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15 Incredibly Amazing Facts About Daniel Gillies

by Heather Vee

Elijah Mikaelson is an enigma wrapped in a well-tailored suit, but there’s nothing enigmatic about the talents and work ethic of the man who brings our favorite moral vampire to life. Daniel Gillies is an actor, director, producer, writer, and as bad ass in real life as his vampiric counterpart.

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From the executive producer of 'The Vampire Diaries' comes 'THE ORIGINALS', a supernatural drama that follows the story of the ‘Original’ family. Central to the drama is the dangerous vampire/werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson, who returned to the magical melting pot of the French Quarter of New Orleans in Season One; the city his family helped build and the city from which he and his siblings – Elijah and Rebekah – were exiled a century ago.

A tumultuous first season saw the human and supernatural inhabitants of the Crescent City thrown into turmoil – and an epic finale resulted in bloodshed, birth, death and the reemergence of several iconic characters in the show. With the second season about to premiere, we catch up with actor DANIEL GILLIES – who plays Elijah Mikaelson – to find out more…

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Daniel Gillies: Art is the highest form of worship

Hollywood Journal.  
By Heather Courtney Quinn

I got a chance to catch up with Daniel recently at home when he came back for one of his usual twenty-four hour weekend visits with the family.  Over the years, I have gotten to know him and he definitely embodies the ‘soul of biz’ because he is a true artist at heart.

Daniel is currently finishing up shooting the 1st season of The Originals for the CW. He also plays a doctor on NBC’s Saving Hope, which he shoots the rest of the year. He is so passionate about what he does and I honestly believe that he would do it, even if he didn’t get paid a cent.

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What does Daniel Gillies really think of Elijah?


His disease is his unrelenting love for his brother. It’s like an abusive relationship with somebody that’s heavily addicted to drugs.

Fans know him as the nobler Original brother but Kiwi actor Daniel Gillies has a controversial opinion on his character Elijah.

"He seems like the better/more noble brother but he's not that way to me at all," Daniel explains. "I don't know how he can truly say he honours his family when he's got two of his brother sitting in coffins."

In our exclusive interview, Daniel Gillies also gets real about Elijah’s relationship to his brother Klaus, comparing it to an abusive relationship.

“His [Elijah’s] disease is his unrelenting love for his brother. It's like an abusive relationship with somebody that’s heavily addicted to drugs.” 

Daniel also reveals that if he could play any other character on the show he’d choose teen with Davina! Find out why and what Daniel misses most about New Zealand.

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Daniel Gillies chats about ‘Saving Hope’ Season 2, ‘Broken Kingdom’ & Canadian Talent

The Arts Guild


The 2013 Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival gave us an opportunity to chat with Canadian-born, New Zealand Daniel Gillies, who gave us quite an insight into projects he’s working on and an amazing shout out to Canadian talent.

Daniel Gillies is best known for playing Dr. Joel Goran on the Canadian series Saving Hope – along side Erica Durance and Michael Shanks – as well as Elijah Mikaelson on The Vampire Diaries. Gillies was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and moved to New Zealand with his parents at the age of five. He moved to Australia to boost his career, returning to Canada for a short bit before finally settling down in Los Angeles. He has guest starred in a number of notable shows, including True Blood, NCISand The Glades. He has been cast in the The Vampire Diaries spin-off The Originals, due to air in late 2013, early 2014.

Broken Kingdom is his directorial debut, a film he wrote as well and launched back in 2012. Now the show has been bought by Showtime and airs until June 24th, along with a documentary that focuses on the making of the film. The schedule for Showtime Showcase is below. For folks who don’t have Showtime, especially Canadians, you can watch/download the movie on their official website for a very small fee (totally worth it!) – Check it out here:

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