January 9, 2012
Back Home in Australia, That’s Where!
Aussie fans of True Blood will remember Ryan Kwanten, not so much for his current role of Jason Stackhouse on HBO’s vampire series, but for his role of Vinnie on long-running Australian soap, Home and Away. Now that the actor has returned home (temporarily), he has a lot of catching up to do – and sucking up! But not of the blood kind:
“It’s time for me to get back in the good books with the family because I’ve been living away now for 10 years so I have a lot of work to do.”
Kwanten may be a huge star in the States, but back home in Queenscliff, with his family, it is business as usual. He has even taken up residence in his old room – leopard print and all!
“I’m back in my old squeaky little single bed, my feet hang off the edge. My room hasn’t really changed that much – it’s a leopard theme, like an African kind of thing. Don’t ask me – I don’t really know, I think at some point I thought it was cool.”
Female fans need to note that this trip home is strictly a family affair, he didn’t even bring a mobile phone with him, so dating is out of the question at the moment. But he did drop a hint about Season 5:
“I dare say it will be our most controversial season yet – it’s going to ruffle up a few feathers.”
Aussie TrueBloodNet fans need to keep their eyes peeled, and let us know if they bump into Ryan.
Source: Manly Where I Live – Bloody Good to be Back: Ryan Kwanten
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
December 14, 2011
Love Interest Oliver for Zooey Deschanel:
In this episode, main character, Jess (Zooey Deschanel), is planning a one night stand to celebrate her first Valentine’s Day as a single girl in six years. Enter hunky Ryan Kwanten. Jess meets Oliver (Kwanten) at a bar and things progress from there.
Deschanel posted this photo to Instagram which shows Kwanten along with fellow cast members Max Greenfield (who plays Schmidt) and Stephen Amell.
Make sure you mark the February 2012 episode on your calender!
Sources: E Online! – New Girl Casting Scoop: True Blood Star Coming to Romance Jess!
Instagram – zooeydeschanel
(Photo Credit: Instagram/Zooey Deschanel)
December 13, 2011
From Jason Stackhouse to Nerd!
For fans of HBO’s True Blood, Ryan Kwanten is known as the lovable but less than intelligent, Jason Stackhouse, brother to the much loved waitress, Sookie. But Kwanten is very versatile when it comes to acting roles. While he is happy with the part of Jason, during the off-season of True Blood, he prefers to play roles that are distinctly different to Stackhouse. Take his role in Griff the Invisible (available now on DVD and Blu-Ray):
“I love working on ‘True Blood’ don’t get me wrong, but when I’m not shooting it, I try to get as far away from Jason and that world as I can. ‘Griff the Invisible’ was a challenge for me but also it was nice to experience something new. I think that everyone has this dreamer inside of them and whether they choose to embrace or suppress, I feel like it’s in there.”
And how does he think Jason fared in the recent season of True Blood? Well, he seems to think that with all of Jason’s bad luck this season, the only way he has to go is up. Which is something we all like to hear!
In true actor-style, when asked by ExtraTV about which superpower he would like to have, he replied:
“I really like the power of imagination. For me, a great superpower would be to somehow convey whatever imagination I could conjure up in my small, little head that could then transpire into real life.”
Sources: ExtraTV – Ryan Kwanten: From Sex Symbol to Nerd
People Magazine – Sexiest Man Alive: Who Could Be Next?
(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)
November 17, 2011
A New Film with Director of “The Grudge”:
True Blood Hottie Ryan Kwanten, aka Jason Stackhouse, will star alongside Amy Smart and Leslie Bibb in the thriller 7500. Takashi Shimizu, who also directed The Grudge, will direct this film which was written by Craig Rosenberg. The movie is being produced by CBS Films.
This thriller is about:
“a group of passengers who encounter what appears to be a supernatural force while on a transpacific flight.”
Kwanten and Smart will be paired as a married couple who travel on flight 7500 with two old friends on a trip to Japan. Bibb will play a flight attendant who is immersed in some type of complex and secret relationship.
Sign us up for anything with Ryan Kwanten! We have a few questions: Will he be playing an American or using his real accent? Will Kwanten be shirtless (always a plus)? Will there be any comedy, because Kwanten can be quite funny. Are you excited to see Jason Stackhouse in this upcoming thriller? Will you be lining up for a ticket or waiting for the DVD? Let us know your thoughts and ideas in the comments section below.
