Last Sunday, True Blood introduced viewers to the all-powerful, and all-knowing Vampire Authority. The group’s filled with the most respected and dangerous vamps on the planet including the deceptively young (looking) Alexander Drew. He’s played by newcomer Jacob Hopkins, whose angelic face is the perfect cover for his mischievous character. ScreenCrave recently spoke with Hopkins about his role, and how it feels to be the only kid on such a grown up show.
True Blood is a really popular series. Were you nervous about joining the cast?
Jacob Hopkins: I didn’t know what True Blood was back then when I first auditioned for it. But when I booked it, I knew it was a popular show, so I was a tiny bit nervous. But I knew I was going to do a good job. I knew everyone would treat me so nice, because every job I’ve been on so far everyone has treated me really good. So I knew that first of all. Second of all, the audition I did was the first scene of my first show. For the first show, I wasn’t nervous. I had all my lines, I knew what to do. I was pretty prepared.
How did your audition go? Did you screen-test with any of the show’s actors?
Jacob Hopkins: No, I did not. I was called right into the producers the night before my audition. I went into the audition thinking I was more important than anyone in the room, because that’s how Alexander thinks… After two hours I booked the job. I was pretty excited. I couldn’t sleep that night. I kept on thinking of how I have all these powers. And the next morning I was like, “Maybe I’ll have super-speed or super-strength or shapeshifting and stuff like that?’ It was pretty exciting.
What kind of vampire is Alexander?
Jacob Hopkins: He’s a feisty and strong-minded vampire. Not to mention a bit of a troublemaker. He’s strong and has his own opinions. Looking like a kid has nothing to do with his importance [within] the Authority. He was turned at the age of nine so obviously he can’t help it. But he doesn’t let that stop him.
How did it feel being the only child actor in a room full of adults?
Jacob Hopkins: I’m the only kid on set but everyone treats me so nice. I always feel encouraged and complimented and I feel immediately a part of the team. Actually, I’m pretty thankful that there are a lot of grown ups there, and that the set is a really grown up place. It helps me act like an old man stuck in a kid’s body. Because I do very mature [things]. It’s like something changes in my body. It helps me a lot.
Does Alexander have a father or mother figure within the group?
Jacob Hopkins: He’s really close with Roman (Christopher Meloni), the Guardian. Alexander respects Roman a lot. Then there are some characters that he doesn’t like at all like Carolyn Hennesy (who plays Rosalyn Harris). She’s a really nice woman, but in True Blood, she’s this really obnoxious vampire. She’s full of herself like Alexander is. [But] Roman and Alexander are pretty close with each other.
Does Alexander have it out for Bill and Eric? He was really mean to them in the last episode.
Jacob Hopkins: He pretty much hates them. Last season, you know that they killed an Authority member so they’re in hot water with us now. The Council gives advice on these matters but ultimately it’s the Guardian’s decision to decide their fate, whether they die or not.
Will Alexander be getting into any serious trouble this season?
Jacob Hopkins: There are twists and turns, and it’s drama. It’s True Blood. But you’re just going to have to wait and see for that.
There’s one question we have to ask every actor who plays a vampire: How are the fangs?
Jacob Hopkins: That’s actually my highlight of the show. They’re really, really awesome… I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘I really feel like a vampire.’ Because I had my robe, I had my red eyeliner, blood on my fingernails and I’m like, ‘Something’s missing.’ And then the makeup artist comes up to me and was like, ‘Oh Jacob, in this scene you need to put in your fangs.’ So I put them in, I looked in the mirror and was like, ‘Now I really feel like a vampire!’
True Blood airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO
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