MastersFX Launches New Digital Division

December 22, 2009

true_blood_coupleMastersFX, an organization founded in 1987 by Emmy Award winner Todd Masters, is renown in Hollywood for its creation of special and visual effects, has launched a Digital Division. The company has designed, created and produced prosthetics, animatronics, and character effects for many hundreds of motion pictures, television programs (including True Blood), and commercials.

Todd Masters, Founder of MastersFX, has announced that Andreé Bustanoby, formerly an FX artist with Stan Winston Studio and Digital Domain, will head up the new division as its Visual Effects Supervisor.

The new Digital Division will enable the company to integrate practical character effects with digital FX, consequently allowing for tailored effects for each shot design with regard to the specificities of the particular project budget, time constraints and production preferences.

Regarding the establishment of the new Digital Division, Masters said,

“Our new digital group allows our company to integrate the best of both worlds within special and visual effects. There will always be room for practical, on-set effects that include make-ups, prosthetics, puppets and other character gags. By enhancing these moments with our digital expertise, our company’s contributions to film, TV, commercials and multi-media projects lets us plan every FX design in advance, pre-visualization, so we can best determine the most dramatic—and efficient—element to deliver. We can ‘throw all the tools’ onto the table, and can then decide which to ultimately deliver to the director.”

André Bustanoby, the new Digital Division’s Visual Effects Supervisor, is a veteran of Visual Effects and comes with a solid portfolio of previous work. Prior to joining MastersFX, he worked at Brain Zoo Studios, where he supervised Visual Effects on such videogame projects as Lost Planet and Mercs2. Between 1995 and 2001, Bustanoby was at Digital Domain, where he contributed “performance capture” work to the projects The Island of Dr. Moreau, Michael Jackson’s Ghosts and the hit film, Titanic. After making his Visual Effects Supervisor feature debut on the feature film Lake Placid, he then moved over to Digital Domain’s commercial division. There, he worked on many projects, winning a 2001 Silver CLIO Award for client Iomega, in the category “Best Animation.” From 2001-05, Bustanboy helped build a new digital division at Stan Winston Studio, where he contributed digital FX work to feature films such as, for example, Terminator 3, The Cat in the Hat, The Fantastic Four, among others.

Earlier in his career, Bustanoby worked for Boss Film Studios as a Design Engineer. He has been involved with several movie projects. These include, for example, Alien 3, Batman Returns, Cliffhanger, Species and Multiplicity. His first job in the special effects industry was for MastersFX in l990, when he worked as an Animatronics Engineer. In that role, he was involved with the films The Howling: 6 and Tales from the Crypt.

The new Digital Division will undoubtedly consolidate and solidify MastersFX’s already highly regarded reputation in the industry. During this past year, MastersFX has provided prosthetic FX for feature films such as, for example, Marley and Me, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and for the television series Sanctuary, Dexter, Eureka, and Stargate Atlantis. Previously, the company has contributed to Star Trek: First Contact, Tales from the Crypt, Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Horse Whisperer, Snakes on a Plane, Six Feet Under, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, among others.

In acknowledgment of its expertise, MastersFX won an Emmy Award in 2003 for its contributions to HBO’s Six Feet Under. The company is also the winner of a 2006 “Saturn” Award for its work on the feature film Slither. In addition, MastersFx has just won a 2009 “Gemini” Award for its contributions to the cable TV series Stargate: Atlantis. The company contributes FX to a number of high profile television and feature film projects. It is currently producing FX for Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood. MastersFX has also created FX for Twilight: New Moon, The Vampire Diaries, Fringe, Flash Forward, Eureka, Sanctuary, Big Love, Private Practice and Grey’s Anatomy, among others.

Now that Season 3 of True Blood has commenced shooting, I am sure I’m speaking for all True Blood fans when I say that we are all beside ourselves with excitement about the digital effects that will be deployed in the next season’s portrayal and characterization of vampires and werewolves.

