Video: True Blood Cast Dishes Spoilers at Season 5 Premiere

June 7, 2012

New Couples, Old Adversaries, a Long Awaited Backstory:

Alexander Skarsgård, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer at True Blood Season 5 PremiereWhen the cast of HBO’s True Blood turned out for the Season 5 premiere, they were interviewed on the red carpet. Everyone was happy to share information and insights into their characters and the events of the show itself.

*Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!

Alan Ball said that Season 5 is the season of church and state. It’s the season of politics and religion from the vampire perspective. When asked about Scott Foley’s character, Patrick, Mr. Ball explained that he made a bad decision in the heat of battle and it has far reaching consequences. Finally, Mr. Ball alluded to the introduction of some new romantic couples. He couldn’t elaborate because it would give too many story details away.

Jacob Hopkins (Alexander) described his character as feisty and strong minded. He says Alexander grew more obnoxious with each episode.

Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington) said that vampire politics are the focus of Season 5. Mr. O’Hare explained that when people are brought back to life, they have to lose something. With Russell’s resurrection, he has lost his vicious ambition. In its place are a playfulness, ease, and humor. But make no mistake, Russell is still really dangerous. He still kills a lot of people, and kills them with glee. When asked, Mr. O’Hare said it took Russell about 4-5 episodes to heal. Most intriguingly of all, Russell unexpectedly falls in love again.

“Something happens from across the room. Something happens while sharing a body. Someone you know. You’ll be very surprised  by it.”

Lucy Griffiths (Nora) explained that Nora and her ‘brother’ Eric love each other very much but haven’t seen one another in a long time. Their relationship can be very fraternal, in that they can be very aggressive toward each other. They make a great team when they work together but otherwise they just mess each other up.

Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) talked of the close relationship that developed between his character and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård).

“We’re good friends and it’s been a lot of fun. And we sort of love each other.”

Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) shared that Nora’s appearance caused a little bit of trouble for Pam. Ms. Bauer van Straten explained that she and Alex have been asking for Pam’s backstory for years and were thrilled to finally see it played out. She says the story explains the Pam we know.

Kelly Overton plays a new werewolf character named Rikki. She describes her character as a strong, resourceful werewolf, the opposite of the damsel in distress. She’s determined to find out what happened to the Pack Master and is not loving Alcide at the moment.

Rutina Wesley said that, despite people’s doubts, Tara is coming back.

Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) said that becoming a vampire might be the best thing that’s ever happened to Steve. At first, he wondered if Steve would be self-loathing but the reality is, he’s very attracted to power. Jason is the guy Steve always wanted to be and he’s coming after Jason. But, Jason has a new vampire friend in Jessica.

“If you mess with Jason, you mess with Jessica.”

Apparently, the first four episodes are a Pam tour de force, and the origin story between Pam and Eric is fantastic. Fans don’t have long to wait now. Season 5 of True Blood premieres on HBO June 10th.

Check out the video below, if you’d prefer to skip to the good stuff (strictly True Blood related), it starts right before the 3-minute mark. Enjoy!

Source: TVLine


True Blood’s Patrick Gallagher Supports At-Risk Kids

May 23, 2010

Patrick Gallagher, who plays vampire Chow on HBO‘s True Blood, is one of several celebrities filming a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in Burbank on May 23rd produced by ARC Talent Management.

The intent of the PSA is to promote “Big Kids Care,” a huge fundraising event scheduled for July 21st.  The message will provide education to the public “that positive programs are needed for our At-Risk youth”.

Support will be for programs such as those by the non-profit organization, San Bernardino County Prevention, Resource, Intervention, Mentoring and Education (SBC P.R.I.M.E.).  The services they provide are for At-Risk youth aged 13-21, mostly from low income, probation and foster care.

“SBC P.R.I.M.E. offers workshops on independent living skills as well as mentoring to keep the youth focused on becoming better members of our society.  “It’s so sad to see teens that don’t have a chance in society, why not try to give them some hope,” said Crystal Butler- founder of SBC P.R.I.M.E. Program.”

For more details on the PSA or Big Kids Care event, go to the SBC


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A New Link Between True Blood and Glee

December 10, 2009

Patrick_GallagherFellow Truebies, I sincerely hope I’m not the only one among you who watches the Fox show GLEE. For me, part of the appeal is that one of the actors was a high school classmate (he even sang the National Anthem at our graduation). However, the other part of the appeal is that there are a few actors who cross between both shows. One of them is the previously mentioned classmate of mine, Kevin McHale. The other is Patrick Gallagher.

Kevin had a very short run on True Blood as Neil Jones, a character only appearing in two episodes of season 1: Escape from Dragon House (Season 1, Episode 4) and Cold Ground (Season 1, Episode 6).

Patrick, on the other hand, still has a role on True Blood. He is the man behind Eric Northman’s “henchvamp” Chow.

Of course, this week’s episode of GLEE (12/9/09) held added allure for True Blood fans. Anna Camp, better known to us as the lovely and misguided Sarah Newlin, made a guest appearance. She has a VERY minor role, and only a couple minutes of air time, but I just had to share this little tidbit. If you get the chance to catch the season finale of GLEE, please do so!

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)


True Blood Cast Have Howling Halloween at True Blood Hounds Fundraiser

October 31, 2009

TBhoundsLA291009-20aSeveral members of the True Blood cast attended the True Blood Hounds event in Los Angeles. The event was the first of the three day “Bow Wow Beverly Hills” dog adoption event from October 30 to November 1, and all proceeds go to support The Amanda Foundation animal rescue.

Duffy who plays Dean/Sam on True Blood was in attendance alongside his human counterparts pictured at right, including Mariana Klaveno (Lorena), Michelle Forbes (Maryann Forrester), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Tara Buck (Ginger), Kristin Bauer (Pam) and Patrick Gallagher (Chow).

true_bloodhounds_invite1-300x199The Amanda Foundation is a nonprofit rescue organization for dogs and cats, founded in 1976.  Their mission is to give a second chance to the over 200,000 animals who are brought into Los Angeles County’s 28 shelters either as strays or after being given up by their owners.

The Michelle Forbes Community Blog has some wonderful photos of the cast and some costumed pets at the event, as well as video from the local ABC News Affiliate coverage of the fundraiser.

Michelle Forbes and Rutina Wesley

Michelle Forbes

True Blood Hounds Event had some more photos of the cast at the event as well.

Rutina Wesley

Mariana Klaveno

SOURCE: Michelle Forbes Community Blog, The Amanda Foundation animal rescue, and KABC-TV Los Angeles

(Photo credit: Michelle Forbes Community Blog, The Amanda Foundation animal rescue, and 944dotcom)


Patrick Gallagher as Chow

January 4, 2009

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher

Patrick Gallagher as Chow


Chow – Patrick Gallagher

January 3, 2009

Chow © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Chow © 2008 HBO, Inc.

Chow (Patrick Gallagher) is a vampire and bartender at Fangtasia. He is a replacement for Long Shadow and escorts Bill to the Tribunal for staking Long Shadow.