Ryan Kwanten Biography
Ryan Kwanten (Ryan Christian Kwanten) is an Australian actor born on 28th November 1976 in Sydney, Australia. He is popularly known for his role as Jason Stackhouse in True Blood.
Ryan Kwanten’s father, Eddie, is a Dutch-born immigrant who worked for NSW Maritime, the Australian regulatory body for maritime safety, and was also a champion paddleboarder. Ryan’s mother, Kris, worked for the Australian crisis-support organization Lifeline coordinating “op-shops,” secondhand stores set up by charities as fundraisers. He has two siblings Mitchell, a musician, and Lloyd, a doctor. He attended St Paul’s Catholic College, Manly, New South Wales. He has a degree in commerce from the University of Sydney.
Ryan Kwanten was athletic child who excelled at golf, tennis, biathlons and—especially—surfing. At the age of 12, his love of surfing almost cost him his life when he was the victim of a shark attack. “I was surfing on my local break and was at the top of the wave and fell and went to pull my arm out and it didn’t come out, so I yanked it out and blood spurted everywhere,” Kwanten recalls. “I felt something between my legs and got on my board and paddled in, and I see the life guard running down. It made the local paper.”
Ryan Kwanten Career
At the age of 15 his mother was dropping off his little brother (who aspired to be an actor) at an audition at an acting agency. Ryan Kwanten was in the car too, headed to swim practice. The woman running the audition mistakenly grabbed him and told him to audition. He got into the agency but his brother didn’t.
In 1992 Ryan Kwanten landed his first acting, a recurring role on the Australian TV series A Country Practice. At the age of 21 he landed his breakthrough role as Vinnie Patterson on the enormously popular Australian soap opera Home and Away. He remained on the show for five years, from 1997-2002 shortly after his character married and became a father.
He moved to the United States and was cast as Jay Robertson in Summerland (2004–05). He appeared in the films Flicka (2006) and Dead Silence (2007), a horror film in which he played the leading role, Jamie Ashen.
In 2008 he appeared in a Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in which he portrayed Dominic Pruitt, a US Marine Corps Master Sergeant accused of raping and murdering a fellow Marine and her unborn baby.
In 2008 Ryan Kwanten landed his most prominent role to date when he was cast in the Alan Ball-created HBOdrama True Blood, a show adapted from The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris. Kwanten plays Jason Stackhouse, the show’s resident playboy and younger brother of main character SookieStackhouse.
In 2010, Ryan Kwanten voiced the role of Kludd in the animated-epic film Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, although he was originally set to voice the film’s protagonist Sorren before the role went to Jim Sturgess.
Ryan Kwanten Movies and TV Shows
- 1994: Signal One as Kid
- 2002: The Junction Boys as Claude Gearheart
- 2003: Liquid Bridge as Nick McCallum
- 2004: American Brown as Ricky Brown
- 2006: Flicka as Howard McLaughlin
- 2007: Dead Silence as Jamie Ashen
- 2010: Red Hill as Shane Cooper
- 2010: Griff the Invisible as Griff
- 2010: Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole as Kludd (voice)
- 2010: Don’t Fade Away as Jackson White
- 2012: Not Suitable for Children as Jonah
- 2013: Mystery Road as Pete Bailey
- 2013: Truth in Journalism as Eddie Brock / Venom
- 2013: The Right Kind of Wrong as Leo Palamino
- 2013: Knights of Badassdom as Joe
- 2014: Flight 7500 as Brad Martin
- 2014: Rio, I Love You as Jai Arnott
- 2014: Northmen: A Viking Saga as Conall
- 2014: Reach Me as Jack Burns
- 2015: Kidnapping Freddy Heineken as Jan “Cat” Boellard
- 2015: Blinky Bill the Movie as Blinky Bill (voice)
- 2015: Blunt Force Trauma as John
- 2016: Who Gets the Dog? as Clay Lonnergan
- 2017: Supercon as Matt Wheeler
- 2017: The Hurricane Heist as Breeze
- 1991: The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes as Stagecoach driver
- 1992: Home and Away as Boogie boarder
- 1992: A Country Practice as Ben Lloyd
- 1993–94: G.P. as Scott Browning
- 1994: Home and Away as Robbie Taylor
- 1994: Hey Dad..! as Richard
- 1995: Echo Point as Nathan Potter
- 1996: Water Rats as Nipper
- 1997–2002: Home and Away as Vinnie Patterson
- 1997: Spellbinder: Land of the Dragon Lord as Josh Morgan
- 2003: The Handler as Barnes
- 2004: Tru Calling as Jake Voight
- 2004–05: Summerland as Jay Robertson
- 2008–14: True Blood as Jason Stackhouse
- 2008: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit as Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt
- 2012: New Girl as Oliver
- 2014: Jake and the Never Land Pirates as Brewster the Beast Trapper (voice)
- 2018-present: The Oath as Steve Hammond
Ryan Kwanten Girlfriend
Ryan Kwanten has been dating Ashley Sisino since 2013.
Ryan Kwanten Interview
Ryan was being interviewed about his role as Jason in ‘True Blood’
Interviewer: So do you know how everything is going to end?
Ryan Kwanten: I do. And I’m going to tell you all about it right now!
Interviewer: Ha—I’m sure. Are you happy with it though?
Ryan Kwanten: Absolutely. We were lucky and blessed to have the writers that we have. They never cease to amaze me with the kind of crazy, emotional, intriguing, amusing, confusing, stuff that they come up with, particularly for my character. I just feel so lucky to have played that character for as long as I have.
Interviewer: It’s been a while. And Jason’s changed quite a lot over the seasons.
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Ryan Kwanten: I hope so. He was quite the boy when we first met him.
Interviewer: What’s it been like to play that transformation?
Ryan Kwanten: It’s actually amazing, in terms of the amount of the days that have actually transpired since the beginning of Season 1 has not actually been that much. Does that make sense? It really hasn’t jumped forward that many years. Certainly not as many as seven. There’s been a growth, but I still think those character traits are very much in there. I think he’s starting to learn from his mistakes more.
Interviewer: He’s always been a bit of a moral compass for the rest of the characters on the show, right?
Ryan Kwanten: That’s a bit scary to think about, but I think you’re right!
Interviewer: Maybe not so much with the promiscuity and such, but the fact that he’s always been willing and open to changing his mind about people. And vampires.
Ryan Kwanten: Yeah! And I think that’s been the biggest growth. That’s a really good point. Because I don’t think he was necessarily a bigot, but he was a little more close-minded before. Now he has the ability to kind of weigh two sides and make somewhat of an education decision.
Interviewer: He seems to fall fast and hard with the women in his life. Whether it’s Lizzy Caplan’s Amy, Lindsay Pusipher’s Crystal, Deborah Ann Woll’s Jessica, Anna Camp’s Sarah—he’s had a revolving door of fast-moving, intense relationships. And now he’s with Karolina Wydra’s Violet. What is it about her that he’s drawn to?
Ryan Kwanten: I think with Jason, he really does wear his heart on his sleeve. There’s a woman who’s vibrant with life in the form of Violet who sort of represents everything that he’s never had. She’s got this incredible history behind her. I think it’s a pure fascination with her. She’s his equal in many ways. He’s just so intrigued by her.
Interviewer: When we last saw them together last season, we saw that she was withholding sex from him—there was that scene in the finale that might have been the longest oral sex scene ever, where she says she’s made him perform oral sex 178 nights in a row without letting him penetrate her. Not to spoil too much of the premiere, but they finally have sex in Sunday’s episode, but not until after they have an explosive argument outside by Jason’s police cruiser. What was shooting that scene like? It was pretty passionate…both the argument scene and the sex scene that followed.
Ryan Kwanten: Umm…it was fun. [Laughs uncomfortably] Anytime you’re doing sex scenes it’s not the best of times, and this one was done outside virtually on a main road. It was tough, but Karolina is an incredible actress. And she made it work…
Interviewer: When you’re on a show like this with such a fan base and you’re paired with all of these different women, there’s going to be a pairing that people root for the most, and I feel like, over the past six seasons, that’s been Jason and Jessica. Do you miss the dynamic with her?
Ryan Kwanten: I love working with Deborah, too. And I think the chemistry that Jason and Jessica have stems from that innocence they both share. In a weird way, it’s because Jessica is actually the age that Jason is sort of mentally. Jason’s perpetually a teenager.
Interviewer: Looking back at all the things that Jason’s gone through, what was the most fun thing act out? There’s certainly a lot to choose from: being addicted to V, being a part of that evangelical cult, and loads more…
Ryan Kwanten: Those are a bunch of the favorites. But there’s really been no ordinary day on set. The kinds of things they have me doing, I dare say, 95 percent of them I will never be doing again in my career. It’s a real treat to be working on a show like this, and on a network like HBO, where you can kind of push things and do things that you usually wouldn’t be able to do on a television show. And certainly not be able to do on you day to day life.
Interviewer: Even though HBO has that reputation for pushing boundaries, is there anything you’ve ever seen in a script and thought, even though it is HBO, would never fly—but then was surprised when it actually made it to air?
Ryan Kwanten: I guess the priapism episode, where Jason has priapism. [Should you need a reminder, that’s the episode where Jason overdoses on V and gets an erection he can’t get rid of.] I thought that this is certainly something that I wouldn’t imagine him doing, but if anyone is ever going to have that affliction it’s certainly humorous that it happened to Jason. But I thought it was certainly going to be an interesting one to shoot. And it certainly was.
Interviewer: The brother-sister relationship with Jason and Sookie is one of the most adorable on TV, mostly because you can tell how much they love each other. What’s it been like forging that relationship with Anna Paquin?
Ryan Kwanten: Mostly you’ve got to really be on your game, because she’s such an incredible talent. The great thing about working with her is that she comes in with such vigor to every scene, so you’re forced to come up to her level. The history that we have working together and the characters now have is something that you don’t usually get as an actor. In a film, for instance, you’re usually only with a person for two months, three months at most. In a television series, very rarely do you get a chance to last as long as we have. It’s been a real privilege to see that relationship grow from Sookie, even thought Jason was older, Sookie was the mentor in the relationship and would give Jason advice, even when he didn’t want. Now it’s sort of turned the other way. Particularly in this season there’s a couple of great scenes where it’s Jason giving her advice. And it’s good advice! It’s weird advice, but good.
Interviewer: Over the course of the series so far, so many characters that started out human have become vampires. Have you ever secretly hoped that you’d get some fangs at some point, too?
Ryan Kwanten: Never.
Ryan Kwanten: Never. I think there’s humor to be played in the fact that everyone else has these powers and Jason has none.
Source: The Daily Beast