SOURCE: digitalcontentproduer.com

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True Blood Season 3: A Roll Call Of Who’s New

December 18, 2009

bigger-photo-of-vampires_on_true_bloodSeason 3 of True Blood has now started shooting. However, Season 2 has left us with enough questions to ponder on until the show returns for Season 3 in 2010. For example, we are left wondering: Who took Bill? What is Sookie? Will Sam finally meet his real parents? What will happen to Jessica and Hoyt? Alan Ball has also assured fans that the Viking vampire, Eric Northman, will be a prominent character in Season 3 and apparently, he’ll be given loads of scenes with a new True Blood character, Yvetta, Fangtasia’s new Czechoslovakian dancer.

However, in spite of all these tantalizing tidbits, we won’t know the answers to our questions until Season 3 of True Blood returns in June. It’s certainly going to be a long wait. However, news has been forthcoming on new cast members who, in addition to vampires, will now include a vampire king, were-bikers, shapeshifters, werewolves and exotic dancers.

Readers of Charlaine Harris’ Southern Vampire Mysteries will be familiar with Alcide Heveraux. Alcide, a werewolf, will now be appearing in Season 3 of True Blood and he will be played by none other than Joe Mangianello, ending months of speculation among die-hard True Blood fans. Alcide is one of the most anticipated new roles in Season 3 of True Blood. He will apparently become Sookie’s new love interest later in the series.

The new cast of vampires expands to include the vampire king Russell Edgington. Readers of the Southern Vampire Mysteries will be familiar with Russell, the gay vampire king of Mississippi. He will be played by Denis O’Hare. Another new vampire joining True Blood is Talbot. He is Russell’s hunky, sarcastic boy-toy and will be played by Theo Alexander. Talbot is described as an “intensely beautiful male vampire [with] the buff good looks of an underwear model.”

Another vampire making an appearance in Season 3 is Franklin Mott, played by James Frain. Franklin will be replacing Eggs as Tara’s new main squeeze. He is described as “sexy, sexy, sexy, sexy.” But let us not forget our favorite vampiress, Pam, played by Kristin Bauer. Formerly a recurring member of True Blood’s cast, Bauer’s role as vampire Pam has been upgraded to regular status. Fans of vampire Pam are undoubtedly cheering at this latest news.

The number of shapeshifters in True Blood has also expanded in Bon Temps. In addition to Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), we will now be seeing Sam’s brother, Tommy, played by Marshall Allman, another shapeshifter in the Merlotte family.

In addition to Tommy, we’ll also be seeing Joe Lee, Coot and Melinda, all shapeshifters we believe though not to sure yet about Joe Lee played by Cooper Huckabee, Sam Merlotte’s father. Melinda, shapeshifter and Sam’s mother, is played by J Smith-Cameron. Coot, a hunky werewolf biker and leader of the were-bikers, is played by Australian actor, Grant Bowler.

Lest we forget the humans, new additions to the True Blood cast include Shannon Lucio, Alfre Woodard and Gregg Daniel. Shannon will be playing Vampire Bill’s Civil War wife, who he was forced to leave behind after he was turned into a vampire. Alfre Woodard, formerly of Desperate Housewives, will be playing Lafayette’s mother. Meanwhile, Gregg Daniel will be playing Reverend Daniels, the church pastor who counsels Lettie Mae, Tara’s mother. Yvetta, Eric Northman’s new dancer at Fangtasia, will be played by Natasha Alam (The Bold and the Beautiful) who is definitely going to catch the viking vampire‘s eyes as they will have some steamy moments with each other.

With its expanded cast of fascinating, dangerous and libidinous vampires and werewolves, Season 3 promises to continue feeding our obsession with True Blood, delivering to us a Southern Gothic world steamier than the Louisiana climate.

SOURCE: movieline.com

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Anna Paquin: Double Globen Globe Nomination Reaction

December 17, 2009

anna-paquin-sookieAnna Paquin, who plays telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse in HBO’s True Blood, received two separate Golden Globe nominations this year.

