True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Debuts in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’

September 30, 2013

Joe Keeps in Character to Address Audience Interruptions:

True Blood's Joe Manganiello stars as Stanley Kowalski in 'A Streetcar named Desire'

Photo Credit:Bruce Glikas/Broadway.com

We all knew Joe Manganiello (who plays werewolf, Alcide Herveaux, in HBO’s True Blood) would be perfect as Stanley Kowalski in Tennessee Williams’ classic stage production, A Streetcar Named Desire. What we didn’t know was how great his is at staying in character AND keeping the audience in line!

It seemed an overzealous fan repeatedly took snapshots of the Yale Repertory Theater cast during the first act. During the intermission, an announcement was made requesting no flash photography. Joe also tweeted about the distraction (broken up into two separate tweets):

Dear person taking pictures during our show tonight … The ushers are going to be looking for you and you will be thrown out … you are insanely distracting to all of the actors onstage and incredibly rude. If you read this, please leave and don’t come back.

Still, the fan persisted. During the second half of the performance, after the camera started up again, Joe Manganiello took matters once more into his own hands. During a scene with Stella (played by Sarah Sokolovic), while remaining in character, he announced during the third act:

Can you stop with the camera? You have no idea how distractin’ it is!

After the performance, Manganiello backed his stance up with a final tweet:

I’m happy to take pics outside after the show and @yalerep posted some fantastic shots of the play that they took. Please be respectful.

Here’s hoping the message got through and there will be no more distractions during the remaining performances!

Sources: Post-Gazette.com – People: Joe Manganiello, Jon Hamm and Jimmy Kimmel

Twitter – Joe Manganiello

(Photo Credit:  Bruce Glikas/Broadway.com – Oh, Stanley! Check Out A Streetcar Named Desire’s Joe Manganiello Backstage at Yale Repertory Theatre)

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Happy Birthday to Anna Camp!

September 27, 2013

Anna Camp stars as Sarah Newlin in HBO's True Blood Season 6

TrueBloodNet.com would like to wish Anna a very happy birthday! May all your wishes come true!

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True Blood’s James Frain to Star in Sleep Hollow

September 26, 2013

James Frain is the ‘Go-To Guy for Playing Off-Putting, Imperious Individuals’:

James Frain as Franklin Mott True BloodFans of HBO’s True Blood all seemed to love the warped relationship between crazy vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain) and Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley). Many were saddened when he met an early demise, hoping, instead, he would live on like he did in the Southern Vampire Mystery series of books by Charlaine Harris.

Well, James Frain is back – just not on True Blood though! TV Line recently  confirmed that James had signed on to play a recurring role in Fox’s new series, Sleep Hollow. Michael Ausiello had the following to say about Frain’s Sleepy Hollow character, Rutledge:

[he is] a modern-day nobleman who will interrogate Ichabod, who is being passed off as a “visiting Oxford professor,” about his past.

Ausiello also hints at a ‘secret which could affect Icabod’s future’. Hmm, sounds intriguing! Frain always seems to play characters that are odd, off-putting and at a loggerheads with authority, so it will be fantastic to see how the role of Rutledge will evolve in Frain’s capable hands.

It has not been confirmed exactly when James Frain will appear on Sleepy Hollow, but you can tune in on Monday nights at 9/8c to catch this new TV series.

What are your thoughts on James Frain’s newest role. Have you been watching Sleepy Hollow? Or will you tune in just to see James Frain? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: TV Line – Sleepy Hollow Exclusive: True Blood Baddie to Butt Heads With Ichabod

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5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About True Blood’s Joe Manganiello

September 26, 2013

Hunky Werewolf Actor, Joe Manganiello, Talks to Elle Magazine:

Joe Manganiello HBO promoFans of HBO’s True Blood know Joe Manganiello as the resident werewolf, Alcide Herveaux. Recently Joe opened up to Elle magazine about what it’s like to play perpetually good-looking people. Trubies know the actor is certainly a lot smarter than the roles he is picked to play, yet Mickey Rapkin from Elle  managed to find out a few more hidden surprises about Joe Manganiello:

