Kevin Alejandro’s Southland Departure

February 4, 2011

The Witch is Here to Stay

True Blood's Kevin Alejandro (Jesus)

Spoiler alert!  If you are not caught up with TNT‘s Southland, please stop reading!

Kevin Alejandro, the actor known to us for playing nurse/witch Jesus on HBO‘s True Blood, has made a major career choice.  A choice which resulted in his Southland character’s being tragically killed in last week’s episode.  This came as a big shock to fans, who had come to love Detective Nate Moretta.

AccessHollywood.com had a chance to interview the actor, and find out what went down.  He begins by sharing some Southland background:

“As you know, [‘Southland’] kind of went through a rocky road with NBC… We got picked up our first season and then we got picked up for a bigger season and they cancelled us after we shot our sixth episode that we aired — we kind of spun around not knowing what was going on during that hiatus [prior to being picked up by TNT].”

He proceeded to land the role of Jesus Velasquez on True Blood, and tried his best to work both jobs.  But in the end, True Blood won out.  The strain of working on both TV shows proved to be too much, as he explains:

“Towards the end of ‘Southland,’ I was three days at ‘Southland,’ two days at ‘True Blood,’ just going back and forth, back and forth.  Productions were really cool about working it out and making it happen, but ‘True Blood’ is such a crazy, crazy schedule.”

Choosing to leave Southland meant the writers had to come up with a way to say goodbye to Detective Moretta.  He ended up getting struck on the back of the head, by a gangster — which was sadly inspired by a true story.  The method of his departure doesn’t bother him, as he says:

“I thought it was an amazing way to go out.  It was so unexpected and that’s the way life is. You never know, and it happened that quick — in four seconds you’re done.”

TV audiences were no doubt shocked and saddened, but can hopefully be appeased by watching Kevin on True Blood.  Let’s hope Alan Ball decides to keep him around for a good long while!  Lafayette deserves love too, no?

Did you catch this episode of Southland?  What did you think?  Are you looking forward to more Jesus action on True Blood?

Source: accesshollywood.com – Kevin Alejandro Reveals Reasons Behind His Shocking ‘Southland’ Departure

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Kevin Alejandro Talks About True Blood and Ryan Kwanten’s Body

February 2, 2011

Jesus is Back for Season Four and he is Planning to Get Ripped

Kevin AlejandroKevin Alejandro, who played Jesus Velasquez in Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood, will be back again for Season 4. This time he tells AccessHollywood.com he is planning to have a body that matches that of fellow actor, Ryan Kwanten.

I’m sharing the screen with somebody like Ryan Kwanten. We all look within ourselves for inspiration [to lose weight, get fit] but he’s obviously the poster boy of a physique.

He has joined a few fellow cast members, including Ryan, in  P90X training, which is an intense regime that claims a ripped body can be gained in 90 days. While some actors feel uncomfortable getting naked for the camera, Alejandro was quoted as saying that he would be “comfortable” to lose his gear. Which is something that True Blood fans will, no doubt, be looking forward to in the next season.

As for what is coming up in Season 4, Alejandro has a few things to say about his character, Jesus, and his interaction with other Bon Temps characters:

My relationship [will grow] with not only him (LaFayette Reynolds, who is played by Nelsan Ellis) but other characters in the show as well. They are really moving us around and balancing it out in all these crazy, strange ways and it works, man. It works really well this year.

As well as appearing in True Blood, Alejandro can also be seen in the upcoming movie, Red State. This controversial movie has been a long time coming for director Kevin Smith, but Alejandro seems to think that it is well worth the wait.

Red State is [Kevin Smith’s] baby. It’s been around for a long time and he finally got it done — I can understand why he wants to cradle it. I think it’s awesome of him to take the initiative and try something new.

Well, it looks like a busy year for Kevin, but we can’t wait to see him this summer in True Blood. Red State will be released in October 2011.

Source: omg! from Yahoo! – Kevin Alejandro Talks ‘True Blood’ Sex Scenes & Ryan Kwanten’s Ripped Body: He’s ‘The Poster Boy’ Of Physiques

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Kevin Alejandro Dishes on Southland and True Blood

January 31, 2011

From Detective to Witch:

True Blood's Kevin Alejandro (Jesus)Mexican American actor Kevin Alejandro, better known to us as Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) new flame, Jesus Velasquez on HBO‘s True Blood, recently spoke to Latina Magazine.  The main topic was his other TV show, TNT’s Southland, but he also gave a little True Blood tease.

