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True Blood’s Jesus, Kevin Alejandro can be seen in a new show soon in his latest role on CBS’s new procedural drama Golden Boy which airs Tuesdays at 10pm on CBS. This new role is a bit of a departure from some of his previous roles since he’s not playing the good guy this time around but, instead, a disgruntled detective.
In an interview with After Elton, Kevin answered some questions about his True Blood role. Below are the excerpts from that interview that pertain to True Blood.
AE: Now, your characters tend to get killed off other shows.
KA: [grins] I know. I’m hoping that does not happen anytime soon with this guy, because I’m having so much fun. Hopefully, everyone feels the same way, keep emailing in and saying, ‘don’t kill him, don’t kill him,’ so they don’t kill me. You just never know. I know there are some characters that do die.
AE: Jesus was such a great character for you to play and you’ve never shied away from playing gay characters.
KA: I grew up pretty open, with an open family and…it’s weird coming from a small west Texas town… nonjudgmental. They never really even cared about that. It was never an issue for me. The biggest challenge was my idea of intimacy… it’s with a woman and it’s soft. My biggest challenge was, ‘how do I make that intimacy look legitimately real when the person I’m kissing back has stubble?’ How do I make it so believable that the audience believes it? That was really the only struggle I had with it, was making it believable to the people that it mattered to. It’s the same thing, I’m playing a cop so which audience part do I really want to show [and] want to respect it? A cop. They are our biggest critics [and] it’s the same thing, if I’m playing a gay guy. Who do I want to really believe in it? A gay person.
You know what helped was the genuine relationship and friendship and love between Nelsan [Ellis, who played Lafayette] and me in real life. That it was easy to love him. He’s a great guy and he’s a father and he’s so unlike Lafayette. He’s so shy, he’s a mystery, and it was easy to do that with him.
AE: Now that you’ve been away from the True Blood world, what’s your perspective on it? Did it feel as wacky and crazy as it does from a viewer’s standpoint?
KA: The spiritual stuff was the real challenge. It was interesting to actually do some research in that world, and you’d be amazed at some of the footage that you can actually find online that’s out there of spells and séances and stuff that they do. It was interesting and challenging to be able to go and figure some of that stuff out.
The project as a whole was amazing, and it’s still amazing. That was probably one of the most pivotal moves in my career…taking on that character just widened the audience support. The fans are truly there because they love you. No one’s there to really beat you up, and I got a real sense of real loyalty from fans through that show. I would go back if they asked me today. ‘Hey, would you come back?’ Abso-f***ing-lutely I’ll come back.
AE: Do you feel like there was more story to tell with the Jesus/Lafayette relationship?
KA: I feel like there could have been, but I think it went out in the perfect way because it left everyone wanting more. It’s great to go out before people are ready for you to go. It was very smart and the timing of it, and I had a little bit to do with the way it went out.
I was talking to one of the writers and I knew I was going to die. I was like, ‘what do you think about the idea of having the person that he loves the most have to kill him?’ They ran with it and they created what they created and it worked out really well. That’s one of the good things about dying and everything, it’s I go out in memorable way.
AE: What does a role have to have for you to sign on and get excited about it? Maybe that one thing that any role has to have, that makes you go, “I have to do this.”
KA: It has to be smart, and it has to have layers. I have to be able to look at it and see what another actor would do to it, and be able to give something different from that. Because a lot of roles you can see how people are going to do it, but if I can see that and then see what I could do to make it different, and be challenged by it, then I want to do it.
To read the rest of this interview, go to: afterelton.com
True Blood’s Kevin Alejandro is the criminal-of-the-week on Breakout Kings, and from the looks of the exclusive clip below, it could be one of his most intense roles yet.
The clip is mighty brutal, but here’s some context: Alejandro plays a man dying from lung cancer who tries to atone for his past sins by serving justice to those who have escaped it. First stop on his murder tour? This pedophile’s face.
Click on the image to go to the site and see this clip:
But that’s not all that Kevin will be seen in coming up. He will also be seen in the new film called “The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy,” which will be released on March 30. The film is written and directed by Tanner Beard. The western stars Eric Balfour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan, Summer Glau, Jamie Thomas King, Kevin Alejandro, Tanner Beard, James Lafferty and Robert Buckley.
In 1870s Texas, a ruthless bounty hunter and an Irish desperado flee the law with a young criminal claiming to possess a treasure more valuable than gold. Crossing paths with some of the West’s most notorious figures, the three outlaws fight for their lives in the pursuit of fame and fortune. Fueled by an ensemble cast and inspired by actual events, “The Legend of Hell’s Gate” blends legend and history into a Western spectacle that recounts a treacherous existence in post Civil War Texas.
