“You better watch out. You better not cry. You better not pout. I’m telling you why. Santa KLAUS is coming to TOWN!”
As most of you you undoubtedly already know, The Vampire Diaries is currently on yet another hiatus.
In fact, the next new episode of this fang-tastic show is not set to air until April 7th!
Now, that doesn’t mean that the TVD fandom has gone silent! NO WAY! Us fangbangers still have PLENTY to talk about! For starters, just this week, the CW released its Extended Trailer for the show’s upcoming episode, entitled, “Know thy Enemy.” And it’s, for lack of a better word, a real SCREAM!
But if that trailer didn’t get your tongue wagging, this next piece of intel definitely will (assuming it hasn’t already). After an entire season of speculation and rumors, producers of The Vampire Diaries have finally revealed the name of the actor selected to play the vampire, who will undoubtedly be the most terrifying villain Mystic Falls has ever seen. After all, he’s the only vamp with the power to make Vampire Katherine cry . . .
Of course, I am referring to Santa Klaus. And he will be played by . . . (drumroll please) . . . THIS GUY!
It’s Joseph Morgan!
“Yay! Joseph Morgan! That’s so . . . wait . . . I don’t know who that is.”
One could argue that the role of Klaus will be the MOST important one TVD producers cast this year. After all, much of the second half of this season has coped with the ominous Sun and Moon Curse, and, specifically, its implications for Elena Gilbert. Because she has the dubious honor of being the Petrova Doppelganger, Elena needs to DIE, in order for this curse to be successfully broken.
“Oh HELL NO!”
As the OLDEST Original Vampire, one who is notoriously DEAD set on capturing Elena and breaking the Curse, Klaus has undoubtedly become Public Enemy Number One for the Salvatore Brothers and the Scooby Gang, as they fight to save Elena from an untimely death. So, while the character has yet to make an appearance, his reputation certainly proceeds him.
Some notable tidbits we’ve learned thus far about Klaus include: (1) He used to bone Katherine, on a fairly regular basis . . .
(2) But, then, Klaus killed Katherine’s ENTIRE family. This ultimately forced the vixen to become a vampire herself, so that SHE wouldn’t fall victim to the same Sacrifice, for which Elena is currently being hunted.
(3) Klaus’ fellow Original vampires think he’s a wackadoo, and will stop at nothing to make sure he meets his True Death . . .
(4) Klaus has kidnapped(?) the witchy daughter of the now very-dead Jonas. And he is using her powers for his own personal gain.
(5) As an Original, Klaus can compel other vampires, walk in the sun without a sunscreen ring, and break walls of glass, just by playing with coins . . .
Because you never know when THAT little magic trick will come in handy . . .
(5) But Klaus is not invincible. He can be killed by a special dagger dipped in white oak ash.
(Just make sure you don’t “pull it out.”)
(6) Ironically, the act of breaking the Sun and Moon Curse, which Klaus is so determined to accomplish, will also leave him temporarily vulnerable for such a staking.
“Dream on, Diaper Boy! Curse or no curse, I can’t be tamed!”
On one hand, TVD producers’ decision to cast a more-or-less unknown British actor to play such a major role in their series, is a prudent one. After all, this will force fans of the show to view Joseph Morgan’s performance with an open mind. Fangbangers can now evalulate the character, without being distracted by the preconceived notions and strong opinions that come attached to the “bigger named” stars, who might have been more obvious choices for the role . . .
On the other hand, The Vampire Diaries is a show known for its extremely talented and unfathomably attractive cast . . . particularly, in the MALE Department . . .
So, if the TVD writers expect us fans to believe that this Klaus Dude is a formidable opponent to Man-Gods, the likes of Damon, Stefan, and Elijah . . . someone who could bring the Cooly Unflappable Vampire Vixen Katherine to her knees . . . in more ways than one? Well, he better something REALLLLY special! Because, if not, the Fandom will NEVER embrace him . . .
And the actor will be forced to endure a venomous wrath, the likes of which he has never before experienced . . .
Which brings me to Joseph Morgan . . . Who the heck is he? Fortunately, in this modern age of Google and YouTube, with a bit of digging, we can find out . . .
First off, Joseph Morgan is ENGLISH!
(Though, who knows if we are actually ever going to hear his accent on the show.)
He was born in 1980. And yet, I can’t seem to find his actual BIRTHDATE online. This means I can’t do a blog birthday celebration for him, which really dusts my doilies.
(I mean seriously, Joseph, as an actor, you’re supposed to lie about your AGE and birth year, not your birthdate! An actor’s birthday is something to be cherished, not hidden from the world! Just sayin’!)
Anyway . . . fans of the UK television series Hex probably remember Joseph as Troy — the kinder, gentler, non-supernaturally inclined love interest to the show’s Season 1 lead character, Cassie . . .
Like The Vampire Diaries, Hex was an urban fantasy / paranormal romance tale, which took place in a school setting. Like Elena, the main character, Cassie, through no fault of her own, was constantly being thrown into danger by supernatural forces over which she had minimal control. Also like Elena, everybody in the cast (Troy included), for better or worse, seemed to be madly in love with Cassie.
So, Joseph Morgan is definitely no stranger to starring in television shows, that exist on an alternate plain of reality — one where things go bump in the night, and magic is a weekly occurrence. But whether the actor can evolve from playing the Jock Next Door to the Big Bad Vampire Villain remains to be seen . . .
One thing is for sure, though. He definitely has the BODY for it . . .
In addition to Hex, Morgan also starred in a series of historically – based movies and mini series. During these films, he was able to exhibit physical prowess and athleticism. Both of these traits will absolutely come in handy, during the inevitable stunt play and fight scenes in which the character will likely engage, in upcoming episodes. These movies included the Russell Crowe film, Master and Commander, Alexander, and, most recently, the mini series Ben-Hur, in which he played the title role . . .
You can check out the trailer for Ben-Hur, and see Joseph Morgan in “action,” here:
But, physicality, sexuality, and looking good naked are just the tip of the iceberg. As the oldest and most powerful vampire in the world, Klaus must possess the dignity and wisdom that would inevitably develop in an individual, after so many years spent roaming the Earth, and dominating its people. In his role as William Price in Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, Joseph Morgan was granted the opportunity to exhibit that part of himself . . .
Off screen, many of The Vampire Diaries‘ cast members spend much of their spare time working hard to support the charitable causes about which they are deeply passionate. Most notably, Ian Somerhalder has recently launched the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which, according to its Mission Statement, “aims to empower, educate and collaborate with people and projects to positively impact the planet and its creatures.”
Like Ian, Joseph Morgan is also deeply involved in world issues and charitable causes. He is the leading supporter of Positive Women, an international charity that works to improve the lives women and children affected by the HIV/Aids virus. You can hear Joseph discuss his charity, and its vision for underpriviledged women, here:
(I almost wish I didn’t know about all this. Because it’s going to be REALLY hard to dislike him now . . .)
No word yet, on which episode will mark Joseph Morgan’s debut as Klaus. However, if we’ve learned anything from this past season of TVD, we can assume that Klaus won’t leave Mystic Falls, without wreaking some major havoc on its residents in general, and our Scooby Gang, specifically. And do THAT I say, BRING IT ON!