Ashley Jones Talks about True Blood

June 5, 2009 by  

ashley-jones-true-bloodAshley Jones stars on the world’s most popular soap opera, “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and will be joining the cast of Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series True Blood when it return for season two on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9PM/ET on HBO.

As she states at the beginning of the interview, she never really planned on being as actress in the first place. Originally she wanted to play the violin.

“That’s true, and it led to me acting,” the actress said. “It’s just one of those things. The first thing I remember wanting to do in life was to play the violin. And I very much got to pursue that. When you’re very young and you’re blessed with parents who allow you to try what interests you, that opens a door where you think, ‘Oh, wow, there’s more out there than I thought.” Most 3-year-olds want to be doctors or teachers or a fireman or a nurse. Not many 3-year-olds say ‘I want to be a violinist.’ So from a very young age my mind was opened up to different possibilities than the norm, especially growing up in Tennessee and Texas.”

Eventually her natural inclination to the performing arts lead her in the direction of acting.  She started off doing commercials and theatre which lead her to become more involved in the entertainment business.   She states that she could not picture doing anything else besides her chosen field.  If anything she would like to expand into the area of producing.

Ms. Jones first gained fame playing Megan Dennison Viscardi on the soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” on which she appeared from 1998 to 2000. In 2004, she ventured over to “The Bold and the Beautiful,” assuming the role of Dr. Bridget Forrester, who previously had been portrayed by Agnes Bruckner, Jennifer Finnigan and Emily Harrison.

What started out as a two year plan has turned into six years of starring on “The Bold and Beautiful” but she is not complaining.  She enjoys every moment on the show and feels so comfortable with the “family” that she has at “The Bold and Beautiful.” As a result of the mutually satisfying relationship that Ashley has with the show she is still able to pursue other projects on the side as well as portraying Dr. Bridget Forrester.

“I’ve done a couple of Lifetime movies, ‘A Teacher’s Crime’ (2008) and ‘Dead at 17’ (2008), and I produced ‘Dead at 17.’ I’ve done several guest-star roles” – including appearances on “CSI: NY” (2007) and “Trust Me” (2009) – “and did a whole season of ‘True Blood,’ so it’s worked out.”

Ashley describes in the interview what we can expect to see with her character on True Blood.  Ashley is playing the role of Daphne who becomes the new bar waitress working with Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Arlene (Carrie Preston) at Sam Merlotte’s (Sam Trammell) bar in the rural northern Louisiana town of Bon Temps.

Daphne is a very interesting character,” Jones said. “She’s introduced as a really lovely country girl. I see her living probably in someone’s garage apartment or in the back of a trailer. She’s kind of a gypsy and needs a job, so she wants to waitress at Merlotte‘s.  She’s not the best waitress. She’s a very flawed character, and within those flaws she’s charming and she definitely charms the pants off of Sam.”

Not to get into trouble for saying too much about the storylines for season two but she does acknowledge that “blood will flow”.  Since True Blood is a show that does not shy away from nudity, Ashley was asked about it.

“It’s a show that pushes the envelope in so many ways. HBO pushes the envelope. I definitely had to cross that bridge several different times, but I was blessed because I had an option in my contract where I wasn’t bound to do anything.  It was really my choice, and I had a body double standing by at given points in time. But when all is said and done, the main characters, outside of Jason (Ryan Kwanten), really don’t show that much. They leave more to the imagination.”

As Ashley explains that on True Blood she does do more then what she has ever done before but that it is not that much different from what she has had to do on “The Bold and Beautiful.”

“Lighting and music can allude to a lot more than what you’re actually doing. But there are some beautiful shots that are definitely suggestive. And she’s a wild, crazy girl. She’s the kind of girl that strips down and goes skinny dipping at night.”

It will be a pleasure to see Ashley bring her talent to True Blood and to watch what kind of mischief her character is going to bring to the folks of Bon Temps.

To read her in-depth interview with Ian Spelling  please click the link here.


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