Joe Manganiello Answers Fan Questions at Eyecon 2010

February 23, 2011

Joe Manganiello, True Blood Alcide, at Eyecon 2010

While at Eyecon 2010, Joe Manganiello had a fan Q&A in which he discussed several topics, including his interest in True Blood, the process it took for him to become Alcide, and much, much more. Check out what went on in the Q&A below.

Joe Manganiello: Good morning. Do we have any questions? Guest Pictures? All right, then I guess I’ll talk a little bit. I was a huge, huge fan of True Blood. When the show came on the air, I watched it when it premiered. I had no idea it was based on this series of books. I got an email from one of my best friends, who said “You’ve gotta check this out!” I checked this little web link and it took me to a blog site and fans of Charlaine Harris’ books were blogging about their fantasy casts and who should play all of the characters when they show up in certain seasons and there were a bunch of fans who were posting pictures of me and saying I should play this werewolf when he shows up. I went wait a minute, there are werewolves in this story? I loved the werewolves in the old Lon Chaney Jr. horror movies since I was a kid. So I went to Amazon and ordered the books and started reading them. Sure enough, I read the description of the character where Sookie opens the door and looks up and has to look up again and there’s this giant, dark haired guy with long, untameable black hair and said if he’d shaved in the morning, he’d have to shave again. I thought, okay, I can do that. Then it said that Charlaine described him as having biceps the size of boulders that Sookie could do pull-ups on. I thought, “Oh great, thanks Charlaine.” So I started bugging my agency managers saying, “There’s this part of a werewolf coming up, you gotta get me in, you gotta get me in” and this is very Season One.

Two years later, I get this phone call from this guy that I’d met pretty randomly and he said he was best friends of the casting director and they were out at breakfast and he’d seen the blogs posted online that were posted of me. And the casting director said wow, that waiter would make a great werewolf, if only he was an actor.

This guy said, “No, you know who would make a great werewolf? This guy,” and he showed her a picture of me. And it was because of that that she agreed to see me for the part of Cooter. So I went in for the part of Cooter and my audition scene was the one in the back seat of the car where they’re all drinking blood and spitting blood into each others mouths and sucking blood off of Bill. I was literally about 12 inches in front of the casting director’s face snarling, growling and frothing at the mouth. You know this casting director was about 4’8”, this casting woman and she was sitting Indian style on her chair and she has this really Long Island accent and I’m snarling and growling and she says “Oh my gaawd, he’s an animal.” Alan Ball was in the room with Gregg Fienberg, who’s one of the other executive producers and a whole bunch of the other producers. There were about 12 people in the room. I had probably the best audition of my life and I left there feeling great. They called me back a couple of days later and said we want you to come back in again so I went in the second time for Cooter. I went in, had another great audition. They called me back a couple days later and said you’re not going to get that part—for a second I was kind of bummed out—but we want to you come back in and chemistry read with Anna Paquin for this other part, Alcide. That was the part I won. The one the fans are blogging about. So this was in December and they wanted me to come back in January and chemistry read with Anna. Actually, I’d gotten another offer for a project, so I called HBO and said I have this other offer, they want me to do it. What do I do? They called us back later that day and said come in in two days, here’s the Alcide audition, script and we’ll bypass the chemistry read because Anna’s not available so I went in two days later and read Alcide and they called me back two hours later and I got it.

Question: We were curious, what are you looking forward to most for Season 4?

Joe: What am I looking forward to most in Season 4? Well, obviously I think everyone’s curious to see what happens to Alcide and Sookie. But I’m interested in seeing what happens with the pack. You know what we’ve seen in Mexico where you knock off a drug lord and everyone goes crazy, you know the fact that Cooter got shot in the face. I’m kind of curious to see what happens with the pack and all the jockeying and then you know Colonel Flood is really ineffective.

Question: I don’t think Alcide’s relationship with his pack has been explored enough.

Joe: You know, hopefully Alan Ball thinks the same thing. So I’m curious to see what happens with the pack and obviously Debbie is still at large. You know like I said I was a huge fan of the show  before I got on it so I’m curious to see what happens to see with everyone else.

Question: What was the project that you turned down?

Joe: Actually, I had the option of doing another season of One Tree Hill. They wanted Owen back for one more season. I was in the middle of the True Blood deal and that process so Owen didn’t come back and Alcide was born.

Question:
You’ve done characters where you were happy and fun loving, and now you play a character who’s kind of depressed. What do you like better happy go lucky or depressed and tormented?

