Sex and the single vampire
This article is courtesy of the Toronto Sun
April 24, 1996
Kindred Mark Frankel goes online to answer important questions
By JIM SLOTEK
ONCE BITTEN: Gay vampires? Not on Kindred: The Embraced -- yet.
Mark Frankel -- who plays Julian Luna in the Aaron Spelling/Fox series about sexy aristocratic
bloodsuckers in San Francisco -- told an America Online fan
conference that it very much matters what sex a
vampire's victim is, and that he (Julian) prefers women's blood, okay?
Frankel deflected an online question about "the homoerotic nature of vampire lore."
"If a vampire needs to feed, in my case, the victim would preferably be female," he said. "But vampires must
drink blood to survive." In other words, same-sex haemosexuality is okay as a last resort.
The Kindred, of course, are more Melrose Place than Morbius, and sex is #1 on their minds -- this is a
Spelling show after all. Purists object, but Frankel demurs: "Why would embracing somebody into the Kindred,
which gives them immortality, heightened senses, mental powers, physical powers, prevent them from having
intercourse? Wait for episode 8 called 'Cabin in the Woods,' where Caitlin (city editor of the newspaper Julian
owns) takes me to get away from the city for a weekend. All will be explained."
And then someone asked the question that's always haunted me. "If you drink the blood of a drunk, do you
get inebriated too?"
"I don't think so," Frankel responded. Blow into this tube and we'll see, vampire-boy.
Copyright (c) 1996 Toronto Sun