Bid on Kristin Bauer van Straten Original Oil Painting Of…

August 30, 2014

… Alexander Skarsgard! Kristen is Auctioning Off True Blood Merchandise:

True Blood auction Kristin Bauer van Straten and Alexander SkarsgardAt the moment Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam the vampire) has a few True Blood memorabilia items up for auction on eBay. Among the items is this spectacular oil painting she did of co-star Alexander Skarsgard (who played her maker Eric Northman in HBO’s True Blood).

All the proceeds from the items auctioned will go to her preferred charity, Out for Africa documentary by Kristin Bauer van Straten and Children’s Arts Education Scholarship Fund. You can view the details for this auction below. If you want to bid on this item, please click here. Alternatively, you can view her full list of auction items by clicking here.

ORIGINAL and ONE OF A KIND oil painting by ‘True Blood’ star Kristin Bauer van Straten of her co-star Alexander Skarsgard.

The painting is oil on canvas and measures 14” x 18″ (35,5 x 46 cm).
Kristin Bauer van Straten and Alexander Skarsgard both signed the painting. Authentic autographs.
The auction winner will also receive a 8×10 photo of Pam signed by Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Payment:
All payments must be received within 3 days of auction end.
Payment by PayPal only.

Shipping:
International shipping may be subject to import duties or other taxes.

Dispatch Times:
We aim to ship all items as soon as possible. Depending on the availability of Kristin Bauer van Straten to sign the item.

Info:
Proceeds of the auction will go towards the Out for Africa documentary by Kristin Bauer van Straten and Children’s Arts Education Scholarship Fund.

Let us know if you are planning to bid on any of these items by commenting below!

Source: The van Straten’s – Facebook page

(Photo Credit: The van Straten’s Facebook page/Kristin Bauer van Straten)

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Last Chance to Purchase True Blood Props and Costumes!

August 26, 2014

New Items From Episode 10 Added to the Screen Bid Auction Lot:

Sookies black dress from the True Blood finaleWhat did you think of the costuming for HBO’s True Blood Season 7 finale? Did you like the black dress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) wore in Episode 10 (entitled Thank You)? How about Jessica Hamby’s (Deborah Ann Woll) wedding dress? Maybe you would you like to own the last Henley shirt Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) ever wore?

And what about the True Blood props from the finale? Maybe you would like the hand written sign for the Hamby-Fortenberry wedding? Or are some of the decorations from Fangtasia more to your liking?

These items and many more are still available through the ScreenBid True Blood props and costumes action. But you need to hurry as all lots will close today (26th August 2014) by 9:05 PM PDT.

You can view the full list of items currently on offer through Screen Bid by clicking here.

Let us know if you are successful in your bids by commenting below!

Source: ScreenBid – True Blood Auction (#1000069)

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 7 Finale Episode 10 (Thank You) Sneak Peek #2 – And More!

August 21, 2014

Is Sookie Stackhouse Just One of God’s Mistakes?

true-blood-season-7-episode-10-sookieHere we have it: the very last sneak peek video of HBO’s True Blood EVER! In this video we find Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) questioning whether God makes mistakes, and wondering if maybe she is one of them.

Under the sneak peek video, we have some new release promo stills from Episode 10 (entitled Thank You) of True Blood Season 7.

Also, don’t forget to place your bids on your fave True Blood props and costumes in the ScreenBid auction that is running right now. Currently, Eric Northman’s (Alexanderskarsgard) throne has reached $7,700 dollars, but if that is out of your budget, there are still plenty of items priced around the $100 mark.

Finally, don’t forget that you can’t have a True Blood finale without some of Gran’s home-baked cooking! Why not whip up Adele Stackhouse’s (Lois Smith) famous pecan pie that Sookie sobbed over in Season 1? You can find the recipe by clicking here.

Synopsis (revised slightly from the one displayed in previous articles):

Sookie Stackhouse weighs a future with and without Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer). Eric Northman and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) embark on a new enterprise, while Sarah Newlin (Anna Camp) faces the consequences of her actions. Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) embraces his new life; Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) comes upon an unexpected inheritance.

Promo Pictures:

 

Sources: YouTube – True Blood Season 7: Episode #10 Clip (HBO)

HBO – Programming Schedule

Hypable – ‘True Blood’ series finale preview: Is Sookie a mistake?

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True Blood Auction Starts Tomorrow!

