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17 Incredibly Kickass Facts About Joseph Morgan

You’d be hard-pressed to find something – anything – not to love about Joseph Morgan…but why would you? Before Klaus and his devious dimples even arrived on our TV screens, Joseph was sowing goodwill amidst the Vampire Diaries fandom via Twitter, proving he understood how important Klaus’s arrival was to the series and that he is a big fan of genre books, TV, and film himself. Get to know the man behind the Original hybrid with a handful of fun facts!

1. Joseph was born Joseph Martin in London, but spent a majority of his youth in Wales before moving back to London as a teenager.

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2. His first job was working in “a fruit and veg store,” he told Just Jared. “My dad got me the job, he used to go and get our fruit and veg from there and I got paid, I think 2 pounds, fifty an hour. And I basically had to lug potato sacks around and apples, and then arrange all the fruit in the store so it looked nice. That lasted about five weeks, so I must’ve made, I made twelve pounds, fifty each time, ’cause I worked for five hours. And I used all of that money to buy a keyboard from my brother, which I probably could’ve used anyway because he was my brother and it was in our house. But I wanted it to be mine and in my bedroom, so I bought it from him. And then never used it, so that was a waste of time.”

Joseph Morgan fun facts

3. His first acting audition was for the character Tom Riddle (aka YOUNG VOLDEMORT) in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. (He didn’t get the part.)
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4. His first acting performance came much earlier. “When I was very young, maybe five, my grandparents on my mother’s side took me to see a production of Peter Pan,” Joseph told My Walk of Fame. “On the way home in the taxi I was very quiet, so much so that they were worried I hadn’t enjoyed myself. When they asked what was wrong I said I was trying to work out how to make the hook for my hand. I was planning to recreate the entire production for my parents when we got home. One coat hanger later I was ready to go. That’s the first attempt I can remember, but we always kept a dressing up box in my house and I was always into making up characters.”

Joseph Morgan - 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival - Portrait Sessions

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5. During a 2011 TVD Nashville convention appearance, he admitted to being afraid of spiders.

Joseph Morgan on The Originals

6. Joseph’s best friend of almost 20 years is fellow actor Matt Ryan, who currently plays iconic comic book character John Constantine in NBC’s Constantine. Ryan was the best man when Joseph and Persia White were married in 2014, and the two co-starred as estranged brothers in the film 500 Miles North.

matt ryan and joseph morgan bffs

7. Speaking of Joseph’s friendship with Matt Ryan – in an interview with Just Jared, Joseph revealed the meaning behind one of his tattoos. “I have a triangle on my back,” he noted. “I have two best friends who I’ve had since I was sixteen, and we grew up together, and we used to always refer to our friendship when we were teenagers, as the triangle. One of those guys is a good friend of mine, Leon Davis, in Wales, and the other one is Matt Ryan, who is Constantine. If you’ve seen the show Constantine, you’ll see he has the same tattoo on the other shoulder. And my mate Leon has it in the middle of his back, and I have it there. We got them together a couple of years ago in London.”

matt ryan and joseph morgan bffs

8. He is a long-time supporter and ambassador for Positive Women, an organization dedicated to helping the women and children of Swaziland (in southern Africa) change their own lives by “supporting projects that help alleviate poverty, by protecting communities from harm and creating opportunity, that will lead to significant social change.” Listen to Joseph talk about his support of Positive Women below:

9. He’s an avid reader, often tweeting his current and favorite reads and encouraging followers to post their recs with the hashtag #bookrevolution.

 

10. He did all of the stunts in the Ben-Hur miniseries himself.

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11. Julie Plec told Entertainment Weekly that “a couple hundred” actors had read for the part of Klaus. Ultimately, they chose Joseph because, “He has a depth and an intelligence as an actor, but he’s also got this great wicked grin and these dimples that make him seem both fun and naughty at the same time, even as he’s being evil or very stern. So there’s a playfulness about him that Kevin [Williamson] and I really liked because we didn’t want Klaus to be a one-note bad guy. The more layers that we can bring to the character, the more successful the character’s gonna be, and Joseph seems to have the ability to do all that.”
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12. Joseph read all of The Vampire Diaries books, as well as fan posts about Klaus, and researched vampire lore to prepare for his role. He’s repeatedly used the endearment “sweetheart(s)” on Twitter, which is a nod to Klaus’s book origins in Dark Reunion.

 

13. In addition to his extensive acting resume, Joseph has also written and produced a few short films: 2011’s With These Hands and also directed 2013’s Revelation, the latter of which stars his wife, Persia White.

14. His first celebrity crush was Natalie Imbruglia.
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15. He’s a massive fan of The Walking Dead and admits it brings out his nitpicky fanboy side. “I get quite passionate about ‘The Walking Dead’ and the relationship between the graphic novels and the TV series,” he told Huffington Post.

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16. Just like Klaus, Joseph is an artist.

 

17. Joseph and Persia recently adopted a terrier and named him Kingston, after the capital of Jamaica, which is where they were married.

Puppy life!!! Me & Mr Kingston Morgan-White #luckypuppyrescue

A photo posted by Persia White (@misspersiawhite) on Feb 2, 2015 at 12:11pm PST

Photo Source: Persia White’s Instagram

So, fang fans: What’s your favorite thing about The Originals actor? Are you as fond of Joseph Morgan as we are? Sound off in the comments!

