Sam Trammell Talks Vampires and Sam Merlotte

February 20, 2010 by  

The vampires from “True Blood” have picked a great time to “come out of the coffin” as the vampire craze doesn’t show any sign of wavering. Speaking to the Sunday Mercury, Sam Trammell discusses why he thinks vampires have taken over the screen and what makes his character, Sam Merlotte, interesting despite not being a vampire.

Sam talks candidly about the appeal of “True Blood” and how it differs from other television programs, noting that the elements of “True Blood” resonate across a range of people.

“I guess, in a way, our show has a lot of universal themes that different cultures can latch on to, like the archetypal themes of good and evil. These are very simple themes that are cross-cultural as opposed to say, an American doctors show or something like that. There’s a real fascination with vampires and fantasy in general; it is an interesting time.”

Life during an economic recession is definitely an interesting time, and could possibly be one of the reasons programs like “True Blood” have reached such popularity.

“… when real life isn’t great then who wants to watch entertainment about real life? You want to escape. That definitely could be part of it.”

Of course, we know Sam is not a vampire, but the lovable and protective Merlotte’s bar owner who also happens to be a shapeshifter. Throughout season one and season two we witnessed his longing for Sookie Stackhouse, played by Anna Paquin, and trouble with Maryann Forrester, played by Michelle Forbes, but Sam always seems to be able to hold things together for the people in Bon Temps.

“It’s interesting to play someone like that, who has had to fend for themselves on streets and who didn’t have parents and who knows how he found the money to buy the bar? That to me is the most interesting thing about Sam. More than the fact that he’s a shapeshifter, just the fact that he had a difficult childhood.”

Sam admits that with such a strong cast, great writers and the popularity of the characters, things don’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

“This is the kind of show and these are the kind of stories that definitely don’t get boring very quickly. Anything can happen in our world and the writing is so good, and I’m definitely happy to go on. We’re all having a great time and it still feels very new. It really feels fresh like we just started.”

With season three currently being filmed, “True Blood” fans can rest assured that the future looks very bright for the series (even if our favorite vampires have to stay in the dark).

SOURCE: Sunday Mercury

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)