Sam Trammell Opens Up About the Road Ahead in Season 4

January 20, 2011

Sam Spills the Beans on Being a Shape Shifter

Sam Trammell Sam Trammell, who plays our favorite shape shifter and bar owner Sam Merlotte, recently sat down with Rosy from the blog Accidental Sexiness in an exclusive interview to talk about True Blood as well as some of the other projects Sam has been involved with over hiatus. Like the rest of the cast and crew, Trammell keeps a lid on most of the details for season four. But that didn’t stop a few tidbits from popping out it during the course of the interview.

Of his character’s evolution in the past three seasons, Sam says that Mr. Merlotte has spent a lot of time hiding who he is and what he’s been through especially in season one. But in seasons two and three fans were greeted with glimpses into the shape shifter’s past. His connection to Maryanne (Michelle Forbes) was a critical element to the main storyline in season 2. In addition, it was revealed that Sam was not comfortable with his shape shifter nature until meeting Daphne (Ashley Jones). Season three saw Sam struggle with both the emotional baggage of his past as well as meeting his biological family, with his younger brother Tommy (Marshall Allman) being a particular brand of difficult. With Tommy still in the picture, fans should expect to see Melinda (J. Cameron Smith) and Joe-Lee (Cooper Huckabee) at some point as well.

Sam and Luna

But Sam may not feel all that comfortable settling in with his own family. Instead, you’ll see him cross paths with Luna (Janina Gavankar) because:

“She’s definitely somebody that Sam can share his experiences as a shape shifter with, and she’s somebody that I’m actually trying to help out in a certain way.  I’m trying to sort of in the way that Daphne’s character tried to help me deal with my own shape shifting stuff. I’m kind of helping her a little bit. So she’s kind of, she’s somebody that Sam is able to share her experiences with.”

When pressed for further details about what kind of experiences Sam and Luna will share this season, Sam Trammell tried to be coy. But when the interviewer revealed that she had heard that Sam and Luna join a group of shifters, the actor relented saying:

“Ok it sounds like you know about this group, yes there’s this little group that she’s a part of, that I’m a part of. But I don’t know, it kind of feels, I think it’s just, I don’t know if there’s a kind of group plan to do anything together as far as group vs. society. We just kind of help each other with our problems so far.”

The group approach is nothing new in the supernatural world so perhaps this is the beginning of the shifters of the Bon Temps area gathering together like we’ve already seen the vampires and werewolves do?

Things to Know About Sam Trammell

Before he became Sam Merlotte, did you know Sam Trammell appeared on Dexter? Apparently, he played the second victim of Michael C. Hall’s character in the first season and had to be wrapped in cellophane for several hours. Now that is what I call a job!

As for what he was up to during hiatus, the actor reports that he did do some videos for Funny or Die and he shot a movie called Guns, Girls, and Gambling which is in post-production according to IMDb. But at the moment, the actor is very busy working on True Blood, telling us that scenes from three different episodes are currently being shot.

To read the rest of the interview click on the source link below. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the results of Sam’s hard work in June!

Sources: Accidental Sexiness – “Exclusive: Sam Trammell talks new season of True Blood, resolutions, and guilty pleasures.” – “Sam Trammell”

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Edited by: Isis Nocturne


A True Blood Newbie Teases her Character Over the Airwaves

January 16, 2011

Janina Gavankar Talks True Blood on LA Talk Radio

Janina Gavankar

The newest blood to join the True Blood cast is Janina Gavankar and she’s already dropping hints about Season 4. Fans will come to know Janina as Luna, the newest shifter in Bon Temps as well as her being the first Native American character on the show. She chatted with her good friend Sheena on LA’s talk radio program the Sheena Metal Experience during  the two year anniversary of her radio show.

Though she wasn’t into weres and vampires when she was a girl, Janina looks forward to reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels to see who the Luna in the books is, although she wants to create her own version of the character. The actress who is of mixed Indian and Dutch descent even enlisted the help of make up artists to changed her skin tone to add a red tone she doesn’t naturally have in order to really show the character’s Native American blood.

As with all shape-shifters and weres on the HBO series, Janina does have to get naked, but she isn’t too bothered by it. For her it’s all about the character and the fact that transforming from one vessel to another is the shape-shifter way. She does reveal that viewers will get a lot more insight and history on shape-shifters and she even gets a scene with shifter Tommy played by Marshall Allman. That’s right Truebies! When we left the season finale, Tommy’s fate was unknown, but it looks like Janina has spilled the beans and fans everywhere are relieved that she did!

All About the Music

Aside from loving her character, what else does she love about True Blood? The music, of course! Janina herself is talented singer and she, like all fans of the show, sees how much the music influences and creates the scenes we all know and love.

It seems the world of the shape shifters is expanding with Season 4 and with Janina’s dedication to creating a well developed character, the who’s better competition between vamps and shifters will be heating up.

