Access Exclusive: ‘True Blood’s’ Allan Hyde On Playing Powerful Vampire Godric
First Published: August 17, 2009 4:49 PM EDT Credit: HBO/John P. Johnson
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On HBO’s “True Blood” fans are divided between Team Bill and Team Eric, but midway through the vampire series’ stellar Season 2, a force older, wiser and far more powerful than either of those fanged ones burst on to the scene in the form of a 2,000-year-old vampire played by a 20-year-old.
Danish actor Allan Hyde is a relative unknown stateside, but his subtle and heartbreaking take on the role of Godric has left fans clamoring for more of the young star. AccessHollywood.com caught up with Allan just days before his gripping recent episode.
Was Sunday’s episode the final time fans will see Godric?
“It is the last episode of my character,” Allan told Access last week before viewers saw Godric take his own life on a rooftop in Dallas as the rising sun caused his body to combust into flames.
“Unless, they decide to do like flashbacks, but I don’t know anything about that,” he said.
Though he’s thus far unknown to most of America, Allan has a slew of Danish films and stage credits to his name along with voicing Ron Weasley in the “Harry Potter” movie in his native country and appearing on the international soundtrack to Disney’s “Camp Rock” – a far cry from his role on “True Blood.”
”[Preparing for the role was] hard because obviously you can’t imitate a guy with the wisdom of a 2,000 year old person because that’s impossible,” he explained. “The way I approached it was to think about how he would react. His scheme of reactions.”
Allan admitted he was able to tap into a small part of his own past when it came to playing someone who had to feast on the innocent in order to survive.
“I found stuff in my own life that I could compare it to. I had stuff in my early years of primary school where I was kind of a bully. It’s nothing compared to the stuff Godric went through,” he continued. “I came to a realization where I was just like, ‘Whoa, this is just wrong! And the way I felt bad about myself for doing this stuff was the equivalent of Godric’s feeling just on a smaller scale.”
Sunday’s epic episode was the first time the actor saw the final product of his hard work.
“I haven’t seen it! I’m so excited to watch it!” he said days before it aired. “I felt it was amazing to shoot [my final scene.]”
Allan explained that he, along with AccessHollywood.com’s newest Rising Star – Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) and Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) — had just minutes to film his death scene in downtown LA. The three actors and crew raced to capture the morning’s natural light.
“It was amazing, not just because it was such a touching scene. The performances of Alex and Anna in that scene were so amazing just to watch,” he told Access. “I never tried anything like it. I had very good feeling about the scene and I’m excited to watch it.”
And just how did the 20-year-old actor find his way into one of TV’s hottest shows?
“The auditioning process was almost non-existent. I got a call from a casting director in Hollywood saying that they cannot find a guy to play [the] part,” Allan told Access. “I had never had the idea of doing anything outside Denmark at that point.”
The scene that Allan auditioned with is one that devout Fangbangers could never imagine seeing.
“It was a scene between Godric and Eric, which is not in the show because it ended [with me] ripping Eric’s head off and that obviously does not happen!”
Allan told Access that because “True Blood” hadn’t even premiered yet in Denmark, when he auditioned (Season 1 is set to air in September) he had no idea what a big deal it would be to work with the Oscar-winning director and “True Blood” creator, Alan Ball.
“Within a few days everyone within the Danish industry had heard about me auditioning for this thing,” he explained. “I received calls from different people I had worked with before who were just like, ‘You have to like say ‘Hi’ to Alan Ball for me,’ because they were all like huge fans and I was like, ‘OK, this guy is quite a big deal.’”
Soon after wrapping his work on “True Blood,” Allan returned to Denmark and missed the vampire fever that has since swept over Hollywood. He wasn’t able to attend the show’s premiere or hear the screams of fans at San Diego’s Comic-Con. But now, Allan has returned stateside and plans on making the most out of every door that playing Godric has opened.
“I just want to work. I just want to act. And I don’t really care if it’s here or if it’s in Denmark.” He told Access. “It’s just about doing good stuff, doing stuff you like.”
The rising sun may have ended Godric forever (unless they get super creative in the writer’s room), but Allan said his “True Blood” ending is actually a beginning.
“You know, it feels…the thing is,” Allan said with a moment of reflection. “It’s really just started.”
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