Bid on an Autographed Book from the True Blood Cast

November 14, 2010

Celebri-tree Auction Benefiting the VFW Foundation

Rutina Wesley and Carrie Preston Return the Favor Auction

In honor of Veteran’s Day Hallmark has teamed up with the VFW Foundation to help “Return the Favor” to active-duty and retired military personnel.  They are running an auction until December 3, 2010 for celeb-signed Hallmark products in order to raise funds for this incredible organization.    “Return the Favor” offers programs and services that governmental assistance doesn’t cover for America’s troops and veterans.  Click here to find out more about the ‘Return the Favor’ program.

Kristin Bauer Return the Favor Auction

The cast of True Blood has become involved with this worthy cause by autographing a Hallmark Recordable Storybook “We’re Not Scared of Anything”.  Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynold), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Ashley Jones (Daphne Landry), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) andKristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort) all signed this keepsake book.  Recordable storybooks feature voice capture technology recording the reader’s voice directly into the book. 

Joe Manganiello Return the Favor Auction

‘We’re Not Scared of Anything’

In this book, as bedtime approaches, Little Monster finds plenty to be scared of. Luckily, Big Monster is there to reassure him that the scary things aren’t so scary after all. Written in rhymed, metered verse, it encourages kids and eases nighttime fears in a fun, playful way. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the VFW Foundation to help military families through its Unmet Needs program.

The bidding starts at $50 and ends 8:59pm EST on December 3, 2010.  Click here to place your bid today.

Auction Items

Other items up for auction include a recordable storybook of “Frosty the Snowman” signed by some of the cast of ‘Modern Family’, the recordable storybook of ‘The Night Before Christmas’ signed by Anne Heche and a Brooke Burke autographed Animal from the ‘Muppet Show’ ornament.  Click here to view a complete list of all of the items up for auction or to make a donation.  Remember the bidding ends December 3, 2010 so be sure to visit today!

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VIDEOS: True Blood Cast at The Art of Elysium Genesiu Awards

September 2, 2010

The cast of True Blood, both past and present members, have been spotted out and about quite a bit recently. Mariana Klaveno, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer van Straten, and Ashley Jones were all seen at The Art of Elysium Genesiu Awards. Check out these videos of them at the event from PopCandies TV. Enjoy!


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Mariana Klaveno at The Art of Elysium Genesiu Awards


Ashley Jones Leaving The Art of Elysium Genesiu Awards

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PHOTOS: Ashley Jones and Joe Manganiello Attend Us Weekly Event

April 23, 2010

True Blood‘s Ashley Jones (Daphne) and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) attended the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood Style Issue Event in Hollywood, California on Thursday, April 22, 2010. Both Ashley and Joe look great but as we can see in the photo Joe is really getting into the werewolf role.  Fans can’t wait for season 3 of True Blood starting on Sunday, June 13, 2010 on HBO.


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(Photo credits:  Bob Charlotte / PR Photos via exposay.com)

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Ashley Jones Co-Hosts Talented Teens’ Photojournalism Exhibition

April 16, 2010

Ashley Jones, best known to us as True Blood‘s Daphne, will be one of several hosts at the Step Up Women’s Network 4th Annual “I Dream to…” Photojournalism Exhibition this upcoming Saturday, April 17th in Culver City, CA. On exhibit will be the work of talented teen photojournalists, each of which had the opportunity to meet with, interview, and photograph a woman in the career field they dream to pursue. The final project consists of each teen having their very own gallery display and a blog on which they document their experience.

Aside helping host the exhibition, Ashley was a mentor to a couple of this year’s “I Dream to…” participants. Two young woman who Ashley mentored wrote in their blogs about their experience.

One of the the young women, Suzie Q. (Albia Cruz) aspires to be an actress and was thrilled to have Ashley Jones as her mentor.  Ashley shared with her insight on being famous, dealing with rejection for roles and the philosophy to never give up and perseverance.

