'True Blood's' Todd Lowe on the 'Uglier Side of Terry' (Video)
The actor talks to THR about his character's dark turn and the journey he'll take in season 5.
Todd Lowe’s character Terry Bellefleur has jumped from the frying pan into the fire this season on True Blood.
The Iraq vet, who spends his time as a cook at Merlotte’s, got a visit from a former Marine buddy (Scott Foley) which has sparked a heap of trouble for him. In the first three episodes, he’s had troubling flashbacks, pushed his wife Arlene (Carrie Preston) and hovered creepily over their bed.
“In the past they’ve written me as really warm, and I’m just trying to maintain and keep it together, but now it’s all exploding out of me,” Lowe, 35, told The Hollywood Reporter during an interview in THR’s cover lounge.
When Foley’s Sgt. Patrick Devins comes to Bon Temps, he awakens a part of Terry that seems to be tied to his PTSD and has something to do with fire.
Terry’s behavior is becoming more and more erratic, and so he agrees to head out on the road with Devins to search for their other Marine friend, who may be causing all the trouble.
“It’s an uglier side of Terry that we haven’t seen, and hopefully the story arc will come back around and we’ll see why Terry is behaving the way he has been,” Lowe tells THR.
This season Lowe spends plenty of time with former Felicity star Foley, as their two characters embark on a road trip to solve their military mystery.
“Scott has a grounded gravity to him, where I can kind of spin off and go crazy, Scott is there and can bring us back into the moment,” Lowe says of his co-star.
Lowe, who starred on Gilmore Girls before his turn on HBO’s vampire drama, plays one of the few characters who doesn’t have any supernatural powers. But he’s still got plenty of baggage.
While the character in Charlaine Harris’ books that the series was based on was a Vietnam vet, Terry was updated for the show to be an Iraq vetaran.
“I still play him as if he was somebody who was drafted and didn’t voluntarily enlist, and I think that tends to bring a bit more pathos to the character,” Lowe tells THR.
True Blood airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Watch THR’s full interview with Lowe about his character above.
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