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'The Originals' star Daniel Gillies on Elijah's great curse, more wars

For the Originals, immortality comes with a lot of baggage, particularly in the form of family members. But it also comes with a wealth of knowledge, and in Elijah’s case, a thousand-year-old sense of understanding and forgiveness. It’s something that Elijah’s brother Klaus has come to rely on over the years. But new hybrid Hayley is still not quite sure what to expect from Elijah.

In last week’s premiere, fans watched as Hayley battled with the transition, as she put it, from mother to monster. For Hayley, her new status as a hybrid means more than losing her baby and her wolf family. It also means losing Elijah. At least, that’s how she feels.

“I think if there’s one thing he is it’s forgiving,” Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah, told EW. “I think it’s one of the most lovely things about Elijah. I don’t think he believes that she’s a monster at all. His capacity for empathy is enormous, and I think that that’s one of the great gifts that time has bestowed him with, but I think it’s also one of the curses as well. I’ve always said that Elijah’s great disease is his capacity to empathize and his enormous threshold for forgiveness. To a certain extent, he does believe that her acts were monstrous, but that doesn’t mean that he sees himself as any better than her. In fact, if anything, it will make them closer knowing that they’re sort of in the same realm of understanding.”

But it isn’t Elijah’s relationship with Hayley that’s the focal point of the current story. Rather, with the return of Elijah’s parents, along with his brothers Kol and Finn, there are many questions to be answered in terms of Elijah’s familial ties. Fans know how Klaus reacts to the arrival of his family members, but it’s yet to be seen what Elijah’s other relationships really mean to him. “I wish there was more definition regarding what Elijah’s feelings are,” Gillies said. “I think the writers are still discovering the show, and I don’t think they have all the answers, nor should they at this point. There’s only so much universe they can supply from week to week and they’re doing a marvelous, marvelous job. But I think that they’re still discovering and creating the very complicated and soiled labyrinth that has led us to this day. These protagonists are mentally complicated, and Elijah’s no exception.”

However, Gillies did say that viewers will get a deeper look into Elijah’s individual history with his family. “There is a strange ambiguity about what his sentiment is towards his mother and father. We will reveal a lot of Elijah’s history with his mother in the coming weeks and those chapters are extraordinarily enlightening and revealing regarding his history with his parents, and it is definitively his own.”

Along with flashbacks to Elijah’s time with his mother, fans know to expect a glimpse into the time when Elijah and Klaus both fell for original doppelganger Tatia. And with that, they’ll get to know human Elijah a little better. So how does human Elijah differ from the noble vampire fans know? “It’s an innocence,” Gillies said. “Speaking to Elijah’s great curse and blessing—this enormous sense of understanding—it comes directly from that love of innocence. From the moment we met him, even within The Vampire Diaries, he always had this adoration of Elena Gilbert, and understanding that the finite human life—as vulgar as it might look to someone like Niklaus—Elijah holds it within great reverence. The way Elijah might look at a Stephen Hawking or Mahatma Gandhi or an Albert Einstein, he has a deep love of not just human excellence but also of human compassion and what a human being can achieve within a human lifetime. And I think that innocence, i.e. the ability to die, in a way is something that’s become more and more precious, and dare I say it, probably even more and more of a temptation to him as he’s aged.”

But for the time being, Elijah is less caught up in a quest for innocence and more focused on helping his family move on. And despite the family’s recent triumph over the Guerrera wolves, healing is something that Gillies doesn’t see happening until baby Hope is safely home. “Whenever protagonists are discussing violence to solve a problem, not just as a person and a new father, it sort of sickens me. And it probably sickens the writers too, but they know that that’s the way that these worlds work. But even they understand that it’s only a temporary fix. Julie [Plec]’s the biggest lover of family of all time. Anything she writes comes back to the unity of family and desire to have that communion. But she knows, as do all the writers, that these wars are only a temporary fix, and they only beget further wars.”

The Originals airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on The CW.

'The Originals' finale: Daniel Gillies on the show's 'Darth Vader', and 'the beginning of the end for Elijah'

From the moment The Originals was pitched as a Vampire Diaries spin-off, it was talked about as the story of Klaus Mikaelson’s redemption, among other things, and what that would mean for this literally ancient family of vampires. And now, one season later, we’re only hours away from Klaus’ baby being born and what could be the start of a whole new Klaus. Then again, we could be hours away from Klaus going down his darkest road yet.

