Who Does Nelsan Ellis Channel to Become True Blood’s Lafayette?

August 7, 2014

HINT: It’s a Female Singer:

Nelsan Ellis looks fabulous as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood Season 7For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Lafayette Reynolds is a character that is loaded with flamboyance and fabulous one liners. Each season has seen Lafayette progress from one gorgeous look to the next. Fake eyelashes, loads of gold and outrageous scarves being part of his signature look. But how does the actor, Nelsan Ellis, get his Lala on? Recently The Hollywood Reporter asked him this very question, to which he replied:

I listen to Beyonce — “Partition” please — and then I’m sitting there and I’m getting all feminine. Rihanna used to be the one, but then this season, [Beyonce’s] album is so sexual and feminine and marvelous. It gets me to that place. They put the makeup and the eyelashes on, and I listen to “Partition,” and I’m doing the switch and the hand movements, and I turn into my mama, and I turn into Lafayette.

Well, there you have it! You can watch the video clip of Beyonce’s Partition below and decide for your self whether Nelsan has indeed channeled the former Destiny’s Child singer. Just be aware that this video is the explicit version, so is not entirely safe for work ;-)

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis on Series Finale and Favorite Lafayette Moments (Q&A)

YouTube/Beyonce VEVO – Beyoncé – Partition (Explicit Video)

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COMIC CON 2014: What if There Was a True Blood Season 8?

August 2, 2014

The True Blood Cast Discuss Their Show For the Last Time at Comic Con:

Kristin Bauer van Straten stars as vampire Pam in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 7 (entitled 'May Be the Last Time')For the cast of HBO’s True Blood, attending San Diego’s Comic Con this year was bittersweet. While they got to celebrate their show one last time, it also churned up the emotions too. For Kristin Bauer van Straten (who plays vampire Pam – a character with, ironically, very little display of emotion) it was particularly trying. As a person who gets very emotional very easily, she felt worn out and dehydrated by the end:

It’s been really intense. I’m totally dehydrated. I feel like I’m ten months pregnant and I just need a c-section because it’s going on forever.

While Kristin never wanted the show to end, she is certainly over having to relive the end of it!

And what if they did go into a Season 8? Where do they think their characters could have gone? Is there anything their character hadn’t done that the actor would liked to have seen happen if there were another season? Carrie Preston, the actor who plays Arlene Fowler, was happy with Arlene’s story line, but she felt it would have been interesting to see her character become a supernatural!

You can watch the full Comic Con interview EW did with the True Blood cast below:

What would you have liked to see if there was a True Blood Season 8? Let us know what you think by commenting below!

Source: EW/YouTube – Comic-Con 2014: True Blood cast reveal the moment she felt she was *really* on ‘True Blood’

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COMIC CON 2014: True Blood Cast Hints at a ‘Not Happily Ever After’

July 29, 2014

Are Eric and Pam True Blood’s Version of ‘True Love’ Then?

True to the End HBO True Blood Season 7 promo posterLast weekend at San Diego’s Comic Con 2014, Zap2It got to talk to the cast of HBO’s True Blood about things such as true love and happy ends and do they exist in the Sookieverse. So how do the residents of Bon Temps and Shreveport view love in this TV series?

According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays vampire Pam, she feels her character’s relationship with her maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) transcends the idyllic notion of true love – after all they have been together for more than a hundred years. She suggests that their love is perfect and unconditional after all their time together.

Nelsan Ellis (who plays the flamboyant Lafayette Reynolds) thinks that his character could definitely find true love. And then immediately backs it up with a ‘but we’ll have to wait and see‘ stock response. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), on the other hand, believes his character has come to forgive vampires and has had the realization that vendettas are actually pointless. Once he discovers this, he also finds out that he is no longer alone in this word any more.

As for Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler-Bellefleur) and Anna Camp (who plays god-shopper and resident baddie, Sarah Newlin), both women agree that Arlene could possibly be the only person who could talk some sense into Sarah. But apparently the pair never get a scene together, so it is a moot point. Although, this would indicate that Sarah Newlin’s story line could be held entirely in Dallas for this final season. And what a shame too, that is one southern scrag fight I would have loved to see!

Stephen Moyer’s (who plays vampire Bill Compton who is currently suffering from an accelerated dose of Hep-V) words are possibly the most telling though. When asked about whether there will be a happy ending for anyone in True Blood Season 7, his reply was:

I’m not sure that’s how Alan Ball conceived things. Even though Alan’s not running the show any more, happily ever after is something that we have always known on our show that as soon as something good happens to a character, something bad is about to happen. So, do you ever know? Are they ever happy? I don’t know.

You can watch the full Zap2It video interview and make up your own mind on the fate of True Blood:

How do you think True Blood will end? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Zap2It – ‘True Blood’ Cast Teases the End of Season 7

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True Blood Cast Eye Off Mementos

July 28, 2014

What Would You Keep?

With only five  more episodes to go in this final season of HBO’s True Blood, cast members talk about what mementos they 5 eps leftwould like to have from their time on set.

