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Elijah Mikaelson was a bad guy. When he first walked into that abandoned house during The Vampire Diaries’ second season, all fans knew about him was that he was someone to be feared. And by the end of the first episode, they’d learned that he was a whole new level of immortal. However, Elijah’s time as the bad guy was limited. As Elena got to know him, he was revealed to be a noble man, one who kept his word… though not one to mess with.

Elijah’s complexities continued to reveal themselves as we learned that he was an Original sibling, and therefore a brother to the the biggest bad of all, Klaus Mikaelson. And yet, there was more to that story as well, which was the very basis for The Originals, the Vampire Diaries spin-off. The Originals followed Klaus and Elijah — along with their other siblings — home to New Orleans, where they attempted to work through years of emotional baggage, all the while fighting off whatever person or thing was determined to kill them (or take their city) at any given moment.

Now, five years after the launch of the spin-off, Klaus and Elijah’s story is coming to an end. EW sat down with Daniel Gillies, who plays Elijah, to look back at his journey, from the moment he arrived on The Vampire Diaries and introduced the world to an Original vampire to how he feels about the series finale. Check out what he had to say in the video above.

The Originals series finale airs Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET on the CW.


August 1, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Daniel spoke with Entertainment Tonight about tomorrow night’s series finale of the Originals.

Daniel Gillies’ final scene on The Originals had him shaking.

It’s been eight years since the 42-year-old actor was first introduced as Elijah Mikaelson in 2010 on The Vampire Diaries. He has since cemented himself at the faithful and forgiving Mikaelson brother who always puts family first.

As The Originals comes to an end with episode 13, “When the Saints Go Marching In,” Gillies knows that fans will be left in tears, but hopes they are pleased with how “forever and always” comes to its conclusion.

“It’s the end, how can they be happy? I hope they’re kind of pleased,” Gilles told ET’s Katie Krause earlier this month. “The whole premise of the show was [showing] the last days of the Mikaelsons. I hope that they are left with something that slightly fulfills that premise…I think that there are going to be tears.”

The tears may come from Klaus’ fate (Joseph Morgan). The second to last episode had the hybrid willing to sacrifice himself to save his daughter Hope’s life (Danielle Rose Russell). So will fans be shocked by the finale?

“The writers have maintained a level of surprise the entire way through, so I don’t think that there is going to be [shock],” Gilles explained. “I think that we have sufficiently prepared our audience to be sort of gut-punched at any given moment.”

One thing that’s certain is that fans will definitely miss seeing Gillies as the sophisticated — but lethal — vampire who is known for his well-tailored suits. Those suits, at least some of them as he told ET, will remain in the actor’s closet. When asked if he stole anything from the set, he slyly replied with a laugh, “Yeah.”

“I stole suits. Alright, I confess! CW, leave me alone!” he jokingly revealed. “Here’s the deal, [the suits] were cut specifically for my dimensions. Who else was going to wear them? I deserve them, in some way… as a token… as seven or eight tokens.”

Gillies had previously told ET that he “prefers to be in suits.” “I like them tremendously,” he shared in May, adding that he regularly dresses “like a homeless person” and uses the suits to get into character. “It’s an immediate character transition where you’re getting ready to play the role. You put it on and you suddenly feel like this other animal. It’s unique in that way, I love it. That’s how he’s known.”

While fans will say farewell to The Originals on Wednesday, the cast and crew wrapped filming and said their goodbyes back in December. On his last day, Gillies shared an Instagram video of himself and Morgan in costume filming their finale scene ever. The New Zealand native confessed to ET that he was “weirdly shaken” that day and “trembling.”

“I was actually trembling in the last scene. It was a strange sensation,” he recalled. “I don’t think I’ve ever experienced anything like that before. You know, the only other time I’ve felt like that was when I married my wife [Rachael Leigh Cook]. So maybe it was a liberating thing.”

he Originals season finale airs Wednesday, Aug. 1 at 9 pm. ET/PT on The CW.


July 31, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

The cast of The Originals shares goodbye messages to the fans. Hard to believe the show is almost over.

The Originals cast says goodbye to fans and thanks them for their support as the series comes to an end.


July 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

WEDDING DAY — Klaus turns to Davina for help to learn more about a mysterious affliction affecting Hope. On their wedding day, Freya and Keelin make a tough decision about their future together, while Elijah is forced to confront a past memory of Hayley. Finally, Declan’s growing curiosity in the city’s supernatural secrets forces Marcel to step in.