August 19, 2014

Here’s Your Chance to Bid on Eric Northman’s Throne:

Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) get personal in HBO' s True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Just a quick reminder that in a few short hours True Blood fans will have the opportunity of a lifetime when ScreenBid opens their True Blood props and costumes auction. Many items are on offer and are being added to daily. The list includes:

  • Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) throne
  • Fangs owned and used by various vampire actors (including Stephen Moyer)
  • Sookie Stackhouse’s (Anna Paquin) white sundress from Season 1
  • That yellow sweatsuit Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) wore when she went to ground with Tara (Rutina Wesley)
  • A Merlotte’s menu
  • Jason Stackhouse’s (Ryan Kwanten) deputy uniform
  • Maryann’s (Michelle Forbes) wedding dress from Season 2
  • Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) leather jacket
  • Ms. Suzuki’s (Tamlyn Tomita) shoes (yes, the ones that were used to kill her)
  • Tara’s bloody vamp camp outfit
  • A “True Death” puddle of bloody remains

These are just a few of the many, many items on offer.

You can register to bid on these items by clicking here. To view the full list of True Blood items, please click here.

Source: ScreenBid – True Blood Auction (#1000069)

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True Blood Props and Costumes Auction

August 12, 2014

SceenBid to Auction Many True Blood Items:

Eric Northman's (Alexander Skarsgard) throne from HBO's True BloodWant to own Eric Northman’s (Alexander Skarsgard) throne from Fangtasia? How about one of the frocks Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) wore? Maybe an authentic piece of Merlotte’s bar?

Well, here’s your chance!

ScreenBid is auctioning off many items that were used on the set of HBO’s True Blood over the last seven seasons. Items will go to auction from the 20th August 2014 and conclude on the 25th of August 2014. There are 54 items in total as part of this rare opportunity to obtain genuine prop and costume items from True Blood.

Details of the auctioning process are below:

FAQ
Q: How do you get all these items?
A:ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers who want to make props, wardrobe items, set decoration and other items available to fans and collectors.

Q: But how do I know it’s authentic?
A: Because ScreenBid conducts auctions on behalf of studios and producers, everything we sell comes direct from the source. And every ScreenBid item comes with a Certificate of Authenticity issued by the studio or producer, guaranteeing the authenticity of your purchase.
To ensure you know exactly who certifies authenticity, ScreenBid posts that information on every item’s individual page.

Q: Will I know if someone has outbid me?
A: You sure will. We’ll email you.

Q: Can the computer bid for me?
A: Sort of. You can set a maximum bid – some people call it a “proxy bid” on any item. If someone bids higher than your earlier bid, the computer will automatically increase your bid until you either win or reach your maximum. Other bidders won’t know that you’ve placed a maximum bid. They’ll just know that they have been outbid.

Q: How do I know if I’ve won?
A: You can watch the auction as it closes – it’s really interesting. But you don’t have to. ScreenBid emails all winners as soon as their item closes.

Q: I won! Now what?
A: Well congratulations! The next few steps are easy – and they’re up to you.
You’ll receive an email outlining what to do. We will bill the credit card we have on file for you after the entire auction has ended. If you’d rather pay by cash, check, wire transfer, or PayPal, we’re happy to accommodate you. When you receive your invoice, let us know immediately that you want to pay by a method other than credit card. We’ll take care of it.

Q: Will you ship my item to me?
A: While you are welcome to make any delivery arrangements you’d like, we are happy to have our shipping department help you. Whether we ship or you make other arrangements, we include a $14.95 handling fee on all items ($24.95 for items shipped outside the United States), and large items may require an additional fee.
Our shipping department sends all items individually — one item per package. If you have us ship for you, we’ll send you a tracking number as soon as your package leaves our facility. To protect you, we insure all items for the full amount you pay. Your invoice will list the cost of that insurance.

Q: I live outside the United States. Can you help me with shipping?

A: Sure!
There’s a handling charge of $24.95 for international shipments, and you will, of course, be responsible for any tariffs, duties, import fees or other requirements imposed by your government.

If you want to see all the awesome items on offer, then you need to click here to go directly to the True Blood auction lot page.

Let us know what items you’re bidding on by commenting below!

Source: ScreenBid – True Blood Auction (#1000069)

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Get the Perfect Gift for an Alexander Skarsgard Fan

November 20, 2010

Make the Holidays Special for an Alex Fan

Help Alexander Skarsgard‘s favorite team this season and shop for that hard-to-buy-for fan or yourself.

SkarsgardNews.com has started selling Alexander Skarsgård-signed Hammarby IF (Alex’s favorite soccer team in Stockholm) merchandise in support of Bajen Aid. You have until November 22nd to purchase a woman’s Hammarby signed thong, or a green or white Hammarby team support bracelet.

Most Alex signed items will be sold and or auctioned off in the days to come including exclusive True Blood memorabilia and Straw Dogs memorabilia. For all you SVM fans, SN.com will be auctioning off Alex’s first three Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire Mystery books that he bought and read when he found out he got the role of Eric Northman. These are all signed and include his notes and highlights.

Thongs: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230552242207&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
Green bracelets: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230552244436&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT
White bracelets: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=230552245166&ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT

Just a quick reminder: These are exclusive items, and there are limited quantities available! Get them while you can!

