Michelle Forbes Reflects on Maryann with Black Book Magazine

August 28, 2009

michelleforbesWhen Maryann entered the scene on “True Blood” at the end of Season one, none of us could have predicted the chaos she would create. Played to chilling perfection by Michelle Forbes, Maryann is at once creative and destructive, poised and lunatic.

Anyone who has seen Forbes‘ previous work would probably be surprised by her turn as the hedonistic Maenad on “True Blood.” Whether she was portraying Lynne Kresge on “24,” Admiral Cain on “Battlestar Galactica,” or Kate on “In Treatment,” Michelle Forbes always brought great gravitas to her characters. But in “True Blood,” she plays someone who has no restraint and exhibits extreme emotions from every end of the spectrum.

That is probably why she accepted the role. As she tells Black Book Magazine in a recent interview, Maryann has been the most fun she’s ever had at work.

When asked how she adjusted to playing such a drastically different character, Michelle responded:

“[Maryann] tends to laugh at all the things that would fill the rest of us with terror. Initially it was suffocating to sit in her expansiveness. Most of us are led by fear or guilt or sorrow. She’s absolutely fearless. Then it became the most fun game in the world.”

She found Maryann to be so liberating; it was her job to go around causing mischief, while wearing evening dresses. Because it was such a departure from the intense work she usually does, she says that “it was nice to shake it off and get dirty and dance a little.”

Even though Alan Ball told her something of the Greek mythology that would come to explain who Maryann is, Michelle says that the character is still a mystery to her. What she does stand by is that Maryann is not evil:

“I do believe that she’s a character that’s all about perspective. If you think that this is an immortal being. She’s been around since the beginning of time. She’s lived in certain periods of our humanity, where there were people who would sit and watch other men tear each other apart for sport. Children were sacrificed. It’s not unheard of in history. In her mind, she’s seen it all. I think what’s great about the storyline is that it challenges our belief system. You and I can sit here in 2009 and say it’s outrageous that someone would sacrifice humans. My belief system, as a vegetarian, can’t believe that animals are being sacrificed. I stand by that in Maryann’s mind, there’s nothing malevolent. She has a different way of looking at the world.”

A different way of looking at the world that includes cutting up people’s hearts into a hunter’s souffle. Of that scene, Michelle says that her cooking skills are so bad that she had to take a flambe lesson to do it right. One of the things she loves about Maryann is her duality:

“That primal, feral wild-child side of her. Then this other side. That’s domestic and loves arranging flowers and fruit and the spread of food. And loves to dig in the dirt.”

When discussing the show in general, Michelle is effusive in praise of her fellow actors and of the writers for telling such complex, beautiful stories. She relates to all of the characters on different levels. The way she talks about “True Blood,” you can tell that she is a huge fan, just like the rest of us and she found it a joy to work on the show. That amazing experience she had is shared by us all in watching Maryann’s storyline evolve over the course of Season two. Here at the end, it has pulled every single character into it somehow. The resolution promises to blow us all away!

SOURCE: blackbookmag.com

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True Blood’s Michelle Forbes Stays ‘True’

July 4, 2009

michelle-forbesMichelle Forbes who plays the mysterious character of Maryann on Season 2 of True Blood has a great interview with Amy Amatangelo at BostonHerald.com. Michelle talks about the character of Maryann.

Some of the interview below;

“This year does get really insane, and everyone is in for quite a ride,” she said. “We are having so much fun on this show, I can’t even tell you. It’s a beautiful, disciplined playground. It’s going to get pretty out there. It truly is a roller coaster.”

Read the full interview.

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True Blood Season 2: Spoilers with Alexander Skarsgard, Sookie, Maryann and Ashley Jones

May 28, 2009

true-blood-season-2-maryann-party2Latest True Blood Season 2 spoiler news featuring tidbits about Alexander Skarsgard‘s character Eric Northman, Sookie Stackhouse, Maryann and Ashley Jones who plays Daphne.   These spoiler tidbits come from Michael Ausiello at ausiellofiles.ew.com who answers a readers question about Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV series True Blood which returns for Season 2 on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9PM/ET on HBO.  Instead of rewriting it let me present it to you it its original content so no changes occurs in the interpretation.

