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: – TammyDevil666


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

Sources:– EyeCon True Blood Personal, Catered Celebrity Signing


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A Taste of Last Year’s Eyecon-Nelsan Ellis

October 30, 2010

Last year at Eyecon we all got to mix and mingle with True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Ashley Jones (Daphne) and Allan Hyde (Godric). It was incredible! The actors were really fun and friendly and accessible, mingling at the cocktail party and sitting down to breakfast and dinner. Well this year’s Eyecon 2010 is rapidly approaching and we thought if you were teetering on the edge of going .. this little article might help you make up your mind.


Question: University of Florida vs. University of Alabama in the NCAA Football championship, who wins?

Nelsan: ALABAMA! I’m from Alabama, ya’ll.

Question: What is the difference between you and Lafayette?

Nelsan: Well, me and Lafayette are one in the same. The difference is in what we do in life, but we’re the same person. Of course I’m not a prostitute and I don’t sell vampire blood and sleep with the same people he sleeps with, but you know, we’re from the same place in life. The street type; we have a little street smarts. I’m shyer than Lafayette but if I’m pushed, I can certainly be as bold as he is. I would like to clip some tail every now and then.

Question: How did you get into acting?

Nelsan: It was accidental. I went to Chicago to stay with my father’s side of the family. In Alabama, in my town, we don’t have any arts or acting or dance or anything like that. I went to high school in Chicago for three years and discovered acting, put it down to the military, then I picked it [acting] back up and honestly, it’s the only thing I think I know how to do. It’s the only thing that holds my attention for more than 30 seconds. So I guess they picked me because it’s something I know how to do. I discovered it in high school and I picked it up after the military.

Question: How about the fierceness that the character has? How do you prepare for that? You just seem so calm and poised but when the character comes out, who do you think of to become Lafayette?

Nelsan: My Mama. My Mama, yeah. I don’t think nobody’s as bold and fearless and as courageous as my mama, so all that stuff I get I mold from my mama. That stuff I get from Lafayette comes right from Ms. Peaches, the best in Alabama.

Question: You mentioned the military, what branch were you in?

Nelsan: Hoorah Marine Corp! The best branch of all. The others were a bunch of pussys! I’ll say it and I’ll say it to their faces.

Question: Nelsan, are there any other future plans for something we might be seeing you in other than just “True Blood?”

Nelsan: Well, there’s a movie coming out in June called “Secretariat.” It’s a Disney flick with John Malkovich and Diane Lane and Debra Ross. I play Eddie Sweat and hopefully it’s coming out in June. Hopefully, it’ll come out. ~laughs~

Question: Hoorah! Can you give us any funny stories about fans coming up to you thinking you are Lafayette?

Nelsan: Well, you know Lafayette is a sexually free individual and he certainly welcomes, for the right amount of money, he’ll welcome anything. I’ve gotten some weird propositions. I’ve also been groped at parties; I’ve been followed home. Those are funny, they are funny in retrospect but when you got like three following you home … But people think that I’m Lafayette so they sometimes deal with me as if I’ll excuse the things that Lafayette will excuse which nooo, no. ~laughs~ And they think I’m as fun as Lafayette. I’m actually boring.

Question: I’m from and we asked our readers what thesy would like to know from the actors here. They asked us to asked you guys, has “True Blood” changed your life and if so, how?

Nelsan: Well, I can pay rent now. And my father’s glad about it. I can pay rent; I gained weight because I eat consistently now. It hasn’t been a big change only in that I can pay my own bills. I’m not struggling as much as I did when I first started acting. And, you know, having to be careful with certain people because some fanatic fans get out of hand. But you know, I make more money and I can take care of my family now.

Question: That’s good. I wanted to talk to you about when you went to school with Rutina?

Nelsan: Yes, we’re good friends so it’s crazy then when three years out of school, we’re playing cousins on the show. Funny story about Rutina – I know I’m gonna get in trouble for telling this – but we’re very, very, very good friends. Her husband‘s school was also Julliard. We went to go see a play in New York and Rutina was stopped by the police because they thought she was a hooker. Because Rutina has a body out of this world and it was in the summer time so she had on some shorts and she had on this nice shirt and the police actually stopped her. I looked at them like, “What’s going on?” She’s a first-year student at the Julliard school; she is not on the corner trying to get rent money. Funny story. She’s gonna get upset that I told y’all that. She’s gonna read it somewhere and call me ~high pitched scream~ “NELSANNNN! Why’d you go and tell people that?” No, we’re very good friends. My sister was murdered my third year of Julliard and Rutina and I were supposed to go off and do a play together and I couldn’t do it. It was during the summer but she was sort of my representation there to be like, “Look, he can’t be here for obvious reasons.” She has sort of always been in my therapy process. When my sister was murdered, I sort of checked out of school and Michael Conna told me, “You’re not really doing anything in school,” and I said, “Yeah, because my mind’s somewhere else.” He gave me the option of either being kicked out or, he said, whatever you need to do, I’ll help you do it. So I said I would do a play and I did a play, a whole lot of readings about it, and Rutina was one of the main people involved all the way until the end. I’m still working with domestic violence stuff. People think I’m crazy but she’s always one of the main people who will come out and help me though it. Yes, she’s a very, very, very, very good friend.

On Being Chained

Question: Was it very difficult to film the scene where you’re chained in the first episode of season two?

Nelsan: At first it wasn’t difficult. I’m not one of those actors that have to come in and relive a bad experience. I just go in and do the work. But with that scene – also because it was graphic and violent – it just creeped me out. It was only difficult in that the body looked real and all the blood. It was cold and wet and stankin’ so it was only difficult in that respect.

Question: Where is this going to lead between you and Eric? Is there something going on or…

Nelsan: You mean in real life or …

You know I honestly don’t know. Well Alex said his intention was that Eric is attracted to Lafayette’s character because of Lafayette’s entrepreneurship but there was never intended for anything funny between the two characters. It’s something to explore, I think. Maybe Alan will go there, have a dream or something, I don’t know.

Question: Do you think it would be funny to play a vampire? Do you like vampires?

Nelsan: Not now. I think one of the things that makes Lafayette, Lafayette is the fact that he’s human and he can do as much as he does in terms of his survivor skills. If he was a vampire, I think he would be evil and cruel. The power, I think, would go to his head. Eventually I think Alan can make him a vampire but not till the seventh or eighth season.

Question: We love those words.

Nelsan: Hopefully, y’all continue to watch and all that stuff and buy the DVDs. That’s Alan’s shameful, “Buy the DVDs” plug. ~laughs~

Question: I am very sorry for your loss with your sister that you mentioned. Do you work with charities for violence against women or violence against people? Do you have a charity that you work with?

Nelsan: I do. I do anything with domestic violence and child molestation. Halle Berry has an organization in Southern California called the Genesis Center and I always work worth them. Whenever we do something, the proceeds go to them and, more importantly, they come out with all their resources and make it the life of the event on behalf of the cause. Domestic violence is an epidemic worldwide and particularly in America but because it’s so taboo, we still don’t want to deal with the fact that some of us beat our women and children in secret and so it’s just a destructive secret to have. It’s called The Genesis Center. It’s a wonderful organization and its in Southern California they do great things. They will actually take a whole family and put them in a safety house. The statistic is, a woman is most likely to get murdered if she leaves, which is a horrible statistic. To me, it says something about our law system. The Genesis Center, what they do if a woman can call and says, “Listen, I need to get away form my husband,” they will actually sneak in and take the whole family out and out and put them in a safe house where the husband can have no contact and can’t get to the family. It’s a wonderful organization and Halle Berry brings a lot of money in because, of course, she’s been through it.

Question: Were you an Alan Ball fan before “True Blood” with “Six Feet Under?” Also when you sign up for an HBO show, obviously there’s going be a lot of nakedness going on. How uncomfortable is that?

