With Season 4 of True Blood underway, his character, the lovable former momma’s boy Hoyt Fortenberry could be in for some exciting twists, but nobody is giving further details. Before securing his regular role on True Blood, Parrack was in the film Annapolis and made appearances on TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Monk, Criminal Minds, Supernatural, ER and CSI. As True Blood fans know, Hoyt is in a steamy relationship with the sexy vampire Jessica Hamby, much to the chagrin of Hoyt’s controlling mother.
DA MAN: Tell us about True Blood, how you came to be on the show?
Jim Parrack: True Blood is a total blessing. I went in for the part of Hoyt, which was very small at the time and the character description was literally ‘the most nondescript human being ever’ and I thought, ‘Well, that’s either an insult or an opportunity.’ Then, I sat and talked with [True Blood Executive Producer] Alan Ball for nearly an hour and he made me feel very comfortable and we talked about Texas and growing up in a small town. The next day, I got the call that they wanted me and wanted to make the part [Hoyt Fortenberry] a regular. It was such a blessing. It has added a lot of public credibility to my career because when you cast an actor, you are in essence vouching for them. To have Alan and HBO vouch for me opened a ton of doors and to be able to act the great scenarios that our writers come up with, gives me the opportunity to put rare work out there. I say rare because an actor can’t ever be any better than the situation he gets to act and they give me extraordinary situations to act.
DA MAN: Hoyt’s relationship with Jessica involves a lot of, often racy, on-screen intimacy, what does your wife think about that?
Jim Parrack: Gracefully. She is terrific. My wife is an extraordinary and exciting actress, so she knows the dream of getting to act a story as great as the one Deb [Deborah Ann Woll] and I have been given. She is supportive and she and I are open and talk about anything that may come up. When we all started, I reached out to Deb’s boyfriend, EJ, who has now become a good friend and just made my intentions clear to him and told him if he ever wanted to talk I’d be happy to. If you go about it with patience and respect, it really is possible to not get tangled up in hurt feelings and suspicions. But, it probably costs Ciera more than I know to handle it all so well.
DA MAN: It sounds like there will definitely be a Season 5 of True Blood, how many more?
Jim Parrack: I try not to…I would hate to be wrong. There is a world that exists within the show now. It’s not just a story but a world. So, the room to explore that world is enormous and our writers don’t seem to bore easily, so I think it could go and go.
DA MAN: As an actor, is it more important for you to entertain moviegoers/TV viewers or impress the critics?
Jim Parrack: Everyone, on some level, is a critic. The audience makes its judgments. I make mine. So, to try to meet their needs seems like a tricky game to me. But I do want people to get something from whatever I am in, be it a movie or a TV show or a play. I love the audience because they are human beings seeking something and they have trusted us for a slice of time to offer up what they may need. By this I mean, they are hungering for meaning and fellowship and love and good movies and television and theater.
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