Paquin received the nominations for her role as Sookie (for which she won the same award earlier this year) and for her part in the movie The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler. She is known for her performance in The Piano which earned her an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1994, making her the second youngest winner in history at the age of 11. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Rogue in the X-Men movies and currently, as Sookie in the vampire series, True Blood. Anna, who hails from New Zealand, was apparently in bed when she received the news from her publicist. She quips,

“It was 5 in the morning. I was in bed. It was all very surprising. It’s not considered nice to wake people up at 6 in the morning. No one likes that […] But I emailed my family.”

It’s been a hectic period for Anna as shooting has started for True Blood. And as she reveals, although she’s flattered about the nominations, she’s also been preoccupied with the True Blood shoot,

“Honestly, our show just went back two weeks ago, so it’s been pretty hectic […] And, you know, Christmas is coming up and my family is coming into town. I’ve just sort of been focusing on that stuff. It came upon me quite suddenly […] It’s very flattering and a great honour. I’m very happy with what I have. If anything else comes of it, that’s wonderful, but it’s really wonderful already.”

Anna, the consummate actress, acknowledges the contrast between her role as Sookie and as Irena Sendler, the Polish social worker who was responsible for smuggling 2,500 Jewish children to safety during the World War 2. The movie, The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, is based on Anna Mieszkowska’s book The Mother of the Holocaust Children. Anna Paquin explains,

“That’s what I love about acting. I could be a part of this amazing story about someone so young who could do so much. She was so brave and so strong and incredibly impressive. And then there’s Sookie, who is really flawed, but she really means well and she’s always kind of getting herself into trouble and ends up in these wildly bad situations that she can kind of get herself out of but always ends up needing to be rescued.”

When asked about the perceived snub True Blood received at the Emmys, Anna very generously replies,

“It was our first season […] I mean, come on! We’re still a brand new show. I think it’s amazing that we’re getting noticed and that people are watching it at all. I always say it takes a while for new shows to catch on so any attention people are paying to us is the cherry on top.”

As to where she keeps the statuette from last year, Anna wittily reveals,

“It’s sitting in a cabinet under my sink next to my Oscar.”

SOURCE: LATimes.com

Picture credit: HBO Inc.

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Alexander Skarsgard: Interview with France’s Premiere

December 16, 2009

Bloody-Good-eric-northmanThe cast of HBO’s True Blood, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Michelle Forbes and Rutina Wesley were in Paris recently promoting Season 2 of True Blood.

In an interview with Premiere.FR, Alexander talks about the development of this character Eric Northman through Season 1 and 2 of True Blood. Typically thoughtful as ever, he dispels some possible mis-readings of the 1000-year-old Viking vampire,

“Season 1 is basically a little introduction to Eric. It’s obviously based on the first book of the [Southern Vampire Mysteries] series and Eric is in this one little sequence of the first book […] so you don’t really get to know Eric in Season 1 […] Most people consider him an evil guy after Season 1 and in Season 2, it’s a lot more personal for Eric […] In Season 1, he’s an entrepreneur, he’s got his nightclub […] In Season 2, he goes on this journey to find his Maker and it’s not about money or his business […] it’s about finding someone he really loves […]”

Alexander also reveals how much fun he has in portraying a 1000-year-old Viking vampire,

“It’s a lot of fun because no one can tell me ‘No that’s not right; no, that’s wrong’ I can do whatever I want. He’s been around for a 1000 years. He was born a Viking, he was turned into a vampire when he was in his late twenties and […] there’s so much to play around with […] in developing the character. He’s been around for millennia. That’s a long time. All these amazing stories and things that he has seen and gone through and how that has affected him as a vampire and it also creates great opportunities for flashbacks […]”

Alexander also reflects on the charismatic and quixotic nature of Eric Northman, acknowledging the predatory yet hyper-masculinity of the Viking vampire,

“I had a lot of fun working on creating the character and figuring out who he was […] and how he can be very civilized but at the same time, an animal […] He’s a hunter. He knows how strong he is, how powerful he is and he really enjoys that […] and he enjoys seeing fear in people’s eyes.”