What is Bajen Aid?

Alexander Skarsgård’s favorite fotboll team is basically going bankrupt due to bad luck and bad management and he has put out a call for help to all Hammarby fans.

Hammarby supporters have teamed up to help their beloved club.. And even though the commitment has been great recently, it is still a long way to go before they secure their football club’s survival.

Together, with many Hammarby supporters, whom are eternally tired of the “black hole” which swallows Hammarby’s economy and therefore they have chosen to start the non-profit Bajen Aid where everyone who wants to make a difference is more than welcome to join.

Alex writes…

I know, it’s not about cancer research. Or fighting against Japanese whaling. But everyone who ever has been to Söderstadion and who has seen 15,000 fans standing up singing “Just idag är jag stark” (Just today I am strong) understands that a world without Hammarby Football would be a bit poorer. At least for some of us.

During my whole childhood and adolescence Söderstadion and the supporter section was a home. It could be rowdy and sometimes hot-tempered in the stands, but you were always welcome and I enjoyed a spirit of community which I still haven’t found anywhere else. When we walked back home over the Skanstull bridge feeling disappointed an older guy would always turn up and put his arm around your shoulders and wheeze “We’ll take them next time” (This was in the early 90’s, light years before Swedish Championship gold and top placing in the Allsvenskan).

Hammarby’s board was often the object of scorn by us the supporters. They were mumbling local restaurant alcoholics who couldn’t even get through the nine-year compulsory school, we were saying at the pubs around Medis (Medborgarplatsen) after yet another bad season. But it was difficult to get really angry. They were after all Bajen people. They were trying. Today it is easier to get really angry. The internal fighting and the individuals with self-interest take over from each other and Hammarby is torn apart in front of our eyes.

I have two humble requests to all Hammarby fans around the country.

The first one: Let’s promise each other to never let someone into Hammarby’s board who has a different agenda than what is best for Hammarby Football. If someone would get in who sees the opportunity to rob a piece of the cookie then he should be asked to leave the club by 15000 polite fans.

The second one: Become a member of Hammarby Football. If you aren’t a member you can’t go to the meetings nor vote. In my opinion this means that you are disenfranchised the right to sit in the pubs round Medis swearing over the fact that the club is mismanaged.

Obviously we need a competent board who knows how to manage a company. Preferably people who made it through the nine-year compulsory school. But I want to see members of the board who understand that Hammarby is more than a company. I have no friends who have tattooed AstraZeneca on their chest or named their son Stora Enso. Sadly there seem to be forces in the board rooms of today that do not understand this.

Ultras, guys, Christmas Trees and oil skin coats…

It is we who are Hammarby.

Alexander Skarsgård

Submission thanks to: SkarsgardNews.com

Got a True Blood related tip? Submit it here! Just select the Subject drop down ‘Contribution Request’ and send us your news item!

SOURCE: SkarsgardNews.com

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Guillermo Del Toro & Hogan Offer Signed Copy of Latest Book to Benefit Amanda Foundation

October 26, 2010

The cast of True Blood aren’t the only ones involved in the vampire genre who are excited to auction off an item for charity. Guillermo del Toro, most known for his work on Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy [film] series, and writer Chuck Hogan, author of Prince of Thieves: A Novel, have graciously agreed to help The Amanda Foundation by allowing TrueBloodNet.com to auction off a signed copy of their book, The Fall: Book Two of The Strain Trilogy!

The auction will run from October 26th, 2010 until November 9th, 2010.

'The Fall' autographed by Del Toro

Recently, I was thrilled to see Guillermo del Toro give a presentation to a group of awe-inspired admirers, myself included,  at the TimesTalks Times Center building in New York.  However, when it came to what he would be like or even as to what he would look like, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When he walked out he was dressed strictly in black, a plump, unassuming man, he casually sat in the center chair of the three placed on the stage.

Throughout the talk he revealed a dazzling personality, full of energy and an infectious enthusiasm for his craft and answered the moderators’ and audience’s questions humorously and with effortless eloquence. I’ll admit I hadn’t expected him, this master and lover of horror, to be so wickedly funny. Do not be deceived however, for his books are full of some of the most horrific depictions I’ve ever read and will surely rival some of True Blood’s most gruesome and head turning moments.

It’s my sincerest wish that your love of vampires will bleed into your love for our fanged animal friends in need of good homes. I’m sure I don’t need to remind anyone that they should bid as if a pet depended on it.

In order to participate, you must be registered to bid. Registering is free and registering now will get you set up for future True Blood charity auctions. Please go here to view the auction.

Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan and TrueBloodNet.com have teamed up to help The Amanda Foundation. The Amanda Foundation is a pet rescue organization that was founded in 1976, and has since placed thousands of homeless animals into loving homes. A nonprofit organization, they not only rescue dogs and cats who, through no fault of their own, are spending their last days at city and county shelters but they also sponsor a free web page for those that need to re-home their furry, feathered or scaled companions; sponsor spay and neuter education programs and operate a spay-mobile; and have their own veterinary hospital. They also run a feral cat spay/neuter and vaccination program that has treated over 1000 feral cats including 200 in one day! All profits from this auction go directly to The Amanda Foundation to support their worthy work.

“The Fall”

“The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late. Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed. With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation. Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.”

A recorded segment of the TimesTalks event can be viewed at their website: Guillermo del Toro: Vampire Vision

Cover art courtesy of William Morrow

Review Source: Amazon

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Allan Hyde Supports SOS Africa

October 16, 2010

Allan Hyde Holds Auction to Help SOS Africa

As we know, almost everyone involved with True Blood has a charity (or even a few charities) they support. The same can be said for Allan Hyde, who will hopefully continue playing vampire Eric Northman‘s maker Godric in more flashback scenes on True Blood.

In order to help SOS Africa, a small, non-profit charity that supports underprivileged township children in Africa by caring for them and funding their educations, Allan set up an auction on Allan-Hyde.net with tons of great True Blood swag in it!

The Auction

There is a lot of True Blood swag in the collection for the auction. There is a signed picture of Allan, a sketch of Godric, a brand new copy of the Scandinavian magazine VMan featuring Alexander Skarsgard on the cover, special copies of Charlaine HarrisLiving Dead in Dallas and Club Dead, and the special True Blood Swag Bag that cannot be purchased anywhere.

But wait, there’s more! Included with the above is a special set of 10 postcards, each featuring a different ‘Waiting Sucks’ ad from the True Blood’s Season 3 ad campaign. Finally, the winner of the auction also gets the Season 3 promotional poster that has the cast in an eerie, swampy setting.

Don’t feel guilty about your love of True Blood! Instead, go bid on the auction and do good for others while you support your True Blood addiction. The auction ends on October 21, so bid while you can!

SOURCE: Allan-Hyde.net — SOSAfrica Charity Efforts Allan Hyde and True Blood Lot of Goodies

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Tanya Wright Talks About True Blood’s Kenya and Butterly Rising

October 15, 2010

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If you ever want to have a great, intelligent and fun conversation with an actor we highly recommend talking to Tanya Wright who plays True Blood‘s Sherriff’s Department Officer Kenya. Tanya has had a fascinating life and knows the entertainment business inside out from acting, to producing to writing-she’s done it all and best of all, she’s not afraid to color outside the box. So get out your Crayola’s guys… and enjoy our conversation with Ms. Wright!

Tanya’s Early Years

TBN: Reading your bio it states that you grew up in the Bronx, New York and then earned scholarships to George School in Pennsylvania, a Quaker boarding school. Then you completed an independent/writing major at Vassar College.
Can you tell us a little bit about those early years?  How did a girl from the Bronx end up at a Quaker Boarding school?

TW: First let me say that a lot of people get Quaker and Amish confused and they are not the same thing. In fact, I was on the subway the other day and some Amish people came on the subway. It could be like a scene out of a movie with New York and its gritty streets and then these people come in with bonnets and these mid 18th century garb and it was so funny. I was watching peoples’ reactions to the Amish people but for me it was like “OK, these people are Amish and I’m familiar with that world”. Quaker is very different. Quakers are very much a part of contemporary society and they are conscientious objectors. They are plain people and they are called plain people in that they are very simple living and they believe the light of God exists equally in everyone. It was a great way to grow up. It’s very different, obviously, from the Bronx, from the mean streets of the Bronx, to this Quaker boarding school existence with rolling lawns. We called our teachers by their first name. We wore Birkenstocks and it was all very crunchy granola. It is still the basis from which I live my life. I do sometimes have difficulty in Hollywood because there is no hierarchy in the Quaker religion and there is aggressive hierarchy in Hollywood and I just didn’t grow up that way.

TBN: How did you end up going there?

TW: I received a scholarship. My sister and I got a scholarship for academic achievement and we went there for 4 years. It was a wonderful, great experience.

TBN: So you got to go with your sister so it made it nicer.

TW: (laughing) The sibling rivalry was pretty hard core so we didn’t speak to each other in high school but we are really good friends now.

TBN: Growing up did you always dream of pursuing an acting career or was it secondary to writing? What was the driving force to make the transition from writing to acting?

TW: It was secondary to acting yes. Writing is what I always wanted to do. I think that I was, if I am honest with myself, scared to admit that I wanted to be an actor too, because that would require other things of me. It would require me speaking in public which is something that I really didn’t do much as a child. I was very shy and acting is just putting myself out there in a way that writing didn’t require of you. Acting was the thing that scared me a little bit more than writing and writing was the thing that sort of carried me on. There was no transition–, it was more like inclusion. from one to the other—from acting to writing I do both I included acting, writing in my acting. It was sort of both.
TBN: What was your very first performance and how did it go?

