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Last Sunday night we saw Jacob Hopkin’s child vampire character meet the true death. He may be just 9 years old, but on HBO’s True Blood, he’s been playing one of the oldest, most cunning vampires alive, Alexander Drew. Alexander was a member of the Vampire Authority, the government that rules over vampires and is led by Christopher Meloni’s very intense Roman.

This week, Roman discovers there is a traitor in his group of leaders, and it turned out to be Alexander.

“I think it’s cool sometimes to be the villain,” Hopkins tells The Hollywood Reporter about finding out that his character would be the traitor.

THR spoke to Hopkins about his character’s traitorous ways and how he prepared for his final, bloody scene.

When Hopkins, whose previous work includes appearances on How I Met Your Mother and a role in Priest, joined the show to play Alexander, he wasn’t aware that he would end up being the traitor of the group, and says he was shocked when he read the script for the fourth episode of season 5.

“I didn’t really know,” he says. “It really surprised me because I didn’t think that I was going to be a traitor on the show.”

He says he played the scene bravely because he feels a vampire that old and in that position of power would not cower even when he had been discovered.

“I didn’t think Alexander was suppose to be scared because he is suppose be a really old and wise vampire,” Hopkins tells THR about his character’s frame of mind.

Hopkins says that the special effects crew and the director of the scene, Romeo Tirone, made sure to walk him through all the details of his dramatic death scene.

One of his favorite moments was getting to touch the pile of blood and guts that was used for after his character Alexander had been staked.

Hopkins tells THR he wasn’t afraid of shooting the gory scene.

“We had done so much preparation and I knew what was happening before we shot it, so to me it isn’t like what the viewers really see,” he says. “I got to touch the stake to and even though it looks real, it’s rubbery.”

Hopkins worked closely with Meloni, who joined HBO’s vampire drama after spending more than a decade on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. The seasoned actor walked through the death scene with Hopkins before they began shooting.

“Chris told me that he was going to grab me very close and to get in his face and be really angry,” Hopkins tells THR. “He prepared me for what he was going to do before he did it.”

Hopkins adds that working with Meloni was enjoyable since “he’s a dad.”

“He knows how to act with kids. He is a very, very nice and very lovable person,” says Hopkins.

With Hopkins’ run on the show over, the young actor said he was “sort of sad” to leave because he had such a good time.

“But I’m looking forward to keeping my fangs and it was all such a great experience for me,” he says.

source: hollywoodreporter.com

Jacob Hopkins on Playing an Ancient Childlike Vampire

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 24 - 2012

Jacob Hopkins plays the smallest member of the Vampire Authority, but he may not be the youngest as he was turned as a child, but has been around for a long time. Having a young boy as an ancient and powerful vampire only made the group more terrifying. We learned a few details about this childlike vampire from Jacob Hopkins, the actor who plays him on True Blood.

Hopkins had plenty to say about his new vampire character, Authority chancellor Alexander Drew.

What can you say about the character of Alexander Drew?
Jacob Hopkins: Well, Alexander Drew is… basically a troublemaker. He’s at the age of 9. He’s a really feisty and strong-minded vampire. Very wise, and he’s a bit important — he’s on the Authority. At least he thinks he is. He’s pretty much full of himself.

He’s like an old man stuck in a kid’s body. I mean, I may look young, but looks can be deceiving! I’ve been around for a long time. I mean, I’m a chancellor of the Authority, so obviously I wasn’t made yesterday. So let’s just say he makes himself heard a lot and he strongly has his own opinions. He looks like a kid, but like I said, an old man in a kid’s body.

Do you have any idea of how old the character is supposed to be?
Jacob Hopkins: I get asked that a lot. I know that Alexander must be pretty high up. I mean, he’s a chancellor on the Authority, so he’s very important and wise. I wasn’t really given the background of how old he is, but he’s… Let’s just say he’s pretty old.

When you were on the set of True Blood, what was it like working with the other actors?
Jacob Hopkins: Everyone on the set — even the actors were so nice. And they were really funny, and we all joked around between takes. And I got to work with Alexander Skarsgard, Stephen Moyer, Chris Meloni, Peter Mensah, Carolyn Hennesy, Christopher Heyerdahl. I mean, these guys are really nice and they always encouraged me. I got complimented, and I felt really part of the team. So I had a wonderful time on set — I had a really good time!

Do you have any stories from when you were there? Did anything really interesting or crazy happen?
Jacob Hopkins: You know Alexander Skarsgard, right? So we were both in the makeup department. And my character was named Alexander and he was Alex — his real name. One of the makeup people called, “Alex?” And we’re both like “Yeah?” He looked down at me and he’s like, “Oh, you! The other Alex!” And of course we laughed, and he grins down and me and says, “Seriously dude, you rocked it on set yesterday.” He’s such a cool guy. He’s really nice.

