True Blood Season 6: Amelia Rose Blaire Q&A about ‘The Vamping of Willa’
August 5, 2013 by kljoy
“Some Jaw Dropping Scenes Still to Come”, She Reveals!
So far in True Blood Season 6, we have seen Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) watch his sister Nora (Lucy Griffiths) have her last moments on earth, thanks to the government engineered Hepatitis V. Even though she was dying, she still begged Eric to stay with and comfort his progeny Pam Swynford de Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten). Also thrown into this mix was his newly turned baby vamp, Willa Burrell (Amelia Rose Blaire).
Sarlene Leeds, from Rolling Stone magazine, had a sit down with Amelia Rose, a long time Truebie herself who now plays Willa, and asked her a load of questions about the people, the part and the parting of True Blood Season 6.
She’d always loved the show and watched it with her friends, so to be a part of something like that is a dream come true. Especially as she gets to be one of her favourites; a vampire! Amelia Rose says that she loves the time on set, especially with such names as Rutger Hauer and Arliss Howard there to work beside. Leeds was keen to find out if Blaire got any advice about starting out in the business of acting:
I talked a lot to Arliss , who played my father, and he gave me some great advice on the first day. Because I was nervous and I was like, “I want to do a good job. I want to prove that they made the right choice in hiring me.” And he pulled me aside and was like, “Hey, you’ve got the job, so anything you do, everything you do, is right. There’s nothing wrong. All of your choices from here on out, are right, because the character is yours.” And so that was really cool to have him tell me that, especially because he’s such a talented actor. It was so fascinating to watch him on set, because every single time he would do something different. He was very physical, always yipping and yelping [laughs] in his character, so having him tell me that was really special.
According to Sarlene Leeds from Rolling Stones magazine, the scene where Willa Burrell was turned from a human into a vampire, was quite beautiful. She then wanted to know what Amelia Rose Blaire thought of it:
It was a trip when I saw it because I don’t remember shooting that scene. We shot it in many different sections because with the blood, we couldn’t do it in one seamless shot. But seeing it afterward, I thought it turned out really well. I remember after I shot the scene, I got home and the next morning I woke up and I went through such a strange reaction. Like, I woke up really, really angry, and then I got really, really sad, and then I got really, really happy and then angry again. I was like, “Whoa, what is going on?” And then I realized, “I died last night!” So of course I’m going to have this extremely volatile reaction to that, and it was also a very similar reaction to the one Willa had when she woke up the next evening. She was really, really happy, then really, really mad, and then very betrayed, so I definitely had a parallel with my reaction afterward.
Usually, being a vampire on HBO’s True Blood means loads of slinky, sexy costumes. This year, the attire is a little different – a little more prison garb. Was there any costume envy for Amelia Rose Blaire?
I actually loved that nightgown. I got really attached to it, and all of the different stages of it. They had the first one, and then in the beginning of episode four, it started getting a little muddy around the bottom, and then the final one was all covered in blood. So by the time I had to go into the prison scrubs I was like, “I want to go back in the nightgown!” [laughs]. It was just so beautiful; Audrey [Fisher] just does a fantastic job, all of the costume department. But I love wearing costumes and anything puts you in a certain state of mind, so the prison scrubs definitely put me in a very specific state of mind, too. But I would love to get to eventually wear some kind of traditional, sexy vampire outfit.
Finally, Rolling Stone magazine wanted to know if there was any gossip Blaire could dish out for the remainder of True Blood Season 6:
There are definitely going to be a lot of things that are going to make people’s jaws drop, and people’s heartstrings are going to get pulled. And because I was a fan of the show from the beginning, something that I love about what [show runner] Brian Buckner has done is, he’s grounded it back in something that was very similar to what I loved about the show when it first came out, which was the humanity in the vampires.
I have a feeling Willa Burrell is going to be a very strong character in the long run; over the past two episodes, she single-handedly helped Eric, her father and a dying Nora to escape from Vamp Camp and remains poised to take a significant role in the ongoing human-vampire war as True Blood approaches its final episodes of the season.
For more Q&A with Amelia Rose Blaire, go to the source article below or click here.
Source: Rolling Stone magazine – Q&A: ‘True Blood’ Actress Amelia Rose Blaire on Vamping It Up
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc./John P. Johnson)