The Originals Star Joseph Morgan Talks Beheadings, Love, and Klaus’ Sensitive Side
Though we may have much to learn about the unique world of The Vampire Diaries’ new spin-off, The Originals, the show is very much grounded in characters we already know and love — namely, Klaus (Joseph Morgan). Joseph sat down with CW69 Atlanta to talk about what we can expect from the impetuous vampire now that he has his very own television show...
Klaus is no longer the antagonist, but the protagonist of a show, so what does that mean for his character? Will we see more of the sensitive romantic Klaus unveiled to Caroline in TVD Season 4, or will he revert to his homicidal maniac mode with this new power struggle to win?
“I think they’re two sides of the same coin,” Joseph said about Klaus’ romantic and sociopathic natures. “I don’t think he was bad and then became good. I think he’s always contained that sort of sociopathic nature. In my last episode, I think I beheaded a witch. So, yeah, we’ll see all of those sides of him. What The Originals allows for is more screentime so we can … get a more fully-rounded view of the character.” Among the qualities Joseph specifically named? “His vulnerable side. His sensitive side. And his bloodthirsty side.” For the record, we enjoy all sides of Klaus.
There’s been some talk of trying to work a crossover ep for Klaus and Caroline to continue their flirty friendship (read: imminent romance), but - as the characters are currently on two different shows - it seems unlikely anything will develop in the near future for us Klaroline shippers. In the meantime, will Klaus get a new love interest on The Originals?
“My first episode I ever filmed, [Klaus] said, ‘Love is a vampire’s greatest weakness,’” Joseph said. “I think he really believes that or he would like himself to believe that. I’m not sure if we’ll see any romantic interests. That’s a question for the writers. Certainly, not thus far.”
As for the other relationships on the show, Joseph said Klaus relationship with remaining siblings Rebekah and Elijah will continue to be “incredibly tempestuous,” but that they are united in “a common goal.” Presumably, the protection of Klaus’ unborn child. How to go about achieving said goal will present some problems, however.
“We are here in New Orleans with a common goal, but we have very different ideas about reaching that goal and so there’s a lot of disagreements along the way,” said Joseph. We’re guessing Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) complicates the decision-making process. Klaus’ former protege and current self-proclaimed “King of the Quarter” may stand in Klaus’ way, but the two also share an emotional history.
“Marcel was certainly I think like a son to Klaus initially, and I think almost like family to him,” said Joseph. “And then, coming back to New Orleans, and then seeing that he’s taken everything that Klaus had was certainly very hurtful to Klaus. So, I think what we’re going to see is an underlying tension between the two of them, building up to this war, which is at the heart of this series - along with the child.” When we hear it described like that, we’re totally on board with The Originals (not that Joseph’s sexy British swagger wouldn’t have kept us glued to the television screen anyway).
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The Originals premieres Thursday, October 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW before moving to Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, October 8.