Joe: So the question is, what do I like better? Happy go lucky or depressed and tormented? You know I guess it depends on my mood I think. There was a time I shot this Navy Seal movie in Puerto Rico and it was just me and a bunch of dudes bench pressing, knife fighting and gun shooting for six weeks and no girls. When I was done with that one, I was ready to go do some One Tree Hill. I like working in comedy a lot and working with How I Met Your Mother. I love it, there’s nothing like it getting together with Jason Segal and Neil Patrick Harris and trying to crack each other up and laugh all day. But then you get done with that and you’re ready to go growl and run around and fight some people in bars.

Question: So everybody blogged to get you the part of Alcide. Now everyone’s blogging to get you the part of Superman.

Joe: I love my fans! I met with Warner Brothers. We’re talking about it. There’s a lot of factors obviously, but we’re talking about it. Thank you. What else do I want? Can we start blogging about a billion dollars, a private jet, my own island? I’d also like to be James Bond, if they let an American play Bond.

Question: If there’s one director you want to work with, who would that be?

Joe: That is so tough, I love Zack Snyder, I love Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, Scorscese…

Question: First, I wanted to ask what made you want to be an actor? Secondly, I want to thank you from the Fort Carson Army  Base, Army wives support group. Thank you, thank you for wholesome family entertainment. I also shared this comment with Sam Trammell because we appreciate that good wholesome family entertainment, especially while our husbands are deployed. I want to thank you very much for keeping us happy.

Joe: Thank you and thank you to your husbands for keeping us safe. I got to work really closely with Navy Seals a couple a years ago when I shot that movie and my cousin is also a Lt. Colonel with the 82nd Airborne in Fort Brag.

What made me want to become an actor? I was an athlete; I played football, basketball and volleyball. And it looked like I was going go on to college in either one of them. My father wanted me to be an athlete and I was certainly big enough but I always had an artistic side. A lot of the guys around me in high school were starting to do steroids and getting pretty big but we had a TV studio in high school and I took TV class and I would write, produce and act in movies with my friends and I would write parts for my friends. We made this giant, full length, feature mafia martial arts action movie in high school. We had squibs, we had gun shot effects, we’d fill condoms with fake blood and then put fire crackers underneath light them up on our knee caps and hearts, we were crazy. It was my first love. I’d wake up at 6am to go film it and I just loved it. I was returning a kick off against Joe Montana’s old high school and I was in the mud and I got hit in the knee and tore my MCL and had to sit out and rehab that knee. I had to think about what I really wanted to do. I didn’t play football again, that was my last game. I started taking acting classes and wound up getting a scholarship to Carnegie Melon University to study classical theatre. I went to study Shakespeare, ancient Greek, Checkoff and I got done with my four years. The week I got out of college I wound up getting an agent, getting a manager, I turned down a TV holding deal because I was gonna do film only and wound up screen testing for Spiderman, for Sam Raimi and got the part. From there, that was it. All of the high school coaches were telling me I was making a mistake, what was I doing? I was turning down colleges but somewhere in my gut I just knew. I get to go have my 15 year high school reunion over Thanksgiving and I get to go see everyone for the first time since, so that should be pretty fun.

Question: First off, I want to second her comment. My husband and I are in active duty and you definitely have kept us both occupied the last few months. The whole ship is now a huge fan of True Blood; all of the guys are hooked. My question is: what was it like working with the wolves?

Joe: What was it like working with the wolves? Nothing can prepare you for how big they are, some of them are over 150 lbs, which is huge. Their shoulders are pretty high off the ground, they look like lions.  They have these bright yellow eyes and the trainers take them out and walk them on thick chains; it’s really intimidating. But with that said, the wolves are trained from about six months old and they’re really a lot better at hitting their marks than a lot of actors I work with. They’ll stick a little rock out and say “go to your mark” and they’ll walk around in circles and go and sit right on the mark, they’re really smart.  They kind of give you the idiot’s guide to working with wolves when you get there. Don’t eat meat around them, don’t have food in your pockets, don’t make sudden moves and you’ll be ok. There was a scene in one episode where Debbie kicks down the door, when she’s going to fight Sookie. She kicks in the door and she has these two wolves behind her and one got excited when she kicked the door and jumped up to playfully nip her.  The trainer said ok, we’re done for the day and they took the wolves out. The trainers are on hand and really good and responsible. It was a little scary but you get used to them.

Question: I just wondered when you were watching the show, were you Team Eric or Team Bill and why?

Joe: I’m Team Alcide. I’m a fur-banger. I’m Team Sookie, if you really want to break it down.

