Nelsan Ellis On What’s Coming For Lafayette

September 15, 2009 by  

Nelsan Ellis Lafayette: cousin of Tara, gay, cook at Merlotte’s, day-time construction worker, drug and vampire blood dealer. Aside from these character back stories, I am truly fascinated with the other side of his character. He has an unwavering wittiness, sassiness and outrageous behavior, which never fails to entertain me. Indeed, Lafayette Reynold has catapulted Nelsan Ellis into vampire and Hollywood history.

I for one believe that his acting skills are perfect already. But despite his success in portraying Lafayette, Nelsan is still critical about his performance, which is why he watches each episode 20 times in order to critique his own acting. However, he acknowledged fans attention as “very flattering” – a doubtlessly humble remark.

Moreover, Nelsan spoke about his character who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder after being held hostage by Eric and then later was set free in season two. He said:

“I didn’t understand why they took me in such a drastic direction in season 2, but then again, somebody who is used to being on top because of his charms — once he’s completely powerless to defend himself, that can be completely traumatizing.”

He also revealed that he wouldn’t mind if his character was turned into a vampire or if Lafayette and Eric had more scenes together in the future. Nelsan said:

“I love working with Alexander Skarsgard. He brings such gravity to a scene,”

As season three production begins on December, I hope that we can still see more of Lafayette. I’m sure everybody does. We would all want to know the story behind his past and the reason why he’s got a fierce attitude. Well, we just have to wait because Nelsan will mention his idea to Alan Ball about some flashback scenes with Lafayette and his mother. This is like a breakthrough in the sense that he doesn’t usually talk to the show’s writers, regarding what’s coming for his character.

“There are so many lines about how his mother treated Lafayette. It would be nice if we found out in the flashbacks that she was a vampire.”

And for those people who would still want the show to stick with the storyline of the books, Nelsan noted that season three may not follow the books. He said,

“I think Alan has been great in keeping even fanatical readers of the Harris’ books on their toes. He’s changed things”.

Though Nelsan Ellis has already received accolades for his True Blood participation, his parents may not count. He said that his mother is deeply religious and his father doesn’t approve him of portraying a character like Lafayette.

Don’t worry Nelsan. True Blood fans are here to support you and you’ve done such a terrific job already.


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  • TruEricFan

    I agree Meisha, I am also glad they didn’t follow the books verbatim. Lafayette was my favorite character in the books and yes, I cried when they found his body. I actually cheered in episode 1 when it was miss Jeanette’s body in the back of Andy’s car. I can’t wait to see what Alan has planned for Lafayette in season 3 and beyond. I have seen Nelsan in a few other shows and was as impressed with those performances as I have been with Lafayette. I think we are just seeing the beginnings of a wonderful career for Nelsan

  • TallGrrl

    I’m not surprised but am nonetheless saddened to hear about Nelsan’s parents and their attitude towards his work.
    I hope they know how much joy he brings to his fans with his work, and that he is very much loved and respect by his fans and that we very much appreciate the hard word he does to bring his character to life.
    It’s not quite the same as having your parents’ approval, but I hope he knows how much we love him and his fantastic work.

  • Maria

    If Nelson Ellis reads these blogs, he needs to know how much he has made True Blood a phenominal show. Nelson gets a big fat Snap Dog from me because of the other work I have seen him do. He really is a phenominal actor. The fact that he watches himself on the show to critique what/how he plays his character shows a depth and understanding that he is learning–therefore perfecting his character. I think that Alan Ball and whoever else picked Nelson Ellis to play Lafayette hit the nail on the head with him. To me Nelson has truly captured the true embodiment of Lafayette.

    Personally, I think Alan Ball did a great job with the casting of the characters on the show. 🙂

  • Meisha

    I love what Mr. Nelsan Ellis has brought to the character of ‘Lafayette’ and I am hoping we continue to see him in season 3. I like that the show does not follow the books story line verbatim otherwise we would not have had ‘Lafayette’ in season 2.
    thank you Mr. Alan Ball and Mr. Nelsan Ellis..BRAVA!

    • MarleneEmmett

      We the ladies of HBO’s Fan Forum would absouletly love it if you
      were turned and made Vampire:
      That would be so OUTRAGEOUS!!
      You wearing those gold lame trousers that you had on when Jason
      came to see you in Season 1,paired with a black wifebeater top,
      and a sexy turban,along with some wicked eyemakeup?? PERFECT!!!

      Now put you behind the bar at Fangtasia: YOU and Pam would bring
      in the gay/lesbian crowd for sure!!!
      YOU would be a major hit.

      • me

        I agree I would LOVE for Lafayette to become a vampire but I think he should stay at Merlotts, he should still hate Eric and be used and tormented by Eric.