Frankie-Jo Gonzalez‘s describes her dream to be an actress as a way for her to express herself through acting and being different characters. As Ashley explained to Frankie-Jo to never give up and to always follow your dreams and that although there may be ups and downs in the business, to follow the positive aspects.

If you would like to attend the event and support Step Up’s young dreamers, below is the event information, along with a link the registration page.

Date: April 17, 2010
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Venue: Helms Bakery Complex, 8723 Washington Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232
Tickets Prices: $25 – $75
Find out more at Step Up’s registration page.

SOURCE: Step Up Women’s Network

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Ashley Jones Interviewed by FHM

April 6, 2010

In the May UK edition of For Him Magazine, Ashley Jones is one of the featured girls, showing off her sexy looks in a lingerie spread and her sweet, Southern charm with a homemade gumbo recipe.

Ashley, who played shapeshifter Daphne in the second season of True Blood, which is just now airing on the FX channel in the UK, has also been a star of the soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful for years. She talks about the many, many hours she worked filming both shows at the same time, night and day:

“It’s amazing what the human body can tolerate and you just have to get on with it. I think it helped that I’m still young, single and don’t have kids, as any semblance of a private life went out the window.”

Ashley also shares some of the crazed fan mail she gets, including one guy who is “convinced my breasts are sending messages to him through the TV. I’m not quite sure what they’re actually saying to him. It’s pretty freaky.”

About her time on True Blood, Ashley says that personal experience as a waitress helped her get into the character of Daphne, and that some of the clumsiness and plate-dropping was naturally her. She also gives an interesting explanation about what her arrangement was for doing nudity on the show:

“When we got down to the final auditions I thought I wouldn’t get the part as the other two girls I was up against said they were okay with the nudity and I wasn’t comfortable in getting everything out. But luckily they went with me, it just meant I had to sign off on the nakedness.”

We are certainly glad that worked out, too, because she turned out to be the right actress for the part! It is also great to see Ashley getting more roles these days on television shows like FlashForward and The Mentalist .

SOURCE: FHM UK via thedailyfix.com

(Photo credit:  Ashley Jones)

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Catching Up with Ashley Jones

March 20, 2010

During True Blood’s second season, fans were all excited for lovable shapeshifter Sam Merlotte when he found romance with the new waitress, Daphne Landry. The relationship seemed like a perfect match because, as a shapeshifter herself, she shared Sam’s unique lifestyle and made him realize that he shouldn’t hide what he truly is.

But of course, knowing this show as we do, the situation became more twisted and mysterious when we discovered Daphne’s history with Maryann, the maenad wreaking havoc on Bon Temps and targeting Sam as the sacrifice for her ritual.

Daphne didn’t survive the season–unfortunately her heart had to be cut out and cooked in a gruesome shepherd’s pie–but while she was there, Ashley Jones was a wonderful part of the cast. A couple months ago, we here at TrueBloodNet.Com had the opportunity to interview her, in which she offers many interesting insights about Daphne and about her experience working on the show.

We don’t yet know whether there will be an occasion for Daphne to reappear in the future, in flashbacks or some other form. Regardless, this hard-working actress will forever be a part of True Blood history. I say hard-working because the entire time that Ashley was working on the show, she continued her day job as a star on the CBS soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. She has played the character of Bridget Forrester Marone since 2004.

There were times when Ashley had no break in between filming–she would work through the night on True Blood and go straight to The Bold and the Beautiful. Those of you who have seen her performance as Bridget will recognize how vast the differences were between her and Daphne.

One is a doctor and a fashion designer, tangled up in a dramatic web of family and romantic complications. The other is a Southern girl, very clumsy but amusing as a waitress, who sometimes takes the form of a pig, deer, or other animal.

The fact that Ashley was constantly transitioning for months from one character to the other while making it look effortless is certainly a credit to her as an actress. Whereas some people might complain at having to work that much, she seems to genuinely love what she does.

