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Interview with a vampire - Rudolf Martin bares his soul

Rudolf Martin                     Courtesy photo

Never let it be said that vampires don’t see everything. After writing my top ten list of Hot, cold-blooded, drop dead sexy vampires, my number one actually read that column, and then emailed me to let me know he was aware of my regard! Imagine my surprise at having the first vampire I ever fell for find me.  And a woman never forgets her first!

Actor Rudolf Martin played Vlad Dracula in The Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula released in 2000. His career has included roles such as Anton from All My Children, repeat roles in NCIS as Ari Haswari, guest appearances on Mad Men, and 24, Showtime’s original series “Beggars & Choosers”;.  He's been cast in movies such as “Swordfish” starring alongside John Travolta, Hugh Jackman, and Halle Berry, and independent films such as “Fall”, “High Art”, “When”, and “Watershed”. His range is such that he can play any character from dark and brooding, to laid back and sexy.

What am I saying? All his roles are sexy! A native of West Berlin (Germany) and raised in Europe, Martin speaks German, French, Italian, and English fluently. His talent speaks for itself, but it’s the man behind the talent that I wished to get to know. And with absolute graciousness, he agreed to this interview. Lucky me, and lucky you!

MG Are you currently in a relationship with someone special? (You seem to be quite a private
man, and I found no information regarding your current status. Kudos on your ability to
maintain some privacy in your busy life!) 

RM Thank you for the kudos. I have been single for more than a year.

MG I read in a TV Guide interview that Sarah Michelle Gellar claimed you to be one of her top
on-screen kisses. For you, what element(s) make for a truly hot, sexy kiss?

RM Feeling it! As far as screen kisses go nothing is hotter than a kiss that feels real in that
pretend moment and matches the relationship

MG What is your view on casual sex vs. a monogamous relationship?

RM Everybody should do what they want, but be honest about it. If you're truly happy with
casual sex you're probably not capable of experiencing anything deeper.

MG How do you feel about women making the first move?

RM Why not? I have no problem with it. It somehow breaks the ice, but I'm not sure I believe
in any kind of "moves".

MG I once read a book (a work of fiction) where the young men (in a sultan’s palace) were
taught sex education by an older woman. It was a “hands-on” experience where these
young men learned how to please a woman. Do you think schools should include a more
tasteful, and academic classroom approach to teaching not only about diseases and birth
control, but also how to please a partner?

RM Are you implying that the sultan's approach wasn't tasteful? (Cheeky man! No wonder I
adore him!) But I think your idea could save a lot of people a lot of pain and frustration,
and maybe kids would be so turned off by the idea of having to please someone else, they
would stop having sex altogether.

MG In your line of work, you are in the company of some of the world’s most beautiful
women. What do you find attracts you to someone first? How do you handle all the
exuberant attention from your female fans?

RM In my line of work I also find myself in the company of some highly self involved people
which can be fun but isn't always very attractive. As for exuberant attention, I enjoy that
from both my cat and my dog. In my experience fans have been mostly very respectful.

MG Tell me one of your personal turn ons, something that really snares your attention and sets
your inner lion on the hunt?

RM Hmm, ... a certain 'je ne sais quoi"? Not to sound evasive…. (Coy is so sexy!)

MG Can you describe for me the best date you ever had with someone? Where did you
go? What did you do? Why was it memorable?

RM We were about 18 or 19 and sat on the banks of the river Seine in Paris the entire night of
July 14 (which is a big celebration) with a great bottle of wine. I was deeply in love. We
were watching the boats go by, and all the parties and fireworks were on the other side. She
became my girlfriend for years. I never thought of it as a date having grown up in
Europe. I'm still not sure what 'dating' really means. There seems to be lots of different
rules and expectations that people have about it.

MG Who was your first love? How long did it last? How old were you?

RM When I was about 13 or 14 I was in really love for the first time. Her name was Nina. She
lived up the street and I was too afraid to tell her. I couldn't think of anything but her. My
heart would beat like crazy when I saw her. I remember that my best friend was trying to
get me to do something about it at a party, and I wouldn't so he took my arm and put it
around her. That seemed to work for her and we ended up making out and listening to
music every day for a month or two; until I left for summer vacation. When I came back I
felt somehow different, and was almost nauseous with the idea of having to see her again.
I tried to avoid her. After a week she called me, but I didn't want to speak. She said “please
say something”, and I said “good bye”. We never even acknowledged each other after that.
I always felt bad about it later. I realized I would have to learn how to communicate.

MG When you’re with someone in that “special” moment, which language do you speak when
whispering “sweet nothings”? What might you say?