Question: Since you’ve seen the first four True Blood episodes of season 2, is there anything you can share? — Sanna
Ausiello:
They’re bloody fangtastic! (Never. Gets. Old.) Seriously, season 2 — premiering June 14 — gets off to a thrilling, gory, scary, sexy, disgusting, funny, suspenseful start. Alan Ball would drive a wooden stake through my heart if I spoiled any of the big twists (i.e. my lips are sealed about the fate of a certain flamboyant vampire blood dealer), but here are a few juicy morsels to whet your appetite:

•    There are three orgies, all of them powered by Maryann‘s (Michelle Forbes) aphrodisiac fairy dust.
•    Alexander Skarsgard‘s Nordic vamp has an extremely homoerotic encounter with a character who shall remain nameless. In related news, there are about two dozen gratuitous shirtless shots in the first four episodes, all of them belonging to either Mechad Brooks (Tara’s new BF, Eggs) or Ryan Kwanten (Jason).
•    Sookie has a very revealing conversation with a new character in episode 4.
•    If you’re wondering what secret Merlotte’s newest waitress (played by Ashley Jones) is harboring, a clue can be found on her skin.

SOURCE: ausiellofiles.ew.com
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True Blood Season 2: Maryann Promo Video

May 18, 2009

tbs2maryannpromoTrue Blood Season 2 is featuring several of the characters is 15 short promos and here is the one with Maryann.  It looks like in season two of True Blood Maryann is going to be cooking up some trouble in Bom Temps and we can’t wait to see what it is going to be.

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True Blood Season 2: New HBO True Blood Posters

May 16, 2009

New True Blood Season 2 posters have come out from HBO promoting the return of the second season of True Blood on Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 9PM/ET on HBO.  There are 7  new True Blood Season 2 posters featuring Bill, Sookie, Eric, Sam, Jason, Tara and Maryann.  So enjoy these tantalizing posters as we countdown to season 2 of True Blood.

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Michelle Forbes Interview with Fancast.com

February 3, 2009

michforbesRecently Michelle Forbes from Alan Ball’s hit HBO TV Show “True Blood” was interviewed by Nicholas White from fancast.com and discussed with him her role on “True Blood” and her other projects. In regards to “True Blood” Ms. Forbes states that what attracted her to “True Blood” is that is a very unique show and that the character that she plays (Maryann, but there is something more to her and we have to wait and see what it is) is fun and challenging. She states that “It’s being in this world that is not rooted in reality and human emotion. It’s wonderful to do both at the same time, to alternate between deep reality and hyper-reality.”

In regards to the format of the show Ms. Forbes says “True Blood” feels more like a film because it is being shot on film verse HD. When it comes to filming the episodes for “True Blood” usually they take 10 days to complete one instead of the usual seven or eight days on other series. A lot of attention is paid in the details to produce a high quality piece. She states that the benefit of working with a cable production is that the film shoots are shorter then other productions (4-6 months versus 9 months) allowing an actor to tell a complete story and have time to pursue other projects afterwards.

Ms. Forbes was asked if she has spoken to Anna Paquin since the award ceremony regarding her Golden Globe win. Ms. Forbes stated that she was happy for Anna and that she saw her briefly to congratulate her but she knows that she will be seeing a lot more of her each week as they shoot season 2

To read the complete article on Michelle Forbes and her other projects please click the link below.

SOURCE:  ‘True Blood,’ ‘In Treatment’s’ Michelle Forbes Resurrected On DirecTV

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Michelle Forbes as Maryann

January 4, 2009

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes

Michelle Forbes as Maryann

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MaryAnn – Michelle Forbes

January 3, 2009

Maryann © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Maryann © 2008 HBO, Inc.

MaryAnn – (Michelle Forbes)

Claiming to be a Social Worker, her wealthy lifestyle and generous nature appear too good to be true.  There is something seemingly sinister with her and a past and powers that are not yet revealed. Maryann is a wealthy social worker who helps Tara after her drunken incident

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Eggs Benedict Talley – Mehcad Brooks

January 3, 2009

Eggs Benedict Talley © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Eggs Benedict Talley © 2008 HBO, Inc.

‘Eggs’ Benedict Talley is a border at the Social Worker Maryann who also took in Tara after her drunken incident. Perhaps a  possible love interest for Tara.

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