The orig­i­nals

TV Plus (South Africa) - - 27 FEBRUARY -

vam­pire tv show fans are see­ing hunky nathan par­sons play­ing jack­son in the orig­i­nals (2013-cur­rent), but it’s not his first role with blood­suck­ers. he took over the char­ac­ter of james, lafayette’s (nel­san el­lis) love in­ter­est in the fi­nal sea­son of true blood (2008-2014).

the 26-year-old aus­tralian moved to the united states as a baby with his fam­ily, first to colorado, then texas. he stud­ied his bach­e­lors in fine arts act­ing at the uni­ver­sity of south­ern cal­i­for­nia and is a mem­ber of los an­ge­les­based boom kat dance theater. hunky nathan keeps his body in tip­top shape by do­ing loads of out­door ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing rock climb­ing, hik­ing and scuba div­ing, as well as yoga. did you know that his act­ing ca­reer started when he was just four years old? nathan’s first job was voic­ing child char­ac­ters in ja­panese anime se­ries na­dia: the se­cret of blue wa­ter (1991). it wasn’t un­til 2009 though that nathan re­ally turned heads – and not just for his good looks. he joined gen­eral hos­pi­tal (1963-cur­rent) as ethan lovett, a char­ac­ter cre­ated es­pe­cially for him. tv mag­a­zines dubbed him “one of day­time soap’s most riv­et­ing young stars” and while nathan left the show in 2012 when his con­tract ex­pired, the pro­duc­ers left the door open for a re­turn one day. you won’t find him play­ing on ipads and videogames all day. “real life is hap­pen­ing all around you; you’re bet­ter off just be­ing part of it,” nathan says. he’s not on instagram (yet) and only joined so­cial me­dia site twit­ter in late septem­ber 2014, but the ac­tor’s al­ready got some 14 500 fol­low­ers. nathan’s also quite pri­vate and says that he’s not in­ter­ested in gos­sip, pre­fer­ring peo­ple to rather re­spect his pri­vacy. so you might want to re­think ask­ing for a selfie or au­to­graph if you spot him sip­ping back whiskey at la’s the grif­fin or en­joy­ing a pa­tio meal at bow & truss, two of his favourite eater­ies.

need proof that tv vam­pires are hot­ter than ever? meet nathan par­sons…

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