Question: I was wondering who you have the most chemistry with off-screen?

Joe: I hang out Stephen [Moyer] a lot, he’s become a good friend of mine. Denis O’Hare, who plays King Russell is hilarious. He owns a building of apartments in New York so I stayed there when I was in New York. He’s become a really good friend. Anna [Paquin] and Stephen went to Disneyland and I jokingly said I based Alcide loosely on Eyore; he lives in a cave, he’s grumpy and doesn’t want to go out. So Anna brought me back this stuffed Eyore from Disneyland and it sits on my bed.

Question: I want to know that after you read the books. Did you feel that the TV show was giving the books justice?

Joe: Yes, and I’ve had lots of talks about it with Charlaine as well. Charlaine is actually working on the eleventh book right now. I think we both agreed that fans of the books can have a completely different experience watching the show and the show is different enough that it can surprise readers of the books to see what’s going to happen next. You know Alcide is similar to the character in the books but there are certain differences obviously, he kind of smells a little more of money in the books and is kind of “lumber-jacky” on the show. And of course, as the story goes on it will get further and further away from it. I always say Alan is kind of like dad and Charlaine is kind of like mom. It’s her creativity that birthed the whole thing and Alan kind of keeps it in line.

Question: Is there going to be any interaction where you’re side by side with Alexander. I heard you have about a half an inch over him.

Joe: I’m about half an inch taller than Alex. I heard when I auditioned for the part, not only was Alcide huge in the books but they were looking for someone his size that could square off against him. I haven’t heard that yet but am curious to see.

Question: We saw you in Coconut Creek and it was a pleasure to meet you. You’ve mentioned doing films on your own and such with friends. Do you see yourself directing in the future?

Joe: Yes, there’s actually a documentary that I’m getting off the ground as we speak. I really got into acting through the back door—writing and producing—so definitely and there are a couple of projects that I’m trying to set up around town. Right now, they’re more like actor/producer projects. But down the line, yes. My dad always thought I would wind up as a producer because I’m so bossy.

Question: Would you cast wolves in the film?

Joe: Could be, if we found the right story. But I’ve got my hands full with all the werewolves on True Blood right now. I’ve got enough were wolfing for the next six years at least.

Question: I know there’s a lot of alpha male syndrome between Bill, Alcide, and Eric during the show. Does that translate off screen when you’re off set?

Joe: No, there’s enough room for us all. Everyone is so cool and so welcoming and I did kind of fear that because I have worked on other projects where there was a set alpha male star of the project and didn’t take kindly to other big guys coming around, there was a little Napoleon complex going on. I won’t name names but I’ve definitely come in contact with some of that. But I have to say that True Blood was 100% nice and welcomed me in. I was only signed for six episodes and I didn’t have any idea how long I was going to be around. But everyone treated me like I was a regular, like I belonged there. I think that’s what makes the show so good.

The actors that I truly love and respect the most, I find that in their personal lives, they’re not dramatic. They’re not the tabloid fodder, they’re not getting in trouble every weekend and clubbing. They’re really normal, good family people. That’s really indicative of the cast. They’re really normal in their real lives and really crazy when you turn the camera on. I think that’s makes a really nice combination.

Question: Other than the role of Alcide, what is the ultimate dream role that you would like to play?

Joe: I want to play a super hero, definitely. You know I’d like to do a football movie for my dad, because he didn’t get the football player. So there’s something in me that wants to do something like that for him. Other than that, running up a wall in slow motion, killing aliens, beheading zombies but I also love romantic comedies, I like How I Met Your Mother. Something like that would be great.

Question: In the books, Alcide becomes the Pack Master. Would you like to do that on the show?

Joe: Yes, I’d love to. There’s also cage-fighting matches in the books, that would be a blast.

Question: Hi Joe, first I want to welcome you to Orlando and congratulate you on your engagement. I wish you many, many years of happiness together. I know you’re a big comic book fan. What comic is your favorite of all time and what type do you like to read or watch?

Joe: I like X-Men, which is interesting because I work with Rogue everyday. I was a big fan of The Punisher, you know this big kick-ass Italian guy. I was a big fan of the old black and white Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Casey Jones especially. I was so nervous last weekend to watch, but so unbelievably stoked with The Walking Dead. I’ve been jonesing all week for another episode. Those are a few.

Question: I used to take care of Wayne Crevet of The Giants; they’re really good friends of mine from New Jersey. If you stood in for someone, what team would you want to play for?

Joe: Pittsburg Steelers. I’m a die-hard, bleed black and gold fan and we play you guys on the 19th and I’m going to be there, I’m going to be home.

