Michelle Forbes Talks About Her Role on True Blood

April 20, 2009 by  

michelleforbesMichelle Forbes sat down with Elizabeth Johnson from h monthly to discuss her work on “In Treatment” and her unusual character in the second season of True Blood. Presented below is a excerpt of the lengthy article from h monthly.

Michelle Forbes speaks highly of her recent colleagues for their fascination with the human condition; ultimately for their ability to “get in there and be intimate with people, uncovering their deepest, darkest secrets.” She too has delved into some deep and dark characters over the years in theatre, television, and movies including Swimming with SharksKalifornia,The DistrictPrison Break24Battlestar GalacticaHomicide: Life On The Street, and Star Trek: The Next Generation and has enjoyed a diverse acting career where she explores the human psyche and spirit through intriguing characters and storylines.

With Forbe’s latest two series (both on HBO), In Treatment and True Blood, she brings us two more compelling characters: She joined True Blood late last season as Maryann, a wealthy “social worker” with an unrevealed secret power adding another layer of mystery to the town of Bon Temps, and Kate Weston from In Treatment. Kate is the repressed wife to psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne); they bring their 25 year marriage under the therapy microscope with Paul’s therapist, Gina, brilliantly portrayed by Dianne Wiest.  The series is gripping, and like therapy itself, you have no idea where it’s going to lead you. Gabriel Byrne’s Paul Weston is fascinating as he uncovers his patients’ struggles with piercing intuition and honest compassion as he himself hovers on the brink of an emotional crisis. Michelle Forbes tackles the role of repressed housewife with depth and grace alongside her own emotional cave-in.

As Forbes and I chat on a sunny Monday morning, we both agree that it’s pretty tough to afford therapy right now, so watching HBO is a cunning way to get some treatment: From Tell Me You Love Me to Tony Soprano’s insightful therapy sessions, there’s something to going inside the therapist’s room for our viewing pleasure. You can certainly get your money’s worth with In Treatment – 99% unadulterated therapy! So together we settle in for our own therapeutic session, and the conversation and laughs come so easily, I feel like I’ve known her my whole life and we just forgot to actually meet. Her distinctive deep voice lights up when she talks about Seasons 2 of In Treatment (returning April 5) and True Blood (coming in June) as well as yet another intriguing and dark new series, Durham County, coming out later this summer.  }

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SOURCE:  h monthly: Michelle Forbes Talk To Me

(Photo credit: h monthly/John Russo)