Nelsan: I was a fan of Alan Ball’s with “American Beauty” and “Six Feet Under.” I think it was one of the best shows on TV. Especially the season finale and quite frankly, I don’t think I ever seen an episode of a show that was quite so perfect. It was just perfect. I’m queasy about my nakedness. I grew up in a strict Christian family that believed in covering it up, so that when we get to the points where I got to show my no no parts, it’s gonna be nerve wracking. – especially when you’re looking at 80 people. You have all these people and you have to strip down. Anna is used to it at this point so it’s easy for her and she just takes it well. Me on the other hand, I’ll be like, “Can we just have the director here? Do I have to take my drawers off too?” You just wear a little sock; the men just wear a sock. That’s it. Sometimes it comes off or sometimes something crazy happens and like Mehcad Brooks that plays Eggs? They could not find one to fit him. It was huge scandal on set, “We can’t find a sock to fit Mehcad. We gotta go out and get a special one for him.” And then it fell off. So it was awkward in the scene. I was trying to put it back on and Rutina’s trying to block me. She’s probably going to get upset with me for saying this.

Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette in Gold

Dressing the Part

Question: Do they let you keep the gold pants and the gold underwear?

Nelsan: They don’t let me keep nothing. HBO, bless their hearts, but no, they ain’t giving me none of that … I’ll have to steal it if I want to keep it and even then, I’ll probably get some phone calls. “Nelsan, did you see those pants because we can’t find them in inventory?” My father hates those pants.

Question: You have women falling everywhere …

What was it like working on “The Soloist?” Do they really work on a lot of the (can’t make her out)

Nelsan: Yes, they hired 15 homeless people from the homeless shelter, which was a good thing because they got paid as much as we did. It’s work experience and we got to actually see because we spent so much time in that district downtown where you actually come in face-to-face with how just egregious homelessness is in California. It should not be; it’s just out of control and it’s because of those of us who live there. We have 200,000 homeless people in California – it’s ridiculous. Many of them are piled up in one place in California. It just should not be and many of them are mentally ill. From what I understand, some of them were dumped there because their families could not pay for, or continue to keep them in a home, so they were dumped out there. That’s the one lesson many of the actors got, including Robert Downey Jr., is how much we now have to deal with this huge problem of homelessness in California. It’s just bad, it really is. But yeah it was good to work on.

Question: How old are you?

Nelsan: I’m 28.

Question: Do you have any kissing scenes this year on anything?

Nelsan: Well, I understand they’re going to give me a friend so I guess in having a friend there’ll be some kissing. We’ll see, we’ll see. I don’t like really kissing on screen. I’m like, eh. It’s hard to fake a kiss so you got to do it for real and I got to kiss men. ~laughs~! I mean, I have no with problem kissing men, but you know, it’s just hard for me.

Question: What is your favorite episode in each season?

Nelsan: First season my favorite episode is episode five, which is kind of egotistical because I have a lot of scenes in episode five. My favorite in the second season … Which one? I think I have a couple. Jason was so marvelous in the second season that I think the three episodes that he dominated are my favorite because he was so freaking good. He’s always good but the second season is he was funny – especially his Rambo-type and saving the world. He was hilarious. I don’t know which one but there were three that were my favorite because Jason sort of took them over and he was hilarious.

Question: The character that you play on “True Blood” – are you more tempted to play this sort of role in the future? I know you’re branching out. It’s great doing different kinds of roles, but is this something you’re thinking of even more than this kind of genre?

Nelsan: Oh the genre, or the character? Lafayette is so out there and I don’t know if I can play his kind of character again because I don’t know if I can find a character that would top his. So no more characters like Lafayette. The genre? No, probably not. I’m more of a dramatic dude so, I lucked out on getting “True Blood” because I don’t think there is any other circumstance that I would be in a vampire flick other than the show. So I think this is it on the genre and this is probably it on the character. Then we move on …

Question: I have a two-part question. First of all, have you read any of the novels Charlaine Harris has written and what the show is based on?

Nelsan: Yes I, read several of the books.

Question: And second, we know she did a cameo in the last episode of the show of the second season. Which part did she play?

Nelsan: She was at the bar. She just played a patron. You’d miss her if you blinked. The camera just slid right; you don’t even see her whole face, you just get sort of see this profile. If you actually didn’t see her how she looked, you would never even guess it was her. She has a line but it’s like, real quick.

Influences Past and Present

Question: Who has influenced you with your acting and who would you like to work with in the future?

Nelsan: Morgan Freeman, Jeffrey Wright, Denzel Washington, Lawrence Fishburne, Angela Bassett. I love me some Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Angelina Jolie. I’m sort of eclectic in all the people that I like that influence me. My biggest influence is probably Jeffrey Wright. I think of all the actors he’s the only one I can see a style I’m the most relatable to. Who would I like to work with in the future? Lawrence Fishburne, Jeffrey Wright, Jaimee Fox again, who else? I’d like to work with whoever will hire me. Obviously if you gonna meet my (quote) ? , I wanna work with you. But you know if I were to work with Denzel Washington, I’d probably be pissing myself. I think there are kids in the room … sorry! ~laughs~

Question: If you were not acting, what job would you do? What’s your dream job?

Nelsan: I would be a bum. No, I’d like to say if I wasn’t acting, I would probably be a preacher or a lawyer but I don’t know. I sublimate though acting. I get out because I’m not an emotional dude; I don’t cry and all that stuff so I can get out all my emotions in acting. So if I didn’t sublimate, I would probably be like a criminal. I have all this stuff I want to get out – I would just want to beat a person up. So I don’t know. I would like to say a lawyer or a preacher. Then maybe I just might be like a criminal. Maybe I might be Lafayette.

Question: What would be your most memorable scene in the first and second seasons?

Nelsan: The Lafayette AIDS burger. That’s only because I like the physical stuff so yeah, the physical stuff in the scene just sort of worked well. All the acting and directing worked well. I got to kick some ass. It just worked well so that’s my most memorable scene in both seasons.

Question: Did your agent prepare you for the convention experience or did he just kind of send you off here to the wolves?

Nelsan: I didn’t even know this was a convention that focused mainly on “True Blood.” I thought I was going to come here and see some “Twilight” people, some “Supernatural” people, some “Buffy” people. All this attention’s sort of disconcerting. Is it just us? Really? Now where are Anna and Steve? They’re the lead faces. No I didn’t know they didn’t prepare me for it. They just sort of sent me out here. Yeah, I mean they made me come because they wanted their commission. They just sent me out here, didn’t give me no information. But I’m havin’ fun! Are y’all? ~applause~

Question: So how did you land the role of Lafayette?

Nelsan: Well, my agent called me and he was like, “There’s something I think you can get.” I said, “Really?” He goes, “Yeah, there’s like a drag queen part.” I was like, “Adam.” He was like, “Remember that monologue I saw you do at Julliard, Ms. Raze?” I said yeah so he sent me the script. I loved the script. I went to audition for it and Libby Goldstein, the casting director, is like, “You’re too masculine. You’re just so masculine. You know this is a drag queen part right?” I said, “Yeah.” She’s like I know you black people have a hard time in getting parts like this. I mean, it wasn’t offensive she was just being honest. She was like, “I think you’re cute so just show me what you can do.” So I did it and she said, “Well, I’m going to bring you back for Alan.” So I came back for Alan and it wasn’t a good second audition. I called my agency and it wasn’t working out; it just wasn’t. I came back for the third audition and it just wasn’t good. I came back for the fourth audition and I was like, I’m not going to get the part so I’m going to go up there and play off all of my instincts. At one point, I put my ass in Libby’s face. I had my legs crossed and Alan was sitting there and I’d be in his face. I was like, if I don’t get the job at least I’m going to play off all the instincts. I was getting up walking around and the person who was taping it she had to follow me. I walked out and I was like well, I know I didn’t get it, but at least I did everything that I wanted to do in the audition. Four days later, they said that I got it. I was like, you must be crazy. He was high. But he picked me. I don’t know why.

Question: Do they allow you to improvise on your character? Because you seem to own the part so well and I was just curious.

Nelsan: Well, no. I can get away with throwing in some phrases here and there so improvise is not quite the right word because you can’t really improvise. With Alan, when it’s his script and he’s directing, absolutely. And some other writers too, but some of the writers, I can’t even throw a phrase in. They’ll stop me like, “No, please stick with my words.” So I’ll have to go, “Okay.” So yeah, I throw in some phrases here and there but you can’t improvise on TV.

