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Joseph Morgan previews new 'Originals': Glitz, glamour, and drama

Last week’s episode of The Originals introduced Klaus’ little sister, Rebekah, to the mix and told viewers all about the backstory behind Marcel’s relationship with the Original family. It also gave us our first Original vampire-Davina showdown and, naturally, put Elijah’s life in danger. So what’s in store now that Hayley gave Rebekah Klaus’ remaining daggers and Klaus (too little, too late!) realized his mistake in handing Elijah over? A masquerade ball, of course.

We caught up with Joseph Morgan to talk tonight’s big event, Klaus’ priority, and when that pesky hybrid baby will come into play:

'The Originals' star Joseph Morgan steals from EW offices -- PHOTOS

On the Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals (premiering Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on The CW), viewers will quickly learn that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) wants what his former protégé-turned-rival Marcel, played by Charles Michael Davis, has. It’s a stance Morgan has been known to playfully take on set as well. “I’ve been trying to get Julie [Plec, exec producer of both shows] to let me wear a vest for two years. It’s a British thing. I just like the idea of it. What I would call a waistcoat,” he says. “And then one of Marcel’s henchmen, his right-hand man Thierry [Callard Harris], shows up — vest in every scene. And my thing was, Klaus has a few necklaces. From the beginning I’ve done that. And then I’m like, ‘Here’s Charles Michael Davis with a cool necklace. But not only that, leather wristbands.’ And he looks like he spends every day in the gym. On the backdoor pilot, my stand-in was this sort of weedy-looking white guy. Charles Michael Davis’ stand-in was this hugely buff guy. I was like, ‘Look, this is how they see us. These two guys together.’” Morgan got a new stand-in when the show, which filmed the backdoor pilot on location in New Orleans, set up shop in Atlanta: “Now my stand-in’s too handsome,” he says, laughing. “He’s like a younger, more handsome version of me. Now I’m intimidated by my stand-in. I’ve been shot in the foot.”

In the spirit of Klaus/Morgan wanting what others have, we invited him in to different staffers’ offices at EW HQ to see what he’d like to steal from them. Let the tour begin:

'The Originals': Flashback to the 1800s -- FIRST LOOK

The Originals, the CW’s Vampire Diaries spinoff, may debut Oct. 3, but there’s at least one reason to look forward to the second episode (which airs in the show’s regular Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET time slot on Oct. 8): Flashbacks! As you can see from our exclusive first look photo, even in the 1800s, Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) had a complicated relationship. Also, it’s nice to know the show wastes no time getting Davis shirtless. Well done. 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.


'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

'Vampire Diaries': Joseph Morgan talks cure answers and spinoff hopes

, ‘We’re uploading the satellite thing now.’ There’s that kind of feel to it.”

As we’ve been pointing out in our recaps, we’ve never actually heard what form the cure takes and how many people can partake in it. That will change this week: “It’ll become a lot clearer,” Morgan says. “We find out a lot more about what the rules are concerning the cure.” Something else to look forward to: Klaus’ incarceration will leave him understandably pissed: “They killed his brother, he saw it, it was right there in front of him. And to top if off, Tyler spent the next two episodes taunting him. I don’t know if we can get quite as glorious as the slaughter of 12 hybrids with an ancient sword, but he’s certainly going to come out looking for vengeance.” (Klaus won’t be in the Feb. 21 episode, “Stand By Me.” Says Morgan, “That’s because of the way he lays it down in this episode.”) READ FULL STORY

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