  1. Did you know Joe’s first crush was Princess Leia? When Joe actually met the actress who played Princess Leia, Carrie Fisher, he was in for a shock – she suggested they get married! All in the name of good reality TV mind you, but Joe still claims he very nearly didn’t make it past that meeting without walking down the aisle with her.
  2. As a 16 year old, Joe used to dress up as Captain Morgan and work at bars – and his mom would even drive him to work! Even though Joe was underage, he still managed to make $25 an hour for his appearances.
  3. Joe Manganiello is not at all like Alexander Skarsgard (who plays Viking vampire, Eric Northman, in True Blood) when it comes to nudity! While Skarsgard was happy to forgo the flesh colored thong in the True Blood Season 6 finale, Joe finds being naked in front of the camera somewhat of an uncomfortable experience.
  4. When it comes to his love life, Joe is very hesitant to speak ill of the women he’s dated. But he will say that if he is to break up with a woman, he always tries to leave them in a gentlemanly way.
  5. Joe can thank the movie Magic Mike for giving him the power of dance! Before he played a male stripper in this iconic movie, Joe was the kind of guy who avoided the dance floor. Now, after Magic Mike, he has enough moves up his sleeve to lose his fear of dancing.

Source: Elle – Joe Manganiello Knows What Women Want

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True Blood’s Carrie Preston Talks Out About True Blood Season 7

September 23, 2013

‘We all knew it was coming’:

Carrie Preston stars as Arlene Fowler Bellefleur in HBO's True Blood Season 6

Fans of HBO’s True Blood were shocked when Brian Buckner announced at the start of the month that the long running vampire series would end in 2014 with Season 7.

So how did the True Blood actors react?

According to actor Carrie Preston (who plays the fiery redhead Merlotte’s waitress, Arlene Fowler-Bellefluer), it wasn’t such a huge shock when Brian Buckner sent them an email about the show’s demise:

We were all suspecting it, because all of our contracts were up so they did a renegotiation for one more year and so we thought, ‘Oh, it’s coming.’ But then when you hear it, it’s like, ‘Oh!,’ this pang.

Even though the cast were expecting it, doesn’t mean it will be easy to turn up on set for True Blood Season 7. And those last few days will probably be even harder on the cast and crew. Preston explains:

I think we’re going to be counting our blessings and really trying to make the most of every moment.

Of course truebie fans aren’t going down without a fight; a ‘Don’t Cancel True Blood petition has already started. Fans can like the Facebook page (which already has over 3,000 likes) and then sign the petition here. The petition also has a strong following with close to 4,000 signatures already.

What do you think? Should True Blood be back for Season 8 (and beyond), or it it time for it to end gracefully? Let us know in the comments below.

Sources: E! Online – True Blood’s Final Season: “We Were All Suspecting It,” Says Star Carrie Preston

Change.org – HBO network: True blood should not be canceled

Facebook – Don’t Cancel True Blood page

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Joe Manganiello Talks About ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and Life after ‘True Blood’

September 19, 2013

This is Not the First Time Manganiello Has Called Out Stella:

Alcide Herveaux is played by Joe Manganiello in HBO's True BloodFans of Joe Manganiello from HBO’s True Blood are in for a treat on the 20th September, when the actor who plays the ex-packmaster, Alcide Herveaux, steps on stage. He will be playing Stanley Kowalski in the renowned play by Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, CT.

This is not the first time Manganiello has played Stanley though. When attending scene classes at Carnegie Mellon University, he was often called on to play the role. And then, in 2008, he took on the role complete in a production in West Virginia. Yale rep, Mark Rucker, didn’t even have to see Joe audition for this part and hired him on the spot after catching just a few glimpses of him in True Blood. Joe, it appears, is just happy to be finally be playing a human!

Speaking of True Blood, Joe Manganiello recently spoke to Playbill.com and had this to say about the popular vampires series finishing up in 2014:

It’s mixed. I just have so much love in my heart for the character that I get to play. I am forever grateful to the show for the opportunities it opened up. It changed my life and gave me the opportunity to write a book, start a company and direct a documentary. And to be able to do Streetcar. I haven’t been able to be a part of the New York theatre scene or get out there and do a play. I hadn’t been able to do a play in four years. To be able to have the freedom to make the choice to be able to do the types of things that I want to do, I owe that all to the show. It’s going to be sad saying goodbye to those people, but with that said, there is an incredible amount of excitement for me because the show giveth and it also tooketh away. [Laughs.] It opened all these doors for me that I hadn’t been able to walk through.

