Hoyt Fortenberry in a scene from 'True Blood'.

Johannesburg - Perhaps Hoyt Fortenberry has been spending too much time with vampires.

The star of the HBO TV series True Blood has developed a taste for Dracula’s drink of choice – and was keen to share the news at the opening of his Broadway play Of Mice And Men. Then in an interview with Vulture magazine last week, the 33-year-old actor confirmed that he wasn’t joking.

“I was being literal. I like the real deal,” he said.

“When you make me spell it out like this, it sounds strange, but I just want to be clear – that night, I was being literal. There was something about that night where I had that impulse. I guess the best way to put it is, sometimes I just like the way it tastes.”

Fortenberry also revealed that he indulges in his kinky habit a few times a year, but is picky about whose blood he drinks.

“I'm absolutely particular, it's not like it's just anybody's! That particular night, it was my girl. Yeah.”

The actor tried to explain his taste for blood as a natural craving.

“I guess for the same reason some people want alcohol? Or, for the same reason some people want, I don't know … milk? Or Kool-Aid.

“I don't mean copious amounts of blood. I'm not getting a glass of it or something. But if you drink it, it does something to you emotionally. It's hard to describe. It's like you're in the moment, and the impulse comes, and … I like it.”

Fortenberry’s girlfriend/donor is Hunger Games star Leven Rambin. The pair recently got engaged.

Last year, Fortenberry divorced his wife of six years, citing irreconcilable differences. - BANG Showbiz