“True Blood” has staked its place as The Summer Show, and one of the reasons Alan Ball’s HBO vampire drama is a burning hit is the bizarre character of Maryann — unsatiable party girl and, as was revealed on this week’s episode, vibrating she-beast.

Michelle Forbes, who plays Maryann, discussed the character on

“Maryann lives in a different moral construct than the rest of us. Tenderness, violence — they’re the same to her. The more that somebody is feeling alive and in their adrenaline and feeding that appetite for what we’re not supposed to do, the more that they’re in what she considers purity. That is her life blood; that is her excitement.

All those things that people hold themselves back from — food, sex, booze, drugs — she wants to push people into their vices, their purity, their ecstasy. That’s what she considers happiness. It’s not a nefarious or villainous thing in her mind. She wants everyone to feel the same glory and joy that she feels. She wants everyone to join the party.”