Carolyn Hennesy, one of the many new cast members coming to Season 5 of True Blood, recently did an interview with fearnet.com where she gave fans the dish on her Texan vampire character Rosalyn Harris and a bit on Season 5. Check it out!
You play a new character this season, Rosalyn Harris, who is part of the Vampire Authority. Tell me about her.
It’s funny because in the script, she is always referred to as “Rosalyn Harris.” I feel like it’s “Miss Barbara Stanwick” or something. The two names are one name.
Is that a show of respect? Are you higher up in the Vampire Authority?
I am not. The Authority was started by one particular member. I am not the oldest member of the authority but I was there shortly after it started. Very shortly. There are, chronologically, older members of the Authority. But it’s [all relative]. It’s like if the Authority is 2,000 years old, Rosalyn has maybe been on for 1,950 years. In the grand scheme of things all the Authority members – it used to be eight with Nan Flanagan, but she’s gone so it is seven – are the most powerful vampires on the planet.
Was your character in the books?
I don’t believe she was, but I can’t say that with authority – pardon the pun. I just started reading the books to find out what is going on, and to see where the big differences are. Like Lafayette was gone in the first book, but everyone loves him so much – and rightfully so!
How much of Rosalyn’s background did you get to create for yourself?
I got three things: that she is from Texas; that she has hair high enough to interfere with air traffic; and she has a “home-spun wisdom.” So she’ll come up with the quip that relates to gelding a horse, or say, “Well, when I was on the ranch….” But her instincts are almost always right. Once she makes up her mind, and she knows she is right – and it takes a lot to change Rosalyn’s mind. But it can be done.
It seems that this season is going to be very focused on the Vampire Authority. We’ve only seen them in bits and pieces. What is going on there?
There is a battle brewing. As has been referred to in previous seasons, there are the [vampires] who are all for mainstreaming. The Authority members are purely for mainstreaming. After all, we are trying to assimilate. We want to be taken seriously. We want to be accepted into this world. We want to be able to live with humans, who outnumber us. That will ensure our survival. Then there are those who don’t [want to assimilate]. As Russell Edgington said when he pulled the spine from the newscaster, “We are vampires! We will eat you!” There are two differing factions. Are we going to be able to coexist? That is really what this is all about.
Read the full interview HERE. There are more goodies there so make sure to check them out.
What are your thoughts on this new character and the Authority driven plot?