True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Comfortable With His Role

January 30, 2009 by  

Academy of Country Music Awards ArrivalsRyan Kwanten’s popularity has steadily increased since starring in Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series “True Blood”. His popularity may be the result of the character that he portrays, the over sex-driven brother of the lead protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, (Anna Paquin) Jason Stackhouse. Ryan states he is not bothered by the fact that the audience sees him more often without clothes then with clothes on. Ryan commented that Australia is a very open-minded society and tends to not be shocked by nudity. However, in terms of the various sexual positions that he finds himself in, he says some may be shocked regardless of where the person comes from. For Ryan he says it is all part of the fun.

Alan Ball states that the Jason character in the Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series, (which “True Blood” is adapted from) appealed to him and he wanted to incorporate him more in the show. He felt that Jason was a big character who had his own story to tell and wanted to explore the character’s hesitation to grow up. He sees Ryan’s character having similarities to Peter Pan or Nate in his show “Six Feet Under’ or even Kevin Spacey’s character in “American Beauty”. Ryan states that doing nude scenes for Alan Ball is easy.

“I’ve been in the business now for 15 years and I haven’t had an experience that comes close to the one I’ve had with working with Alan and HBO,” he says. “They’re so embracing of the artist. You know anything you want to bring to the table, no matter how ridiculous it may seem, they’re willing to listen. It really is an absolute rarity in this business to have that, and a lot of it comes from being associated with Alan. They trust his judgment and his choices.”

Jason lives for the moment and simply wants to have fun and that fun is sleeping around with whatever woman is around at the time. Ryan on the other hand, finds playing Jason interesting because Jason is so unlike him in real life. In closing Ryan explains that perhaps the intrigue of vampires and what draws people to the concept is that the vampires were once human who now have some special abilities and that makes them a possibility in the world.

SOURCE: OUT Magazine – Dec.2008/Jan.2009

(Photo credit: AP Photo Isaac Brekken)