Keith is described as a smouldering vampire. What sets him apart from so many others on TV right now?
Who doesn’t want another smouldering vampire?! It’s an easy explanation, but I think we all have our own things that separate us as characters and vamps.
Your character is also a rock ’n’ roll drummer. Can you play drums for real?
I never had to play the drums on camera. I wanted to! I play guitar in real life so I wanted a good excuse to learn the drums. But Keith and his band is kind of a backstory, it’s never really seen, unfortunately.
Is it true that you learned to play the guitar on a film set?
I was doing a movie in Vancouver, Canada and a few kids on set played. It was fun sitting around on set singing along.
It brought people together and put smiles on faces. I wanted to be able to do that, so I picked up a vintage guitar and had them teach me a few chords. I took that and just ran with it.
What was it like to be a newcomer on a set like True Blood where everybody knows everybody?
I’ve been doing this a long time, so I wasn’t too intimidated, but with a group this tight-knit, how can you not be a little nervous?
It was the new-kid-at-the-popular-lunch-table type feeling. But they are all such great people that it was easy to fit in. Just a really humble down-to-earth group.
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