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!
MTV’s The Seven sent out a heads up via Twitter that the lovely Candice Accola will be giving a tour of Caroline’s bedroom on today’s show. Make sure to tune in to MTV at 5/4c to see Candice’s segment!
And MTV Hollywood Crush sat down with Vampire Diaries guest star Dawn Olivieri to discuss the recent events in Mystic Falls involving Andie and Damon…and if Elena is jealous?
So far, Damon’s lady friend, local newscaster Andie Star, seems to have ruffled few of Elena’s feathers, but that won’t always be the case will it? (I’m sure you Damon-Elena shippers are hoping that’s a big fat NO!). Well, we checked in with Andie’s real-life doppelganger, actress Dawn Olivieri, to get the scoop (or what she would tell us, at least…)
Thanks to Joseph Morgan (via Twitter) for the heads up that he will be a guest on KTLA Morning News on Wednesday, April 27th at 8:45am PT – yep, that’s tomorrow morning! Don’t live in Los Angeles? No worries: You can watch a live stream of the broadcast over on KTLA. Tune in – after all, you’re guaranteed to see more of Klaus’s modern day haircut tomorrow morning than you’ve seen on the show so far!
Mr. Morgan also said he’ll be taping segments for MTV’s The Seven and 10 on Top, so stay tuned for broadcast dates.
In case you somehow didn’t hear the news from EyeCon or Lauren Cohan herself on Twitter: Due to landing the lead in a CW pilot (Heavenly) and filming in Vancouver this coming weekend, Lauren will not be attending the big shindig in Atlanta. Here’s the statement via EyeCon’s Facebook:
Update: Lauren Cohan will be filming in Vancouver for her new series “Heavenly” during our weekend. It’s so close to convention time that instead of crawling through the database to figure out her pre-sales, we’re going to drop a credit slip into any package that pre-purchased autographs/photo ops. That credit can be exchanged for cash back or any other item at registration. Thanks.
So that’s Lauren and Chris William Martin out, but Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Steven R. McQueen, Ian Somerhalder, and Rob Pralgo still on the roster. We are days away, folks!
Zap2It‘s Carina MacKenzie has officially confirmed that Lisa Tucker, whom some may recognize from American Idol Season 5, has landed the role of Greta, daughter of Dr. Martin and sister of Luka. If you’re caught up on the show through Crying Wolf, you should remember why Greta is so significant and her ties to Klaus.
Greta will appear in at least two episodes, but we’re hearing that she may actually appear in four — including the big finale.
And let’s talk about a series of interesting tweets from Julie Plec, Michael Trevino, and Ian Somerhalder tonight, shall we?
Shooting a full moon on an actual full moon. Weird.
Interesting… T @julieplec: Shooting a full moon on an actual full moon. Weird.
In the woods, late night, moon almost full and running around with a werewolf-not smart…
Hmmmmm. What do you guys make of that…?
The closer we get to the return of Vampire Diaries on April 7th, the more tidbits we’re being teased with…and we’re not complaining. L.A. Times‘ Vlada Gelman chats with Julie Plec about the epic casting process for Klaus and why Joseph Morgan ultimately landed the role, as well as the introduction of the infamous character on our TV screens. We’ve known for a while that Klaus would make his first appearance in episode 219 on April 21st, but now we know for certain that flashback time is rolling around again. And that doesn’t just mean more period garb, but the return of a familiar face (one who met a somewhat violent and messy end). But back to Klaus:
Morgan “can handle the weight and the gravitas that Klaus needs, but he’s also got these dimples and this grin and this sparkle in his eyes,” she said. “You always need your villains to have multiple layers and to be able to kill you with kindness as much as they can kill you with violence. I think Joseph really represents that.” She adds that casting someone relatively unknown to American viewers gives the producers some exciting advantages. “We’ve been talking about [Klaus] for 15 episodes, so we really wanted to make it feel like it was something new for the audience.”