EXCLUSIVE: Daniel Gillies on Elena, Klaus and a Vampire Diaries Hook Up

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Can Vampire Diaries fans trust Elijah? In one word: yes.

That's what Daniel Gillies said to TV Fanatic this week, telling us in an exclusive interview that his Original is a man of his word. What, exactly, will this mean for Elena and company? Whose bed might Elijah find himself in? Read on. Find out.

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You make Elijah look so sweet that you don’t even want to dislike him, but he rips hearts out! The calm and collected bad guys are the scariest.
I never wanted to play him with any menace... He’s not a sweet person, [but] can you imagine if you’ve lived this long? He must have seen so much death, murdering someone must be like hitting a bug... I’m so lucky to play this character. Maybe that’s the joy you’re sensing... I love playing him. He’s so fun.

You and Nina Dobrev work extremely well together.
From the moment I walked on set, she was just immediately kind to me. It doesn’t happen that often. It’s the nicest crew and cast ever... Nina, she’s what? 21? I’m 34... She’s smarter than me. And boy does she work hard, she’s playing both roles. She’s there every day and she doesn’t bitch, and she’s tough and she knows she has a great thing. She cares and she always has a sense of humor. She’s just vicious and she rips on me. We tease each other all day and I think it reads in the performance.

Last week, we saw Dr. Martin take down a pack of wolves to save Elena’s friends. Does that make it safe to say Elijah wasn’t lying about his deal?
Yes, he’s clearly orchestrating these things. That was his mayhem. He’s acting as a godfather at this point... He’s ultimately playing chess with these kids.

Have you met Joseph Morgan? Are you excited to see what he’ll bring to the table as Klaus?
I haven’t. I’ve seen a little bit of his stuff, but I don’t know enough about Joseph to make a comment. I’m excited that there’s the idea that there could be a war between us, because I think that would be the most exciting thing in this show, like an exponential curve at the end of the second season.

Does Elijah know Isobel?
He’s aware of everybody. That’s the thing about Elijah, the only thing that slipped through the cracks was the potential of this doppelganger... The moment there is information to be had, he’ll have it. Nobody will be better researched or more equipped.

Will we see Isobel again this season?
They give me the script right before I film, and I have not seen any Isobel.

Any spoilers for the rest of the season?
Damon has been pissing me off lately, so I’ll give him a slap on the wrist if he gets too close. It’s funny; I’m talking as Elijah now. Elena is going to be in danger if they don’t do what I decree must be done. Also, I like the look of the Jenna girl, she looks sweet. I’ll go hang out with her for a while, she’s cute.

What else do you have in the works?
I’m finishing up post production on a movie called Broken Kingdom, which I performed in, wrote and directed. My wife, [Rachael Leigh Cook] stars in it as well, and it’s a very different role for her. She plays a real woman.


I think Jenna is gonna end up being Elijah's little slave. I like the sound of that. Jenna needs a story, and if putting her in harms way is the only way to accomplish that, then so be it. I really want Elijah to beat Damon's ass. He needs a little discipline.


As an obsessive Damon fan, I gotta say Elijah is the baddest MF in the vampire universe. Damon needs to wipe his tears and man up, because it looks like Elijah is about to slap the spit out of his mouth. Luv ya Elijah!


Great interview. Elijah is the man. He is hot,sexy and such a badass sweetheart. Stef aside Damon,(don't start crying again, lol) you have been replaced by a REAL MAN.


As much as I love Damon, would not mind seeing Elijah showing him he is NOT top dog, that would be a killer show.


I love Elijah and am very happy to know he is a man of his word. Can't wait to see how he "smacks Damon's hand" and how Alaric feels about his interest in Jenna.


Elijah is my fave villain so far. I hope he lives at the end of season 2.


My favorite USED to be Damon. Until he started acting like an annoying chick who cries at the drop of a hat over his brothers girlfriend. Now Elijah is the new sexy/badass we love. He is the reason why we (me and friends) watch the show. He is so calm/cool and collected...when he rips someones heart out. All the while still looking extremely sexy. BTW, love his wife Rachael she is gorgeous!


Damon and Elijah sharing screen space! Can't get any better than that :) Looking forward to seeing these 2 interact! Damon should definitely take notes on how to be a super bad a** :) But love him just the way he is


This is cool. I don't think anyone can say anything bad about Elijah, Daniel, or Daniel's interview. I agree, I really hope they don't kill him off anytime soon. He is honestly one of the best-written characters ever, and Daniel really gets into his role (as is pretty darn obvious by the interview). I think us Delena fans are smitten with Elijah...and most likely every other TVD fan.


I hope he isn't killed off anytime soon. Elijah, Klaus and Damon are my characters on the show. Actually, Damon has been rather annoying lately, so Elijah and Klaus are now my current favorites.

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You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger... I want you to get everything you're looking for. But for right now, I want you to forget that this happened. Can't have people knowing I'm in town yet. Goodnight, Elena.


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