We’ve always seen Klaus (Joseph Morgan) as a ruthless vampire figure who makes “a fair few pacts” but has no qualms about going back against his word, also would rather stab his family (often times literally) than risk revealing some of more forgiving, softer, dare we say vulnerable colors. He’s been such a big, “bad,” powerful guy, but here he has to earn that place back on The Originals. What is notably different in this story is that because he’s the central figure, the audience gets to spend more alone time with him to see those other sides to him and actively journey with him to regaining the power he had on The Vampire Diaries or the power he once had in New Orleans.
“When Klaus was in New Orleans [the first time], he was still on the run from his father, so he was a different person then. He’s gained a little confidence since he was in Mystic Falls,” Morgan said when LA TV Insider Examiner sat down with him in Los Angeles.
“So going back there, I think like returning to your childhood home, unearths all of those little vulnerabilities, those insecurities that you thought had been buried long ago…He’s always felt a little inadequate…and I think that insecurity stops him from really truly trusting his siblings…but I know the love, the bond is always there underneath it all.”
Morgan pointed out, as the pilot of The Originals does, too, that New Orleans was always a city where vampires could be vampires, and Klaus certainly had his fun there and has the potential to do so again.
“We’re going to see him reveling a little more. He came in with one purpose to Mystic Falls– to break that curse– and then you know he stuck around, but he was very malevolent and very kind of malicious, and I think we’re going to see him enjoying his true nature [here] as well as struggling with the idea of being an expectant father. That’s a whole other can of worms!” Morgan said.
“I would like to think that he would care for the child, although he won’t want anyone else to know it because it could be a sign of weakness– it could be somewhere he’s vulnerable.”
The baby isn’t Klaus’ main focus in the first few episodes of The Originals, though, and in a way, neither is the pact he made with the witches, who Morgan feels are “probably out for their own” just as Klaus is. Instead, he is keeping an eye on Marcel (Charles Michael David) at all times to get a handle on just how he knows as much about the city. And then of course there is Camille (Leah Pipes) who got a handle on Klaus in a way she didn’t realize but affected him deeply.
“What she does, I think, certainly in terms of the pilot is certainly exposes a little bit of his vulnerability. That was one of my favorite scenes in the pilot that we shot– where we’re watching the painter– and she really nails him and what he’s all about, who he is. I think that is, for the time being, going to be their relationship. She got to him, and it’s different at the moment,” Morgan said of the relationship and what Klaus is used to from other people at all.
“She understood him in a way that no one has in awhile. I think there’s a possibility of a kind of kinship growing there.”
Klaus’ attention being split, though, means distractions may keep him from the truth for a little while. Marcel has a girl who knows the goings on of the city through her own supernatural link, and she is someone Klaus will need to know– and perhaps to turn (no pun intended) onto his side of things. Morgan admitted it’s still too early to know exactly what her connection is to Marcel– but that he certainly “has a hold on her.” After all, she’s powerful enough that if she didn’t want to be there, even on some level, she certainly should be able to break out.
“It’s not going to be him who discovers her, I’ll say that,” Morgan said of Marcel’s quote-unquote secret supernatural weapon.
“She is going to be discovered but she’s a little harder to control when we first meet her, I think. The first episode of our series is like a re-telling of the pilot…It’s the same timeline of the pilot but from Elijah’s point of view…We’re filling in the gaps. So we’ll be playing catch up until the very end of the episode there.”
The Originals premieres on The CW on October 3 2013 at 9 p.m. before moving into its time slot premiere of Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on October 8 2013.
Be sure to check out BOTH parts of our video interview with Morgan. Part One is about Klaus’ evolution as a character, fatherhood, and family man and Part Two focuses on Marcel’s Achilles’ heel, the deal with the witches, and relationship with Camille.
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