True Blood’s Michael McMillian Says Farewell to Steve Newlin

August 17, 2013

Michael McMillian Talks about the Demise of Steve Newlin:

True Blood's Michael McMillian

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In a recent interview with Vulture.com, HBO‘s True Blood Michael McMillian(Steve Newlin) reveals his feelings on the departure of Steve Newlin.  In Episode 9 of True Blood Steve Newlin meets the sun at the hands of a VERY pissed off Eric.  Check out some of my favourite questions here!

 

Do you think he was gay, or bisexual? Because there must have been something between him and Sarah at one point.
Yeah, well, Anna Camp and I used to talk about it, and we still do. We think that they still had a bit of a kinky sex life there for a while. I think they married young, and they were both virgins when they got married, and I think she was just trying to keep Steve happy for a long time. I think there was probably some intense dom/sub play going on in the bedroom. I think Sarah was willing to perform certain acts for Steve to keep her husband happy.”

 

Did you see this coming for Steve? How much advance warning did you get?
Steve was really digging himself into a hole this season. Steve Newlin is the Jabba the Hutt of the True Blood universe. He has a very important place in the mythology, but he’s not going to help Luke Skywalker blow up the Death Star, you know? And especially seeing how the story was going, and Steve taking his place as a villain again and causing so much damage? If you think about it, Luna died because Steve and Russell kidnapped Emma. Pam was outted as Eric’s progeny because of him. Nora dies because of him. And he just wasn’t going to make it through. But Steve really dies at the hands of both Eric and Sarah.”

 

Who was Steve’s maker? He didn’t know her name …
I’d love to answer the question, but the truth is, I don’t know! And I’m not sure if the show is ever going to answer it or not. At one point, we were going to find out last season, and it was written out in the script, but they scratched it out.”

 

Check out the entire interview at Vulture.com, click the link below!

Source: Vulture.com-True Blood’s Michael McMillian on Newlin’s Fate

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R.I.P to True Blood’s Steve Newlin

August 12, 2013

 How Will Sarah Newlin Cope?

RIP Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) from HBO's True Blood Season 6, Episode 9, entitled 'Life Matters'

And so we come to the end of an era. Last night in HBO’s True Blood Season 6, Episode 9, entitled Life Matters, the (former) Reverend Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) finally met the sun. And is it just me, or are we all going to miss the spineless little turncoat?

While Steve got to meet the sun (which was a sweet iron due to his joy of making vampires meet the sun in Season 2), it was a bitter sweet moment. Steve was the character we all loved to hate after all. Michael McMilllian, however, was just pleased that he managed to make people both sad and happy with his death:

It’s a funny moment in the script. I was checking [Twitter] last night, of course, and I was actually surprised that people thought it was as funny as it was. That made me really happy. And I also got a lot of messages saying that people were sad to see Steve go. So if you can pull off a death that is both sad and hilarious, I think you’ve done your job okay.

As for that last line muttered: “I love you Jason Stackhouse!” That was entirely McMillian’s idea after he was disappointed at there being no Steve and Jason (Ryan Kwanten) action in True Blood’s Season 6.

Considering the fact that Michael McMillian has actually been with True Blood since Season 1, Entertainment Weekly wanted to know if there was any special send-off – especially from Alexander Skarsgard:

He gave me a very personal sendoff in the gag reel, which nobody but cast and crew saw. It was somewhat inappropriate and somewhat hilarious, but beyond that I really can’t describe it too much. [Laughs] There was a little skin involved. Yes.

What we wouldn’t give to see that gag reel, hey Trubies?!

Were you sad to see Steve Newlin die in True Blood Season 6? Or were you glad he’s finally dead? Let us know by commenting below.

If you want to read more about what Michael McMillian thought of Steve Newlin’s death, you can read the full Entertainment Weekly interview here.

Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’: Michael McMillian talks Steve Newlin’s fate, Alexander Skarsgard’s ‘inappropriate’ response

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True Blood’s Michael McMillian Talks Playing a Preacher-turned-Vampire

October 23, 2012

Reverend Steve Newlin goes from L.O.D. to The Authority:

Michael McMillian as True Blood's Steve newlinMichael McMillian, who is known for portraying the anti-vampire reverend Steve Newlin on HBO’s True Blood, had his character turned upside down when it was revealed that Newlin had been turned into what he hated most: a vampire! On top of that, he proudly confessed to Jason Stackhouse that he is a gay American vampire…and that he was in love with him.

McMillian spent most of the season hanging around Russell Edgington played by Denis O’Hare, causing mayhem and destruction. However, we have yet to find out who is maker is.