Alexander discusses the nature of vampires and vampire-human relations in the HBO vampire series, indicating that True Blood also reflects bigger themes,

“In True Blood, the vampires are quite human in a way. I think that’s hopefully easier for the audience to understand what [the vampires] are trying to deal with […] they are actually trying to […] fit into society and to live and work and function in society next to humans. I think a lot of people can associate with that struggle, trying to fit in and figure out […] ‘how do I live my life’ […]”

Alexander conveys his unmistakable delight when he was asked about the way Season 2 started with a very bloody scene,

“It was so much fun. I mean what a way to start a season […] What an introduction. I mean it doesn’t get any better than that […] It was a great scene shoot.”

Now that Alan Ball has started shooting and casting for Season 3, I am sure I can speak on behalf of all True Blood fans when I say that we are all looking forward to seeing our Viking vampire and the other cast members in action.

Season 2 of True Blood is currently airing in France on Orange Cinemax. In the UK, Season 2 of True Blood will premiere on FX in February 2010, following on from the current terrestrial screening of Season 1 on Channel 4.

SOURCE: Premiere.FR

Picture credit: HBO Inc.

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Stephen Moyer: A British Vampire in True Blood

December 15, 2009

Stephen MoyerStephen Moyer, who plays a Southern gentleman, former American Civil War soldier and a 173-year-old vampire in the hit HBO series True Blood, is another British actor in the US currently setting female hearts a-fluttering.

Hailing from his hometown Brentwood, Essex, his native accent can be detected in several interviews he gave recently in the UK. His pedigree as a thoroughbred thespian is unmistakable too. He graduated from the highly regarded LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), has worked in the theatre for several years, for example, the Royal Shakespeare Company, Oxford Stage Company and the National Theatre of Wales, before making the transition to television and film. He has appeared with Trevor Eve in Waking the Dead, a BBC police procedural crime drama; Casualty, Cold Feet, Peak Practice and before True Blood, he also played a vampire in Ultraviolet.

In his latest incarnation as vampire Bill Compton in True Blood, Stephen now finds himself in the position as a late-blooming star. Stephen starts off the interview singing in the bathroom and when he emerges he has a smile so wide and charismatic that, according to the reporter could “charm doors off their hinges” which may account for Stephen‘s legion of female fans who find him irresistible. Joining the ranks of other British actors such as, for example, Dominic West, Daniel Craig and Robert Pattinson, who have become heartthrobs, Moyer is asked if he knows the reason why the US has developed a fondness for British actors, Moyer replies,

“We’re fresh faces. You can be someone with a pedigree, technique, training, who no one has seen before. It’s not Anglophilia either, because True Blood also has Australians, Swedes, New Zealanders […]. But isn’t it sad that British actors have to go abroad to find work? I’ve been going to the States for nearly a decade because that’s where the work is, and that still makes me angry.”

When asked about his thoughts on why True Blood is a hit, Moyer explains,

“People love big, bold shows, but they want them to have something to do with their lives […] We all have sex, don’t we? We all live in tight communities of friends and families that get tangled and messy, don’t we? Our lives have moments of drama and comedy. That’s what True Blood is about. It’s not really about vampires and werewolves – it’s about relationships.”

At the same time, Moyer explains that True Blood is aired on cable, which makes a vast difference with regard to how drama is constructed. He clarifies further,

“In Britain, we have auteur culture. Jimmy McGovern, Alan Bleasdale or Paul Abbott comes up with a great idea, and then takes six months to write six episodes. In America, someone of equal stature like Alan Ball […] comes up with an idea, writes a pilot, then gets six writers he respects to do an episode each. This happens in a month, the process is fresh and thorough, and it pushes everyone to be adventurous with heavy subjects […] When I look at Channel 4 taking on True Blood without changing a frame […] there is no reason why British TV couldn’t work the same way.”

