Another Thursday, another million interviews… Joseph Morgan’s been making the rounds, doing his part to make us as nervous as humanly (and inhumanly?) possible before tonight’s penultimate episode, The Sun Also Rises. First up, Joseph chats with PopWrap‘s Jarett Wieselman how much fun he’s having playing the bad guy and how everything changes tonight:
PopWrap: In talking about expectations earlier, it’s no secret that this sacrifice has been a major plot point since season one — do you think fans will be pleased with how it plays out?
Joseph: Yes. That said, with the fans you have all these different teams. People who want different outcomes depending whether they’re on Team Stelena or Delena. To some degree everyone wants something different, so it’s hard to say “yes” across the board. But the direction the show takes is one of the most interesting it could have taken. I think although people will be shocked and, in some cases, upset – we know characters we love will die tonight – but at the end of this season, the show becomes bigger. The world is bigger and the avenues that open up are going to be ones that we’re excited to see these characters explore
The TV Chick also caught up with Joseph to talk Klaus, Twitter, the Vampire Diaries fan base, and his favorite moment so far:
Do you have a favorite moment that you’ve filmed so far?
Yeah, I loved (laughs) I like so much. I loved all of the stuff that was my first few weeks there — all the flashback stuff. I had wicked fun on that scene with Ian Somerhalder and Alaric last week when he comes to life and I intimidate him. That was a tremendous, lot of fun. And pretty much all of episode 21 was some of the most enjoyable stuff I’ve done in my life. Thursday is when it’s on and I’m so excited to see it.
And Joseph talks the future of Klaus and working with Nina Dobrev over at BuddyTV:
About Working with Nina Dobrev as Katherine and Elena:
“I prefer working with Katherine because there’s something more fascinating about her, about her darkness and her malicious side. Elena is so pure and good and righteous. Her morals are intimidating sometimes. You feel like she’s the one turning off the music at the party and telling everyone to go home. Whereas Katherine just wants to keep the party going all night. She’s the one to pull that off, Nina, you know. She brings a very different light to both of them. It’s fantastic.”
Though The VRO’s Vampire Diaries Month kicked off their live interviews tonight with Vampire Diaries’ Director of Photography Paul M. Sommers, hosts Amber and Jess also had an opportunity to do a pre-taped phone interview with Joseph Morgan and they’ve posted the entire conversation on the VRO. A few highlights:
- On Vampire Diaries fandom: Joseph was keen from the beginning to involve the fans; that’s why he read the books and watched the show. He wanted to be faithful to the Klaus of the books and how the character was talked up in the show; he wanted the character to be everything the fans wanted, to be “on the same page” as the fans. He knows some fans get frustrated with his Twitter teases but he thinks that’s in keeping with the character.
- On whether Klaus dwells on the past or is very much a man of the present: Klaus is the kind of guy who bears a grudge; he’s too stubborn and too self-involved not to. Joseph and Daniel Gillies talked about Elijah being “the voice of reason” for Klaus. Since they split 500 years ago after Katherine escaped, Klaus has had no one to bring him back down to earth. He hasn’t learned as much as he would have if Elijah had remained at his side. Klaus embraces the modern world and the future, and he believes he is creating the future.
- On art imitating life: He believes that with any character you play, you bring aspects of yourself to it. Klaus’s playful nature is a reflection of himself, as is his intensity. There are definitely elements of Joseph in there, but on the flip side he has occasionally found himself seeing things through Klaus’s eyes.
- On the key to Klaus’s undoing: Klaus is incredibly smart and he has a wealth of experience to draw upon, and he’s prepared for every eventuality. But Joseph feels Klaus’s undoing will be his arrogance. He really believes he won’t be crossed, that no one is a threat, and he’s too wrapped up in what will happen after the sacrifice. He needs to stay present and in the moment and be aware.
Joseph talks a LOT more over at The VRO. LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH MORGAN AT THE VRO.
As for the Paul M. Sommers interview… Oh, boy. If you thought you were already anxious about The Sun Also Rises (EP221), then you may need a warm bath and a teddy bear to cling to after listening to this. He also gives fantastic insight into filming The Vampire Diaries, both as Director of Photography and as a director, from script changes to working with the actors and the collaborative spirit that infuses the entire production. Oh, and on-set pranks and shenanigans. A few highlights:
- On The Sun Also Rises (this Thursday’s episode), his first turn as a director on TVD: Everyone was very supportive and patient, and he found that the experience was hard but not as hard as he thought it would be. He was able to see the script earlier than normal and he had time to prepare. It’s the biggest episode they’ve done this year and a lot of story lines will be wrapped up.
- On Season 3: He’s as much in the dark about next season as everyone else. He doesn’t think Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson know either and they’ll be working the story out.
