San Diego Comic Con 2011: The Vampire Diaries – Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley Talk Season 3; Cast Photos

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San Diego Comic-Con 2011 is now just a memory, but you can expect to see additional interviews, videos, and photos from the show over the coming days. First up we have Joseph Morgan and Paul Wesley from “The Vampire Diaries” discussing their new bond on the show, what it’s like to play evil sons of bitches, and a lot more.

San Diego Comic-ConWe spoke first with Joseph Morgan, who plays big bad Klaus on the series, and asked him where things pick up for his character when Season 3 begins.

The show starts a couple of months from where we left off so obviously Klaus has taken Stefan under his wing and whisked him away on a path of corruption. So we’re going to see what’s going on with those characters. They’re not in Mystic Falls at the moment. So we’re going to see a little more of that. And also, you know, a lot can happen in a few months so we’re going to really see a darker side of Stefan as well … how far Klaus has corrupted him and how far he’s willing to go. As the series go on, we’ll learn a lot more about Klaus’ motives for bringing Stefan along because he’s not just done it on a whim; there’s a goal behind it. There’s a plan there. We’re going to certainly find out a lot more about that.

We wondered if he’s enjoying being evil (who wouldn’t?).

“I’m having the time of my life. It’s incredibly fun. It’s always fun to play the bad guy, but to do that kind of playful corruption thing with him … the finale of Season Two was the one [episode] I enjoyed the most. Just because I really got to be playful with it, to have fun with it. It’s great working with Paul as well – he’s a great guy. We’re having a lot of fun.”

Only one episode has been shot so far, and Morgan is learning more each day about the direction in which his character is heading.

“I’m just excited to see what they’ve got in store for me. It was all about breaking the curse last season for me so now I’m starting to learn a little more about myself and my family and all of that stuff. It’s going to be good. I’m excited every time a script comes in. ‘What am I going to learn about my character this time? What’s happening here?’ Like when the first script came in for me – Episode 19 – I’m reading it, and it’s like, ‘Hang on a minute; I’m a hybrid? I’m half-vampire, half-werewolf?’ That was one of the most thrilling moments ever! So yeah, it’s a trip.”

Any romance in Klaus’ future?

“I hope so, yeah. I’ve been sort of subtly trying to nudge [writers/producers] Julie [Plec] and Kevin [Williamson] towards that. I think it would be interesting to see a slightly more vulnerable side to Klaus, to see how he would react to someone he cared about, who he wasn’t just trying to manipulate for his own needs. And I think it would be interesting to see what kind of person he would choose. Would he be with a witch or a werewolf, or would he fall for a human? Would he lure himself to that? I don’t know. So, yeah, I’m pushing for it. I like to think he’d be with a werewolf. I think it would be interesting if he was with some feisty, animalistic werewolf girl so they had this kind of crazy, rough relationship or something. I don’t know – maybe I’m saying too much.” [laughs]

The perception of the show is that it appeals primarily to teenage girls. Does he think the presence of Klaus and his family is drawing in a more mature demographic for the show?

“I’m really not sure; I hope so. You try and work on a number of levels so it will appeal to a variety of ages. I think we are always going to have that core teen demographic because that’s where we started (or where they started before I joined them), and that’s the wonderful thing about ‘The Vampire Diaries’ fans. They are incredibly loyal so we’ll always have those guys. But, yeah, I hope it starts to appeal to a broader spectrum of people and ages.”

Lastly, Morgan was asked what his friends back in the UK think of the role he’s taken on.

“All of my friends back home who know me were just like, ‘Oh, okay, so you’re living that dream then’ because I’ve always been obsessed with Gothic fantasy and the genre so it’s like the ultimate job for me. When I got the job and I’m playing one of the oldest vampires in the world, they’re like, ‘Oh, well that’s kind of perfect for you; you’re gonna have a lot of fun.’ And then to make the call and go, ‘I’m actually kind of half-werewolf as well,’ they’re like, ‘Are you writing this for yourself?’ They know it’s a good fit for me.”

Next we had a brief chat with Paul Wesley (aka Stefan Salvatore). The panel for “The Vampire Diaries” cast and crew was starting soon so we were sadly limited to just two questions. As you might expect, the first involved what he could tell us about Stefan turning bad.

“It’s funny; no one’s asked me that yet!” [laughs] “I can talk about it – gladly. It’s nice because at the last Comic-Con it was like, ‘Can you talk about how much he loves Elena?’ This year [it’s], ‘Let’s talk about how you’re completely out of your mind.’ [laughs] “It’s nice. For me, as an actor, obviously we all selfishly want to do different things. We want to do versatile roles, and so for me it’s a fantastic opportunity to do something else. But I think apart from that it’s going to be a season that has a lot of torment as well and heartbreak because he loses himself but he sort of always has that ‘soul’, you know, that good soul that remains. And I think it’s going to be one of those things where we just hope any minute he regains it. So for me it’s important to not completely forget the good guy, the soul that he has. That Stefan that we all know for two years. I have to kind of walk that fine line.”

Will there be more flashbacks to Stefan’s past? His “ripper” past?

“For sure. And I think that’s going to be badass! Because we keep hearing about this guy who did all these things. It’s like he can’t even believe it himself, you know? It’s going to be great. I know I’m being vague.” [laughs]

As we said above, the interviews were a bit rushed because of the panel getting ready to start so unfortunately we didn’t get any time with Nina Dobrev, Candice Accola, or Ian Somerhalder; but we do have pictures of all three along with Joseph and Paul. Check them out below, and look for our interview with executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec shortly!

“The Vampire Diaries” will return to the airwaves of The CW on Thursday, September 15th.

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