Anna Paquin as Sookie Stackhouse
Why we love her Sookie embodies every gal’s ultimate fantasy: She not only kicks major butt, she also has three (count ‘em, three!) hot men clamoring for her affections.
Where we left her The poor li’l fairy was screaming bloody murder on her kitchen floor after Debbie (Brit Morgan) took a shotgun to her best friend, Tara (Rutina Wesley).
What’s next Now that she’s given Eric (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) their walking papers, Alcide (Joe Manganiello) may be moving to the front of the line. Or will he? ”There is definitely a mutual interest. There has been from the first moment they met,” Paquin admits. ”It wasn’t the right time before for either of them. Obviously we’ll get to more of that dynamic this season, but I’m not going to tell how!”
What’s not next More zingers for Sookie. ”Our table reads are laugh-out-loud funny, but Sookie is always more of the straight man,” says Paquin, sighing. ”I usually don’t have the sardonic quip.” She does manage to make a crack about her boobs early on in season 5, however.
One last thing…she’s sleeping with the director! Paquin’s husband of two years, Moyer, helmed an episode for the first time this year. ”He is great,” she purrs, ”but obviously I’m biased.”
Ryan Kwanten as Jason Stackhouse
Why we love him Sookie’s older brother isn’t very smart, but he sure is purdy — and he’s so lovable that even his screwups (Fellowship of the Sun, anyone?) are forgivable.
Where we left him Jason and Jessica had just had sex when Jason went to answer the door and found Fellowship of the Sun head Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian), now a vampire.
What’s next For starters, dealing with this very changed Newlin. ”There’s certainly a deceptive side to [Steve],” says Kwanten. ”What he’s back for will definitely raise a few eyebrows.”
Sibling revelry The actor says he developed an instant rapport with onscreen sister Paquin. ”I feel like it was immediate. She’s a Kiwi and I’m Australian, so we share a very similar sense of humor and lust for life.”
His most surreal sex scene Kwanten vividly remembers Jason’s season 1 addiction to vampire blood, coaxed by Amy (Lizzy Caplan). ”There was that sequence with Lizzy where they were on this V trip. One day we were shooting in an underwater tank, and the next day we were shooting in a bed that was in the middle of Huntington Gardens — and then to have the rain machine sort of falling over the bed, it was just the most bizarre thing in the world.”