A few stars from The Originals and The Vampire Diaries headed to the iHeartRadio Music Festival last week, and we were happy to see that Claire Holt (Rebekah) and Charles Michael Davis (Marcel) stopped to chat with MTV’s Hollywood Crush about the new series!

Claire confirmed that the spin-off would be a little different from its predecessor, saying, "Tonally, it's a little darker than The Vampire Diaries, maybe skewed a little older." With Charles adding, “Sexier. And a little cooler...just slightly." We hope he meant the “cooler” end of that sentence, because we want all the sexy we can get!

And of course, they’re going to amp up the supernatural parts. Claire said because of the location, it’ll be a bit more mysterious: "Being set in New Orleans, it has more of a mystical element.” That, we already knew, as the witchy population of the city WAY outnumbers the ladies with powers in Mystic Falls.

And what about the past? We’re hoping for a lot of flashbacks so we can see exactly what went down between Klaus and Marcel! Claire said that we’d see a lot of that in the new show: “Yes, absolutely. Because we've been around so long, and the Originals have such a history with Marcel, there's going to be a lot of delving into the past and looking at what happened and the events and our relationships."

And Charles, who frankly seems kind of enamored by Claire (who wouldn’t be?), added that we’d get to see “a lot of Claire looking spectacular in period pieces. Smashing! Sexy.”

A thankful but flustered Claire came back with something that made our hearts beat a little faster, promising we’d also see “some shirtless Charles.” Yes, yes, and YES.

Only one more week until the premiere!

Source: MTV’s Hollywood Crush