Interview: Dawn Olivieri – “True Blood’s” New Werewolf

April 30, 2010 by  

The role of Janice Herveaux goes to actress Dawn Olivieri as season three of HBO’s “True Blood” — starting June 13 — brings more supernatural beings into the open, with werewolf Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) and his sister making appearances.

According to an interview with Runway Fashion Magazine, Olivieri has a raw talent that has her rising in the industry with her portrayals of edgy, mysterious, strong female characters. Her credits include 10 television projects, including “How I Met Your Mother” and HBO‘s “Entourage.”  She appeared in the NBC series “Heroes” in its fourth season and did the voice of Pepper Potts in the animated series, “Avengers.”  This year she’s added at least three films to her resume, including “Drop Dead Gorgeous” and “Dozers.”  And this summer, watch for Dawn‘s debut appearance as Janice in “True Blood‘s” fourth episode titled “9 Crimes.”

Now for some insight into this actress from her interview.

Olivieri said she’s had several special experiences as an actress that she considers achievements.  But rather than keep track of each one, she tries to stay humble and enjoy each moment she has in the profession she loves. She has not had formal acting training and although it comes naturally, Olivieri refers to herself as a sponge and continues to absorb and learn.

When asked what she does for fun, Olivieri responded that she loves the outdoors and travelling. She keeps fit with outdoor sports and activities, such as camping, hiking, some rock climbing and playing beach volleyball. She also enjoys painting, playing the guitar, photography and working with animals.

Several of the responses Olivieri gave to her interviewer were down to earth. Finding endless possibilities for the future, she has no real plans and she values her dreams, memories, challenges and everything else she has in her head. She lives in the moment and seems to truly enjoy her life.

With regard to advice for those trying to break into show business, Olivieri says to tap into what sets you apart from everyone else. In other words, be you.


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Edited by: April Lollar