August 24, 2014
Who Would You Rate as the Best And Worst Villains from HBO’s True Blood?
With HBO’s True Blood fast coming to a close, I thought I’d rate the best and worst True Blood villains!
- BEST: Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp). Over and over again Sarah has plagued the show, always bringing her warped sense of religious righteousness along with her for the ride. She even outlasted her husband, Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) – no easy feat since he became a vampire in the end. However, it is her tenaciousness and lack of whiny little spinelessness her husband possessed that has made her the top villain we love to hate so much.
- WORST: Mr Gus (Will Yun Lee). Mr. Gus had potential. Anyone who Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) are happy to side with have got to have something going for them after all. However, no one is really sure – Mr. Gus included – if he is even a bad guy. Sure he has the Yakuza backing him up but there just hasn’t been enough plot development for us to really fear him.
- BEST: Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare). The guy ripped out a newsreaders beating heart while they were reading the news. On TV. With millions of people watching. Did Russell care? Oh no, he did not.
- WORST: The Ifrit. Really HBO, a smoke monster? And now Bill (Stephen Moyer) is dreaming of Sookie (Anna Paquin) having babies that look suspiciously like mini-Ifrits. Oh HELL no!
- BEST: Rene Lenier (Michael Raymond-James) Also known as Drew Marshall. Back in Season 1 of True Blood there was a real murder mystery going on. And, for fans of Charlaine Harris’s books (on which True Blood is based), we all just sat back and watched and waited. We knew how shocked people would be when they worked out sexy Cajun Rene, hubby to waitress Arlene (Carrie Preston), was the one murdering cats and grandmothers alike.
- WORST: Bill/Billith (Stephen Moyer). So Bill Compton drank the blood of Lilith (Jessica Clarke) and became Billith. Still not really sure how he un-became Billith, but that’s okay. Maybe that’s the real reason his Hep-V is so virulent now?
So who are your best and worst True Blood villains ever? Let us know by commenting below!
You can also check out TVLine’s list of villains they love to hate to refresh your memory by clicking here.
Source: TVLine – True Blood’s Best & Worst Villains
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc.)
June 18, 2014
True Blood Cast – Past and Present – Walk the Red Carpet:
With only a few days to go until the premiere on HBO of True Blood Season 7, fans are in for a much needed treat: the red carpet premiere event! Trubies around the globe are lamenting the fact this will be the VERY LAST red carpet premiere event. But, with this sadness, there is still excitement. While most fans couldn’t attend the event – even from the sidelines – let TrueBloodNet fill you in on what went down!
While many of the cast members including Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Sam Trammell (Sam), Joe Manganiello (Alcide), Rutina Wesley (Tara), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), Ryan Kwanten (Jason), and Chris Bauer (Andy) turned up at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, a notable exception was – once again – Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman). However, this was to be expected. This is not because HBO are keeping him under tight wraps until his story line is resolved (involving that full frontal suntanning incident in True Blood Season 6), but because his is currently in London for the movie, Tarzan.
ExtraTV was on hand during the premiere event and you can watch their video interviews below:
What I found the most interesting with these videos is something Anna Paquin said: while the story line for True Blood Season 7 has been written, scenes are still being shot – so does this mean that things may change still? Only time will tell!
Something else interesting that popped up during the red carpet event was the appearance of Janina Gavankar and Michael MacMillian. Janina’s character, Luna Garza, died in Season 6, so why was she at the Season 7 event? Perhaps Luna will be one of the characters promised to return this season? Michael’s character, Steve Newlin was another character who didn’t survive Season 6, and with his wife, Sarah Newlin (played by Anna Camp), still alive and kicking could there be more to his story line as well?
As well as posing for pictures, many of the cast posed with a placard displaying the hashtag #TrueToTheEnd – do you think True Blood Season 7 will remain true to the end? Let us know in the comments below!
Finally, you can view all the Twitter and Instagram shots taken during the event by the stars themselves in the photo gallery below.
Sources: ExtraTV – ‘True Blood’ Cast Spills Details on Final Season at L.A. Premiere
(Photo Credits: Twitter (see links above)/Instagram (see links above))
November 5, 2013
True Blood’s Jessica Clark Talks About Being Lilith:
So the epic Aussie True Blood event, Club Fangtasia, has come and gone. There were plenty of fantastic costumes on the night, great merchandise to purchase, a rocking band to dance to and some amazing cocktails designed by world champion barman Jamie Chesher.
