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Joseph Morgan sat down with TV Guide to talk about The Originals, and what it’ll do to Klaus’ character;
The Vampire Diaries’ upcoming episode (and backdoor pilot) “The Originals” is bringing a whole new flavor to the series, says star Joseph Morgan.
“Tonally, it’s a little different,” Morgan tells TVGuide.com. “The Vampire Diaries is a coming-of-age story and “The Originals,” like Julie [Plec] has said, is more like The Lost Boys, embracing the nature of being a vampire where you party all night and sleep all day. It’s really about these guys who want to be vampires as opposed to the guilt and remorse the weight of that which comes with The Vampire Diaries.”
When Klaus receives a message from Katherine (Nina Dobrev) that a witch in New Orleans is plotting against him, he travels to the Big Easy to reunite with his former protégé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) and perhaps reclaim the city that was once his.
“Klaus is a fan of manipulation, and he makes a few direct challenges throughout the episode, and there are a few displays of violence,” Morgan says. “The interesting thing to see will be who he’s willing to work with to get where he wants to be and what commitments he’s willing to make to them. Klaus is very much a lone wolf, he’ll side with someone for a certain amount of time and then next thing he’ll be siding with someone else against them.”
Joining Klaus on his new mission is his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies), who will be elated to learn he has a reason to keep his family together. “There are elements of the story line that come out which will absolutely explore more of a potential for vulnerability in his personal life and his relationship with family,” Morgan says. “Elijah really wants to bring the family together, and he’s come to a point where he’s realized that the strength they have is with each other. Rebekah and Klaus are very much at odds, so Elijah finds himself a little bit of a middleman.”
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Hollywood Life took the time to talk to Daniel Gillies (Elijah) about The Originals;
The April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries will find Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) temporarily relocating to New Orleans, setting the stage for what will likely become a spin-off series on The CW next season. But before the hour is over, Daniel tells HollywoodLife.com, you’ll see the Mikaelsons come together like never before — just in time for “the beginning of a war.”
“It’s like nothing I’ve ever seen,” Daniel tells me of the backdoor pilot. “It’s an amazing episode of television, it’s just monumental. Joseph and I worked very hard on [the brothers'] relationship, to bring as much history and depth and tragedy to them as we could. They’re cursed to walk this earth together, and now they’re searching for a clean slate. The tabula rasa. The new dawn.”
As for that whole “war” thing I mentioned earlier, Daniel says “The Originals” will feel like “Game of Thrones-meets-The Vampire Diaries,” as Klaus attempts to reclaim his former glory.
“There’s an established hierarchy that’s been [in New Orleans] for over a century in the absence of Klaus,” Daniel explains. “You’ll see Klaus’ desire to resurrect his kingdom, and Elijah’s desire to see to it that that happens. Elijah is kind of the General McArthur.”
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Claire Holt sat down with TV Fanatic to talk about The Originals, the cure and Matt;
That’s the question that will be facing Rebekah on Thursday’s special episode of The Vampire Diaries, as Elijah explains to her why Klaus has headed to New Orleans and this Original beauty must decide if she’ll join him there or not.
“Rebekah has such a strong sense of loyalty,” Claire Holt told me over the phone. “She receives information about Klaus and his quest and she wants to go and help… but she feels betrayed.”
And for good reason.
Klaus really laid into his sister last week, effectively ruining her prom and mocking her yearning for the cure. Does that desire still exist? Oh yes.
“We’ve seen Rebekah throughout her time in Mystic Falls really craving true love,” Holt said. “She’s seeking loyalty and she clearly can’t get it from her family. So she’s looking for it somewhere else and thinks that if she’s human, she’ll find it.”
After all, as The Originals can attest to, “being immortal is pretty lonely,” Holt said.
Might Rebekah find what she’s searching for in a certain fellow senior? One who often wears a varsity jacket and works tirelessly at The Grill?
“Matt realizes there are some parts to Rebekah that are soft and good-natured and loving,” Holt teases. “It’s going to be hard for him to forgive her, but she won’t stop trying. I think fans will really like where their relationship goes.”
And where will Rebekah be going? While the actress refused to divulge her character’s future, she has been cast in The Originals, of course, assuming The CW orders this pilot to series.
