Aleks Paunovic is a 6-foot-5-inch ruggedly handsome actor from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was born on June 29, 1969, to parents of Croatian and Serbian descent. He came from a family with three generations of boxers. Before his acting career took off, Paunovic was a champion in amateur boxing. He was also a member of a rock band since he was 16 years old. In fact, his being in a rock band opened the doors to his acting career. He was performing with his band in 1994 when he was asked to audition for an HBO film called Heads. Not only was it his first on-screen appearance, but it also marked the start of a successful career.
Paunovic appeared in multiple shows, such as Stargate SG-1; Cold Squad; The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron; Saved; Smallville; Whistler; Battlestar Galactica; and Eureka. One of his most challenging and rewarding roles thus far is to put on 65 pounds to play the character of Tom in Personal Effects. Aleks Paunovic is best known for his roles as Rollin in Syfy’s Continuum; Gustus in The CW’s The 100; Julien Dupont in The CW’s iZombie, and as Julius on Syfy’s Van Helsing.
Aleks Paunovic as Julius
Aleks Paunovic portrays Julius, a recurring character in Seasons 1 to 4 of Van Helsing. Julius was a low-level vampire who cowers in the shadows and feeds on unconscious junkies, determined to maintain a low profile. After The Rising, he rose to the ranks and became one of the top vampires in Seattle. He became power-hungry, aggressive, and blood-thirsty. With his advanced speed, advanced strength, longevity, and super senses, he built his own community of vampires. Julius is terrifying and he instills fear to his followers so they obey his every command. He compels them to do things that he would never do himself. While Julius is powerful and strong, he is no match to his maker, Dmitri.
Julius was been reverted back into a human after being bitten by Vanessa Helsing. But he is no ordinary human because he becomes immune to the vampire bites, he heals from any injury very quickly, and he will resurrect every time he is killed. He then became Vanessa’s strong ally in fighting against vampires.