“True Blood” pulled off a rare Emmy feat last year by defying the long-held bias against fantasy and horror genres to score a nomination for Best Drama Series. Can it do it again? And can any of its cast finally get recognized when nominations are unveiled on July 14th?
One of the top “True Blood” contenders is Denis O’Hare who joined the show this season as the mad vampire king Russell Edgington. The Tony-winning actor (“Take Me Out”) tells Gold Derby he relished taking on such an over-the-top role. “Not only is he ‘undead,’ but he’s not bounded by human conventions, and he’s incredibly old and has this amazing back-story. Can you imagine being 2,800 years old? Can you imagine having a pagan perspective, a pre-Christian perspective?”
Our experts and editors agree that O’Hare is a strong contender in the Supporting Drama Actor race. If nominated, the actor says he is likely to submit the ninth episode, “Everything is Broken,” to the judging panel. Russell, having lost his long-time lover to the vengeful Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), goes on a murderous rampage that climaxes with him interrupting the evening news to deliver an ominous tirade about his fellow vampires. O’Hare recalls his reaction to receiving this script: “I read the whole thing through and dropped on the floor and said, ‘Shut up!’ As a theatre actor, I knew how I wanted to craft it. It was really a brilliant episode and monologue. I felt privileged to be able to play it.”