True Blood’s ‘Sarah Newlin’ is the Talk of the South

December 3, 2010

Anna Camp Opens Up About Work, Love and Her Desire to Go Dark:

True Blood's Anna Camp in a photo from Guns and Garden.

Anna Camp, memorable as the adulteress preacher’s wife Sarah Newlin on True Blood, is profiled in the current issue of  ‘Garden and Gun‘ magazine. The ‘Carolina girl’ talks about everything from her beloved Southern roots to her recent elopement, to how she won the role of Don Draper‘s date on ‘Mad Men‘, as well as her most recent film role.

In case you haven’t been following her promising career, Camp has kept quite busy since graduating from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in 2004.

Other than her turn as Sarah Newlin in True Blood, she has appeared on Broadway opposite Daniel Radcliffe (‘Harry Potter’) in ‘Equus‘, guest starred on ‘Mad Men‘, and is now wrapping the film based on the best-selling novel, ‘The Help.

Speaking about how she won the role on the acclaimed series ‘Mad Men’, Camp shared that she originally had no idea she would be dating the Don Draper character, who is the male lead on the show. When she went in to read for the part, her lines were with a character named ‘Steven’. It wasn’t until she landed the role that she was surprised to find out the truth.

Camp Is One Of ‘The Help’:

Since then, she has been focusing on her film career, taking on a role in the Steven Spielberg-backed movie ‘The Help‘, based on the best selling novel by Kathryn Stockett. When asked what drew her into wanting to do the film, she joked that it was ‘a job.’ She revealed she had not read the book initially, but loved the script.

“I thought it captured this important moment in the history of the South and the civil rights movement. It’s also just beautifully written, with these amazing female roles that women would really want to play, which is rare.”

A Southern girl, born and bred, Anna said while filming ‘The Help’, the movie’s acting coach had to pull her back when her accent got too strong. She admitted she liked to ‘go there’ and get really Southern. When asked what she missed the most about the South when she’s in Los Angeles she replied:

There’s no worrying about the clock or what’s ahead. It’s all about what’s right in front of you. You can go get coffee and enjoy your coffee and then maybe walk into a bookstore. I love that mentality.

Camp also shared some details about her recent marriage to fellow thespian, Michael Mosley. She said though it wasn’t  a very ‘Southern thing’ to do, they eloped on the beach with no guests, something Camp ‘totally recommends’.

Finally, in response to the question of what she’d like to do next, Camp opined:

I kind of want to just dye my hair dark brown and wear glasses, mix it up a bit. I’ve played preppy and blonde for a while now—not that I don’t love that, too. But I’m ready to do something a little darker.

What do you think? Can you picture the ‘preppy and blonde’ Anna Camp playing something ‘a little darker’? What kind of role would you like to see Anna play?

Source: – Carolina Girl

(Photo Credit: Brad Swonezt, Garden and Gun)


Queen Sophie-Anne’s House For Sale!

November 24, 2010

Reduced! The Estate Is Now On the Market For Only $34.5 Million

Vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer) & Queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood) in a natatorium that has a pool, glass ceilings and walls lined with more than 500,000 seashells

Wouldn’t you love a chance to spend a night or more—it has rented monthly for $250,000—living it up in Queen Sophie-Anne’s (Evan Rachel Wood), very True Blood-style, 8-acre, Malibu oceanfront estate?

If you answered yes, then you should hear (and see) some neat details of this totally unique mansion, ‘La Villa Contenta’, that makes it truly ‘fit-for-a queen.’

The centerpiece for many of the True Blood scenes was in the breathtaking, gilded natatorium with it’s striking glass ceilings and eye-popping half-million shells-lined walls. A total dream house for both fangbangers and vampires!

Queen Sophie- Anne's mansion now a Malibu listing for $250,000 per Queen Sophie- Anne's mansion now a Malibu listing for $250,000 per month Queen Sophie- Anne's mansion now a Malibu listing for $250,000 per month

The estate is on the market for $34.5 million with a 1.52-acre parcel (but if you want the entire 8-acre parcel, it will cost $75 million). The three-story home features 11,500 square feet of space, 4 bedrooms, 8.5 baths, a screening room, two maid’s houses, a guesthouse, a gym and nine fireplaces.

Not only does the home look like a Hollywood star’s palace–it actually has been in a number of films and television shows besides True Blood. La Villa Contenta can be seen both in Adam Sandler’s comedy ‘Funny People’ and in Paul Rudd’s ‘I Love You, Man.’

