Hitflix caught up with the Welsh actor on Thursday morning to talk about his love for vampires, his hopes that his character doesn’t become brooding and sympathetic and which Salvatore brother Klaus is going to take an interest in.
HitFix: I imagine that as a young actor in this day and age, you probably spend a surprising amount of time auditioning to play vampires.
Joseph Morgan: [Laughs.] Well, you mean that in the last year, there’s been a few vampire things about, haven’t there? More than a few. Let’s just say this was not the first vampire I’ve auditioned for. But I’m so interested and such a fan of the genre anyway that I’ve thought about how I would play a vampire for a lot longer than I’ve been auditioning for them.
HitFix: So for you, what’s the difference in going out for a vampire audition versus any old audition?
JM: There isn’t really a difference. You might be disappointed to know that we don’t turn up with fangs for these auditions. You do get a lot of guys standing around in long coats and black shirts, you know? Ultimately, and this is something they promoted to me on the show as well, it’s really about playing the human aspect. When you start to try and play something too vampiric or too generically evil or too intense, I think it really doesn’t come across as well. It’s about rooting it in the real world, even though you’re playing a heightened reality. It’s about making this character as real as possible.
HitFix: Speaking of this particular character, we’ve had a long wave of sympathetic, brooding, romantic vampires. Vampires never seem to evil anymore. Is Klaus eventually going to become sympathetic…
JM: [Interjects] Oh, I hope not!
HitFix: [Continuing] Or is he just going to be a bad guy?
JM: [Continues…] I hope not. I can tell you this: Not in this season. Look, let’s see if he survives until Season Three, then maybe they’ll make him more of a hopeless romantic, but at that point I hope I’ll be able to sit down with the producers and go, “Listen guys. Please. Not me as well.” You know? I’m just having fun right now with the playful, evil nature of this guy. Something I’ve said from the beginning is that he’s sociopathic. He’s the kinda guy you just wouldn’t want to be in a room with, because you never know what he’s going to do. He’d kiss you or kill you and it all means the same to him. It’s not not that he revels in being “evil,” so to speak. He just doesn’t see the difference between “good” and “bad.” It’s just what Klaus wants. It doesn’t matter if it’s evil or good, it’s what Klaus wants.
HitFix: They definitely enjoy playing dress-up on “Vampire Diaries.” I assume you’d get to see many different eras.
JM: Look, I’m hoping that we’ll go back, eventually, and see a thousand years ago. I think I’m right in saying that’s when the curse was set, when there was the original Petrova, not Katherine, who was a doppelganger, or Elena, obviously, but the original and how she was the binding of the curse. I guess we’ll be in togas and sandals and stuff. I thought that would be kind of interesting.
HitFix: Just as a last question: Gimme a little tease on what we can expect from Klaus this week and in the weeks to come…
JM: OK. People are going to die. People we love will die. And let me tell you this, which I don’t think I’ve said before: Klaus is going to take a special interest in Stefan Salvatore. That’s something that’s definitely going to happen. I’m not talking about a romantic interest, mind you, although it has been hinted that there will be a gay character at some point in Mystic Falls and I think there should be. But that’s not the kind of interest I’m talking about here. But there’s going to definitely be something… happening… between these two characters.
Be sure to head on over to Hitflix and find out what Joseph has to say on how he approached his near agelessness and also his apparent werewolf lineage?