Below is the trailer:
‘True Blood’s Kevin Alejandro is headed to A&E’s action drama Breakout Kings. Kevin is best known as Jesus Velasquez on True Blood and will guest star on the Matt Olmstead and Nick Santoro written production.
‘Breakout Kings’ chronicles U.S. officials teaming up with a group of convicts who now work on the right side of the law, tracking down wanted criminals together. Alejandro will star as the character Benny Cruz, an escapee who goes on a killing spree after being diagnosed with a fatal disease. Alejandro’s alter ego will reportedly consider himself an avenging angel on a dangerous mission. The episode, entitled ‘Cruz Control’, will air on the A&E network this coming March 25th at 10pm est.
True Blood lost some good people last season and Kevin Alejandro was one we were all sad to see go. However, good news, he has been cast in CBS’ untitled Nick Wootton-Greg Berlanti drama pilot (formerly Golden Boy).
The drama which chronicles a cop’s meteoric rise from officer to detective and eventually police commissioner will feature Alejandro who will play the top detective in the squad who is disturbed by the new guy’s arrival and plots to derail his career. Alejandro, who received multiple test offers, is coming off back-to-back regular roles on Southland and True Blood. He is with Gersh and MainTitle.
Kevin Alejandro, who played Jesus Velasquez on True Blood is also a hot fashionisto, and he recently was the featured and sat for an interview with DA MAN Magazine.
Kevin has also been seen in many other roles on TV as a police detective in Southland, a gay hustler in Big Love, a principled D.A. in Shark, a federal agent in the film Red State, a low-rider guy in the recent film alongside Ryan Gosling, Drive, and a gangster in Ugly Betty.
Texas-born actor Kevin Alejandro is a versatile guy with nearly a decade of showbiz experience, the fruits of his labors, largely as a guest star, are starting to pay dividends. During Seasons 3 and 4 of True Blood, he was a series regular, and earlier in 2011 he was featured in two major motion pictures, the aforementioned Drive and Red State. Below is part of the interview with DA MAN:
DA MAN: Can you tell us a bit about the latest on True Blood and how you came to be on the show?
Kevin Alejandro: True Blood has been an amazing journey. I’ve had an incredible time working with everyone. The process for getting on this show was very involved with audition after audition. Finally, it was narrowed down to about six guys and a chemistry-read with Nelsan [Ellis]. In the end, I scored the role and have been part of it ever since.
DA MAN: You were introduced in Season 3. Did you watch the series before then?
Kevin Alejandro: It was great receiving the word that I had an audition for True Blood. My wife and I were both ecstatic about the possibility of being on the show. It was absolutely one of our favorite shows! You can imagine how happy we were when we found out I actually got the role.
DA MAN: What can you tell us about your role as Jesus Velasquez, the male nurse on the show, and your approach to playing it?
Kevin Alejandro: The fact that Jesus was a witch was fascinating to me. I was able to do quite a bit of research on witchcraft. I wanted to understand the differences between white and black magic. For the longest time, I wasn’t sure which direction they were taking with the role of Jesus, so I thought it best to understand the differences between both practices.
DA MAN: Who has the most talent of the whole True Blood cast? And be honest, no diplomacy allowed on this one.
Kevin Alejandro: Ah man! You’re putting me on the spot. But, I gotta say, Alan Ball is pretty damned talented for casting all of us! There are so many great actors on this show.
DA MAN: What is it like working with award-winning creator of True Blood, Alan Ball?
Kevin Alejandro: Alan is by far one of the smartest guys I’ve had the pleasure of being around. This also makes him a little intimidating. After you get to know him though, you’ll find that he is a very kind, funny, honest gentleman. I thank him for letting me be a part of his creation.
To read the rests of this interview, go to: daman.co.id
Additional Photos of Kevin from the DAMAN:
Kevin Alejandro arrives at the NOH8 Campaign’s 3 Year Anniversary Celebration at House of Blues Sunset Strip on December 13, 2011 in West Hollywood, California.
True Blood’s Kevin Alejandro attends the G-Star Rodeo Drive Store Opening on December 6, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
True Blood’s Sam Trammell and Kevin Alejandro attend the opening of The Art of Shaving on December 1, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.
Kevin Alejandro has been busy since he left True Blood at the end of Season 4. After recently booking a guest stint on ABC’s upcoming GCB, the actor is now signed on for a very intriguing-sounding role on the return of A&E’s Breakout Kings.
Alejandro plays a tatted-up Latino inmate dying from lung cancer. With only a few months to live, he’s convinced that he can atone for his past crimes by committing new ones — against people who have thus far escaped all secular punishments for their known sins. He escapes prison and goes on a murder spree.
Breakout Kings returns for its second season sometime in 2012.