TVOvermind posted a lovely interview with Joseph Morgan, filmed at SDCC 2015. The Originals star discussed how the new threats that will emerge in Season 3 won’t be immediate relatives of the Mikaelsons but instead sired vampires of the original family that have come to New Orleans to seek vengeance, making this season less about Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah’s parents and more about their “children,” in a way. Additionally, Morgan also talks about how Klaus is doing as a full-time father with Hayley still trapped in her werewolf form for most of the month and if he believes his character will ever truly find love.
KSiteTV published a lovely roundtable interview with Joseph Morgan, conducted at the 2015 Comic-Con International in San Diego, where he talks the upcoming Season of The Originals. He reveals he is most excited that Season 3 will feature the presence of more vampires — particularly those who were the first in the sire line. The first season 1 was what he called The Season of the Witches, and Season 2 dealt with a lot of issues with parents. Season 3 will be “very much more vampire-centric.”
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Joseph Morgan tells MTV Klaus shouldn’t necessarily be looking to settle down with anyone. Keep on reading to find out why.
“He’s very jealous,” Morgan told MTV News over the phone. “He’s not desiring a love interest specifically, but he wants to be the center of attention. That’s why he hates when Elijah and Rebekah are conspiring, and he hates if Elijah and Hayley are together, because that’s Elijah playing surrogate father to his child. Even though he doesn’t want to be there, he doesn’t want Elijah to be there [either]. He wants everybody to be focused on him, but he lacks the emotional tools to form healthy relationships with any of these people, so they’re drawn to each other instead.”
Morgan also said that Klaus has “the nature of a loner” and that he manages to destroy every relationship he’s ever had, which is why, during the premiere, we’ll see a Klaus that is barely even speaking to his brother Elijah (Daniel Gillies) and his baby’s mother Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin).
“They’ve really shut themselves away in the compound, they’re living as strangers,” Morgan continued. “They each remind each other of what they’ve collectively lost. It’s very difficult for them to communicate when we find them at the beginning. Elijah is worried for Hayley — being a hybrid now, having gone through that death and the loss of her daughter, she is struggling with her new nature. Elijah encourages Klaus to talk to her about it and help her come to terms with it, but you know Klaus. He’s not the greatest communicator. I’m not sure that that has the desired effect.”
What the result of this big conversation will be remains to be seen, but Morgan said that one thing remains crystal clear — Klaus and Hayley are a firm “It’s Complicated” on Facebook.
“It’s a turbulent relationship, as far as Klaus and Hayley are concerned,” he explained. “They’re really people who shouldn’t be in each others’ lives, but because of this child they have together, they’re forced to be. It’s a very interesting and very human dynamic to play.”
Of course, these relationships will soon be shaken up not only by the fight to win back baby Hope, but the arrival of Klaus and Elijah’s parents, Esther and Mikael, who come to New Orleans with separate (but equally sinister) plans for their not-so-much favorite son.
“He’s very emotionally threatened by his mother, because he’s always been a bit of a mummy’s boy,” Morgan said. “He learned at a young age that Mikael was not his birth father, but he’s always desired that kind of affirmation and affection from both parents. Mikael can be a very physically imposing threat to Klaus, and we will see some physical confrontations, but also some emotional confrontations with the parents in season two. I’m really not sure who is the bigger threat. I’d say Mikael is more direct in his confrontations, and Esther is more manipulative.”
The Mikaelson parents, the French Quarter witches, the Guerrera werewolves, and Klaus’ own self-destructive nature will prove to be a threat throughout season two, but Morgan said that nothing will distract Klaus from his one true goal: getting his daughter back.
“[Klaus’ goal] 100 percent is to make New Orleans safe for his daughter, so he can bring her back and reunite their family,” Morgan concluded. “He wants the chance at redemption that his daughter will bring him, and he wants a chance to be a father. But he can’t do that while his enemies are running New Orleans.”
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Joseph Morgan says he hopes something changes inside Klaus once his baby is born. “If Klaus sees the baby or gets to hold the baby, I don’t know if it’ll make him go more in that [nurturing] direction or send him the other way. I can see him not being able to handle it,” he tells TV Guide. “With him becoming a father it’s interesting to see how that affects his bloodlust.”
