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.