True sexy role is a Kwanten leap
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.