It's no great secret actress Deborah Ann Woll's character Jessica is one of our favorite True Blood characters. Except for when she's running around on her boyfriend Hoyt! So when we caught Woll on camera, we had to ask "What are you thinking?"
On the red carpet for Entertainment Weekly's Comic-Con bash, we chatted with True Blood castmembers Woll and Kevin Alejandro (Jesus). Watch what they had to say about the future of their characters on this season's True Blood.
I think I speak for all True Blooders everywhere when I ask: What are you doing? What are you doing!
Deborah Ann Woll: I know! Everybody is really angry at me for what's happening this season. I just think Hoyt and Jess moved into this really quickly. And I think it's maybe [that] Hoyt wants a wife, and Jess cannot be a wife and she really can't give him what he wants, so she's a little bit stuck, and she's making some mistakes. But this season is going to sort of be about Jess figuring out who she is and who she wants to be, and we will find out whether Hoyt can stand that.
Your character is very young, was very sheltered. Does she still have a lot of growing up to do this season, and how will that happen?
Deborah Ann Woll: Absolutely. I mean we're a year later, so some maturing has happened. I think that she's learned more about herself, it's just whether she can accept it.
How did you feel when you saw the pages for this season for you guys? I was like: "they're going to get together!" And then they finally get together and you're immediately ripped apart.
Deborah Ann Woll: Well yeah. I mean, our goal is to torture you. That's the point of entertainment. [Laughter] And it is, it's more fun that way. I really love it and I actually love the direction of this season and where we go, so I really just want to ask fans to open their minds and try and go with it because, in my opinion, it's very rewarding by the end.
And you're a new character, so it's really fun to watch wild things happen to you because we have no idea what's going to happen next. So can you give us a little hint as to what the ‘trash baby' is and what it's doing in your house?
Deborah Ann Woll: ‘Trash baby'; that's the first time I've heard it called that. Well, the ‘trash baby' does have something to do with our home. We've passed it off to Arlene and Terry and their child now, so we'll just have to see if the evil follows.
Did you feel bad about doing that?
Deborah Ann Woll: Well, I mean, I felt bad. I don't think Jess had any idea what she was doing. I think Jess was having it and went: "I guess I could give it to the baby and that's one way to get it out of the house." But I definitely, Deborah the actress, knew something was wrong and hopefully the baby will survive.
What is your other favorite storyline going on this season in True Blood?
Deborah Ann Woll: I love the witches. I mean Fiona Shaw is incredible and I think they really are a real threat to the vampires and that's scary. I mean all of our storylines are great, but our villains always excel.
It seems like Jessica's been a bit of a hero's sidekick last season, jumping in alongside to help out. Saving the day, but after someone else saved the day. Is Jessica going to become a bigger hero in this season?
Deborah Ann Woll: I think it's within Jessica to do that. She cares so much and that's actually why she makes so many mistakes. She's learning from every single one and definitely this season, she and Bill will have an opportunity to team up again and kick some butt.
You're the only one who hasn't taken off his shirt yet this year. What's going on?
"Kevin Alejandro: Oh, just wait.
Kevin Alejandro: Just wait. Yeah, I was in terrible shape, so no no. [Laughter] No, it just hadn't worked out that way, but I think you might see something like that. From what I remember, there's a little skin going on this season.
Did you know when you came on the show that you were going to be such a big part of this season?
Kevin Alejandro: I didn't. I didn't. I figured that there had to be something there, that they were going to do something with me because obviously Nelsan [Ellis] is one of the crowd's favorites and I was just like: "there's got to be something, right?" But no, this season it goes off in a direction that I didn't expect, that I don't think anyone's really expecting, but it's very good.
You seem like you're the cool head out of the trio that's following around Marnie and the witches. Why do you think that works? And why do you think Jesus stays so centered all the time?
Kevin Alejandro: I think Jesus is so well-traveled and has lived in so many different parts of the world, and you figure out who this guy is this season, and although that particular question is actually answered half-way through the season, you see him as a child and where he comes from in his life, and then you figure out a lot more about who he is.
What's it like working with the actor that plays Lafayette? What's your relationship like when you're not on camera?
Kevin Alejandro: Nelsan and I have actually become really good friends. He's just a great, smart man. He knows what he's doing. I'm like a student when it comes to acting next to him. I just take from him. He's a guy, who knows what he's doing and makes deliberate choices and I respect him so much.
Video editing and additional reporting by Jonathan Wilkins.