We may know him as the handsome Jason “Dumber than a bag of hair” Stackhouse on True Blood, but native Aussie Ryan Kwanten is more than a pretty face. His latest project has been revealed as The Family, in which he’ll be tackling the role of America’s most infamous cult leader, Charles Manson. You can also catch the 33-year-old blondie in the upcoming nouveau-Western Red Hill, and co-starrred with Mischa Barton in Don’t Fade Away . But what do you really know about Ryan (besides that he looks awesome without his shirt on)? Here are five fun facts you can use to impress your friends!
1. He knows how to get his role-playing on:
No, not like that, you pervs. Ryan’s slated to appear in 2011′s The Knight of Badassdom alongside Peter Dinklage and Steve Zhan as a group of live-action gaming nerds who accidentally summon ancient evil creatures. After dealing with three seasons of vampires screaming “Soooookeeh!” we bet Ryan can handle himself. Though we’re not sure if we’re buying that a boy with a body that fine would ever be part of a nerd collective.
2. Oh yes, there will be butt:
What is it with Australians and their perfect physiques? Not like we’re complaining: especially when there are actors like Ryan who are more than happy to shed it off. One of the first shots of True Blood showed Jason naked from the back, and that was just a taste of what was to come. And no one is twisting Ryan’s arm either: We’ve found several magazine spreads (NSFW, obvs) that feature the hunk either in a low-slung towel…or nothing at all.
3. He is a sex god, (or so he says).
Most hunky young actors in Hollywood have probably gotten some odd fan requests in the past. But only Ryan Kwanten and Vincent Gallo ever talked about their female groupies asking them for sperm donations. (He also may or may not have sent that lady 7 vials of his man-juice.) I mean, the man’s got good genes but damn. Meanwhile, Kwanten is also writing a book about picking up chicks, because he is like the Australian version of Mystery of something? “Step One: Be really, really, ridiculously good-looking.”
4. He comes from illustrious beginnings:
Home and Away is to Australia what EastEnders or Hollyoaks is to Britain. And anyone whose made it over in America started by having a role in this Aussie soap. So if you ever wanted to hear what Ryan really sounds like:
BONUS CLIP OF HEATH LEDGER ON HOME AND AWAY!
5. He takes his work seriously:
We’re kind of obsessed with this random interview he gives to a site called OpenBookSociety.com, talking about his voice acting for Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoolehe. He gets so mad when they insinuate that Jason Stackhouse is nothing more than a pretty boy!
Q: true blood they really trade on your body. What was it like to only use your voice?
Ryan Kwanten: “Personally, I don’t see it as just using my body. I think there’s a huge array of things at my [disposal.]”
Q:I don’t mean to minimize it – just that they enjoy showing your body. In this it’s just your voice.
Ryan Kwanten: “No, no, no, that’s fine. Well, Jason’s very liberal with his body. I always think there’s method to his madness. There’s a reason why he does what he does. But, yeah, you have to believe in the reality of the situation whether you’re playing Jason or whether you’re playing the character of Kludd. If you only have your voice to do it, you still have to believe in it.”
Totally method, dude. Hey Ryan, remember how this basically sums up your character on True Blood?
Yeah, between this and that very important owl movie, we can see how you could get offended. Still, we love you Ryan!