As the ambassador for Mambo, what do you love about the line? Would you be interested in designing a special Speedo for them (I’m just kidding)!
Hahaha, no I’ve moved on from my Speedo days and more into the board shorts! I love that Mambo, as much as it is a fashion label, it approaches fashion with a sense of humor. There’s far too many fashion lines that take it too seriously. So here’s a brand that’s doing great stuff but isn’t afraid to have a bit of a laugh. That’s sort of the Australian way, we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Yes! Just as cool as being in chess club! It makes everyone love you more. Last random question: What is your best pick up line?
Ryan Kwanten has signed on to play a pig hunter in the indie drama Mystery Road, which began shooting in Winton, central Queensland.
The film is about a detective, Jay Swan who returns home to an outback town to solve the murder of a teenage Indigenous girl, whose body is found under the trucking route highway out of town.
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….
How did you get involved with Mambo?
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.