And, of course, there were the True Blood stars!
Thanks to TrueBloodNet and the owners of Seamus O’Toole’s (the establishment that hosts Club Fangtasia), Garth O’Hehir and Jason Rigopoulos, I got the chance to not only rub shoulders with Tara Buck (who plays Ginger the screamer in HBO’s True Blood) and Jessica Clark, but interview them as well!
My first interview this week is with the lovely Jessica Clark, who plays Lilith in True Blood. Jessica is a relative newbie to both True Blood and the acting scene, having been a model previously. She was such a fantastic person, who was easy going and great fun during the night.
TBN: Firstly, I want to ask you about that make up.
JC: Oh my goodness, wasn’t it amazing? They took four hours and two special effects make-up artists working on me. So, at the beginning they spray painted me. They did my whole body, top to toe. Inside my ears, inside my nose – everything, using air compressors. Then they painted me with what’s called Reel Blood. There are all different kinds: aged blood, fresh blood. They painted it on with brushes and sponges because they wanted me to appear like I had risen up out of the blood.
It was amazing, but also, for me as a character, it was so fun. Sometimes I would walk past a mirror on the way to set and see myself and get freaked out because you forget it’s you and that you’re wearing all that stuff.
TBN: Is it sticky?
JC: Yes. It gets stickier and stickier as like the hours go by. Basically, after a couple of hours you’re so sticky you stick to anything that you touch. So I would have to stand there with my arms out and rest my fingertips on poles they provided for me.
TBN: So, by the end of the day, you would be exhausted!
JC: I would literally be standing like this [puts arms out like on a cross], because if I put my arms down, they would stick to my sides and if someone called me over I would rip myself. They would have to spray me with water to separate my skin. But it looked amazing, so it was worth it.
TBN: It was an amazing costume – I guess you’d call it a costume.
JC: It was definitely a costume, but that was also the funny thing because in Season 6 Lilith wasn’t so bloody. It was my minions that were. So in Season 6 I had to go to wardrobe and I didn’t know where to go. I was like ‘Excuse me, um where’s wardrobe?’ And they’re like ‘Oh, we get to put clothes on you this time!’
TBN: Yes, it’s whole different level of nudity. Did you know you were going to be that nude when you auditioned for the show?
JC: I knew. Originally Lilith was only going to be in one episode, so they definitely explained what the situation was. They were very clear and super professional about it. Although I didn’t know I would be naked the whole season. But I was a fan of the show already and I watched it from the very first episode ever, so I was just so excited and happy to be part of it all. Also, Lilith was such a cool, interesting character. She was so dark, so powerful and I got such a kick out of that. She wasn’t weak, she wasn’t a victim.
TBN: Being a fan of the show beforehand, what is the pressure like going in when you watch the show already?
JC: The pressure that I put on myself because I love the show so much was huge! It was such an honour to be cast. I wanted to do the best job possible. You just don’t want to mess it up, you know what I’m saying? I was so excited and scared because these are actors and writers that I admire so much. I love their work and I’m just happy to be amongst them and I wanted to bring it. So I did, I put a lot of pressure on myself. But the thing that is amazing about them is the cast is so welcoming.
Most of my scenes are with Stephen Moyer who’s so talented and such a professional and so welcoming. On my first day when I rose up out of the pool of blood – that was my first scene ever – it was intense. Afterwards everyone came up to us and they were like ‘Good job and congratulations. We know that would have been rough.’
JC: Of course I watch it! And it’s funny because I was always such a big fan of the show, I still kind of watch it like a fan, like it isn’t even me. Plus, we only get our scripts for the episodes we’re in. If you’re not in that scene you don’t get the script. So some episodes I don’t know what’s going to happen next.
TBN: How did you react to Terry Bellefleur’s death? And Steve Newlin as well? I think most people were shocked about Terry dying but Steve was there right from the start too.
JC: Oh yeah. It was awful. Although, you know the one that wasn’t a death, but was an exit that really got me was Hoyt Fortenberry. I sobbed.
TBN: It was such a beautiful story line that one.
