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Jacob Hopkins Talks Being A Vampire On True Blood Season 5

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During a recent interview over at our sister site, BSCkids, young actor Jacob Hopkins answers some questions about the upcoming season 5 of HBO’s “True Blood.”

There is little we know about his character in the upcoming series but we do know that Jacob plays one of the oldest vampires on the Vampire authority yet he is the youngest looking. His character, Alexander Drew, was turned at the tender young age of 9. However, don’t let his angelic face fool you, the old vampire is very cunning and very manipulative. Alexander will be known for being impetuous towards those around him.

Jacob described his character of Alexander as being “a feisty and strong-minded vampire.  He’s the kind of vampire who likes to taunt others.  He may look young, but looks can be deceiving.  He’s very wise and he pretty much makes himself heard.”

Some actors may find it difficult to play an age older or younger than themselves, let alone decades older, yet Jacob took the task in stride with confidence. He described how the other actors on set helped him get into the mindset of the old vampire.

I prepared Alexander to think like he was more important than anyone on the council or anyone who was in the same room as him.  It didn’t matter if I was 9 or not, Alexander is old and wise.  Once I was on set, it helped to be around all the other adult actors too.  I was in a suit and tie, sitting with the council, I felt like I was Alexander and a part of it all.”

He went on to credit fellow “True Blood” newcomer Christopher Meloni as an actor who taught him the most.

I have learned a lot from Chris Meloni because he would rehearse in front of everyone and he didn’t mind, and if he made a mistake, he would just go right back into it and he is such a great role model.”

And it is nice to know that Jacob loved his experience on “True Blood” saying that it was his favorite project thus far to work on.

I loved working with such nice people, great actors and I loved wearing my fangs!”

“True Blood” season 5 begins on June 10th and you can see Jacob starting on June 17th.

Child Becomes Powerful True Blood Vampire

The American television series True Blood, created and produced by Alan Ball has cast the reoccurring role of Alexander Drew for the upcoming season 5, a Chancellor of the vaunted Vampire Authority. Also known as “The” Authority for emphasis.

Based on “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” novel series by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is about the co-existence of vampires and humans in a fictional world were vampires have revealed themselves to be unliving amongst humans. To sway humans that they’re no threat to them, a blood substitute called True Blood is popularized as the alternative to human blood. The television series focuses on the fictional small town of Bon Temp, in Louisiana, around the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse; played by Anna Paquin. Sookie here is a well-to-do waitress with telepathy and problems discerning love and lust.

Though the veneer of the show is about vampires and other supernatural creatures that go bump in the night, True Blood is essentially the fantasy version of racial tension, bigotry and organized crime.

Alexander Drew will be played by nine year old child actor

Jacob Hopkins, the Newest Face of Evil

, reports the Hollywood Reporter.

Well hopefully this will be one supernatural creature that Sookie won’t be sleeping with. I know, it would end up breaking the theme of the show and possibly other vampire related filmography that encourages old vampires and underaged teens.

As the member of the Authority, Alexander Drew is a Chancellor of the vampire governing body. Turned at the age of nine. Thanks to the suspended belief of immortality, Drew is most likely an ancient creature that has lived longer than Erik Northman’s maker, Godric. I suggest this because usually in vampire related storytelling, age equates to power. So frozen in time in the body of a nine year old, Drew is probably three thousand years old. Or at least old enough to know he’s missing out on life.

Alexander has been described as an impetuous vampire who likes to taunt those around him, irritating his fellow council members and smoking cigarettes. Whether or not HBO will ever show the child smoking is another matter. Even if they CGI it.  I would be worried because of impressionable idiot children that irresponsible parents let watch the show might light up. Said parents will probably attempt to blame True Blood for convincing their children to smoke their favorite brand of cigarettes; up to only three packs a day now.   Ow!  Circular thought. In your heart you know this to be true.

So yay. Another creepy vampire child. In a fantasy world that forbids making children into vampires. They had problems turning redhead Jessica into a vampire because she was a teenager. It’s really annoying when the powerful get to flaunt how badly they break their own rules.

Many vampire shows and films often brandish a child vampire at one point or another. Often emphasizing power in an unexpected form. Same thing with superheroes. The more innocent, cute and young the vampire or superhero appears, the more powerful they are. For vampires the set includes knowledgeable and ruthless. Oh, and did I forget to mention evil?

To truly make this a shocking twist would have been to move away from the child vampire cliché. Instead they could make the member of the vampire ruling class an evil dolphin or infant that spoke in a creepy baritone, like King Xerxes in 300.

The fifth season of “True Blood” begins this summer.