Question: You said you read seven of the books. They introduce a lot of new characters in each of the additional books. Are there any of the characters that you hope to see from the books come to “True Blood?”

Nelsan: I would want to see Russell. I’m interested in seeing Russell. The tall, bald-headed dude – Quinn? I’m interested in seeing him because I’m interested in who is going to play that dude. Because if he’s going to be as bad ass on the show as he is in the books, I want to see what I can play Quinn.

I don’t know about Vin Diesel.

Question: That’s who she based him on.

Nelsan: Well, then maybe. Who am I to say? Who else? You know what? The demons.
I’d really like to see the demons, like the old man and the two chicks. I mean, who will they get to play them and the old dude? Oh, the fairies? I’m not into the fairies. Fairies ain’t got no muscle on them. Especially the brother. I mean what did he do? He’s just pretty and he would show off And he thinks he’s pretty, he’s pretty, he’s pretty; we get it. He don’t do anything. It’s like, what’s your function dude? What do you do? Like he has no function other than being pretty. His sister – she’s the one that takes care of Sookie. She has a good function. She needs protection. The brother? I’m territorial with my pretty.

Question: I was wondering with the books was there any particular part you want to see?

Nelsan: I want to be around for the war between the vampires and the werewolves. That’s my favorite part in the book. I think it’s the fifth book. I want to be and I want to fight in that war – on the vampires’ side because they gonna win. Yeah I want to fight. It would be interesting if Jason fights in there as a werewolfe. I’m sorry, did I just spoil that for someone?

Question: If you don’t see yourself in this specific kind of genre, where do you want to branch out? I noticed a lot of people that you mentioned also do a little more serious work. What is your favorite? What is your goal?

Nelsan: Wow. I haven’t figured all that out yet. I’d like to do more serious movies – not that “True Blood” isn’t serious. I’d like to do more in the way what Jeffrey and Lawrence Fishburn and Denzel, more on that road. In terms of a goal for myself … I don’t know. I still haven’t found out how completely evolved I am as an actor. To figure that out, ultimately. My goal is to work. That’s a big thing for the actor because our life span in terms of just working … It’s like most of the time we’re at home, chilling, auditioning but actually working? There’s very few of us, so my goal is to continue to consistently work. What jobs I get, only God can tell. Hopefully, I’ll work on something like good movies.

Question: I love the way you portray Lafayette. It’s exactly the way I thought it would be. And I have to ask you, what character in “True Blood” would you like your character to do bad things with?

Nelsan: You’re gonna have to clarify. You mean legal things or …

I would mostly like to do illegal things with Eric. Because I mean, plain and simple, there’s nobody more powerful. And I think he schemes as darkly as Lafayette. I would most likely do naughty things with Anna Paquin. Steven Moyer did good.

Question: What are some of your favorite films?

Nelsan: Oddly enough, “Interview with a Vampire” only because it’s a drama. “Interview with a Vampire,” “Shawshank Redemption.” Let me think now that I’m put on the spot. Let’s see, I don’t know. I have a lot of Asian movies that are my favorite films but they have gone out of my head.

Cast Tidbits

Question: The casting is amazing. What do you think of Evan Rachel Wood as the queen?

Nelsan: I was surprised by it, but I do like it. It’s hard because you have nothing to compare it to, to say, ah, Angelina Jolee would be better. But I think it’s a part that you can’t really mess up because the writing is so good. All you gotta do is talk. And she’s hot. She’s great to look at. What do you think? I have a question for you. What do you think about the casting of Evan Rachel Wood for the queen?

Question: I love her. Someone said a horrible thing is that 97 percent of the people are disappointed.

Nelsan: So who did they think should play the queen?

Question: I hear Michelle Pfeiffer. She was supposed to be young in the books.

Nelsan: I will say this, I thought they would get a woman with more age and ravenous. I’m not saying she’s ugly; I like her as the queen. I just thought they would get more Michelle Forbes and she could tear the frickin’ screen a new asshole. I mean she just drop kicks it hard because you have Michelle Forbes on the screen. But of course, Michelle Forbes had a whole season. Rachel had now many seasons? Give her a chance!

Question: Anybody who reads seven books just to prepare for a role is just amazing, but I’m interested to know, what do you think of (???)

Nelsan: Well, I read the books because my agent told me to. When I read the first two books, they’re so addictive I just read the other ones. But he told me you better read the books so you know what world this is. Vladimir Nabrokhof is one of my favorite authors. His prose is otherworldly. “Lolita” I can read nine times a year just because of his prose is just amazing, and every French writer, really. I typically lean towards European writers. For some reason, their language, their grasp of our language; they write it sometimes a little better than us.

Question: What’s it like working with Pam?

Nelsan: Oh, she’s wonderful! I love that chick. She’s wonderful. She is kind of like her character. She’s wonderful and funny. Her and Eric together, they’re a riot. In fact whenever I see him without her, I’m always looking for her to enter or come out and say a snazzy line. I love Pam.

Question: I think you would have liked the queen because people are so hot for him and all the blondes (not sure

Nelsan: They just want to kiss on him.

Question: What do you watch on TV besides “True Blood?”

Nelsan: “Dexter,” ~applause~ “Medium.” Is “Supernatural” back on? ~applause~ You know, I used to love “Heroes” but I’m phasing it out because I’m like, what are they doing? What is going on? No continuity. It’s like every episode is so different. Is “Smallville” still on because that’s my show. I just got into “Grey’s Anatomy.” I never watched TV but when you’re on a TV, show you go to all these functions with other actors and they come up and go, “I like ‘True Blood.’” And then you sit there going, what show are you on? And they’re like, “Supernatural.” I literally have to look at TV because of my peers now. It’s TV and you have to support them because they support you. A lot of shows I watch just because I want to know who I’m talking to. Because we are invited to the awards ceremonies like the Golden Globes and all that and you’re sitting at the table and it just looks pitiful when you have nothing else to say about anyone else’s show. Especially when they’ve been running for seven years.

Hello. You’re gorgeous. I’m going to get in trouble. Wow, this better not show up on YouTube.

Interviwer: It’s already there.

Nelsan: It’s already on YouTube? You got a live feed going? Oh my goodness. I am in so much trouble. I betcha McCaden and Tina is texting me right now. I’m sorry go ahead.

Question: Would you want to do any other show on HBO like “Curb Your Enthusiasm?”

Nelsan: I don’t do improv. “Curb your Enthusiasm” is improv.

Question: Is there any other show like, “Entourage?”

Nelsan: Every man wants to get on “Entourage.” On “Entourage,” they’re bastards and they’re fun. Honestly I don’t think there’s any other show on TV that’s as good as “True Blood.”


No other show can measure up.

Oh no, no, no, make no mistake, I am gangster in that. I will tell anybody to their face, “True Blood” is the best show on TV. I don’t care how much you love that show, how bad you may think you are because you ain’t gonna beat my ass. “True Blood” is the best show on TV.

Question: So, I’m just curious and I am sorry for anyone who hasn’t read the book because this is going to be a major spoiler. Lafayette’s character is very different in the books because he died. So I was wondering when you got the part, were you signed on to be in any more seasons?

Nelsan: No, it was only a one year contract. But Alan did tell me I was going to live beyond 12 episodes, and he was very cavalier about it. He was like, “You know you’re not going to die, right?” I said no I didn’t, but thanks for telling me. And is good to work in the middle of a recession so God bless him.

Yes M’am. Hello.

Question: Hello, how are you?

Nelsan: I’m good how are you?

Question: This is such a delight. We all want to thank you for being here.

Nelsan: Thank you for inviting me and all the people who invited me. It’s where he is the one who invited me is not here and thanks everybody and thanks everybody and Godric. ~laughs~

Question: One quick question. The girl who sang in the band, the Christian band … I understand that she’s a soap opera star. Would you happen to know her name?

Nelsan: I don’t know but I just know when I saw it, “she’s good” I don’t know who she is. She’s on “Days of our Lives.” Wow, I did not know that but she is good.

MC: Alright sorry to cut it off but we got to bring in this old guy.

Nelsan: Godric has to come up y’all!

