Exclusive! Lindsay Pulsipher Dishes on Crystal and Jason’s Romance and the Origins of Werepanthers
As Season 4 of True Blood quickly approaches, we have so many questions about Crystal and Jason. Yes, they're probably the most adorable couple in TV history, but can their good looks help them overcome the supernatural drama in Bon Temps? As far as we know, Jason has never dated (read: slept with) a supe, and we're just not sure he handle it ... at least not while he's human!
Luckily, we were able to chat exclusively with Lindsay Pulsipher who plays Crystal, and she let us in on a few juicy tidbits about the upcoming season. Keep reading to find out what's in store for the werepanther and her man!
Wetpaint: We still don't know a lot about your werepanther species. Does Crystal have any other powers aside from shapeshifting?
Lindsay Pulsipher: No, I think that's power enough for Crystal. I don't know if she can handle any more powers.
So what makes you different from someone like Sam Merlotte, who is also a shapeshifter?
I think with Sam he can shift into other animals, and with Crystal she is only able to shift into a panther, so she's a little bit more limited in what she can do. And also, I think she can only shift during a full moon, if I'm not mistaken. But Sam can shift whenever he wants.
As far as we know, Sam can't turn other humans into shapeshifters because it's genetic. Is that how it is with werepanthers?
I think in the books the panthers can turn humans into panthers, so I think that's the difference for them for sure.
Well, I think the clip you're preferring to is the HBO clip, and it only alludes to the fact that he's being turned into a werepanther, so it's not certain whether or not he is changed or if they're going to follow the books. It's still kind of a mystery.
So if he does end up getting turned into a werepanther, do you think that would be a good thing for Jason, considering he just worked so hard to turn his life around to become a cop and get out of trouble?
Yeah, I don't know if Jason could handle being a panther. [laughs] It might be too much for him!
Yeah, we were kinda thinking the same thing! Speaking of Ryan Kwanten, we're all dying to know what it's like kissing him.
[laughs] You know, it's so funny when you're actually shooting these scenes. You don't have time to even really think about it. Ryan and I have become really good friends, so you kind of separate yourself from that. I know that's not the answer you want to hear! [laughs] But, you know, you kind of separate yourself from Lindsay and Ryan and kind of imagine that it's Crystal and Jason and just hope for the best.
Is he as good-looking in real life as he is on the show?
You know, he's really just a super nice, amazing person and I have a lot of respect for him as far as his work ethic and he's just an amazing actor, and he's really inspiring. It's just so much fun to work with him.
On the topic of kissing Ryan, we've heard about some crazy sex scene coming up in Season 4 involving him, and we were wondering if Crystal might be involved in this scene as well.
You know, it's so hard because we can't disclose a lot of info and spoilers, but it's coming up! [Season 4] is going to be bigger and crazier than ever, which is saying a lot because from day one the show has been big and crazy, but I can honestly say that this season is out of control. It's amazing, so there's a lot to look forward to. The premiere isn't too far away, so hopefully you guys can hold out.
Alright, we'll try. So, let's talk Crystal. She had a very sheltered upbringing in Hotshot and she's kind of stunted in a lot of ways. How do you as an actor tap into her character and all of that pain and bring her to life?
Yeah, you're right. She definitely had a difficult upbringing, and that's something that I as Lindsay could never relate to. I really had to just put myself in her shoes and try to visualize what it would be like to be in this sort of abusive childhood that she had to endure. So I really had to go to some dark places and try to get into the mind of somebody that had been exposed to the things that she had been exposed to. And it's hard, because she's had a hard life. She's got a lot of things going on, and to honor all of those different outlets of her life was kind of a challenge.
So how do you keep things light on set when the camera aren't rolling after going to all these dark places?
It's pretty easy on the True Blood set. Everybody has a great sense of humor and everybody's friends with each other, you know, the cast and crew included. So, there's a lot of joking around and it's a really fun, light set. It's one of the funnest sets I've ever worked on.
How did you develop Crystal's southern accent? Is that something you had to really prepare for?
Yeah, I watched a lot of YouTube videos and different kinds of southern "white trash" accents — not to be offensive, but she is from the sticks and it's different from, say, someone from New Orleans, where it's a little bit more proper. There's definitely different levels of the southern accent and I think that Crystal is at the very bottom of the totem pole as far as social classes are concerned. So, I just watched a lot of YouTube videos and just kind of mimicked them.
There's a lot of different accents on set — Southern, British, Australian, etc. Do you stay in your Louisiana drawl when the cameras aren't rolling or do you all go back to your original accents?
I can't speak for everybody, but the actors that I work with — you know, Ryan — he goes back into his Australian accent in between takes and it really threw me the first time we were working together because he has such a strong Australian accent. Then he goes into Jason and it's such a flawless southern accent. I was blown away! But yeah, I think we all kind of go back into our normal voices in between and then pick back up when we're shooting.
Most of your scenes so far have been with Jason. Is there anyone else you'd really love to do a scene with?
I would love to work with Carrie Preston (Arlene). I think that she is so funny and she's just an amazing actress. I would love to work with Rutina [Wesley], who plays Tara. I think that she's amazing. I think that everybody is amazing and it's really hard and frustrating that we don't get to all work together. There's a lot of people I'd like to work with.
Are there any plans — that you can divulge, of course — to bring Crystal more into the supernatural mix in Bon Temps? Right now it seems like we don't really know where werepanthers fit in among the vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings that are starting to develop.
Yeah, I can say that they do go a little bit into the werepanthers' origins and their mythology this season, in Season 4. But that's about all I can say.
On a more personal note, we've read that you grew up Mormon. Would you mind telling us how your family has reacted to your being on a show as racy and out there as True Blood?
My brother, sister, and sister-in-law are huge True Blood fans. They're like fanatical! When I got on the show they were so excited, so for the most part my whole family is very, very supportive. I was raised Mormon, but my family was pretty liberal as far as Mormon-terms go. My mom is my hugest supporter, and she's been behind me 100 percent. She was just really happy for my success, and it hasn't caused any trouble whatsoever. They're all very happy for me.
We know you were in Beast prior to True Blood, but it's True Blood that's really put you on the map as an actor. How has the show changed your life?
It's really exciting and I feel really lucky to be part of such a huge phenomenon. This is definitely the most visual I've been in my career thus far, and it hasn't really changed much except for that I get recognized on the street now, whereas it was few and far between before. And it's always really amazing when somebody comes up to me and says, "I love the show." That to me is a huge honor and I'm always so excited and I feel so lucky to be a part of it.
Do you have any other projects going on or coming up in the future?
Yeah, I just did a film called The Oregonian. It just played Sundance, and it's doing the festival circuit right now, so I'm helping to promote that during the festival run. I have a few films in the near future that I'm going to be starting on. Yeah, I'm keeping busy, which is what I like to do.
Who was your TV crush growing up?
Oh, let's see ... I had a lot, but I guess my film crush, and I was really fortunate to work with him, was Patrick Swayze. I remember I was pretty young when I first discovered Dirty Dancing on VHS [laughs], and I thought that he was, like, the cutest thing in the whole world, and I would watch that over and over again. So to be able to work with him was pretty amazing.
Now you're working, of course, with his brother Don Swayze, which is really neat.
Yeah, he's so sweet too. He looks a lot like Patrick, but just a little bit different. They sound the same and have the same mannerisms, so it was comforting to have him on set.