Moyer also believes that True Blood also reflects bigger themes and that there is more to this vampire series. He reflects,

“Modern America wants popular television that explores big subjects […] It’s about issues that boom right back through history – segregation, the battles between blacks and whites, homophobia, the place of the religious right […] there’s an awful lot going on in our show behind the frothy romp, and you can take what you want from them. The show also reminds viewers what has changed in America, and what hasn’t. It’s the country in a nutshell.”

At the same time, Stephen Moyer also acknowledges the eternal appeal of vampires. When asked as to why we seem to be currently surrounded by vampires in film and fiction, Moyer suggests that,

“[Vampires] never really went away. The Sookie Stackhouse Chronicles […] and the Twilight books have been bestsellers for years. The stigma about them is disappearing, though. Maybe people want escapist drama in times of recession, maybe vampires represent sexual repression that we want to be freed from. Most vampires come from a courtly, historical place too – they’re lovely and charming, but they could suddenly take you, in a very atavistic, primal way […] There’s an appeal there! […]”

Moyer also gives us his views as to what makes a good TV vampire,

“Well, there are two kinds: the vampire who revels in the idea of living forever, like mine did in Ultraviolet, or the vampire who want to have human form, like Bill. We can understand his desire better: to be like our old selves, to mourn what could have been, to stop feeling like an outsider. I’d say try and conjure that up. I’d also say, try to be sexy, dark and brooding, of course […] but also try to hold a mirror up to what people really are. That is why True Blood does, and that’s why it works.”

UK fans of HBO’s True Blood will be thrilled to learn that FX has picked up Season 2 of the hit HBO vampire series.

Season 2 of True Blood will premiere on FX in February 2010, following on from the current terrestrial screening of Season 1 on Channel 4.

Meanwhile, Alan Ball has commenced shooting and casting for Season 3 of True Blood. The Third Season of True Blood is set to debut in June 2010 in the US.

SOURCE: The Word Magazine via Thellou and The Vault

Picture credit: Albert L. Ortega via Exposay.com

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VIDEO: Behind the Scenes of True Blood

December 14, 2009

vampires_on_true_bloodThe irrepressibly enthusiastic host Nar Williams of the channel Science Of The Movies speaks to Zoic Studios about the visual effects techniques used in HBO’s True Blood.

Zoic Studios is an Emmy award winning visual effects company based in Culver City, California. They deal primarily with computer generated special effects for movies, television and commercials. In addition to creating effects for the HBO vampire series True Blood, Zoic’s impressive resume also includes creating visual effects for such popular TV shows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Battlestar Galactic, Halo 3, CSI, CSI Miami, Firefly (which eared the team an Emmy) and numerous feature films such as, for example, Spider Man 2 and The Day After Tomorrow.

Nar Williams speaks to the visual effects team at Zoic who makes HBO’s True Blood seem as realistic as a nature documentary. In particular, Nar speaks to Andrew Orloff, Zoic’s Creative Director and Visual Effects Supervisor, about their work on HBO’s True Blood.

Nar and Andrew discuss how the visual effects augment the narrative arc, strengthening the build up of the dramatic tension within True Blood’s plotlines. As Andrew Orloff explains,

“You want to feel that it’s a completely day-to-day organic amalgamation of these supernatural powers with the real world.”

Nar also speaks to Steve Meyer, Zoics’ Facility 2-D Supervisor, who supervises the team of compositors. Their work has contributed to making those vampiric features believable and realistic.

