"When you look at Jason in season one he had a very tunnel view of the world and some would say an ignorant view. And now, that speech he gave to Newlin was 'Look, I accept who you are, whether it's a vampire, whether it's a gay man, or both. But that's not the way this dog barks,'" the handsome and talented Aussie told Parade.com. "That's a huge step for Jason to change his spots...Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors."
Read on for his special talent and whether or not he's going to playing criminal Charles Manson.
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The new supernatural beings in season 5.
"I would be skinned alive if I divulged [what they were]. I'm sounding more and more like a politician. I wish I could divulge even a small amount but yes, you can absolutely assume they will cause some trouble!"
On his relationship with Jessica.
"As you know, with relationships on True Blood, things can go askew pretty quickly. And Jason's not known for being the most stable of fellows."
On Jason possiby being turned into a vampire.
"I don't think he would enjoy that. As much as he wants a supernatural, superhuman power, he's enjoying, almost as much as I am, being one of the few humans left in that town."
Jason: the new sheriff in town?
"Andy is sort of losing his stranglehold on being a sheriff so Jason is very much taking the reigns of authority and responsibility, which knowing his history, that's a pretty scary thing putting this guy in charge."
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How he matures this season.
"Even in that first episode, you get a good indiciation that Jason, at the very least, is trying to be a better man. He's aware of his fallibilities where before there was an innocence to him. He would keep making the same mistakes, never really learning. Now he's aware how much his faults hurt him and other people. Him and Sookie towards the middle of the season find out new information about their parents. It will give the audience a real weight about what the characters have gone through and the reasons they do the things they do; why they are the way they are."
Jason's driving motivation.
"He's making a conscious effort to have some direction in life and he's making a conscious effort to put other people before himself. That's the bane of existence of being a policeman. He first joined for the cool factor, to carry a firearm and those accoutrements, but he quickly realizes there is a responsibility that comes with that power. He mans up pretty well. Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors. I'm kind of proud of the way he has grown up."
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On his upcoming film Hands of Stone with Robert De Niro.
"I'll be playing a guy called Ken Buchanan who is the most famous Scottish boxer. It's the story about Roberto Duran who, if you follow the boxing world, was a huge boxer in the seventies and early eighties. He fought Sugar Ray Leonard. De Niro would play this coach who comes out of retirement to train Roberto because he sees a real hope in him. The producers are finding the last bit of money for that and we'll hopefully start shooting that this year."
On his knack for accents.
"It's funny, I've never really had problems doing them. I've never had dialect coaches or anything like that. I take great pride in doing it myself. That's just how I've always done it. I don't have that many talents but doing accents may be one of them."
On playing Charles Manson.
"That [project] is still there but it's the nature of Hollywood where you get signed on to these projects. They still want me but they're still finding the last bit of money. I don't know if that's shooting this year because my schedule is already pretty full. That may be next year."