TW: Oh my God! My very first performance was as the little birch tree. I played the little birch tree. I had no lines. Not one line. I just stood on the stage and I remember it vividly! Looking down at people and I was just the birch tree standing on the stage from beginning to end. And I guess I was hooked.

TBN: That was a perfect beginning, especially if you are afraid to speak, a non speaking role.

TW: A non speaking role. That was a great question, no one has ever asked me that.

TBN: Did you start off on stage in New York or go directly to LA to start your acting career?

TW: Yes I did. I spent some time at the williamstown theatre festival in Massachusetts before I went to Los Angeles.

TBN: What were some of the plays that you did?

TW: We did a play called “Orestes” and “Twelfth Night”. We did some play with “Hanging Woman” and we work shopped “Othello”.

TBN: That doesn’t sound like a very upbeat play.

TW: What, “Othello”?

TBN: No, no, “Hanging Woman” .

TW: No it wasn’t. This man literally had women hanging off him. Not like hanging by a rope!

Tanya is a Multi-talented Force of Nature!

TBN: Your screenplays have been critically acclaimed! “A Turn to Grace,” was a semi-finalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ annual Nicholl’s Screenwriting Competition and “Prelude to a Revolution” accepted and performed by the Mark Taper Forum’s Blacksmyth’s Playwriting Program. Can you tell us what these plays were about?

TW: “A Turn to Grace” is a screenplay and it was one of my early screenplays. A friend of mine in Hollywood read it and she suggested I enter it into the Nicholl’s Screenwriting Competition. I had no idea what it was or who was doing it or how competitive it was. I was a semifinalist in that. “Prelude to a Revolution” is a play I wrote along the lines of a play called for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enough. It doesn’t have a conventional structure. It is music and dance and poetry, but it’s all a story.

TBN: Not only do you act, and are a successful screenwriter, but now you are also developing a children’s cartoon?  Can you tell us about it?

TW: Yes it’s one of the things that I have been working on, a children’s cartoon.

TBN: So has it been sold yet, or is it still in development?

TW: No it still is in development.

TBN: And do you want to tell us what it’s about? Or do you prefer not to?

TW: It’s called “Mikey and the Fabulous Fear Fighters”. That’s all I’ll say right now.

TBN: What was your favorite role played in television or film, besides “True Blood”?

TW: There was a Mini Series I did years ago called “Mama Flora’s Family which was Alex Haley’s last book. It was shot on location in Atlanta with Cicely Tyson and Blair Underwood and Queen Latifah. I would say that would be my favorite role because I had to age from 15 to age 37.

TBN: What actor would you want to work with?

TW: Sean Penn. He’s divine. There is a scene in “Mystic River” that’s just like geez…. He is present as an actor. I would love to work with him.

Tanya Talks True Blood

Tanya Wright as True Blood KenyaTBN: What do you think about your character in the book vs. the show?

TW: I like that the TV show is sort of doing its own thing with Kenya. It’s different but the genesis of her is the same. What’s great about the show is that the writers and producers are good at scratching the surface of the actors that play the roles and letting them go a little bit.

TBN: I just have to tell you that Kenya is one of my favorite characters. I’m ex-military and so to see another woman being the strong arm character is great.

TW: She is way tougher than me.

TBN: She’s the toughest one in the whole Bon Temps Department, except for Jason who isn’t really….

TW: He’s a hot mess, the hottest….

TBN: So far, what’s been the most rewarding and the most challenging aspect of working on “True Blood?”

TW: Well what’s rewarding is that the people there are so enormously talented. I would say that constantly in interviews, the cast I think overwhelmingly is an extraordinary group of people. I think when a show is successful it has a lot to do with the people who work on it. The people: meaning the crew, and the producers, and writers, and actors. It’s like the stars have to align in some way. Everyone contributes to this show in an extraordinary way and they are the most talented group of individuals I’ve worked with and I have worked with some pretty big shows before. I think that they are talented, they are funny, and they’re kind. You can’t ask for a better work situation than that. And then you get to play in this heightened reality where people are biting and they are turning into werewolves. You get to say these firecracker lines and you are like, “they are actually gonna say this on television? Wonderful!” So it’s a lot of fun for an actor. A lot of fun.

TBN: What would you like to see develop for your character?

TW: I would love to see little Miss Kenya put in situations where she is forced to believe. You know where something is happening right before her eyes and she can’t be dismissive as she has been about some things. Where she’s really forced to deal with something that she has experienced in this world of vampires and we see her change because she has to.

TBN: When you said that I thought, “Yeah she has been in denial and is the salt of the earth.” That would be interesting. I’m sure in the 22 years that the show is going to run that they’ll have time to do that.

