Deadline is now reporting that Joseph Morgan – who Michael Ausiello (of TVLine, which is associated with Deadline) leaked was nearing a deal to play Klaus on The Vampire Diaries – has indeed signed a deal to play the oft-mentioned, yet-to-be-seen Original. This seems to be the confirmation we’ve all been anxiously waiting for (we certainly hope so).
You may recognize Morgan from British series Hex, Master & Commander, or the mini-series Ben-Hur.
[Morgan] was set for the show after more than 100 actors read for the role all over the world. Morgan’s deal was made by WME, Richard Koenigsberg Management and London-based Curtis Brown Group.
So, once again – what do we think, fandom? Are you ready for Klaus’ arrival in Mystic Falls? Can he out-Original Elijah? Can he outwit Katherine?
People.com sits down with Sara Canning to discuss her obsession with the supernatural, the most memorable haunted spot she’s ever visited, what supernatural power she’d like to have, and why she would love Jenna to get in on the crazy vampire action. WATCH THE VIDEO AT PEOPLE.COM.
Candice Accola talks with Assignment X about Caroline’s growth in Season 2, including her indeterminate future as an immortal and balancing all of the complicated relationships in her life, including her best friends.
ACCOLA: The relationships amongst the women on the show have gotten a little bit sidetracked throughout this season, just because, whether it’s romantic triangles or whether it’s [other problems], they’ve got their own personal dramas that they’re trying to figure out. In the episodes coming up, you will start to see the women leaning on each other a little bit more, which is a beautiful thing, because you need those friendships.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly chats with Dawn Olivieri about the future of Andie Star on The Vampire Diaries and what we can expect in tonight’s episode, The Dinner Party.
“You really see how interwoven they’ve allowed Andie to become. Allowing her to be the hostess of this night, you also see the level of compulsion that she’s working with, how that affects her, and what she’s doing to almost be an unknowing accomplice to the situation,” she says. “It’s a funny situation because you have this new character that comes out of nowhere, and now all the sudden she’s best friends with Jenna, and everyone knows her, and she’s taken a seat at the queen’s table. It’s shocking everyone, especially all the fans who already have their couples picked out. Here’s a new one. I’ve heard it termed the ‘Dandie.’”
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross chats with Vampire Diaries guest star Dawn Olivieri about her turn as Andie Star and why Mystic Falls’ resident reporter will not end up a victim.
Will Andie be disposable to Damon when he’s done using her?
Olivieri: Damon thinks that he’s just using her, but Andie is smarter than the girls you’ve seen him fall [for]. Andie is a worthy opponent not in physicality, but in the mind. What’s going to be interesting is when Andie comes to from her comatose state. She’s a news reporter so she’s not going to be a victim of a crime and let things happen. The unfortunate thing for Andie is she’s going to want to get to the bottom of it.
And The TV Chick has more from Steven R. McQueen, touching on THAT KISS and Jeremy’s role in the Gilbert family legacy.
Obviously, Jeremy’s really curious about his family history, so is that something that will be explored in the second half of the season?
Yeah, eventually. He’s not ready to become friends with Uncle John yet. He’s too hurt by him. But he’s very curious. That’s definitely something that’s always on his mind. He thought he knew his dad, but apparently he doesn’t. So he wants to know what’s going on. He’s just not ready to ask.
Lots of news in the world of Vampire Diaries conventions. First up, EyeCon’s Vampire Diaries Convention is next month, March 25-27, in Atlanta, Georgia, and tickets are still available! In addition, there is still time to enter the TVD Fan-Made Video/Film Contest (deadline: March 11th!) and to submit your entry form for the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant. Also available, for those who can’t make the big event: Absentee photos and volunteer opportunities. For more info on EyeCon, visit the site by clicking the banner below. Currently scheduled guests are Paul Wesley, Michael Trevino, Steven R. McQueen, Chris William Martin (Zach Salvatore), Rob Pralgo (Mayor Lockwood), and Lauren Cohan (Rose).
David Anders (John Gilbert) and Lauren Cohan are confirmed guests for Rogue Events’ 3rd Insurgence: The Return convention. The event happens June 3-5, 2011 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel in Birmingham, U.K. Click the banner below for more information. (Thanks to Rogue Events for the heads up!)