And being able to finally walk through those doors of opportunity are something Joe will no longer take for granted. After turning down a TV role early in his career, he decided to concentrate only on movie roles. This lead to the a part in Spider Man in 2002 – and then work dried up for four years! Manganiello attributes this lack of work directly to his partying ways and abuse of alcohol. It appears to have been a turning point for the actor:

It doesn’t matter what the substance is. It’s just the tip of the iceberg peeking out of the real problem which lies underneath. Every aspect of my life was as close to being ruined as possible. You get to a point where you’ve done so much damage to yourself and you’re deathly afraid of what happens next. What makes you seek help is you’re continually looking into the faces of people that you’ve hurt. I realized I needed to change — but it took a while.

It turns out that this life experience is the very thing that he will now be able to draw on for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire:

This play is such an exploration of the human side of an abusive relationship with an active alcoholic but a large portion of Stella staying with Stanley is the sex… He doesn’t have to do a lot to establish who is man of the house. He just needs to walk into the room.

Once more it seems Manganiello’s outstanding physique will come into good use!

Besides the final season of True Blood and  A Streetcar Named Desire, Manganiello has a lot of other things on his plate. He has an exercise book due out on the 3rd of December called Joe Manganiello’s Evolution: The Cutting-Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted (published by Galley Books. You can pre-order your copy here), a movie called Sabotage (starring another body builder, Arnold Schwarzenegger) to be released on January 24th and, finally, it has been announced that a new script is being developed for Magic Mike 2.

It seems there is no looking back for Joe Manganiello! If you want to catch him in his performance of Stanley in A Streetcar Named Desire, tickets range between $20 to $98 ( and $20 for preview tickets running between September 23 to 25). The production starts on September 20  and runs through to October 12 at Yale Repertory Theatre, 222 York St., New Haven. You can find out more on their website: www.yalerep.org or by calling: 203-432-1234

Let us know if you are attending A Streetcar Named Desire by commenting below.

Sources: The Courant – Joe Manganiello Of ‘True Blood’ In Another Primal Role: Yale’s ‘Streetcar Named Desire’

Playbill – PLAYBILL.COM’S BRIEF ENCOUNTER With Joe Manganiello; “True Blood” Star Talks Sobriety, Streetcar and Life After Alcide

Amazon – Evolution: The Cutting Edge Guide to Breaking Down Mental Walls and Building the Body You’ve Always Wanted Hardcover by Joe Manganiello

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True Blood’s Bailey Noble Will Become a Series Regular in Season 7

September 17, 2013

Half-Fairy Adilyn Bellefleur Gets a Promotion:

Bailey Noble stars as Adilyn in HBO's True BloodWhile HBO’s True Blood may be entering it’s last season with Season 7, that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for promotion.

At the end of Season 5, we saw the birth of four half-fairies. Maurella (Kristina Anapau) left her fairy babies in the hands of her human lover Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) along with the instructions that he must raise at least half of them to adulthood.

True Blood Season 6 found Andy at a lost on how to how to raise fairy babies that literally grew over night! Unfortunately, he couldn’t keep to the rules either and only one fairy child survived: Adilyn (played by Bailey Noble). Adilyn helped Sookie (Anna Paquin) out from between a rock (Billith, played by real-life husband, Stephen Moyer) and a hard place (Warlow, played by Robert Kazinsky) and now the pair are the only halfings left in Bon Temps.

It seems HBO have plans for Adilyn in True Blood Season 7, since she has now been upped from recurring character to series regular. It will be interesting to see just what sort of trouble this will bring for Adilyn, considering fairies are like candy to vampires – will she live to see the finale?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Source: Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Bailey Noble Upped to Series Regular (Exclusive)

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True Blood’s Carrie Preston Wins Her First Emmy!