Transcription: April Lollar


True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Narrates Dragon Bones – Special Offer for Readers

October 22, 2010

Cover Art of Dragon Bones CDCan’t get enough of the warm tones Joe Manganiello’s voice? Well now you can listen to him for hours. Joe has narrated Trisha Briggs audio book, “Dragon Bones”. The CD has just been released by Buzzy multimedia and they are going to be selling the Audio CD at Eyecon this November 5-7th in Orlando Florida where Joe will be appearing. But it gets even better! If you’re going to Eyecon not only could you possibly get your CD autographed by Joe but if you mention you will get a FREE GIFT with every purchase.

The book itself is a real winner. The Amazon reader rating is 4.5 stars out of 5!

According to reader Edna on Amazon Briggs 2002 book:

has…interesting and sympathetic characters, a fast-moving story that doesn’t need 500+ pages to get started, let alone finish a story, and new territory every outing – were all in Dragon Bones.

And, “Simply Fantastic,” raves Mike, another Amazon reviewer. He shares:

Ms. Briggs weaves a richly detailed world, with dark overtones and obstacles that would leave the typcial fantasy hero searching for a quiet corner to hide in. Mental illness seems to be a common affliction in the land of Hurog. Ward’s father is megalomaniacle with homocidal tendencies, his mother lives in a drug-assisted psychotic stupor, his suicidal brother has chosen fugue and exile, and his sister is mute. Ward only acts autistic to avoid attrating paternal attention!

Dragon Bones – Briggs
Dragon Bones by Patricia Briggs. Narrated by Joe Joe Manganiello.

And the CD is even better earning five stars from Diana:

Just got this audio book on Friday and listened nonstop all weekend. It went from my house to the car into the supermarket back home and to the park. What a great listen. I have enjoyed everything that Patricia Briggs has written and the Hurog books were the first of her books that I ever read. Way to go Joe Manganiello (FYI he plays a werewolf on True Blood). He made my pulse race. For those who never read Dragon Bones there is a classic hero’s journey but the hero is by no means typical. Also tere are many strong female characters but this is no feminist treatise.

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Eyecon update

October 3, 2010

Joe Manganiello, True Bloof Alcide, with Anna Pacquin, Sookie


ORLANDO – EyeCon’s Second Annual True Blood convention featuring stars from the hit HBO series True Blood has added Joe Manganiello who stars as “Alcide Herveaux”, the sexy new werewolf love interest for Sookie Stackhouse. Joe is also known for his recurring role on the television series One Tree Hill. He will be appearing for autograph and photo op sessions. This will be his first ever fan convention.

EyeCon Celebrity Autograph Conventions has announced the launch of the second annual fan convention based on the popular television series True Blood in Orlando, Florida on November 5-7, 2010. The convention will give fans the opportunity to gather with each other and celebrate this breakout new series. The convention will feature celebrity guests, bands, artists, vendors, Q&A’s, parties, contests, panels, fan films, photo shoots, video games, blood drives and more.

The celebrity guest list includes:
* Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte)
* Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux)
* Kristin Bauer (Pam)

More guests will be added soon. Keep track of all the updates at

The convention hours of operation are:
Friday: 4:00pm – 1:00am
Saturday: 10:00am – 1:00am
Sunday: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Tickets are currently available online, 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

A little about Eyecon:

EyeCon is a fan-friendly multi-genre celebrity autograph convention for science fiction, horror, television and movie fans! We have been running successful fan conventions since 2006, bringing fans closer to the stars they love and providing enriched fan experiences for their favorite television shows and movies. There will be 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 so much more! There will always be something to do during the busy, fun-packed weekend!

Our goal is to bring the celebrity guests together with their fans in a relaxed atmosphere with the most exposure possible. At EyeCon, it’s like a family reunion. We hope to see you there and look forward to an amazing, memorable weekend!

For more information and updates visit: Eyecon

Photo Credit: HBO


Sam and Kristin Will Mingle at EyeCon

July 5, 2010

On November 5-7, 2010 in Orlando, FL, the second annual True Blood celebrity convention will occur.  It’s called EyeCon.

Currently the signed guests from the hit series are Sam Trammell, who plays our favorite shifter and bar owner, Sam Merlotte, and Kristin Bauer, the sarcastic and well-dressed vampire Pam. It’s still early and the conference expects to be adding more stars to the appearance list.

Both Sam and Kristin are scheduled to appear at all the events of the weekend, to be held at the Florida Hotel and Conference Center.  This will be Kristin‘s first EyeCon but Sam was there last year.

The celebrity events for EyeCon include Q&A and Autograph sessions, a Friday night cocktail party, Saturday night banquet and Saturday night Fangbanger‘s Ball.  Attendees can even get vampire tattoos.

Tickets are priced in tiers, with Platnum level tickets covering everything, then paring down to Gold, Silver and General.  The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • Platinum – $275
  • Gold – $195
  • Silver – $125
  • General Admission – $70

To read more of the details, purchase tickets and keep tabs on newly signed guests, go to EyeCon’s website.

Source: EyeCon

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Sam Trammell at Eyecon

January 25, 2010

What follows is Sam‘s great Q & A session from Eyecon. Unfortunately I was so busy clapping and taking pics that I didn’t get the recorder turned on until he’d already started but we have most of it transcribed thanks to Cyrenna’s hard work!

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at Eyecon

From Eyecon ’09:

Q: The scene with you and Arlene’s kids, it’s one of my favorite scenes. What were the kids like to work with? I love those kids I think they’re real talented.

Sam: They’re really cool, those kids are really cool. And you know what’s funny? At the scene at the bar when I’m talking to them…The way they put the camera, I couldn’t look at their faces, they put X’s on the mat box which is this thing right around the lenses so I had to act to the X’s. I was so bummed because they’re kids and you always get such good stuff from kids. They had really cute accents, too. They put on Southern accents. They were so cute.

Q: What was the hardest scene to do?

Sam: A really tough one was the one was in the last episode where I had to go and see my adoptive mom who gave me up. That was a tough one. I don’t know why it was tough, maybe because I didn’t want to be too “I don’t like you, I’m mad at you.” I didn’t want to play the obvious thing. But at the same time it was written that I was angry at them and my character didn’t want to be angry he just wanted to get information on how to find his biological parents. So that was a tough one. One of the toughest things, honestly, and this is a technical thing, is wearing short sleeves or being naked when its cold and then having to be pretend that you’re not cold. That’s always really hard. Seriously! Because you’re thinking “Oh my God, I’m really cold!” and they say “ACTION” and you have to act like “Yo, what’s up!? I’m chilling out in Louisiana and it’s hot!” ~laughs~

Q: Do you think we’ve seen the last of Maryann?

Sam: That’s a good question… I know she’s bad…really bad. I don’t know though because she’s a weird energy and even though she died I wouldn’t be surprised if Alan brought her back in some weird way, like her energy through someone else. I think for now we have [seen the last of Maryann] but I wouldn’t count her out because she’s like the devil.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: Is it difficult for you to get into character and do have a favorite line?

Sam: The character is not too difficult. It’s not as easy because I have to do a Southern accent but I’m actually from the South so that comes back fairly easily. But whenever your putting on an accent or a limp that adds a little bit of a, ya know, it’s an extra thing to do. I’m not that far away from the character. I mean I am not quite as much of a loner as he is but I’m kind of a private person and I did move around a lot as a kid. I wasn’t abandoned by my adoptive parents but it’s not too terribly much of a stretch.

Q: When you’re not filming and you have down time what type of hobbies do you have and what do you like to do?

Sam: I like to surf and I took that up when I moved to the West Coast. My brother lives in St. Augustine and he surfs on the East Coast and he always said you’re an idiot if you don’t surf in California because there’s great waves there and he was always jealous.
So I started doing that and that’s a weird hobby because you get up really early in the morning and the waters always really cold and you’re always like “Why am I doing this?” And then, it’s really fun once you start doing it.

Q: Do you have a favorite book?

