A few hours after Michael Trevino took the stage at this weekends Vampire Diaries convention in Chicago, Daniel Gillies regaled attendees with stories about his favorite hairstyle ("Wait until you see the Elijah 'fro, it's a thing of beauty.") and about waiting on Paul Wesley in Canada ("He left me a really nice tip. But that's Paul. He's a good dude.").
Below, I've collected some of the more memorable questions and answers from a fun hour with the man behind Elijah...
What is your favorite thing about playing Elijah?
It's kinda changed. In the beginning, when he was sort of a mercenary, I liked the idea that he posed a threat. That's an interesting idea to play an as actor… as things have transpired, I now like the fact that he's an instrument in this new order of the vampires, this new status quo.
Do you like when Elijah shows his good side or his dark side?
I never really look at the sides he shows as demonstrations of good or bad. He does what needs to be done. That's what I admire most about him. He takes care of things. I like that he has an economy of things, he's direct.