TW: (laughing) 22 years? From your lips……

TBN: See, I envision Kenya actually as forcing reality to meet her vision instead of….

TW: I love that! I love that.

TBN: Like Tara would still see the pig and the naked woman and Kenya will see the pig.

TW: That would be hysterical!

Butterfly Rising cover artwork

Doing Things the Wright Way

TBN: What inspired you to write “Butterfly Rising”?

TW: Well, I was listening to an Aretha Franklin song one day at the beach with a friend, and I was listening to the words of the song. Together they made the composite of a woman. Boy, it would be really interesting to tell the whole story of this woman with the lyrics of this song. So that was the jumping off point for me. Then I went in my brain and made the woman into two women. I was really inspired by her music. Music is definitely what inspired the movie and definitely the book. The book is written in a sort of lyrical fashion I think.

TBN: It’s interesting that by splitting her into two people you allowed her to have conversations with herself. Who or what did you base the characters Lilah Belle and Rose on?

TW: I think that they are composites of everyone and no one. They are composites of similarities of me and sort of opposites of me. I would say that Rose and Lilah, and I could have played either role, but I chose to play Rose because I was more interested in playing that role just as an actor. But they are opposites in many ways. Rose is a woman who is fiercely independent. She has a torrid reputation with other women’s’ husbands in this small town. She is fierce and sort of actually quite masculine characteristics and aggressively sexual. Lilah Belle is just the opposite. Her brother just dies which is something that I can definitely relate to. She is a singer that doesn’t actually sing anymore when we meet her in the movie because her grief is so overwhelming. She’s odd, she dances in the streets, and she dresses strange. She is just on a different rhythm in this small town. These two women are thrown together by circumstances. They have to make a hasty retreat out of town. And they set out on the open road to find a better life for themselves.

TBN: If they are like you and not like you, are you the one dancing in the street?

TW: Sure, there’s a part of me that would like to dance in the street. I don’t literally dance in the street. I would say that there’s a lot that goes on in my mind that I don’t necessarily live out in my life. My life is simple actually. But I have a very vivid imagination.

TBN: Did you have any challenges in writing the book or directing the film? What were they?

TW: No more challenges than are normal. I do well with challenges. I certainly don’t invite them but I don’t get all crazy about them. So I just, if it’s a challenge I just take it in bite size pieces and I don’t try and solve the whole problem in a second. I just have to take a step, deal with that step, and when that step is taken care of then I move on to the next step. Then ultimately I find myself on the other side of the problem. That’s a good thing.

TBN: What do you hope readers take away from the novel after reading the final page?

TW: I hope that this novel inspires people to live their dream. After my brother died about six years ago, his death inspired me to get on with the business of living my life in the way that I wanted to do it. That’s why I write the book, and made the movie. These were all things that were percolating in my mind and quite frankly I hadn’t cultivated the courage to do it. Then he died and you sit with yourself for a while and you try to figure out well if your time is over tomorrow what do you want to be doing? And then I got to writing.

TBN: How long did it take you to write the book?

TW: I write in a slightly obsessive fury. So the first draft of the book took me 30 days. I keep a very aggressive schedule, where I don’t talk to anyone, I do not eat, I do not see anyone, I do not talk on the phone, nothing. All I do is eat, sleep, breathe, think. I put myself on a schedule and I got through it. For me, it’s important as a writer to get through the first draft because you can make a lot of excuses not to. Now as far as the rewriting is concerned, it took several months, but I got my thoughts on the page in 30 days after I had an outline in my mind.

TBN: So you mentally outlined everything and then went back and wrote it? I know some people write everything down on cards or… everyone has their own method. Was it hard to get a publisher or since you are well known for certain things was it easier?

TW: I didn’t shop for a publisher. I self-published this book. I did not approach a publisher at any time. It wasn’t something that – I just didn’t see the point – I just wanted to get the book out. I had a vision for it, the film was shot, I knew what I wanted to say, I knew how I wanted to do it, and if I involved other people and publishers, it was going to take a lot of time and be more involved and be a lot more complicated than this process needed to be. So I am so glad I did self publish. Next time around I do have an idea for a book , I probably would like to do it in a more conventional way. But I did this one in the down and dirty way, exactly how I wanted to do it. And it is incredible how well it has been received. I just found out that the book has been listed as one of the top 5 debut novels of 2010 by the Brooklyn Book Festival.

TBN: Wow! Congratulations!

TW: I’m really excited about that. There’s a stigma about self-publishing. I was vaguely aware of it, I’m not in the publishing industry per say. It’s just something that people are going to have to get used to, that publishing doesn’t necessarily have to be ‘oh because you didn’t get a publisher’, because I didn’t approach one ever. I got the very best people, as far as my editor is concerned and the people on my book team, who are the best at what they do. Highly experienced people who took me to task on the book and I liked it. It kept me sharp and I feel like I did it right. I thought about it for a while before I did it. But I had no interest in shopping the book. It just felt like that was going to zap my energy. I was less interested in approval and more interested in getting the book out to the people and let them decide. And I am over the moon about it.