Joseph has also commented on Klaus’ relationship with his siblings, which has changed a lot throughout the season: “[T]he family has become tighter and more important to him — both with his sister and brother and his potential “modern family.” They’re becoming that tight unit and they’ll have to work together to really keep a hold of the city and make things work.”
The changes did not only impact the character. The British actor admitted he likes The Original hybrid more the way he is now. “I would say he’s become more likable. I like him more, I’ve always liked him, but I feel like there’s more honor. His brother is rubbing off on him! Impending fatherhood has caused him to face his own demons. It’s really come full circle and that’s the season in a nutshell: him having to deal with his past in order to be able to deal with his future.”
What about the finale? What can we expect? E!Online found out that the tonight’s episode is “huge” and “it’s also very terrifying”. In Joseph’s words: “It’s a really frightening episode.” He promises, “I don’t think you’re going to be disappointed. We’re going to go out real strong.”
Joseph Morgan describes The Originals finale as “absolutely action-packed and utterly heartbreaking and emotional.” Season one finale will begin with episode 21 titled The Battle of New Orleans airing on Tuesday, May 6, and conclude with episode 22, From a Cradle to a Grave, on May 13.
The British actor teases Zap2It readers saying, “It all comes to a head. It really opens the world up but also it’s fearless. They’ve never been afraid to kill characters that we like and they’ve never been afraid to let people do things that might make them unpopular, and both of those things will happen in the next two episodes.” Should we get worried?
The last two episodes will be very intense. “Each faction seems to be getting ready to make their move – the wolves to get their hands on the stones to make these rings so they can control their curse, and the witches are getting ready to try and sacrifice the child, and there’s uproar in the human community after Father Kieran died and Francesca is trying to take over, the vampires and Marcel are getting ready to make their move as we saw, and the Originals [are plotting],” Joseph explains.
“The whole season has been a pleasure, but the last few episodes especially are like a rocket ship and I think we’re going to finish very strong,” he says. “It’s utterly compelling you to watch next season.”
Joseph Morgan talks to OTRC.com at a PaleyFest event honoring The Originals on March 22, 2014.
Digital Spy has a spoiler free interview with Joseph Morgan, who talks working on The Originals.
How delicious is it to play the bad guy?
“I love it. I’m having so much fun; that’s why I’m doing this show. I wanted to explore the character further – and that’s exactly what I get to do. Originally, I thought I would only want to play Klaus for about a year on The Vampire Diaries – but he’s just turned out to be such a great character because he is so multi-faceted. There’s more to him then just being a two-dimensional evil character. We’ve learned more about his motives and what drives him. We’ve learned about his vulnerabilities and what made him like he is: his history with his family, with his father and mother, and the rejection from his siblings, and so on. It’s a lot of fun.”
What else do you enjoy about playing Klaus?
“It’s also fun to be the character who brings the chaos. He’s the guy who comes in and scatters the chips everywhere, rather than trying to put everything back together, which is what some of the characters on the other show got stuck doing. I get to play a lot more of the theatrical side of Klaus as well, when he’s playing to a crowd or when he’s holding court or holding people hostage. It’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy it; I’m nowhere near done with it yet.”
How much fun do you have working on the flashback scenes? Klaus has a very cultured past…
“You’re right; he is cultured. When I auditioned for the role a few years ago, the audition notes referred to the fact that Klaus was a fan of opera. I thought to myself, ‘That’s so interesting’. Then they made him a painter and he also shows an interest in literature and poetry. He reads a William Blake poem in one of the episodes, which is really nice. I like working on the period scenes a lot.”
How much work is involved in those scenes?
“I think it’s more work for everyone because there are more to the costumes. There are wigs involved and things like that, but the sets also have to be transformed. It’s a lot of fun, though. Where else do you get to play a character in the present day and in the past? I’ve done period drama before and I’ve done modern day shows, but to do it all in one show and to show the evolution of a character over a huge amount of time is a great bonus for me.”
What would you like to see happen to Klaus this season?
“This season, I’d like to see him embrace the idea of being a father a little more. I feel like he is embracing the idea a little, but he’s very conflicted. He’s conflicted about everything though!”
What is Klaus going to be like as a father?
“I would imagine he’d be a stern disciplinarian. If it’s a girl and she grows up to be a teenager, woe betide the boys that she tries to bring back to the house! To be honest, I don’t know what he’s going to be like as a father. I think he’ll need the help of his siblings to put him in his place and help him stay honourable and good.”