- On Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan: Both incredibly committed and gifted actors. The Sun Also Rises will feature them both prominently. Gillies very much understands Elijah. Had a lot of fun working with Joseph on episode 221 in particular and they share a lot of cultural references. They’ve talked a lot about Klaus, his history, and the relationship between Klaus and Elijah.
- Sad, heartbroken, and mad: Fans will be all of the above. Some people are going to be very upset, but “it’s a great ride.” As I Lay Dying will set up a lot of Season 3, but The Sun Also Rises will be the conclusion of a lot of this season’s stories.
It’s really a great hour, so LISTEN TO THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH PAUL M. SOMMERS AT THE VRO.
Vampire Diaries Month has returned to The VRO! If you were around last season, you know The VRO packed the entire month of May with TVD cast and crew and guest star interviews – and they’re doing it again! This was an amazing time last year, leading up to and following the Season 1 finale, so we expect nothing less as we head into the last two episodes of Season 2.
Vampire Diaries’ Director of Photography (and director of this week’s episode, The Sun Also Rises) Paul M. Sommers officially kicks things off tomorrow night at 9pm ET/6pm PT. You can listen LIVE at The VRO on BlogTalkRadio. (Be sure to read The VRO’s guide on how to listen.) We have it on good authority that there are more (exciting!) announcements and additions to come but, for now, here is the schedule so far:
- Tuesday, May 3rd @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Paul M. Sommers (Director of Photography/Director)
- Wednesday, May 4th @ 9pm ET/6pm ET: Gino Anthony Pesi (Maddox)
- Thursday, May 5th @ 9pm ET/6pm ET: Bryton James (Luka)
- Friday, May 6th @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes)
- Friday, May 13th @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Susan Walters (Carol Lockwood)
- Monday, May 23rd @ 9pm ET/6pm PT: Marguerite MacIntyre (Sheriff Forbes)
Have questions for any of the above? Tweet them to @TheVRO, leave your question on their Facebook, or go to TheVRO.com and leave your question in the comments of the individual interview announcements.
In case you missed the show this past Saturday, Joseph Morgan and Vampire Diaries were at #1 on MTV’s 10 on Top, featuring input on Joseph and Klaus from Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, and Candice Accola. Joseph discusses the hype surrounding Klaus, his dimples, and fan support. Thanks to Nina Dobrev Network for the video! Smartphone users can watch it here.
Joseph Morgan has been busy this week – and especially today. Following up the Zap2It interview from earlier, we have a few more interviews and it’s sort of amazing these are all refreshingly different! Lots of good stuff so be sure to check them all out, as there are TONS of topics covered, from Klaus to Elijah to this crazy sacrifice ritual. He also has plenty of things to say about his approach to playing a villain, Klaus’ dual nature, who he’d like to cast as the Original Family, and even the music he listens to for inspiration.
You’ve also tweeted something about Klaus’ first victim. Can you tease when we’ll see him take a life? Tonight, maybe?
Let me say this: You’ll get some idea of what he’s capable of in tonight’s episode, but I have to put this out there: The episode that I’m most looking forward to seeing and I’m most looking forward to people seeing is next week’s episode [when the actual sacrifice ritual goes down - Vee note: The Sun Also Rises (EP221)]. I’m going into the studio to do ADR for it tomorrow evening. That’s the one that was a sort of epic undertaking. If I did what I hope I did, what I think I did with the episode, then people are really gonna regard Klaus as the biggest villain ever to grace Mystic Falls.
What makes a good arch-villain?
I think the key is not to be too intense, and not to play too generically evil. I felt like it was clear from the beginning that these guys, the Originals, were all but invincible, all but indestructible. Nothing would be a threat to them. Klaus definitely has a short fuse [so if you upset him, he will become violent]. I think a good villain absolutely should have a playful side and a fun side, and you know, there’s nothing more kind of sinister than someone kind of enjoying something, or reveling in something that is kind of evil. And I really felt that he should be sort of happy. One of the things I kept saying is that it should be kind of terrifying to be in the room with this guy, because you don’t know what he’s going to do, kiss you or kill you.
The fans are asking: Is Klaus “in love” with Katherine?
In all honesty, I think he was never “in love” with Katherine in the way we think of love. When we meet Katherine in the flashback, Elijah said she reminds him of someone. She’s a doppelganger, let’s not forget, of the original Petrova. So Klaus’ plan, when he meets Katherine, is always to sacrifice her. There was never a love attachment, but there was always a fascination with her. I think of it like a cat batting a mouse between its paws. Part of it was probably sexual, part of it was emotional, and the rest was his actual appetite.
Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie talks with Joseph Morgan (who finally stepped out in his own shoes last week) about the long-awaited arrival of Klaus, doing his research on the character, playing with the fans on Twitter, and garnering fandom support for the charity Positive Women. He also addresses Kevin Williamson’s description of Klaus as someone who can “out-Damon Damon.”
