The Mikaelson family is extremely complicated, and who better to untangle that drama than Julie Plec? The Originals showrunner will blog each week’s installment throughout the season exclusively for EW. From answering burning questions to giving behind-the-scenes stories and more, this is a place for fans to hear directly from Plec about the episode they just watched.
Thanks for tuning in to “The Devil Comes Here and Sighs,” written by Kyle Arrington and Michelle Paradise and directed by Jesse Warn. This episode is also known as yet another lesson in how to juggle guest stars during pilot season. Around the time we filmed, Rebecca Breeds (Aurora) was in the running for the lead in NBC’s pilot Miranda’s Rights. Due to her audition schedule, we only were able to get her for two and a half days in spite of having a schedule that needed her for five. After some panicked revisions and a LOT of reorganizing, we were able to streamline her work without doing too much damage to the story. But that didn’t make it easy. She had to take a red-eye flight across the country, be shuttled from Atlanta to far-off Madison, Georgia, the same day for a night shoot, and then work two full days in Lucien’s penthouse — which included pages and pages of dialogue, plus a fight sequence she had to memorize on the day. She was a trooper, as she was the entire season. She is definitely one to watch, and NBC is lucky to have her.
Tidbits from set:
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