True Blood Season 3: Rutina, Lindsay and Denis Share Some Tidbits

June 13, 2010 by  

Everyone keeps trying to get more details about True Blood‘s Season 3. Although series creator, executive producer and writer Alan Ball has given us some teasers, Sci Fi Wire took a different approach and spoke with Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Lindsay Pulsipher (Crystal Norris) and Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) to learn more about their characters.

Rutina revealed that she has really developed Tara to the point she knows how her character thinks, feels and will react.  Tara wants to put her life in order and become a woman who enjoys what life has to offer.  However, another struggle is in store for her as she becomes involved with a mysterious vampire named Franklin Mott (James Frain).  Rutina would not say whether the relationship will be with or without Tara‘s consent.

Talking about Tara, Rutina used words like vulnerable, fierce and defensive.  Although Tara‘s defensiveness has been very annoying to a good many people in Bon Temps, Rutina proclaimed that “those defenses are earned”.

Denis O’Hare was in Budapest making a movie when his agent called asking if he wanted to be the Vampire King of MississippiDenis was already a fan of True Blood, so he kind of knew what he was getting into.

Referring to Alan Ball as “one of our great creative minds in TV and film”, Denis said the new characters of Season 3 have been very well integrated with the original characters.  The originals are still vitally important and continue to develop, so the weaving into the storyline of the new characters is “a really deft marriage’.

Of his character, Russell, Denis said he’s the oldest vampire and is probably an ancient Celt, coming out of present day Romania.  Along with his boyfriend of 700 years, Talbot (played by Theo Alexander), he lives in a Jackson, MS mansion.

Russell‘s very charming.  He’s incredibly instinctual.  He survived millennia of different vampire fads, and he is ruthless without being rude.  He’s never rude.”

Crystal‘s story is less revealing.  As in Charlaine Harris‘ books, Crystal is from Hotshot, a town on the wrong side of the tracks.  But that’s pretty much where the similarity ends. as far as we know.  She does fall for Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and sees him as her ticket to a better lifestyle.

According to Lindsay, Crystal and Jason “have an amazing kind of a magical connection”.  But Crystal has a secret and Lindsay won’t say more about it.  And speaking of Jason, Lindsay was asked about sex scenes.

“I haven’t done nudity before, and it hasn’t come up yet, but the people that run the show … I guess I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.  I’m not too worried about it,” she said.

All eyes will be glued to TV sets as Season 3 unfolds on HBO this Sunday, June 13.


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