Viewers have known Academy Award-winning actress Anna Paquin as Flora McGrath, daughter of a mute pianist in the 1993 film The Piano
, as well as Rogue in the blockbuster X-Men movie
, its sequel X2: X-Men United
and its third installment X-Men: The Last Stand, which brought her back to worldwide prominence. Soon, the 26-year-old actress will be portraying yet another character that is likely to earn her a lasting spot on primetime cable.
In an inter view with Canmag.com, Paquin talks about her latest role as Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress at a diner who falls in love with one of the vampires on HBO's True Blood
Based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood
revolves around the fictional co-existence of vampires and humans in a small Louisiana town, all thanks to a synthetic blood substitute developed by the Japanese. And so, with that in mind, we meet Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a waitress at a diner where she eventually finds herself attracted to a vampire named Bill (Stephen Moyer), much to everyone's horror. According to Paquin, the character of Sookie gives her a lot to work with for an ongoing series.
"I think she's so many things in one person. She's tough and she's courageous and she's smart, but she's sweet and she's innocent and she's naïve and she's quite sheltered and she is completely open minded which, in her very small town, is a little bit less common. There's just something about that level of enthusiasm that she has for things that are new and things that are exciting as opposed to being frightened that I think is really appealing,” Paquin said.
Of course one of those things is vampire Bill, whom Sookie has an immediate chemistry with.
"Well, obviously, there's an immediate fascination and attraction between Bill and Sookie if for no other reason than anyone else is terrified of him," said Paquin. "She's just dying to go up and take his drink order. We do get to see the roller coaster of that relationship because, obviously, as the title of the book would suggest, having a vampire as a boyfriend isn't always the simplest of things to choose. So I don't know how to say much more about it without giving away the plot."
premieres September 7 on HBO.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
(Image courtesy of HBO)