What was the best part about being on True Blood?
Jacob Hopkins: I guess it would have to be two things. One, being on the harness — it was my first experience of being on the harness. And two, it would have to be the fangs. It’s like, I’ve never had real fangs! It’s way better than those plastic vampire fangs you buy at Target, Party City or something. Yeah, ’cause they look really real. I mean, I had to get them molded on my teeth. And they had to match the color on the fang teeth with my teeth color. Mine are yellowish-whitish, so they had to do that.

So I put them in and I was like, “Wow, do I feel like a vampire!” I mean, I had the wardrobe, the red eyeliner, blood on my fingernails. And I had the makeup to make me look pale… And I was thinking, something’s missing. And that was it, my fangs!

Since you played a character that was really old and wise, what did you do to get yourself ready for the part?
Jacob Hopkins: My dad is my acting coach and he obviously helped me, because, you know, I needed help. So he helped me with that. But also there’s some stuff I’ve seen on TV or I’ve been around with a lot of people that are grown-ups. And I really know how to act like a grown-up because I’ve been around a lot of them.

Also, ’cause he’s supposed to be creepy, I have this really interesting monster book that explores a lot of monsters like — I like these characters Gollum or Jekyll and Hyde. I mean, these guys with dual personalities really fascinate me. That’s actually how Alexander is — he sort of has this dual personality. He’s really sly or angry. He sort of has that thing.

Since he’s creepy, like I said, there’s some characters from Harry Potter. You know, some of them were dark and mysterious and stuff like that. And that’s pretty much how Alexander is. So I had a lot of stuff to help me, obviously.

Since there are so many different kinds of strange beings on True Blood – vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies and others — what’s your favorite kind of supernatural creatureJacob Hopkins: I couldn’t really decide on which one. I have, I think, like two. One is a vampire, and the other one is… It’s like a werewolf. I can’t really decide which one is my favorite. I mean, a lot of vampires and werewolves can shape-shift, so that’s pretty hard. And they can shape-shift into a lot of things! They also both have super-speed. They also have sharp teeth, both of them, so it’s pretty hard to decide. It’s pretty hard to decide which one I like, because they both have a lot of similarities. It’s just that they both have fangs, super-speed, shape-shifting, super-strength… I mean, a vampire looks like a human, only evil. A werewolf is like a dog-man or something. So they both are pretty cool. I have to decide, but you know, it’s really hard.

Have you ever seen any parts of **True Blood other than your own scenes?
Jacob Hopkins: No… The show is aimed for a much older audience, so I can’t really watch all parts. So I’ve just watched my parts.


To read the rest of this interview go to: buddytv.com

Jacob Hopkins Says ‘I Love Vampires’

Posted by Lynnpd On June - 15 - 2012

True Blood introduced us to the Vampire Authority in episode 1 of Season 5, but we still haven’t officially seen them yet. When fans finally meet the members of the Vampire Authority, among the ranks headed up by Christopher Meloni as Roman, is a child vampire, or rather, an ages-old vampire in a kid’s body – Alexander Drew, played fourth grade student Jacob Hopkins.

Jacob was asked, what’s it like being a kid on the very adult-themed show? So far, pretty fun the youngster – and vampire fan — he told AccessHollywood.com.

AccessHollywood.com: Tell me about Alexander, from what we’ve heard, he’s in the Vampire Authority and he’s mean.
Jacob Hopkins: I’m basically a troublemaker. I’m being described as an impetuous vampire who likes to taunt others. He’s feisty and he’s really strong-minded… He was turned at the age of 9.

Access: How old do you think Alexander is?
Jacob: I may look young, but looks can be deceiving. I’ve been around for a long time. I’m a chancellor on the Authority, so obviously I wasn’t made yesterday. So I’m like an old man in a kid’s body and you can say that I’m very wise and strong-minded.

Access: Did you have to do any research to play Alexander?
Jacob: I didn’t have to do any research at all. I have like, all these monster books and stuff. I love vampires. They’re like one of my favorite monsters, so I know a lot of the vampires’ powers, like super speed, super strength.

Access: Christopher Meloni plays your boss on the show, what’s he like to work with?
Jacob: He’s a really nice guy. One day I was watching Chris Meloni do a scene, and I was thinking he did such an amazing job and I just [wanted] to go over and [shake] his hand and that’s exactly what I [did]. I said, ‘You did a great job!’ and he said, ‘You too man.’ He’s just an awesome guy.

Access: How does Alexander relate to Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)?
Jacob: I get to work with Bill and Eric and as you know, last season, they killed an Authority member, so they’re in hot water with us now. The counsel, which I’m a part of — I’m one of the council members, we give advice to Roman [played by Christopher Meloni] who’s the guardian, but it’s his decision to decide if Bill and Eric die or not.

Access: Do the kids at your real school know you’re in ‘True Blood’?
Jacob: Yeah, they know I’m gonna be in ‘True Blood’ and they think it’s so awesome. I mean, a lot of kids in my class love vampires.

