True sexy role is a Kwan­ten leap

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Front Page - ERIN McWHIRTER

FANS of Home and Away will re­mem­ber him as happy-go-lucky char­ac­ter V.J., but Hol­ly­wood is see­ing Aus­tralian Ryan Kwan­ten in a dif­fer­ent light thanks to his sex-charged role in new drama True Blood.

The 32-year-old, who has been slog­ging it out in Los An­ge­les for seven years, plays com­pul­sive, sexob­sessed red­neck Ja­son Stack­house in True Blood, a vam­pire drama from Six Feet Un­der cre­ator Al­lan Ball.

True Blood couldn’t be fur­ther from the golden sands of Sum­mer Bay or that of his turn as Aus­tralian surfer Jay Robert­son in US sit­com Summerland— and that’s the way Kwan­ten likes it.

Home to see friends and fam­ily and voice a char­ac­ter in an­i­mated flick Guardians of Ga’Hoole, Kwan­ten ex­plained why Hol­ly­wood was a bat­tle­field. Does be­ing back make you miss liv­ing here? The beauty of Syd­ney is it doesn’t change. I know I can come back and it still feels like the place I grew up in. Have you found it easy to find work in Hol­ly­wood? The work has been fairly con­stant and that is what has kept me there. I have met some friends who are for­tu­nately not part of the in­dus­try and they have kept me there. Was it hard to find good mates? It took me a good six months, min­i­mum, where I could firmly say, ‘‘Yes, I trust you and I want to be your friend’’. Just as my best mates are back here, who are all get­ting mar­ried and have kids. Do you some­times wish you had their life? I still feel 15. I guess I act like I’m 15 some­times and all the friends I went to school with have ba­bies or ba­bies on the way. You know time marches on, you grow with it. True Blood is go­ing into sec­ond-sea­son film­ing when you get back. Are you sur­prised? I’m amazed be­cause the amount of fac­tors that have to fall into play to get a pi­lot— and then for the pi­lot to get picked up— are enor­mous. What is the Ja­son char­ac­ter like? Un­like me he just tends to fly by the seat of his pants and I tend to be far too cere­bral and over-an­a­lyse things. Did you find open­ing up to that side has in­flu­enced you in everyday life? It’s very lib­er­at­ing. I felt I opened up parts of my­self I never knew ex­isted.

Tal­ent: Kwan­ten

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