“I’d like her to go to New Orleans,” Holt admitted. “But I’d also like her to get it on with Matt.”
Fortunately, if Matt is left behind in Mystic Falls – destined to flip burgers and make drinks for at least another year – Holt will still end up across from two actors she adores.
“Daniel Gillies is the most difficult person to shoot scenes with,” she said. “I can never keep a straight face. He can make me laugh at anything and he’s just relentless.”
Both Gillies and Joseph Morgan are “such great, kind, wonderful, generous human beings,” Holt said. “And they are also gorgeous. It’s never a hard day at the office working with them and I feel so blessed that I get to continue on this journey with those two.”
Source: TV Fanatic
WHO WILL TAKE THE CURE? — On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores and fulfilling their supernatural destinies. Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. As everyone gathers for the graduation ceremony and the ghosts converge, help comes from an unlikely hero. Caroline (Candice Accola) receives a touching and unexpected graduation present, and Bonnie’s (Kat Graham) plan leads to the closing of the veil. Elena (Nina Dobrev) makes a decision about the Salvatore brothers and faces an epic confrontation with Katherine (Nina Dobrev). Finally, Stefan (Paul Wesley) discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.
On Graduation Day, Mystic Falls is overrun with ghosts intent on settling old scores. Damon’s (Ian Somerhalder) life is in danger after a ghostly encounter, while Matt (Zach Roerig) and Rebekah (Claire Holt) join forces to battle a ghost determined to find the cure. Finally, Stefan (Paul Wesley) discovers a horrifying clue to the mystery surrounding Silas.
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Fearnet.com sat down with Producer Caroline Dries to talk about season five;
What can we expect for the rest of the season?
They are filming the finale right now, that Julie [Plec] and I wrote. We are proud of the fact that… the first few episodes of the season – 401, 402 – all the mythology we started the show with, the massacres and the hunters – the chickens come home to roost in the finale. Everything we’ve been building towards happens as the students are graduating high school. It feels like a huge payoff. So things should feel surprising, but at the same time, we have really set them up.
We get to look forward to our gang graduating high school. We get to unfold the different layers of Silas as we get to know him better as the villain. There are some huge surprises with Bonnie and her magic that will shake us to our core, I think. We saw how Katherine and Elijah’s relationship kind of came out of left field, and yet made perfect sense – at least to me. We get to see that [relationship] evolve a little more and learn more of Katherine’s story. Then there is Elena, who we saw at prom as this heartless bitch who tried to kill her best friend. The boys need to put a stop to it because Elena is becoming her own worst nightmare. Elena has become the villain of the season at this point. So the Salvatores have to test their own limits with Elena, and do everything in their power to make her turn her emotions back on. It puts a huge strain on them because this is the woman they both love. How do you make her turn her emotions back on?
One of the things that was hinted at in the prom episode was that the only emotions Elena seems to respond to are fear and pain. Can we expect to see the boys just torturing the shit out of her?
Yes. In the least pretty fashion. This is where they realize – and the audience sees – how strong Elena is as a character – and as a villain, because she is able to withstand so much of their torture. [Damon and Stefan] torturing her is actually torture for them because they love her so much. So she is able to play with that dynamic. If you think Elena is a villain now, she manages to become an even greater villain. By the end of the season, we will find a way for her to become the Elena we know. Ultimately, we need to answer the question of the cure – the cure is still out there. And once Elena is back to being regular Elena Gilbert, with her emotions and her humanity, the question is hanging over our heads: were her feelings for Damon due to the sire bond? Were they real? Does she still love Stefan? So she has to answer that question, which is the big emotional journey for her this season.
The Vampire Diaries has already been picked up for a fifth season. Have you guys started breaking scripts yet? Do you know what will happen after the kids graduate?
Yeah. Even though we are done with season four story-wise, we do this thing called “Vampire Diaries Boot Camp.” We gather in the writer’s room, and now that we don’t have to deal with production phone calls and writing scripts, we just have full days of brainstorming the big ideas of the next season. That is what we are in the process of doing right now. We are thinking of the big stuff: Elena is going to go to college, which will be huge, but we want to keep it grounded in Mystic Falls as well. Obviously Damon isn’t going to go to college; but Caroline and Bonnie and Elena are roommates…. We want to keep the stories intertwined, and not just have separate college storylines.