On Southland, Kevin plays Detective Nate Moretta, who he admires for being “real” and “a family man”.  Having a family himself, he can relate.  He enjoys playing his character, because he likens him to a hero — he has great admiration for all police officers and detectives, therefore he feels, “It’s like I get to play a super hero”.

When asked for his thoughts on why the majority of the criminals on the show are Latino or Black, he explains that for the most part, the stories are true.  He sees it as a good thing that real police officers and detectives contribute to the show.  They are simply remaking or re-enacting actual events, things that are happening in the world right now, with just a little bit of fabricating thrown in for entertainment’s sake.  The ethnicity of the people involved is neither here nor there, but certainly not intended to mean anything.

Coming up in this third season of Southland, Kevin says audiences will get to see more of his family, and get pulled into his character’s development.  There’s a lot going on, and he foresees some interesting storylines.  The audience will not be disappointed.

Now for the True Blood dish!  When asked whether Jesus will be back on the show, he replies:

“Absolutely! Jesus is definitely back. It’s kind of a big season for myself, as well. I’m a witch and this is the season of the witches. I think it’s called the Witches Reign. You’ll see a lot of me. We pick up where we leave off with that true True Blood style. It’s sexy, mysterious, and all kinds of fun.”

That’s more like it.  Jesus has definitely charmed us Truebies and we can’t wait to see more of him, can we?

Source: latina.com – Kevin Alejandro on ‘Southland’: “Most of the stories that you see are true”

(Photo credit: TNT via latina.com)

Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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Kevin Alejandro Returns to Southland

January 3, 2011

From Bon Temps to Los Angeles

Kevin Alejandro as Nate Moretta 1Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez) is quite the busy man it seems. The man behind the character responsible for stealing the heart of Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) is also a series regular on the TNT show Southland. The series, which is set to premiere its third season on January 4th, has our favorite caretaker taking on a different role, this time as LA detective Nate Moretta. According to the show’s website, the character is a detective in the gangs unit, was a private in the army, and is married with three children.

The website Daemon’s TV.com has posted pictures from the premiere episode of the season and I must say it’s a nice change to see Alejandro in a different role from what we’ve seen in True Blood. The photos featuring the actor in episode one are also posted here. Click the source link below for more episode stills.  Kevin also made several appearances on the NBC show Parenthood in the first half of the 2010-2011 TV season.

Kevin Alejandro as Nate Moretta 2

But fear not truebies! Jesus will be in Bon Temps full time during season four according to IMDb. So who knows what kind of  trouble the character, who revealed himself to be a witch last season, will find himself in during this upcoming season. However, if you can’t wait to see more of the charming Kevin Alejandro, be sure to check out Southland!

Sources: Daemon’s TV.com — Season 3, Episode 1 Photos
TNT.com — Southland
IMDb.com — Kevin Alejandro

(Photo Credits: Daemon’s TV.com)

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Kevin Alejandro’s HOT Bello Mag Photo Spread!

January 1, 2011

True Blood’s ‘Jesus’ Turns the Heat Way Up:

Kevin Alejandro, Jesus on True Blood, on the cover of BELLO Magazine

True Blood‘s Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez) is on the cover of of BELLO Mag, Issue #20, along with a smoking hot photo spread and an in-depth, candid interview in which he credits the love and support of his family, wife and friends for the fact that he is living his ‘dream life.’

He got here he says, by believing in ‘(dreaming) big and being persistent.’

Kevin’s life before Hollywood beckoned started in the small town of Synder in west-central Texas where he was born and raised. Despite his love of the California oceanside, he says he would love to one day have a ranch in the Lone Star State. A home in New York and a small island in Costa Rica, where he and his wife were married, are also on his list of places he’d like to live.

James Dean Said It All:

The feature’s tag line for the Bello photo interview with Kevin is, ‘Rebel Without a Cause,’ which is a reference to two of Kevin’s favorite quotes from that most famous of rebels, the brainy but reckless actor James Dean. Here’s how Kevin describes his feelings about Dean’s philosophy:

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Kevin Alejandro in Bello Mag (James Dean quote)

Despite Kevin’s obvious respect for the late actor, his frequent profession of deep love for his wife and family and his desire to raise his son as he was raised, with ‘manners and respect for his elders,’ do belie the straight-shooting family man that he is.