Sam: I’m reading a book right now that’s pretty good called “A Shadow of the Wind”. It’s a Spanish writer. It’s kind of a mystery-thriller. It’s really well written. But you know one of my favorite books, this is kind of random and I don’t know why this came into my head, is “Beloved” by Tony Morrison. ~applause~ Anybody read that? Yeah, because I’m from the south and it’s really well written and it’s heavy, it’s so intense. And I’m going to sound so pretentious now, I like Dostafski a lot but it takes a little work to read him and I haven’t read him for a while. I’ve been lazy.

Q: Who’s your favorite supporting actor?

Sam: Well one of my favorite people for sure is Chris Bauer who plays Andy Bellefleur ~applause~ You guys like him??? Yeah he’s good. But I knew him because I used to live in New York so I knew him before and actually we go surfing together. Whenever I work with him I just try not to laugh because his character is so funny. Like… there was a scene in the first season where I’m telling him, “I’m a naturist,” remember that??? and I swear we would do that scene and I would walk up to the table and say “Well, you know Andy, I’m a naturist” and he would just look at me and we would literally just try not to laugh and they would say cut and we would totally laugh. And then this season when we were in the refrigerator and he’s telling me about his nanny named Annie and I was like, you’ve got to be kidding me, you’ve got to be kidding me. I was SO trying not to laugh. I love working with him. He’s a lot of fun

Q: First of all I just want to say thanks for being here.

Sam: Oh! You’re welcome it’s great to be here.

Q: Did you have any second thoughts about playing the role of Sam?

Sam: Oh did I ever have any second thoughts like, “Oh, was this a bad choice?” or something??? No ~laughs~ No, No Way!

Q: The naked scenes did you have any problem with that?

Sam: No, not so much. I kind of knew, whenever you work for HBO they’re like, “If you’re going to work for us you’re going to have to sign a thing that says you’re going to show your butt.” and I said “Yeah, fine.” That was totally fine. So, not really. It is kind of tough doing the naked scenes, kind of, it’s not too bad, but just when it’s cold. But I was always psyched and when I got the script and it said Alan Ball and HBO, I said “I want to do that!” I hadn’t even read it because Alan Ball is such a good writer and HBO is the best place to work. So I’ve been pretty psyched about it.

Q: I know Charlaine has already decided who Sookie will end up with in the end. What are your feelings on that because I would love to see Sookie and Sam end up together.

Sam: Aww that’s nice. So are you saying that Charlaine’s already decided that in the books? Oh, she has, but she hasn’t written it yet?

Well, I think that would be good because, you know, I’m not a vampire ….I’m alive! I turn into a dog, but I’m alive, so that’s a good thing! You know like a live man right? I mean vampires are sexy, I guess. They bite you and everything….I can bite! Just because you’re a vampire does not mean you can’t bite! Alright…you should know that! You should know that! Dogs bite…exactly! So I think it would be good. I think that I’m good for her. Team Sam!!! [Spotted a woman with a Team Sam T-shirt on in the audience] Oh my god I’ve never seen that! I’ve never seen that! Got one member! Two members! Ya gotta start somewhere!

Q: What season did you like better? Season one or season two?

Sam: I kind of liked season 2, I mean I loved season 1 but season 1 felt a lot to me like me pining after Sookie and saying “Don’t go to the Vampires. Stay with me. Don’t do this, don’t do that” like “Mr. Rules guy”. Like, “Oh that’s bad, that’s bad.” Then season 2, I kind of stood up to her a little bit and I felt like I was a little bit more of a man. And then I got to squeeze the heart and save the town! So I kind of like season 2 a little bit more in that sense.

Q: How were you inspired to pursue a career in acting? Were you influenced by anyone?

Sam: You know it’s interesting I never ever thought about acting. I went to college and I’d never acted and I went to be a physics major of all boring things. But I wanted to be an astrophysicist and ended up being a philosophy major. I was a musician. I was always in bands since I was like 13. I played guitar in bands and this friend of mine who is now a musician was an actor then, and my last semester of school he said, “You should audition for the new plays festival. They need a bunch of actors because they do like 8 new plays by graduate students.” It just took somebody saying to do it because I always thought it looked kind of fun, like playing house but like really taking it seriously. Like really pretending whatever you are. So that’s all it took was somebody saying, “You should do that.” and I was like, “Yeah, yes I should.” And then I auditioned and got a part and that was my last semester of college and I just did a couple more plays and I had already applied to graduate schools and I said, “Forget that, I’m going to move to New York.” And I literally moved to NY on a bus with some sort of suit case I could hold in my hand. A classic story. And that was it. I got a late start.

Q: Is there another character on the show that would be interesting to play for you?

Sam: Yes I think there are so many good characters. Jason has a great part, Bill has a great part. I mean, Bill‘s part is tough because he’s playing a vampire. There’s so many good ones like Alexander, you know ~applause~ Love it ~laughs~ I think Rutina‘s part is great, Tara’s part its so good. A really good part isn’t it? ~applause~

Q: Lafayette?

Sam: Lafayette! Yes! You know, Nelson, he brings so much to that part. It’s not just on paper, he brings like a whole new level to that part.

Q: Could you do it? Could you do a part like that?

Sam: Probably not ~laughs~

Q: Do you think you’ve got it in you?

Sam: I don’t know if I’ve got it in me, you know? ~laughs~

Q: Since you’re a shifter and you can only turn into something you have come in contact with, do you think in season 3 in at least one scene can you shift into an alien or a predator from your past movie?

Sam: Wow, that’s a good question, that’s a good question. Maybe a predator!

Q: Do you watch the show every Sunday when it airs and where do you watch it?

Sam: Oh yes, I have to. I mean it’s really hard for me to watch myself, it’s very hard and I’m very overly critical. I usually like to watch it alone first, because the first time you watch it… If there are other people you are just so embarrassed and you want to get used to it. I usually watch it at home, sometimes we have people over.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: We had a contest and asked our readers what they would most like to know from you and what they answered was, they want to know “Has True Blood changed you and if so how?”

Sam: I don’t know if it’s changed me but it’s changed my life a little bit because I just get recognized a little bit more, especially after the second season and especially in places where there’s a lot more people like New York City. And it’s definitely fun. There’s no question it’s great. People come up and say they love the show or they like my part and it feels good and I’m not going to pretend like “Oh, I’m over that”, it’s pretty great. I don’t know that it’s changed me at all. It hasn’t changed me but it’s definitely changed my life a bit.

Q: Do you like people coming up and asking me for autographs or just coming up to you?

Sam: I really don’t mind it but there’s definitely every once in a while you’re just like not in a good mood as you can all imagine and you just kind of just want to be alone or you’re just not feeling confident or not feeling like you have it in you to be friendly. But those times aren’t that much; I just don’t usually mind it that much. No. I don’t mind it at all.

Q: If you could be stranded on a desert island with anyone from the cast who would it be and why?

Sam: Wow, did I really hear that question? Sorry, trying to buy some time… buy some time. Wow, like stranded on an island forever? Forever…wow. Well if was going to be forever it would have to be a woman. Wow. I don’t know who do you think? Daphne?

Q: She would probably hit you.

Sam: Hit me? No you know who hits me all the time is Anna. You know, she hits me all the time because she knows I won’t hit her back. It would be a woman from the show. I don’t know who.

Q: How did you land the roll on TB and how do you do the CGI scenes?

Sam: Okay so I landed the roll pretty normally. I just got the script and I read it. And then I went in and auditioned and they put it on tape. And Alan saw it and liked it. And then you have to go to a final audition in front of the President of HBO and all the big executives. And that’s so nerve racking because you have to sign contracts before you go in and it’s just very nerve racking.

And then I found out the same day that I got it! Which was great! Oh yeah, and the CGI…it’s kind of complicated. What they usually do, for instance in that scene in the shower where the dog stood up and then I stood up and you see my butt? They shot the dog first, I think, and they had that somehow on film and they had to line me up exactly with the dog. I’m not exactly sure how they do it. I had to be in an exact spot and stand up in a certain way.

Q: When you have naked scenes do you wear something in the front?

Sam: Do I wear something in the front….yes! We call it ‘the sock’. It’s not an actual sock but it’s this thing that you tie and it goes over your whole situation. And it’s beige.

Q: How much does it cover?