Ian Somerhalder does something very specific on the show that he’s very good at, and I don’t think anyone could imitate him. I certainly didn’t want to imitate him on the show to out-do him; I didn’t think that was the way to approach it. So I thought, because he’s very expressive with his eyes and he’s very sarcastic, I thought that the way to go up against Ian Somerhalder in a scene, is to play with stillness. I wanted to undercut him and to intimidate Damon with how comfortable Klaus was being there, and to get into his personal space. Rather than try to outdo him at his own game, I felt I had to bring my own game to the table, and make him play on my terms.
One of the big themes coming out of The Last Day press Q&A yesterday was the Originals – specifically, how Season 3 would be “The Year of the Originals.” KSiteTV touched on Julie Plec’s non-answer to whether Daniel Gillies and Joseph Morgan would be returning in Season 3, but with that heavy duty subtitle attached to next season, seems safe to assume that anything is possible. But in the now, it was interesting to hear Morgan and Gillies comment not only on playing such old and powerful characters but how they themselves dissected the parallels between Klaus and Elijah and the Salvatores, as well how they feel about being the “newbies” on set. And Julie Plec sheds some light on how the show has reached this point with the Originals:
“We didn’t have the true mythology of how to kill an original worked out and then we introduced Elijah and freakin’ Dan Gillies walks in that door in the big old haunted house in the suit and he has the accent and everything about him is so great, and we were like ‘Well! We can’t make him easy to kill,’” Plec says. “We don’t want our characters to look stupid for not being able to get rid of him, so we just made it harder and harder until we reached the point where we were like, ‘Screw it, Originals are immortal!’ It’s honestly because of Dan and the work that he did.”
“Coming in, I guess you worry about coming in as a character who’s on the top of the food chain,” Morgan pontificated, “but everyone was very accommodating and it’s just a lot of fun. Even the scene [in “The Last Day”] with Ian where I get to get right in his personal space, it’s just a tremendous amount of fun on set. That’s one thing– when I got to Atlanta, I came and I watched some of the sixties dance. That was the first thing I watched, and just to see even Nina standing and talking to the camera guys and everyone high-fiving after the shots, I thought ‘Okay, this will be good’.”
“In the beginning, both Joseph [Morgan] and I were trying to figure out which [Salvatore] we were,” Gillies said. “Am I more like Damon or am I [like Stefan]? We couldn’t figure out which one. Actually, we’re sort of a combination of both things.” Morgan echoed the statement, adding, “Both of our characters carry aspects of both of [them], for sure.” The complicated relationship between the two brothers will be further explored in the present day, where things are a little different. “In the 1400s, there’s a different hierarchy going on between us than when we meet again in modern day,” Morgan said. “There’ll be a very different dynamic between the two of us.”
The lovely Robyn Ross sat down with guest star Dawn Olivieri in the TV Guide studio to talk Vampire Diaries, Andie Star, Damon Salvatore, and working with the “passionate” Ian Somerhalder. She’s mum on how much we’ll see of Andie from this point on, but we’re not convinced we’ve seen the last of Ms. Action News, are you?
Craig Byrne of KSiteTV/VampireSite.net attended the CW’s press Q&A and screening today for The Last Day (EP220), tomorrow night’s new episode of The Vampire Diaries, and has posted some interesting comments from Julie Plec in regards to the death spoilers that have been making the rounds:
“We said from the beginning it’s a vampire show, and in vampire shows, the stakes are high and the death count has to match that, because if we don’t follow through on the stakes that we’re setting out – if you don’t believe that the consequences are life and death, then we’re not doing our job. And unfortunately, we’ve set into motion, unfortunately for our characters, this ritual that needs a lot of sacrificial elements, and so if that ritual happens, and when it happens and how it happens, if it goes off without a hitch, there will be a lot of loss of life. Maybe what we were thinking of at the beginning of the year, we could have modified it a little bit, but yeah. We had to pay off what we set up.”
Julie also commented on “fan favorite” Elijah (“We all have the sickest crush on Daniel Gillies”) and gives a rough idea of what fans can expect in Vampire Diaries Season 3:
Plec mentions that Season 3 will be “The Year of the Originals,” but she does not know yet – or is at least not saying – if Klaus or Elijah will be on for a full time basis next year. “That is a decision that gets made when we actually break story for Season Three,” she says.
Joseph Morgan was on KTLA Morning News today talking Klaus (including the audition process and how much he knew/didn’t know about the character before his intitial audition), Vampire Diaries, and why he’s cast in so many period pieces. He was also able to talk about Positive Women, an organization dedicated to empowering women and children in Africa. Be sure to check ‘em out!