Access: Do you have a favorite vampire of all time?”
Jacob: I like Dracula, he’s a pretty awesome vampire.

source: accesshollywood.com

Jacob Hopkins might be too young to watch Alan Ball’s ‘True Blood’, but he still wound up being cast as the youngest character ever on the show (besides the infant that was thought to be cursed, but we don’t count that!). He’ll be playing Alexander Drew, a vampire who was turned at the age of nine who is part of the Vampire Authority and has a penchant for taunting the big boys. He’s even gotten so into his character that one day when one of the makeup people called out the name ‘Alex’ both he and Alexander Skarsgard answered. As everyone who’s ever met Skarsgard knows, he’s always funny so he just referred to Hopkins as ‘the other Alex‘ while quickly pointing out how well he’s doing in his role as Alexander Drew.

The website Best Movies Ever asked Jacob about his True Blood experiences.

Did you watch True Blood before you got the role of Alexander Drew?

JH: No, of course not! Not in human years, but if I was really a vampire I would love too!

What was the audition like for True Blood, and what did you do to prepare for it?

JH: I remember there was like six people in the room when I auditioned. I was going in for the producers and Alan Ball was there too. My dad is my acting coach and he really prepared me for it. I went in there being really strong, sarcastic and pretty much full of myself. Like I was more important then any character in the scene or anybody in the room. That’s how I think Alexander thinks.

Are you excited getting to play a vampire who isn’t very nice?

JH: Well, let’s just say I get to boss adults around and get in their faces – I don’t get to do that everyday!

What’s been the weirdest part of playing a vampire?

JH: I think it would be looking pale and white with the makeup. I looked kind of freaky when I looked in the mirror.

You hold a brown belt in Taekwondo, are you going for the next level?

JH: Yes, in less then two months I test for my high brown belt.

Do you parents still make you do chores around the house?

JH: On Saturdays, my brother and I do chores. My Dad gives us each a list and afterwards, we get to pick either a super hero comic book, super hero trading cards or a marvel action figure toy – I love that part!

What do you like to do when you’re not acting?

JH: I like to swim, draw, play video games, read, play handball, spend time with my family, and of course Taekwondo.

Is it hard trying to do well in school along with acting?

JH: Not so much. My school teacher is really good about getting all my work together so I have it on set with my set teacher. I have had really great set teachers and Millie from True Blood is my favorite. Sometimes when I get really busy, I can get tired, but I really like school.

We’ve all been speculating what a small boy as a vampire would be like, and one who seems to have a lot of power in the Vampire Authority. Since he has probably been around for a long time, his looks must be extremely deceiving. It’s an intriguing notion that I’m glad True Blood is pursuing.
 
Young actor Jacob Hopkins is the actor who plays the part and below is part of an interview with Jacob who about his character of “Alexander Drew.”

 

You play a young vampire in True Blood, tell me about your character?
I play Alexander Drew. He is described as impetuous vamp who likes to taunt others. He is basically a trouble maker. He was turned at the age of nine. So I’m like an old man stuck in a little kid’s body. But if you want to talk authority, I’ve got authority – I get to taunt the big guys – I’m that important!
 
The show is aimed at much older audience, are you allowed to watch it at all? If not, how did you prepare for the role?
Well, in human years, of course not! I am not allowed to watch the show. My dad is an actor and my acting coach and he really prepared me for the role. Not to mention, I love vampires. I have books about them and I am very fascinated with them. When I found out I booked the role, I couldn’t stop reading about vampires!
 
What’s been your highlight of working on the show?
My favorite part was wearing my fangs. When I put them in my mouth I said, ‘Now I really feel like a real vampire.’
 
True Blood mainly revolves around vampires. If you could be any mythical creature, what would you be and why?
I would be The Eye of Sauron from Lord of Rings because nothing is brave enough to face him.
 
If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
I would have the power of super-speed so I could run on water.

 

Read the rest of this interveiw by going to: highschoolhollywood.tumblr.com

Meet True Blood Season 5′s Vampire Authority

Posted by Lynnpd On May - 4 - 2012

We have heard that in True Blood’s Season 5 we will be introduced to the Vampire Authority, a group of very important vampires that represent the highest power within the vampire culture. Below are high quality photos of the six new vampires who represent this august group.

Meet our new vampires Carolyn Hennesy, Christopher Meloni, Peter Mensah, Christopher Heyerdahl Valentina Cervi and Jacob Hopkins.

Carolyn Hennesy as Rosalyn Harris and Christopher Meloni as Roman

 

Peter Mensah as Kibwe and Christopher Heyerdahl as Dieter Braun

 


Valentina Cervi as Salome and Jacob Hopkins as Alexander

source: HBO.com

Jacob Hopkins to Play Impetuous Young Vampire Authority Member

Posted by Lynnpd On February - 15 - 2012

According to LA Castings and IMDB.com child actor Jacob Hopkins will play the part of the child vampire in True Blood, Alexander Drew.  The casting call for this role said the following:

[ALEXANDER] 9 years old. An impetuous young vampire who was turned at the age of 9, he’s an Authority council member who loves cigarettes and razzing his fellow council members…RECURRING

There is a True Blood connection to Jacob prior to this role, he also appeared in a small part in Stephen Moyer’s film ‘Priest.’

 

 

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