The actor, who joined True Blood in the third season, admitted that he is keen to play different roles in the future.
“I don’t want to be stuck in any kind of typecasting,” he explained. “I love Russell and I had the best time of my life playing him, but I don’t want to play another villain for a while. I don’t want to get stuck in that kind of thing. I want to do something different, just to shake it up and surprise people.”
He also revealed that his character will change dramatically as the season continues.
“From Episode 9 onward, he becomes a different character,” said O’Hare. “He goes into overdrive and actually reverts to a Pagan self. He sheds his veneer of charm and he becomes incredibly dangerous. He loses his control and the mask comes off.”
Do you enjoy the wardrobe you get to wear on the show?
Denis: I get to wear incredible things. My clothes are fantastic. I get to wear Ted Baker, Vervatos, Versace, Hugo Boss and just beautiful stuff. Where I end up in the end of the season, my look is very, very different. My house is a beautiful house, but I end up in a very different place.
How much actual interaction did you get to have with the real wolves?
Denis: I love wolves. I’ve always had a huge fascination with wolves, and I’m a huge dog freak, so I was really looking forward to that. The wolves are very, very skiddish. They’re not dangerous, they’re just high-strung, so their handlers are very protective of them. They want to keep the wolves away from us, rather than keep us away from the wolves. But, we got to meet a couple of them. They were around backstage during some of the scenes, and they’re freaky. They’re not dogs. They are a different creature. They’re wild animals. You just look at them and you can see that they’re really smart. You see a whole different thing going on behind their eyes. The yellow eyes are kind of freaky.
The actual wolves are so sensitive that they’re very difficult to work with because they’re taking in so much, all the time, and they’re so hyper. They never calm down. It didn’t matter how quiet the set got, the wolves were jumpy, so they had to work with hybrid wolves that are half dog/half wolf that are much easier to control. It’s not that wolves can’t be trained, it’s just that they have a different relationship to humans. They don’t need humans, in the way that dogs do, so they don’t really get what’s in it for them. They’re like, “Why do I have to listen to you?” They’re great animals.
O’Hare confirmed that Russell’s storyline will not be wrapped up by the end of the season, claiming that the door is “definitely” open for him to return.
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