One must admit though, the home truly got a ‘star turn’ when it was featured in multiple episodes of True Blood as Queen Sophie-Anne’s ‘palace.’

Of course, for Truebies the best part was Queen Sophie-Anne’s famous daylight natatorium, which True Blood Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev says took her breath away:

After all the location scouting I have done over the years, in my opinion, nothing even comes close to the amount of detail that went into this pool house. We all just stood there and took the room in the first time we went there, and pictures don’t even begin to do it justice. The statues, chandeliers, chair rail and ceilings are all made out of a variety of various sizes of seashells and corals. It is astounding, and we could never accomplish this on our budget, and time frame. It is truly breathtaking and exquisite.

You can view more photos of the home below:

'La Villa Contenta,‘ Queen Sophie-Anne's former abode, just 250,000 per night

'La Villa Contenta,‘ Queen Sophie-Anne's former abode, just 250,000 per night

'La Villa Contenta,‘ Queen Sophie-Anne's former abode, just 250,000 per night Photo: Chris Cortazzo/Coldwell Banker

'La Villa Contenta,‘ Queen Sophie-Anne's former abode, just 250,000 per night Photo: Chris Cortazzo/Coldwell Banker

You can also read’s exclusive two part interview with True Blood’s Production Designer Suzuki Ingerslev by clicking here for part 1 and here for part 2.

Sources: — ‘True Blood’ Home on Market for $75m – (slideshow)

(Photo Credit: Chris Cortazzo,, HBO Inc.)


True Blood’s Lindsay Pulsipher Supports Rescue Paws

November 17, 2010

Photo Exhibit at The W Hotel

True Blood's Lindsay Pulsipher attends the Humane Society of the United States Rescue Paws photo exhibit.Lindsay Pulsipher, True Blood’s Crystal Norris, spent November 10th showing her support for The Humane Society of the United States by appearing at the photo exhibit Rescue Paws by photographer Robbie Bellon at the W Hotel in Los Angeles.

Accompanied by a small furry friend, Lindsay joined other dog lovers at a celebration of musicians, actors, authors, fashion designers, models and social figures who have made the choice to rescue or adopt dogs instead of purchasing from pet stores and puppy mills.

The exhibit features photos taken by photographer Robbie Bellon of celebrity adopted or rescued dogs. For the rest of the month visitors can stop by and view photos of dogs owned by Katherine Heigl, Kelly Rutherford, Josh Duhamel and many others at the W Hotel in Los Angeles.

Source: — W Los Angeles What’s Happening

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True Blood’s Marshall Allman in ‘Blue Like Jazz’

November 12, 2010

Film Saved By Fans of Book

Blue Like Jazz PosterMarshall Allman, who plays Sam Merlotte‘s brother Tommy Mickens on True Blood is hard at work filming ‘Blue Like Jazz’.  The film, based off the faith-based book by David Miller, almost hit the chopping block after an investor fell out. Miller, who wrote the book about his spiritual journey, blogged about the film being put on indefinite hold.

When two fans, Zach Prichard and Jonathan Frazier, read the news they kick started a campaign to raise money by launching After a 30 day campaign, the film received $346,000 from 4,495 donors, and has been put back into production.  Director Steve Taylor, has made it his mission to call as many as he can to thank them personally. Many donors will also be receiving associate producer credits.

Marshall Allman will play the lead role of David Miller in the film.  Below is a video clip of Marshall talking about his role and the film.

Photos From The Set

The website has been regularly updated with pictures and news from the set.  Here are a few sneak peaks at the film.

Marshall Allman in Blue Like Jazz

Marshall Allman in Blue Like Jazz

Marshall Allman in Blue Like Jazz

Video Update

In this video we see the director addressing the extras on the set as well as some footage from a scene in the film.

Extras Needed!

About 60 church congregation members are needed on set at 6:45am on November 13th at Church of the Redeemer on Caldwell Lane in Nashville.  Think you have what it takes to be in the movie?  Email with Saturday November 13th in the subject line.

Source: — Donors Save ‘Blue Like Jazz’ Pic

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Video: Stephen Moyer Talks Scary Movies, Halloween and True Blood

November 9, 2010

Crossing-dressing, True Blood and Halloween

Stephen Moyer, True Blood’s vampire Bill, talked with fans outside an event recently about dressing up for Halloween, watching scary movies and starting production on True Blood.

Moyer joked he and his wife Anna Paquin, True Blood’s Sookie Stackhouse, were talking about cross-dressing for Halloween. He shared he’d really like to dress up as a moody goth heroine in high heels.