JC: I did an appearance with Jim Parrack (who played Hoyt) a month or so ago and I told him that scene, that episode, made me cry. The writing was so good, he was so amazing. It was like he went from being a boy to being a man. The whole thing with Jessica Hamby and him choosing to walk away, it was so powerful. I love that the writers didn’t kill him. It was such a gracious, smart, intelligent exit.
TBN: Now I know you were a model beforehand, but which do you prefer: modelling or acting?
JC: Oh, my gosh, there’s no contest: acting! When I was modelling, I was training as an actress, so I was at school nights and weekends. Any time I wasn’t at a job I was learning. But I was a little scared because there’s, um, a little bit of a stigma, you know? And rightfully so because I think, as a model, you do tell a story.
TBN: It’s a different way of storytelling.
JC: [Nods] It’s certainly a different way of storytelling and, I have so much respect for the actors on shows like True Blood. So there was that big question in my mind of ‘Well, do I legitimately have talent. Do I have something to offer, or am I just being one of those people?‘ I struggled with that for a little while. But then I was like ‘Well I love it so much’ and I worked really hard and even if I’m not the best I’m going to work and work and work to be as good as I can be. Also, you grow and you learn. I love it, every day’s a challenge. And sometimes I get an audition or a part and it’s hard being completely different to who you are as a person. I’ll get stressed out but then I’ll say to myself ‘You wanted this.’
TBN: Now that True Blood’s finishing…
JC: I know…
TBN: If you could take one thing from the set, what would it be?
JC: If I was going to be really feisty, I would say Eric Northman’s throne. Remember the first time we ever met Eric? And when it pans to that shot on him on the throne – so hot! And he has the hair; you know what I’m talking about? So good, so good!
TBN: That’s certainly a good memento to take away.
JC: One of my other favourite scenes is in Merlotte’s with Lafayette, when the guy comes in and they’re being homophobic and Lafayette licks the burger. So maybe his apron, or something?
TBN: So, who’s your favourite actor to work with on True Blood?
JC: Stephen Moyer. He’s amazing. He taught me a lot, gave me guidance. He directs, produces, does all these things. He’s so multi-talented it’s inspiring. And he has a successful relationship and family. He really does it all and he does it well. My other two favourites were – not that I worked with them – but just in terms of their work, would be Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette and then Kristin Bauer van Straten as Pam.
TBN: Everyone says that about Kristin.
JC: Everyone one loves Pam because she’s so hard, yet she has that vulnerability underneath. Then you see Kristin and she’s such a lady. Nelsan, too, is so, so different as Lafayette. When I grow up, I want to be just like them.
TBN: What do you have lined up for after True Blood?
JC: HBO have lots of shows coming up. I’m kind of working with them, trying to figure something out. So hopefully something will come together soon. As soon as anything is confirmed, you’ll be the first to know.
TBN: Awesome. Well, Jessica, thank you for taking the time for this interview, and I hope enjoy the rest of Club Fangtasia as well as your time in Australia.
JC: Thank you, no problem. I sure will.
Thank you once again to all the staff at Club Fangtasia who made this interview possible. And make sure you hang around for our interview with Tara Buck!
(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia/Lenore Mills)
October 18, 2013
Landing the Role of Lilith Was a Fan Girl Dream for Jessica Clark:
I was a fan of True Blood from the [first] pilot episode. I like Bram Stoker and Interview with The Vampire – of all those supernatural characters I’ve always responded to the vampires the most. That weird combination of the power – I’ve always considered them very sexual, sexually voracious.
And boy oh boy didn’t Lilith supply a lot of that sexuality for the last two seasons! Her trademark lack of clothes was the talk of many a True Blood fan. Speaking exclusively to DIVA magazine, Clark was very open about the show’s nudity. In fact, she actually found it important when playing the role of Lilith, but for a reason other than what you may think:
With Lilith, very little about her nudity is sexual to me. It’s primeval and powerful – that raw essence of what it means to be that demi-god, demon, however she’s perceived. Yes, it can be titillating because we all like to see naked bodies. But that doesn’t seem like its sole purpose.
She raises a very good point there. Sometimes the audience’s interpretation of a character or scene, or indeed, costume choice, may be entirely different to what was intended by the show. When asked about how she thought the show should be interpreted, Jessica had a very insightful reply:
[True Blood] uses different supernatural species to [represent] different minorities that exist within our real world. They explore what it is to be marginalised or discriminated against, or to be a subculture that’s fighting for recognition. I love its basic premise, but it can be interpreted on a number of levels. It can either be a super-sexy vampire soap opera, or a searing commentary on society… it depends on what you’re looking for and how you approach it.