Sam: How much does it cover? Just the tip. No! It covers up pretty much the whole situation. Oh God, I’m embarrassed now…wow! Ryan has to wear that a lot and I have to wear it…but different ones! I have a larger size ~laughs~ I am so embarrassed now! Wow!

Q: How much is Alan Ball involved with the series from season 1 to season 2 and how much do you work with him on set?

Sam: That’s a good question. He’s really involved. He’s not on set as much as you might think. One of the many things that he’s really talented at and great at is he hires really good people, like department heads. So he really trusts the directors and the director of photography and the actors. He trusts everybody. And he sees everything in editing. So he’s not on the set a lot but he’s always in editing. And of course he’s writing all the time and he’s casting so his day is totally full. He kind of puts his energies where he needs to and he’s very involved. I think he re-writes almost every script and like I said he’s in the editing room.

Q: Does he pull like a 24 where you have no idea what happening until the next script and you read it that morning?

Sam: No, not all actually. He likes to shoot everything before the season comes out. Now that didn’t happen last year but it happened the first year. So he likes to have everything done ahead of time. And he’s really cool because he’ll give us scripts when they’re done. Most TV shows they’ll just give you the script that week. I don’t know why, either they’re behind or they just don’t want you to have the information and they play weird power games. But he’s so cool. When they have it done they give it to you. It’s really helpful because it helps you prepare when you know what you’re going to be doing in the 5th episode when you’re working on the first.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: How does the feeling or the adrenalin rush you get from filming a television series vary from when you’re on stage?

Sam: That’s a good question. It’s definitely different when you’re on stage. Obviously you get the immediate, “Oh my!” people who are out in the audience and you can feel it and then you do the whole thing and you’re done and you’re like “Yes! It was brilliant.” and you bow and everybody claps for you. But there is sort of an excitement when you’re filming for the show. Sometimes it’s really mellow though. You’re shooting a lot of scenes that day and there may be only a few people in the room where you’re shooting. And maybe you shot a really intense scene and it kind of goes without any fan fare. But then obviously TV reaches out to so many more people so there’s this delayed gratification where you shoot that episode like 5 months ago and you’ve forgotten it. You’re trying to remember that scene and then it comes on and you see it and everybody else sees it and then people are saying they like the scene that many months later, so it is really different.

Q: I know they have “The Vampire Musical” the Series; what about a ‘True Blood Musical’ with your background?

Sam: Wait a minute, you want to see a True Blood Musical?

Q: Would you be interested in doing it if they ever came up with it? What would Sam sing about?

Sam: If there were a musical, what would I have be singing about? I don’t know. I would have a song about turning into a dog and getting to sleep with Sookie or something. I don’t know. That’s pretty funny. That would be a weird musical wouldn’t it?

Q: As we see in Season 2 Eric’s been messing with Sookie and Lafayette. I’ve heard rumors from a couple people in Alan‘s camp that they’re planning to have Bill mess with you.

Sam: Are you serious? What does that mean????

Q: The same way he’s messed with Lafayette and the same way he’s messed with Sookie.

Sam: Am I going to be dreaming about Bill now?

Q: Something like that.

Sam: Man you never know. You never know what they’re going to do on the show. Oh boy. Well I have to go back to that question whether I ever regretted doing this part!~laughs~ No, I’m totally kidding.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: What projects did you do while on break from True Blood?

Sam: I did a movie called “The Details” over the break. It’s a really cool script. It’s this independent kind of dark comedy that Toby McGuire and Laura Linny star in and Elizabeth Banks, too. It’s a really good script, it’s really good. I have a part in that so check that out. It will come out next year some time.

Q: God bless the man who made those jeans because I’d wear him like a scrunchy…

Sam: I forget who I was talking to last night. The woman who gave that line, that was an improvised line. And she’s kind of a comedian and they were just totally ripping and they were so funny. They were saying the funniest stuff.

Q: I still laugh at that

Sam: I know you’re laughing now ~laughs~ I know! And she said a lot of other pretty racy stuff that didn’t make it. I wish I could remember what it was.

Q: You could have been stranded on the island with Eric…he could have flown you off the island.

Sam: He could have flown me off the island; I knew there was a better answer, like someone who could cook.

Q: I was wondering is there any chance that you’ll do another play on Broadway?

Sam: Oh, yeah, I would do another play on Broadway for sure. The last play I did I think was 3 years ago. Yeah, I would love to do another play.

Sam: Do I go to New York City? Yes in fact I flew in from New York. I was their visiting friends and seeing some plays. I love New York and I love the theatre and for sure I am definitely going to do another play.

Q: What’s your favorite line?

Sam: What’s my favorite line? That I have said in the show? Oh gosh that’s a tough question, geez I can’t even remember. Like I forget all of my lines once I do them. What are some good lines that I’ve had?

Q: “Smite me, Motherfucker!!!!”

Sam: Oh….”Smite me, Mother Fucker!” So that’s my answer, you gave me my answer.

Yeah “Smite me, motherfucker!” that was a crazy scene. That scene, I swear when we saw that written we were like this is ridiculous…totally ridiculous! But it turned out pretty good I think. People are definitely into it.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: HBO has disappointed us with Carnival and Deadwood. I know you can’t predict but how long do you think True Blood is going to go?

Sam: First of all I can’t even tell you how grateful and psyched we all are that we didn’t end as quickly as Deadwood and Carnival and the surf show. But anyway, to answer your question, how long? I know that Alan Ball is having the best time of his life doing this show, he’s said. He loves doing it. He wants to keep doing it. We all want to keep doing it. Charlaine keeps writing books so hopefully we’re going to go on and on. And I know HBO’s psyched so hopefully we’re going to go on. It just depends on whether people are watching it. But if you all keep watching it and telling your friends to watch it, it could go for a while. I think there’s a lot of stuff to explore. There’s so many, it just kind of seems endless, like the different relationships and supernatural creatures and that world is so rich. I think we can explore that world for a while.

Q: I know you mentioned something about how you landed the show and so forth. I know sometimes the actors they audition for different parts in the show. Did you only audition for Sam’s part or different parts?

Sam: I did. I just auditioned for Sam. Yes that was the one.

Q: You also mention traveling through different countries and stuff; I am originally from Brazil so I was wondering if you plan on doing travels throughout the world?

Sam: I hope so. I just went to Paris. I would hope so because I love to travel. It’s funny because I was just tripping out the other day because I was in New York and I was in a restaurant and these two women from Brazil came and asked me for my autograph! They were really pretty, too. And that was one of the only times that people have come to me in a restaurant and asked for an autograph. But just the fact that they were from Brazil and knew me from watching the show in Brazil… just freaked me out.

Q: Everyone asks about your relationship with your human co-workers. I was wondering about your relationship with your little furry friend on the show? If you’re a dog lover?

Sam: I’m a total dog lover. I’m definitely a dog lover. I grew up with dogs. I love dogs. The dogs on our show are great. They’re not the smartest dogs. The one who I had to work with is actually a little bit brighter. They’re sweet dogs, they’re just not… Working with dogs is tough. Working with animals and kids is always very tough, like little kids. But they’re sweet. There are two of them. It’s like Dusty and Rusty or something like that.

Because they get tired you work with one for a while, and then you have to work with the other. But they have all kinds of tricks. They’ll hide treats in my hand when I’m trying to talk to them but inevitably you have to edit the scene and cut around it because they just don’t get it. They don’t get that they’re on “True Blood“. It’s like, “Come on, be serious!” ~laughs~

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at Eyecon

Q: I know that you have read all the books.

Sam: I’ve read four of the books.

Q: Do you plan on reading more or are you just going to stop because it’s so different?

Sam: I think I’m going to stop for a while. I wanted to read them because I wanted to make sure that Sam wasn’t like a crazy transvestite. And thought “Oh well, there we go.” But I kind of want to be surprised now. I’m always asking my friends who read the books if I’m still alive because still alive is good! But I’m probably going to take a break from them for a little bit. But I am sure I will ultimately read all of them, just for fun.

Q: Are there any practical jokers on the set and can you tell us about some of the jokes made behind the scenes?

