Deborah Ann Woll

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Deborah Ann Woll

Born

2/7/1985, Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Birth Name

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Debbie Woll
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9.3
out of 10
User Rating
134 votes

Biography

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Popularly known as the eternally virginal vampire Jessica Hamby on HBO's True Blood, Deborah Ann Woll is definitely making a mark as one of the finest up-and-coming actresses on television. The Brooklyn native, whose former works compose mainly of cl@ssical theater performances in New York City, has made…more

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Deborah did a commercial for True Blood's fourth season where she helps those with TB withdrawal.

    • Deborah's favorite role in theater was playing Polly Peachum in Three Penny Opera.

    • Outside of the US, Deborah also attended a program in Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

    • Deborah attended the Carnegie-Mellon's pre-college intensive program in high school.

    • Deborah starred in the independent film Little Murder as Molly. It premiered at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2011.

    • Deborah's management team is Marshak/Zachary Co.

    • Deborah recieved her Bachelor of Fine Arts from USC's School of Theatre in 2007.

    • In 2010, Deborah starred as Lydia Koffin in the movie Mother's Day.

    • Deborah attended Michael McMillian's Comic Book Signing, for his book Lucid, at Golden Apple Comics in Los Angeles.

    • Deborah has done modeling for InStyle Magazine.

    • Deborah starred in her first movie, Seven Days In Utopia, in the summer of 2011.

    • Deborah met her boyfriend ,Edward 'E.J.' Scott, online.

    • In 2009, Deborah began being involved with raising funds for research on choroideremia, a hereditary disease her boyfriend Edward 'E.J.' Scott is afflicted with. She an advocate for The Choroideremia Research Foundation.

    • One of the major challenges Deborah had to overcome as she initially worked on True Blood was mastering a full Southern accent as she only had four or five days to learn it for her character.

    • Deborah is a huge fan of the vampire and horror genres. She and her boyfriend used to watch Angel and Buffy together. She has also seen the classic horror films on Dracula and Nosferatu.

    • Among the actresses she admires and whose careers she'd like to emulate are Allison Janney and Greta Garbo.

    • Her interests and hobbies include reading comic books, playing the piano, solving puzzles, and playing Japanese logic games and computer games.

    • Deborah is afflicted with Celiac disease which prevents her from eating wheat products or anything with Gluten in them. She compensates by consuming lots of meat, vegetables, and rice products.

    • Woll appeared on the cover of H magazine's August 2009 issue. It also included a photoshoot and a feature article on her entitled, "Interview with the Vampire".

    • Her theatrical credits include playing a young woman in Machinal, Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, and Helena in All's Well That Ends Well.

    • She is of Irish and German descent.

    • When she was hired to play Jessica on True Blood, none of the episodes were aired yet. She instead read the first two books of the series was based on to get a general feel of the characters, setting, and story of the show.

    • Her favorite TV show of all-time is Mystery Science Theater 3000 and watches it often in reruns. She also enjoys features aired on the SciFi Channel and Animal Planet.

    • In 2008, Woll played the role of a terrified woman in the made-for-TV movie Aces 'N' Eights.

    • Deborah is 5' 10" (1.78 m) tall. She has strawberry blond hair and blue eyes. She has been dying her hair red since freshman year in high school.

  • Quotes

    • Deborah: (Advising young actors) You have to be excellent at what you do. You can't settle for just doing half the work. You have to do all of it. You have to care enough that when you get there the only questions you have are the ones that are unanswerable.

    • Deborah: (About her management team early on) My managers, when I started out, were irrationally invested in my career, and they sent me into rooms that I had no business being in without a SAG card or ever having been paid to act really ever.

    • Deborah: (On acting) I think when I thought of sacrifice for this career, I thought of the sacrifice that came with the early part, the struggling part, where you don't have any money and you're working three jobs. That I was all gung-ho for; that was sort of an exciting sacrifice. But I don't think I thought of the sacrifice that comes with success.

    • Deborah: (On her naturally pale skin) I am naturally as pale as a dead person. I was made to be a vampire.

    • Deborah: (On her role in "Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You") I play a college student grappling with her identity, primarily in relationship with her family. She's very confused and makes some mistakes along the way but, don't we all?