In Part 1, for example, Steve Meyer speaks in-depth about the staking of Longshadow in Season 1 of True Blood. This is the first time we see a vampire getting staked and according to Steve Meyer, Alan Ball’s directive to Zoic was,

“just make as gory and as bloody as you can make it”

They also discuss the make-up and visual techniques used to convey the effects of sunlight burning vampire skin. Steve reveals the techniques they deployed to convey the sense of realism when Bill Compton ventures out into the sun to save Sookie, consequently getting his skin burnt at the end of Season 1 of True Blood.

In Part 2, Nar speaks to Jon Massey, Visual FX Supervisor at Zoic. In addition to True Blood, Jon has also worked on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Cold Case, among others.

Nar and Jon discuss the digital effects used to create the vampire fangs popping out and retracting in True Blood. Jon explains the differences between the vampire fangs of True Blood and the fangs in other vampire movies and TV shows. He reveals that the fangs True Blood vampires are lateral incisors as opposed to the canine incisors typically seen in other vampire movies and TV shows,

“When you’re trying to bite somebody […] it is a lot easier […] to bite into somebody and actually draw blood [with the lateral incisor fangs]”

When it comes to the vampire fangs popping out or retracting, Jon explains,

“We didn’t want it to be magical. We needed it to be something that was physical and natural. One of the ideas that was presented [was that the fangs be] based on Diamondback Rattlesnake fangs.”

Jon discusses how the physical aspects of vampire fangs resemble that of rattlesnake fangs. The physical anatomy of how the vampire fangs would actually work was also discussed in detail with Jules Sylvester, Wild Animal Trainer and expert on rattlesnakes. After the spine tingling discussion of how these fangs work like hypodermic needles stabbing its victims with toxic proteins, I’m going to look at those vampire fangs in new light and watch my back when I step out in the evening.

Many thanks to Michi for putting the video up on Youtube!

SOURCES:

Science Of The Movies via Science Channel (Part 1)

Science Of The Movies via Science Channel (Part 2)

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VIDEO: Interview with Allan Hyde at EyeCon

December 11, 2009

allan-hyde2Allan Hyde, a Danish actor who plays Godric in Season 2 of True Blood, gives us his insights into his character Godric, who’s a two-thousand-year-old vampire and Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) maker.

During the interview, Allan Hyde conveys his delight on working in Season 2 of True Blood:

“I just came on in the Second Season […] I thought the second season was amazing […] the stuff I liked was […] the different story-lines branching out […] you got to see different sides of [characters].”

On Godric’s accent, Allan Hyde explains,

“The role of Godric […] he’s supposed to be two thousand years old […] he’s been all over […] he probably speaks a dozen different languages, if not more […] his accent […] you can’t really trace it back to somewhere and also it’s […] a hybrid form […]”

When asked about his character Godric in Season 3, Allan indicated that he’s excited about reading the scripts for Season 3, but when asked about spoilers, he said,

“I think they already did leak it a little bit […] I don’t know what it’s going to be but I know that I’m going back for a flashback […] or flashbacks.”

Allan explains how he draws on his youthful experiences in portraying Godric,

“I had a point in my life where I was young and I had a problem with authority. It wasn’t a big thing […] and I was really, really bad and […] I made life really miserable for a couple of people back then and I really regret it. […] and that was what I applied to the character of Godric […] I had one day where [I had] kind of like an epiphany […] I just realized […] that this was all wrong […] and I took that […] and applied it to the Godric character […]”

Fans of True Blood might like to know that as of this week, Alan Ball and the True Blood cast are back in the studios filming Season 3 of True Blood.

Many thanks to Michi for putting the video up on Youtube!

SOURCE: Central Florida On Demand

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VIDEO: Interview with True Blood’s Jace Everett

December 10, 2009

Jace EverettSinger-songwriter Jace Everett, whose song Bad Things was chosen as the theme song for HBO’s True Blood, talks about how vampires have injected his career with new blood.

Bad Things won the 2009 Broadcast Music Incorporated award in the cable television category and was nominated for a 2009 Scream Award for Best Scream Song of the Year. His most recent album Red Revelations was released in June 2009.