To read the full interview, visit www.divadigital.co.uk and download the latest issue.
Also, make sure you keep an eye out in November when TrueBloodNet scores their very own exclusive interview with Jessica Clark thanks to the Club Fangtasia event being held in Melbourne!
Source: DIVA Magazine – Jessica Clarke Interview
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 28, 2013
Last Chance to Meet True Blood Stars in Australia:
Yesterday TrueBloodNet announced the arrival of the exclusive pre-sale tickets for mail subscribers to the Club Fangtasia website. Today we can announce that 63% of the allocated VIP tickets are already sold – and normal sales haven’t even commenced yet!
Sales will be available to the general public from tonight (9pm AEST Wednesday 28th August) and will be available by clicking here. So Australian fans need to get in fast to secure your one and only chance to rub shoulders with True Blood celebrities in 2013.
In previous years Australia has held at least one True Blood convention along with Seamus O’Toole’s famous Club Fangtasia event. This year though, no conventions have been scheduled and with the limited amount of tickets available for this premium event, you will be kicking yourself if you miss out on this golden opportunity. And once the tickets are sold, not even the blood of Lilith herself of Ginger’s shrill screams will get you past the doors! However, regardless of whether you purchase VIP tickets or general admission, you are guaranteed a bloody good time!
As we confirmed yesterday, so far Club Fangtasia have secured Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer) and Jessica Clark (Lilith). Tara Buck enthusiastically took to Twitter yesterday to announce her excitement:
And while there are still 68 sleeps until Club Fangtasia’s Halloween event, there is still plenty of time for more True Blood stars to sign up.
Who would you like to see at this event? And have you got your costume sorted yet? I have, but I’m not giving away any clues. If you want to see who I will be dressing as, you will have to buy your ticket now and check out my costume on the night 😉
Source: Club Fangtasia – Facebook page
Tara Buck – Twitter
(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)
August 27, 2013
Tara Buck and Jessica Clark Confirmed as Attending Club Fangtasia This Year:
With the announcement of another Club Fangtasia event in Australia this year, fans have been anxious to find out prices along with which True Blood stars will be attending the event on November the 4th.
So when the following announcement was made on the Club Fangtasia Facebook page today, fans frantically began hitting refresh in their inbox, in anticipation of news:
Well, that email has FINALLY arrived and TrueBloodNet can confirm that the following True Blood stars will be attending Club Fangtasia at Seamus O’Toole’s this year:
- Ginger (Tara Buck) – yes, she had so much fun partying down under last year that she is glad to return to Club Fangtasia!
- Lilith (Jessica Clark) – here’s your chance to mingle with an actual goddess!
- A little birdy has told me that there just might be another True Blood star or two attending, so make sure you check back here regularly to find out more…
So What are the Ticket Prices?
Tickets are strictly limited, so make sure you get in early to purchase your one and only chance to meet True Blood cast members in Australia in 2013!
Source: Club Fangtasia – Mailing List
(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./ClubFangtasia.com.au)
August 1, 2013
True Blood Season 6 Is Coming to a Close:
True Blood Season 6, Episode 9 Synopsis has been released. Episode 9 marks the 2nd last episode of Season 6. The battle between the humans and vampires will likely intensify even further in the upcoming episodes. Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) will be out for revenge for his sister Nora’s (Lucy Griffiths) death, which was at the hands of the humans.
Here’s What will Happen:
“A desperate Bill (Stephen Moyer) tries to ferry Warlow (Rob Kazinsky) away from the faerie plain, but Sookie (Anna Paquin) is having none of it. Meanwhile, Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) arrives at vamp camp, looking to inflict serious human damage. In Bon Temps, friends and family take emotional turns remembering a fallen neighbor. Bill feels the pull of Lilith’s (Jessica Clark) sirens”.
So Truebies do you think that Eric is going to get the revenge he is looking for, or will his return to vamp camp only to further secure his spot in the room where the vampires will meet the sun?
Source: Spoilertv.com True Blood-Episode 6.09-Life Matters-Press Release
(Photo Credit) HBO