True Blood hottie Ryan Kwanten is down to earth, funny

Ryan Kwanten is the Australian beefcake behind True Blood’s hot but dumb single-natured assistant deputy, Jason Stackhouse. I haven’t heard much from Kwanten, 33, apart from a very friendly open interview he did with a fansite. He seems like a really normal, down-to-earth guy and in this latest quick profile with US Magazine, part of their weekly “25 things you didn’t know about” feature, he just confirmed my positive impression of him. I love his witty answers “5. Worst advice: 1) Turn here, I know a shortcut. 2) Just touch it,” and “24. I love odd numbers. Ironic this is No. 24.” are a couple that stand out. Here’s more:

1. My mum beat breast cancer. Everyone, in some way, has been touched by cancer. Please help any way you can.

2. I find it hard to trust anyone who doesn’t like animals.

3. My favorite yoga pose is Scorpion.

4. Best advice: a day at a time.

5. Worst advice: 1) Turn here, I know a shortcut. 2) Just touch it.

6. A woman’s body is the most exquisite gift. A woman’s mind is a mystery.

7. I’ve broken many a bone, including every knuckle on my right hand.

8. I believe what Muhammad Ali said: “Champions…have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

9. I could only hope to be half the man my dad is.

10. I avoid pompous people and microwaves.

11. Whenever people agree with me, I always feel like I must be wrong.

12. I am yet to be defeated in Scrabble and beer pong.

13. You can find me at

14. The harder I work, the luckier I get.

15. Nothing beats fresh air.

16. I call my brothers “Tenoskipoo” and “Goo.”

17. Foster’s is not Australian for beer. And the guy in the Outback Steakhouse ads is not Australian.

18. I have no formal acting training.

19. I wear a size-30 jean. Jason Stackhouse wears a size 28. Boy likes ’em tight.

20. I’ve never stayed awake for a musical.

21. Favorite movie characters: Butch Cassidy, Martin Riggs, Andrew Beckett.

22. I always misspell definitely.

23. I’ve been bitten by a shark.

24. I love odd numbers. Ironic this is No. 24.

25. I’m still growing into my shoes.

[From US Magazine]

Ryan is also on the cover of GQ Style’s latest issue, and has has some pretty level-headed things to say about fame. He said “I’m not very newsworthy. I’m still a very private person. I want to leave all the drama in my life on the set. I’m not going to call my publicist from a restaurant and say, ‘I’ll be leaving at 7:57. Make sure there’s a photographer outside.’ Giving my life up like that would be taking a little bit of my soul.”

When I went to google Ryan Kwanten, one of the suggested phrases was “Ryan Kwanten Workout,” which points you to this page on Men’s Health with his manly outdoor fitness tips. You know, I’m not particularly attracted to Jason Stackhouse because you can see the gears turning behind his eyes when he thinks and he looks like he drolls when he sleeps, but Ryan is definitely at the top of my list now. His accent really does it for me too. (You can hear it in the video below!)

Mild True Blood spoilers for past episodes
This week is the last episode of the whole damn third season on True Blood. I can’t believe it’s over so quickly and I’m kind of peeved about that. I’m anxious to see how Eric gets out of his particularly sticky situation and if Russell Edgington continues to be a problem. It’s sad, in a way, that Franklin Mott is no longer on as I was pretty fond of the actor who played him, James Frain. He somehow made a terrible character likable and I found him sexy to be honest. If anyone was going to take care of Mott I’m glad that it was Stackhouse, though.

Here’s a cute interview with Ryan interviewing Lindsay Pulsipher. She’s the actress who plays Crystal, his on-screen love interest. His accent is so dreamy! These two are really flirty with each other, and you can tell how much Lindsay is into him. Who wouldn’t be?

Here’s Ryan at the True Blood season premiere on 6/8/10. I love how he brought his mom! He’s also shown on 3/5, 3/4 and 1/28/10. Credit:






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  1. geenie says:

    The things I would do to him. I mean, he’s a beautiful guy with a great smile. He looks happy.