In the spirit of Halloween, he was asked what his favorite scary movie was. He admitted he actually hates scary movies, and famously walked out of Scream 1 after Drew Barrymore was slashed. He’ll have to sit through another Scream movie however since Anna Paquin is part of  the cast for Scream 4, which will hit theaters in April.

Moyer also opened up about work, and talked about hopefully starting something, which he didn’t name, in early November. When asked about True Blood, he broke news that it will begin production on November 30th.

You can watch the entire interview below:

Source: — Stephen Moyer, Bill Compton from True Blood interview Oct 2010. MOD


True Blood’s Evan Rachel Wood Gracing this Month’s Nylon

November 5, 2010

Evan Rachel Wood Dishes It Out In The November 2010 Issue Of Nylon Magazine

True Blood's Evan Rachel Wood on the November 2010 cover of Nylon magazine. Evan Rachel Wood, True Blood’s Queen of Louisiana Sophie-Anne LeClerq, will be gracing this months Nylon cover. In the issue she opens up about past relationships, who she’d like to play in the future and much more.

Evan talked about her former fiancé Marilyn Manson, saying that he’s a genius and she will always love him, though they aren’t meant to be together. Instead, the former couple is staying friends.

Another thing that Evan talked about  is nude scenes, and some advice she got from Kate Winslet:

“I always had a rule that I was only going to do topless and never the whole package, I have to have some kind of mystery! But [Kate Winslet] then explained to me what a merkin was…”

Another tidbit that Evan shared was about her future career and things she’d like to do in the future. She says she wants to play Janis Joplin because her performance in Across the Universe is not her style of singing. Instead, Evan says she sings in a rough and loud style that is much more similar to Joplin.

A final tidbit that we can share is a story that includes George Clooney. According to Evan, George once told her that she’s got the ability to go “from innocent to sexy in the drop of a hat.” She replied to George with bewilderment, saying “I don’t know what you’re talking about!”

These are only a few snippits from Evan’s interview, so to read the read the rest, pick up a copy of this month’s issue of Nylon magazine, which is available on newsstands now.

SOURCE: — Evan Rachel Wood Covers ‘Nylon’ November 2010 — Evan Rachel Wood Dishes About Marilyn Manson (A little)

(Photo Credit: Nylon Magazine)


Video: Denis O’Hare Talks True Blood vs. Broadway

October 28, 2010

True Blood’s Denis O’Hare Set to Hit Broadway in November

Denis O'Hare as Russell Eddington in a scene from True Blood.

Denis O’Hare, True Blood’s king of Mississipi Russell Edgington, recently opened up to TheaterMania about working on Broadway versus True Blood.

TheaterMania caught up with O’Hare at a press event he was at for his new Broadway show Elling. The play, which follows a pair of mismatched friends as they take their first steps in the world after living in an institution, will begin previews in November at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.

O’Hare told the interviewer going from True Blood back to theater was a big journey. He said most people do not realize how incredibly difficult theater work is, because you rehearse all day and perform live eight times a week.

He did admit television is incredibly difficult in its own way, because you work long hours, but you do get downtime to rejuvenate.

You can catch Denis O’Hare on Broadway beginning November 2nd in Elling, directed by Doug Hughes.

Watch video of O’Hare comparing True Blood and Broadway below:

Source: — Exclusive Video Flash: Denis O’Hare Compares True Blood and Broadway

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)


Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello’s Journey to True Blood

October 22, 2010

Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello Talk About Life Before and After their Big Break on True Blood

True Blood’s biggest breakout stars Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) recently talked to Back Stage about their lives before and after their True Blood break. Here’s what they had to say:

True Blood's Deborah Ann Woll at Comic Con.Deborah’s journey to True Blood success

Unlike many young actors, Deborah’s early break happened fairly quickly. Six months after graduating college she landed a management team, her SAG card and a guest starring role on Life.

Through a college graduate showcase she landed her management team, Marshak/Zachary Co., who she says were irrationally invested in her career.

“They sent me into rooms that I had no business being in without a SAG card or ever having been paid to act really ever.”

The investment paid off landing her countless guest spots on shows like ER and My Name is Earl.

Her True Blood break

She finally landed her big break when she auditioned for True Blood. Standing in front of a room of 10 to 15 people she gave her all rolling on the floor in the traumatic ‘turning’ scene.

She admits to not having a great Southern accent originally, but after landing the role she came up with one before showing up on set. Once she managed to become a regular, she spent the break in between seasons perfecting her accent.