    • Deborah: (Her views on True Blood vampires) I got very interested in the science behind this creature. This vampire. I knew they were basing the teeth off of reptiles, namely snakes, instead of canines as they have been portrayed previously. That gave me an idea and I started to research reptiles. I don't think our vampires are truly cold. I think we are cold blooded like snakes. We are the temperature of our surroundings and can be warmed by contact with warm objects.

    • Deborah: Each role you approach is its own. The greatest thing about being a human being (or a vampire) is we are all everything at some point in our lives. It's just finding a different aspect of that when you play a different role and allowing it to blossom until it is beyond you.

    • Deborah: (about working on "True Blood") When I can feel comfortable, I can really work to the best of my ability. Until this show, I didn't really feel like I'd gotten to do that yet because I was so crippled by my nerves. But here, it's really been beautiful to be able to get past that, and really work with people that I enjoy working with and who I have confidence are doing just as much work themselves.

    • Deborah: There is something very attractive about someone who can look at you and make you feel a certain way, and in way sort of control you. I think that fear and sexuality are very closely linked. I think things that scare us are a little bit sexy. Things that are unknown attract us. And blood, that deep, red, rich warm, life. There's something really beautiful about that, which we may have some trouble admitting to. There's something very beautiful about it flowing against the pale vampiric skin.

    • Deborah: I think that part of the difficulty of being a celebrity is that you may have to hide what you're feeling and you aren't totally allowed to be yourself, because you're in the public eye. And I think the breakdowns that we tend to see sort of have to do with maybe finally trying to break free and say 'I am who I am, whether you like it or not.' It's an overwhelming experience.

    • Deborah: Acting is somewhat mysteriously taught. There are so many different methods and systems and processes for teaching acting because it will always be an elusive art-form. I'm not sure any actor really knows for sure how it is done. You have to find what works for you and cultivate that.

    • Deborah: I was shy and a hard worker, so acting was a way to focus whatever nervous energy I was experiencing onto a goal. I also think there is something in me that actually enjoys being a little scared. I like horror films and roller coasters, and for a shy person to have to put everything that they are out there for a performance, carried an element of fear and challenge for me.

    • Deborah: I definitely like a little bit of darkness, a little edge. I get a little bored when things are maybe too simple or too... expected. The best characters and the best stories are the ones that surprise you.

    • Deborah: (about talking with her fake fangs in on "True Blood") For about the first five to ten minutes, you sound like Cindy Brady. Of course, you're trying to be all immortal and cool and it's very difficult to sound that way when you have a lisp.

    • Deborah: Theatre takes a huge chunk of time out of your life where you can't do much else. Plus they have to cast you, isn't that always the hard part. But I am sure I will return to the stage many times in my life, maybe not Broadway, I wouldn't dare dream so high, but it is a pleasure at any level.

    • Deborah: (in preparing for her vampire character on "True Blood") I watched a lot of animal videos and often attack footage. Stalking and attacking and killing are practices lost in most humans, so I needed to teach myself to do them.

    • Deborah: (comparing herself to her character on "True Blood") I'm a real shy doormat. I let people get away with stuff, all the time, and I can't ever speak up for myself. As Jessica, I get to have a real passion and fire, and a real confidence. There's a self-confidence there, that might come off as irritating or annoying, but is an admirable self-respect. In a way, I wish I had a little bit of that.

    • Deborah: I'd love to do all kinds of acting work, I'm not picky when it comes to that. All of it is an extreme interesting experience. I like women who are character actors but can still play leading women, can still be a romantic lead.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I think she's going places...

    8.5
    For a fresh-faced "kid" recently out of film school, she's got lots of poise. Her resume is quite small at this point and other than The Mentalist and True Blood, I have not seen any of her work. But what an impact True Blood has had for her career.



    "Jessica" has rapidly become one of my favourite characters on True Blood and I am looking forward to how Alan Ball develops her over the next couple of seasons.



    I thought her entrance into the True Blood story was performed by a player with much more experience and exposure than she has actually had. Plus, her characterization already has, and promises more, great depth.



    I found her responses in interviews at Comic Con showed a very poised and together young lady. That is a refreshing change to see, and someone like Deborah Ann Woll is easy to "cheer" for. I will be watching her career as she excels in the future...moreless