RM I guess if it's a "sweet nothing" I would pick a language that she hopefully doesn't
understand. But seriously, what do you think I should say?
(Is it hot in here or is it

MG What advice would you give men and women (reading this) about relationships, and how to
go about finding that special someone?

RM I usually don't find myself in a position to give advice. Maybe just reading your columns is
a good start. Maybe that's what I'm gonna do. Ok, here's one: stay curious!

MG As a pet parent also, I know how attached one gets to a pet. They become your best friend,
and even your child. Can you share a little with me about Comet? How did you find each
other? What funny things does he do to make you laugh?

RM He must be the calmest Chihuahua that ever lived. He mostly sleeps. Everything he does
makes me laugh. Same goes for my cat. I inherited them both in different ways but I am
strangely protective of their privacy.

“I’m charmed silly beyond all hope. It is with great appreciation that I say thank you, Rudolf Martin, for granting this interview. (And thank you to Mary Erickson (Mr. Martin's manager) for providing the biographical and movie information).  I always say that a little conversation goes a long way towards learning about someone and I have learned that for a man who has played many roles as a killer, you are a true gentleman with a big heart.” MG

Expect to see more from this talented actor. His new film, PIG, directed by Henry Barrial is in post-production and will make the rounds at film festivals soon after. Martin plays the lead role of “the man”.

Plot summary for Pig: A man wakes up alone in the middle of the desert with a black hood on his head and his hands tied behind his back. At death's door, he is discovered by a woman living alone in the desert and is nursed back to health. Upon regaining consciousness, the man realizes he has amnesia, and has no idea who he is. His only clue, a piece of paper in his pocket with the name "Manny Elder" on it, sends him on a journey to Los Angeles to discover his past. But things and people are not what they seem and clues lead to something bigger and more unusual than the man could have ever imagined. (Summary written by Mark Stolaroff)

Rudolf Martin is currently filming Die Jagd nach der heiligen Lanze (The Hunt for the Holy Lance) in Germany, (a German market thriller) due out in 2010.

Want to keep current on Rudolf Martin? Visit his official fan page here.

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  • Kate White, Pittsburgh Relationship Angst Examiner 5 years ago

    High Art! That's how I know him. Great, sad movie.

    Stellar interview. Yay for you!

  • jz 5 years ago

    I think Anne Rice might have a copyright issue with your article title.

  • Michele Gwynn, SA Sex & Relationships Examiner 5 years ago

    No copyright issue at all. Her book is entitled "Interview with THE Vampire, The Vampire Chronicles". My title is Interview with A Vampire: Rudolf Martin..... Not the same at all, therefore no copyright infringement. Believe me when I say we check these things first before releasing them out. I may be one of those rare blog columnists who actually has a degree in the field of Broadcasting and is aware of such things as copyright and journalistic ethics. But thank you for your concern.

  • Ella 4 years ago

    I like Vampires. So i like this article

  • Houston Singles' Guide Examiner 4 years ago

    I am always excited to read interviews with 'vampires', because I happen to be related to Vlad! My family is from Transylvania and I find it interesting to see how Hollywood has twisted the true story of Vlad into the blood-sucking, seductive vampires that we now have today.

  • Kat 4 years ago

    There are only a very few actors that stand out to me. I'm not much into celebs for the sake of their celebrity. I hardly remember names enough to attach to their faces. But I love the way Rudolph answered your questions and I'll certainly see him in a new light whenever I "see" him from now on.

  • Kate 4 years ago

    Thanks for this article. I love Rudolph Martin!! Just a question, what year was this interview?

  • M. Gwynn, SA Sex & Relationships Examiner 4 years ago

    Hi Kate. This interview was conducted in August 2009 and published in Sept. 2009. Mr. Martin is truly a gentleman. Like all mysterious vampires, he drops me a line out of the blue now and again. He's every bit as intriguing as his characters.

  • Dawn 3 years ago

    My interest was first peaked with Rudolf Martin when I saw his stellar performance on NCIS as Ari Haswari. He became immediately recognizable to me in every TV or movie I came across that he happened to be in. A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a documentary about Vlad Dracula. The documentary showed stills from the movie (The Dark Prince: The True Story of Dracula)...needless-to-say, I was quick about renting the movie! You are 100% right in choosing Mr. Martin as the No. 1 Vampire. He is a mesmerizing man with great range in his field of acting. I hope to see much more of this sexy and talented man. Thank you for the great interview with Mr. Martin...his answers are intriguing and mysterious. Dawn