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Friday 19 September 2014

Rhys Meyers: Vampires aren't for kids

Jonathan Rhys Meyers

Jonathan Rhys Meyers’ new show Dracula shows the “suffering” of vampires rather than focusing on their appearance.

The British actor embodies the iconic vampire Dracula in the upcoming small-screen drama.

Adapted from the chilling novel by Bram Stoker the show follows Dracula posing as an American entrepreneur in London. It is here where he meets and falls in love with a woman who he believes is a reincarnation of his late wife.

Jonathan believes it is this tragic love story which makes the show different from other vampire genres, such as teen franchise Twilight.

“This interpretation, from my point of view, is all about what it's like to be that little piece of human within a monster,” he explained to British magazine Heat.

“This is not Twilight - some guy with James Dean haircut running around trees, because that's [Young Adult]. That's for little girls who wet themselves - you know what I mean? This is about what it means to really suffer from love. This is what it means to have everything taken away from you.”

The 36-year-old star also enjoyed how dark the series is. He is glad the show focuses on the reality of the situation rather than the vampires’ appearances.

“Because of the way it's been pushed in film and TV, when people think 'vampire' they think 'sex'. We're thinking vampire and suffering,” he added. “Actors are always getting touched up with make-up and positioning themselves in good light, but I wanted you to see these two people instead of it just being, you know, a pretty boy. Otherwise it's boring.”

In a bid to steer clear of any racy misconceptions Jonathan had his own technique. He decided to put his fangs to a good use during filming.

“I wanted him to never bite the neck of a man; he keeps his teeth for women. There's something quite sexual about biting someone's neck, and I wanted to keep it quite separate,” he insisted.

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