As we mentioned yesterday, Joseph Morgan (in addition to David Anders and Lauren Cohan) will be at MegaCon in Orlando this weekend. In preparation for his appearance, he talked to the Orlando Sentinel about his experiences working on the show and the character of Klaus. On Klaus’s development over time:
“It’s a natural progression,” Morgan says. “He started off as two-dimensional, but thanks to good writing, there have been some strong elements of humanity. He needs to evolve. Otherwise, people will just hate him. Unless he develops more human attributes, people will find him hard to relate to.”
And on his decision to take the role:
“It’s been the best decision I could have made,” Morgan says. “It really has put me in the public eye and given me an amazing fan base that’s been so supportive. I’ve never been a part of American TV. Seventeen episodes [so far] and many to come, I hope.”
We certainly hope so too!
TVLine talked to Candice Accola about what’s coming up for Caroline in tonight’s big episode and beyond. On how Caroline will deal with the host of tonight’s formal ball:
“Caroline is definitely not viewing Klaus as the nice guy. She’s not like, “Ooh! He’s got an edge!” She knows he’s an extreme, evil killer. But at the same time, Caroline recognizes and learns from even just being around Katherine that… you can’t back down. You can’t show fear. You can’t allow yourself to be backed into a corner. You have to stand up and be strong.”
And where’s Tyler, anyway?
“He has gone to work on himself [and] to learn how he can not fall prey to [having been] sired so he can take control back over his life. It’s because of Klaus that Tyler even bit Caroline to begin with. In order to fight for her and fight for himself, he’s taking the time to learn how to not be controlled by Klaus.”
E!Online has more cast interviews from their recent visit to the Vampire Diaries set and this time Candice Accola discusses the finer points of…uh, dancing, jewelry, and Tyler, in a rather coy, playful manner. You can watch Candice’s take below and then head over to E!Online for what Joseph Morgan has to say.
In advance of tonight’s episode, Alix Sternberg of The TV Chick has a wide-ranging interview with Joseph Morgan in which he sheds light on Klaus’s relationships with everyone from his siblings to unlikely friends to potential love interests. (Warning: Spoilers through The Ties that Bind (EP312)!) On the evolving relationship between Klaus and Damon:
“Yeah, you know, I love those confrontations with Ian. It’s been a slow build between he and I. Well, I say slow build, but we tried to kill each other in the first five or six scenes we had. And then we got a little kind of more cordial. So it’s interesting how this relationship develops because most of them share that kind of loose cannon quality.”
He also teases a difficult scene with a horse and gives his thoughts on the Walking Dead finale.
And Hal Boedecker of the Orlando Sentinel also talked to Joseph about sibling dynamics and more. (Again: Spoilers through The Ties that Bind (EP312)!)
“I think Rebekah is the sibling Klaus is closest to. In a way, she’s the one he’s dreading to see the most because he loves her the most. I think that confrontation between the two of them will have to happen, and I think it would a crime if it doesn’t happen this season.”
Entertainment Weekly’s Inside TV has a hot, new february sweeps poster to share with us, featuring Stefan and Klaus (in the teaser to your left) along with Damon, Elena, and a pretty toasty-looking bonfire. Thoughts and speculations?
EDIT: We now have HQ images in the gallery!
On this week’s Vampire Diaries Bite, Robyn Ross of TV Guide talks to Joseph Morgan about some new information we’ll soon get about Klaus’s past as well as how he’ll feel about some upcoming events. Warning: Spoilers through The Ties that Bind (EP312)! Mythology fans will like this tidbit:
“We’re going to learn about the ritual they went through to become vampires and also the ritual that made Klaus’ werewolf side dormant,” Morgan says.
In the video (again – spoilers through the previous episode!), there’s more about Klaus’s feelings on a potential Original family reunion, his dinner party, and what might devastate him.
Terron Moore of Ology just had brunch with Joseph Morgan, Zach Roerig, and Ian Somerhalder and got a nice serving of inside information, jokes, and TVD analogies to everyone from Batman to Yogi Bear to Kublai Khan. Warning: Spoilers through The Ties That Bind (EP312)! On Klaus’s trust issues:
JOSEPH: I think that there’s potential for him to change, yes, but it’s going to be really difficult. Because as well as being selfish, he’s incredibly paranoid. He’s spent the last 1000 years maintaining this lie he’s told his siblings. He’s the product of a dysfunctional family, having this horrible relationship with his father, being a bastard child, not feeling accepted by the rest of his family… so I think he has real issues with trust…
IAN: I feel like Klaus is what happened with Rome, or like, Kublai Khan. He’s created this empire of deceit, and he has to keep it down to protect himself.
Plus, Assignment X recently caught up with Candice Accola and asked her about shipping, stunts, and more. On how her dance training has helped:
“By no means was I going to be a professional dancer, but I grew up taking dance classes down the street and that’s actually been the most helpful in the stunt work, counting out the steps and “five, six, seven, eight, and punch.” It is funny how those little things that you learned as a kid that you don’t think are going to translate, all of a sudden, as an adult, they help you out in your job. So that was something that I did physically when I was young.”
Entertainment Weekly is in Atlanta on the Vampire Diaries set, and they’re getting all sorts of good scoop from the cast. (Warning: Lots of spoilers through The Ties That Bind (EP312)!) Joseph Morgan says, of the dinner party Klaus will throw in Bringing Out the Dead (EP313):
“This is going to be interesting because there’s all of that feeling, all of that tension from all of the fights and manipulation and history that’s been going on between these guys sitting around the dinner table. It’s like a game of poker.”
Intriguing! And they have a great video with Candice Accola in which she discusses Caroline’s reactions to recent events – including her new potential love interest and a “being” that is “creating a lot more turmoil than any viewer might think.” Plus: Ian Somerhalder on Damon’s odds of getting Elena – and who might have a better chance.
February is right on the doorstep, but we’re not going to let the gloomiest month in existence get us down. After all, the Vampire Diaries returns on Thursday (late February, if you’re in the UK – keep the faith, UK fans!), and the CW are gifting us with sexy teasers like this one. Yum. We also have a textless version in the gallery for those who want the pretty in all its glory.
And the TCA Press Tour interviews continue. Christina Radish of Collider talked to Joseph Morgan about some of the thought he’s put into his portrayal of Klaus. On his attitude toward backstory:
“There’s a certain amount that’s developed for you, through the flashbacks, and then you fill in some of the gaps. I tend not to make up too many solid events that he’s been through because then that informs what I’m playing, and then that’s redefined by the writers anyway. When I joined the show, I didn’t know that Stefan and Klaus had a history together. . . . So, it’s useful, to a certain extent, to make backstory and think about that, but to create anything that’s too solid is detrimental, when you’re playing things, later on.”
And on the appeal of vampires:
“I think there’s something that people can relate to, especially teenagers, with the idea of someone who has an older, dark secret and is struggling with something inside themselves and to be accepted because there’s a part of themselves that they’re ashamed of, and yet they really would just like to be like everybody else. I think that’s something that’s instantly relatable to teenagers.”
Joseph also discusses his move to Atlanta, his favorite thing about Klaus, the show on which he’d like to guest star, and much more.
Vlada Gelman of TVLine also interviewed Joseph about Klaus’s love interest, family dynamics, and more. On his brothers:
“What’s wonderful about that is that the writers have really worked to make these two guys individual. It’s not just like there are these two badasses, and they’re both the same and you can’t tell them apart. They really have distinct personalities, just like Elijah and Klaus are very different. … You can’t say Kol is ‘kind of like Damon’ or Kol is ‘kind of like’ that. They’re really not. They’re on their own, and they have distinct motives and relationships.”