Tess Alexandra Parker on Impressing Alan Ball

By Gianna Sobol

A quick Q&A with Bon Temps Police Department’s very own Rosie, played by the lovely Tess Alexandra Parker.


Gianna: Can you tell us a little bit about your True Blood character?

Tess: I play Rosie, Andy Bellefleur’s secretary at the local jail. It's a perfect place for her to work because she is drawn to the bad boy type, and what better place to meet them than right before they’re thrown in a cell? So it was a surprise to fall in love with Kevin, the dutiful deputy. But the truth is once a girl gets over her asshole phase, she meets the man of her dreams and is able to let them in.

Gianna: How did you land the role of Rosie?

Tess: It's my favorite audition story! I waited in a room full of twenty girls, who were mostly dressed in pencil skirts and cardigans due to the secretary description. But I was there with big hair and a red lace bra poking out, because I saw Rosie with Louisiana sass. I was one of the last girls to read, Alan Ball was in the room along with everyone else and although the audition scene was quite short, I got a genuine laugh from everyone. So I'm feeling good about it and I get in my car and drive home, which is like fifteen minutes from the lot, and before I get out of my car, I get a call from my manager that I got the part! Another cool thing was that when I first moved to Los Angeles, my acting teacher made us make a list of everyone we wanted to work with, and Alan Ball was first on my list! True story, I still have the list to prove it. So working with him and being a part of True Blood is literally a dream come true.

Gianna: Any fun or memorable moments from shooting this episode and revealing that Rosie had a secret romance with Kevin?

Tess: I cried for six hours and it was so much fun, when do you get to say that? There was a lot of snot that came out of me that I was not expecting, but I just went with it. Wailing he's the only man I ever loved never got old and the reaction that Andy and Jason have is so great because you get the sense that they are a family and they care about Rosie. I also actually bruised my forehead because at the end of each take, I would bang my forehead on the table out of desperation for losing Kevin, and I didn't notice I was hurting myself. I'm not usually that method.

Gianna: Team Eric or Team Bill?

Tess: If you're making me pick, it's Team Eric. I always like the more complicated path.

Watch Tess in episode 33, “Everything Is Broken,” tonight (Saturday).