TrueBloodNet’s Exclusive Club Fangtasia Interview With Jessica Clark

November 5, 2013

True Blood’s Jessica Clark Talks About Being Lilith:

Jessica Clark stars as Lilith in HBO's True BloodSo the epic Aussie True Blood event, Club Fangtasia, has come and gone. There were plenty of fantastic costumes on the night, great merchandise to purchase, a rocking band to dance to and some amazing cocktails designed by world champion barman Jamie Chesher.

And, of course, there were the True Blood stars!

Thanks to TrueBloodNet and the owners of Seamus O’Toole’s (the establishment that hosts Club Fangtasia), Garth O’Hehir and Jason Rigopoulos, I got the chance to not only rub shoulders with Tara Buck (who plays Ginger the screamer in HBO’s True Blood) and Jessica Clark, but interview them as well!

My first interview this week is with the lovely Jessica Clark, who plays Lilith in True Blood. Jessica is a relative newbie to both True Blood and the acting scene, having been a model previously. She was such a fantastic person, who was easy going and great fun during the night.

TBN: Firstly, I want to ask you about that make up.

JC: Oh my goodness, wasn’t it amazing? They took four hours and two special effects make-up artists working on me. So, at the beginning they spray painted me. They did my whole body, top to toe. Inside my ears, inside my nose – everything, using air compressors. Then they painted me with what’s called Reel Blood. There are all different kinds: aged blood, fresh blood. They painted it on with brushes and sponges because they wanted me to appear like I had risen up out of the blood.

It was amazing, but also, for me as a character, it was so fun. Sometimes I would walk past a mirror on the way to set and see myself and get freaked out because you forget it’s you and that you’re wearing all that stuff.

TBN: Is it sticky?

JC: Yes. It gets stickier and stickier as like the hours go by. Basically, after a couple of hours you’re so sticky you stick to anything that you touch. So I would have to stand there with my arms out and rest my fingertips on poles they provided for me.

TBN: So, by the end of the day, you would be exhausted!

JC: I would literally be standing like this [puts arms out like on a cross], because if I put my arms down, they would stick to my sides and if someone called me over I would rip myself. They would have to spray me with water to separate my skin. But it looked amazing, so it was worth it.

TBN: It was an amazing costume – I guess you’d call it a costume.

JC: It was definitely a costume, but that was also the funny thing because in Season 6 Lilith wasn’t so bloody. It was my minions that were. So in Season 6 I had to go to wardrobe and I didn’t know where to go. I was like ‘Excuse me, um where’s wardrobe?’ And they’re like ‘Oh, we get to put clothes on you this time!

TBN: Yes, it’s whole different level of nudity. Did you know you were going to be that nude when you auditioned for the show?

JC: I knew. Originally Lilith was only going to be in one episode, so they definitely explained what the situation was. They were very clear and super professional about it. Although I didn’t know I would be naked the whole season. But I was a fan of the show already and I watched it from the very first episode ever, so I was just so excited and happy to be part of it all. Also, Lilith was such a cool, interesting character. She was so dark, so powerful and I got such a kick out of that. She wasn’t weak, she wasn’t a victim.

TBN: Being a fan of the show beforehand, what is the pressure like going in when you watch the show already?

JC: The pressure that I put on myself because I love the show so much was huge! It was such an honour to be cast. I wanted to do the best job possible. You just don’t want to mess it up, you know what I’m saying? I was so excited and scared because these are actors and writers that I admire so much. I love their work and I’m just happy to be amongst them and I wanted to bring it. So I did, I put a lot of pressure on myself. But the thing that is amazing about them is the cast is so welcoming.

Most of my scenes are with Stephen Moyer who’s so talented and such a professional and so welcoming. On my first day when I rose up out of the pool of blood – that was my first scene  ever – it was intense. Afterwards everyone came up to us and they were like ‘Good job and congratulations. We know that would have been rough.

Jessica Clark (Lilith) and Tara Buck (Ginger) attend Australia's Club Fangtasia eventTBN: So do you watch it afterwards now?