October 12, 2011
Ryan Kwanten Dishes on His Sex Symbol Status:
Sexy 34-year old Aussie actor Ryan Kwanten opened up to Men’s Health Magazine about how playing the dim-witted but adorable Jason Stackhouse on True Blood has heightened his status as a sex symbol. Kwanten believes it’s Jason’s confidence that draws women to him and allows them to look past his shortcomings. Kwanten stated:
“With all the guys on the show there’s a rawness to them. With Jason it’s very unabashed. He’s very comfortable in his skin. I think from a female perspective, that kind of audacity or confidence can be sexy… Although I don’t think that a guy like that could be sexy all the time. It is a little too full on… but then again, I’m not a girl.”
As a girl, I can safely say that Jason’s confidence is not the only thing that makes him sexy.
Kwanten also expresses his amazement at the show’s great success and how it has helped his career. You can read the full interview in the November issue of Men’s Health Magazine, on newsstands now.
Source: The Press Association – Kwanten: Women love confidence
October 12, 2011
Ryan Struts His Stuff for Surfer Logo:
Aussies have known this brand for over 20 years, but in the US, the Mambo brand has only been available for a short time through Bon-Ton stores. Now all that is about to change. With Ryan Kwanten (who plays Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood) on board, not only will he be the public face of this Aussie surfing icon, but he will also be releasing his own signature wear through the clothing brand. Bud Bergren, President and CEO of The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc was quick to announce his excitement at having Ryan join up:
“We are very pleased with our partnership with Mambo and excited about being the first retailer in the US to offer this iconic Australian surfwear/streetwear brand. We believe Ryan will be an outstanding ambassador for this brand — and certainly one this customer will relate to. I am sure our younger customers will be thrilled, not only with the Mambo line, but with the exclusive designs Ryan will be creating for us.”
Anyone out there own any Mambo stuff? Are you excited to be able to get your own little piece of Ryan in the 2012 Mambo collection?
Sources: Mambo – Ryan Kwanten Hearts Mambo
Market Watch – The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. Announces Ryan Kwanten as Ambassador of Australian Surfwear/Streetwear Mambo
(Photo Credit: Mambo.com.au)
October 5, 2011
Kwanten’s Sweet Superhero Griff:
On Tuesday November 15th, Ryan Kwanten‘s new film Griff the Invisible will finally be available on DVD and Blu-ray. This limited release is an off-beat indie comedy starring our favorite Bon Temps deputy as the title character. Kwanten steps away from his role as True Blood‘s often shirtless Jason Stackhouse to play a man that lacks the confidence and sexy swagger that we are so used to seeing from him. A bored office worker by day, Griff is a man who spends most of his time and energy living in a fantasy world in which he spends his nights patrolling the streets as a superhero.
At first glance the plot sounds strangely reminiscent of previous superhero movies. In reality, what separates this film from the rest of the superhero genre is the charming romantic twist in which Griff ends up needing to be rescued. The story is more an insight into the human condition than it is an action packed adventure film and it gives us a chance to see Kwanten show his range as an actor.
Maeve Dermody co-stars as Melody, a cute daydreamer who is helplessly drawn towards Griff. Rather than reject Griff for his disconnect from the real world, she embraces his differences.
Pre-order your copy here.
Source: The New York Times Movie Review – Griff the Invisible (2010)
(Photo Credit: Indomina Releasing)
September 26, 2011
On Griff the Invisible and True Blood Season 4:
Genevieve Loh interviewed Ryan Kwanten about his role in the new indie film Griff the Invisible and his True Blood character, Jason Stackhouse, for the Singapore-based digital news show, Today. About the film, Kwanten said, “It was the kind of story I felt needed to be told.” The film is Australian-written and directed, but that’s not the reason for this sexy Aussie’s participation. “That character really felt like he represented different parts of me… I’m very much sort of an introverted heart.” He was pleased that the humor of the film was culturally transcendent, noting that it was well-received by a German audience despite the common problems that tend to arise between languages and was hopeful that a similar opinion would form with Singaporeans.
It appears that Kwanten enjoyed working on the quirky, superhero-romance because “there’s more to play within the indie world” than the more formulaic, studio-based movies that come out of Hollywood. “The writing is more raw,” and “I like playing sort of tortured characters.”
