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