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Joseph Morgan also sat down with Alloy Entertainment to talk about the pilot for The Originals;
Alloy Entertainment: Congrats on the pilot! On a scale of one to ten fangs, how wicked does Klaus get in the Big Easy?
Joseph Morgan: Now do you mean ‘wicked’ in my English sense of the word, or ‘wicked’ as in how evil does he get?
Alloy Entertainment: Ha! Let’s stick to “evil” for the time being.
Joseph Morgan: (Laughs) Oh, man. That’s interesting. I haven’t been asked that before. And, for certain reasons which will become very clear when you watch the episode, I think that he makes some of the most evil choices he has ever made — certainly one of them. Given the circumstances he’s presented with, he is psychologically and emotionally more evil than we’ve ever seen him. (Pauses) But then he should be, shouldn’t he? I mean, this is a supernatural show. We have to raise the stakes and go as far as we can. (Laughs) But yea, hes absolutely taking no prisoners in that sense.
Alloy Entertainment: TVD has a central love triangle at its core. Will one be established in “The Originals” as well?
Joseph Morgan: Possibly. I know that they love the love triangles, but there isn’t one in the pilot. I mean, there could be. I could see how they might bring that in with the characters, but that’s not something we’ve talked about. Actually, when the first three of us — Gillies, Phoebe and I — committed to the pilot, people immediately assumed, ‘Oh, there we go. Two brothers, a beautiful girl. It’s a love triangle alright.’ But I don’t know if there will be one in the series. Potentially, I suppose.
Alloy Entertainment: While it might not be of the romantic variety, there’s definitely another sort of triangle to look forward to — the constant power struggle among Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah. Should we expect any heartfelt or epic Original family moments? Will there be any flashbacks in the pilot?
Joseph Morgan: There’s no flashbacks because the episode is so jam-packed with new characters. Even New Orleans itself is a huge character on the show — it’s very vibrant and present as are the people there. However, we can expect the most…(Laughs)…the most extreme….How can I describe this without revealing too much? There’s a family moment in the pilot that will rock all of them to the very core. It’s something that will change the dynamic of the family forever. Also, in terms of the triangle between the three of them, at the moment it’s very much a straight line with Klaus on one end, Rebekah on the other end, and Elijah in the middle. That’s how I’d align them.
Source: Alloy Entertainment
Zap2it sat down with Joseph Morgan to talk about The Originals, Klaus and Caroline, new enemies and more;
Zap2it: “The Originals” is just two days away! There’s been so much anticipation for this show. Are you nervous, at all, for the fans to finally see the pilot?
Morgan: I’m really excited for people to see it. I’m interested, because I’ve seen the pilot which was presented to the network and the studio, but that’s a different version than what’s going to air. The episode that’s going to air has slightly more “Vampire Diaries” in it, as opposed to just “The Originals.” They’ve got extra scenes. I know the network and the studio really like it, but it’s going to depend on people’s reactions. I really hope that people respond to the new characters that we introduce and to the storyline. Right now I’m just ready for it to be out there. I’m tired of the world not knowing what’s happening, what the storylines are. I think it’s time for people to see. There’s been so much support and anticipation, I’m looking forward to the fans being rewarded for that.
Klaus’s relationship with Elijah and Rebekah is as bad as it’s ever been. At this point, it’s hard to imagine them deciding to move to New Orleans as one big happy family. Will their relationship improve over the course of this episode?
Things are definitely getting more complicated, but I don’t know if that’s an improvement or not. At the beginning of the episode, it feels like there’s a line. Klaus is on one end of it, Rebekah’s on the other, and Elijah is sort of in the middle, the great mediator — but also still kind of siding with Rebekah. He’s trying to bring things together in the family, but I think the most interesting thing about “The Originals” is that their dynamics are complicated. There’s certainly some hate for one another, there are things you think they’ll never forgive each other for, but there’s love as well. As an actor, I make a conscious decision that there’s love. When he says these terrible things to Rebekah — “You’re not my family, you’re not my sister, you’re nothing to me” — I think that I have to make him go to a place where he shuts off his emotion. He puts up a wall around how he feels for her, as opposed to not ever feeling for her. Those are the things which make it really interesting. I don’t know if the relationship is going to improve or not, but I know it’s going to have more layers.
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