“The Originals” season 3 star Daniel Gillies recently opened up about his character Elijah, his onscreen brother Klaus and the love triangle he has with him and Hayley.
In an interview with Zap2It, Gillies said that Elijah will have a slight desperation at the moment, especially since he wants to make sure that Hayley will be safe now that she’s been transformed into a werewolf.
“I think we’re seeing Elijah come a little undone. He’s sort of the only one of the original family that’s desperately clawing to maintain a sense of… I don’t want to say nobility, because I don’t think that’s what it is. A sort of humanity that he’s trying to hold on to,” he said.
Meanwhile, Gillies also weighed in on Elijah and Klaus’ relationship. Despite coming together in season two’s finale episode, the actor said that the Mikaelson brothers will continue to disagree on a lot of things.
“I find that interesting. It’s funny that you should say that. There were these images released online of Elijah holding a baby and I started getting all of these rage and vitriol on Twitter and social media feeds. People are saying, ‘This is the kind of bullsh*t that pisses me off, who the f*ck do they think they are?'”
Gillies also revealed that Klaus will continue to have custody of baby Hope. He added that he is proud of how the writers portrayed the show’s lead character as an absentee father.
What’s your fondest memory from “The Originals” set so far?
My fondest memory from set so far is the day I was forced to leave for the birth of my daughter.
Coincidentally, we were actually shooting a scene in which I was desperately trying to nurture Hayley back to health in order to rescue her unborn child. It was an enormous exterior scene that involved the rental of a gigantic Georgian property, a swimming pool, monumental lighting apparatus and cranes.
The morning of the shoot, my wife was told that we had to induce in order to protect our own unborn child from a precarious arrangement of the nuchal chord in utero.
Obviously, there was no way I would let my wife face that without me. My daughter Charlotte essentially shut down production and cost the production hundreds of thousands of dollars. It was quite the entrance.
48 hours and zero sleep later, I drove back to the set from the hospital at Northside in Atlanta. I’ll never forget the color of the sky and the brand new sensation of fatherhood.
You are a writer/director for both “Broken Kingdom” and “Kingdom Come.” Was it difficult to transition from being an actor to being a writer/director?
In some respects, but ultimately they are different faces of the same expression. Direction certainly is where all the power lies with regard to the outcome.
Directing and writing are vastly different disciplines from acting, but it all requires an uncompromising devotion to honesty and the human experience. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.
If you intend to be a director, there is also a certain amount of experience and advantage to spending an enormous amount of time on set as an actor.
But was I, for example, a camera nerd? Did I have the wherewithal to say,specifically, how a gaffer ought to light a given scene? Could I have operated a sound boom? The answer to all of these is a resounding triple no.
Honestly, it was better this way because people were left to their own power and authority in their respective departments. I offered guidance once in awhile and people would change things accordingly.
For the most part, I think the crew loved being left alone, because they felt empowered to play with the freedom to fail. I simply handled the narrative and the actors, which is where any good director should place his or her priority.
I’ve rarely met directors who know how to actually communicate with actors and most have almost zero desire to learn this part. In fact, many of them have never tried acting themselves, which should be the first thing they do when training to direct. I would also give the same advice to anyone who writes for actors.
In terms of writing, it is something I do most days and have done for many years. I find it to be a slow war that I am very,very incrementally becoming better at.
Since I care and because my standards are high, I’ll probably never believe I’m better than okay. That said, I’ll never quit. It’s a strangely beautiful battle that I love to wage.
Writing is also a great skill, but most writers seldom trust the other inherent powers of the medium: the actors, the subtext, the sound and the visual. The more I write, the more I have learned how to know what not to write.
With drama, it’s the key to all mysterious, exciting, honest, dangerous and truly compelling narratives.
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I have added HD screencaps from season 2.
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