Daniel Gillies Talks #TheOriginals with SugarScape!

Daniel must’ve sat down for this interview before the arrival of his baby, because I’m betting that baby girl has her daddy wrapped around her little finger already!!

Anyway, Daniel shared a little gossip and fun teasers with SugarScape recently:

The OriginalsWhen did you first find out about the supernatural spin-off to The Vampire Diaries?

The writing was on the wall for a while. I believe in [The Vampire Diaries and The Originals executive producer] Julie Plec more than anyone. When she says she’s going to do something, it comes into being – and that’s why the news of this show didn’t come as a blindsiding shock to me. It was something that she always talked about.

When Joseph Morgan first came to The Vampire Diaries and we did some of our original scenes together – no pun intended – I remember seeing Julie watching it and saying, “This has to be a show.” She was sitting there looking very giddy, so even back then I knew this show was going to happen. To be honest, I didn’t think it would be so rapid, though. Julie thinks this has taken a long time, but it took less than two years to move from inception to conception and realization. That’s very quick in my eyes.

I don’t think anyone expected the idea to be picked up and run with as quickly as it was!!  I remember I was writing an article about what “back-door pilot” meant when I heard the news!!  It was SUPER fast!

What can fans expect from the first season of The Originals?

The first season is a little like a war. In a sense, this mystical show is all about survival and we’re heading to New Orleans to reclaim our former kingdom. That’s going to require a lot of strategy, as well as a clever usurping of the power from Marcel.

So, the take away from that statement (for me at least) is that The Originals win.  Good.

4.22.2What about romance?Will we see much romance in The Originals?

That’s a question for Julie Plec. I can’t say for myself. I know that Elijah said goodbye to Katherine, and I know that the fans adored Caroline and Klaus together. Perhaps I’m a little bit more brutal and cynical, but I feel that these relationships are made to be broken.

However, from the amount of venom that I’ve received online for being even momentarily dismissive about the Caroline relationship, I’ve learned that talking about this stuff doesn’t win over fans.

I think Elijah is finished with Katherine.  He may have held a torch for her for a very long time, but he saw her true colors recently, and I think that changed him.

klaus and carolineWhen it comes to romantic relationships in the new show, what would you like to see happen?

Personally, I think they are going to have to create four new relationships for these characters. It’s a whole new world, so who knows whether or not the Caroline and Klaus relationship will continue? Or even the Katherine and Elijah relationship. Truthfully, I’m just excited to see who they bring into the show. There will definitely be romantic moments. You can’t have a Julie Plec show and not have couples within it – she adores that stuff, she’ll never exclude it from her writing.

She does like her romance, doesn’t she?  But, she also likes to rip our hearts out and show them to us (like Elijah), so you never really know what to expect!!  (And that, folks, is why we keep watching.)

House of the Rising SonWhich of the women of The Originals will be attracted to Elijah?

That’s a really interesting question. Perhaps Sophie Deveraux [played by Daniella Pineda]? Or Leah Pipes’ character, Camille? I don’t know. It’s hard to say at this point. That’s for Julie to master and design. It’s difficult for me to say because I’m a married guy, so I don’t ever think, ‘Oh, I’d like to see my character get with this person or that person.’ I don’t look at it objectively.

They will definitely hook Elijah up with somebody at some point, that’s for damn sure. There’s talk of him getting with Phoebe’s character [Hayley] as well, but who knows what will happen? We’ll just have to wait and see.

I can see him becoming very protective of Hayley, but as for anything romantic . . . I just can’t see that.  But, Elijah does seem to enjoy the girl with a story, doesn’t he?  (Read:  Katherine)

Elijah and KatherineHow much do you enjoy working on romantic scenes?

That’s another really good question. In truth, it’s quite mechanical. I never dated an actress before my wife [Rachael Leigh Cook]. I used to date women who would get jealous of that stuff, which was very odd because when you’re with an actor, they understand that it’s the most unsexy thing you could ever do. It doesn’t matter who you’re working with; it’s really not a turn-on.

Nina Dobrev is a beautiful woman and, in theory, to make out with her should be a pleasure no matter whom you’re married to or what your codes are. The problem is that when you go and do this stuff in front of the cameras, it’s a complete passion killer.

I can’t imagine that being at all fun, what with the cameras and all the people.  But it sure does look nice on television!

How do you approach the saucier scenes on a show like The Originals?

Honestly, and this is going to sound very ‘actor-y’, but it’s just like approaching dance steps. It’s literally like choreographing a fight. You talk it through, “You’re going to grab me here, I’m going to kiss you here and you’re going to drop there, and then we’re going to go to the pillows… After that, you’re going to pull off my shirt.” It’s a dance routine. You’ll be in the middle of a scene and you’ll hear someone shout, “Just tilt your chin up because the light is not hitting it properly.” Romantic scenes are the opposite of sexy.


Elijah straightening cufflinksAs a character, Elijah is often straight-laced and serious. Would you like to see a more humorous side emerge in The Originals?

Personally, I think Elijah’s always got a twinkle of humour in his eye. Everything he does has humour. He’s more controlled than me and more economical with his movement, his voice, his poise, and everything – but he always has a joke in his eyes. I love that about him. I hope that’s what he continues to do.

He’s not like Damon in that everything he says is some sort of quip or snark, but when he does say something in that vein (pun intended), it is pretty freaking awesome.  I want more of those moments.  (Remember *adjusts cufflinks* “I’m Elijah.  You’ve heard of me?” – GREAT)

What has surprised you the most about the baby storyline in the show?

Interestingly, Julie Plec was talking about werewolf and vampire hormones during one of our interviews recently. She said that when you’re a werewolf, you don’t turn during a full moon when you’re pregnant, which is a very interesting fact. I did not know that. That’s a little tidbit right there! That was very surprising to me, but it’s also a great fact I never knew about before. 

And I have a feeling we’ll be learning a lot more about werewolf/vampire hybrid anatomy as this series goes on!!


Elena co-owns the Fangirlish network. She's a mom and works too much, but enjoys the shows that one has a hate/love relationship with. Give her some Jon Snow and she's happy. Currently making her way through reading some amazing fan fiction.

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