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'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.

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