JC: Of course I watch it! And it’s funny because I was always such a big fan of the show, I still kind of watch it like a fan, like it isn’t even me. Plus, we only get our scripts for the episodes we’re in. If you’re not in that scene you don’t get the script. So some episodes I don’t know what’s going to happen next.

TBN: How did you react to Terry Bellefleur’s death? And Steve Newlin as well? I think most people were shocked about Terry dying but Steve was there right from the start too.

JC: Oh yeah. It was awful. Although, you know the one that wasn’t a death, but was an exit that really got me was Hoyt Fortenberry. I sobbed.

TBN: It was such a beautiful story line that one.

JC: I did an appearance with Jim Parrack (who played Hoyt) a month or so ago and I told him that scene, that episode, made me cry. The writing was so good, he was so amazing. It was like he went from being a boy to being a man. The whole thing with Jessica Hamby and him choosing to walk away, it was so powerful. I love that the writers didn’t kill him. It was such a gracious, smart, intelligent exit.

TBN: Now I know you were a model beforehand, but which do you prefer: modelling or acting?

JC: Oh, my gosh, there’s no contest: acting! When I was modelling, I was training as an actress, so I was at school nights and weekends. Any time I wasn’t at a job I was learning. But I was a little scared because there’s, um, a little bit of a stigma, you know? And rightfully so because I think, as a model, you do tell a story.

TBN: It’s a different way of storytelling.

JC: [Nods] It’s certainly a different way of storytelling and, I have so much respect for the actors on shows like True Blood. So there was that big question in my mind of ‘Well, do I legitimately have talent. Do I have something to offer, or am I just being one of those people?‘ I struggled with that for a little while. But then I was like ‘Well I love it so much’ and I worked really hard and even if I’m not the best I’m going to work and work and work to be as good as I can be. Also, you grow and you learn. I love it, every day’s a challenge. And sometimes I get an audition or a part and it’s hard being completely different to who you are as a person. I’ll get stressed out but then I’ll say to myself ‘You wanted this.

TBN: Now that True Blood’s finishing…

JC: I know…

TBN: If you could take one thing from the set, what would it be?

JC: If I was going to be really feisty, I would say Eric Northman’s throne. Remember the first time we ever met Eric? And when it pans to that shot on him on the throne – so hot! And he has the hair; you know what I’m talking about? So good, so good!

TBN: That’s certainly a good memento to take away.

JC: One of my other favourite scenes is in Merlotte’s with Lafayette, when the guy comes in and they’re being homophobic and Lafayette licks the burger. So maybe his apron, or something?

TBN: So, who’s your favourite actor to work with on True Blood?

JC: Stephen Moyer. He’s amazing. He taught me a lot, gave me guidance. He directs, produces, does all these things. He’s so multi-talented it’s inspiring. And he has a successful relationship and family. He really does it all and he does it well. My other two favourites were – not that I worked with them – but just in terms of their work, would be Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette and then Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam.

TBN: Everyone says that about Kristin.

JC: Everyone one loves Pam because she’s so hard, yet she has that vulnerability underneath. Then you see Kristin and she’s such a lady. Nelsan, too, is so, so different as Lafayette. When I grow up, I want to be just like them.

TBN: What do you have lined up for after True Blood?

JC:  HBO have lots of shows coming up. I’m kind of working with them, trying to figure something out. So hopefully something will come together soon. As soon as anything is confirmed, you’ll be the first to know.

TBN: Awesome. Well, Jessica, thank you for taking the time for this interview, and I hope enjoy the rest of Club Fangtasia as well as your time in Australia.

JC: Thank you, no problem. I sure will.

TrueBloodNet writer, Rachel Tsoumbakos, with Jessica Clark (who plays Lilith in HO's True Blood)

Thank you once again to all the staff at Club Fangtasia who made this interview possible. And make sure you hang around for our interview with Tara Buck!

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia/Lenore Mills)

 

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Club Fangtasia: Want to Ask True Blood’s Ginger & Lilith a Question?

October 30, 2013

TrueBloodNet is Giving Truebie Fans the Chance to Ask Questions:

Enjoy Halloween in Australia with the True Blood inspired Club FangtasiaThere are only days until the biggest annual True Blood event in Australia: Club Fangtasia. TrueBloodNet has once again been given exclusive interview rights on the night. Last year we interviewed Marshall Allman (who played Sam Merlotte’s brother, Tommy Mickens) and Ginger the screamer (played by Tara Buck).

