Lindsay Pulsipher talks about Complex and Complicated Crystal Norris

June 13, 2010 by  

Season 3 of True Blood has been so shrouded in secrecy that very little information about plot development, new characters, and story line have been discussed. Luckily for True Blood fans, new character addition Lindsay Pulsipher, who plays Crystal Norris, sat down with IESB for an interview about this upcoming season.

Crystal Norris is a new character that will be introduced in Season 3 as Jason Stackhouse’s, played by Ryan Kwanten, love interest. Crystal is considered a “crazy” and “complex” character who is both fun and challenging for Lindsay to play. Raised in a secluded meth cooking compound, Crystal led a reclusive and sheltered life until meeting Jason. While running errands in Bon Temps, Crystal becomes intrigued by Jason and for the first time in her life, she wants to know someone away from the compound. During their time together, Jason thinks that Crystal could be “the one” and begins to show her how great life can be outside of her terrible backwoods compound.

Crystal though, has a lot going on in her life and probably won’t be the “most well-received character.” For Lindsay, playing Crystal creates a mixture between highlighting Crystal’s crazy personality, but also creating empathy from the viewers by highlighting what a struggle life outside the compound is. As far was what Season 3 goes, the story line for Crystal will be focusing on her relationship with Jason and her struggle to adapt to living off the compound. For fans of the Sookie Stackhouse novels, a few changes will be evident when introducing Crystal: described as dark-haired and olive-skinned in the books, on film Crystal has light blond hair and light skin.

For Lindsay, playing Crystal on True Blood Season 3 has been a wild experience. Lindsay may be familiar to some fans- she played opposite of Patrick Swayze on the A&E series The Beast. After only two auditions in front of Alan Ball, Lindsay landed the role of Crystal. Throughout the filming of Season 3, Lindsay has learned more and more about Crystal as each new script becomes available.

Throughout the season now, I’m getting to know more and more about her. [Alan Ball is] really good at keeping us on our toes and keeping us guessing. Each script can be completely different and something new is brought in. They don’t really tell us beforehand. They don’t sit us down and say, “This is what’s going to happen with your character.” With each script, we just figure it out.

Lindsay hasn’t had the chance to work with some of our other favorite cast members, as Season 3 has three to four strong story lines occurring at the same time. Lindsay has spent the majority of her screen time with Ryan:

So far, most of my scenes have been with Ryan and a couple of new characters that haven’t been on the show yet. Ryan is such an amazing actor. He’s so good at what he does and he knows his character so well. It’s just really fun to watch him work because he’s very spontaneous and he knows exactly what Jason would do in each situation. I’ve learned a lot from watching him with his character.

Lindsay notes that Season 3 will be “richer” and more humorous than Season 1 and 2. From character development to the introduction of the were-animals, Lindsay notes that Season 3 will include much more character development:

Everybody is coming into their own. All the actors know their characters really well, at this point, and it’s just been really fun to watch. I think that everybody is going to love it and the fans are going to be really happy. All of the new characters are extremely colorful. It’s amazing. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!

Crystal will definitely be an interesting and complicated character to follow this season. True Blood premieres on HBO this Sunday, June 13th!


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