Anna Paquin (who plays main character, Sookie Stackhouse) said that she has lived so much of her life on that set:

This has been creatively, the most exciting thing I’ve ever got to do, I mean, I’ve gotten to live with this character for seven years…

Kristen Bauer (Pam) tells us that her eye is on a leather jacket, the one with studded shoulders that was made for her. Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), thinks the only thing he’d like is the “Stackhouse” badge that he wears as a cop in the series.

As for Deborah Ann Woll (who plays vampire Jessica Hamby)?

I would really, really like her little red riding hood cape.

Lauren Bowles (Holly Cleary) and Sam Trammel (Sam Merlotte), would both like something from Merlotte’s:

It was my place of employment, they’ve got the gumbo, I’ve looked at it; when ever I’m bored or sad, I stared at them…

Nelsen Ellis would  like to take Lafayette’s eyelashes:

… ’cause they made me feel pretty.

Check out the video below, you can watch the full video on what the True Blood stars would like to keep from their time on set:

As a diehard  Truebie, what would you like if you were on set on that final day?

Personally, I think I’d like to take one of Alcide’s shirts.

Source: TV Guide – What Items Are True Blood Cast Members Stealing from Set?

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Win Tickets to the Latest Nelsan Ellis Movie!

July 23, 2014

Nelsan Ellis is Set to Star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True BloodFor fans of HBO’s True Blood, there are only five episodes left of their favorite vampire show. This means they are eagerly lining up to watch anything they can find that contains True Blood cast members. If you’re a Lafayette Reynolds fan, than look no further! The actor who plays Lala, Nelsan Ellis, is set to star in the James Brown Story, Get On Up (Universal Pictures). The movie will be released on August 1st 2014. But for all you fans who live in South Florida, there is the chance to win tickets to the advanced screening of this fantastic movie. Check out the details below from Flick Direct:

Simply enter by tweeting (using the button below) and following FlickDirect on twitter. All names will be entered into a drawing for two complimentary tickets to see the advance screening of GET ON UP in West Palm Beach, FL.

Contest ends July 26, 2014. For more information please visit the GET ON UP movie page on FlickDirect.com or the official website at http://www.getonupmovie.com.

Also, if you own an iPhone/Android or iPad, be sure to download the Movie Hype app to have your device countdown with you until GET ON UP is released in theaters.

HE BROKE RULES. HE BROKE BARRIERS. HE SHOOK THE WORLD. FROM THE DIRECTOR OF “THE HELP.” CHADWICK BOSEMAN, NELSAN ELLIS, ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE VIOLA DAVIS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER OCTAVIA SPENCER STAR IN “GET ON UP” (THE JAMES BROWN STORY). ON AUGUST 1ST, FEEL THE FUNK.

IN THEATERS FRIDAY, AUGUST 1

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Rated PG-13. Winners will be contacted by their twitter account to provide address information.

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis stars in the James Brown Story. Get On Up

Let us know how you go with this competition by commenting below!

Source: Flick Direct – Win a Complimentary Pass to See an Advance Screening of Universal Pictures’ GET ON UP

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True Blood’s Nathan Parsons Discusses His Character’s Love Life

July 23, 2014

James the Vampire is in a Love Triangle with Jessica and Lafayette:

James (Nathan Parsons) and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) get cosy in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 5 (entitled 'Lost Cause' and previously titled 'Return to Oz')In Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood, we saw newly made vampire, Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll), falling for the brooding James (then played by Luke Grimes) while both were trapped in Vamp Camp. Now, with Season 7, it seems James has not only gotten a new look (with the role being taken over by newcomer, Nathan Parsons), but also a new direction in relation to his love life! While many fans have been busy wondering if Luke Grimes left because of other movie commitments or as a result of a diversion in character that he wasn’t expecting, for his replacement, Nathan Parsons, he is just happy to be on the hit show.

While James and Jessica have been turning into a boring old married couple getting comfortable with each other and the changing world around them, there has been one human that has been helping James: Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis). It is through this new friendship that we learn of how James was turned and how he is also bisexual. With one thing leading to another, we found Lala and James in the back of a car in Episode 5 (entitled Lost Cause) last week.

Recently The Hollywood Reporter got a chance to ask him all about this story line, and in particular the fact that gay relationships are not as openly physically portrayed on television even though there are now plenty of gay couples gracing our screens. Nathan had this to say:

We just had to be really careful about how we went about it. We didn’t want it to be uncomfortable to watch or over the top. It has to be something that is seemingly organic and loving, instead of just having sex for the sake of having sex. I think that was the difficult line to walk. It comes out of nowhere and we have to do it tastefully, and we all have to be comfortable with what’s happening. But Howard [Deutch], the director, was great about it. Nelsan and I just went along for the ride, and I think it turned out really well.

And this story is important and should be told and needs to be shared. It’s a story that’s being told all over the place, and TV doesn’t pay enough attention to it. The “Do I love this guy or love this girl?” and “Is this right or is this wrong?” becomes more important than the act itself, and that I think was really well done by the writer [Craig Chester] and Howard and Nelsan and myself.

