The Originals is an American supernatural TV show created to serve as a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries. The Originals, which has a significant online fanbase and better ratings than the main show, is currently airing its third season on The CW. Here are seven fun facts about the vampire series!
Number Seven: Josh Was Meant to Die
Show writer Julie Plec intended to kill off Josh (who was going to be a mere guest star) by the end of the first season. The rest of the writers didn’t allow her to do that.
Number Six: The Originals and True Blood Connections
Nathan Parsons, who plays a werewolf in The Originals, left the show to play a vampire in the supernatural drama series True Blood. He appeared in HBO’s show for most of the seventh (and last) season, only to return to The Originals as a werewolf afterwards.
Number Five: It Was Going to Take Place Somewhere Else
New Orleans wasn’t the first choice for the writers to place the story in; Chicago was. Chicago is one of the main locations of The Vampire Diaries, but the writers ultimately decided to change it up a little bit and move to a different city.
Number Four: The Fans Made the Show
When The Vampire Diaries first aired in 2009, none of the show producers had a spin-off in mind. The idea was developed due to the fans’ reactions to the show and the characters, as actor Joseph Morgan explained: “there were fan made trailers for The Originals before it was ever a reality for us. I watched and RT’d — I encouraged it. I was interested from the beginning.”
Number Three: Phoebe Tokin Is a Mythological Queen
During her short career, Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin has played a vampire hybrid, a witch, werewolf and a mermaid. She says she’d rather play folkloric characters over regular ones.
Number Two: Charles Michael Devis’ Reckless Auditions
Devis auditioned for The Vampire Diaries at least five or six times, but he always got turned down. A couple of years later, a production manager for the show called him and asked him to audition for the spin-off, for which he eventually was hired. Extra fun fact: Joseph Morgan and Charles Michael Davis used to be poker buddies years before starring together in The Originals!
Number One: Klaus Really Paints Off-Screen
Klaus Mikaelson is often portrayed painting in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. The actor who plays this character, Joseph Morgan, is a real-life artist and enjoys painting and drawing on his free time. We hope you enjoyed our list of fun facts about the vampire show!