Joseph Morgan has done a photo shoot recently for The Laterals. The Laterals is a weekly updated online media hub for the Creatives, the Artists, the Designers, the Entertainers, and the mobile. It is viewed, and designed for the trendy and the conservative. They cover interviews on the people of the world, the extra, the ordinary, and the believer.
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How did you first get involved in The Vampire Diaries / The Originals universe, and what are your thoughts on that?
I was lucky that around the time I decided I wanted to be involved in television this great role came up in TVD. I got a tremendous amount of support from the fans who shared my passion for the genre. It was really them that started to entertain the idea of a spin off by making trailers on YouTube for ‘The Originals’. Neither the producers nor myself had communicated our shared desire to make this show so I think I have the fans to thank for forcing the issue.
What is your perspective on your character, Niklaus Mikaelson?
Hated by his father and rejected by his siblings, Niklaus Mikaelson is the black sheep of the family and the product of a deeply dysfunctional upbringing. He is possessive over his siblings and utterly controlling of their actions, when we first met him in TVD he was carting them all round in coffins. He is desperate for the love and affirmation that was lacking in his childhood, this makes him prone to fits of rage that are fuelled by his bestial side. He is a sociopath, unpredictable and deadly… but most of all Klaus is lonely. Whenever he gets close to forming a meaningful bond he destroys it, fearful of the vulnerability it exposes in him. He is determined not to appear weak and because of that he will not allow himself to truly trust or love. Still, there is Hope.
How much do you pay attention to social media and your followers?
A lot. Since I started using Twitter I have been a big fan of it. It allows me to have direct contact with people want to connect with me. It is a terrific way to exchange recommendations about books or films or anything else you are passionate about. It has helped my wife and I raise thousands of dollars for charity, including our latest project for Charity Water.
What do you do to prepare yourself for your role?
It truly depends on the part, but I believe the best way to prepare is the way that inspires you the most. If you find inspiration for the role though paintings and poetry then that’s your way in, if you discover the walk of your character by watching your pet cat move then there’s your key. To be inspired is a must for me.
Where do you find inspiration – for yourself, and for your work alike.
My wife is a great inspiration to me as well as a tremendous source of support. We constantly bounce ideas back and forth. I read a lot, I enjoy art, music, films, comics, video games and travel. I write and paint and am a campfire guitarist. I gain inspiration from learning about others and from that I learn about myself. I try to experience as much as I can so I can draw from it. I’m curious. Inspiration can be found everywhere if you open yourself to it.
Lastly, tell us something about yourself that your fans may be surprised to learn.
Years ago, my brother and I were in a band together called the Long Men. My brother is a very talented musician, he sings and plays the guitar.
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