June 20, 2013
True Blood’s Season 6 Premiere Kicked Off In a Big Way:
For those of you who may have missed the live social media event hosted by HBO prior to the Season 6 True Blood Premiere, HBO has posted all the Q&A’s on their HBO Connect website! For the first time ever our favourite cast members appeared live on the set of Fangtasia to answer fans burning questions. True Blood’s Season 6 is sure to come with many ups and downs…check out some of my favourite questions, and hit the link to the HBO site for full Q&A details! Or you can check out the actual You Tube video if you have 15 minutes to burn!
Q (For all cast members): Without giving too much away are there any scenes in Season Six that made you cry in real life?
A): This is a season that takes its toll on the humans for sure.
Q(For Alex) 1st Season Eric was evil, then amnesia Eric wasn’t – do you think THIS SEASON’s Eric is a nice mix of the both, or more evil?
A): I’d say the old Eric is pretty much back. But the Amnesia changed him fundamentally, and he’ll always carry that experience within.
Q): Who does the best impression of other characters on True Blood?
A): Chris Bauer: Without a doubt the best mimic on our set, and in my opinion most underrated actor, is Sammy Trammell. If anyone wants to have a conversation with Alexander Skarsgard, and he can’t be there, just have Sam imitate him instead. It’s uncanny.
Check out full Q&A here: http://connect.hbo.com/events/true-blood/trueblood-live-set/?cmpid=ABC162
Source: HBO Connect-#TrueBlood Live From the Set-Archived Q&A with #Trueblood:Live from the Set
Video Credit(YouTube.com) True Blood Season 6 Live From the Set
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June 13, 2013
Kristin Bauer Van Straten Talks Season 6:
Being only days away from HBO’s True Blood Season 6 premier, let’s rewind and remember where our favorite sharp-tongued lady vamp of Fangtasia was up to.
Oh right. When we last saw Pam, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten, she was consumating her obviously growing attraction to her progency Tara Thornton (played by Rutina Wesley) with a smoldering lip-lock. Will Pam and Tara’s relationship survive the upcoming human vs. vampire war? Will Pam have more quick-witted one-liners? We hope so! Here’s what Kristin had to say about Pam’s role in season 6:
“I think it’s safe to say there is a human-vampire conflict that’s escalated from what the Authority did last year. And that, of course, causes problems for Pam. So she’s trying to figure out her relationship with her new baby/lover, you know, Rutina (Wesley, who plays Tara). And she’s just reunited with her Maker; she wasn’t sure if he was alive. And then, on top of it, the humans are fighting back.”
So is Pam more evil or good? Here’s what Kristin thinks:
“I don’t know if it is a bad sign, or if I’m becoming sort of delusional, but I don’t know if she’s good or evil — but she’s definitely… correct.”
Sounds like the you-know-what is going to hit the fan. To read the rest of the interview with Kristin, click on the link below. And Remember Truebies, season 6 premiers this Sunday June 16th!
Credit: Metro - Kristin Bauer Straten walks the good-evil line as Pam on ‘True Blood’
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June 12, 2013
True Blood Stars Dish Out the Dirt on Season 6:
OnTheRedCarpet.com have shared some fabulous footage of Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and Rutina Wesley talking about what is in store for truebie fans on Sunday June 16 when Season 6 premieres on HBO.
And, boy of boy, do they dish out some juicy spoilers!:
- Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse) thinks that Sookie and a ‘normal’ relationship are still a long way apart
- Stephen Moyer (Billith/Bill Compton) lets us know Billith is going to discover his powers (and who he ACTUALLY is) as the season progresses. Billith will spend all his time on these issues and not on a relationship – but Moyer suggests it is “to his detriment”
- Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) has a lot to say about his complicated relationship with Pam (Kristen Bauer), but even more so about the real threat humans will pose to vampires this season
- Skarsgard then goes on to say how passionate he is about True Blood – perhaps to help dispel all those rumours about the possibility of his character’s death? Only time will tell!
- Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) hints at the appearance of some ‘perks’ of being packmaster in Episode 1, but then go on to say that there are also some definite downsides to being leader of the pack
- Rutina Wesley (Tara) was quick to dispel any ideas that there might be a threesome going on between Tara, Pam and Eric
Wow! A lot of them seem to be concerning the relationships between characters. Make sure you check out the videos below to get the full story:
Source: OnTheRedCarpet.com - ‘True Blood’ season 6: 5 things we learned from the premiere (Video)
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June 6, 2013
Season 6 Premiere Kicks Off In a BIG way!!
In case the build up and anticipation of the world premiere of HBO’s True Blood on June 16 in and of itself was not enough, HBO has yet another surprise in store for its millions of fans! A major social media event has been scheduled to coincide with the Season 6 Premiere of True Blood! This first ever social media event will be broadcast live from the set of Fangtasia.
The Season 6 media event is said to be a:
“two-part social media event beginn[ing] on June 16, 9:00 a.m. ET, when HBO will reveal exclusive #secretsfromtheset via the True Blood profiles on Facebook (Facebook.com/Trueblood), Twitter (Twitter.com/TruebloodHBO), Instagram (Instagram.com/TruebloodHBO) and Vine. This all leads up to a fan-fueled interactive pre-show, #TrueBlood: Live from Set, airing on HBO at 8:45 p.m. ET/PT hosted by comedienne and Parks and Recreation actress Retta”.
In a world that thrives on social media this could not be a better opportunity to engage with the millions of fans of the hit show! “#TrueBlood: Live from Set” will allow the fans of True Blood to directly engage with the cast members and be given the opportunity to ask questions, and the cast will provide behind the scenes secrets of Season 6! This is surely an event that none of us will be missing!
Pamela Levine, executive vice president, HBO Marketing said:
“Social media has been core to the marketing strategy for True Blood since the first season, leading to one of the most engaged fan bases of any television series”.
13 of our favourite cast members are scheduled to participate in this event including “Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Chris Bauer, Kristin Bauer van Straten and Joe Manganiello”.
For all you “true” True Blood fans start following @TrueBloodHBO on Twitter for your opportunity to be featured in the broadcast in a “never-before-done execution with Twitter and powered by Mass Relevance”. Be sure to get on Twitter and see how you can prove you are #TopTruebie!
Source: Spoiler TV-True Blood Season 6 Cast Members to Participate in Live Social Media Event
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May 23, 2013
The Female Vamps Talk Fight Scenes & True Blood:
HBO’s, True Blood packs a serious punch in almost every episode that airs. The Female Vamps Pam, Tara, and Jessica, played by Kristin Bauer, Rutina Wesley, and Deborah Ann Woll give some insight on the female behind the scenes fighting that goes into True Blood.
Deborah Ann Woll admits that “we have an incredible stunt team” which undoubtably allows for some pretty incredible fighting scenes.
Check out the video below for full details:
Source: handbag.com - Watch: Rutina Wesley & Deborah Ann Woll Talk True Blood Vampire Girl Fights
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February 1, 2013
Kristin Bauer Talks to Eonline.com:
Recently, Eonline.com, asked fans what they would like to hear about in relation to their favorite television shows. One lucky fan got the opportunity to ask what was in the pipelines for the character of Pam (Kristin Bauer) the vampire in Season 6 of HBO’s True Blood.
Apparently, it’s all a bit tricky this season. Kristin Bauer van Straten had this to say about Pam:
Things are a little complex, so we continue with the complexities in her relationships. Her relationship with Eric became strained during the season and they’re in a quite a jam. And she has this new progeny [Tara] and they’re both gay. I don’t know where that’s going to go, but Rutina [Wesley] and I are extremely curious! I don’t know what they’re going to do with it.
What do you hope happens with Pam in Season 6? What about your other faves on the show? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Eonline.com- EXCLUSIVE! NEWS/Spoiler Chat: Scoop on Glee, Smash, Vampire Diaries, Big Bang Theory and More!
