I happened to be watching HBO’s vampire series, True Blood, with a friend when Lizzy Caplan first appeared as Wellesley-girl-gone-bad Amy.
We talked about why Caplan looked so familiar and my friend decided it was because she looks like our favorite Facts of Life non-lesbian, Jo Polniaczek (Nancy McKeon).
But I knew that wasn’t it. As Amy and Jason reached critical mass during V-induced sex, I jumped up and yelled, “Janis Ian!”
My friend was a little scared, thinking the scene had prompted some kind of ’70s flashback and I was about to start singing “At Seventeen.” I knew what I meant, though — Lizzy Caplan played the maybe-she’s-a-lesbian, Janis Ian, in Mean Girls.
In True Blood, Caplan’s Amy is a sociopathic earth mother and vegan who’s addicted to vampire blood (“V”). I haven’t quite figured out how a vegan would justify drinking blood, but True Blood’s contradictions are part of its appeal. A good bit of Amy’s storyline involves the enhanced sex made possible by V, so Caplan spends much of her on-camera time sans clothes.
(Did you really expect nudie pictures? You’ll have to find those for yourself — this is a classy site.)
This is the first time Caplan has done nudity, so AOL’s asylum.com asked her how she felt about it:
“…it is kind of traumatic to do it, but after the first time it was like ‘Oh, this is not bad at all. It was a little scary but I think I’m kind of over it now. I’m glad I did it. It was sort of a moment of invincibility like ‘Oh s–t, I can pull this off. It’s fine.’”
Amy was not in Charlaine Harris’s Sookie Stackhouse books on which True Blood is based, but was added by the show’s creators to “spice up the show a bit.” It’s a different kind of role for Caplan.
“I normally play a lot of characters that could be considered dark,” she told the-trades.com. “This is a total departure from that. She’s still really twisted and screwed up, but she’s actually sort of a hippie. She loves nature and thinks that everything is connected and that there is so much beauty in the world. But she’s actually kind of tweaked in the head.”
“Kind of” is an understatement. Amy has convinced boyfriend Jason to kidnap a vampire (played by Office Space’s Stephen Root) and keep him as “a pet” in order to have a fresh supply of blood. Somehow, I think things will end badly for Amy.
In any case, Caplan is on board for at least the rest of the season. And I, for one, am glad we get to see more of her — even if it’s more than we can show you here.
Any True Blood fans out there? What do you think of the show? Do you expect any lesbian vampires to show up in Bon Temps?