True Blood's Lilith shares what it's like to get bloody (and naked)

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Dec 17, 2012

True Blood's got a new Big Bad these days, and she's not like anything you've seen before. The show's newest cast member, a stunning beauty named Jessica Clark, made quite an entrance a couple weeks ago as Lilith, the mother of all the vampires, who came out of a pool of blood naked and inspired several of the show's popular vamps to chow down bigtime on the patrons of a karaoke bar.

Well, Lilith's coming back this Sunday in "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," and you're going to see more of Clark and her mysterious character.

"Lilith ... in the world of True Blood, God is a vampire and he created Lilith in his own image," said Clark in an exclusive interview with Blastr. "So she is the very first earthbound vampire and is worshipped. She is the original vampire goddess. ... Lilith is present in a lot of different mythologies and cultures throughout history, so I definitely did a lot of research about different interpretations of her and what she meant and what she did. But what I took away from all of them is just her power, the presence, the refusal to bend to any external expectations. She absolutely is a complete entity and a completely self-structured creature. And so that was just so fascinating, because she really is her own definition of womanhood and goddess. It's not very often that you get to play a part like that."

Two weeks ago, Lilith appeared after vamps Bill, Eric, Russell Edgington and what was left of the Authority took a hit of some of her blood that had been kept in a vial. The result left them high as a vampire kite as they took to the streets and drank up a karaoke bar full of people.

While True Blood isn't shy about stripping its characters' clothes off, Clark's entrance was especially shocking. So how did Clark feel about coming out of a pool of blood naked for the show?

"Well, when you put it like that ... I mean, thrilled, to be perfectly honest. I love the show," she said. "I've been a fan of the show since day one, and of [show creator] Alan Ball and all his work."

However, being covered for hours in fake blood on True Blood wasn't so thrilling.

"Oh my goodness. Hours to put on. Hours to take off. You have no idea. I really couldn't tell anybody. With True Blood, part of the fun and the fandom is you're never quite sure what the writers have dreamed up for us all to experience. So it's important for me not to give anything away about me being Lilith. So I would get back off set and have these little traces of blood that I had missed in the 18 showers that I needed to take, and people would be like, 'Oh, my God, what's that?' And I'd be like, 'It's makeup, it's not real.' And they'd be like, 'From what?' And I was like, 'Oh, you know ... spilled some makeup.'"

Clark ended up with the role after auditioning for a different part that they "went in another direction" for. But they didn't forget about the beautiful actress and runway model, who is of Nigerian, Irish and Indian descent.

Photo by Angelo Kritikos

"When they were conceiving of Lilith, they thought of me, and I was brought back in and auditioned, and before I auditioned, I was asked, and they checked multiple multiple times, 'There's going to be, even for True Blood, your appearance is going to be nude. Are you okay with that? Are you sure you're okay with that?' They were very clear and up-front about that before I even auditioned for the role. So I went in, and I was like, if I'm going to do it for anyone, I'm going to do it for Alan Ball and True Blood. You know what I mean? I wouldn't do it for anything or everything, but for this, yes," said Clark.

"I really just wanted to do the best job possible and be the manifestation of Lilith, to do her justice and to do the writers and the rest of the cast justice, because I have been watching the season along with everyone else, and they've definitely been building up her appearance," she said.

According to Clark, the makeup, CGI and technical aspects of the shoot added "all kinds of things that I have to do that I've never really worked with before. So all that was so interesting. And also it helps take you to that supernatural place, because certainly I really was covered in blood in my actual appearance, so I would look in the mirror and I wasn't looking at myself. I was looking at Lilith. That was pretty cool."

She admits she's "watching with as much fascination as everybody else. Like I said, I've always been a fan. We only get scripts for the episodes we're in, so I was watching along on Sunday with everybody else, seeing what would happen and the impact of Lilith's appearance and all that stuff. And yeah, it definitely seems like the factions of the Mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas seem to be coming to some kind of head," said Clark.

"What's always impressed me about the writing on True Blood and continues to impress me, is that you watch it and it kind of operates on two different levels, and you can watch and enjoy it for one or the other or both. One is this funny, sexy, bloody supernatural crazy world that you can just go along with and just take it all in and let it soapily wash all over you. Or, for me, I see a lot of social commentary. I see satire. I see the dark humor, and I love the way the writers bring in and incorporate questions and things that our society is going through at this time. And so I love how they use supernatural characters and vampires and the relationship with vampires and humans to represent subcultures in our world and how now they are breaking in like fundamentalist religion and what that does and how people can use religion or religious text to justify anything. You look at the Mainstreamers and the Sanguinistas. They're diametrically opposed in what they believe, but they use the same text to justify their belief system. I just think it's so clever. But I like that they don't hit you over the head with it. They're not like, 'We are making a statement.' It's there if you want to see it. It's there if it's something you want to explore. Or if you just want to look at really, really beautiful fun werewolves and vampires and shifters, you can take it in whichever way you choose. And I think that that's a very, very skillful thing for writers to be able to do."

As for the finale, which is coming up far too soon for True Blood fans, Clark will only say, "Oh, yeah, the finale is insane."

Here's a preview of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World," which airs this Sunday on HBO at 9 p.m,

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