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DANIEL GILLIES ON THE RETURN OF 'THE ORIGINALS': 'BUCKLE UP!'

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"The Originals" returns to The CW for its first episode of 2016 on Friday, and it's a big one.

"Julie [Plec]… she's like -- there's an old boxer called Jersey Joe Walcott. He used to fight off both feet and like as Brando used to say, 'You think you see a punch coming from the southwest and he hits you from the northeast.' That's sort of how Julie Plec is with her writing," Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah Mikaelson, told Access Hollywood when we asked him about his reaction to the midseason premiere script. "You'll open stuff up and you'll be like, 'Oh, that's happening,' so I'm sort of used to being hit with a ton of bricks… Buckle up for Episode 10. January 29, Friday, 9/8c."

In last year's midseason finale, after a warm holiday celebration, both of the Mikaelson brothers were faced with devastating news. For Klaus, it was waking up next to a lifeless Cami, whose throat had been slit, and for Elijah, it was having to dagger his sister, Rebekah, when she realized the spell to control her had returned.

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'The Originals': Daniel Gillies On Elijah & Hayley; Letting Off Steam At Vampire Fight Club

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Tensions are running high among the brothers Mikaelson as "The Originals" returns with its Season 3 premiere on Thursday night.

Klaus was instrumental in Hayley being cursed (with the help of Dahlia in Season 2) to stay in her wolf state for all but one night of the month, and while Daniel Gillies' character, Elijah, remains under the same roof as his brother, their bond is deeply fractured.  With his family situation, and Hayley out in the Bayou, Access Hollywood asked Daniel what's keeping his character going and driving him as the season begins.

"At the moment, the answer's pretty simple, it's just the preservation of, and maintaining the safety and security of Hayley at any cost, and by extension, Hope," Daniel told Access when we spoke to him this week about the new season..

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Daniel Gillies On Elijah & Klaus' Relationship In 'The Originals' Season 3 by Access Hollywood

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Adore this interview by Access Hollywood at San Diego Comic Con, 2015.  Daniel talks, baby diaper changing and the arrival of some new vampires.  
Daniel prefers 'classic' to 'old'.