June 9, 2012
Nate on Playing Kol and his Camaraderie with Joseph and Daniel
Wow! Another amazing interview with Nate by Moviehole.net He talks about playing Kol, hitting Damon with a baseball bat, getting along well with Joseph Morgan and Daniel Gillies, his amazing fanbase and support from them and of course Australia.
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me, I know you have a very busy day! Tell me, how did an Australian get involved in ”The Vampire Diaries”?
I’ve sort of based myself in the States, I’ve been one of the fortunate actors to get really great representation in the US and I’ve been going back and forth for a few years. I’d met with the producers a few years ago when the show originally came to life, and I was in consideration for one of the characters back then, and I ended up not getting it, but I was actually auditioning for another TV series, “The Secret Circle” and got close to a character on that, and my tapes got sent on to the head of Warner Brothers casting. They went back to the producers and said “You’ve got to revisit Nathaniel” so a few days later I got a phone call from my agent that they’d offered me a role, and the rest is sort of history, it’s been really exciting.
I won’t ask if there are any similarities between yourself and Kol, because he is obviously not the nicest of vampires…
It’s funny yeah, a lot of people follow me on Twitter, and they’re like “You’re nothing like your character”. Yeah I hope not. As an actor I think we have personality types, and I’ve definitely had some moments where people might think I am very closely linked to my character. I think we all have that ability to be good and bad, and it’s just sort of harnessing that bad more than good, when you’re playing a character like Kol.
Yes he is very unpredictable and unstable.
Yeah I think Kol just wants to have fun. There’s a certain level of confidence/arrogance that comes with being a vampire because you really don’t have anything to worry about physically. It’s almost like if you have a dispute with someone who is much bigger than you, you would deal with that situation so differently if you knew that person couldn’t hurt you, and that’s what vampires have. No what they do or say they don’t have to worry about the consequences too much. And I think that’s what Kol’s character brings. He realises this. Repercussions aren’t a big issue for him. And hopefully the show starts to delve into his history a little bit, and maybe where this arrogance came from.
So was getting to hit Ian Somerhalder with a baseball bat the highlight of your time on the series so far?
You know what, it was funny because the day on set where that whole sequence came together, we obviously had a stunt guy come in, because, well, you’re not going to hit Ian Somerhalder in the face. I’d feel horrible. Essentially I just had to smash a guy in the face with a baseball bat. Honestly it was really hard to do, especially when we were about to do the take and he was like ‘Look, let’s just do this take once, hit me as hard as you can so we only have to do it once.’ As soon as I hit him and he went down, obviously I had to keep going in the scene because Kol wouldn’t really care too much, but it was kind of a strange moment, where you have to stay in character but inside you’re just thinking ‘I hope he’s not dead, I hope he’s not dead, I hope he’s not dead.’
Fair enough, that’s a good message. ”The Vampire Diaries” seems to have one of the friendliest and tight knit casts going around, what is the vibe like on set?
Oh it’s great. The first day I was on set I was really really welcomed. Everyone was so nice, and I’d obviously met Nina and Paul and Ian before, LA is a very small knit community and you see people out and about, but it was really nice on set. There’s a really big family environment. I got on fantastically with Joseph Morgan (Klaus) and also Daniel Gilles, who’s a Kiwi. We had a couple of laughs at first, there was a little bit of fun (Australia vs New Zealand) rivalry there.
So the Originals are all from Australia and New Zealand! And England.
Yeah there was a really nice vibe between us. He was great and we had good times. Joseph and I would just be tomfoolery on set. We would be giggling like school girls a lot of the time.
Now you mentioned before being on Twitter, and I think it’s fantastic how all the cast, including yourself, are so active on Twitter. Is that something you’re encouraged to do or do you all just enjoy being able to relate so directly to fans?
No there’s no encouragement, I mean the show has a very specific audience, which is heavily involved with Twitter, and it’s nice to interact with the people who, essentially, employ you. And I know this is so clichéd and everyone says it, but without the fans the show wouldn’t exist, and it really is true. From my point of view, these are the people that actually give us an opportunity to do what we love, so it’s nice to be able to actually interact with them, and thank them for their support.
I always know when a “Vampire Diaries” episode is airing in the US because there’s always something trending worldwide on Twitter.
I know, it was a real shock for me when I got a worldwide trend from my followers. I was just like ‘wow that is incredible.’