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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."

The Vampire Diaries will leave fans breathless tonight with "All My Children." Visit TV Fanatic soon after the episode ends for a thorough recap, review and debate.

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    Mmmmmm.....Elijah......

    Blu

    Modest much? He doesn't require a six packet to be absolutely mesmerizing . I love that he see 's his character as most of the fans do. And he's so right about Elijah's reverence and deep respect for Elena. Id love it if he stuck around for awhile.

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    Adore him, with maybe the exception of Delena....my all time fave character. I hope he stays for the long haul.

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    It's amazing that with only a handful of episodes Elijah has become the most beloved character on the show. He's perfect and everybody loves him. Hope he'll become a regular.

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    With his looks and acting ability, he doesn't need abs! I would love to see his character as a regular or at least a recurring one on the Vampire Diaries. Loved the part of Elijah from his sinister beginning to his so honorable present and always knowing there is a bad ass vampire lurking under the surface you don't want to piss off!

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    Well, applause to this guy, have even more respect for him now because it just shows that he wants to be recognized for his acting abilities and not his physic...

    Danielle50

    He just admit that he don't have abs which makes me sad but I still wants to see some skin. I don't want to see Elijah and Elena but I do want to see Elijah and the other Originals.