The opening scene of True Blood, Season 4, Episode 11.
(Don’t worry, folks. No spoilers in this one!)
Vampyres Bill, Eric, Pam and Jessica, armed to the teeth and dressed in their finest badass black outfits, get out of a van and walk toward their target. Jessica, carrying an RPG (rocket-propelled grenade) launcher, speaks…
“I’m so sick of silvering myself all day every day. I’m pissed off all the time. This is what PMS used to feel like!”
And that, in a nutshell, is why I love Jessica!
Forever Seventeen. The Eternal Teenager. Semper Virgine. Slave to her passions and emotions.
And it doesn’t hurt that she sports my favourite look…
an almost ghost-like pallor that sets off the colour in her hair and eyes.
Jessica is funny. Jessica is fun. Jessica is so full of life and energy, you can jump-start a pick-up truck with her. And in terms of moods and emotions, this little dead girl is all over the map. One minute she is happy, another minute she is totally ticked off, the next she’s bored, the next she’s loving, the next offended beyond words, the next she flies into a blind rage. I get breathless just watching her!
Jessica did not choose to become a vampyre. She was made a vampyre against her will. She was dragged into vampyrism, quite literally kicking and screaming and begging to be let go. However, once turned, she took to her new… life? existence?… with a youthful enthusiasm. And now, given the choice, she would never go back to her old repressed life of home-schooling, strict southern born-again Christianity and an over-bearing and abusive father.
She is strong and passionate. She is fast and powerful. And she is free. And she cares deeply for those who matter to her.
However, she cannot deny who and what she is… a creature of the night. A hunter. A predator. A vampyre.
The True Blood character Jessica Hamby is portrayed by Deborah Ann Woll. And yes, that is her natural skin colour. When she developed a bruise, the make-up crew tried to cover it up but couldn’t find a shade to match her complexion. They at last found some deathly white shade of make-up which matched perfectly.