Question: I was just wondering if you come from a big family and if you’re Italian? Your name sounds very Italian.

Joe: I come from a small family.  It’s just me and my brother, he’s bigger than I am at 6’7” so it’s a little family and my parents were both born in Boston. My father is Sicilian. I was recently in Italy and everyone there pronounced my name right, so that was very nice. And my mother’s side of the family is Austrian, German and Armenian, so it’s a very long story. That’s where I come from.

Question: Thank you for looking over here on the blind side. I would like to thank you for getting me through all my surgeries. My husband probably thanks you too. I just couldn’t remember if you’ve got a six pack or a twelve pack.

Joe: I’m not The Situation. He’s starts doing Shakespeare; I’ll start taking my shirt off. It’s probably like an 8.

Question: I was just wondering, I don’t want you to go anywhere from True Blood, but I wondered if you knew why they wanted Owen back on One Tree Hill?

Joe: Why? Hopefully they liked what I was doing acting wise. I don’t know but I will say that Mark Schwann, the creator, who’s become a great friend of mine over the years, he wanted to bring me back for one more farewell episode, where Millie goes to Alcoholics Anonymous and winds up meeting Owen there after his big crazy drinking, pill taking bout. It’s very dramatic. So I think that one episode had to do with an abbreviated version of a longer plot, but I’m not sure.

Joe really made the fans happy during his appearance at Eyecon. He was charming and funny and VERY wolfish.. I mean, look at that grin! He was also very nice to talk to anyone who wanted to spend a minute or two with him at the Vampire’s Ball. Can’t wait for next season to see what happens with the best werewolf on TV!

(Photo Credit: K S Rose)

Transcription Credit: Tammy Harris

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EyeCon Photos and Video

November 10, 2010

True Blood Stars at EyeCon 2010

Fans of HBO‘s True Blood descended on Orlando, Florida this past weekend to see their favorite stars from the show.  Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Ravenscroft), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) and Allan Hyde (Godric) attended an autograph signing, hosted a question and answer panel and made an appearance at a variety of events throughout the weekend.  Below are some pictures from the event along with a video of the autograph session with the stars.  Enjoy!

 

Sam Trammell

EyeCon Sam Trammell

Kristin Bauer van Straten

EyeCon Kristin Bauer van Straten

Joe Manganiello

EyeCon Joe Manganiello

Allan Hyde

EyeCon Allan Hyde

Source:  Attractionsmagazine.com – EyeCon Brings HBO’s True Blood stars to Orlando

(Photo Credit: K S Rose)

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Video: Sam Trammell EyeCon Panel

November 9, 2010

Sam Trammell, who plays Sookie‘s boss Sam Merlotte on HBO‘s True Blood, attended his second EyeCon last weekend in Florida. During his panel Trammell talked about his steamy scene with Stephen Moyer, saggy underwear and visiting Fangtasia for the first time.

Bill and Sam Get Close

One of the scenes that had people talking the most last year was the rather intimate moment that Sam dreamt about between himself and Bill. As we know in the Season 2 finale Sam drank some of Bill’s blood forming a bond between the two which resulted in Sam’s dream. Trammell says that it took at least 5 or 6 takes just for the two of them to stop laughing long enough to start seriously filming but then there were different versions of the scene to film as well. Moyer and Trammell decided to have a little fun with their stand-ins for this scene. The two stood with the director and had the stand-ins move really close to each other and then take their shirts off. Once their shirts were off they instructed the stand-ins to kiss but the two refused before catching on that this was a prank.

Sam’s First Visit to Fangtasia

In this clip Sam talks about his first visit to Fangtasia and he says the main thing that stands out is Kristin‘s red jumpsuit. He jokes that he was basically glamoured by the jumpsuit because he couldn’t stop staring at it and Kristin kept smiling at him and throwing him off. One of the other things that he loved about that scene was Eric‘s “teacup humans” line.

His Father’s Underpants

In Season 3 we got to meet Sam’s biological family and what a treat they were. His mother was a drunk, his brother has a huge chip on his should and then there was his father – walking around in his saggy underwear for half the time he was on screen. Sam says he had no idea what his dad’s “wardrobe” was going to be and when he walked in to film the scene he was almost speechless. He says it was very cool of the actor who played Jolee to wear that since it was so revealing but he thinks the thing that topped the outfit off was the knee brace he wore.

