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This time last year, we were watching The Originals Season 5 wrap up The Vampire Diaries spinoff's story. We knew by this point that Hayley Marshall (Phoebe Tonkin) was dead, but we didn't know yet that Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies) would sacrifice themselves in the August 1, 2018 finale. Fans had some frustrations with the final season, but they still have a lot of love for the characters and the actors. We're definitely hoping to see more Originals characters show up in Legacies Season 2 in 2019-2020. So what have some of the main cast members been up to in the past year? Let's take a look.
Joseph Morgan as Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson
British actor Joseph Morgan, 38, just announced his first new series regular role since The Originals ended. Morgan will be in the star-studded new USA Network series Brave New World, adapted from the Aldous Huxley novel. Morgan plays CJack60, an Epsilon relegated to physical, tedious jobs, who is deeply impacted after witnessing a horrifying incident. Morgan is also credited as playing young Jed in Animal Kingdom Season 4. In the past year, Morgan has been promoting his short film Carousel. He directed the film, which he also co-wrote and co-starred in alongside Persia White.
Joseph Morgan and Persia White got married after meeting on the set of The Vampire Diaries, where he played Klaus and she played the recurring role of Abby Bennett Wilson. Ian Somerhalder (Damon Salvatore) recently revealed that he and fellow Vampire Diaries star Paul Wesley (Stefan Salvatore) were "so bitter" about The Originals becoming a spinoff because it meant losing an "insanely beautiful actor" like Joseph Morgan, along with the rest of the stars and their amazing accents. Klaus has been mentioned more than once on Legacies, and Season 1 even gave fans an update on his status in the afterlife. Klaus died with love in his heart. He never regretted his choice to end his own life. He watches over daughter Hope Mikaelson every day. But he won't be able to find true peace until she does.
Daniel Gillies as Elijah Mikaelson
Daniel Gillies, 43, is said to have the supporting role of Mark in the upcoming romance-drama series Virgin River. It's reportedly expected to premiere on Netflix, starring Alexandra Breckenridge, Martin Henderson, and Annette O'Toole. It's based on the Virgin River novels by Robyn Carr, following Melinda Monroe (Alexandra Breckenridge) who tries to start her life fresh by answering an ad to work as a nurse practitioner in the remote California town of Virgin River.
Daniel Gillies recently announced some sad news, posting to fans in mid-June 2019 that he and She’s All That star Rachael Leigh Cook had split up after being married since August 2004. They have two children together -- a daughter Charlotte born in 2013 and a son Theodore born in 2015. So Gillies is embarking on a new chapter in his life, after being married for about 15 years, and we wish him the best of luck. It would be great to see his Elijah on Legacies, somehow, maybe alongside Klaus if Hope has a vision or somehow connects with departed family members via Malivore. It's a supernatural show. They could figure out an angle that works.
Phoebe Tonkin as Hayley Marshall
Australian actress Phoebe Tonkin is turning 30-years-stunning on July 12. She recently starred in the six-part Australian web series Bloom, playing young Gwen to Jacki Weaver as older Gwen. Bloom was released January 1, 2019 on the Aussie streaming network Stan. Tonkin also recently played Olivia Gallagher in the four-part Australian thriller series Safe Harbour. Tonkin also had the the role of Delphine in The Affair Season 4 episode that aired in July 2018.
That Affair episode aired shortly after The Originals fans saw Hayley's death in Season 5. Now fans are hoping to possibly see Hayley again in The Originals and Vampire Diaries spinoff Legacies, if Hope has a vision of her lost mother, possibly in Malivore. There's currently nothing but speculation on that front, but we can hope for Hope's mom!
Charles Michael Davis as Marcellus "Marcel" Gerard
Charles Michael Davis, 34, joined ABC's For The People Season 2 in the series regular role of new Public Defender's office investigator Ted. The show was cancelled after that 2019 season, but Davis still has Younger. He started playing editor Zane in Younger Season 4 and was promoted to series regular for Season 5. Younger Season 6 just premiered in June 2019. Davis also had the recurring role of Blair Williams in Chicago P.D. Season 6, which just finished its 2018-2019 run in May.
Charles Michael Davis is a busy guy, but he's another star we could theoretically see on Legacies, since Marcel did say he'd never abandon Hope. Marcel and Rebekah could visit Hope -- or she could visit them -- assuming Hope survives her Malivore predicament. Or maybe Marcel and Rebekah could help her out of it.
Yusuf Gatewood as Vincent Griffith
Yusuf Gatewood, 36, recently found himself back in the supernatural world on Amazon's great new series Good Omens, based on the novel by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Gatewood plays Famine, one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. The miniseries -- starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen -- just premiered on May 31, 2019.
Yusuf Gatewood is an actor I was hoping we'd see in Legacies Season 1, since Hope said she was sending Landon to see a family friend down in New Orleans. The Vampire Diaries/Originals/Legacies producer Julie Plec confirmed that family friend was Vincent, but we didn't get to see him on screen. The Originals finale showed Vincent agreeing to be the father of Keelin and Freya's child, but otherwise he might be free to help Hope and her friends again if needed.
