"TVD" is getting some fresh blood in Season 4, which premieres Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. ET
on The CW. Grace Phipps is set to star as April, a former Mystic Falls resident who returns to town after her father is killed.
Executive producer Julie Plec tells us that Phipps' character brings a "new spirit, a new energy, and a youthful quality" to the show. "She is human; I'll tell you that. She's in high school, and she doesn't know the secrets of the town. She's, in a lot of ways -- and very deliberately so -- like Elena in Season 1. So she'll be a girl who reminds Elena a lot of herself, and Elena in her new phase in life will feel very fiercely protective of this girl. It'll be a fun relationship, a fun dynamic," Plec adds. -- Carina Adly MacKenzie, Zap2it