His Sex Scenes

Sam jokes that his sex scenes always turn out bad for him but he really enjoys working with Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton). He says that their last sex scene together was actually three times as long when they filmed it. They apparently started at one side of the room and were crashing around and doing all kinds of aerobic activities. Filming for the scene began at 6:50 in the morning and Sam says you know your job is weird when you are having pretend sex at 6:50 am. The two were mostly naked in the scene and had to strategically place their bodies to block certain body parts. He describes sex scenes as being like a dance saying they are very technical.

With one of the big question marks from the Season 3 finale revolving around Sam, we can look forward to seeing a lot more of him next year!

Source: Youtube.com – TammyDevil666

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Video: Kristin Bauer van Straten at EyeCon

November 9, 2010

Kristin Bauer van Straten, who plays Eric‘s fabulous second in command Pam on HBO‘s True Blood, was one of the celebrity guests at last weekend’s EyeCon. In the videos below Kristin gives audience members a little Pam to tide them over, talks about working with a naked Alexander Skarsgard, and looking good while filming.

Pam Makes an Appearance

In this clip Kristin delivers one of her classic Pam lines for the cheering audience.

On Alexander Skarsgard

Here we see Kristin joking about how difficult it is to work with co-star Alexander Skarsgard, with him running around naked without a care and talking gibberish.

Pam’s Fantastic Wardrobe

In this video Kristin talks about her wardrobe on the show. She says some of the shoes in particular are painful to wear but she loves the overall look of Pam. You never know what she’s going to wear – could be a latex dress or a pink sweater set. She loves that Pam dresses for every occasion – even when being tortured, while Kristin is more comfortable in boots, jeans and a t-shirt.

Looking Good While Filming

Here Kristin talks about filming the more difficult scenes and how you sometimes question yourself wondering if the scene worked. She says while you are filming a scene you are experiencing it in your head whereas once you watch the show it gets replaced by all the imagery around you. One of her most enjoyable scenes is where Pam was threatening Lafayette because she really likes the way it turned out. Kristin describes it as two different experiences between the filming and actually viewing the finished scene. She jokes that the first thing she looks for when she watches the show is if she looks good because that’s what makes the scene stand out for her.

Fans of the show are no doubt looking forward to seeing a lot more of Pam and her wardrobe in Season 4!

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Video: Allan Hyde at EyeCon 2010

November 8, 2010

Allan Hyde who plays Eric‘s maker Godric on True Blood was one of the attendees at EyeCon this past weekend.  Hyde was a last minute add to the convention much to the delight of fans.  During his panel he talked about several things including playing a ghost during Season 3, speaking in Swedish and his co-stars.

On Season 3

In this clip Hyde talks about being a ghost in Season 3 saying the experience was different but he still had a lot of fun.  He said the thought process behind playing someone who was no longer of this world was complex and he had to figure out if he was playing Godric’s ghost or if he was Eric’s conscience.

 

Practical Jokes On Set

In this clip Allan talks about life on the set of True Blood and some of the practical jokes that are played, particularly by Ryan Kwanten.  He describes an incident where a car was filled completely with packing peanuts, which we all know are not easy to get rid of. 

Speaking Swedish

In this clip Allan talks about his Swedish lines saying that while he doesn’t speak Swedish, he does speak Danish which is supposed to be very similar.  He says that Alexander Skarsgard recorded his lines for him and while he would try to put his own spin on them, he usually ended up saying them just like Alex had.  While he felt he did an okay job with the lines he says when he went home to Denmark people would joke with him that he sounded like a really Danish guy trying to speak Swedish.  He says in Sweden fans told him he sounded like someone who just came to Sweden from Albania.

True Blood Cast

In this clip an audience member asks Allan who he enjoyed working the most with and he says it was Alexander Skarsgard.  He says they had the best material to work with and that Skarsgard is a great actor.   He also says that he felt the two had great chemistry and I’m sure fans agree.  Allan then goes on to talk about Denis O’Hare and what a fantastic actor he is.  He describes O’Hare as “the nicest guy” and says he is one of those people you want to learn from. 

Speaking Danish For the Crowd

Here the audience asks Allan to speak Danish for him and he obliges by thanking them for coming out to see him and putting up with him.

Although Godric has met the final death on the show, we are all hoping he will be back in more flashbacks!

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Video: Joe Manganiello at EyeCon 2010

November 7, 2010

Joe Manganiello was one of the True Blood stars who made an appearance at EyeCon in Orlando, Florida this past weekend.  During his panel Joe talked about what he would like to see in Season 4, what its like to work with the wolves, and his “sock of destiny”.  Here are some video clips of a very funny Joe!