*Heather Vee lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she is a media buyer with a fondness for Alexandre Dumas, bourbon, music, and OPI’s Russian Navy nail polish. She is also co-editor (with Red and Leah Wilson) of A Visitor’s Guide to Mystic Falls: Your Favorite Authors on The Vampire Diaries (Smart Pop Books), and co-author (with Crissy Calhoun) of Love You to Death – Season 4 and Love You to Death – Season 5: The Unofficial Companion to The Vampire Diaries (ECW Press). She can be found online at Love You to Death, heathervee.com, GoodReads and Twitter @dieslaughing.*

*MORE GLORIOUS PICS OF JOSEPH MORGAN*

Glorious Photos of Joseph Morgan

  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 20: In this handout photo provided by WBTV, "The Originals" cast members (L-R) Claire Holt, Daniel Gillies, Joseph Morgan, Charles Michael Davis and Phoebe Tonkin attend the Warner Bros. booth for Comic-Con on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chris Frawley/WBTV via Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Joseph Morgan, Adelaide Kane and Robbie Amell attend the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 summer TCA party on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for CW)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Charles Michael Davis, Phoebe Tonkin, Claire Holt, Joseph Morgan, Danielle Campbell and Leah Pipes arrive at the CW, CBS and Showtime 2013 summer TCA party on July 29, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for CW)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 19: Actors Joseph Morgan and Pual Wesley arrive at DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. host Superman 75 party at San Diego Comic-Con at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California. Celebrities, executives and comic book creators packed the Hard Rock Hotel?s Float Bar in downtown San Diego Friday night to celebrate 75 years of Superman. The guest list included a who?s who of Hollywood elite and Superman lore, from its current comic creators to the original 1978 film to the current Man of Steel, Henry Cavill. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images for DC Entertainment)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Actor Joseph Morgan attends The CW Network's New York 2013 Upfront Presentation at The London Hotel on May 16, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: In this handout photo provided by Warner Bros, "The Originals" Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies and Phoebe Tonkin attend Comic-Con International 2014 on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Chris Frawley/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. via Getty Images)

  • NEW YORK, NY - MAY 15: (L-R) Actors Joseph Morgan, Charles Michael Davis and Daniel Gillies attend the CW Network's New York 2014 Upfront Presentation at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Joseph Morgan (L) and actress Persia Whiet attends The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actors Joseph Morgan (L) and Daniel Gillies speak duringThe Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" at the Dolby Theatre on March 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actress Claire Holt (L) and actor Joseph Morgan speak The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" at the Dolby Theatre on March 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actors Lucy Hale (L) and Joseph Morgan attend The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)

  • SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Actor Joseph Morgan attends the Nintendo Lounge on the TV Guide Magazine Yacht at Comic-Con #TVGMYacht during Comic-Con International 2014 on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for TV Guide Magazine)

  • MONACO - JUNE 12: Actor Joseph Morgan poses for a portrait session during the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 12, 2012 in Monaco, Monaco. (Photo by Francois Durand/Getty Images)

  • ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 09: Joseph Morgan and Persia White attend The Vampire Diaries 100th Episode Celebration on November 9, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Warner Bros)

  • PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 12: Actors Ed Westwick (L) and Joseph Morgan speak on 'The Bad Ass Boys of the CW' panel during the CW portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Joseph Morgan, winner of the Favorite Actor In A New TV Series award for "The Originals," poses in the press room at The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Joseph Morgan, director Tarsem Singh, actors Henry Cavill, Kellan Lutz and Luke Evans attend the after party for the premiere of Relativity Media's "Immortals" presented in RealD 3D at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

  • speaks onstage during the ? panel as part of the 2015 Winter Television Critics Association press tour at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa on January 11, 2015 in Pasadena, California.

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actors Isabel Lucas and Joseph Morgan attend Relativity Media's Immortals premiere after party presented in RealD 3 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Relativity Media)

  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 14: (L-R) Michael Trevino, Chad Michael Murray, Prince Albert II of Monaco, Madeleine Stowe, Joseph Morgan and Ted Danson pose as they arrive at the Closing Ceremony of the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 14, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • ARLINGTON, VA - MARCH 18: Emily VanCamp and Joseph Morgan pose for photographers during the Planned Parenthood Federation Of America 2010 Annual Awards Gala at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City on March 18, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Kris Connor/Getty Images)

  • HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 22: Actor Joseph Morgan (L) and Persia White attend The Paley Center for Media's PaleyFest 2014 Honoring "The Vampire Diaries" and "The Originals" at the Dolby Theatre on March 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 12: (L-R) Actors Kristoffer Polaha, Sophia Bush, Jared Padalecki and Joseph Morgan attends the 'One Tree Hill' Final Season cocktail reception during the CW portion of the 2012 Television Critics Association Press Tour at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 12, 2012 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

  • MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - JUNE 12: Actors Michael Trevino (L) and Joseph Morgan (R) attend a photocall for the TV Series 'Vampire Diaries' during the 52nd Monte Carlo TV Festival on June 12, 2012 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

  • LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 08: Actor Joseph Morgan attends The 40th Annual People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 8, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)

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