Debbie gets branded in this episode - what does that mean for her?
It's a rebellion. Like, "This is somewhere I fit in and can do drugs and be wild and no one's gonna judge me. And I'm gonna go down just like this." I don't know that in her heart, that's where she truly wants to be, but it's kinda where she needs to go ... like there's no other way out. She gonna be part of this frickin' gang of werewolf bikers.
Tell us a little bit about who Debbie is.
Debbie is a passionate, ballsy, kick-ass lady who's going through a bit of a rough patch, dealing with her ex-boyfriend Alcide and being branded into this new group of werewolves. Then Sookie crosses her path, and it's kind of all downhill from there.
Do you have any traits in common with her?
Yeah! I have a lot of the same fire that she does. A lot of her insecurities and the things she stresses are things I'm familiar with - feeling insecure about where you are in life, trying to find yourself, where you fit. She's very outspoken and reactive, and I'm the same way - especially when I get mad. So a lot of those things that look really crazy when she does them? I can identify.
Ever go through your own biker/rocker phase?
In high school, I did my whole punk rock thing, with bright pink highlights and a nose ring. I was stuck in the 90s - even though I didn't go to school in the 90s - and Kurt Cobain was like my hero. And my dad's side of the family is very biker, backwoods New Jersey. So this isn't new territory for me. I've met these people and know the type very well.