Interview with Deborah Ann Woll on Televisionary by Jace
Viewers of HBO’s Southern Gothic vampire drama True Blood were likely shocked last week when teenage vampire Jessica Hamby nearly walked away with the series when she sauntered languidly into Merlotte’s in search of something to crave her hunger, both physically and emotionally.
Set to the haunting strain of Marcy Playground’s “Sex and Candy,” the scene not only brought Jessica to the forefront of the talented ensemble cast but memorably established the flame-haired actress who plays her, Brooklyn-born newcomer Deborah Ann Woll, as a major force to be reckoned with in the acting community.
I had the chance to catch up with the incandescent Deborah Ann Woll yesterday, where we talked about what’s in store for mischievous teenage vampire Jessica Hamby, her character’s star-crossed romance with Jim Parrack’s Hoyt Fortenberry, and what’s coming up for Jessica on Season Two of True Blood.
So get your fangs ready, pour yourself a bottle of B-negative Tru Blood, and let’s chat with True Blood‘s Deborah Ann Woll.
Televisionary: How would you describe Jessica as a character? And has your perception of her changed at all during the course of shooting Season Two?
Deborah Ann Woll: Well, my feeling about Jessica is that she is a profoundly lonely person. Having lived your life in a family where you were not allowed to express yourself or feel real, that must be a very lonely life. And then to be in a lonely life where you can’t be with your family, you can’t be with the people you knew, and things are happening to you that you don’t understand, I think her story is really about finding love and somebody to spend her time with.
Televisionary: How did you get involved with True Blood? Had you read any of Charlaine Harris’ novels before you joined the cast?
Woll: I hadn’t, no. I actually just came to work last season. They were casting the role of Jessica for just a two or three episode arc and then they decided they wanted to take the character someplace else, so I got to stick around the second season as a regular, which is a dream come true. But I haven’t read the books before, I didn’t know anything about it when I first got cast.
Televisionary: When you shot that first scene in Season One where Bill actually kills Jessica, did you have any indication at all that this would become a series regular gig?
Woll: Oh, not at all. I had no idea. When we shot the second to last episode and that last episode [of Season One], they probably could have just dropped me. (Laughs) I guess they could have after that second episode I shot, but after that last [one] it was nice to hear I would at least come back in some small way. But it was a huge surprise–and a pleasant one at that–that I was going to get to be a larger part of the story.
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