Credit: Frank Ockenfels/FX © 2014 FX Networks Photo: Mia Maestro as Nora Martinez in The Strain

Vampire tales usually frame the bloodsuckers as the bad guys, but The Strain's Mia Maestro has another perspective.

The 36-year-old Argentine actress — of Alias and Twilight fame — plays biochemist Nora Martinez in the new FX show, which premieres on July 13.


And when Wetpaint Entertainment visited the set of The Strain in March, she posed a thought-provoking observation on the show's parasitic vamps.

"They're really extremely mean," she allowed. "On the other hand, they're a virus. So if you think about it, many times, I'm sick, or my mother's sick or my father's sick, and one day they die. It's like, 'Oh my god, my parents died because they had this illness or that illness.' One time, one person told me, 'Yeah, they died, but have you ever seen it from the perspective of the illness? The illness won.' So it was a battle between that loved one and the illness, and the illness won. "

"From a really holistic, macro point of view, the illness has to live, as well," she continues. "And somehow, I think … that's the way [co-creator Guillermo del Toro] sees the virus … They're endemic, and they just need to survive, and it's a different order."

Find out who survives when The Strain premieres this Sunday, July 13, at 10 p.m. on FX.

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!