Valentina Cervi was interviewed by tvguide.com and provided a bit of insight into the relationship between Salome and Roman, as well as Salome’s feelings about Bill and Eric. Some of her answers disclose future plotlines, so proceed with caution if you wish to remain spoiler free.
What do Salome and The Authority want from Bill and Eric?
Cervi: There’s an apparent reason and it is to bring them on her side. She wants people to be on her side, and she understands who people are. At the beginning, she can’t really trust Eric. She knows Eric, she knows everything from his past, and she knows about Godric and Nora. With Bill, she feels that he is someone she can, in some way, manipulate more. At the same time, she respects Bill more because she sees his heart and she knows that he has a good heart. She’s really intrigued by him. She will have feelings for both of them during the season. It’s not that she wants something; she’s a loving character, even if it doesn’t seem like it. She’s full of love and needs to be loved. It’s complicated.
Does she actually have feelings for them or is she just using them?
Cervi: Things will develop and will change in the course of the season. At the beginning she is just cool. She is just testing the ground with both of them. In [this Sunday's episode], she is real. What she says is real. Of course she has her agenda, but I think that deep inside, she really feels for Bill, and for Eric in a different way, because she can’t trust him. Being a control freak as she is, she wants to know where everybody stands and she doesn’t know if he could stand next to her.
How will Roman feel about that?
Cervi: Roman and Salome have been together forever. They’ve been together in a previous life. He’s her father, her lover, her best friend. She respects him and admires him and also has a real vision of who he is. She can speak to him boldly, you’ll see throughout the season.
What role will Salome play in the upcoming vampire civil war?
Cervi: Her main role is to protect Roman at the beginning. She really tries to guide Roman, almost like she wants to save him. She wants to make him be the best he can and so I feel that Salome’s the big mother — with all of the consequences that being a mother is. It doesn’t mean she’s a good mother, but it means that she feels for the person she has around and even if she has a sort of childish relationship with Roman and can [waver] in their intimacy, she really wants to protect him. Of course, what they show publicly is not what they share intimately.
To read the rest of this interview, which includes discussion about Lilith and Nora’s betrayal, please visit the source.