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‘Angel’ alum joins ‘Vampire Academy’

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“Vampire Academy” star J. August Richards finally gets to show his fangs.

Known for playing rogue human vampire hunter Gunn on “Angel,” Richards is on the other side of the table this time, playing a royal vampire, Victor Dashkov, in the Peacock series that premiered last week.

“In the back of my mind, I always had a feeling that I would return to the genre and so I’m so happy to be doing it,” the 49-year-old told the Daily News.

“I was always kind of jealous of what the vampires got to do, so I was always like, if I ever get to do another vampire show, I hope to play a vampire,” he said. “And here I am!”

As Dashkov, Richards has the power Gunn always sought, playing the head of one of 12 royal families who is trying to push for equality among the different classes of vampires.

“He’s such a political animal. He knows who all the players are, where they are and how to negotiate,” he said. “I’m so connected to who this character is because we have so much in common in terms of what we both want out of our societies.”

At the center of Dashkov’s struggle is the separation of the pure blood Moroi vampires and the half-breed Dhampirs, who serve as their protectors and guardians. In the case of Rose (Sisi Stringer) and Lissa (Daniela Nieves), the friends at the center of the show, they formed a friendship out of their roles, but that’s rarely the case.

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