I knew nothing about Ryan Kwanten prior to watching him as Jason Stackhouse on “True Blood” other than he had a rockin’ bod. (And lucky me, they tend to show it a lot on this show.) As it turns out that was an excellent foray into the life and work of this Australia actor. Surprised? Yes, Ryan hails from down under but seems perfectly at ease in the wilds of Louisiana as well as the sandy beaches of Southern California. With an impressive body…of work behind him and what looks to be a sensational season ahead of him on “True Blood” Ryan’s got it made in the shade for long while.
I’m reading an interview with Ryan in a recent edition of Venice Magazine and he mentions how he had no real intention of moving to Hollywood and giving things a go stateside. Ryan had a decent career, scoring several TV roles in Australia including the ubiquitous soap “Home and Away”. He was in LA promoting a TV movie he’d done called “The Junction Boys” (2002, a story about Bear Bryant and the Texas A&M football team, strangely, shot in Australia with an entirely Australia cast save Tom Berenger as Bryant.) and he started receiving such great feedback about his performance in the piece. He decided to stay on and started wracking up roles here. Among those parts were the short-lived series “Summerland” and the feature Flicka (2006). I know, not the most stellar of projects but it was enough to get him noticed by “True Blood” creator Alan Ball and the rest is history.
Just how does this fine young man stay in tip-top shape? I’m glad you asked. He’s a qualified yoga instructor, (can you say FLEXIBLE?) and he’s twice won, yes WON the Los Angeles Biathlon. The man has some serious drive. Of course that carries over into his professional life. Jason Stackhouse has got some major issues to work out this season which all adds up to an incredible opportunity for Ryan to strut his stuff, theatrically speaking. Though if he were naked while he was doing all this amazing work, I would not mind in the slightest.
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