Remember back in season four, when Nina Dobrev only had to play two characters at a time? From our lofty season 5 vantage point, filming an Elena vs. Katherine fight scene might not seem like as big a deal, but it’s still pretty complicated filming. Entertainment Weekly did separate interviews with Nina and John Copeman (stunt coordinator) to get their individual takes on the fight scene.
JOHN COPEMAN: The first thing I did was read the script and really block the fight, try to make some character beats. You don’t want to make it all big punches, big throws. At least if there’s a good line, accent that with a throw or a punch so it feels more character driven than just, “Hey let’s do a neat stunt.” And then I thought about what Nina can do, because Nina is stupidly flexible. So knowing that she could kick really high, we thought we would have Katherine, who’s wearing like spike boots, throw a side kick into her throat after she throws Elena against the lockers, pin her there, and then she’s delivering a line. And then Elena delivers a line back and kind of trips her, runs over and rips the locker off. So we were thinking about, “What can Nina do?”
NINA DOBREV: I like to push the envelope. They don’t like to let me do much at all. If it was up to them, they wouldn’t let me do any of it. If I was a stunt performer on our show, I would probably be a little frustrated because their whole job is to come to set and get to do the big cool crazy fun stuff, and I’ll usually ask John if I can do something. If they say no, I’ll kind of do it anyway, and then apologize later and be like, “Oops I forgot that I wasn’t supposed to do that!” [Laughs] It’s always easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission. They didn’t let me hit the glass, I know that for sure. But I definitely hit the locker. I try to do as much as I can if they let me.
Head over to Entertainment Weekly for an exclusive webclip from Thursday’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, Dead Man on Campus (EP508), featuring Stefan, Damon, and Damon’s favorite reading chair.
Entertainment Weekly has our first look at The River in Reverse (EP108), the November 26th episode of The Originals – and it’s an 1820s flashback featuring Klaus and Elijah. Click on the thumbnail to see the full image as well as a second still featuring Elijah.
“Traveling back in time nearly 200 years, the episode will find Klaus and Elijah in 1820, where Klaus is in a dual [sic] with another fellow. From the looks of the photos, either that other fellow is Elijah, or the brothers are merely practicing their shooting skills (which is hilarious/unfair considering a bullet will not kill them).”
Crossover alert! There’s been a lot of speculation about whether or not there will be any traffic between Mystic Falls and New Orleans, and as Entertainment Weekly exclusively confirmed last week, Michael Trevino will be the first to make the trip. Tyler Lockwood will be heading South to The Originals, and everybody has questions about it.
“The crossover is happening very soon,” Plec teased. “I’m fairly certain we will see our first glimpse of Tyler before November is over. It will answer a couple of questions, one of which is at least answering the first piece of the mystery of the protective wolf.”
- Inside ‘The Originals’ & ‘TVD’ Crossover Ep [ETOnline]
- The Originals: Plec & Narducci Talk About The Vampire Diaries Crossover [KSiteTV]
- The Vampire Diaries EP: Tyler to Shake Up The Originals ‘Before November Is Over’ [TVLine]
- ‘The Originals’ Producer Promises ‘Vampire Diaries’ Crossover Will ‘Shake Things Up’ [The Hollywood Reporter]
It’s been widely rumored, and now the news is confirmed by Michael Trevino himself: According to Entertainment Weekly, his character Tyler Lockwood will be appearing on The Originals.
”A lot of fans are upset that Tyler [spoiler]has made the decision to leave as soon as he shows up.[/spoiler] I’m getting a little bit of flack for it on the Twitterverse here,” Trevino says. “I just want to say everything will be explained, and I think Tyler will make it good once he shows up to The Originals…. I think everybody will be happy with Tyler’s reasoning when they see[spoiler] what he’s been up to and what he has planned.[/spoiler]”
No word yet on exactly when he’ll be showing up or for how many episodes.
Want to learn more about a few of our favorite witches? In the lead-up to and aftermath of last night’s episode of The Originals, Sinners and Saints (EP105), both Daniella Pineda and Danielle Campbell did a bunch of interviews about their characters. They talk about Sophie’s and Davina’s histories and relationships with Marcel, Elijah, and others, and give some teases about what’s to come for them in the future. If you’ve found more interviews we don’t have, please put them in the comments and we’ll add them! Beware of spoilers!
- Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Originals’: Danielle Campbell talks Davina’s power, upcoming answers, and why Elijah should wear leather
- Hollywood Life: ‘The Originals’: Danielle Campbell On Davina’s Future With Tim & More
- Just Jared Jr.: ‘The Originals’ Interview: Daniella Pineda on Sophie’s Calculated Plan to Take Down Marcel
- Just Jared Jr.: ‘The Originals’ Interview: Danielle Campbell Opens Up About a ‘Betrayal of Trust’
- TV Fanatic: The Originals Spoilers: Danielle Campbell on Connecting With Elijah, Wrangling Her Powers and More!
- TV Guide: The Originals’ Daniella Pineda: Sophie Goes Further Into a Difficult Spot
- TV Guide: The Originals’ Danielle Campbell: Viewers Will Finally Understand Why Davina Is So Powerful
- Zap2it: ‘The Originals’: Danielle Campbell on the Harvest Festival, chemistry with Elijah, and more
Want to see some of Caroline and Tyler’s reunion? Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip for you from Thursday’s upcoming episode, Monster’s Ball (EP505). It was not made embeddable, so click through to watch.