TBN: Considering that if you had gone to a publisher your vision in the book could have been changed around, correct?

TW: I’m sure it would have been. I’m used to dealing with that in Hollywood which is why I didn’t even approach a publisher because I know what that means. It is as if I was in Hollywood and was an actor that didn’t have an agent. My agent legitimizes me. I’m no different an actor than I would be if I had an agent or didn’t have an agent. The world views me more legitimately if I have an agent. Certainly the world views me more legitimate if I am on a show that is successful. I know I just wasn’t interested in that, on this project. I just didn’t feel like it.

TBN: Publishers often give good feedback, but I have often felt like with people I know that are in the book industry. Years ago I ran the science fiction fantasy Guild website and it seemed to me a lot of times it was watered down so it was acceptable to so many people that it didn’t say as much anymore as an individual story so I’m glad to hear that you can self -publish and that you are really breaking some boundaries. That’s wonderful!

TW: And I wanted to do that. I wanted to break the boundaries. I wanted to do things in a way that was sort of unorthodox and say this is what an artist can do because the conventional modes of distribution are changing – books and music and movies – the way all these things are being distributed. So many new and exciting ways for an artist to reach its audience without a whole lot of – you know cultivate a relationship with your audience and let it be that instead of spending a lot of your time, energy, and attention in getting people to approve of you. It is so draining. It just didn’t interest me.

TBN: But I could definitely see Kenya self publishing.

TW: Yeah, yeah if need be…. (laughing)

TBN: So you wrote this as a book and then you decided to film it and you had already filmed other things. So was this a fairly easy step for you to make?

TW: I actually shot the movie before I wrote and published the book. I had shot a couple of other things, some book trailers and commercials, but I had never directed a feature film before. It was very familiar territory because I have been in this world since I was 17 so it’s really all I know. I was heartened that I had more knowledge of it, that I had more of it inside of me than I thought I did.

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TBN: What might True Blood fans be surprised to know about Tanya Wright outside of the show?

TW: First that Tanya is nice. Kenya is pretty hard core, you know, and Tanya is much softer and more accepting and she doesn’t drink herself into furies when she loses promotions. I’m a pretty balanced girl and I live a pretty simple life. I think people are surprised that I write and have been writing since the beginning, even before I was acting. I am similar to Kenya in that I like to get things done and I‘m a pretty straight shooter. But I am not nearly as rigid as she is.

TBN: If Kenya died what would you want on her headstone?

TW: This is so funny because I was really thinking about the answer to this question and so I wrote a little ditty:

Miss Kenya was not a believer.
Andy’s promotion was one that had grieved her.
So she took to the bar,
Getting drunk wasn’t far,
Oh Kenya, that you were a believer.

You know, Kenya needs to believe.

TBN: That’s so great! Thank you no one has ever written us a poem before!

TBN: Do you have a favorite charity?

TW: I am actually sifting through charities now to see which one I would like to work with. I am most interested in 2 things: mentoring projects that have to do with young women, self-esteem and artists and independents. I’m very concerned with fellow artists, musicians, and actors, writers, poets, and cultivating art. You don’t have to be – How you can get your message out to the world in useful ways that can help you.

TBN: So are there organizations already set up like that and are you picking one or thinking of starting your own?

TW: Well, I teach this class called BUA-its “business of the unique artist”. Ultimately, I really admire what Robert Redford has done with his institute so I kind of have the idea to do something similar for artists with the focus on finances. I think that is – you know we don’t learn in high school, financial literacy is not something that is taught in school, unfortunately. Artists in particular sort of go around and there are so many talented people I know that are struggling. A lot of them really divorce art and commerce and that is that thing over there and it has nothing to do with art. It’s great that you are talented but you still need to pay the rent. You still have to eat. So you have to figure out how to do the thing that you love and make money doing it.

TBN: So are you interested in teaching them those sorts of things or actually setting up grants to help them?

TW: Well I do I teach BUA.

TBN: Right but are you interested in setting up an organization that would reach out to more artists?

TW: Yes, eventually I will.

TBN: Well, when you do that keep us in mind because we love to do charity stuff.

TW: Ok, I definitely will.

TBN: Do you twitter and would you like your fans to know what your twitter name is?

TW: Yes I twitter! Whoo Hoo! And I would love for them to know what my twitter name is. Its @tanyaTTwright

TBN: You know the fans love to talk to people on True Blood and they love it when people respond back. One thing we’ve found with the True Blood fans is that they have your back, put it that way. We say that your character can’t even die and get out of the True Blood Realm.