On Season 4

In this video Joe talks about Season 4 and how he knows fans are curious to see what happens between Alcide and Sookie.  He however, is curious to see what happens with the werewolf packs now that Coot is no more and Colonel Flood is proving himself to be an ineffective leader.

 

Wolves as Co-Stars

Here we see Joe talking about the wolves that he works with on-set. He says that some of them are over 150lbs, with big yellow eyes.  The trainers walk them around on thick chains, but they have been trained since they were six months old so they are really well behaved and very smart.  He jokes that they are a lot better at hitting their marks than some of the actors he has worked with.  Before starting work with the wolves Joe says they are given the “idiot’s guide to working with wolves” where rules such as don’t eat meat around them, don’t have food in your pockets and don’t make sudden jerky movements, make your filming day go a lot smoother.  He talks about the scene where Debbie Pelt broke down Sookie’s door and she had wolves on either side of her who were startled when she kicked the door in.  One jumped up to play with her and the trainers had to call a halt to filming for the day.

Team Bill or Team Eric?

Here a fan asks Joe if he is Team Bill or Team Eric and he replies “I’m Team Alcide” to the delight of the audience.  He goes on to say he’s a fur banger.

Being Welcomed by the Cast

Some of the stars have described the True Blood cast as a family and Joe says that he was made to feel very welcome.  He was a little nervous coming onto the show because he has worked on other projects where there was already a lead male star and they weren’t crazy about having such a big co-star.  He says even though he was only signed for 6 episodes at first, everyone on the set treated him like he belonged and like he was a series regular and he really thinks this is what makes the show so good.  They leave the drama to the writers.

His Favorite Scenes

An audience member asked Joe what his favorite scene so far has been and he says it is a tie between two.  The first is the scene where “they are dragging Bill out in the vampireburrito”.  Apparently Stephen Moyer‘s head hit Joe in a rather sensitive area during the first take of filming for this scene.  For continuity purposes the jumpsuit that he wears throughout the scene had to have blood in that same spot for the two months it took them to film it.  He also found the parts with Debbie really touching and sad where Alcide reveals that he didn’t want to have a baby because he didn’t want a child to go through the things that he went through.  His second favorite part was the scene on the porch where Alcide says goodbye to Sookie.

The Sock of Destiny

In this final clip Joe talks about the modesty sock that has become a popular point of discussion for all male cast members on the show.  As fans of True Blood know, a good portion of the cast spends a lot of time naked on screen and as such, one of their biggest wardrobe staples is their “sock”.  The first word that comes to Joe’s mind when asked about this wardrobe item is “chilly”.  He says its a bit creepy because they bring the sock out on a black velvet tray where you get to choose one of three options.  First is a sock with a drawstring.  The second option is basically a thong with a plastic back on it.  Rutina advised Joe against the thong saying “you don’t wanna run fast in that thing cause that plastic will snap”.  The third choice is the “manty” – the male panty.  Due to the angle of his shot Joe’s choice was taken from him and he was given the sock.  He describes what it was like to film the scene with him in the sock in the middle of a field in broad daylight.  His wolf Thunder who was off his chain was ten feet in front of him, the sound guy was right behind him along with Thunder’s trainer who was waving pieces of meat over Joe’s shoulder and when they yell action he has to drop his bathrobe and think werewolf thoughts.  As the day wore on he heard cars pulling up and he looked over and there were school buses pulling up to the field.  Joe goes on to say that he told his brother about filming the scene and the “sock” and his brother joked that he was going to sneak into Joe’s trailer and switch out the sock with a sausage casing.  Needless to say little brother won’t be on set for a while.

While most of Joe’s scenes on True Blood have been serious and heavy, it is obvious from watching these clips that he has quite the comedic side to him as well.  Let’s hope we get to see more of that in Season 4!

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Allan Hyde Promotes EyeCon

November 5, 2010

November 5-7 at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center

Allan Hyde as GodricFans of True Blood will be descending on Orlando, Florida this weekend to see the stars of their favorite show.  Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Ravenscroft), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) andAllan Hyde (Godric) will be attending the event and mingling with fans. 

Allan Hyde Interview

In the interview below Allan describes what he loves about EyeCon, and what he has been up to.  He is joined by Josh who will be the MC this weekend.  In the interview Josh jokes that the teenage girls tackle him at all the conventions thinking he’s Allan.  Hyde reveals that he has been making his own projects and auditioning for new things.  He recently finished his own short film and has a friend creating the score for it.  Hyde talks about going back to Denmark for a month and a half this past summer and doing two television shows.  We get to hear a bit of what life is like for Allan now that he is living on his own for the first time.  When he lived in Denmark he lived with his parents but now he is on his own.   He goes on to talk about last year’s EyeCon saying he enjoys it because it is such a small convention and there is more opportunity to interact with the fans.  Last year was Hyde’s first year at a fan convention and he talks about how it blew his mind to see how excited the fans are.  Initially he was supposed to be in Ireland shooting a movie so he didn’t think he would make it this year but that got rearranged so at the last minute he was able to come.  Listen to the entire interview below!

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EyeCon Info

EyeCon, a True Blood celebrity convention, is being held at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center November 5th to 7th. Events include Celebrity Autograph sessions, Celebrity Photo Op sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a Cocktail Party with the stars, a Fangbanger’s Ball, Panels, Games, Guitar Hero, Celebrity Breakfast auctions, Blood Drives and more! 

General Ticket Info

Tickets are available online and pricing is as follows:

General Admission
Friday: $10, Saturday: $35, Sunday: $36
3 Day Weekend: $70
Silver Weekend Pass: $125
Gold Weekend Pass: $175
Platinum Weekend Pass: $275

Special rates are available for all attendees who stay at the host hotel. Hotel information and room rate information can be found at www.eyeconfla.com/location.html

True Blood fans can make a difference. Be sure to make your appointment to donate blood and remember to take the time to check out the Choroideremia Foundation.

Sources: Blogtalkradio.com

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EyeCon: Make A Difference While Mingling With the Stars

November 3, 2010

Support Breast Cancer Research, Choroideremia and Donate Blood

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Fans attending EyeCon have the opportunity to meet their favorite True Blood stars, get autographs and party with like-minded people. They also have the chance to support some fantastic causes while there. If you are attending EyeCon be sure to check out these organizations and help out if you can!

Donate Blood

Florida Blood Center Logo

EyeCon has teamed up with the Florida Blood Centers and are running a Blood Drive during the three day convention. A team from the Blood Centers will be on hand so that fans can make their donations with ease. Each registered donor will receive a free limited edition Tru Blood Saves Lives t-shirt. In addition, if you make your appointment online and keep that appointment you will be automatically entered to win a True Blood Prize Package that includes things like a Tru Blood Bottle and True Blood poster signed by the stars that are in attendance. To schedule an appointment click here.  When you visit the website you will be treated to a video message from Allan Hyde about the importance of donating blood.

Breast Cancer

Avon Foundation For Women LogoAs previously reported, EyeCon attendees had the chance to purchase a ticket to a 45 minute autograph session with the True Blood stars. This event will be catered with finger foods and only 20 guests will be allowed to attend! Included with attendance to this exclusive event is a private autograph signing, four free autograph tickets (a $100 value) and you can take your own cameras and items to be signed!! The event will take place Saturday, November 6th and a portion of the proceeds from this auction will go to the Avon Foundation for the Treatment of Breast Cancer. The Avon Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer and advance access to care. Their focus is on the disadvantaged, elderly, minorities and those without proper insurance. We are pleased to report that all of the tickets sold out within the first day. Way to go True Blood fans!! There are still other ways you can help this organization. Click here to visit their website for more information.

Choroideremia

Choroideremia LogoFans of Deborah Ann Woll are no doubt aware that her boyfriend E.J. Scott suffers from Choroideremia which is a hereditary, degenerative eye disease. Representatives from the Choroideremia Foundation will be on hand at EyeCon to help spread the word and raise awareness for this disease. Below is a video message from Deborah Ann Woll thanking fans for their support of this worthy cause. If you are not attending EyeCon and would like to learn more about Choroideremia, click here to visit their website.

EyeCon Info

EyeCon, a True Blood celebrity convention, is being held at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center November 5th to 7th. Events include Celebrity Autograph sessions, Celebrity Photo Op sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a Cocktail Party with the stars, a Fangbanger’s Ball, Panels, Games, Guitar Hero, Celebrity Breakfast auctions, Blood Drives and more!  Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Ravenscroft), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux) andAllan Hyde (Godric) are all confirmed to be attending.

To find more information, purchase tickets and keep tabs on newly signed guests, click here to visit EyeCon’s website.

General Ticket Info

Tickets are available online and pricing is as follows:

General Admission
Friday: $10, Saturday: $35, Sunday: $36
3 Day Weekend: $70
Silver Weekend Pass: $125
Gold Weekend Pass: $175
Platinum Weekend Pass: $275

Special rates are available for all attendees who stay at the host hotel. Hotel information and room rate information can be found at www.eyeconfla.com/location.html

True Blood fans can make a difference. Be sure to make your appointment to donate blood and remember to take the time to help out these worthy organizations.

Sources: Eyeconfla.com

Orlandosentinel.com – True Blood convention will take blood – blood donations, that is

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EyeCon Auction: True Blood Personal Celebrity Autograph Session

October 31, 2010

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Help a Great Cause and Meet Your Favorite True Blood Stars

EyeCon attendees now have the chance to experience a 45 minute autograph session with the True Blood stars. This event will be catered with finger foods and only 20 guests will be allowed to attend! Included with your attendance to this exclusive event is a private autograph signing, four free autograph tickets (a $100 value) and you can take your own cameras and items to be signed!!

The event will take place Saturday, November 6th and a portion of the proceeds from this auction will go to the Avon Foundation for the Treatment of Breast Cancer. The Avon Foundation’s mission is to find a cure for breast cancer and advance access to care. Their focus is on the disadvantaged, elderly, minorities and those without proper insurance.

All four True Blood stars will be in attendance at this event. Here is your opportunity to have some one on one time with Sam Trammell, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Joe Manganiello and Allan Hyde. Ask all those questions you’ve been dying to ask – although don’t expect any Season 4 spoilers. The cast is apparently as in the dark as the fans when it comes to what Alan Ball has planned for this year!

Click here to purchase some one on one time with the stars and help a great cause at the same time.

EyeCon Info

EyeCon, a True Blood celebrity convention, is being held at the Florida Hotel and Convention Center November 5th to 7th. Events include Celebrity Autograph sessions, Celebrity Photo Op sessions, a Celebrity Banquet, a Cocktail Party with the stars, a Fangbanger’s Ball, Panels, Games, Guitar Hero, Celebrity Breakfast auctions, Blood Drives and more!

To find more information, purchase tickets and keep tabs on newly signed guests, click here to visit EyeCon’s website.

General Ticket Info

Tickets are available online and pricing is as follows:

General Admission
Friday: $10, Saturday: $35, Sunday: $36
3 Day Weekend: $70
Silver Weekend Pass: $125
Gold Weekend Pass: $175
Platinum Weekend Pass: $275

Special rates are available for all attendees who stay at the host hotel. Hotel information and room rate information can be found at www.eyeconfla.com/location.html

Sources: Ebay.com– EyeCon True Blood Personal, Catered Celebrity Signing

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True Blood Stars Schedule – Eyecon 2010

October 29, 2010

Just one Week to go!

Just one week till Eyecon 2010 will be upon us. Next Friday we’ll be getting ready for the cocktail Party out by the Pool!

2009 True Blood Party at Eyecon

Eyecon 2009 True Blood Cocktail Party Decor

All Schedules are Tentative

Eyecon Friday Schedule

Friday 11/05/10 Time Location
Registration Opens 6:00pm Registration
Cocktail Party “A Black and White Affair” 9:00pm Poolside
Friday Night Pool Party 10:00pm Poolside
Werewolf Party Game 11:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2

Eyecon 2009 True Blood Cocktail Party Attendees

Eyecon Saturday Schedule

Saturday 11/06/10 Time Location
Convention Opens 10:00am Multiple
Joe Manganiello Q&A Session 11:00am Heroes Ballroom 2
Allan Hyde Q&A Session 12:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Celebrity Photo Ops 1:00pm Breakout Room 1
Concert – Abri van Straten 2:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Celebrity Autograph Session 4:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Banquet Registration 5:30pm Banquet Room
Saturday Evening Banquet 6:00pm Banquet Room
Concert – The Nova Echo 8:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Fangbanger’s Ball 9:30pm Downstairs Ballroom

Eyecon Sunday Schedule

Sunday 11/07/10 Time Location
Convention Opens 11:00am Multiple
Celebrity Photo Ops 11:30am Heroes Ballroom 2
Sam Trammell Q&A Session 1:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Kristin Bauer Q&A Session 2:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Celebrity Autograph Session 3:00pm Heroes Ballroom 2
Sunday After Party 5:00pm Poolside

True Blood Themed Panels Time Location
To Be Determined 11:00am Breakout Room 1

Vendor’s Room Hours Time Location
Friday 6pm – 8pm Heroes Ballroom 3
Saturday 10am – 6pm Heroes Ballroom 3
Sunday 11am – 5pm Heroes Ballroom 3

To Buy Tickets:

http://www.eyeconfla.com/twilight/tickets.html

Eyecon 2009 True Blood Cocktail Party Singers

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