Anna Camp Joins the Cast of Mad Men

April 20, 2010

We all know Anna Camp who plays Sarah Newlin, wife of Fellowship of the Sun preacher, Steve Newlin on True Blood. Well, it looks like a wish of Anna’s has come true.  Last September Anna had talked about how she was obsessed with the show ‘Mad Men’ and would just love to be on the show sometime. Well Anna‘s wish has come true! She has been cast to star on the upcoming season of ‘Mad Men’ which premieres July 25th at 10:00 pm ET/PT. We are positive that she will do just as fabulous a job as she has been doing on True Blood!

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Michael McMillian Says the Newlins Will Be Back

October 15, 2009

082709_mikeDuring season 2 of True Blood, we saw much bloodshed and the loss of many characters. Some of these losses were much anticipated, such as Maryann. Some of these deaths were saddening, such as Eggs and Godric. But one set of characters that we will be seeing more of are the Newlins. That’s right, Steve and Sarah, the patriarchs of the Fellowship of the Sun Church. Steve is played by the talented Michael McMillian, who recently told MTV news, he expected the character to return. Though McMillian doesn’t know exactly when that return will take place, he does have several theories.

“I think like any good villain he’s going to go away and lick his wounds for a while. But I think he suffered major humiliation toward the end of season two, and now I would imagine the Stackhouses are even higher on his list. If it was personal before with his father being killed, then it’s really personal now with the Stackhouses humiliating him.”

McMillian also suggested what might be an appropriate time for the return.

“Hopefully, it’ll happen at a time when the audience is least expecting it. That’s always the best time to bring them back—when something horrible is already going on for our hero, and then they gotta deal with these a–holes too.”

Well I certainly hope the True Blood writers are listening because Michael McMillian just might be on to something!

SOURCE:  MTV News

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True Blood’s Anna Camp is heading over to “The Office”

September 12, 2009

anna-campAnna Camp who plays Sarah Newlin — the devoted wife of Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) — is perky, social as a butterfly and of course, a ray of sunshine on True Blood, will be leaving Bon Temps for a spell and heading to Scranton for a wedding on NBC’s hit show The Office. Anna is slated to play one of my favorite character’s, Pam’s sister Penny, who will be flying in for Pam and Jim’s nuptials that will be taken place in Niagara Falls. There is much speculation on whether Penny does indeed know her sister Pam is pregnant. That episode will be the fourth of the season and is set to air on Oct. 8. The Office premiere’s Sept. 17 on NBC.

It is great to see so many of the beautiful, talented actors of True Blood being recognized for their amazing performances and dedication and indeed keeping busy while True Blood is on hiatus.

This Sunday,  Sept. 13 is the season finale of True Blood at 9 p.m. on HBO. I know exactly where I’ll be! I hope Anna Camp will be back for season three, since she grew as a character. I would love to see what the outcome with her and Steve’s marriage after her romp with the gorgeous Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). Will they turn over a new leaf and re-devote themselves to one another and the church or continue with the constant hysterical insults toward one another?

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How Anna Camp’s Role Evolved On True Blood

September 7, 2009

Anna CampIn Sarah Newlin’s last scene, she said one of the season’s most memorable lines, “I hate your hair” to husband Steve, encapsulated how far Sarah had evolved.  Sarah had changed from the picture-perfect preacher’s wife willing to play a background role, to one who defiantly sat next to Steve on television in the aftermath of the bomb and openly resented her husband when he tried to silence her.  In her recent interview with ‘Starpulse’, Anna Camp talks about how her role as Sarah Newlin evolved into a more multi-dimensional role, her method for choosing a character to portray, and her other endeavors.

When asked how she chooses her roles, Anna states that she gravitates toward the offbeat characters that have interesting dynamics and characteristics that don’t come around all that often. Anna says,

“I’d rather do something and take a risk, and art is about..pushing people’s buttons and getting people excited about things.”

Anna recently starred in the role opposite of Daniel Radcliffe (“Harry Potter”) in the Broadway play “Equus”, in which they were both nude onstage together. She thought Daniel was an “awesome actor”, and had a few interesting encounters with overzealous Harry Potter fans. She recounted,

“The girls would come up to me. And you would think they would be joking, but they were not joking. They’d be like ‘hey … we really hate you’…. you could tell they were just like ‘we wish we could be in that position with him.’ Not literally. I don’t know, maybe literally.’