Ashley has been on The Bold and The Beautiful for just over 700 episodes. These days, Bridget is saddened by the tragic loss of her baby after the surrogate mother miscarries. Her grief, and difficulties with her husband Nick Marone, pushed her into the arms of Owen Knight–whose wife, Jackie, is Bridget’s mother-in-law and boss at the clothing boutique.

Now Bridget feels guilty about what happened, especially since Nick is resolved to be a better man and make up for his past mistakes. She loves him and doesn’t want to hurt him, so she and Owen vow to keep their night together a secret. Other people have found out, though, and soon it looks like the truth will be uncovered.

Many thanks to Ashley for keeping us up-to-date with what is happening with her and for sending to us these incredible photos of herself.  Even though Ashley‘s character is gone from True Blood she will always be in our hearts and a part of the True Blood family.

(Photo credits: Ashley Jones)

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Ashley Jones’ Exclusive Interview with TrueBloodNet.com

February 25, 2010

We here at TrueBloodNet.com had the privilege of interviewing the multi-talented Ashley Jones who not only charmed us with her wit but her down-to-earth personality.  When she was not busy portraying Daphne on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood at night she was Bridget Forrester during the days on The Bold and Beautiful.  It was just one of the example of Ashley‘s dedication to her work and at the same time her ability to have fun with whatever come along her way.  Ashley is definitely and truly an inspiring woman and one to watch as her star continues to rise.

Ashley Jones True Blood Daphne at EyeconTBN.com: We know you studied at Pepperdine University in Malibu and then you went to Florence, Italy. How did that all work out? Was that just a semester abroad?

Ashley: Yes, that’s exactly what it was it was, through Pepperdine.

TBN.com: Did you get to act there?

Ashley: No, I did not. That would be such a dream to get something over there. I did act a little bit at Pepperdine, but not overseas. I studied  art and art history and a little Italian while I was there.

TBN.com: Great! Art and art history. Well that adds a whole new dimension. So who is your favorite painter?

Ashley: I have quite a few. I was recently in Italy and got inside the basilica, the Vatican and the Sistine Chapel. Seeing Michelangelo’s work all over again is absolutely fascinating.

TBN.com: If you didn’t act over there, were you acting in college?

Ashley: I did a little bit. I grew up in theater…and I’m always wanting to do more. One of my favorite plays I tried to tackle in college is Harold Pinter’s BETRAYAL, which was ambitious. I filmed a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie and a Lifetime movie and was a regular on The Young and the Restless.

TBN.com: What was your first performance?

Ashley: My very first was a play called The Women. Then, I did The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold, directed by Kate Revnell Smith. Laurel was the character’s name. I was 11 or 12. She was a very precocious girl that lived with her grandmother in England. When I was doing theater growing up, I worked with amazing people and that’s really where I learned almost everything. It was a theater group run by a Broadway actress – her name was Chris Wilson. Anyone that knows or has worked in Texas would know Chris Wilson and the Alley Theater. Brandon Smith, her son, has done a lot of work in Hollywood.
TBN.com: So you’ve done a lot of plays, and you’ve done TV … Have you done any movies?

Ashley: I have. I was in Old School I’m proud to say because I worked with seasoned comedians and actors. Will Ferrell, Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Todd Phillips – who is a very talented director/ writer. I had a small part in that. It was actually bigger when I worked on the show for two and a half to three weeks with Will Ferrell mainly. I played Tracy the caterer, who was having an affair with Craig Kilborn.
TNB.com: So do you have a favorite medium then? Do you prefer TV, movies, plays?

Ashley: I don’t have children yet but if I have kids, I kind of imagine film would be a great place to be because if you could work it out to do one or two films a year. But, comedies and —I’m extremely happy doing whatever comes my way, though. I’m rambling, sorry!

TBN.com: Oh, that’s okay. We like these kind of answers.

