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"I've also been reading lots of books as well, to try and get more of a psychological insight -- which is kind of a catch-22 -- because it also means my fear of sharks is increasing," Todd jokes. Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec adapted the TV series from L. The series is set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. Some of the characters appeared in the spin-off series, The Originals.The focal points of the show are a love triangle – involving Elena Gilbert and vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore – and the town's supernatural history, involving Elena's friends and relatives.She is the descendant and doppelgänger of Katherine Pierce.In season one, surviving a car accident which killed her parents, Elena reluctantly returns to school for her junior year and begins dating a mysterious new student named Stefan Salvatore.Elena Gilbert (based on Elena Gilbert from the novels) is the central character and the female lead of the series for the first six seasons.She is the biological daughter of John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming, and adopted daughter of Grayson and Miranda Gilbert.
Speaking exclusively to The FIX, 32-year-old Todd reveals it was the darker tone of the script, coupled with his character's physical and mental challenges, that attracted him to the role.
In season two, she learns that she is a Petrova doppelgänger, exactly resembling Katherine Pierce, which means that she can be sacrificed to release Klaus' werewolf side.
The sacrifice later takes place, but Elena is saved because John sacrificed himself for her after Bonnie magically enchants him.
She has a younger adoptive brother named Jeremy Gilbert, who is later revealed to be her biological cousin.
She has an adoptive aunt named Jenna Sommers who serves as her and Jeremy's legal guardian in the first two seasons of the series.