The episode of True Blood, entitled True Blood: Season 2, Ep. 12: Frenzy, introduces the character from The Southern Vampire Mysteries of Sophie-Anne Leclerq. Sophie-Anne will be played by Evan Rachel Wood. Every since I saw her in theater during her debut in Thirteen, I have been a fan of Evan Rachel Wood’s work and looked forward to her joining the True Blood, even if it were only briefly. Then after a little research, I found out that Sophie-Anne Leclerq, whose real name is Judith, was turned in her teens. This means 22-year old Wood is almost a decade too old to be playing the character.
Changing character ages is a common and tiring trend in Hollywood. First I noticed it when I watched both versions of Dune (great book), where Muad’Dib is supposed to be 15 yet is always portrayed by an actor in their late twenties. The same thing happened when Children of Dune (good book) was adapted, as well as Billy Bathgate (great book). This trend continued on through television shows like 90210 and Friday Night Lights.
When 12-year old vampire Charlotte was introduced in Blade: The Series, it was great for the series, the same can be said for diminutive Claudia’s inclusion in Interview with a Vampire. It’s too bad the writers for True Blood did not see it this same way and cast and an up-and-coming teen actress in the Sophie-Anne Leclerq role. At least they briefly added a great actress to True Blood. I am looking forward to Evan Rachel Wood’s True Blood episode (s) nonetheless.