How success has changed her life

Deborah reveals that the one thing she wasn’t prepared for was being so homesick.

“(USC’s School of Theatre) didn’t prepare me for all the logistics, like you’re going to be living in a hotel room for two months and then you might get to go home for three days, but then you have to go right back to another room in another tiny little town. You’re going to miss the people you love. I think when I thought of sacrifice for this career, I thought of the sacrifice that came with the early part, the struggling part, where you don’t have any money and you’re working three jobs. That I was all gung-ho for; that was sort of an exciting sacrifice. But I don’t think I thought of the sacrifice that comes with success.”

Where you’ll find her next and her advice for aspiring actors

She says her advice for actors hoping to catch their big break is

“You have to be excellent at what you do. You can’t settle for just doing half the work. You have to do all of it. You have to care enough that when you get there the only questions you have are the ones that are unanswerable.”

During her hiatus from True Blood, Deborah has been working hard on her film career. She has five films in the works: Mother’s Day a thriller, Little Murder with Terence Howard, Highland Park with Billy Burke, Catch .44 with Malin Akerman and Seven Days in Utopiawith Robert Duvall.

True Blood's Joe Manganiello in a scene from Season three. Joe’s journey to True Blood success

Much like Deborah, Joe found success pretty quickly after finishing drama school. After taking part in a showcase, he found his agents and manager, who still represent him to this day. He also ended up screen-testing for Spider-Man and booking it the same week.

After his fast break he ended up taking four years off and working in home construction after finding himself disillusioned by Hollywood.

“It happened really fast and there were a lot of lessons to learn. I think actingwise, businesswise, I was ready to work, but I don’t think on a personal level I was mature enough to handle a lot of what came with that. So I kind of went away.”

His return to Hollywood and landing True Blood

After being contacted by people he knew and worked with, he considered returning to acting. He also credits Back Stage partly for his return because after reading that a theatre company in L.A was putting up a production of Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead, he ended up trying out for the play and landing a role, which started his journey back.

After taking part in TV shows such as, How I Met Your Mother, ‘Till Death and One Tree Hill, he auditioned for the role of Cooter on True Blood. He ended up not being offered the role, but getting called back to read for Alcide.

Where you will see him next

He’ll be rejoining Deborah and the rest of the cast for Season 4 of True Blood as a cast regular. He also recently recorded his first audio book.

Source: — ‘True Blood’ Breakouts

(Photo Credit:, HBO)


True Blood’s Marshall Allman Gets Stylish for Da Man

October 18, 2010

Allman Opens Up to Da Man Magazine About True Blood and Moving to Hollywood

True Blood's Marshall Allman in a photo from Da Man magazine. Marshall Allman, True Blood’s Tommy Mickens, is featured in the October/November issue of Da Man magazine. In the spread he can be seen wearing American Apparel, Dockers and Gucci, a big step up from his character’s Merlotte’s garb.

When asked what he thought makes True Blood a success, Marshall pointed to the incredible writing, directing, acting, editing and music. He admitted that it all made him addicted to True Blood, even though he has no interest in anything supernatural.

In the spread he went on to talk about his move to Hollywood and why he decided to become an actor. He shared that when he realized he did not have what it took to play soccer and did not want to starve as an artist in New York, he made the decision to move to the golden state to purse acting.

Source:— Marshall Allman Is Da Man

(Photo Credit:, Phillip Buiser)


Party Halloween Weekend with Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten

October 12, 2010

Join True Blood’s Joe Manganiello and Ryan Kwanten in San Francisco Saturday, October 30th

Flyer for Thriller Halloween Ball: True Blood Edition hosted by Joe Manganiello. Truebie’s in the San Francisco area will be able to celebrate Halloween True Blood style this year. Thriller Entertainment will present Thriller Halloween Ball: True Blood Edition hosted by none other than Joe Manganiello, True Blood’s Alcide, with special guest Ryan Kwanten, True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse, on Saturday, October 30th.

General tickets begin at $65. For $105 you can purchase VIP tickets, which will include entry to the VIP areas where Joe and Ryan will be partying. Tickets are on sale right now.

The Westen St. Francis Hotel Union Square, where the ball will be taking place, offers 10 different areas, multiple dance floors and 12+ DJs.

To enter you must be 21 and over with ID, and costumes are required.

For more information about the event and purchasing tickets visit

Source: — Halloween Ball @ Westin St. Francis — Union Square

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