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August 21, 2012
The Actors Sat Down at San Diego ComicCon to Discuss HBO’s Vampire Drama:
Just before the ComicCon panel for HBO’s True Blood, Joe Manangiello and Kristin Bauer van Straten sat down together to discuss their characters in the series’ Season 5. Mr. Manangiello plays hunky werewolf Alcide Herveaux and Ms. Bauer van Straten portrays snarky vampire Pamela de Beaufort.
Both actors look forward to and enjoy the fan interaction of their ComicCon appearances. They agreed that the True Blood panel was as close to being a Beatle as either of them will ever get. Ratings numbers and internet chatter does not provide the same pleasure as seeing the enthusiastic faces of fans.
Mr. Manangiello readily revealed that Alcide will be having a great deal of sex during Season 5.
“I really feel like I’m having the full True Blood experience. I get to have sex with a bunch of people. I get around sexually, I kill people. It’s pretty rad.”
Both actors agreed that True Blood is very much about relationships in Season 5, both the sexual and the emotional. Ms. Bauer Van Straten, however, is disappointed that her character has yet to kill anyone on screen. She says she watches Alex (Skarsgård) ripping bodies apart and wishes she got to do that.
Ms. Bauer van Straten’s character Pam, has become a maker in Season 5, having turned Tara (Rutina Wesley) in order to save her life. At the same time, Pam has been released by her own maker, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).
“Everything really is at stake for Pam. It expanded this year for me. Pam became totally 3D.”
Kristin and Joe Discuss Sex with Werewolves and the True Blood Season 5 Finale
Mr. Manangiello revealed that there is a rougher version of Alcide’s drunken make-out session with Sookie (Anna Paquin) than the one that finally aired. That footage, however, is on the cutting room floor. He also told about conversations he had with showrunner Alan Ball, before the filming of Season 5 regarding what sex with a werewolf would be like.
“We both agreed that the girl wakes up in the morning and does that ‘Oh’ thing, and then does the cowgirl walk the whole day.”
Ms. Bauer van Straten confessed to being a geek herself over the television show Battlestar Galactica. At a previous ComicCon she met Tricia Helfer (Cylon Number Six), who had never seen True Blood and didn’t realize Ms. Bauer van Straten was also an actress.
“So I have this really awkward photo with Tricia Helfer somewhere.”
When asked about the True Blood Season 5 finale, neither actor could say much without spoilers. Ms. Bauer van Straten was happy with what Pam got to do during her scenes. Mr. Manganiello was thrilled to have Robert Patrick (Terminator 2) playing his father and said his scenes are sufficiently bloody.
This video is a very entertaining watch. The actors interact with friendship and humor that can’t be described and do it justice.
July 4, 2012
Rutina’s Take On Tara Thornton as a Vampire:
The end of episode one of this season’s True Blood definitely left almost every viewer shocked beyond words. The cast and crew of the show did an excellent job keeping viewers in the dark about what Tara’s fate would be, I was certain there was no way that Pam would be unable to save her. Now that her fate has been revealed, Rutina Wesley can finally sit down and talk all about what’s in store for her character and the adjustments she’s had to make. In an interview with TVLine, Wesley opens up about what it’s been like being a vamp so far.
In my opinion, the most interesting part of playing a vampire would be the fangs!! They’re fun and fierce and I never get tired of seeing anyone pop them out. Wesley was super excited to earn her fangs and practice using them:
“I took a bunch of goofy pictures in my trailer. I was looking at myself and like, “Oh my God!” It was very weird getting used to seeing my face with fangs popping out. The thing that’s hard is talking with them. We have this thing that if you can say Sookie Stackhouse then you’re good.”
Now that Tara is a vampire, not only will her lifestyle change, but her relationships as well. She seems to be on the outs at the moment with her human friends. All with the exception of Sam, which was surprising to say the least, as he was never a huge fan of vampires. With Pam as her Maker, I’m sure we will see a ton of great interaction between these two strong characters. Wesley had this to say about the two of them:
“Their relationship is going to be fun because they both say what they want. They’re both like, “Whatever.” It’s going to be interesting to see how that relationship grows — if it does grow.”
