Chris spills on his new show, Containment, leaving The Vampire Diaries, and if he’d truly survive an apocalyptic situation. After gaining notoriety for his role as psychopathic supernatural murderer Kai on The Vampire Diaries, Chris Wood is taking a turn at playing the good guy on The CW’s latest show, Containment. As police officer Jake Riley, he finds himself having to step up and take charge after a deadly virus ravages Atlanta. Originally from Ohio, Chris is trained in musical theater and splits his time between LA and Atlanta. When he’s not busy filming, he can be found getting buff for his new role, hanging out at Dodger’s Stadium, or playing with his puppy, Drift. Here, we speak with Wood to find out why he loves to play someone dark and unpredictable, how he feels about being prepared for an outbreak, and why there’s always time for romance, even when the world is falling apart.
What was it about Containment that drew you to the show?
CHRIS WOOD: The character really drew me in because he seems like a nice and complicated kind of normal average Joe who has some demons and some issues that he has to work through. After talking to the producer and hearing where they wanted to take the character and where the season arc was going to be, I knew that I wanted to sink my teeth into that.