Sam: Oh God, well I know Ryan has this whole thing with our cameraman, and they’re always doing stuff to each other. I think one of them filled the other’s car with little Styrofoam snakes, like the whole car! Which is pretty crazy and they have a lot of that kind of stuff going on.

Q: If it were your preference, what would you prefer to turn into?

Sam: That’s a good question. Well dogs are good; the bird is good because you can fly. The thing that I haven’t done yet is water, under water. Like a deep-sea fish or something. I don’t know. It would be good to be able to breath under water.

Q: Do you belong to any charities?

Sam: There’s a group called Oceania that I’m involved with that protects the ecological integrity of beaches and oceans and also Surf Rider, which also does the same thing. So those two organizations I’m involved with. But I am very into preserving the environment. That’s kind of my big thing

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconSam: Next Question, yes, Team Sam

Q: Long board or short board?

Sam: Mostly short board right now but I always have a long board available for when the waves are smaller.

Q: I have two questions. Do you have a MySpace or a Facebook where you keep in contact with your fans?

Sam: I don’t but I’ve been trying to get something like that going. So I’m not on Facebook or MySpace yet but we’re working on that.

Q: What about Twitter?

Sam: Twitter I haven’t done. Should I do Twitter?

Audience: Yes!

Sam: Because I don’t know how to do that, I’ve thought about doing that. And you just type “I’m hanging out at the thing, I’m on stage right now”, is that what you do? You just tell people where you are? Is it good, would you guys follow it if I did it???

Audience: Yeah!

Sam: Maybe I’ll do Twitter because it seems like the most available. Wait a minute, she has another question.

Q: You were talking about how two fans from Brazil came up and asked you for an autograph, is there a weird question that a fan has asked you?

Sam: Is there a weird question that a fan has asked me? You know, not so much. I mean there’s always a question of what I want to turn into. I mean, that’s not that weird. No, not so much. I need to make up an answer for that question because that’s just a boring answer isn’t it. No, not really ~laughs~

Q: In the last episode you turned into a bull and a lot of the sites in the blogs they wanted to know how did you turn into a bull because you had to imprint it, like, see it. Isn’t that correct? So a lot of people were writing to us and said that they were like, “How did he turn into a bull?”

Sam: So the question is, “How did I turn into a bull if the bull wasn’t there and I couldn’t map my genes off it?” Well the answer to that is that I think the way they wrote the story that there was a bull there. What happened was Bill brought the bull. When he came and he said he had that idea for me in the bar, he had gotten a bull. So actually, maybe, they didn’t make that clear enough in the episode. Did they not do that? Because that was the idea behind it.

Q: It just seemed like….

Sam: Because he said, “I have an idea.” I said, “Well I’m not really interested in it.” and he said, “You better!” and I’m like, “Alright! Don’t bite me!” So, yes that’s what happened. He brought a bull and then the idea was to let me die almost and then give me his blood. That would hurt. Like I really sacrificed myself. I feel like I really sacrificed. But that was the whole idea so that’s a bummer that it didn’t get across.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: How did you prepare to express that feeling of dying because you really looked scared and how do you prepare for something like that?

Sam: Well, you know, gosh. Because I did a Dexter where I got killed and that was such a horrifying situation. You know what I did, I got this video tape. Have you ever heard of “Faces of Death?” Terrible, terrible! I think some of it is fake but they show real people dying sometimes and that’s always been like a taboo thing for me. I don’t want to see that. It’s horrible. I don’t know why that exists. But I thought if I could watch some of that… for the Dexter role. So that’s what I did. So I could have that kind of horror when seeing him. Now with “True Blood,” I kind of pulled on a little bit of that for the scene where they struck me through the heart and then a lot of it is just instinct. Like when you’re a kid playing cowboys and Indians, just pretending. What would that take? Would it take the energy out of you? Or would it be really painful first. Then some of it’s just pretend, just playing pretend.

Q: Will it always be so long between seasons and any chance for a movie?

Sam: Interesting. You know why it’s so long between seasons? It’s because we only do 12 episodes, so it’s only three months of a great life of “True Blood” and then a terrible life 9 months without. And it is it’s always going to be 9 months because we have to have time to shoot it. I know it’s a bummer, I wish we shot more. I kind of wish we shot more maybe. And then a movie… maybe if we do it forever then it would be kind of cool.

Q: Two words for you Sam, “Nice balls”

Sam: ~Laughs Wow I’ll take that, I’ll take it. I don’t know where you got that but I’ll take it! Was that in the episode????

Q: Yes

Sam: Oh! I forgot that, “Nice rack” to you! That’s right I totally forgot about that. That’s a good answer for my favorite line, too.

Q: Congratulations on the Scream awards. Is it weird having the same name as your character?

Sam: Not really, it’s kind of easier; in a way it kind of does make me feel closer to the character unconsciously. So it’s kind of good and it’s easy for everybody.

Q: Do you ever read a script for an episode where you’re like, “Can we really do that?”

Sam: Yeah. Like every episode, every week. I’m thinking “Are people really going to be coming at us like “Dawn of the Dead”? You know, originally for that scene they had me burning down the bar – burning down half the bar to get all the people out. And then they would have to rebuild it but they were like, “We can’t do that, that’s too much work”. So then they changed it.

Sam Trammell True Blood Sam Merlotte at EyeconQ: Beyond True Blood is there any role you would like to play?

Sam: Gosh you know as far as plays go, I would love to do Checov or Gibson, those two Russian dudes, I would like to do that on stage. I would probably do any super hero.

Q: Aqua man?

Sam: Aqua man, yes….

Q: I was wondering if you could do a good Bill Compton impression?

Sam: Do Bill Compton? ~laughs~ “Sookie…where have you been Sookie…I want you Sookie.”

MC: As much as I worship you on Sunday nights I hate to tell you I have to cut it off .

Sam: Awwwww I hate being this person…you’re the bad guy…

MC: I’m Mary Ann

Sam: You gonna rock us out later? [MC was lead singer in the band]

MC: Yes. Give it up for Sam!!!!!! wants to thank Sam for helping us fill in some blanks and Cyrenna for the tedious work of transcription and Kenny for making all this happen!

Transcription credit: Cyrenna
(Photo credit: Kasandra Rose)


VIDEO: True Blood’s Terry Bellefleur at EyeCon ’09

December 12, 2009

Terry-Bellefleur-True-BloodBack at EyeCon in November, Todd Lowe took the time to chat with Allison Walker for Central Florida on Demand.

The interview started with Allison introducing Todd and asks about his character, Terry Bellefleur.

Todd responded that in the books, Terry is a Vietnam vet, but for the sake of True Blood, that was updated so Terry is now a veteran of the war in Iraq. Todd also said that Terry is having a really hard time dealing with knowing that he killed other people while at war.

Allison continued by asking Todd to leak information about Season 3 of True Blood. Unfortunately, that really didn’t help us at all. Todd was incredibly close-lipped about what’s coming up, except when it came to generalities. However, Todd did mention that he already had received the first two scripts by the time the interview was held, and that they were really good, and he was dying to tell someone about them, but that he isn’t allowed to share. (Anyone else dying of anticipation about how little we’ve been given in snippets?)

Apparently realizing that Todd couldn’t say much, Allison turned to a question about the Season 2 finale and Vampire Bill‘s fate. Todd did answer that fans will learn very quickly of Bill‘s fate, who has him, etc. in the first episode of Season 3.

Next, Allison asked Todd about the sexuality of vampires and True Blood. Todd was really cute when he answered this question. He somehow went from talking about all the new vampire movies and novels that are coming out to getting a little political and talking about how the administration of the previous eight years in the US may also have something to do with it. (I’m not going to directly quote Todd here, as I really don’t want to offend anyone. I’ll just say that I can easily agree with his point.) After that comment, Todd quickly backtracked to less heavy comments and mentioned that women in particular love vampires.

Allison continued by asking about what Todd had seen in Florida since he arrived there, and Todd responded by talking about some place where you can go play Put Put Golf with live alligators (a place I’m sure I’d happily stay away from if I ever went to Florida myself). Todd said he wanted to go back and actually play a round of Put Put Golf with the alligators. Allison also asked what else Todd had done since he arrived in Florida, and Todd mentioned that he has a brother who lives in the Palm Bay area, so he was going to visit him. Todd seemed pretty excited about seeing his family.

