Zeljko Ivanek Sinks His Fangs Into True Blood

October 6, 2010

Zeljko Ivanek Chats about True Blood and Playing the Bad Guy

Zeljko IvanekTrue Blood is known for its fantastic cast, and fans were overjoyed when Zeljko Ivanek guest starred as the vampire magistrate. Born in Slovenia, but raised in the US, the actor has portrayed a number of creepy characters. From Big Love to Damages and now True Blood, Zeljko has perfected being sinister.

After his untimely beheading on True Blood, Zeljko is now Director of National Intelligence Blake Sterling on NBC’s The Event. Zeljko notes,

“I think it’s the deep-set dark eyes and kind of thin face…I just look a little sinister, apparently. Not to my friends or family, who know and love me, but you stick me in a suit and it has certain connotations.”

His newest role on the Event has Zeljko dissuading the president from releasing prisoners from a facility, believing that America should sacrifice the rights of a few than the safety of Americans. However, it seems that his character may turn out to be one of the good guys.

After so many years of guest star work, Zeljko feels good to be on a set he can call home. He says,

“Right now, it feels really good…There’s just something nice about showing up on a lot and belonging there. The continuity is comforting.There’s a huge difference between going to work some place day to day, and just showing up for a few days. In most situations I’ve been lucky, but you’re a visitor. You’re always a visitor.”

However, this doesn’t mean he’ll give up his guest work. What he loves about working as a bad guy is having the chance to figure out how a villain thinks, that is how the villain justifies himself and his actions. Being so good at playing the villain, has won him an Emmy for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Damages. The Emmy brought him, for a while, roles on the most buzz worthy shows. When asked about his sting on True Blood, he noted,

“You step back and look around and go, ‘my God. I can’t believe what all these people are doing in this room…When I see this on TV, I don’t even remember being there, because I don’t remember this world seeming like this. It wasn’t until I saw it that the whole bacchanalia was clear to me. They’re remarkable alchemists in what they do.”

For now, Zeljko is happy working on the Event and hopes that the show gains enough of a fan base so he can enjoy his new set, his home away from home.

Source: www.nypost.com — Good At Being Bad

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc. )


VIDEO: Zeljko Ivanek Talks about his Role on True Blood

August 1, 2010

Thomas Attila Lewis from @TheTVJunkie and @LAist.com had the opportunity to speak with Zeljko Ivanek, who portrays the sadistic vampire Magister in HBO’s “True Blood”at the 2010 Television Critics Association summer sessions on July 30, 2010 at the Beverly Hilton.

As we previously mentioned Thomas has entered the Pan Mass Challenge, to raise awareness and donations for finding a cure for cancer and is just $600 away to reaching his goal of $5000 for his 300 mile ride starting this Friday, August 6 – 9, 2010.

So please help Thomas reach his goal by clicking on his profile on the Pan Mass Challenge website at http://www.pmc.org/profile/TL0097 and donate!

SOURCE: thetvjunkie


VIDEO: Zeljko Ivanek Interview at Comic-con 2010

July 25, 2010

Zap2it had the chance to interview Emmy-winning Zeljko Ivanek, also known to True Blood fans as the vampire Magister, at Comic-con 2010 where he discussed his latest project with NBC entitled “The Event“.

The plot of the pilot for “The Event” hinges on the ambiguity of a lot of its characters, including Ivanek’s character, C.I.A. director Blake Sterling. And though that job description clearly involves its fair share of secret keeping, there’s no evidence yet that his motives aren’t pure.

Although Zeljko tends to play evil characters he is truly a very nice guy.

SOURCE: Zap2it


True Blood Season 3 Spoiler: The Magister Is Back

May 26, 2010

TV Guide has just posted by some spoilers which gives us some insight into what will be happening for season 3 on True Blood and it seems things are going to get tense with some interesting plotlines.

Give me a good tease about True Blood’s new season. — Holly
MICKEY: Zeljko Ivanek (aka the best guest star of everything) returns as the Magister, and he’s cracking down on the illegal V trade in Louisiana. This is a problem for the Queen, since she’s tacitly allowing it, and for Eric and Pam, since they’re running it.

SOURCE:  tvguide.com

(Photo credit:  HBO Inc.)


Zeljko Ivanek as Magister

January 4, 2009

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek Photo Credit: AP Photo by Reed Saxon

Zeljko Ivanek as Magister


The Magister – Zeljko Ivanek

January 3, 2009

The Magister © 2008 HBO, Inc.

The Magister © 2008 HBO, Inc.

The Magister – Zeljko Ivanek is appointed sentence Bill Compton at the Tribunal  for staking Long Shadow.