Ryan Kwanten, the Australian actor who plays Jason Stackhouse on the HBO supernatural drama True Blood, believes his character's acceptance of a predatory gay vampire is an example of how his character has grown.

True Blood, which includes a number of openly gay and bisexual characters, returned for a fifth season last week.

[Possible spoiler.] On the premiere of the new season, Stackhouse is hit on by Steve Newlin, a former pastor with the Fellowship of the Sun turned vampire. Newlin, who previously waged war against the vampires of Bon Temps, reveals that he's gay and infatuated with Stackhouse.

Kwanten said his character's handling of the revelation shows he's grown.

“When you look at Jason in season 1 he had a very tunnel view of the world and some would say an ignorant view,” Kwanten told PARADE.com. “And now, that speech he gave to Newlin was 'Look, I accept who you are, whether it's a vampire, whether it's a gay man, or both. But that's not the way this dog barks.' That's a huge step for Jason to change his spots. … Towards the end of the season, which we are shooting now, he puts the things he has learned into practice and starts to show his true colors.”