Interviewer Allison liked to jump around in the interview questions. Her next one was about the metaphors on True Blood. Todd took the stance that it seems the entire cast does about vampires and who they stand for. Specifically, Todd said that vampires can stand for any minority, and people can put their own layers on top of the vampires portrayed on True Blood, and that’s part of why True Blood is so successful.

Allison then asked for Todd‘s thoughts on his first ever True Blood convention, and Todd talked about how much fun he was having meeting the fans, that he’ll answer any question he’s allowed to (so that meant no Season 3 questions). Todd also talked about how happy he was with the scripts that he’d been given at the time.

Todd said that the cast would start filming Season 3 of True Blood on December 3, and that True Blood is a summer show, so no matter how hard we fans beg HBO, we’re always going to get True Blood during the summer.

Finally, Allison asked Todd about why he thought Season 2 of True Blood did so much better (in terms of ratings) than Season 1 did. Todd said he had no idea, and actually said that he’s a bigger fan of Season 1 than Season 2! (Yay! I’m not alone in preferring Season 1!) Of course, Todd did give Season 2 some much deserved praise about how he had more work in Season 2 as well as the Maryann storyline, which then became a little story about how everyone had to wear those black contacts, and many of the actors got stys in their eyes from wearing them for so long (usually about 9 to 10 hours a day). Todd then got back to the question, and basically repeated himself when he said he really had no idea why Season 2 did so much better than Season 1 in ratings. (My suspicion is that it had to do with people who watched Season 1 telling all their friends about it, so those friends tuned in to Season 2. After all, I’m positive I’m not the only person who talked about the show to their friends!)

Allison’s final question/comment was about how Todd had just woken up for the day (it was past 2 o’clock), and why was Todd waking up so late? Todd made the question into a joke about how he was a vampire and how he’d seen the sun rise so he’d rushed to bed. Got to love a guy who is as quick on his feet as Todd is!

All in all, this was a really cute interview and it was great to see Todd‘s sense of humor. He seems to be the type of guy a lot of us could hang out and laugh with!

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

SOURCE: Central Florida on Demand

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)


VIDEO: Todd Lowe Concert at EyeCon

November 22, 2009

Todd-LoweMany of you may not know but Todd Lowe not only plays the endearing war veteran, Terry Bellefleur on HBO’s True Blood but he is also an accomplished musician and singer with his own country-rock band based in Los Angeles called Pilbilly KnightsTodd demonstrated his other talent as a musician recently at EyeCon by putting on a little performance at the event.  Enjoy the video!

(Photo credit:  IMDb.Com)


A Bat’s Eye View of Eyecon!

November 18, 2009

A couple of the fans who won tickets from agreed to write up their experience at the convention.  We’re so glad they had a good time and agreed to share their experiences with us!  Thank you Beatrice and Sharon!
Their Eyecon Story:


Our journey began when I came across the contest. I wanted to win so badly I could taste it. All I had to do was state the question I would ask the cast if I had the opportunity. My question was “What character on the show would you most want your character to do bad things with?” I checked my email several days later after accepting defeat, and lo “ I was a winner”! I jumped up, grabbed the phone at 12:30 am and called my friend Sharon, and told her we won. Oh, but that was just the tip of the ice burg. Reality set in. We had to figure out transportation and lodging on a budget that was so small it was almost invisible. I broke the news to my husband and he broke the news to me that he had Guards the same weekend. Crap now I had to find someone to help out with the kids too! Ok, I called the campground that I have a membership with and asked if they had any openings. After the representative was done laughing she sounded surprised that she actually had exactly the days we needed. Sharon and I pawned the kids off on different friends and family. Things were starting to fall into place.

Thursday night we got a late start and it was pouring down rain .The kids and husbands were fairly easy to pry off however the family dog had to be bribed with a biscuit to move away from the magical vacation door. We jumped in the car making sure our families didn’t go on recon missions to bring us back. We drove from New Jersey through seven states, torrential rain storms and a set of wiper blades going nonstop, with no sleep.

Eighteen hours later we were in Florida driving around in circles. After threatening the Evil GPS and all its components we found our way to the campground. We pitched the tent took a well-deserved shower and ventured out to the Conference center. We registered at the Eyecon convention and were recruited to donate blood. Because they rarely allow us out of the state of New Jersey and we are women on a True Blood mission we saw fit to have more fun giving blood than anyone has the right to. By the time we were done we each had a T-shirt, extra cookies and juice. Now were talking, breakfast and lunch! I can guarantee the vamps there [red cross] will never forget our names.

Our next stop was the vendor room. Our first table was for the Choroideremia Foundation, which Deborah Ann Woll supports. It raises money for research on this degenerative genetic eye disease that causes irreversible blindness. I bought raffle tickets, not thinking I would win but feeling good that I was donating to a good cause. To my surprise I did win one of the prizes, a T shirt!  There were only a few more tables to visit and we left the convention feeling a little disappointed that there weren’t more vendors.

After an evening of fighting a GPS for directions and a demon possessed flashlight that kept blowing bulbs and leaving us in the dark, we devoured our cookies and juice and called it a night.

On Saturday there were quite a few more people at the Eyecon convention but not enough that it was overcrowded. This was great! We talked with members of the band Nova Echo and got an autograph and pictures. Next we moved on to the Q & A’s. The first one was with Sam Trammell. Yes, I asked my winning question. Sam turned red and laughed but never really answered the question saying he would get in trouble. This question had the same effect on Todd Lowe, however he answered saying Arlene. The autograph sessions were great we were actually able to talk directly to the stars. Sam couldn’t believe my last name was truly Blood and I pulled out my license to prove it. After the autographs we once again fought the demon GPS back to our campsite, had Chinese food and relaxed. About 7:30pm we started getting ready to go to the Fangbangers Ball. We got to the Conference center about 45 minutes before the ball so we went to the Nova Echo concert and sat in the back realizing most of the people were not in costume yet. (Talk about awkward). The music was good and not that many people showed up. It was to our surprise that Todd Lowe sang two songs with the band and then we looked to our left and right next to us stood Allan Hyde, Ashley Jones and Sam Trammell. Can you say “We’re in Heaven!!” We did not bother them; we continued to watch the concert and smile. We went to purchase one of Todd’s CD and he autographed it and took a picture with us and then Sam, Allan and Ashley took one with us too. It was AWESOME!


Although we had fun at the Fangbanger’s Ball, it was not the same as the advertising of the event. The description in the advertising left one with the expectations of seeing Fangtasia or a representation there of. This ballroom fell a little short. On the upside it wasn’t overcrowded and one could stop and talk to the star of their choice. But I’m still wondering if the judging of the costumes happened or not [Editor’s Note: It didn’t, disappointing yours truly as well who went as an incompetent shifter].

Leaving the Ball at 1:00am, we popped in Todd’s CD, let’s just say: not for kids or the faint of heart. However, we found it twisted and entertaining.

Sunday, the last day for the Eyecon Convention and the final Q & A’s, with Ashley, Nelsan, and Allan. While Ashley was entertaining, Allan was genuinely sweet and innocent and opened up sharing many personal stories. But it was Nelsan who took the show. He was funny and almost fearless in his answers and stories about other cast members. He answered my question, but only after first trying to get clarity about “bad things”. Sharon and I both said “use your imagination”. Nelsan’s answer was he wanted to do bad [criminal] things with Eric and nasty things with Anna, also mentioning Stephen Moyer did good by her. On a more serious note he discussed his sister’s death and domestic abuse. All the stars were down to earth , humorous and pleasant to be around. After the Q & A’s we attended another autograph session where we met up with Kasandra from and thanked her. Overall, we had a wonderful once in a lifetime adventure. Now it was time to drive 18 hours and seven states home. Thanks again to the fairies [Editor’s Note: We’re shifters not fairies!] for sprinkling a little magic in our otherwise ordinary lives.

~ Beatrice Blood

~ Sharon DeHainaut

We at are thrilled that you got to go and had a good time.  You were very inventive and fun!  Wish we’d met up earlier!


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