  2. Julie says:

    It’s hard to tell with him. He seems like a nice guy, but he was on Chelsea Lately a few months back and it was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever watched. He was all, “I’m a SERIOUS actor! This is my method!” Really weird.

    Also, I hope Bill f***ing dies already.

  3. SolitaryAngel says:

    Gotta admit, the boy is growing on me! Still, I’m not sure I will watch any of season 3 of TB…I hate Tara and Sookie’s accent just grinds my last nerve. Should I bite the bullet and just watch it?

  4. bb says:

    I agree with Geenie – he’s gorgeous. ASkars I don’t quite get, but Ryan I do.

  5. Sumodo1 says:

    J’adore Ryan Kwanten! His mother is so cute. He isn’t anything like Jason Stackhouse!

  6. aenflex says:

    That IS what makes him so great – he plays Stackhouse better than Stackhouse plays Stackhouse. And Stackhouse is NOT attractive, IMO. But then when Ryan comes out, he is totally and completely different, and WHAM! – all of a sudden the boy is enchanting.
    Now that’s an actor.
    (how many times can one person say Stackouse in single post – whew!)

  7. aenflex says:

    I love this man!! Dang I just love him, I’m fucking swooning and getting teary-eyed right here at my desk and the person I share my office with is side-eyeing right now~

  8. denise says:

    He’s a cutie! Loving the look with the glasses 🙂

  9. Siren6 says:

    Could not be cuter! Yum!

  10. Kolby says:

    He is the most underrated actor on that show.

  11. LOVE ANGELINA says:

    Awwwwwwww he is sooo cute. Just a doll. I wouldn’t turn down a hug from him.

  12. mln says:

    I didn’t notice how hot he was until he did a photo shoot for Details before the start of the season and I was blown away by what a cutie pie he is…Definitely ( I can’t spell that word either LOL ) hotter in real life than his character.

    I nominate him for Hot Guy Friday.

  13. Jb says:

    That video kills me! Could he be any more charming?? Omg….

  14. He is actually a terrific actor, and I’m willing to bet he’s going to be huge in the future. Like, Heath Ledger level kind of huge.

  15. Girafe99 says:

    I remember watching him when he was on the Australian soap ‘Home and Away’, he was quite adorable

  16. Twez says:

    I cannot believe he is 38!

  17. original kate says:

    jason is my fave character on “trueblood.” he is consistently surprising and always hilarious, and i think ryan does a great job of making jason into a real person, not just a pretty lunkhead. when jason was in the church cult the way he yearned to fit in and feel the peace he thought everyone else felt was palpable.

    and the glasses…oh. my. god.

  18. Rachel says:

    He won me as a fan for life with #2. And #17 is freaking hilarious!

  19. RHONYC says:

    his goofy laugh after “satisfaction guaranteed” was priceless. lol 🙂

  20. Linda says:

    You’re right, he’s a very hot hottie.

    BTW, does Eric have to die???

  21. Chris says:

    I saw an interview with Ryan Kwanten and the aussie accent ruined it for me. I prefer him in his role as the stupid and muscular Jason Stackhouse

  22. mollination says:

    I am so head over heels for this guy — it just makes him all the hotter that he’s older than I thought.

  23. Katie says:

    I love his real accent.

  24. supersleuth says:

    Love, Love, LOVE him!!!

  25. The Hamm is My Dream Man says:


    Eric doesn’t die-he’s got too much to do with the books later on. This part of the show isn’t in the books at all but I suspect they won’t kill off Eric since he is integral to the plot later on. My theory is that Eric won’t burn as fast as Russell Edgington because he’s younger. Remember Godric saying that it wouldn’t take long at his age? And how Bill ran out into direct sunlight but his skin just kinda got crispy and he passed out? Eric is much younger than Russel it seems so it might just work.

  26. Tia C says:

    @ SolitaryAngel: I was a huge TB fan for Season 1, only slightly less so for Season 2, and now for Season 3 – well, I’ve only watched the first 8 episodes (and it was a struggle for me to watch those) and haven’t been interested in seeing the rest. That’s just my 2 cents. Clearly others are liking it, but it just hasn’t sunk its fangs into me this season.

