Daniel Gillies Speaks on Aspirations of Elijah, Love for... Meryl Streep?!?

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Elijah Mikaelson is a huge fan of Meryl Streep. No, really. This might not seem to jibe with the character's murderous, heart-crushing ways, but allow Daniel Gillies to explain.

"There's something about Elijah that admires humanity," the actor told me just now over the phone, in response to whether he feels Esther's evaluation of her son last week as "moral" was accurate.

"I still don't think he's that moral," Gillies continued. "But he aspires to be. I've tried to incorporate that into a lot of what I do... even if Elijah can be quite sinister, he has a duality to him... There's no question he's been through bleak, hard times. But he also has a deep reverence for what human beings can accomplish in one lifetime. He looks at Mozart or Meryl Streep and he's kind of enamored."

Elijah vs. Rebekah

Which brings us to the connection Elijah shares with Elena. It's not romantic, but "someone once told me respect is more important than love," Gillies said, explaining how that's the way he views his character's connection to Elena.

"There's this mutual, unspoken respect. Both aspire to be heroic in their attempts to reconcile themselves with the better part of their nature."

What can viewers look forward to tonight, on the final new Vampire Diaries episode until March 15?

"The brothers and sisters are going to need to set aside their difference and create an alliance," the actor said, implying that the siblings learn about their mother's wicked plan.

Gillies, of course, could not reveal the fate of Elijah or of any Originals, but the Twitterverse has been exploding with the wishful thinking of fans who have created their own future for the Mikaelsons: a spinoff!

What might it be called?

"How about just 'Original?'" Gillies said. "No plural. Original. That word has so many implications, including original sin, the bible... I'd want something esoteric along those lines."

Sadly, viewers are unlikely to see Original going into production any time soon. They're equally unlikely to see this actor grace any magazine covers wearing as few layers as his co-stars recently did for Entertainment Weekly.

"I would need at least a month warning," Gillies said. "And then I would need a diet of nothing but raw almonds, celery... I'd need to do about 10 million push-ups."

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Some people may not know what Elijah is up to but we better hope that he'll seem trustworthy to help out in the mysteries but if he dies with his family for good,then oh well. It turns out that he is a major music fanatic and I wonder how he uses it in the show. I mostly want to find out what'll happen for the remaining 7 episodes of the season. =]


I LOVE Elijah!!! and I wouldn't mind seeing him with Elena as the have great chemistry and her situation with the Salvator brothers will only lead to disaster. But I have to admit a Spin Off of the Origanals I would most definitely see!!!!


since everyone is hating elena for not choosing betwwen the salvatores , let her be with this original , they have great unspoken chemistry and it may be the only way that everyone will start to like elena again, plus imagine elena living to the original house wiht rebbekah trying to kill her, klaus trying to be nice so she can talk to caroline about him and eliijah protecting her...


I freaking love him, but I'm confused...he said in an earlier article that elijah is in love with elena and now he says it's not romantic? Which is it?! I am sooo bummed they had him leave!!! I'm in the minority, I know, but I like him and elena. Hope he comes back before the season ends.


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oh my God why do they do that to us give us a grand finally only to put the fans on hold............we will find out who the killer is tonight no doubt that will leave us all freaking out till March ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh dam you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I agree i dont want to see elijha and elena together but delena makes a cute couple and i think stefan is in the way getting more feelings for her because he does not like delena together.

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