If the fact that the Grill is the only restaurant in town didn’t tip you off, we’ll remind you that Mystic Falls is a small place. That’s one of the reasons Daniel Gillies (Elijah) tells ETonline he’s so excited for The Vampire Diaries' The Originals spin-off. It feels like a completely different show.
“I don't mean to sound irreverent to any of the shows that have taken place before, but I've never been so excited about an episode of The Vampire Diaries,” says Daniel. “It's such an exciting evening of TV — Julie Plec has done something really splendid here. I mean, damn it, we should be building monuments to her across North America.” What? The shrine in our bedroom isn’t enough?
According to what Daniel tells ET, we’re in for quite a treat. “Like most actors, I sort of despise everything I've ever done, but the moment I started watching his, I was gobsmacked,” he admits. “This thing takes you on an adventure through New Orleans and it's a totally different energy from The Vampire Diaries.
“There's this quality that Joseph and I wanted to achieve which is that of ancient resonance, and I feel like the pillars of the show — myself, Charles Michael Davis, Joseph Morgan, Claire Holt, and Phoebe Tonkin — are performing at a certain pitch. Perhaps because we felt the importance of the episode, there is a certain caliber to it that just felt transcendently good. And that's not just me complimenting my performance. It felt like we've been making The Originals for years judging from the quality. It's just a great, epic night of television and whether we get picked up or not, they've succeeded in creating something I will always consider superb.”
That’s high praise coming from Daniel! But he’s not the only one who’s looking forward to a New Orleans adventure. Elijah feels like the Original family has outgrown Mystic Falls.
Daniel was interviewed by HollywoodLife, and he said, “For Elijah, this opportunity is too big to overlook. He’s like, ‘What are we doing in this small town?’ He even says to Klaus in the pilot, ‘What are you going to do? Do you want to return to Mystic Falls as the feared one?’ I think Elijah is excited by this more than anyone, because the unity of his family is paramount. The idea of turning over a new leaf is beyond exciting for him.”
We can’t wait to see what happens to the Originals in a big, anonymous city....