True Blood’s Valerie Cruz Interview

August 6, 2009 by  

0721cruz_articleLee Hernandez of promised himself he would not watch Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV series True Blood until as he put it:

True Blood came to their senses and hired a Latina to appear on the show”

Well we know his wish came true with introduction of Isabel Beaumont played by Valerie Cruz. Lee describes Isabel‘s character:

Isabel Beaumont, an elegant, 600-year-old Spanish vampire-with-a-soul (think RobPattinson in Twilight) who rolls with the super-scary Dallas coven of vamps! I called Ms. Cruz to get all the deets on her biting new role, and the gracious (and super-intelligent) actress, who is perhaps best known for her role as Silvia Prado (Jimmy Smits’s wife on Dexter), gave me the 411 on all things True Blood, including why the evil Dallas vamps are not to be messed with, why her character may be on Bill and Sookie’s side after all and why a certain Oscar-winning Spanish actress may have served as the inspiration for her character’s Spanish accent.”

When Valerie was asked about her character and not being your typical Vampire:

“As far as vampires go, no. She has a penchant for humans and a vulnerability. She wants to try to find a way to coexist with them.” And also commented to the interviewer when she was asked, So in a crowd of evil vamps, Isabel is like the Edward Cullen of True Blood—a vampire with a soul? Yes, definitely! That is actually a very accurate description.”

Also adding on her age of being 600 years old and whether she feels it:

“She lived during the Spanish Inquisition and she’s 600 years old!
I think she does in the sense that she’s become a little world-weary”

When asked about her inspiration of the characters accent:

“I’ve been doing accents for a long time. The people I modeled it after would have to be  Penélope Cruz or Antonio Banderas, or somebody from Spain. That was very important for me [to get the accent just right], because when you have a character on a show that has a big cast, every bit of that character matters—from her hairstyle and accent to the way she dresses.”

When asked about The Dallas Vamps and her take Valerie responded:

“They’re big city vampires. They are crazy. Stan is crazy. They are looking for domination, and there are vamps in their nest that have no qualms about taking human life. They definitely feel like they’re the superior race, so to speak—if you can call vampires a race. There are definitely some crazies in there too. That’s why Isabel is so intense with Stan, because she’s outnumbered in regard to her feelings of starting a war—she doesn’t want to start a war”

The interviewer also brought up the perceived tension between Stan and Isabel and whether the tension was sexual in nature:

“No, they are definitely not. You’d think so, because they’re kind of these sexual beings, vampires. It’s like when Bill and Eric fight—there is a sexuality there, a tension that’s always there between, even the male to male vampire relationships. These are two people who can bite each other in the jugular, so there’s a basic carnal sensuality to those kind of people even when they argue.”

On the relationship between Valerie and Anna Paquin’s character who plays Sookie Stackhouse and was there tension:

“By next week, you’ll see that that is not the case. When they first introduced me, you don’t know who’s where, and you don’t who who lands on what side of the fence. You don’t know who’s for or against the heroes, which are Sookie and Bill. But that’s what adds a sense of danger to the show. You’ll see…”

On Valerie’s self admitted True Blood obsession while filming Dexter:

“Yeah! I was an absolute traitor! I would watch Mad Men followed by True Blood. It was so funny because every time we were nominated that year for an award on Dexter, those were the two shows we were up against—not that I don’t love Dexter. I think Michael C. Hall is one of the best actors out there, period!”

On the interviewers question regarding what makes a Latina vampire Different Valerie responded:

“That she has a definitive sense of style! She has a sensibility of her own sort of persecution too, which lends to her a sensitivity that the other vampires don’t have.”

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(photo Credit: HBO )