But one thing seems certain: Thanks to a romantic entanglement with Hayley, Klaus’ older brother Elijah will be just as affected by any outcome. And Daniel Gillies, the man behind Elijah, has spoken before about how this series is as much about Klaus’ redemption as it is about the undoing of Elijah. “What’s exciting about a character like Elijah is I think that I feel like he has an enormous threshold for this punishment,” Gillies said. “It’s partly to do with how I believe his psychological architecture is constructed. I think that he’s someone who carries an enormous amount of guilt and regret about his brother’s condition. He feels that he’s failed his brother, so subsequently, he’s this creature who follows his malevolent brother to all the corners of the earth in pursuit of this ideal that’s really as mercurial as sand between your fingers.” READ FULL STORY

'TVD' star Daniel Gillies talks Katherine, Showtime acquiring his directorial debut, and his next film

Tonight, we see the backdoor pilot for the Vampire Diaries’ Originals spin-off, a safe bet to make The CW’s fall schedule, which will be announced on May 16. But Daniel Gillies (Elijah), who’s currently filming the second season of CTV’s Saving Hope, has something else to look forward to next month: Last October, he released his feature-length directorial debut, the drama Broken Kingdom, and Kingdom Come, the documentary following the three-year process of getting that independent movie made, online. Unbeknownst to him, reps for one of the documentary’s co-directors, Paiman Kalayeh, then began shopping Kingdom Come — which also features a score of indie filmmakers including Don Cheadle, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Spurlock, and Kevin Smith sharing their own war stories and triumphs — to networks, and got a bite from Showtime. After viewing the documentary, execs asked to see Gillies’ movie as well. And now, both will air on the cable network May 15, back-to-back. Gillies, who wrote and stars in Broken Kingdom as an American writer who forms an unlikely union with a 14-year-old street girl in Colombia, chatted with EW about the films (which you can still stream at Brokenkingdomfilm.com) and the script he’s penning now. READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Klaus wants his kingdom back in promo for Originals' backdoor pilot -- VIDEO

In the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) heads to New Orleans to investigate the threat of witches mobilizing against him. What he finds, as you see in the extended promo below, is his former protegé Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) ruling the Big Easy and having everything Klaus has ever wanted: power, loyalty, family, and slow-motion walks through Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. What would The Originals be about if this backdoor pilot turns into a series on The CW’s fall schedule? Klaus sums it up: “I want to be king.”

For a closer look at the new characters introduced in the episode, plus spoilers from exec producer Julie Plec, Morgan, and Daniel Gillies, click here.

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'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies on filming Originals spin-off pilot in New Orleans -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on newsstands today, we have the exclusive first look at the April 25 episode of The Vampire Diaries, which serves as a backdoor pilot for an Originals spinoff set in The Big Easy. In that hour, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) return to New Orleans — a city they helped build, then fled about 100 years ago when Mikael chased them out — and find that Klaus’ former protégé Marcel (The Game‘s Charles Michael Davis) has turned it into a town where, for all intents and purposes, vampires walk the streets freely. “Marcel’s got people to look the other way while they have these crazy hedonistic parties and do whatever they want,” Morgan says. Shooting one of those soirees earlier this month at New Orleans’ Hotel Royal, which doubled for Marcel’s home, proved memorable for the actor… READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries' spin-off: The redemption of Klaus, the unraveling of Elijah? -- EXCLUSIVE

Daniel Gillies’ Elijah returns to The Vampire Diaries tonight, and as he’s already teased for us, Elijah’s going to “shock and possibly even horrify.” That’s something fans might need to get comfortable with… READ FULL STORY

'Vampire Diaries': Daniel Gillies on Elijah's return -- 'He's gonna shock and possibly even horrify'

In next week’s episode of The Vampire Diaries, Elijah is back. “There’s been a lot of talk about what I’m returning for and to do,” Daniel Gillies says. The episode’s synopsis simply states that Elena has a “surprising encounter” with Elijah in Pennsylvania, where she and Rebekah are headed in their search for Katherine and the cure. “All I can say is tune in,” Gillies says, “because Elijah’s gonna shock and possibly even horrify a few. In fact, I’ll say he’s gonna horrify many. But franky, I don’t care. I think what he’s doing is wonderful.”

Exec producer Julie Plec is even more vague: “The first glimpse of Elijah, your heart explodes, you’re so happy to see him. And he is quintessential Elijah, dressed in his beautiful suit with his lovely demeanor, and, as always, trying to find ways to keep Klaus in his place and keep his family together.” (That’s also what Elijah will be doing in the April 25 episode, which serves as the backdoor pilot for the Originals spinoff.)

After this week’s episode, in which Silas put the white oak stake in Klaus’ back and threatened to do worse if he doesn’t get him the cure, Klaus appears to need all the help he can get. While promo shots show Caroline with him — is she getting the splinters out? — we like the shirtless shot of Joseph Morgan, above, the best. Which leads us to an important question: READ FULL STORY

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