Valerie Cruz on Playing True Blood’s Vampire Isabel

July 1, 2009 by  


Brooke Tarnoff of sent us this exclusive interview with Valerie Cruz.

We will meet Ms. Cruz this season on True Blood as the compassionate vampire IsabelMs. Cruz’s character Isabel although older than Bill Compton, is also compassionate and retains much of her humanity.

The article also focuses on some of the great cable roles Ms. Cruz has had the opportunity to play while fighting the stigma of being Latino in Hollywood

Ms. Cruz on playing vampire Isabel, and whether the story stays true to the plot line of the second book in the Sookie Stackhouse series”Living Dead In Dallas“:

“Yeah, I think it does. Isabel’s relationship with [lair-mate] Stan is more antagonistic than it’s written in the book. She’s a lot more compassionate than most of the other vampires. She wants to find a way to coexist peacefully with humans, rather than having complete disregard for human life. Most of the vampires that you meet – they’re more of the vein that humans – they can’t really be bothered. Isabel is unique in that sense. It’s the first time you meet another vampire like [Stephen Moyer’s character] Bill, who has a little more reverence for human life. She’s older than Bill. With age, having walked the Earth for 600 years, your sensibilities start to change.”

On doing a disproportionate number of shows based on books including, The Dresden Files, True Blood, Dexter. and whether they provide unique challenges:

I feel like with ‘Dresden Files’, people were so passionate about that book series – and they kind of went off-kilter by casting a Latin person as the Murphy character – people really needed to get over that, and they did. I love having a book to reference, and I think it’s great too – as a viewer, I know when I have a favorite book and it comes out as a movie, it’s fun. It’s exciting that you get to see these characters you’ve had in your mind’s eye actualized visually, and I think it’s a lot of fun. It’s more challenging, in a sense, in that you want to be as good as what people have had going on in their heads for X amount of years, while the books have been out, and to stay true to the character.

Ms. Cruz has had the unique opportunity to work on edgy more out their shows. In her interview she mentions, which I completely agree with. “I think you see a lot of the coolest shows ending up on cable.”

Valerie Cruz’s character vampire Isabel will be debuting on the next episode of Trueblood On July 12th
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