    Tara’s as annoying as ever, so are Sookie and Bill with their gratingly awful accents, there’s not enough Lafayette and too much Sam and his disgusting white trash family (which, as far as I know, is not in any of the books). Alcide is nowhere near as interesting a character as he is in the books. Eric and Pam are good, but I’m not a big fan of either. It just hasn’t been a good season IMO. Everything has either annoyed me or bored me with it.

    But to be briefly on topic – Jason Stackhouse is a fool, but Ryan Kwanten is cool. LOL, I rhymed. I love his real accent too! And his storyline this season has been OK.

  27. Annabelle says:

    oooohhhhhhhhh i love him!!! Ever since he played Vinnie on Home & Away 🙂 And I would maul Jason Stackhouse, there is something so cute about a dumb boy like that

  28. Sam says:

    Love Ryan! I was so happy to see he was doing well on True Blood.

  29. Persistent Cat says:

    @Tia C., I agree 100%. Could there be more characters? And everything is just a huge plot fail. I understand suspending belief. I was a HUGE Buffy fan but they created the Buffy-verse and lived solely within it. This show expects me to believe that the world knows about vampires but the world doesn’t know about silver and the effects of V? Really? Just the people in Bon Temps? And word hasn’t gotten out? It’s ludicrous.

    Bill’s accent comes and goes. My friend wants to start a drinking game and take a shot for every time Sookie says, “man I love.” As for Crystal and what she is???? Really? I’m trying to be spoiler free here so I’ll just say I find it hard to believe that her meth-dealing “kin” are so traditional that they are waiting for her to be married to carry out their plans.

    And I never bought into the Franklin love because Franklin meant Tara and I just can’t figure out how anyone can actively WANT to spend time with Tara.

    I get a headache after watching that show because I keep rolling my eyes. If the show could just be The Adventures of Eric, Pam, Lafayette, Shirtless Jason and the Resurrected Talbot, I’d watch.

  30. Camille says:

    Have never found the Aussie accent to be super attractive, then again I am a Kiwi, and our countries generally don’t like the others accents LOL. I think he does the southern accent well on the show.

    I remember Ryan best from ‘Home and Away’ and I am impressed with him on TB, I think he is perfect in the role. (Its so funny to me that both a Kiwi and an Aussie have 2 of the main roles in a big American TV show. V.Awesome).

    I also agree with a lot of his 25 things, number 2 especially. 😀

  31. Jamie says:

    I’m so glad to see Ryan getting some awesome press… I’ve adored him since he was Vinnie on H&A (being an aussie myself!) and he is such a cool dude. Woohoo team Ryan!

  32. Isa says:

    *sigh* he’s so pretty.

    I actually love him as Jason Stackhouse. He’s so funny and dumb. It’s funny how his accent is the best!

    I misspel definitely all the time too. I don’t know why, it shouldn’t be that difficult.
    I hate odd numbers. And here I thought we were soul mates.

  33. lala in nYc says:


    Because he’s cute and smart! And I like his Q&A. Seems like a nice guy.

  34. mr. stinky fishface says:

    I love the picture with glasses! Holy Moly is he a good lookin man! And I’m so disappointed in how they’ve REALLY strayed from the books. If they’re not careful they’ll write themselves into a corner and be screwed with the storyline.

  35. Lynda says:

    1. Dump Tara or have Franklin kill her or something. Just make her go away!
    2. More Pam and Jessica
    3. Straighten out Bill…or downgrade his importance
    4. Have ASKars grow his hair long and stand straight
    5. Have Sookie get sarcastic and nervey again.
    6. More Lafyette and less Hoyt
    7. Sam…what happened to you?
    8. Add Bubba
    9. Jason is not as dumb as he seems at all. Smarten him up rather than making him look like a buffoon. (But keep his shirt off.)
    10. Get rid of Tara’s and Lafyette’s crazy mothers. Every one has a dysfunctional family member.
    11.Make the season a few more episodes longer.

  36. crab says:

    I agree with him on #2 also! @ Celebitchy, I thought I was the only one who thought Franklin Mott was sexy! Just something about him that makes me go hmmmm!!