Reginald The Vampire Star & EP Jacob Batalon on beauty standards and taking back from ‘Fat’ [Exclusive Interview]

In a past interview, you shared that you found the “Fat Vampire” series while reading it with your girlfriend. What do you find interesting about the series, especially compared to other vampire stories out there?

I think the great thing about it is [Reginald is] It is easy to understand. I think in popular culture, we’ve made our vampires part of a very hard-to-attach version of Hollywood’s normative beauty. What sets Reginald apart, and what pulls me into his story, is that he’s just a very approachable person. He’s the type of person who doesn’t lead but can become the hero of his own story. So I think that kind of shit really drew me to him, and he’s just a really funny, charming person. I feel like we were able to rewrite him into a newer age Reginald from the books.

Speaking of body image, unfortunately I’m not one of those fat people, but I admire them and aspire to be like them. But normalizing the word “fat” without negative connotations can go a long way. Why did you and your team decide to rename the show from “Fat Vampire” to “Reginald the Vampire,” especially when Reginald says in the pilot that he’s not afraid of the word?

I think being the main focus of our storytelling can be a bit detrimental. With the term “fat”, we are trying to get [control] of that word [and] take away the power of that word. I think we did a great job of that on the show. I find it a better title. That’s just me, me personally. It really has nothing to do with the shame of being fatter [or] take away the power from. I just feel like we want a new age title for our show. And I’m a selfish person, I absolutely love it being mine [character’s] Name. [laughs] Reginald The Vampire Star & EP Jacob Batalon on beauty standards and taking back from ‘Fat’ [Exclusive Interview]

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