But Anna was glad that Daniel was able to bring in a younger enthusiastic audience into the theatre. Anna’s dream role is to play Blanche in a “Streetcar Named Desire” theatre production, a character who ironically enough has some similarities to her role as Sarah Newlin on True Blood.  She states,

“They’re both these Southern women who have this idea of what it means to be a Southern belle. And sort of, revolting against that but feeling confined by that”

In the Fellowship of the Sun story arc on True Blood, Sarah is depicted as a strong southern woman who has decidedly chosen to be the woman behind the man. As the season progresses, however, Sarah seems to resent being shut out of her husband Steve’s actions and choices. Anna says,

“I would love to see her totally break away from the Fellowship of the Sun or take over the Fellowship of the Sun. You know, and really see what she can do, because I think now that she feels betrayed by Jason and her husband – because her husband didn’t give her all the information about the war and everything – I think she could really take over and go crazy. (Laughs) Or I would like to see her really lose all faith in God and go searching for her own path, and find her own world, and really hit bottom before she can rise up out of it again. So I think there’s great potential for the character, I hope that the writers think so too.”

Sarah becomes a more multi-layered character as the season progresses, and she begins to see characteristics in Jason – charismatic, athletic, sincere in words and actions – as a more worthy person of her power and affection than her husband. Anna says,

“They did say that through watching what I was doing with each episode, they began to make it more real and make her really believe that she was lost and needed to find love again and she was doubting everything that she had known for the past ten years, being with her husband. I think they did a good job of showing that Sarah is not just this spiteful power-hungry woman but she’s definitely hurt and lost and looking for answers.

In the infamous barbeque season, where Jason fantasizes about Sarah, the directors gave Anna carte blanche to adlib in the scene, Anna says:

“It was crazy and it was all improv, I improv’ed all of that! So the director Michael Raymond that day and Alan Ball wrote that episode, all it said in the script was Sarah licks barbeque off her finger, that’s it! And they said they wanted me to … they had the music blaring and they were like ‘just dance.’ We did it a couple of times and then they were like ‘we’re going to make it like his fantasy, so just go all out! Go go go, go farther then you think you’d ever go.’ And I was like ‘really?!’ There’s a lot of stuff they didn’t use that I was just like laughing and breaking up I’m sure, because it was definitely a funny fun way over the top scene to shoot. I’m happy that they picked out a couple of moments I didn’t even know they were going to use.”

As to whether the Newlins have a role in next season, Anna had this to say,

“Well I can’t really say, but I think it would be crazy if we didn’t come back because the Fellowship is such a strong group. If we just sort of vanished and our whole cause was just sort of done and gone I don’t think that would make much sense. I’d like to see us come back, and I think it would make sense to have us come back. We could either tie it up or we could be fighting the vampires. The vampires need to have that force to be fighting against, to live in society and be fighting against something besides other supernaturals…it’s part of the show I think, that sort of balance.”


Anna
just wrapped up filming a role for “Forgetting the Girl”, a psychological thriller about a head shot photographer and women who turn up missing. Anna also has a spot on “The Office” playing Pam’s sister, and had a role in the season finale for “Glee”.

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Anna Camp Discusses Her Role as Sarah Newlin

August 25, 2009

the-beautiful-sarah-newlinForever ingrained in our memories seductively dancing to “Louisiana Hot Sauce,” will be Anna Camp who has been an interesting, and often amusing, addition to True Blood this season. Playing the wife of Michael McMillian’s Rev. Steve Newlin, she became a significant character in the Fellowship of the Sun storyline, especially for Jason Stackhouse.

Televisionary had an opportunity to speak with Anna about her role on True Blood, her possible future on the show, and acting in general.

Having auditioned originally for the part of Sookie, Anna was delighted when Alan Ball called her later and offered her the Sarah Newlin character:

“I just fell in love with the storyline and, being from the South originally, I had to be on this show at some point. It’s just so creative and not like anything else on TV right now and I was really glad that he gave me that call.”

When asked how she would describe her character, who seems to be full of contradictions, Anna responded:

“I think that she is discovering who she is all the time, too. She comes in very strong and knowing who she is and believing in God and following her husband. Then she faces all of these situations that he’s putting her through and surprising her. She’s definitely taken a journey that she didn’t expect to go down. She meets Jason Stackhouse and is thrown off guard by that relationship when she’s already doubting her husband and her faith. She’s faced with something that’s completely the opposite of what she was brought up to believe and seeing how her husband treated Sookie and seeing he wants to cross the line into killing the vampire sympathizers, that’s not something that Sarah wants to do. She’s lost and she’s confused.”