TW: That’s wonderful! That is great to hear!

TBN: They are very devoted and encouraging. Once they know your twitter they will be twittering to you. They want to know what are you doing, what is your next project, they really have your back basically. And associated with that, anything else you do, we are interested in promoting it. Your book, your movie, we are happy to promote anything you are doing. We put an article up last night on appearances, but any other appearances you are doing, any projects you are doing, anything else you are coming out with. Have your agent let us know or drop us a line or a tweet and we are happy to retweet it for you.

TW: I really appreciate that. We all really appreciate that. It’s the people who watch the show and are enthusiastic that have made it successful.

TBN: It’s kind of our thank you too because, for us, each of us were facing a lot of challenges at the time that True Blood came out. And we still are. It sort of helps us through the worst periods. It is very odd, it’s like all 3 of us were really, and I found that a lot of the other people that come to post on our website, some of them found that True Blood, how the acting, or it’s just something about the storyline, it really helped them through a lot of difficult times for some reason.

TW: That is so cool! In a way I’m not surprised about it because the person who helms this show, Alan Ball, has a very interesting quality about him that I don’t even know if he is aware of, that is really encompassing. And it shows in the cast and the crew and the actors that he has chosen to be part of this show. He really has a great, wonderful, generous spirit. I’m sure that it has to come through in the show.

TBN: It has really touched the fans hearts and really helped them through difficult times somehow.

TW: That is so cool. That I can be a part of that. That whole idea. That’s great!

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TBN: Has True Blood changed how you think about good and evil?

TW: No I would say it validates it in a way. I think that the show says that life is really grey. Life is lived in the grey. There is no good or bad, there is no dark or light, but that life is a lot more complicated than that. That dichotomy between positive and negative is really blurry. The judgment about things people, I don’t know like on what this country was founded, a lot of judgment happens. I think True Blood is a place that allows questions about judgment or differences about people. It helps get a dialogue going about it. I think the show has been useful in that way.

TBN: Are there any questions you would like to ask the fans?

TW: I would love to see what the fans would like to see of Kenya. I said I would love to see Kenya in a situation where she is forced to believe. I would also love to work with Nelsan Ellis. I think that would be an interesting dynamic between Kenya and Lafayette.

TBN: You are like the mother he needed to have.

TW: I know how he’d respond to that.

TBN: Not that his mother isn’t great. She is, but…

TW: But I would like to see what the fans would like to see for Kenya. What sort of situations they would like to see Kenya in and deal with.

TBN: Do you know when your film is being released yet?

TW: It is going to be released next year sometime. We are focusing on the book right now.

TBN: And do you think you are going to do the film festival route or wide release?

TW: I’m not sure yet.

Tanya’s “Butterfly Rising” Available for Auction!

TBN: Well thank you for the interview, it was very interesting listening to you talk and answering our questions. We really loved it.

TW: You guys had great questions.

TBN: I do have one more question, so I’m sorry, but would it be possible to do a giveaway of one of your books?

TW: Absolutely!

TBN: That would be great because right now we are working for the Amanda Foundation. They are an animal rescue in LA.

TW: Marcarena, my dog, is a rescue!

TBN: What kind of dog is Marcarena?

TW: She’s a black Labrador.

TBN: That would be perfect then. The money goes directly to the Amanda Foundation.

TW: Are you kidding? I would love to!!! Just send me the information where to send it to.

TBN: Well you have a great rest of the summer!

TW: Thank you I will. Thank you so much!

Talking to Tanya Wright was just a joy! We truly enjoyed the opportunity to speak with her. Before the interview even began, Tanya had many questions for us so that by the time we began the interview it felt more like a conversation than any other interview we’ve done. She’s a unique, inspiring and self-assured woman who walks the walk. We want to thank Tanya for taking the time to talk to us and for being so very, very patient while we prepared to auction her book. Please click HERE to bid on the autographed copy of Butterfly Rising. All proceeds go to benefit The Amanda Foundation!

Transcription credit: Jennifer Murillo

Photo Credits: Tanya Wright and HBO, Inc.

Screen Cap: James

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True Blood Items to be Auctioned off Live in Stockholm

September 27, 2010

On October 2, Bajen Aid will be hosting a live auction that will feature memorabilia from True Blood as well as from movies like Straw Dogs. The auction will take place in Stockholm on October 2, 2010 in order to raise money for the Hammarby football club. Alexander Skarsgard will be there in person to present the memorabilia from True Blood, Straw Dogs, and more.

If you’re lucky enough to live in Stockholm, swing on down to the auction wearing your Hammarby jersey. (If you don’t have one you can get one from the Hammarby Shop on Hornsgatan 98 or visit the online shop at hammarbyfotboll.se.)

To learn more about the event check out bajenaid.se.

Submission thanks to: SkarsgardNews.com

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