Rebekah may have had some terrible luck with regards to dances in Mystic Falls, but it looks like the little shindig that Marcel is throwing is going to be making up for that in a big way. Head on over to Entertainment Weekly to view the exclusive clip of the Masquerade Ball, New Orleans style.
Is everybody okay? We’re down to the wire before the return of The Vampire Diaries and the debut of The Originals. If you’re looking for ways to pass the time, we’ve got a crowd of new interviews, hints, and goodies for you. Enjoy!
Last season fans tuned in to the heart-pounding backdoor pilot for The Originals, where we were transported to the dark and dangerous vampire playground of New Orleans. The werewolves are gone, the witches are being kept on magical lockdown, and only the elite are allowed to walk in the daylight. There are strict rules in New Orleans and unless you’re willing to face a fate worse than death, we highly suggest you mind Marcel’s wishes. He won’t tell you twice.
Got it? Great. Now please excuse us while we gush over the many, many reasons that you need to tune in to the series premiere of this deliciously dark drama tonight at 9 p.m.
Hollywood Crush: ‘The Originals’ Premiere: 6 Things To Expect
2. Flashbacks. Because there’s got to be a quick, accessible way for all the non-”TVD” viewers out there to absorb the show’s mythology (again, who are these people?), the first episode comes complete with flashbacks to the origin of the Mikaelson family’s supernatural abilities, and how, exactly, they wound up in New Orleans. You know what that means! Awww yeah, flashback hair.
Somehow, the show operates with the panache and swagger of a more captivating series, making up with smoldering stares what it lacks in snappy dialogue. Every scene is ominous and sexually charged, and everyone seems as likely to stab each other as they are to kiss each other. (Both of those things are very likely at all times.) The gore works well, be it the gurgling sounds of a freshly slit throat or the borderline campiness of a human heart positioned stylishly on a cobblestone street.
[Complex] Aside from a bottle of red, what’s a night out with Phoebe Tonkin like?
Phoebe Tonkin: I enjoy staying home with friends more than going out. The other night, for example, my girlfriends and I stayed in listening to some ’90s rap—my favorite kind. We were in the Hamptons and made it an all-Biggie weekend, all of his albums on repeat. I loved it.
Of the home of the Saints, Claire says, “Oh my god, I loved it. I didn’t shoot any of my stuff there, I just went down there for a photo shoot. Phoebe [Tonkin] and I were just running around.” The city has more to offer than Mardi Gras, like food! She continues, “It was really fun. I hope we get to shoot some exteriors there.”
“We’re going to see him reveling a little more. He came in with one purpose to Mystic Falls– to break that curse– and then you know he stuck around, but he was very malevolent and very kind of malicious, and I think we’re going to see him enjoying his true nature [here] as well as struggling with the idea of being an expectant father. That’s a whole other can of worms!” Morgan said.
HAPPY SERIES PREMIERE DAY! The Originals: Always and Forever (EP101) airs TONIGHT at 9/8c after the Season 5 premiere of The Vampire Diaries. Lots of interviews and such hitting the web today, so quick hits:
“Klaus is an anti-hero. He’s an antagonist. He’s always going to have that edge. That idea that no matter how good he is, he can always just mess it up for himself.”
So he won’t be selling Girl Scout cookies?
“I mean, maybe poisonous Girl Scout cookies,” Morgan says with a sneaky smile. “To girl scouts.”
The Associated Press (via Huffington Post) – ‘The Originals’ Premiere: Joseph Morgan On Klaus’ Weakness And His Fanboy Side:
AP: Klaus was a big deal on “The Vampire Diaries.” He was talked about before he showed up on the show. Did you realize how important the role was to the story?
Morgan: I thought about like, ‘You know, maybe he should have a different name like they could call him like William or something.’ And then I looked up (the character) online and I was like, ‘Oh, no. This is already an established thing. We can’t go changing this.’
The Hollywood Reporter – ‘The Originals’ Preview: Charles Michael Davis on Marcel’s Kryptonite and Klaus’ Nightmare
How much more of Marcel’s background or journey can you reveal?
[Executive producer] Julie [Plec] laid it out in a way where all the regulars are connected in ways that we didn’t really imagine. She told us at our first table read, “All right, this is what’s going on with you and you …” We’re like, “That’s really detailed, that’s intricate, that’s deep.” Deep in the sense that you get a good feeling of it. Plus, in The Originals, being alive for a few thousand years, it’s a small world. All the characters have crossed paths. Given the fact that Marcel runs New Orleans, I’m sure he has relationships with everybody in that city.
As seen in the premiere, Sophie (Daniella Pineda) is the witch embroiled in the battle between Klaus and Marcel. And now that she’s gotten mixed up in Hayley’s baby drama, she probably wishes she’d never gotten involved. “She was never terribly invested in all of this and it’s all come down on her [since Marcel killed her sister],” Pineda says. “She’s under a terrible amount of pressure, but she’s being so careful and she’s so calculating that even though she’s terrified, she’s not going to show it. She’s also more powerful than people think.”
And here’s a super-fun piece from Entertainment Weekly: ‘The Originals’ star Joseph Morgan steals from EW offices.