While you prep for the emotional turmoil of Tuesday’s (March 11) epic episode of “The Originals,” “Farewell to Storyville,” you should probably fire up your CWTV app, because star Joseph Morgan wants you to marathon the past two episodes.
He tells Zap2it that episodes 14, 15 and 16 “are sort of a chapter in themselves.” Explains the star, “They’re sort of a three-parter. If you had them all on DVD you’d watch them as a marathon. Sixteen should be called ‘Family Business’ because it’s very much centered around Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah.”
The episode will feature the surviving Mikaelson siblings finally getting in some much-needed group therapy. “It’s them in one location thrashing out everything. Everything comes out — all the secrets. Everything’s out on the table and they realize we have to deal with this as a family now. Can we move forward? Can we forgive each other? Can we forget?”
In his newest interview Joseph Morgan talks his supportive family, passionate fans, Klaus’ dead brothers and more. Keep on reading to find out if there’s any chance Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) and Finn (Casper Zafer) will come to New Orleans.
Klaus has this bratty, middle child-syndrome kind of deal. Does Klaus’ family dynamic relate to your own in any way?
No, I just have one brother, younger than me. I didn’t grow up in that way, and my parents stayed together and were very loving. One thing I can relate to is the closeness and the value of family. We moved to Wales when I was quite young but we frequently visited the rest of my family especially my mother’s side. Woe to anyone who does them wrong.
Speaking of Klaus’ siblings, there were two others who were killed off on The Vampire Diaries. Now with the spin-off, is there any regret in doing away with those two brothers? Is there any chance we’ll see them in flashbacks or in the present even?
It’s not my decision to regret. [Laughs.] We always hear whispers of storylines to come, and about 50% of them pan out. The writer’s room constantly adapts and changes things and goes with characters that are making an impact and kills off characters that aren’t, latching on to certain storylines and working around other actors’ schedules. There’s all these factors that come into play.
But there’s possibilities to bring them back in a 1,000 years worth of flashbacks, and secondly, we are a supernatural show. There’s always a chance an incantation can be found, or some kind of loophole that the witches never saw coming.
You mentioned being a big fan of this horror. It’s so popular right now. What would you say The Originalsbrings to the table that other TV dabbling in the supernatural doesn’t?
We’re a more adult show than the show that we came from. The city is very much a character. We’re very into the reputation that the city has for decadence. And then the idea of a war, I feel like we’re among the most epic shows in that respect. We’re dealing with these beings who are a thousand years old, these Originals. They could only have existed in Mystic Falls for so long before it became a little ludicrous, in my opinion. The stakes are so high for creatures like that. They need to be involved, they need to have epic action, they need to be involved in a war for their species. What we’re really trying to do is grow the scale a bit.
We’re still finding our feet too, don’t get me wrong. We’re a first season and I feel like episodes 14, 15 and 16 are the best we’ve done, and it’s because we’re starting to find our tone, our groove and step out on our own. To say, this is the show we are, and it’s a little darker, a little more psychological than its predecessor.
If I could separate The Originals from The Vampire Diaries in a nutshell I’d say that The Vampire Diaries is more coming-of-age, and we’re more these monsters reveling in who they are and what they are. It’s the end of days for us Mikaelsons. They’ve come to New Orleans to eventually self destruct, to kill each other or love each other, but it’s all going to happen in that city.
You’ve been playing this role for a couple years now, your biggest role to date. You also just won the People’s Choice award for Favorite Actor in a New Series. Now that your fame is blowing up, have you had any crazy run-ins with fans?
The fans are so incredible and so incredibly determined. In New York, I was late for an event for the Upfronts. I was with my girlfriend and there were a lot of fans of various shows camped out outside the hotel, so you’d get a lot of people shouting for photos as soon as you walked out. I was so late so I jumped into the car they provided, and we were just trying to make it there. And a couple of these girls ran down the road after the town car, just running through the streets of New York, and they kept running.
And we kept going for six, seven blocks, and it was like, they’re still there! Then we stopped at a light and I thought, “We’ve gotta get out and take a photo with these girls because this is crazy.” That they would want that so much was so bonkers to me. That was a moment of realization for me that people really like this show.