRR

    With Jeremy now apparently seeing dead people, or at least dead vampires, will we be seeing Jenna again? Is this a possibility? Because as much as I love Anna (and I LOVE Anna), and even Vicki, I loved Jenna so much more and would love to be able to see her again through something as crazy as this.

    XOXO,
    Nikki.

  18. Teen.com
    Shawn says:

    I believe all the actors on TVD’s are very incredible people and want to thank you for doing what you guys do!

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