Denis O’Hare Gets Excited About Returning to True Blood

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In a recent interview with Collider discussing his new role in American Horror Story, Denis O’Hare talked about his return to True Blood, including who gave him the news from the season finale script.

As much as you must have been asked, over the last season, whether or not Russell Edgington would return on True Blood, was [it] exciting to finally have that door opened for this coming season?

O’HARE: Hell, yes! I had been hearing rumors and things, but until I actually heard that there was a script, in which they went to the parking lot and found a hole in the ground and chains, I wasn’t sure. I’ve been in contact with people fromTrue Blood, and I’m friends with a lot of them, and Joe Manganiello, who plays Alcide, actually told me first. He was like, “Dude, there’s this scene where I go to the parking lot and you’re not there anymore,” and I went, “Yes!” I’m really thrilled. I love that family. Alan Ball is such a spectacular person to be around and to work for. I’m really excited to get to go back and join them, and I love the character. I can’t wait to pick up where he left off.

Have you thought about how he could be now, with the time that’s passed?

O’HARE: He could change. His experience has, maybe, redefined him and shaped him differently.

Are you surprised with how much everyone truly loved the character?

O’HARE: I was. I didn’t expect it, and I was a little shocked, but ultimately, I’m really pleased. It’s a very nice thing to have happen. I was really thrilled.

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  1. Cha

    October 13, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    He is just too awesome to be true!! I think he is great and this just shows how grounded he is. He’s giddy and overjoyed to be back to work on a character he clearly loves, it would have been so easy for him to go all Hollywood Abd act as if it’s no big deal. His acting abilities rock I’m happy for him. Even though Pop pop Russ scares the heck outta of me. 🙂

  2. lulu

    October 14, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    This is the best knews of all, Russell coming back. yep this makes waiting a whole year easier, the possibilities are endless for his take over of Bon Temp, Eric watch your back, Bill look out you traitor, Sookie wear some gloves on those magic hands, great, great great.xxxx

  3. Jessica(Dragonfly)

    October 14, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I’m so happy he’s back! He is hands down my absolute favorite character on True Blood Ever!

    • Cha

      October 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm

      Yeah i feel you He’s most def my fav villain of all!! He brings the right amount of scary/creepy with the a good mix of comedic relief.

  4. Maria

    October 15, 2011 at 12:14 am

    King Russell!
    Both of you are the only reason to watch this show for me!
    I just can’t wait for season 5!
    Welcome back!
    Show all of them who is The True Blood King!
    Miss, wait, like & love you!