Evan Rachel Wood is nearly as bold as the sexy vampire queen she plays on HBO’s True Blood. Attending the Television Critics’ Association winter press tour in Pasadena to support her HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce (in which she plays Kate Winslet’s rebellious daughter), AfterEllen.com caught up with the actress following the panel to talk about her other big gig: the upcoming fourth season of the vampire drama co-starring Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
AfterEllen.com: What can we expect on True Blood this season?
Evan Rachel Wood: I’ve only done one episode. They always outdo themselves every year. It’s one of the funnest sets I’ve ever worked on. There’s always something crazy happening, with lots of blood.
AE: How tortured will Queen Sophie-Anne be this season?
ERW: I think she’ll get what she deserves.
AE: What’s the degree of difficulty between True Blood and Mildred Pierce?
ERW: True Blood is a blast, it’s fun. It’s scary, it’s sexy, it’s hilarious. This was slightly more dramatic and demanding.
AE: Who do you have scenes with this season?
ERW: So far, Stephen Moyer. We have to finish our big fight. There will be resolution — it will be epic.
AE: Do you have any scenes with any of the new female-infused cast?
ERW: Not yet, no
AE: What was it like working with Kate Winslet?
ERW: Kate is my absolute favorite actress. It’s brilliant watching her work every single day. With everything she had on her plate, I never saw her break or collapse. She just is one of the strongest women I’ve ever met.
AE: What do you think about playing the bad girl?
ERW: I don’t consider them bad, they’re just human. They just explore things and do things that most people think about but don’t really talk about and don’t really do. They’re just honest. Nobody is good or bad. You know, you only live once.
AE: What do you think about the trend of sexual roles for young women, like Black Swan?
ERW: I think sexuality is such a taboo thing anyway. I think it should be more out in the open, especially with young women. I think it’s OK for them to explore their sexuality as long as they own it and it’s portrayed in the right way. I did my first nude scene in Mildred Pierce and that was absolutely terrifying. It was an important part of the film and it was incredibly powerful and it’s not gratuitous. I think the stuff they show on MTV is so much worse.
AE: How does The Queen identify, is she a lesbian or bisexual?
ERW: Vampires in general are both. I don’t think there is a preference for them. But I think she has made her choice, yeah. I’d say she’s a lesbian.
AE: Will The Queen pursue a relationship with Sookie?
ERW: I hope so. C’mon, it’s gotta happen! (Laughs.)