After months and months of speculation I’m glad that we have finally settled the issue of Tara’s fate. Now it just gets more interesting from here on out. What are some of your thoughts on Tara’s new life as a baby vamp? Let us know in the comments section!
Source Credit: TVLine – True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley on Tara’s Big [Spoiler]: ‘It’s Definitely a Game-Changer’
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June 7, 2012
New Couples, Old Adversaries, a Long Awaited Backstory:
When the cast of HBO’s True Blood turned out for the Season 5 premiere, they were interviewed on the red carpet. Everyone was happy to share information and insights into their characters and the events of the show itself.
*Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!
Alan Ball said that Season 5 is the season of church and state. It’s the season of politics and religion from the vampire perspective. When asked about Scott Foley’s character, Patrick, Mr. Ball explained that he made a bad decision in the heat of battle and it has far reaching consequences. Finally, Mr. Ball alluded to the introduction of some new romantic couples. He couldn’t elaborate because it would give too many story details away.
Jacob Hopkins (Alexander) described his character as feisty and strong minded. He says Alexander grew more obnoxious with each episode.
Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) said that vampire politics are the focus of Season 5. Mr. O’Hare explained that when people are brought back to life, they have to lose something. With Russell’s resurrection, he has lost his vicious ambition. In its place are a playfulness, ease, and humor. But make no mistake, Russell is still really dangerous. He still kills a lot of people, and kills them with glee. When asked, Mr. O’Hare said it took Russell about 4-5 episodes to heal. Most intriguingly of all, Russell unexpectedly falls in love again.
“Something happens from across the room. Something happens while sharing a body. Someone you know. You’ll be very surprised by it.”
Lucy Griffiths (Nora) explained that Nora and her ‘brother’ Eric love each other very much but haven’t seen one another in a long time. Their relationship can be very fraternal, in that they can be very aggressive toward each other. They make a great team when they work together but otherwise they just mess each other up.
Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) talked of the close relationship that developed between his character and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).
“We’re good friends and it’s been a lot of fun. And we sort of love each other.”
Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) shared that Nora’s appearance caused a little bit of trouble for Pam. Ms. Bauer van Straten explained that she and Alex have been asking for Pam’s backstory for years and were thrilled to finally see it played out. She says the story explains the Pam we know.
Kelly Overton plays a new werewolf character named Rikki. She describes her character as a strong, resourceful werewolf, the opposite of the damsel in distress. She’s determined to find out what happened to the Pack Master and is not loving Alcide at the moment.
Rutina Wesley said that, despite people’s doubts, Tara is coming back.
Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) said that becoming a vampire might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Steve. At first, he wondered if Steve would be self-loathing but the reality is, he’s very attracted to power. Jason is the guy Steve always wanted to be and he’s coming after Jason. But, Jason has a new vampire friend in Jessica.
“If you mess with Jason, you mess with Jessica.”
Apparently, the first four episodes are a Pam tour de force, and the origin story between Pam and Eric is fantastic. Fans don’t have long to wait now. Season 5 of True Blood premieres on HBO June 10th.
Check out the video below, if you’d prefer to skip to the good stuff (strictly True Blood related), it starts right before the 3-minute mark. Enjoy!
December 4, 2011
Rutina Wesley Relives Where it All Started:
Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara on True Blood, had the chance to take the stage with her hubby recently while in Boston. Wesley was there to participate in the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s American Voices reading of Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love.
This performance will hold a special place in Wesley’s heart as she read this play with her husband, actor Jacob Fishel.
Wesley, according to the Boston Globe:
“She hasn’t read opposite her spouse since the two were students at Julliard. Back then, they were often cast together because of their chemistry, she said. ‘It’s been kind of fun to remember what that beginning was like — when we first fell in love at school.’”
I’m sure this performance has now etched a new memory into the minds of both Wesley and Fishel, one that will certainly live on for many years to come.
Source Credit: Boston.com
(Photo Credit: Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe)