True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten Helps With Flood Relief

January 23, 2011

HBO Jason Stackhouse PosterKwanten Lends a Helping Hand:

True Blood‘s Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) is joining forces with several other Australian actors to raise money and awareness to aid in the relief effort for Queensland, which has suffered much damage due to flooding since December 2010. Kwanten will be joined by such stars as Joel Edgerton and Teresa Palmer. The fundraiser will take place at Everleigh, which is operated by fellow Australians Nick Mathers, Lincoln Pilcher, and Nick Hatsatouris.

100% of the proceeds from door sales, $2 from every beer, and 10% of all drinks proceeds will go to aid the Queensland flood relief effort. Details about the event are listed below:

Date: Sunday, January 23, 2011

Time: 3:00 – 6:00 pm (pst)

Location: Everleigh Restaurant 8752 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tickets: $20 for women; $40 for men

Source: NineMSN (Flood Fundraising Noticeboard); American Australian Association (Queensland Fund Relief Fundraiser); SkyNews (Auusie Stars Plan Flood Relief)

Image Credit: HBO, Inc.

Edited By: Taylor Usry aka LoveEric

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Speaks Out About Bullying

December 14, 2010

The ‘Gentle Giant’ Joins Other Stars at Trevor Live

Joe Manganiello at Trevor LiveJoe Manganiello (Alcide) and fellow True Blood castmate Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) joined dozens of other stars recently at ‘Trevor Live‘  in support of The Trevor Project. While on the red carpet, Joe spoke out about bullying, saying:

“I was actually picked on when I was a young kid, I was kind of a gentle giant and I knew not to hit kids back. So I understand how mean kids can be, and how tough it is to feel different than other people.”

Check out the full video below as Joe, Paul Wesley, Neil Patrick Harris andJosh Duhamel open up and share their personal stories!

We have to wonder what our favorite werewolf’s childhood bullies think of him now!

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Source: rush.popsugar.tv– Paul Wesley, Joe Manganiello, & More Men Admit Being Bullied

(Photo Credit: Joe-Manganiello.org)

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PHOTOS: Sunset Reception with True Blood Stars

December 9, 2010

Composer Nathan Barr and Kevin Alejandro Attend Charity Event:

True Blood Composer Nathan Barr and Actor Kevin Alejandro (Jesus) at a Laguna Bch, CA event. Photos Credit:Nathan Barr's Facebook

The California Teachers Association and Equality California (EQCA) held a ‘Sunset Reception’ in gorgeous Laguna Beach, California recently. Topics of the reception included ‘better protecting youth and their rights.’

HBO’s True Blood composer Nathan Barr and actor Kevin Alejandro, who plays Jesus Velasquez on the hit series, attended the event.

We hope that both Barr and Alejandro had a great time while there, and we also thank them for supporting such a wonderful cause.

True Blood Composer Nathan Barr and Actor Kevin Alejandro (Jesus) at a Laguna Bch, CA event

EQCA's "Sunset Reception with True Blood Stars" by Nathan Barr

Source: Kintera.org–  Sunset Reception with ‘True Blood’ Stars

(Photos Credit: Nathan Barr’s Photos – EQCA’s “Sunset Reception with True Blood Stars”)

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True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Signs Autographs in Pittsburgh

December 3, 2010

‘Mt. Lebanon’s Own Hollywood Heartthrob’ Appeared in My Macy’s Parade

Joe Manganiello, True Blood's Alcide, at the My Macy's Parade

Channel 11 news announced that Pittsburgh local Joe Manganiello was a participant in the My Macy’s Holiday Parade that took place in his hometown. After the parade, Joe charitably gave of his time signing autographs and melting the hearts of  fans who got their pics snapped with him.

Joe, who plays True Blood’s ‘Alcide Herveaux’, was at the Waterfront to help out with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Drive to help families in need along with station WPXI.

Check out the video footage that went along with the news report.

Source: YouTube – Joe Manganiello on Channel 11 News – Jody & Natascha

(Photo Credit: Joe Manganiello on Channel 11 News)

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True Blood Actors Are Very Charitable

November 18, 2010

Manganiello, Woodard Lend Star Power To Myeloma Foundation:

Joe Manganiello, True Blood's Alcide Herveaux, attends charity event with fiance Audra Marie

With all the deserving charitable causes, it must be quite difficult for our True Blood acting faves to find time to give of themselves. How to choose? Well, it seems judging from their vast participation in charitable work benefiting everything from saving the oceans to helping domestic animals to showing care and concern for a neighborhood family in need, many True Blood cast members simply can’t say no to helping others.

Recent case in point, on Saturday, November 13, International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) held its ‘4th Annual Comedy Celebration’ raising funds and awareness of the disease while honoring the memory of late actor Peter Boyle. The star-studded event was hosted by Ray Romano, Boyle’s co-star from ‘Everybody Loves Raymond,’ who was joined by Romano’s on-screen mother on the show, Doris Roberts.Alfre Woodard, True Blood's Ruby Jean Reynolds, attends a charity function

Among the numerous celebs that turned out to lend their time and star appeal were Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) and his fiance Audra Marie, as well as Emmy-winning actress Alfre Woodard, who made such a memorable impression as Lafayette‘s schizophrenic mom, Ruby Jean Reynolds.

Other celebs who gave of their time and talent included Dana Carvey, Jeff Garlin, Susie Essman, Fred Willard and Carlos Mencia.

In addition to the show, guests enjoyed pre-cocktail party and a silent auction. Some of the items included guitars signed by Keith Richards and Sting and the boxing gloves formerly belonging to to Mohammed Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard.

Lucky VIP ticket holders also enjoyed a chance to mingle with the stars during the after-party.

Joe Manganiello, True Blood's Alcide Herveaux with fiance Audra Marie, chat with with Rembrandt Flores at a charity function.

Sources: America’s Comedy.com – Celebs Honor Peter Boyle and Help a Great Cause

Hollywood Giants.com – Hollywood players mingle at Comedy Celebration for Peter Boyle Memorial Fund

(Photo credit: Hollywood Giants.com)

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PHOTOS: Kristin Bauer van Straten at Patterns for Paws

July 16, 2010

I was extremely fortunate to attend the Patterns for Paws fundraiser event on Thursday, July 15, 2010 which True Blood star Kristin Bauer van Straten also attended.

Patterns for Paws is an event that supports the Amanda Foundation, which held the fundraiser in order to help the Amanda Foundation to continue to go into low income areas to spay and neuter pets, which helps keep less animals in shelters. The event required a donation to attend and I was more then happy to donate to the cause. (By the way, I later went back to the donation page, and I discovered that tickets for the Patterns for Paws event actually sold out! I’m very pleased to see that it was a huge success!)

There were many celebrities in attendance at the event! Kristin Bauer van Straten was joined by Pauley Perrette (Abby on CBS’ hit show NCIS), Jenna Ushkowitz (of GLEE), HBO‘s own Bill Maher, and Nigel Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance. Luckily, the atmosphere of the event was very open, and the celebrities were very approachable once they arrived.

I spent a good amount of time playing with some of the dogs at the event (yes, it really was animal friendly), and after that, I walked over to where the celebrities were being photographed with some of the dogs up for adoption. As I watched, Kristin arrived with her gorgeous husband Abri van Straten in tow. She took tons of pictures on the celebrity “grass” carpet (with an adorable puppy up for adoption in her arms), and after a while, Abri left her side to get into the air conditioned building. (It has been incredibly hot in the Los Angeles area.) I saw Abri come in, so I walked over to him and said hi.

Abri was very sweet, so he and I chatted for a while about many things, including his music, computers, and his Facebook page. Later that evening, we also talked about Africa, how being a celebrity causes different reactions in different places, and how the paparazzi has been treating him and Kristin. Abri said that in South Africa, where he’s from, celebrities are not shown the same insanity there as in Los Angeles. I was thrilled to just talk to a man whose music I absolutely love, and Abri‘s so down to earth that the conversation is just delightful. Plus, he has an amazing accent!

I also said hi to Pauley Perrette (pictured) because I’m a huge NCIS fan and Pauley plays my favorite character on the show. She too was an absolute sweetheart (even though she’s never seen True Blood), and she and I discussed NCIS before I talked to her about True Blood and tried to convince her to watch the show. Pauley was a great sport about that and mentioned that her date to the event is a huge True Blood fan. (I told him that he has to get Pauley to watch True Blood at least once!)

During the time I was chatting with Pauley, Kristin had come inside. I walked around for a bit until I found Kristin to say hi to her.  She was very sweet and she, Abri and I chatted for quite a while with a few breaks as other fans came up to her for photos.

One of the things I talked about with Kristin was the upcoming Comic-Con. Because I’ll be going this year for my third year in a row, I warned Kristin about the insanity that takes place there. She told me her agent had said she can’t go to the dealer’s room because she’ll be mobbed. I seconded what her agent said and told her to prep her ears for some really loud fans, especially at the True Blood panel. (I still remember how loud the cheering was when the actors were introduced at last year’s panel and how badly my ears rang for the next 15 minutes). Kristin took heed at my warning, and hopefully it’ll help her next week at Comic-Con.

After some more chatting, Kristin had to get ready for the doggy runway with an adorable dog dressed up in the Laker’s Purple and Gold. She was approximately the 5th person on the runway with her adorable pooch, and it was really funny when Nigel Lythgoe realized that she was Pam on True Blood and announced it to the throng of people watching the show when Kristin was at the front end of the runway. She was cheered on even louder at that point than she was when she was first introduced!

Not long after that, the event started its auction, and most of the celebrities left. I did too, but on my way out, I ran into Kristin one more time. I thanked her once again for talking with me, and she and Abri told me that they’d see me at Comic-Con next week! It’s nice to know that actors we like are really truly nice people!

One last thing: I’m a huge supporter of saving shelter animals, as is Kristin. If you’re going to get a pet, please rescue a shelter animal! If you’d like to make a donation to the Amanda Foundation, click here.

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(Image Credit: Isis Nocturne)

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