Carrie Preston Enjoying Her Success

November 24, 2009 by  

Carrie PrestonCarrie Preston‘s rise to fame has been slow and steady with increasing success and recognition with each project she has been is involved in.  Starting with parts in films such as Transamerica and The Stepford Wives, to making guest appearances on TV shows like Arrested Development and Sex and the City, Carrie is now making a big splash as the red-headed waitress Arlene Fowler on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood.

In her latest project, That Evening Sun, Carrie takes on the role of Ludie Choat, a farm wife trying to survive on a former homestead of an aging Tennessee farmer (Hal Holbrook) which is based on Southern author William Gay’s short stories.  Carrie‘s talented performance shines throughout this movie as a demonstration of her ability to play an array of complex characters and a testament to the deserved success of this Georgia native.

“When I became a classically trained actor, I lost the accent,” she says. “And then my first major Hollywood movie was My Best Friend’s Wedding where I was playing a Southerner. So you can take the girl out of Georgia, but you can’t take the Georgia out of the girl. I’m glad because I like being able to call it up when I need it. I think it’s nice to have the luxury to distinguish between different types of accents, different types of class, you know, different characters, whereas a lot of actors in Hollywood just sort of put on this Tennessee Williams thing.”

Carrie has worked hard to get where she is today by not only going after opportunities but creating them as well. In 2004, she created her own production company, Daisy 3 Pictures, along with James Vasquez and Mark Holmes and directed her first feature, 29th and Gay. Later on she starred in her 2007 production of Ready? OK! alongside her real-life husband Michael Emerson (Ben Linus on Lost).

“If you’re not being hired, then every little brick that you lay, you know, ‘I built something here,’” she says. “I feel like since True Blood came on the air, a lot of things just all came to a head at the same time. It’s been a really good year for me.”

We are confident that Carrie will continue to have many more good years, not only through her role on True Blood, but in all of her endeavors.


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