If Ashley Jones joined True Blood as a waitress, why'd she taste blood?

Ashley Jones told SCI FI Wire that her character, Daphne, will create major waves as she joins the cast in the upcoming second season of HBO's vampire series True Blood.

Jones, an Emmy-winning soap opera star best known for her current run on The Bold and the Beautiful, will play a new waitress at Merlotte's—and a new love interest for Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell)—effective with the first episode of the show's second season. She'll appear in at least eight of the season's 12 episodes.

SCI FI Wire spoke to Jones exclusively a few weeks ago, and the following are edited excerpts from our interview. HBO will kick off season two on June 14 with an episode entitled "Nothing But the Blood"; the show airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. (Spoilers ahead!)

What did you know about True Blood before coming on board?

Jones: I knew it was about vampires. I knew it starred Anna Paquin. I knew it was an Alan Ball show. I knew it was kind of a cult show. That's about all I knew. I didn't even have HBO at the time, so I hadn't seen any episodes. And I think that was the key to me getting the part. I didn't quite know what I was walking into, so I didn't really know what the stakes were when I was reading with Sam Trammell and in front of Alan Ball and Brian Buckner and Nancy Oliver and the other producers and the HBO executives. I just didn't quite realize the power the show has for people. That was my saving grace.

How will Daphne develop over the course of her episodes?

Jones: She definitely has an agenda. I've had to sign confidentiality agreements, but there's a lot more to her than you think. There are so many things I want to say. The twists and turns are fascinating, and they were hard to follow and keep up with, because they're so drastic and riveting. I learned about the character slowly, because I'm not sure I would have been able to grasp all of it at one time. She's very complex.

Give us a little sense of her relationship with Sam.

Jones: Well, Sam has never had the greatest luck in the love category. Daphne comes along, and they have very similar backgrounds, and they just get each other, in a way. They make each other very comfortable and kind of create their own little world together. There's a lot of love there, and there's definitely a romance involved.

True Blood is filled with vampires and shapeshifters, etc. How deeply involved in all of that does Daphne get?

Jones: I ... I ... It goes pretty deep.

Let's see if we can get around the secrecy by asking you a very specific question. How much fake blood have you been around?

Jones: Enough. Enough for a while. And it doesn't taste good. It really doesn't taste good.

You just dropped something right there...

Jones: I did. I did. That's enough.

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