So as a trubie, what do you want to find out about this year’s attendees Ginger (who loved the event so much she’s returning again this year) and Lilith (Jessica Clark)? Want to know more about what it’s like on the True Blood set? Or what it’s like to play their character? Perhaps you want to find out more about the actors themselves and their roles outside True Blood? Maybe you want to find out more about their upcoming projects? Well, here’s your chance!

If you have a question for either of these True Blood actors, then let us know in the comments below. Alternatively, you can use the following social medias to contact either myself or TrueBloodNet:

Twitter:

@truebloodnet

@mrszoomby

Facebook:

TrueBloodNet Fan Page

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Lilith (Jessica Clark) and Ginger (Tara Buck) will attend Club Fangtasia 2013

So don’t delay, get busy sending us your questions and we will ask Tara and Jessica as many as we can manage!

You can view last year’s Club Fangtasia interview here.

If you live in Australia and haven’t purchased a ticket yet, there are still a few tickets available, but you had better hurry as once the tickets are sold there is no way of rocking out your Halloween in True Blood style.

If you can’t attend, have you got your True Blood Halloween costume sorted yet? If not, try out Top 10 Season 6 costume list. Can you guess who I’m going as?

(Photo Credits: ClubFangtasia.com/HBO Inc.)

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Jessica Clark Talks to DIVA Magazine About True Blood and Nudity

October 18, 2013

Landing the Role of Lilith Was a Fan Girl Dream for Jessica Clark:

Jessica Clark stars as Lilith in HBO's True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood will recognise Jessica Clark as the blood smeared Lilith from Season 5 and Season 6. But according to Jessica, scoring a role on True Blood was a dream come true:

I was a fan of True Blood from the [first] pilot episode. I like Bram Stoker and Interview with The Vampire – of all those supernatural characters I’ve always responded to the vampires the most. That weird combination of the power – I’ve always considered them very sexual, sexually voracious.

And boy oh boy didn’t Lilith supply a lot of that sexuality for the last two seasons! Her trademark lack of clothes was the talk of many a True Blood fan. Speaking exclusively to DIVA magazine, Clark was very open about the show’s nudity. In fact, she actually found it important when playing the role of Lilith, but for a reason other than what you may think:

With Lilith, very little about her nudity is sexual to me. It’s primeval and powerful – that raw essence of what it means to be that demi-god, demon, however she’s perceived. Yes, it can be titillating because we all like to see naked bodies. But that doesn’t seem like its sole purpose.

She raises a very good point there. Sometimes the audience’s interpretation of a character or scene, or indeed, costume choice, may be entirely different to what was intended by the show. When asked about how she thought the show should be interpreted, Jessica had a very insightful reply:

[True Blood] uses different supernatural species to [represent] different minorities that exist within our real world. They explore what it is to be marginalised or discriminated against, or to be a subculture that’s fighting for recognition. I love its basic premise, but it can be interpreted on a number of levels. It can either be a super-sexy vampire soap opera, or a searing commentary on society… it depends on what you’re looking for and how you approach it.

To read the full interview, visit www.divadigital.co.uk and download the latest issue.

Also, make sure you keep an eye out in November when TrueBloodNet scores their very own exclusive interview with Jessica Clark thanks to the Club Fangtasia event being held in Melbourne!

Source: DIVA Magazine – Jessica Clarke Interview

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

 

 

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Australia’s Club Fangtasia Tickets Are selling Out Fast!

August 28, 2013

Last Chance to Meet True Blood Stars in Australia:

Salome in the Season 5 finale of HBO's True BloodYesterday TrueBloodNet announced the arrival of the exclusive pre-sale tickets for mail subscribers to the Club Fangtasia website. Today we can announce that 63% of the allocated VIP tickets are already sold – and normal sales haven’t even commenced yet!

Sales will be available to the general public from tonight (9pm AEST Wednesday 28th August) and will be available by clicking here. So Australian fans need to get in fast to secure your one and only chance to rub shoulders with True Blood celebrities in 2013.