TBN.com: You were recently at EyeCon. What is your impression of conventions in general?

Ashley: It’s a lot of work to be honest and you have to be “on” a lot. You know – you were there when I was doing the question and answer. I was honored people were coming to the Q&A. The fans were really gracious, intelligent, lovely people.

TBN.com: You were certainly the life of the party at EyeCon and it was wonderful. It was great of you to get the other actors involved with the audience at certain points and we all certainly appreciated your presence there.

Ashley: Well that is so kind of you. Thank you. It’s really been a pleasure.

TBN.com: Well I think you’re absolutely amazing. When you were at EyeCon, you were talking about both doing the soap opera exactly the same days you were doing True Blood …

Ashley: It was a bit nutty. I worked on The Bold and the Beautiful in the day time and on True Blood, we work vampire hours, so I would work nights sometimes. There were probably a half a dozen days or nights that I would be on a ranch in Malibu working on True Blood pretty much till like 7:30 in the morning and I would have an 8:30 call at CBS, which was about an hour away in traffic so I wouldn’t even go home. I would go from Malibu to CBS and there was one day I got there they thought, “Well, you still got your make up on, we don’t even need to redo your make up, just a touch up.” The two production companies were amazing.
TBN.com: Did you start to feel like you had a dual personality going on?

Ashley: At times, yeah, I have to say.

TBN.com: Alan Ball understands and shows respect to that region and to those people. He shows respect because throughout all the craziness, he goes on with their lives. You know, Maenads and shape shifters and vampires and soon to be werewolves throughout all of that, he makes them real and genuine. I mean, Tara says these horrible things to every person that happens to disagree with her and she says, “you’re a racist” and that kind of thing but he respects her, she’s still a good person …

Ashley: Oh, absolutely. Respect is a good word. I always find his writing and vision to be very authentic, too.

TBN.com: Would you be open to returning to True Blood?

Ashley: Of course I would be touched and honored – especially because I’ve never been able to play a character like this. You become so attached. I thought I was going to do a job for a limited time, but it really did change me in a lot of ways. It opened up a lot of doors for me. You don’t expect to fall in love with the production people and the fans and the cast.

The fans are just wonderful and they’re really loyal. A couple of people have said what was so disappointing was Sam really finding some form of love and it was ripped away from him again. The way the characters grow together (Daphne and Sam) … they’re very few, but the moments were so real.. Setting the scenes in the swamp swimming and talking … there’s a certain intimacy there in the way they were shot that you felt that you were right there with them.

TBN.com: Because this is a fantasy show; it’s possible that you could come back as a completely different character. With all the make up, you could not look like Daphne at all.

Ashley: You’re totally right and of course anyone who has been with the show would want to come back! With that said, it’s Alan Ball and it’s a fantasy. So really between those two forces, anything could happen.
TBN.com: Well we are looking forward to that possibility!

Ashley: Oh, that’s so sweet. Thank you very much. Just the fact that anyone ever thought of that kind of validates the work that I was able to do on the show.

TBN.com: We all loved you on the red carpet and you’re just … you’re Bridget Forrester and fashion is in your blood. Is it in Ashley Jones’ blood and if so, who gave you your fashion sense? You are the belle of the ball on every red carpet.

Ashley: Well thank you. That’s so sweet. I don’t quite have the accessibility or the finances really to wear everything I would want to wear. My mom’s always been privy to trends and has a phenomenal eye for interior design and style and fashion. I try to have fun with that form of expression.

TBN.com: So I have some goofy questions that we ask everybody …

Has True Blood reshaped the way you think about good and evil?

Ashley: The lines of good and evil get blurred with more life, don’t they. There’s a lot of grey in there. True Blood depicts that….but, nah, ultimately, it’s a fun show about vampires.

TBN.com: You seemed to play Daphne as if she was very innocent. Did you do this on purpose?

