Your southern accent is so authentic-sounding on True Blood! Was it difficult to learn? That’s one of the few traits I have, I have this weird talent to pick up random accents [laughing]. I can do lots of voices, and I have a good ear for listening. I think that’s part of being from Australia is that you’re exposed to tons of different cultures and ways of speech.
What was the hardest word for you to learn to say? “Body.” The way I say it is very flat. In the south, it’s more like, “bawwwwdy.” It kind of describes exactly the visualization about, like the curves of the human body. That’s my unscientific opinion, at least [laughing].
Where do you see Jason in a few years? I feel like….
Well they originally approached me in the beginning of this year. I obviously had heard of Mambo- they’re very, very big in Australia. In fact, I recently read an article where in the last thirty years they’ve [become] one of the most influential apparel labels ever [there].
Do you skate or surf at all?
I do both. I grew up on the beach so mainly surfing. Believe it or not, [I grew up] in the same small little beach town where Mambo is made, which is called Manly. I actually grew up in what we call “Poor Man’s Manly,” it’s the same little stretch of beach but just at the other end.
You play Jason Stackhouse on True Blood, which is such a great show. What’s your favorite episode that you guys have filmed?
Is it true you sought out Kwanten to play Jason Stackhouse?
It is. I went to see this movie called Flicka, a family movie about a brother and sister and a horse, and he was the handsome, charming, not-so-intellectually developed brother. He was Jason. I called my casting director that day.
So Kwanten is particularly good at playing dummies?
Ryan is tremendously underrated. I think that because he is so good at portraying Jason, who is not the brightest bulb in the drawer, people tend to think that that just must be who he is … Ryan is actually really intelligent. He’s a really eloquent, deep, smart guy but he doesn’t have the vanity to feel like he has to let us know that he is not as dim as Jason. I also admire Ryan’s ability in a very clean, very economic way to let you know exactly what his character is thinking.
Ryan Kwanten plays Jason Stackhouse in the successful HBO series True Blood. He’s currently in Australia working on a local film and took time out of his schedule to talk about the creator of “True Blood” Alan Ball who will be appearing for the first time at Sydney Opera House on September 8.
Ryan in town to shoot his new film Not Suitable For Children. He’ll be shooting the film, in which he plays a hot young playboy, for several weeks before returning to the US where he is set to begin shooting Five Good Years with Christopher Plummer.
i would like to point out “which he plays a hot young playboy”….and thats alright with this happy-camper : )
The first person I speak to once over the US border? Ryan Kwanten, hot Aussie actor. He asked me what I was doing at LAX airport and offered to lend me his phone when he saw I didn’t have one. Argh he was so nice and asked how long I was going to be out of Australia and said that he was picking up his parents! What a cutie.