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I'm used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them.

I'm at the point in my life where I don't want to work as hard. Actually, I've had to take a good hard look at workaholism and it's effect on one's mental health.

I believe forgiveness is possible for everybody, for everything, but I'm a Buddhist.

I think vampires are a timeless powerful archetype that can tap into people's psyches.

I'd seen 'Interview with A Vampire' and saw Dracula movies growing up, but I never thought, 'I love vampires; I have to do a show about vampires.'

I'm a huge freak, and always have been. I spent the first part of my life trying really desperately not to be one, and it was just a waste of time.

I'm from the South, so while I personally find it impossible to live there, I still have a fondness for it as a geographical region.

If a scene is longer than three pages, it better be for a good reason.

My own belief is that people can come back from anything. It doesn't mean that it won't come at a huge cost.

I'm a Buddhist, so one of my biggest beliefs is, 'Everything changes, don't take it personally.'

Obviously death is a theme I'm fascinated by.

And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my experience of Christianity growing up was a sort of acceptance, a sort of being OK with being imperfect and not focusing on the sin.

Ultimately, physical resemblance isn't as important as whether this person can bring this character to life in a way that's compelling and makes me care about what happens to them.

Death is a companion for all of us, whether we acknowledge it or not, whether we're aware of it or not, and it's not necessarily a terrible thing.

Directing is physically exciting because there's a ticking clock, you're working with people, it's very social, it's very enjoyable.

Happy relationships are boring. We all want them in our own life. But I don't want to watch them on TV.

I am a little suspicious of industry paradigms. I feel like so many movies and TV shows feel so familiar because of over-reliance on these paradigms.

I think sexuality is a window into someone's soul.

I think the world is a place for oddballs and freaks. I'm only interested in oddballs and freaks as characters.

I will say that the environment I grew up in was not the most progressive.