NEW YORK – The big, bad villain on The CWs The Vampire Diaries is getting his own series.
Joseph Morgan first appeared during Season 2 as Klaus Mikaelson, one of the worlds first vampires, who is also half-werewolf. He was a series regular in the third and fourth seasons.
I love it, said the 32-year-old Morgan. Its been one of the most fun characters Ive ever played.
Fans loved Morgans Klaus and his fellow vampire family members. They were making YouTube videos about the clan before the spinoff was announced.
In The Originals, Klaus moves to New Orleans after being away for about a hundred years and wants to take over the city, now ruled by his protégé vampire, Marcel.
Morgan, who is joined on the series by Vampire Diaries cast members Daniel Gilles, Claire Holt and Phoebe Tonkin, says The Originals is darker in tone than its predecessor.
The show premieres at 9 tonight but will begin airing in its regular 8 p.m. Tuesday time slot beginning next week.
Q. How would you describe Klaus?
A. Klaus is an original vampire. His family was the first vampires to ever walk the planet. Hes also a hybrid. Hes half-vampire, half-werewolf because his father was a werewolf, different to his siblings. (His siblings had a different father.) So, when we were made vampires 1,000 years ago and we each made our first kills, part of the werewolf curse is when you make your first kill, you transform (into a wolf), so it was then that my hybrid nature became apparent. Because of that, Klaus is pretty much indestructible.
Q. Whats it like to star in your own show?
A. For me, its more consuming because Im just in more of it. Theres more to do. Im interacting with almost every character, and my character is talked about a lot in the scenes Im not in. (Laughs.)
Q. Klaus was a big deal on The Vampire Diaries. He was talked about before he showed up on the show. Did you realize how important the role was to the story?
A. I thought about like, You know, maybe he should have a different name, like they could call him like William or something. And then I looked up (the character) online and I was like, Oh, no. This is already an established thing. We cant go changing this.
Q. Viewers learned in the pilot for The Originals that Klaus might become a father. Wouldnt it be interesting if theres a baby on the set?
A. Yeah! Right? Its interesting. It will be a very different direction. ... To bring a baby into the mix will be a whole new thing.