France is gearing up for its first Vampire Diaries convention – the Mystic Love Convention happens July 2-3, 2011 at the Holiday Inn in Nimes, France. Malese Jow, Candice Accola, and Michael Trevino are currently scheduled to appear. More info available on their website and Facebook page.
David Anders is also scheduled to appear at UltimArt Convention’s “Interview with Vampires” event in Paris, France, April 15-17, 2011. Visit their website for more information.
And Spain’s BloodyNightCon in Barcelona, June 11-12, has had a venue change: The event will now take place at the Hesperia Tower Hotel. Currently scheduled guests are Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley. KLZ Events has been adding all sorts of other info to their site, so be sure to check it out.
TV Guide‘s Robyn Ross chats with David Anders about the return of John Gilbert and why he’s wasted no time in stirring up in trouble in Mystic Falls. Why is John hassling Alaric and Jenna? And what are his true intentions when it comes to Elena?
OK, so if John wants to cause trouble with Alaric and he still has ties to Isobel and Katherine, why should Elena trust him? “There’s a great scene between me and [Elena]; it will paint the direction that we’re headed as far as our relationship is concerned,” he says. “I’ve always described it as Darth Vader-Luke Skywalker-like, [but] I think that’s going by the wayside now.”
Entertainment Weekly‘s Spoiler Room has this tidbit about John Gilbert:
I’m loving David Anders back on Vampire Diaries. Have any good scoop on what he is up to? — Stacie
I do, and it comes straight from executive producer Julie Plec: “John’s ultimate agenda becomes crystal clear in ‘The Dinner Party,’ but he’ll be blindsided by the fallout from his actions.”
Thanks to @Shirarose1 for the heads up that Candice Accola will be featured on MTV’s When I Was 17. You can catch the show on MTV this Saturday, February 12th at 11 a.m. EST. Check out a sneak peek video below:
And one more Steven R. McQueen interview for you, this time from Chicago Now’s Show Patrol.
I read that the almost kiss with Bonnie was not in the script and improvised.
Yeah, yeah. I like to improvise, though it’s not always a great thing to do, but I’m big on being in the moment. It was only one take that happened and we were just kind of very close to each other and it was just a moment I felt would have been a cool beat. So I went for it and they ended up choosing that take, which was cool for me as an actor because we always experiment with different things and to see it work out like that was really cool.
E!Online catches up with Ian Somerhalder to talk Damon’s existential crisis and how it may affect his reltionships on the show, from his compelled reporter “girlfriend” to his fragile friendship with Elena.
While the old Damon might run for the hills and let the massacre commence, Ian reveals that there won’t be any running coming up for his character. “Damon forged these relationships and now he has stake in this town. He has relationships with people that he cares about, one especially, and now he is kind of forced to stand and fight, and that’s what he’s doing. It’s definitely hazardous to his health both physically and mentally.”
And TV Guide also speaks with Ian about Damon’s current path:
As we saw in last week’s episode, Damon not only uses Andie for pleasure, but to get his emotionally conflicted feelings off his chest before compelling her to forget what he says. “It’s like the people who can’t express their feelings unless they’re drinking; it’s sad,” Somerhalder says. “It’s not something I would recommend, but it is one way to live.”
Although Somerhalder doesn’t believe that Damon will continue down his heartbreakingly vulnerable path too long, he does reveal it will become problematic.
“He’s just struggling with this feeling thing and the whole thing is just foreign to him,” he says.
HollywoodLife catches up with new Vampire Diaries guest star Dawn Olivieri to talk about her turn as Damon’s new compelled plaything/confidante, Mystic Falls reporter Andie Star. Will she be sticking around for a while?
“Andie has so much more to do,” Dawn teased. “I feel there’s a lot of room for this character to figure out [Damon's] compulsion. She’s not stupid, but this compulsion keeps her from seeing the bigger picture. I can’t wait for them to give her some moments where she kind of gets an idea of what’s going on. Or whether it’s Elena who helps. I don’t know how they’re going to write it, but that’s coming. It has to come.”
PopWrap and Steven R. McQueen reflect on how far Jeremy Gilbert has come from the sullen, druggie little brother in the Vampire Diaries pilot:
PopWrap: Jeremy has really come a long way since the druggie disaffected kid he was in the pilot. What have you thought about his journey?
