The Originals

‘The Originals’: Daniel Gillies on Directing His Co-Stars & Michael Narducci’s Departure via Collinder

Wonderful interview by Collider. 


Directed by actor Daniel Gillies, Episode 410 of The CW series The Originals, entitled “Phantomesque,” the danger is ramping up to a seemingly insurmountable level, as Rebekah (Claire Holt) and Kol (Nathaniel Buzolic) return at the request of Klaus (Joseph Morgan), so that their family can stand even stronger against the devastating force that is The Hollow. With Elijah (Gillies) currently unable to help, Freya (Riley Voelkel) is working with Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin), and Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) is trying to figure out a plan of his own.

During this 1-on-1 phone interview with Collider, Daniel Gillies talked about the difference between directing a movie (he wrote, directed and starred in the feature film Broken Kingdom) versus an episode of television, the challenge of telling your co-stars what to do, being directed by his co-stars in return (Joseph Morgan and Charles Michael Davis have also helmed episodes), and how he hopes to direct again next year, along with the bittersweet departure of showrunner Michael Narducci (for whom Julie Plec will be taking over in Season 5), having a conclusive element to the story for each season, wanting to always be challenged, as an actor, and his character’s true motivations.

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The Originals' Daniel Gillies on Elijah's Latest Death, 'Doomed' Love Life by TV Line

Check out Andy Swift's interview with Daniel below!

TV Line - Andy Swift

It’s been exactly one week since Elijah’s fatal encounter with The Hollow on The Originals, but we hope you haven’t spent that time shedding any tears over the Big Easy’s best-dressed bloodsucker.


“How many deaths has Elijah had?” actor Daniel Gillies asks TVLine. “I haven’t got the count, but I think a few fans do. At this point, we’ve kind of cried wolf.”

But even though Elijah isn’t permanently dead — his spirit is currently chilling in Freya’s pendant — that doesn’t mean Gillies put any less effort into his character’s latest demise.

“It’s different every time,” he admits. “It depends on what weapon you’re being murdered with, if you want it slow or fast, and how exhausted you are on set that day. … I’m joking about that last one, of course. It’s contingent on so many little factors. I never want to die exactly the same way twice, even though a couple of the deaths I’ve had might have been similar.”

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True or False, Vampire Edition, with Daniel Gillies via Young Hollywood

Young Hollywood

Young Hollywood: "We're hanging out at the YH Studio with "The Originals" star Daniel Gillies, and we decide to test his knowledge of all things vampire with a little True or False challenge! See how many he gets right and maybe we'll all learn something new today!"

The Originals, Daniel Gillies Reveals Favorite Memory via Young Hollywood

Young Hollywood

Interview by Young Hollywood: "Actor Daniel Gillies returned to the YH Studio to break down for us the transition from "The Vampire Diaries" to its spinoff "The Originals" and his favorite memories from over the years of being a part of both shows! Plus, we muse about one possible reason why he is so good at playing a vampire!"

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