In this interview, recorded on 9th of December, Jace talks about the serendipitous circumstances on how Bad Things became the theme song for True Blood,

Alan Ball, the creator of the show, […] he is an i-Tunes junkie and he happened to download that song on a whim and he really liked it and so when they started putting together the show he brought that song into Digital Kitchen and said do a montage to this for the opening credits […] everybody just wound up falling in love with it and they didn’t even bother looking for anything else […]”

Now, Bad Things has become synonymous with all the good things of True Blood!

SOURCE: Associated Press

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VIDEO: Ashley Jones Interview in France

December 9, 2009

ashley_jones_the_bold_and_the_beautiful_2009_monte-carlo_theirearth_comAshley Jones, who appeared as Daphne in the Second Season of HBO’s True Blood, was recently interviewed in France when she attended the Festival of Monte Carlo on July 29, 2009.

Ashley Jones played Daphne, a waitress at Merlotte’s, who replaced Amy, a waitress murdered in Season 1 of True Blood. Ashley rose to fame on the long-running CBS The Young and the Restless, playing Megan Dennison Viscardi. She has also appeared in CSI: NY; The Mentalist and Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. She is currently in The Bold and the Beautiful as Dr. Bridget Forrester.

When asked how her role in HBO’s True Blood compared with her character in The Bold and the Beautiful, Ashley indicates,

“ […] Totally different universe […] it was very challenging, it was challenging to do both shows at the same time […] totally different characters […] I still have to pinch myself because I can’t believe that I am on this show [True Blood] that is so critically acclaimed.”

About her role as Daphne, Ashley describes her character as a fun, free-spirited country-girl:

“[She’s] a fun, free country-girl […] She has set her sights on Sam […] she’s very flirty and you know, she seduces him.”

During the interview, Ashley conveyed the rewarding experience of working with Alan Ball,

“[…] His mind is brilliant, there’s really no other way to explain it […] The way that his imagination works, and his sense of humor […] he views the world through a very specific lens and I am honored to be a part of it […] He goes so deep and it get so dark but at the same time [keeping it] very light and fluffy […] True Blood is very dark but […] there is a very fun aspect to it […] The whole vampire thing […] there is a lot of romance and fun.”

The Second Season of True Blood is currently being aired in France on Orange Cinema.

SOURCE: Premiere.fr

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VIDEO: Sam Trammell Interview in Paris

December 8, 2009

sam-trammell-hbo-1Sam Trammell, who plays the shapeshifter Sam Merlotte in HBO’s True Blood, was recently in France with the other True Blood cast members Alexander Skarsgard, Michelle Forbes and Rutina Wesley promoting Season 2 of True Blood.

In this interview, Sam discusses his role and the challenges of playing the shapeshifter in True Blood. He discusses Season 2 and the narrative arc as it develops from Season 1, particularly the changes in the relationship between Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell).

When asked about the challenges of doing nude scenes, he indicates,

“[…] It’s a little embarrassing […] when you’re just standing out in the woods and everybody can see you […] and also when it’s cold, it’s hard to pretend that it’s warm […]”

Sam also discussed the introduction of new plotlines and characters in Season 2 such as Maryann (Michelle Forbes) and hints at the ramifications entailed from introducing Maryann to the citizens of Bon Temps.

When asked about Season 3, Sam Trammell gave little away but hinted that family might play a role in Sam Merlotte’s life,

“But I know it’s not going to be a Norman Rockwell idealistic American family.”

Of Sam Merlotte’s and Sookie’s relationship in True Blood, Sam Trammell hinted that there might be some moments in Season 3 where there might be a possibility of a resurgence of feelings for Sookie. However, he also indicated that, as it stands, Sookie’s main distraction remains what he refers to as the ‘two bad boys’, i.e. the vampires, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

SOURCE: Premiere.Fr

Photo credit: HBO Inc.

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