Once True Blood Season 3 wrapped filming, the cast and crew spread all over the world and Ryan Kwanten was among them. Returning home to his native Australia Ryan was busy giving interviews. In the interview below that took place in Sydney, he discusses his role on True Blood of Jason and how his life has changed since its success.
It’s been a real steady incline over the last two and a half years – I guess from the beginning of season two ‘til now. Now I’m actually sort of happy not just to be here at home, but [also] to [get] away from [the States] because the paparazzi side of things [was] just getting to the point where it was making me slightly uncomfortable. I was hanging out at places I thought were paparazzi-free – but weren’t! It’s nice to be back among people from home. It’s so much friendlier here.
What’s the best thing about the fame?
I look at events like this – like Telstra, this huge company has asked me to come and promote the T-Box which to me is amazing that I have that kind of clout, I guess. The ability to now fly my parents out to see me and to make a living from this profession is the greatest thing. I love doing it so much – the fact that I get paid for it is a bonus. But the fame side of things doesn’t inspire me.
Are you single?
Yeah, I’ve been single for a long time. There have been kind-of relationships, but they’ve been secret… But no – no-one’s going to be holding that back if they’re in a proper relationship.
Is it difficult maintaining a relationship in the public eye?
Oh, even beyond that! Not even necessarily because I’m in the public eye, but with any prospective girlfriend I have to say, “My work and my family come first at this point in my life, so if you’re willing to play third or fourth fiddle…” It sound so callous to say that, but it’s the way it has to be for me right now. Inevitably, it works fine for a month or two, but eventually the girl wants to work their way up the priority list…
Do you have any celeb crushes?
Jennifer Connolly. She’s a very well-studied girl. She’s got a couple of degrees and does amazing work. She’s also very beautiful.
What would your ideal date be?
I’m a real simple man with simple needs. I think cooking a nice little meal and taking the meal down to the beach and having a cheap bottle of wine and watching the sunset – that sounds good to me – with some nice conversation. You can jazz it up, but the more you jazz it up, it looks like you’re trying too hard. You can do that later. It’s always nice just to keep it real and find out about someone when they aren’t on their guard.
You’ve done some pretty racy scenes in True Blood – is it difficult getting your kit off in front of the cast and crew?
It’s not easy! But I always feel worse for the lady I’m doing it with, purely for the fact that 80 per cent of the crew are male and the girl is just as close to naked as I am. And I know that they’re going to be nervous. There have been a few times that I could literally feel them shaking in my arms. I make sure that we go nowhere near the set until they are totally and utterly comfortable.
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