Now that Klaus has finally made his appearance on The Vampire Diaries, there is many questions to be answered and a few lucky members of the press have been able to have the pleasure of interviewing Joseph Morgan.
First up we have a snipped from an interview with Zap2it
Zap2it: How much fun are you having on Twitter right now?
Morgan: As is probably evident, massive amounts of fun. I wondered before I got a twitter account, you know, what do people tweet about? I didn’t want to be one of those people you see on Facebook who have their Facebook status set as ‘Just had a graham cracker!’ I thought, ‘Why do people like this kind of stuff?’ but being involved with a show like ‘The Vampire Diaries’ really allowed me to kind of play with the idea of tweeting with a more ‘Klaus’ voice. I found that I started to develop a tone of speaking for Klaus before being on screen, just through tweeting things. A lot of them were quotes from films or poems that I liked or things that I was interested in, but it all helped to develop the character really, and that’s thanks to the fans that followed me before I even appeared on the show.
When Klaus and Elijah meet in the present day, have dynamics changed between them? Will there be any shred of familial affection left?
I think that like with any family, there are complicated dynamics between the two of them. I don’t think it’ll ever be black and white, just pure love or pure hate. I’m sure they will meet at some point in the modern day, and when they do meet, whether or not it’s this season, I hope that Daniel and I create enough of a rounded dynamic that you’ll see both of those emotions. I have a brother. The relationships between brothers are complicated. It’s never one thing.
I hear you did a lot of research for the role. How much did you look into the information about Klaus that was already out there?
There are seven “Vampire Diaries” books. I read the first four, which are the ones that L.J. Smith wrote in the 1990s. Klaus comes into the first book, so I figured that I’d read the first three to kind of get an idea of the tone, and I’m quite a quick reader anyway so I just sort of tear through them, and then I read the fourth one. To be honest with you, the information that’s there about Klaus in the fourth one, I could’ve just gotten from Wikipedia. I mean, I’m glad I read the books, but I could’ve just gone online.
Another good thing about having read the books is that it’s allowed me to play with the fans on Twitter a bit. I watched the entire second season of the show and I’d seen random episodes of the first season. I was away while it was airing, but now I’ve been given the first season to watch, by the producers, as a gift, which was nice. I’m a massive fan of the genre anyway, so people ask me how many vampire films I watched to prepare for this role, and the answer is not many, because I’ve seen them all already! I didn’t have many left to watch.
Klaus and Elijah are brothers, and they’ve both lived so long. Other than Klaus’s werewolf affliction, what do you think the key differences between them are?
I always felt that back in the 1400s, Elijah was the guy who was always pulling Klaus out of trouble. He was the godfather kind of thing, the voice of reason. Klaus was always a bit more of a loose cannon, spoiled child. There was much more of a playful side. You don’t get to be that age without having a sense of humor about it all. I wanted that playful side, I wanted the sense that it just wasn’t safe to be in the room with him. He might kiss you or kill you at any moment, and it all meant the same to him. He’s sociopathic. He doesn’t have the same kind of understanding, I guess, of morals and right and wrong. It’s all so blurred to him.
Head on over to Zap2it to read the rest of the interview.
Joseph was also interviewed by Chicago Tribune. Below is some of that interview
Klaus is a vampire-werewolf hybrid…
How much more difficult does that make it for him to date?
For him to find a date? Well, I think it would be easier, wouldn’t it? There are certain women who are attracted to power and I think he kind of holds all the cards in that sense. [Laughs.] Look, he has it all. He has the romantic charm of a vampire and the animalistic, wild side of a werewolf, you know?
What kind of woman do you think it go after?
Well this is interesting. I don’t think that Klaus would ever settle for a human. I think she would have to be pretty special for a human. I like the idea that he would keep a harem of witches. I think that he has kind of an obsession with witches, and I feel like he would have a few of them, you know? [Laughs.]
We learned last week that Klaus and Elijah are brothers, which mirrors the Damon-Stefan dynamic. Is Klaus more of a Damon or a Stefan?
Well, this is interesting. I think we both carry aspects of both. I mean, look, the obvious thing to say is that Klaus is more Damon because he’s a loose cannon and Elijah is a little more controlled, so he’s like Stefan. But there are also other aspects. As we saw in the episode, Klaus took Katherine from Elijah on a couple of occasions. So he really kind of won the girl each time, and that’s what Stefan’s done, right? And Elijah was left waiting in the wings like Damon was. So I think there are absolutely aspects of both Salvatore brothers in both of the Originals. I hope that we’re bringing a new flavor to it, as well, and exploring things that maybe those guys haven’t.
Head on over to Chicago Tribune to read the full interview.