March 30, 2017

‘True Blood’ actors talk vamps, werewolves, and humans

HollywoodNews.com: Three of our favorite “True Blood” stars have recently spoken out about their character portrayals on the HBO show, and playing complex supernatural characters isn’t as easy (and delicious) as it looks.

Or so Australian actor Ryan Kwanten hears. As Jason Stackhouse–one of the few actual humans on the show, and not a very bright one at that–he savors the chance to be stupid, saying of playing Jason, “I pride myself on my half-sentences, that’s how I get by. It’s always, dot-dot-dot after everything that I say, it just makes things easier. I’ve always loved the notion that stupidity won’t kill you, it will just make you sweat. So, I think that Jason lives in this perpetual state of sweating.”

Joe Manganiello, who made his debut as the buff, scruffy werewolf Alcide last week, has been sweating for different reasons. Manganiello was recommended as a fit for the role by fans of the Charlaine Harris book series the show is based on, and says of his intense preparation for it, “Werewolves look like animals, while vampires necessarily have to be physically intimidating people…As a werewolf, I did not want to disappoint the audience. I wanted to be as muscular as possible, because I thought, I am a super-powerful half-animal, so I’d have to have an incredible physique. Ultimately, through the physical strength to the outside would be obvious and not something that lies hidden in the interior.”

On the appeal of the series itself, he muses, “I think that people like the humanity of the series. I think basically it’s about what it means to be human. It reveals loneliness, love, lust, loss and death.” Well, as far as love and lust, will there be any between Alcide and Sookie? “There is definitely an attraction. Alicide and Sookie would be a good choice for each other.” We’ll have to keep an eye out for blossoming romance when True Blood returns next week.

And finally, Allan Hyde, who very memorably portrayed the ancient vampire Godric last season and has been appearing in flashbacks in Season 3, discusses his own unique method of approaching his character. “I looked at how the elderly react and interact with other people – they ooze a calm confidence without forcing anything on anyone–they will set an example and expect it to be followed.”

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