Following up our recent chat with Nathan Parsons, we caught up with another actor who’s howling away in The CW’s “Vampire Diaries” spinoff “The Originals,” Chase Coleman, to find out what his character of Oliver is up to. Read on for the skinny!
Coleman’s Oliver, a member of the Crescent Wolf clan, first appeared in Episode 1.13, “Crescent City,” in which he flirted with Rebekah and lured her into an ambush. Now he’s back as one of the power players in Hayley’s pack who’s making deals with Klaus behind Elijah’s back. He’s a sneaky one!
Dread Central: What was your first impression when you first stepped onto the set of “The Originals,” and how has that feeling evolved as the season’s progressed?
Chase Coleman: My first impression was 100% professionalism, while still embracing a warm and friendly environment. People like to have fun on set but still are so focused that we get the job done in a fantastic way. It’s the ultimate workplace environment, and I hope I get to be around for a long time! I love nothing more than being on set and getting to work. Even when I wrap my scenes for the day, I’ll stick around a bit just to watch the process.
DC: What’s the most unusual thing about playing a werewolf on TV? Who are some of your favorite screen wolves?
CC: Well, unfortunately I haven’t gotten to actually transition into a werewolf yet! I kinda hope that at some point I do because that’s always something a kid loves to pretend doing (or at least I did). It’s not really unusual, but more interesting is the aspect of channeling equal parts of our human qualities alongside our “beast within” qualities. We are like Jekyll and Hyde – two parts always in play in our lives. Do we lose control and let go of the beast within, or do we keep cool and maintain our humanity? Those are two parts we’re always struggling with.
When it comes to my fave screen wolves, I’m gonna have to go back in time to my favorite werewolf movies growing up, and those are Silver Bullet, An American Werewolf in London, and Wolf. So to answer your question: Everett McGill, David Naughton, and Jack Nicholson.
DC: What’s been the most exciting fan feedback you’ve gotten as a result of being on “The Originals?” Do you like all the attention, or are admirers sometimes really persistent?
CC: I love all the attention! I also love to make sure that I can reasonably stay in touch with everyone as much as I can. I make sure and look through all of my tweets and Instagram posts, as well as keep tabs on what kind of publicity is coming out about the show and if it’s involving me in some way. I think it’s smart to always have a handle on these things. Eventually it may be too difficult to keep a handle on everything as things really amp up in the future for the show. However, I will always be active on my Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and I’ll always do my best to pay attention to the viewer fans.
DC: If you had to be in another faction – not with the werewolf clan – what would you rather be: a witch, a vampire, or a human on the show?
CC: I think I’d probably want to be a hybrid… can that be an option? If not, then definitely a vampire. Again, always had fun times as a kid playing as vampires and werewolves, and they’re both equally cool in their own ways! Vampires are like the cats of the factions: sleek, devious, methodic, still deadly and dangerous… while the werewolves are obviously more the dogs: carnal, teeth-bearing, animalistic and headstrong. Not to say that both factions don’t share these qualities sometimes.
DC: How does Oliver feel about Hayley right now, and where are you hoping that relationship goes?
CC: I think Oliver is wary of Hayley and simply doesn’t trust her. She has dealings with the vampires, and she’s obviously carrying Klaus’ child, so I think Oliver resents her and straight up wonders if she’s going to bring the pack down at all. All in all, Oliver is loyal and protective of his pack and his people. I think he will always put the pack before himself and anyone else.
DC: Tell us a bit about the episode that’s airing next and what you think fans will enjoy the most.
CC: The next episode is a BIIIIG episode. There’s a lot of major stuff that’s going to go down, and people are gonna have to start deciding what is actually right and wrong and what is more important for their factions. I think the biggest thing that everyone needs to remember is a fantastic quote from one of my favorite legendary franchises, Star Wars: “Good is a point of view, Anakin…”
DC: Your season finale is near…! What can we expect?
CC: Big, big stuff to come! I think people’s jaws are gonna be on the floor with the kind of stuff we have on the way. Lines are gonna be drawn… and crossed. Fans are gonna have to start picking sides among all the factions!
DC: As a fan of TV, what kinds of season finales do you prefer — closure, or cliffhangers?
CC: I like both! But maybe I love cliffhangers more for the season finales. That way we’re still dying to see what’s next and absolutely can’t wait for the first episode of the next season to be released. I can definitely say everyone’s gonna be wanting MUCH more of “The Originals” after our season finale!
“The Originals” Episode 1.19 – “An Unblinking Death” (airs 4/22/14, 8-9pm)
THE BREAKING POINT — Desperate to help Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick), Cami (Leah Pipes) insists on an unconventional treatment, but her good intentions lead Kieran to a violent episode.
After Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) disagree over the best way to handle the Crescent Wolves, Elijah makes a trip to the bayou, where he is witness to a horrific explosion that only adds to the hatred and mistrust among the communities. While Jackson (guest star Nathan Parsons) and Elijah work to save the wounded, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) learns a surprising piece of her family history from Marcel (Charles Michael Davis).
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