Sam Reid, the breakout star of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire, spoke recently with Brief Take about playing “trainwreck” Lestat de Lioncourt, his admiration for Bailey Bass (who plays Claudia) and her performance (especially in those last scenes of the season one finale), how he knew that “Rashid” was “Armand” after reading the script for episode two, his experience acting with Jacob Anderson (“Louis de Pointe du Lac”), behind-the-scenes of Lestat’s throat cutting in the seventh episode, and what he hopes to see in season two of the popular series on AMC.
Based on Anne Rice’s revolutionary gothic novel, Interview with the Vampire follows Louis de Point du Lac (played by Game of Thrones’ Jacob Anderson), Lestat de Lioncourt (Reid) and Claudia (Bass) and their epic story of love, blood, and the perils of immortality, as told to journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian). Chafing at the limitations of life as a Black man in 1900s New Orleans, Louis finds it impossible to resist the rakish Lestat’s offer of the ultimate escape: joining him as his vampire companion. But Louis’ intoxicating new powers come with a violent price, and the introduction of Lestat’s newest fledgling, the child vampire Claudia, sets them on a decades-long path of revenge and atonement.
All episodes of season one of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire are now available to watch on AMC