Talking with ET, the actor, who plays Elijah, opened up about the opportunity.
“It was something that I had wanted to do and it was something that I had seen Joseph Morgan do in the season before, so I was immediately and violently jealous,” he shared. “I thought, ‘Well, I’ve got to do that.’
Daniel adds, “And then Charles [Michael Davis] got signed up and I thought, ‘Well, if that hack is going to do it, now I’ve got to jump in.’”
So, who’s the worst to work with as a director? “I would say me. I’m just so resistant to direction.”
“I didn’t realize what an a**hole I was to direct until I directed me and I was like, ‘Oh! This is why everyone has got a problem with me!’ Like, I’m the worst,” Daniel says.
“Why am I contesting every line? I’m like, ‘Oh, my character wouldn’t say that,’ and then I had to come back to the monitors and yell at me.”
Things are getting very serious on tonight’s all-new Originals.
Desperate to save her daughter, Hayley (Phoebe Tonkin) turns to Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) for help uncovering information about the mysterious force that has set its sights on the children of New Orleans.
“That’s what’s so terrifying about the big bad of the season is that they don’t really know much about it,” Phoebe shared with EW. “They don’t know why it’s here; they don’t know what it wants, and once it starts to feel like maybe this is something directly affecting or directly targeting Hope, that’s when everything gets serious.”
She adds, “Once you’re talking about protecting a 7-year-old who doesn’t understand her powers yet or anything, that’s when the stakes become very high.”
Executive producer Michael Narducci told TVLine.com, “It’s the height of selfishness and irresponsibility to not put [Hope’s] needs and concerns first. I’m not saying Hope is an obstacle to anyone’s happiness — far from it, since she’s the source of their inspiration and possibly their redemption — but she’s going to be the center of a lot of what’s going on moving forward.”
Phoebe added, “Not only does she have a mother and father who are willing to do anything to keep her safe, but this little girl also has all these very protective aunts and uncles,” she explains. “It’s a nice thing to see all these grown adults who are just completely devoted to this young girl.”
You will definitely feel the friction between Hayley and Freya on tonight’s episode of The Originals.
Phoebe Tonkin, who plays Hayley, has opened up about their dislike for each other on the show right now, saying, “They’re both very pivotal in the men’s decisions, and sometimes Hayley and Freya have conflicting opinions.”
She continues, “They’ve both been starved of family for so long, in their respective ways, that they feel very protective of their family. They just don’t necessarily see eye to eye on how to support or advise their family members.”
So, will they ever move past it all? “I think you’re going to see a little bit of that kind of conflict, in the next few episodes.”
Phoebe adds, “That’s something that we do explore, and that’s really nice to have. Freya and Hayley didn’t have much to do with each other last season, so it’s really nice to play with that, this season.”
Tune into The Originals TONIGHT @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.
He is making his directorial debut with episode 7, which will likely air in late April/early May.
“I’ve been shadowing since Season 2. The experience was good. It was very involving,” Charles told Collider.com. “I used to play Poker, and it’s like any game that you play where you just don’t want to get up and leave the table because you’re so involved.”
He added, “It was great directing the cast members and to really see, from the other side of the camera, how they operate, what really works to serve the story, and how they bring that to the table, in their different styles. It was a really, really, really great experience.”
JJJ was actually on set back in season three and ran into Charles shadowing a director on set of Containment at the time. We can’t wait to see all his hard work play out on screen!
Don’t underestimate this handsome devil — The Originals Marcel has a lot of power.
“Let me put it to you this way – there’s no supernatural demon that is resting inside Marcel and corrupting and making him lose his mind,” showrunner Michael Narduccirecently shared about Charles Michael Davis‘ character in season four.
He adds that his story arc this season is “not an addiction metaphor; it’s not a possession metaphor. Marcel is the same Marcel he has always been, for better or for worse.”
“He is, for all intents and purposes, as strong and as lethal and as dangerous, and as immortal and indestructible as any of the other characters in this series because of what happened to him at the end of last season,” Michael says. “So then, the question becomes, is he corrupted by having that power? Is he going to become arrogant? Is he going to exercise compassion? That’s the journey that I’m interested in exploring as Marcel.”
Tune in to tonight’s new episode called “No Quarter” @ 8PM ET/PT on The CW.