In a 2011 MTV interview
, Depp praised Frid's take on the Barnabas character, saying, "What Jonathan Frid did with that character and that classic, iconic look he created, I find it very difficult to stray very far from that. ... There's something about the idea of this vampire coming back after 200 years into this modern world, with a touch of the poetic ... I have a good feeling about it. But Jonathan Frid's Barnabas was so special."