Beyond the scope of his new indie flick, Kwanten commented a little bit on his fourth season of True Blood. He said that his favorite co-star to work with was Chris Bauer’s Sheriff Andy Bellefleur because, as he put it, “in real life [Chris] is a big kid in an adult body.” Because Jason Stackhouse is well-known for his lack of thoughtfulness, the combination of the two actors together on set is quite fun, according to Kwanten.
Finally, Twitter queries about his physique arose during the interview. After watching his copious nude and shirtless scenes over the past four seasons of True Blood, it is not surprising that the public wants to know how he stays in shape. Other than genetic blessings, he says that he doesn’t adhere to any wild diets or have any surprising exercise tips. He thanks a combination of running, boxing and yoga for his lick-able hipbone muscle-lines. All in all, Kwanten is an intelligent, grounded, and ambitious individual… qualities his character on True Blood does not share, but that will probably come through in his new role in Griff the Invisible.
Watch the video, and share your thoughts with us!
Source: Today Digital on YouTube – Today Talks With Ryan Kwanten
September 7, 2011
Using New Camera Technology in Australia:
True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) is currently filming his newest movie, Not Suitable for Children, in the Sydney suburb of Redfern. This film centers around Kwanten’s character, a 20-something man who suddenly discovers that he will be infertile in a month. This prompts him to find a woman who can bear his child before it is too late.
The film is being shot using ARRI ALEXA’s higher-quality uncompressed RAW format. This is a new camera technology that is rapidly cutting out its own niche market among Aussie cinematographers.
Not Suitable for Children also stars Ryan Corr (Packed to the Rafters), Sarah Snook (Spirited) and Bojana Novakovic (Burning Man). It is being directed by Peter Templeman, written by Michael Lucas and produced by Jodi Matterson.
Make sure you keep your eye out for this upcoming movie, or if you live in the Sydney area, please let us know if you have seen this being shot on location.
August 31, 2011
New PSAs From True Blood For “It Gets Better”:
This fourth article is again courtesy of True Blood’s official YouTube page. Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Ryan Kwanten and Chris Bauer (Jason Stackhouse and Andy Bellefleur) made “It Gets Better” PSAs for the Trevor Project. They talk about personal experiences with bullying.
Jim Parrack talks about being a bully:
“I’d like to be very honest with you all and let you know that growing up I made things very difficult on people around me at school, I was a jerk, and that’s gotten better too. Somehow I had it in my mind that if I could lash out at other people or hurt them that somehow I could secure something for myself. To address that I just want to say, you never get anything at all from putting someone else down. There’s no substance to it, there’s no real value to it, there’s no change. All you end up doing is hurting other people, and then being stuck with that realization some day… For those of you who are being victimized or brutalized by people like that, it’s all going to stop. The day is coming where you get to walk out into life, choose the road you’re going to go down, choose the people you want to spend your time with, and you’re free of it all.”
Todd Lowe offers one way to cope:
“If you find yourself the victim of bullying or discrimination, one of the things you can do to empower yourself is to write a story about your bully or tormentor… and make sure it has a happy ending. They go off and live their life, you live yours. Remember, it gets better.”
Carrie Preston talks about community:
“You may be feeling like you’re being bullied because you’re different from everybody around you. I just want you to know that it’s temporary, life is temporary. You are surrounded actually in this world by a much larger community who is made up of gay people, and straight people, and bisexual people, and transgendered people. But I think that we’re a community that’s not really commonly brought together because we have a certain sexual orientation — we’re a part of a community that’s humane, a part of a community that accepts people, a part of a community that loves people and will love you for who you are. So seek us out, we’re here for you. We want you to be who you are, and we will support you in whatever it is that you choose to be, seek us out we’re out here. It gets better, I promise.”
Kwanten and Bauer share being an outsider in common:
“We’re here to talk about bullying. Not the most popular of subjects but one that we must face. Look, Chris and I are both very much kind of outsiders. As much as it wouldn’t seem like we are. And we’re here to tell you that we don’t think we’re alone, we now know that we’re not alone. And if you also feel like an outsider, feel like that no one’s listening to you, believe me there are places to go, there is someone to turn to, there is a comfort, a security network that you can turn to. And if you’re one of the pickers, if you’re one of the bullies, you’ve gotta be kidding me! And you’re not alone. There’s a lot of people going through what you’re going through. Reach out, talk about it. Ask a caregiver, ask a coach, a teacher, anybody who’s there. You can get the help. And I promise you, it gets better.”
Source: True Blood official YouTube page