Steven McQueen: I love the transformation – he’s in a totally different mindset now. From the beginning, I imagined there would be a change. Anyone that has addiction issues is often hiding from themselves and I was hoping he would come into his own. It’s been interesting to see Jeremy become the man he is supposed to be.
And McQueen assures TV Line that Jeremy backs Elena when it comes to this whole sacrifice deal:
Speaking of “bigger things going on,” Steven assures fans that Jeremy is 100% on Elena’s side when it comes to The Originals’ impending doom — even if he’s still conflicted about the whole thing. “Before, Jeremy was always rebelling against his sister, but now with all this crazy stuff going on, it’s like, ‘alright, we butt heads from time to time, we’re family, I love ya and I’ll do what I’ve got to do to protect you.’ They’ve definitely gotten closer — and Jeremy’s no longer a s#*!head character.”
TV Fanatic has a chat with Daniel Gillies about Vampire Diaries and Elijah, working with the “tough” Nina Dobrev, his thoughts on Elena, Klaus (nice one with the sneaky question about Morgan, TVF), Isobel, and Damon, and are there plans for Jenna?
Any spoilers for the rest of the season?
Damon has been pissing me off lately, so I’ll give him a slap on the wrist if he gets too close. It’s funny; I’m talking as Elijah now. Elena is going to be in danger if they don’t do what I decree must be done. Also, I like the look of the Jenna girl, she looks sweet. I’ll go hang out with her for a while, she’s cute.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Mandi Bierly spoke with Lauren Cohan about her time on Vampire Diaries as Rose and the guest star provides some fun insight into shooting of a particularly difficult scene. (You’ll know which one.) And the savvy Bierly asked Cohan about the famous “It’s okay to love them both” scene present in the CW promo but cut from the final airing of The Descent.
“I loved that piece between Rose and Elena because I think Rose looked at Elena like a younger sister in a way, and it really was okay that Elena loves different things in both of these men. Being conflicted doesn’t make her a bad person. It was almost like Rose needed to tell her to not be so hard on herself and to not give up,” she says. “It was really cute because Elena tried to cover the fact that she does love them both in a way. That’s when Rose kinda pushed her to say it. [She's saying] ‘Come on. Just admit it. You don’t have to feel bad about it,’ in the same breath as, ‘Own who you are. It’s okay to let them fight for you. It’s okay to want to live. And it’s okay to be conflicted. Keep going.’”
Even the hardest of hearts found themselves with misty eyes after certain scenes featuring Damon and Rose in The Descent (and even more bawled their eyes out). Rose may have moved on, but Lauren Cohan chats with TV Fanatic about her time on the Vampire Diaries (and a little about Supernatural and an upcoming role on Chuck).
Were you a fan of The Vampire Diaries before you landed the role of Rose?
All I knew about The Vampire Diaries was the posters and how delicious they looked. (Laughs). It’s hard to keep up on everything, but I watched it as soon as I got the gig. I love how it really holds to the big teenage emotional issues, which everyone has to make communion with, and has all of this saucy vampire adventure. It gives it license to go even further with it. For me, it was My So-Called Life and Dawson’s Creek and they were my kind of emotional, and it made sense for what I was going through. This generation does that with vampires and action. Paul, Nina and Ian are just gorgeous, and really good. It was fun to watch the scenes I wasn’t filming.
UPDATE: E!Online quotes a CW insider as saying the Joseph Morgan casting news “is just speculation at this point.” We love a good back and forth! We’ll keep an eye out for more speculation, confirmation, etc.
Vampire Diaries fans (and citizens of Mystic Falls) – meet your new nightmare. TV Line’s Michael Ausiello has the exclusive that the search for Klaus has come to an end and Welsh-born actor Joseph Morgan has captured
the doppelganger the coveted role. (We remember him best as Troy from the British series Hex, which is what I screamed at my computer screen when I saw his picture. Ahem.)
Which brings us back to Morgan. Although the 30-year-old actor’s resume consists primarily of British films and TV series, he appeared stateside in Oliver Stone’s Alexander and the Russell Crowe blockbuster Master and Commander. He also starred opposite Smallville‘s Kristin Kreuk in ABC’s Ben-Hur miniseries.
What do we think? Chime in!
UPDATE: Here’s a video of Mr. Morgan speaking because everyone on Twitter is all…a-twitter. ;)