September 16, 2013

2013 Emmy’s is Preston’s First Nomination:

Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston) mourns the loss of Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) in HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 9, entitled 'Life Matters'While Carrie Preston may not have won her Emmy for her outstanding work as Arlene Fowler Bellefluer in HBO’s True Blood, but it is still exciting to see this fine actress honored for for work. Preston received her award for the category of Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series for her work in CBS’s The Good Wife. She beat Linda Cardellini for Mad Men, Jane Fonda for HBO’s The Newsroom, Margo Martindale for The Americans, Joan Cusack for Shameless and Diana Rigg in Game of Thrones. That was some serious competition!

The crew at TrueBloodNet.com would like to congratulate Carrie Preston on her first nomination as well as her first Emmy win.

Source: Huffington Post – Carrie Preston Wins Emmy For ‘The Good Wife’

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Gets an Extreme Makeover for His New ‘Vikings’ Role

September 15, 2013

Kwanten Will Play the Role of a Christian Monk in Northmen – A Viking Saga:

Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO Ryan Kwanten “Jason Stackhouse”

Recently we announced that Ryan Kwanten (who plays Jason Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood) will join the cast of Northman – A Viking Saga. There was no news, at the time, of which role he would be playing in this latest movie of his, yet many people were wondering if he would in fact be a Viking. Well, since he arrived at the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) premieres for his latest movies, The Right Kind of Wrong and Mystery Road, sporting a shaved head, there are now reports that he will be playing the part of a Christian monk! There is no official confirmation on this though, with IMDb.com still not listing the name of his character in the Viking movie.

And with True Blood finishing up with Season 7 in 2014, Ryan told the Toronto Sun, during the Toronto International Film Festival, that he is very lucky to be employed in a career where 99% of actors are unemployed or struggling. He also had this to say about being an actor:

In terms of being an artist and being able to express myself physically and emotionally, I think it’s such a real liberation. In a weird way actors are these eternal kids. We get paid to play out this innocence, and our emotions. And quite often in ways we wish we could in real life.

It’s a great thing that a talent such as Ryan Kwanten is still in the limelight and with so many movies of his coming up in the near future, I don’t think we have to worry about that light dimming just because True Blood is coming to a close!

Why don’t you check out Ryan’s latest do by clicking here and letting us know what you think in the comments below!

Sources: Zimbio.com – Really Upsetting: Ryan Kwanten Shaved His Head and Beard

Toronto Sun – ‘True Blood’ star Ryan Kwanten talks career change

IMDb.com – Northmen: A Viking Saga (2014)

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True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Moves From Vampires to Vikings

September 11, 2013

Northmen – A Viking Saga is Kwanten’s Latest Movie Endeavour:

Ryan Kwanten stars as Jason Stackhouse in HBO's True BloodNo, Jason Stackhouse is not teaming up with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard)! Instead, Ryan Kwanten (who plays Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood) has joined the cast of the latest movie about Vikings. Other cast members include: Tom Hopper, Charlie Murphy, Ed Skrein ( from HBO’s other juggernaut, Game of Thrones), Ken Duken, Anatole Taubman and James Norton.

Northmen – A Viking Saga will tell the tale of Viking marauders trapped in enemy territory in Scotland. The movie is being co-produced by Ascot Elite Entertainment Group, Two Oceans Productions and Jumping Horse Film. The producers include: Karin G. Dietrich, Ralph S. Dietrich Daniel Hoeltschi, Marco Del Bianco, Frank Kaminski, Ulrich Stiehm and Rolf Wappenschmitt. Deitrich had the following to say about the movie:

Northmen – A Viking Saga is a film that is close to all of our hearts.  It tells a timeless story of courage, camaraderie and adventure, with exciting historical roots that have stimulated significant, and ever increasing, interest in the last few years. This is an epic and ambitious project but we could not feel more confident about the cast and crew that has come together to bring the story to life.

Kwanten is currently on location in Brazil (for the movie Rio, eu te amo), but once that is over, he will head to South Africa and Germany where filming for Northman – A Viking Saga will take place over the course of eight weeks. Claudio Fah (of Sniper: Reloaded and Hollow Man 2 fame) will be directing.

There is no word yet on the character Ryan Kwanten will be playing, or how big his role will be. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know in the comments below.

Source: Screen Daily – Ryan Kwanten sails for Northmen

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