'True Blood' star Jacob Hopkins discusses playing the youngest vampire
'True Blood' star Jacob Hopkins plays the powerful but young vampire Alexander Drew on the hit HBO show.
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What do you think his goals are? What is he trying to accomplish?
JACOB: Well, every vampire on the Authority wants to accomplish the same goals: mainstreaming. But like any other authority, there are the debates, the disagreements. Every council does that, and sometimes things gets a little heated with each other.
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Is Alexander just thirsting for blood, or is he thirsting for power?
JACOB: He’s pretty much one of those vampires who wants power. He wants to be the most powerful vampire in the world. But there are two things in his way: Roman and Russell. He tries to get them out of the way because he’s pretty much full of himself. ‘Cause, like I said, he only thinks about himself. People don’t really think he could be the most powerful vampire because of my looks. He’s like an old man stuck in a little kid’s body. But he only looks like a 9 year old, but if you want to talk authority, he’s got authority. He’s that important; he doesn’t look that way.
He probably uses the fact that he looks so young to his advantage. Do you think that makes him a smarter enemy in conquering those who stand in his way?
JACOB: I guess, yeah. Looking young has its advantages. Like he looks so innocent and sweet and he’s really the big bad, horrible monster. So he can do something like this: he goes up to a mortal and because he looks so innocent and sweet, and they will be like, “What a cute little boy!” Then he just drops his fangs out and bites them. So he can use that to his advantage.
He’s also kind of a mischief maker. Are we going to see more of his calculating side, or are we going to see more of his fun side, creating more mischief?
JACOB: He is creating a lot of mischief so far and he’s not a nice vampire. But he respects Roman a lot and he behaves as much as possible around him.
Who has been your favorite character on TRUE BLOOD so far?
JACOB: Alexander is a feisty and strong-minded vampire. He’s the kind of vampire who is very sneaky and he is a really smart vampire. He’s also very important and wise, and he makes himself heard a lot. He certainly has his own opinions and it doesn’t have anything to do with the importance of himself. So I guess he’s my favorite vampire since he’s pretty cool. I also like Roman too ’cause he looks really cool. He’s got this really cool suit and Chris is a really good actor and he makes Roman come alive.
What can you like to tease about what’s upcoming for Alexander?
JACOB: I can’t tell you! [Laughs] But I can tell you that I love my job. You’re going to be surprised. There’s twists and turns and drama. So you’ll have to wait and see.
Tiffany Vogt blogs at The TV Addict.