Crystal has led a sheltered life as part of a cult, but they’re not growing their own food or preparing themselves for Armageddon (or at least we don’t know if they are, yet), they’re cooking meth.
“That’s pretty much all she has ever known,” Pulsipher tells Zap2it. “She was home-schooled and she has never really left the compound. I was actually misquoted as saying it was a Christian compound, which it is not. It’s not a religious kind of thing. It just some red necks who live out in the woods cooking meth.”
Raised in Salt Lake City, Pulsipher’s mother, a theater actress, encouraged her to follow her love of acting. After moving to Los Angeles, she landed several guest roles on television before landing A&E’s “The Beast” with the late, great Patrick Swayze. That role gave her the first glimpse of the fandom she’ll experience as part of “True Blood’s” cast.
“I have to say that that was really eye-opening for me,” she says. “When we had to go out for cast dinners or a party or when you are out shooting, there was so much attention around [Swayze]. People were so enamored. How can you not? He was such a lovable person and he had a huge fan base. So, I definitely witnessed that firsthand being around him and seeing the love and dedication that his fans have. I had never really seen anything like that before.”
On “True Blood,” we expect her to find some of the same fanaticism, especially since she’ll be involved in a turbulent romance with one of its most popular cast members, Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason Stackhouse.
“She brings some complications for Jason’s character for sure,” Pulsipher explains. “I feel like for the first time maybe he sees something in Crystal that he hasn’t had in the other girls that he has been with. He’s kind of swept off his feet a little bit and he might think. ‘Oh, She could possibly be the one.'”
But, while Pulsipher’s character is inevitably going to shake things up for Jason, the man behind the part didn’t make it easy for her either.
“[Ryan is] an extremely giving actor and even in the audition he was right there and very available and present,” she says. “Since I have worked with him on the show, I have realized that he is an extremely spontaneous actor and he’ll throw in a little ad-lib. That totally works for the scene and he was doing that in the audition, you know, he was kind of ad-libbing and improving a little bit, keeping me on my toes. And it works, because I think that I was able to play off that. And it worked because I got the part.”
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