Saturday, September 12, 2009

'True Blood was a pretty tasty cake before... now it’s a nice little cherry on top' says Ryan Kwanten

From battling addiction to vampire blood to getting mixed up with a fanatical religious group and then sleeping with the preacher’s wife, Ryan Kwanten’s True Blood character, Jason Stackhouse, is always getting into trouble on HBO’s hit show. Before True Blood’s finale on Sept. 13, which Kwanten calls “the amalgamation of pretty much the entire season,” the actor spoke with PEOPLE about his character, Louisiana cooking and how he stays so darn ripped! Below is an excerpt from the People interview:

People: Congrats on the success of True Blood. How does it feel?

Ryan Kwanten: It’s is not something that you set out expecting [because of] the amount of factors that have to fall into place for a show to even be picked up … True Blood was already a pretty tasty cake before and then now it’s just a nice little cherry on top.

People: We see a lot of Jason Stackhouse in this show. What do you do to stay in such great shape?

Ryan Kwanten: I don’t have trainers or anything like that. Whether it’s running on the beach or swimming in the ocean, yoga, tennis — I could go through a whole list of things — I just pretty much keep myself on my toes and try not to get bored. I probably do an hour every day.

People: Do you watch what you eat?

Ryan Kwanten: I’m never going to be one of those people at a restaurant looking at someone else’s meal and wishing they were eating it. I love my food too much to be doing that.

People: Speaking of relationships, are you in one?

Ryan Kwanten: I’m single. I’m not really looking right now. Unfortunately, I just can’t devote enormous amount of time to women right now. I’m concentrated right now on working but I like a woman who’s not afraid to be herself.

People: Are Australian audiences and American audiences different in how they receive a show like True Blood with all its sex and gore?

Ryan Kwanten: Australians are a little more open-minded when it comes to things like sex and body. But Americans, I feel, are probably more used to the violence and even the supernatural elements, so the great thing about this show is it doesn’t limit itself to one particular genre. It can go from comedy to supernatural to thriller to drama all in the space of an episode. Catering to not just different demographics but different cultures too.

Read full interview at People.

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