Kevin Alejandro, Jesus on True Blood, in BELLO MagA Sexy, Stylized Photo Spread:

A word about the photo spread. There’s something for everyone here. (Seen here in the online version). The photographs are stunningly sexy and gorgeous to look at and a number are highly stylized with Kevin dressed and posed to emulate James Dean’s well-known look offscreen and in the three films he made before dying in a high-speed, one-car auto accident. (Note: requires Adobe Flash)

Source: Bello Mag – BELLO MAG #20 (cover preview) – True Blood’s : Kevin Alejandro

(Photo credit: BelloMag.com)

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PHOTOS: Sunset Reception with True Blood Stars

December 9, 2010

Composer Nathan Barr and Kevin Alejandro Attend Charity Event:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Join Kevin Alejandro and Nathan Barr to Support Equality

November 28, 2010

Stars to appear at Sunset Reception December 4, 2010


Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velazquez) and Nathan Barr (composer) will be supporting Equality California and attending the Sunset Reception at the ocean front home of Jeff Harbor in Three Arch Bay, Laguna Beach.  You can meet Kevin and Nathan as well as hear from Executive Director of Equality California Geoff Kors about how to protect the rights and lives of gay youth after the recent suicides.  He’ll also speak about how to continue going strong in 2011 after the recent electoral victories.

The event takes place Saturday December 4th at 3:30pm.  Dress is holiday cocktail attire. There will be holiday hors d’oeuvres, holiday cocktails by Blue Angel Ultra Premium Vodka, and a shuttle provided by Premiere Valet.  Tickets start at $100 and can be purchased here.

Come out and meet two of True Blood’s amazing cast and crew and support a good cause.

Source: Equality California

Image credit: CBS.com and Truebloodnet.com

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Kevin Alejandro: People’s Sexy Man of the Week

November 24, 2010

True Blood’s Brujo is on Newsstands Now!

Kevin Alejandro, True Blood's Jesus is People Mag's Sexy Man of the Week

Hailed as the “Sexy Man of the Week”, True Blood star Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez)  has joined several other outstanding True Blood specimens gracing People Magazine’s pages. They include Joe Manganiello, Alexander Skarsgård, Ryan Kwanten and Stephen Moyer who each made People’s 100 Sexy Men 2010 list.  In case you are curious (admit it, you are!) you can see the entire list of the 100 here .

Though Alejandro’s ‘Jesus Velasquez,’ is currently romancing Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) on True Blood, when he leaves work, his off-stage life’s primary attractions are wife Leslie to whom he’s been married for seven years, and their 2-year-old son.

What do you think of People’s choice for the week? What other True Blood stars do you think should be recognized? Let us know in the comment section below!

Source: chelebelleslair.tumblr.com

(Photo Credit: People.com)

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Kevin Alejandro in Cassadaga

November 3, 2010

First Look of Florida Filming

Kevin Alejandro Cassadaga

In season 3 of HBO‘s True Blood we were introduced to the sexy, mysterious Jesus, played by Kevin Alejandro.  This past week Kevin was in Florida to begin filming Anthony DiBlasi‘s Cassadaga, a supernatural thriller about what happens when you contact the wrong spirit during a seance. The film doesn’t have a release date yet, but you can bet with with a cast like Kevin and Louise Fletcher (from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), we will be providing updates whenever we can!

SOURCE: http://www.bloody-disgusting.com — First Look at Anthony DiBlasi’s ‘Cassadaga’!

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Kevin Alejandro to Appear on This Week’s Law & Order: SVU

October 17, 2010

Kevin Alejandro Portrays Sexual Assault Victim on This Week’s Law & Order: SVU

Kevin Alejandro as True Blood's Jesus VelasquezKevin Alejandro, who plays Lafayette‘s love interest Jesus on HBO‘s True Blood, will be guest starring on an episode of Law & Order: SVU entitled “Branded”. The episode, which airs on October 20, 2010, will also star Michael Gladis who was in the first three seasons of Mad Men. In the episode, both actors portray victims of a sexual assault who are branded and sodomized.

When asked what inspired him to take on this role Alejandro replied:

“It was a situation that I’ve never been able to play before with any other character. It’s an experience that you go through and it’s quite a challenge just to figure out what to do in the situation.”

Alejandro said that for him the biggest challenge in playing a character that has been brutalized like this, was finding a place within himself to tap in to.

Law & Order: SVU “Branded” airs Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 9:00pm EST. Be sure to tune in!

Source: Examiner.com– Interview: Kevin Alejandro (‘True Blood’), Michael Gladis talk ‘Law & Order SVU’

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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