Sunday, June 26, 2011

The lusty vampires of Bon Temps bite again

Doll-eyed, Brooklyn-born beauty Deborah Ann Woll may be in her fourth year as newbie vampire Jessica on HBO’s wildly popular series “True Blood,” but the role doesn’t necessarily fit like a comfy pair of shoes.
“It’s been intense,” the 26-year-old Woll said recently about playing Jessica this season. “It’s asked me to try things I haven’t really done before, emotionally, physically and psychologically. It’s been really challenging, but great in that way.”
In its quest to show how supernatural powers wreak havoc on human nature, “True Blood” is nothing if not unpredictable. The show already has a dizzying repertory company of vampires, telepaths, shapeshifters, fairies and a werewolf. In this melange, Bible-thumping teenager Jessica’s transformation from Bill’s (Stephen Moyer) petulant vampire ward into a swoony yet feral bloodsucker has been one of the show’s more enjoyable character arcs.

(Clockwise from top) “True Blood” stars Alexander Skarsgard, Deborah Ann Woll, Jessica Tuck, Stephen Moyer and Kristin Bauer van Straten.
“Originally the role developed because we thought, since Bill is a reluctant vampire, it would be fun to have him turn somebody who becomes a bratty stepchild,” says creator/executive producer Alan Ball. “But very quickly it became clear to us all that Jessica’s really special. Then to bring her and Hoyt together was magical, and she’s turned into one of the main characters on the show now. Her presence is so powerful and vital.”