July 13, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Be sure to tune in tonight to the new episode of the Originals, “There in the Disappearing Light” Directed by Mr. Daniel Gillies.


July 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Captures from Season Five, Episode Seven “God’s Gonna Trouble The Water Captures” have been added to the gallery!

Gallery Links:
Daniel Gillies Net > The Originals {2013 – 2018} > Season Five > Episode Captures > 05×07 | God’s Gonna Trouble The Water


July 3, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Due to an offline situation I haven’t had the time to do updates the last few weeks. I am going to play catch up over the new few days … here are the captures from the heartbreaking episode, “What, Will, I, Have, Left”.

Gallery Links:
Daniel Gillies Net > The Originals {2013 – 2018} > Season Five > Episode Captures > 05×06 | What, Will, I, Have, Left


July 2, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Prune has released some beautiful outtakes from their new feature on Daniel! A beautiful shoot!


Gallery Links:
Daniel Gillies Net > PHOTOSHOOTS > Outtakes > 2018 > 001


June 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Daniel is featured in the June issue of Prune Magazine. Take a look at the interview (Always love Daniel’s interviews).

From Vampire Diaries to The Originals, Daniel Gillies aka Elijah Mikaelson has been stealing our hearts for almost ten years. He’s the man we love to hate on TV, and love to love in real life. Not only has Daniel taken the lead role in front of the screen, but he has also directed several episodes – further proving his talent and knowledge. A philanthropist off the screen, Daniel has stolen our hearts and we are here for it. As the final season of The Originals unravels, we are so excited to see how it ends. Comment your predictions for the outcome below!

PRUNE: Describe yourself in 150 Characters or Less

DG: I am a New Zealand immigrant, who came here with nothing. Today, I have a perfect wife & 2 beautiful children. I love living here. I love what I do.

PRUNE: Your biggest virtue?

DG: I’m pretty terrific at Tetris.

PRUNE: Your biggest vice?

DG: I’m pretty terrific at Tetris.

PRUNE: Favorite Quote?

DG: ‘If you are out to describe the truth, leave elegance to the tailor.’ — Einstein

PRUNE: An embarrassing moment?

DG: Today I struck up a conversation with a gentleman because he had a remarkable tattoo on his shoulder. I recognized it to be a tribal image. I asked him if he was a Kiwi or if he was of Samoan descent. Turns out he was Samoan. Clearly, he had somewhere he needed to be. Unfortunately, this did not discourage me. I doubled down. So yeah….it wasn’t until we exchanged numbers (you bet your ass I made THAT happen) that I discovered he was Greg Louganis. Poor son of a bitch had to muscle his way through my tedious overtures.

PRUNE: 3 things you swear by daily.

DG: I’ll give you 3 things I ‘swear at’ daily: 1) My socks. 2) My busted knee 3) The maniacal hysteria of division that has recently seized our nation so that no one feels safe, respected or heard anymore.

PRUNE: What are you working on?

DG: I’m finishing a Pilot to a 6-Part Series with my friend Josh Covitt. It’s set in New Zealand and Los Angeles. A black comedy.

PRUNE: Where can we find you on the weekend?

DG: Psychologically broken and desperately trying to prevent my children from doing themselves serious physical harm.

PRUNE: What is your skin care routine?

DG: I have an elderly Portuguese woman who visits my home 3 days a week at 5am. She draws a bath of Paprika and whale semen. I submerge myself for around 45 minutes per session, after which, she beats me with a leather-bound copy of ‘The Longest Ride’ and forces me to sing Bruno Mars.

PRUNE: What song are you playing on repeat?

DG: ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen. Not my choice. My daughter’s. Ok, for realzies….a little bit me. Alright, I’m kinda fond of… Ok, I don’t have a daughter. Yes, I own 7 Elsa gowns with matching heels! Leave me alone.

PRUNE: What can we expect in the final season of “The Originals”?

DG: Ron Perlman, Kris Jenner and Sting. What a delight they were! (apart from Perlman, Perlman is garbage)

PRUNE: Where can we follow you?

DG: Instagram: @mr.danielgillies and Twitter: @danieljgillies. But follow my wife – @RachaelLCook — she’s way more entertaining/interesting than me.


June 6, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Be sure to tune in tonight for an all new episode of the Originals!

After learning how she can get Hayley back, Hope sets off on a dangerous mission to end the mess she started. Klaus turns to Caroline for help when he discovers Hope’s plan. Vincent and Freya clash over whether to let Declan in on New Orleans’s supernatural secrets.


May 30, 2018  •  Leave a Comment


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