Last month we brought you the first part of this interview with Denis O’Hare from iF Magazine. In this second part, the actor talks about his previous acting gigs, working with the cast of the show, actual wolves and much more.
iF: You’ve done a lot of theatre in New York …
O’HARE: Yeah. I went to school in Chicago and I did all my early theatre work in Chicago, kind of where I learned to act, and then I moved to New York in the early Nineties and that’s what I did. I’ve been a stage actor, I’ve done a lot of Broadway, I’ve done four Broadway musicals, a lot of Broadway straight plays. That’s kind of my thing, that’s what I did, was Broadway. And then I’ve always done TV here and there because of LAW AND ORDER in New York, but then this [TRUE BLOOD, which films primarily in Los Angeles]came along last fall and I was thrilled, because I love it.
iF: Had you worked with Alan Ball before?
O’HARE: I hadn’t.
iF: Do you know if he was a fan of your stage work prior to casting you in TRUE BLOOD?
O’HARE: I think he’d seen me in TAKE ME OUT [O’Hare won a Featured Actor Tony for his work in the production in 2003] and all those years, it kind of percolated, and when this part came up, I think it was a good fit. A whole lot of us are from New York – Carrie Preston [Arlene] is from New York, Sam Trammell [Sam] is from New York, Rutina Wesley [Tara] is from Juilliard from New York, Kristin Bauer [Pam] is from New York – a lot of these actors, we all come from the same place. Michael Hall, who did SIX FEET UNDER [with Ball], I knew him when we did ROMEO AND JULIET together in Baltimore years ago, when he first got out of Juilliard. So it all kind of comes full circle, which is really interesting.
iF: A lot of the actors in TRUE BLOOD are called upon to disrobe at some point. Do you have that?
O’HARE: No. Not yet. [laughs] It hasn’t happened. I’ve gotten this far in my career without having to do that, it’d be nice to keep some things private, you know what I mean? If I’m called upon to, I will gladly, but Russell has dignity. I think he needs to keep his dignity.
iF: Well, most of the characters who disrobe have dignity …
O’HARE: Yeah. They’re 25 years old [laughs].
To read the rest of this interview, click here.