Ashley: I was literally unaware of storyline when I did filmed the first couple of episodes. I didn’t know she was a pig. I didn’t know where the scratches came from; I just created the character with a little backstory and her own little secrets. And then the more and more I found out about her, the more layered and complex she became. So, innocence was there organically.

Ashley Jones True Blood Daphne

TBN.com: And do you have a favorite charity?

Ashley: Yes I do. I work closely with a charity in LA that’s called Step Up Woman’s Network.

TBN.com: Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Ashley: It connects women with other women in different professions and helps them open the line of communication but most importantly, it connects professional women and underprivileged teens and young women with very young children to so they can see the reality of what they can become.

I just met my new mentee!

www.suwn.org

TBN.com: Very nice, you get personal contact it’s not just something you send a check off to and forget about nine months out of the year …

TBN.com: Thank you so much Ashley for your generous time!

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True Blood’s Ladies at the HBO Luxury Lounge

January 17, 2010

True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley, Carrie Preston, Michelle Forbes and Ashley Jones attended the HBO Luxury Lounge held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California in honor of the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards.  All the actresses had the opportunity to check all the amazing gifts items offered by the various sponsors including Activision, Simmons Jewelery CO., Block Headwear, Rich Soil Clothing, Invicta Watch Group, Illia and Camacho cigars to name a few.  Enjoy the photos!


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Ashley Jones Attends Kari Feinstein’s 2010 Style Lounge

January 17, 2010

The 2010 Golden Globes are coming up very quickly, and like other awards shows, that means celebrities are attending the various pre-Golden Globe events taking place around Los Angeles.  On January 16, 2010, Ashley Jones attended the Kari Feinstein’s 2010 Style Lounge (The DPA Gifting Suite at The Peninsula Beverly Hills) and had the opportunity to check out all the wonderful items featured.


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VIDEO: Ashley Jones Talks Season 3 at EyeCon

December 12, 2009

Ashley-Jones-JPI-09-LAshley Jones, who played shapeshifter Daphne in Season two of True Blood, was one of the cast members that fans got a chance to meet at last month’s EyeCon convention in Orlando. In an interview with Central Florida On Demand, she discusses what it was like working on the show and what her future there might be.

She was hesitant to give anything away, except that it was shocking and worth watching, but no surprise there! She teased a couple of big storylines, for Lafayette and for Terry and Arlene. Ashley was unsure then whether she would return in some way:

“We don’t know if Daphne’s going to be back yet. I haven’t received scripts, but there have only been two.”

Certainly anything is possible!

Ashley describes the challenge of being a part of her soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful, at the same time that she had her role on True Blood:

“Pretty much every night I was working vampire hours, and I was Daphne, then Bridget during the day.”

Sometimes she was working on no sleep, switching back and forth between the characters with their different accents and appearances. That must of been stressful, but Ashley did a great job! She says that it was worth every moment.

She describes the fun atmosphere behind the scenes. Between their filming, the actors hang out on the porches of their trailers and often have their dogs running around.

One thing you might not know about Ashley is that she plays the violin and the fiddle! She praises Todd Lowe, who plays Terry Bellefleur, for being a very talented musician who performs in L.A. often. He has been trying to get her to play in public with him, but she admits to being a little shy about it.

When asked what the cast and crew needs to do to set True Blood apart in the crowd of popular vampire stories, she thinks they should just continue with what they’ve been doing and let Alan Ball carry out what he has planned:

“And the fact that we have [Charlaine Harris’] books that people are so engrossed in and know what’s happening there. I think that’s great for us, that they’re going to want to watch and see what plays out and how it’s different. I don’t know what else we can do. I hope we can get more and more fans, and I hope we keep the ones we already have–I think we’re on a pretty good path so far.”

We think they’re on a good path, too! Who has ideas about how Ashley might reprise her role as Daphne? She was a fun addition to the cast this year, so it would be cool to see her again!

Many thanks to Michi for putting the video up on Youtube!

SOURCE: youtube.com

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