If you’re a vampire, drinking blood is just part of the deal. If you don’t… it’s kind of hemophobic.
And if you’re playing a vampire on TV, say, in the AMC adaptation of Interview with the Vampire, chances are you’ll be drinking a whole lot of fake blood.
Two newly minted experts in the field are actors Jacob Anderson and Sam Reid, who play Louis and Lestat, respectively, in the series.
And as they’ve recently revealed in an interview with Xfinity, provider of internet service and, apparently, juicy TV goss, even simulated vampire passion can grow quite heated.
Asked how they prepared for shooting the series’ more bloodthirsty scenes, Anderson admitted that, “initially, we didn’t really think about it.”
“Then we started having to do it fairly regularly,” he continued, calling the experience “really weird.”
“It’s a lot more intimate than a sex scene,” Reid interjected, adding it was “quite an extreme thing to do.”
Then there are the practical considerations. “It’s also trying to work out, like, how much blood you ingest per bite,” Read said. “Because, you know, if you’re draining somebody’s entire body of blood, it’s quite a lot of fluid to be drinking.”
Amid all that draining, Reid revealed, “I had a wrist hickey by the end of it.”
“I had a neck hickey,” Anderson responded. “So, hickey hickey.”
Reid called that one a “payback hickey,” and if that’s his form of retribution, he may end up with a line of enemies around the block.
Here’s the full interview, with the hickey talk starting at the 1:15 mark:
And while drinking blood may be more intimate than sex–we’re just going to have to trust them on that one–the two also shared a very memorable, floating sex scene in the show’s first episode.
In an interview with Decider, Reid lauded the final cut for showing “the intensity of their connection,” but admitted “It was quite uncomfortable [to film], I got to tell you the truth, it was quite uncomfortable. We’re balancing on that [rig] and sort of holding onto each other for balance as well.”
“Yeah I just like, don’t want to kill the magic of that scene, but it was…we were naked in front of the whole stunt team,” Anderson added.
So how have fans been reacting to this super-gay new adaptation? Here’s what folks are saying:
we just watched the first ep of the gay interview with a vampire show and i am LOSING my mind this is the best thing i’ve ever watched in my entire life
— 🗡 (@vampirevmk) October 30, 2022
No one told me an interview with a vampire was GAY GAY!!!!!!!!!
I’m living xox
It’s a great story too xxxx
— Yshee Black (@ysheeblack) October 27, 2022
plz more friends need to watch interview with a vampire it’s so good and gay and omg
— old master cannoli (@cosmic_creepus) October 27, 2022
to quote a letterboxd review of interview with a vampire…. I Knew It Would Be Gay, But I Didn’t Know It Would Be That Gay.
— ✩ mother bored ✩ (@aliengrl33) November 1, 2022
gonna binge watch all of interview with a vampire tonight and tomorrow … the gay vampires have gotten to me
— chloe (@chloesfilm) October 30, 2022
Honestly, check out the new interview with a vampire series- it’s quite good and exquisitely gay
— Colt (@hastherange) October 26, 2022
— icesis h&m (@srodulvss) October 23, 2022
This new Interview with a vampire is a MASTERPIECE pic.twitter.com/keTG2yHauw
— AreYouTheStan (@areYouTheStan) October 30, 2022
The people have spoken!
Catch new episodes of Interview with the Vampire on Sunday nights at 10 p.m. EST on AMC.