She also discussed the chemistry that developed between her, Ryan Kwanten, and Michael McMillian as they were working. They all had a lot of fun and were committed to playing their characters, so that translated into a great dynamic on screen. And even though what Steve and Sarah were doing was a little scary, they got to provide some comic relief because of how extreme they were. Anna said she enjoyed the comedy aspect of her role:

“I grew up acting since second grade and always watched these old movies and these dramatic scenes and wanted to be a very dramatic actor. But it’s just so refreshing to have fun, to truthfully have fun and play with the other actors in a really safe, fun environment where you all want the same goal and trust each other so that it’s really easy to be funny… I love to make people laugh and it’s also fun to balance that line because Sarah has some great scenes where she wasn’t funny and was incredibly distraught. To be able to go from scene to scene believably, hopefully, is great and it’s great that the writers gave me such diverse scenes to play.”

Anna became pretty tight-lipped when the questions turned to what the last three episodes and beyond hold for the Newlins. Not wanting to give anything away, all that she would say was that things go to a surprising place and that Sarah and Steve are left open-ended. She has heard rumors that she and Michael will return to the show in some capacity:

“I am hoping that they let us come back in and cause some more trouble or do something fun and exciting. We’ll see.”

Having grown up in South Carolina, Anna finds True Blood to be a pretty accurate depiction of Southern culture and relationships. In particular, she likes Bill Compton as “a very gentlemanly vampire and I think it’s just mysterious and sexy.”

The conversation turned to her stage experience, having appeared opposite Daniel Radcliffe last year in Equus:

“On stage you can be incredibly free because you can do so much physically and with your voice, because you’re trying to reach over 1000 people in a room … But theatre is hard work; there are weeks where you can’t sleep, you can’t eat, you walk into the same theatre every day.”

Working in television and film has provided Anna with a very different acting experience:

“When I got [in front of] the camera, I became a little more constrained because I was worried about not being too big or not being over the top. But then you realize it’s very freeing as well because you can say something just with a glint of your eye that you could never do in the theatre because the person in the back row could never see it. So it’s really rewarding how focused and how small you can be.”

Whatever happens, Anna just wants to continue doing roles that are challenging and  allow her to grow as an actor.

We last saw her True Blood character arguing with her husband on the news, so it will be interesting to see how Sarah and Steve come into play in the rest of Season 2. I’ve been enjoying Anna‘s portrayal of Sarah, but most of all, I’m glad that her story arc provided one of the best lines in True Blood history: “I reckon I’ve already been to Heaven. It was inside your wife.” *punch*

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True Blood Season 2: Promotional Photo Stills

July 15, 2009

HBO Canada has added some season 2 promotional photos to their website featuring the cast of Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood.  Here are episode stills featuring Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton, Eric Northman, Jessica Hamby, Maryann Forrester, Steve Newlin, Sarah Newlin, Hoyt Fortenberry, Pam, Hugo, Isabel and Lorena.

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SOURCE:  HBO Canada Inc.

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New True Blood Season 2 Spoiler Photos

July 8, 2009

HBO has released more True Blood Season 2 photo stills from upcoming episodes so some may see these as spoilers while others do not so it will be left to your discretion if you want to see the photos or not.  However the men of True Blood: Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Jason (Ryan Kwanten), Sam (Sam Trammell), Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis), Terry (Todd Lowe) Hoyt (Jim Parrack) and Steve (Michael McMillian) look mighty fine as do the women: Sookie (Anna Paquin), Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), Tara (Rutina Wesley), Arlene (Carrie Preston), Sarah (Anna Camp), Lorena (Mariana Klaveno) and Maryann (Michelle Forbes).  Here is a taste of some of these photos with more in our gallery.

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SOURCE: HBO Inc. via SpoilerTV credited to True-Blood.net

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True Blood Promotional Photos From “Scratches”

June 25, 2009

scratches-sookieHBO has released new promo photos to get us even more excited, like we need any more anticipatory anxiety. I already go through withdrawal as soon as each new episode ends.

I don’t know about you, but I have HBO ‘On Demand’ and can watch the episodes (especially my favorite scenes) NUMEROUS times. Last week I could not help rewatching the scenes with Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and Lafayette (Nelson Ellis).

Yes I know I have a more twisted sense of humor than most, but the severed arm throwing, regurgitation burp mixed in with the “Is there any blood in my hair scene” with Eric sporting his highlight foils, was HYSTERICAL. It was Alan Ball’s writing and the dry sense of humor Alexander Skarsgard delivered it with.

I also love the tender scenes between Bill and Sookie (Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin) and the Bill growl at the end of the show, boy did Sookie piss him off last episode. Can’t wait to see how this little family gathering plays out.

Included in the photos for the upcoming episode are, Tara and Eggs (Rutina Wesley and Mehcad Brooks), Jason Stackhouse and Sarah Newlin (Ryan Kwanten and Anna Camp), Steve Newlin (Micheal McMillan), Maryann (Michelle Forbes).
So now I have four more days to look at the new True Blood promo photos for Sundays show, so I figure why not share it with all of you to build your anticipation as well!

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