Riley Voelkel as Freya Mikaelson
Riley Voelkel, 29, has stayed in The CW family with Roswell, New Mexico, which was developed by The Originals writer/producer Carina Adly Mackenzie and also stars Vampire Diaries alum Michael Trevino. Voelkel plays Jenna Cameron, fellow deputy and partner to Nathan Parsons' Max Evans. Roswell has been renewed for Season 2, so fans should be able to see more of Jenna. Voelkel was also announced for a role in the upcoming drama Hightown coming to Starz.
Claire Holt as Rebekah Mikaelson
Claire Holt, 31, had a leading role in the rom-com The Divorce Party, which came out around Valentine's Day 2019. She was also in the crime thriller A Violent Separation with Alycia Debnam-Carey, Gerald McRaney, Brenton Thwaites, and Ted Levine. Both titles are available to watch now on Amazon Prime Video. She also reportedly has a lead role in the crime thriller Painted Beauty with Clifton Collins Jr. and Bai Ling, and that's said to be in post-production. Claire Holt was also announced for the film Wolf in the Wild with Frank Grillo, but Variety reported on that back in May 2016 and I'm not sure what's going on now.
In happy news, Claire Holt recently gave birth to her first child with husband Andrew Joblon. Their son, James Holt Joblon, was born in March 2019. So the actress is clearly busy on multiple fronts, but obviously it would still be great to see her Rebekah again on Legacies. The Originals ended with Rebekah wanting to be Marcel's wife and starting a new life with him, but also taking a cure and becoming human. I can see Rebekah visiting Mystic Falls and/or finding a role in Hope's current Malivore situation in Legacies Season 2.
Leah Pipes as Camille O'Connell
Leah Pipes, 30, stayed in the supernatural world with a recurring role in the first season of the Charmed reboot on The CW. She played Fiona Callahan, younger sister of Charity Callahan (Virginia Williams). Pipes is also credited with a role in the short film Heatstroke and also in the 2018 thriller Mommy Group Murder.
Danielle Campbell as Davina Claire
Danielle Campbell, 24, joined Paul Wesley for The Vampire Diaries co-creator Kevin Williamson's new CBS All Access show Tell Me A Story. Paul Wesley's Season 1 character was part of a modern retelling of The Three Little Pigs. Campbell played high school senior Kayla Powell in a version of Little Red Riding Hood. Wesley is returning in a new role for Season 2, but nothing on that front has been announced for Campbell at this point. Campbell also had a role as Hadley in the October 2018 pilot episode of All American on The CW. She also had a supporting role in the comedy film Being Frank, which was just released in June 2019.
Steven Krueger as Josh Rosza
Since playing Josh, Steven Krueger, 30, played Eli in the 2019 "Swipe Right" episode of Good Trouble, a spinoff of The Fosters on Freeform. Krueger also played Andrew Townsley in the 2019 NCIS episode called "Crossing the Line."
Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson
Danielle Rose Russell, now 19, took over in the time-jumped role of teen Hope Mikaelson in The Originals Season 5. She is now the lead character of the spinoff Legacies, which saw her Originals boyfriend Roman Sienna (Jedidiah Goodacre) stop by in Season 1. Hope was left in a tight spot in the Legacies Season 1 finale. She could sure use backup from any number of places, including her surviving Originals family, as we wait for her story to continue this October 10, 2019 on the CW.
Candice King as Caroline Forbes
Candice King played the role of alien Solana Kitan -- the newly engaged older sister of the Orville's chief of security Lieutenant Alara Kitan -- in The Orville 2019 episode "Home." She also co-hosts the Directionally Challenged podcast with fellow Vampire Diaries alum Kayla Ewell (Vicki Donovan). So King has been busy with the podcast -- which gave us a recent revelation on Nina Dobrev's true early feelings about TVD co-star Paul Wesley -- and raising her young daughter. We'll have to just wait and see if she finds the time and interest to return to the role of Caroline Forbes-Salvatore on Legacies.
It took until The Originals' final season to get Candice King's Vampire Diaries character Caroline on the show, and even then it wasn't quite what Klaus/Caroline's Klaroline fans were hoping to see. How long will it take to see Caroline on Legacies? She is even more in-demand in this spinoff, since it's set at the Salvatore school Caroline co-runs with Alaric Saltzman. Also, their twins -- Josie and Lizzie -- also attend and live at the school. Candice King is welcome on Legacies Season 2, but we don't know if she'll arrive.
Julie Plec has said there's an open door policy at Legacies when it comes to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals alumni. Legacies Season 1 name-dropped Damon and Elena's kids, so we're hoping to at least hear more about Stefanie Salvatore. We've seen Vampire Diaries characters like Matt Donovan and -- too briefly -- Jeremy Gilbert, but it would be great to occasionally see more old friends from Vampire Diaries and The Originals.
It sounds like there's hope to see more of Hope Mikaelson's family from The Originals in the 2019-2020 season of Legacies, so stay tuned for more on that. And if you're curious what Vampire Diaries stars have been up to, here's more on their 2019 TV projects.