While it seemed Jessica was pretty shaken up by catching out the pair, will there be a rekindling of their relationship? According to Nathan, no, there won’t be. Especially since Jessica will have a new situation to deal with. Nathan didn’t expand on what this would be, it makes fans wonder if maybe Jessica will contract Hep-V like Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) and, more recently, Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer)? Or is he simply alluding to the fact that Jason’s (Ryan Kwanten) girlfriend, Violet (Karolina Wydra) knows all about the tryst he and Jessica had not long after Jessica discovered James and Lafayette together?

You can read the full interview Nathan Parsons did with THR by clicking here.

What do you think? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Nathan Parsons on Sex Scene: A ‘Difficult Line to Walk’ (Q&A)

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True Blood: Thanks for #GoodbyesSuck

July 22, 2014

Goodbyes Suck True Blood Season 7 promo poster

Truebies Can Check Out the Latest Instagram ‘Thank You’ Videos:

Truebies are honored during this final season of  HBO’s True Blood with the hash tag #GoodbyesSuck and a slew of thank you videos from the cast on social media sites, including Instagram. You can check out each Instragram video below for the following True Blood cast: Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer). All you need to do is click on each image and it will take you straight to their personal Instagram video message on True Blood’s official Instagram page (truebloodhbo) Be sure to check back for more later on! *EDIT: We now have the final list of Instagram thank you videos!*

Raise a glass of Tru Blood for Rutina Wesley as she thanks fans for support and love throughout the years. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood

 A message of thanks to all of the LaLa fans from Nelsan Ellis. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood

 @JoeManganiello is “grateful for all of your support,” Truebies. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood

 “You went on this ride with us & it was so fun.” Sam Trammell thanks all of the Truebies for experiencing Bon Temps with him. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

@RyanKwanten says thanks to the Truebies “for showing us that it’s okay to be a little bit different.” #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 Your favorite baby vamp Deborah Ann Woll wants all Truebies to know that they “made this show what it is.” #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 A tearful goodbye. Kristin Bauer van Straten sends her thanks to all loyal Truebies for their support. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 We literally couldn’t do this without you. “ @_AnnaPaquin sends her love to all Truebies out there. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

 Todd Lowe sends a thank you to all of the military support he has received over the years. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

“Without you there is no us.” Chris Bauer thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

 @McMillzz thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. Send off the series this Sunday at 9 PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

 Tara Buck says thanks to all Truebies the only way she knows how. Say goodbye to #Trueblood this Sunday. #RIPTrueBlood

 Lauren Bowles sends a thank you to the #TrueBlood fan base. Watch the final episode this Sunday at 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

 Alexander Skarsgard reflects on how the series “changed his life.” Watch the series finale tonight 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood

@_smoyer says thank you to “all those fans who’ve been watching from the beginning.” #TrueToTheEnd #RIPTrueBlood #TrueBlood

Source: Instagram – TrueBloodHBO

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis to Appear on The Today Show

July 19, 2014

Find Out What Nelsan Ellis Has to Say About Lafayette:

Nelsan Ellis looks fabulous as Lafayette Reynolds in HBOs True Blood Season 7Fans of HBO’s True Blood can tune into The Today Show this Monday 21st July 2014 to hear Nelsan Ellis (who plays the colorful Lafayette Reynolds in True Blood Season 7) chat about True Blood finishing up. Nelsan will be appearing in the 7.00 – 7.30am time slot alongside Kate Hudson, Dan Aykroyd and Craig Robinson.

Make sure you check back here if you miss it and we will post the video interview as soon as it becomes available!

Source: OregonLive – TV talk shows: Monday, July 21

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EJ Scott’s Podcast Interviews with True Blood Stars

July 7, 2014

Deborah Ann Woll’s boyfriend, EJ Scott, Interviews a Whole Heap of True Blood Stars:

EJPODCASTFans of HBO’s True Blood can check out the latest podcast interviews with EJ Scott (the boyfriend of True Blood actor Deborah Ann Woll). EJ will be interviewing a whole heap of actors leading up to the True Blood Season 7 finale. So far, the list of cast interviewed are as follows:

Clicking on the links will take you straight through to EJ’s podcast interviews, but make sure you check back here regularly as we know of at least two more interviews (with Stephen Moyer and Nelsan Ellis) pending thanks to EJ’s shoutouts on Twitter.

Source: EJ Scott – Podcast Interviews

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Premiere #TrueToTheEnd

June 18, 2014

True Blood Cast – Past and Present – Walk the Red Carpet:

True Blood Season 7 Red carpet event Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer #TrueBloodToTheEndWith 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:

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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

Twitter – Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lauren Bowles, Carrie Preston, Variety, Anna Paquin, Anna Camp, Janina Gavankar, Tara Buck

Instagram – Kristin Bauer van Straten, Carrie Preston, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Josiah Bell, Tara Buck

(Photo Credits:  Twitter (see links above)/Instagram (see links above))

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