Ryan Kwanten Talks True Blood Season 3

NYP – I should give you fair warning — nowhere in this interview with “true Blood” star Ryan Kwanten are the words “naked,” “sex” or “abs.” Not only have I learned these to be the actor’s least favorite topics, but considering Jason’s shirtless on screen time is next to nil this season — especially compared to Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and Stephen Moyer — I figured there were more important topics to discuss.

Like the fact Jason gets a new love interest in year three who fans of the books are very familiar with. Lindsay Pulsipher joins the cast as Crystal Norris a … well, that spoiler comes later in the interview. Suffice it to say her addition makes Jason’s life a lot more hairy.

But before we meet that little lady, Jason has to deal with a big problem — he killed Eggs in the season two finale. I chatted with Ryan about the ramifications of shooting Tara’s true love, why playing his on-screen lover is so dangerous and how he aims to make Jason less of a ditz.

PopWrap: In the season two finale Jason shot Eggs in the head, I’d imagine he’s very much still grappling with that?
Ryan Kwanten: Obviously that is no small feat for anyone to get over, let alone someone as emotionally stunted – or intellectual stunted – as Jason. It’s a big thing and he doesn’t deal with it too well. Then to add insult to injury, Andy is taking the glory for killing Eggs and Jason is not one for letting anyone to steal his thunder.

PW: But at least it lets Jason and Tara remain friends.
Ryan: Very perceptive! That’s going to come back to bite him in the bum too. In the back of my head I like to think that their history together may save him.

PW: It’s funny: when Jason actually does kill someone, no one even looks in his direction, yet during the first two seasons ever unexplained murder got pinned on an innocent Jason.
Ryan: [laughs] I never thought about that, but it’s very true.

PW: How does Eggs’ murder affect Jason’s journey this season?
Ryan: Last year he was trying to find faith, a reason for living – and this year it’s almost like he’s found the reason but needs to find what’s inside of him. I’m going to steal Emerson’s line: “what lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

PW: I find that out of all the “True Blood” characters, Jason has the best intentions but the most difficulty getting them out right.
Ryan: That’s because he’s very misunderstood. Even though on the surface he doesn’t seem like the most multidimensional person, there’s a lot of deep rooted anxiety and pain and even loneliness etched in his past.

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