Source: LA Talk Radio– The Sheena Metal Experience

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Janina Gavankar On Her New Role As Hot Teacher, Luna

December 18, 2010

True Blood’s New Supe Drops Hints About Getting Close To ‘Sam’:

Janina GavankarJanina Gavankar recently learned that she’d won the role of shapeshifting sexy public school teacher ‘Luna‘ on HBO‘s hit show True Blood. Better, the lovely actress joins True Blood as a regular cast member so we will be seeing quite a bit of her. Gavankar couldn’t say much about being cast on True Blood though with good humor she revealed that:

‘She’s very different than I am… obviously I am not a teacher, and I can’t shapeshift”

When asked why she is taking such a seemingly unique turn in her career she answered:

“I don’t feel like it is, actually! I often play normal people with abnormal life skills and or challenges.”

Does She Think She’s Sexy?

Gavankar responded in the negative when asked if she thinks she could be defined as sexy:

Janina Gavankar in the L Word (Showtime)

‘Nope. I can look at other actors and say ’she’s sexy’ or ‘he’s sexy.’ I think it’s a lot harder for me to turn the mirror around. Many of my characters have been uber-confident, and therefore perceived as sexy. Looking back at some of them, like Ms. Dewey or Papi, I would say “Hell yeah! Those girls were sexy!” But that’s not me, that’s them.”

Asked about the True Blood upcoming season 4, Gavankar remained, as many True Blood cast members do, tight-lipped:

“All I can say is the show is going to continue to give you everything you love about it, and more.”

In response to questions about her True Blood wardrobe, she replied:

“Well, there’s not much to it at all. Shifters remove their clothes before they shift. Needless to say, I’ll be in the gym over the holidays.”

‘I Value Being Strong’:

Among others in a broad range of inquiries both serious and less so, Gavankar had this to say about staying in shape:

“I value being strong over being skinny. But my gym confession is: if I don’t have a trainer, I’m probably not going to work out. I hate it. (Laughs) I’d much rather use my energy artistically. So I change my routine often because I get bored easily. I just started boxing this week, and let me tell you, right now it hurts to sneeze (but) at least I’m not bored. (Laughs)”

Gavankar was asked about her memory of first being introduced to vampire lore as a child:

Her reply?

“Count Chocula (a monster-themed line of breakfast cereals). Best cereal ever. (Laughs) Hm, I think the first vampire lore I’d really seen was “Dracula” with Keanu Reeves and Winona Ryder. I think I saw it in high school at a friend’s house, and I didn’t tell my mom. She would have never let me see things like that. I found it horrifying.”

When queried about what she loved the most about her character and being on True Blood, Gavankar shared:

‘I’ll be working with Sam Trammell a lot. I’ve marathoned the entire show and have fallen in love with his character. It’ll be nice gazing into the eyes of Sam Merlotte.’

Wow. Sounds like Janina has done her homework on the previous three seasons of True Blood and is really caught up and ready to get shifting! What do you think about the actress and the character she’ll play? – Janina Gavankar Talks Sex Appeal & Vampires

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Janina Gavankar Excited to Play ‘Luna’ in Season 4 of True Blood

November 27, 2010

Shifting From One Supe To Another:

Janina GavankarJanina Gavankar has just been cast as a series regular playing Luna, ‘a super-sexy public school teacher and shapeshifter,’ in Season 4 of HBO’s hit show True Blood.

Fans of both The L Word and The Gates will recognize this actress already. In ‘The L Word’ she played the character of Eva ‘Papi’ Torres. But the ‘V-word’ is not new to Gavankar, who played the role of a policewoman who was also a vampire in ‘The Gates.’

Recently, in a press release, Janina expressed her joy at joining a show such as True Blood:

I’m more than excited to be joining such a formidable cast and a show that has such a tremendous following. I can’t wait to share this character with audiences- it’s about to get crazier! I just received the first 2 scripts. Get ready for a wild ride.

Are you ready for the wild ride of Season 4? You bet we are!

Source: Desi Hits!– Janina Gavankar Joins Cast of ‘True Blood’

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True Blood Season 4 Spoiler – 3 New Characters Added!

November 23, 2010

New Shapeshifter, Wiccan and Underground Cage Fighter Added

With filming of Season 4 of True Blood set to start next week fans have anxiously been awaiting more tidbits and casting news! is reporting that three new characters have officially been cast for the upcoming season.


Janina gavankarLuna, who will be played by Janina Gavankar, is a shapeshifting teacher who will first be seen at an informal gathering of other shifters.  Gavankar has been seen previously in The Gates and The L Word and will be a series regular.


Alexandra breckenridgeDaisy will be part of the wiccan group that Marnie (Fiona Shaw) is part of and will be played by Alexandra Brecekenridge.  Brecekenridge, who has mainly done voice-over work on Family Guy, will be a recurring character.


Vedette LimWe previously reported that a casting call had gone out for Naomi, and that role has now been cast.  Naomi, who is a fierce fighter who participates in underground cage fights for money, will be played by Vedette Lim.  Lim has previously been seen in the soap opera As The World Turns and will be a recurring character.

Character Promotion

Jessica TuckIn other Season 4 news, Jessica Tuck, who plays Nan Flannigan the public face of vampires, has been promoted to series regular so it looks like we’ll be seeing a lot more of her this season.

Let us know what you think of these casting choices in the comments section below!


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