In previous years Australia has held at least one True Blood convention along with Seamus O’Toole’s famous Club Fangtasia event. This year though, no conventions have been scheduled and with the limited amount of tickets available for this premium event, you will be kicking yourself if you miss out on this golden opportunity. And once the tickets are sold, not even the blood of Lilith herself of Ginger’s shrill screams will get you past the doors! However, regardless of whether you purchase VIP tickets or general admission, you are guaranteed a bloody good time!

As we confirmed yesterday, so far Club Fangtasia have secured Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer) and Jessica Clark (Lilith). Tara Buck enthusiastically took to Twitter yesterday to announce her excitement:

Tara Buck (who stars as Ginger the screamer) shows her enthusiasm for Australia's Club Fangtasia

And while there are still 68 sleeps until Club Fangtasia’s Halloween event, there is still plenty of time for more True Blood stars to sign up.

Who would you like to see at this event? And have you got your costume sorted yet? I have, but I’m not giving away any clues. If you want to see who I will be dressing as, you will have to buy your ticket now and check out my costume on the night 😉

Source: Club Fangtasia – Facebook page

Tara Buck – Twitter

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Club Fangtasia Announces it’s True Blood Line Up for 2013!

August 27, 2013

Tara Buck and Jessica Clark Confirmed as Attending Club Fangtasia This Year:

Lilith (Jessica Clark) and Ginger (Tara Buck) will attend Club Fangtasia 2013

With the announcement of another Club Fangtasia event in Australia this year, fans have been anxious to find out prices along with which True Blood stars will be attending the event on November the 4th.

So when the following announcement was made on the Club Fangtasia Facebook page today, fans frantically began hitting refresh in their inbox, in anticipation of news: 

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Well, that email has FINALLY arrived and TrueBloodNet can confirm that the following True Blood stars will be attending Club Fangtasia at Seamus O’Toole’s this year:

  • Ginger (Tara Buck) – yes, she had so much fun partying down under last year that she is glad to return to Club Fangtasia!
  • Lilith (Jessica Clark) – here’s your chance to mingle with an actual goddess!
  • A little birdy has told me that there just might be another True Blood star or two attending, so make sure you check back here regularly to find out more…

So What are the Ticket Prices?

General Admission

G.A Tickets

This year only 400 General Admission tickets are on sale to the general public.
The price of a G.A ticket this year is
$40.

A G.A ticket gives you the following:

#Access into Club Fangtasia.
#Access to Club Fangtasia’s photo booth.
#Access to purchase personalised signed posters from the actors.
#Entry into door prizes competition
#Best dressed competition for $200 cash
#Stage interaction with the actors.

V.I.P Tickets

This year only 60 VIP tickets are on sale to the general public.
The price of a VIP ticket this year is
$300.

A VIP ticket gives you the following:

#Priority Access into Club Fangtasia and entry into the VIP room.
#Access to mingle with the True Blood actors throughout the evening.
#A choice of 2 Free cocktails from World Champion Cocktail Barman Jamie Chesher
who will only be serving from the upstairs VIP bar
# A personalised signed photo of each actor present.
# A pesonalised photo taken with the actors available for free download from the Club Fangtasia Facebook Page
# A vast array of home-made canapes available throughout the evening.

Tickets are strictly limited, so make sure you get in early to purchase your one and only chance to meet True Blood cast members in Australia in 2013!

Source: Club Fangtasia – Mailing List

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./ClubFangtasia.com.au)

 

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VIDEO: True Blood’s Jessica Clark Talks About Being ‘Lillith’

March 13, 2013

The HBO Star Talks About ‘That’ Costume:

Jessica Clark stars as Lillith in Season 5 of HBO's True BloodThat bloody Lillith costume was something, wasn’t it? Have you ever imagined how long it would take in make up to look that bloody? Or what it would be like to wear something like that? Then why not check out the video below and find out exactly how actress Jessica Clark coped with being Lillith:

 


Source: Huffington Post – ‘True Blood’ Star Jessica Clark Talks Lillth, Cardboard Tube (VIDEO)

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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