One thing many True Blood fans don’t know, is that McMillian is one of the writers of the True Blood comic book series. He has published comic books for two years now.

McMillian on playing a villain:

I just loved the idea of playing this right-wing Christian evangelist who hated vampires. It was such an out-there idea and such a great character, but also something that I thought was really relatable and really relevant to today. It was a really fun, satirical role.”

Did he know he would be back for Season 5?

“No, I didn’t know for sure. All I knew was that I hadn’t been killed and that’s usually a good sign on True Blood. If your character hasn’t met the true death, there’s a good chance you could make it back.”

To read the entire interview, click on the Assignment X link below!

Credit: Assignment X

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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

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HBO a Two-Time Tease with True Blood Season 5 Trailer

June 2, 2012

More Revealed with Second Trailer for Season 5:

Bill, Eric, Nora season5A second trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 was released by HBO. This one runs a minute, twenty-two seconds and, where the first trailer focused on potential conflict with the Vampire Authority, this one sets the scene for the return of Russell Edgington.

Initial narration for the trailer is dialog from Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) as he confronts Sookie (Anna Paquin) with the reality that death seems to follow her, despite her attempts to avoid it. Dialog voiceover accompanies subsequent scenes of newly-rescued Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) being hidden as he heals. Alcide (Joe Manganiello), still acting as Sookie’s protector, tells her of Eric and Bill’s deception.

If the Vampire Authority isn’t enough to reunite Sookie with her vampire suitors, Russell’s reappearance seems to be. With Russell apparently coming for her, Sookie is forced to team up with Eric Northman (Alex Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), apparently against her wishes.

Fans are still left wondering what has become of Tara. A second question this trailer leaves everyone asking; who freed Russell from the concrete? This very question seems to have created a rift between Eric and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten). Does Eric truly believe Pam would betray him?

There’s Something Going On With Jason, Andy and Reverend Steve

This second trailer makes it seem as though Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) have had all they can take of vampires. With Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) in the picture once again, will he keep the Bon Temps police occupied? Or will they set their sights on Bill and Eric? Or worse, yet — Jessica.

What questions does the trailer leave you asking? Is that possibly Jesus we see? What kind of trouble is Sam in, now? The white finger-light is back. Can Sookie control it now?

What do YOU think? Share your theories in the comments section below.

Sources: YouTube and HBO

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Steve Newlin Is Back for Season 5!

January 25, 2012

The Rev. Returns To Visit Jason Stackhouse:SteveNewlin

Season 4 left us with a ton of changes and questions at its end. We shouldn’t expect any less from Alan Ball. Tara‘s fate is in the air, Jessica and Hoyt are finished, and Sookie has no man! Perhaps one of the most surprising things to happen was Steve Newlin showing up on Jason‘s doorstep. This was hands down the most surprising moment of that episode for me. Newlin was the best part about Season 2 and now he’s back and with fangs? It can’t get much better than that in my opinion. From what I’ve read people seem to be divided on the meaning of that look Newlin gives Jason when he opens the door. Actor Michael McMillian gave his take on the whole thing saying:

“It seems really clear to me that Steve was always just as attracted to Jason as his wife was… In his eyes, Jason Stackhouse is the guy that Steve really wanted to be. I think he had a really heavy man-crush on him… that might have gone a bit deeper. And I think Steve is more heartbroken that Jason slept with Sarah than he is that Sarah slept with Jason, if you know what I mean.”

I can’t wait to see what Steve Newlin brings to the table in Season 5. I think this is a surprise that not a lot of us were expecting and I’m sure Alan Ball will deliver in ways that will definitely please the fans.

Source: Inside True Blood – Michael McMillian Comes Back with Fangs as Rev. Steve Newlin

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Counting Down True Blood’s Vilest Villains

March 23, 2011

The Top Six Most Evil:

We all know Bon Temps is a mecca for supernatural activity, and with that comes more than their fair share of villains. Taken from True Blood Seasons 1 through 3, Wetpaint.com recently listed their top six picks for the vilest villains. Check out the list below!

 

6. Franklin Mott (portrayed by James Frain)

James Frain as Franklin Mott True Blood

5. Maryanne Forrester (portrayed by Michelle Forbes)

Michelle Forbes as Maryanne Forrester True Blood

4. Steve Newlin (portrayed by Michael McMillian)

Michael McMillian as Steve Newlin True Blood

3.Lorena Krasiki (portrayed by Mariana Klaveno)

Mariana Klaveno as Lorena Krasiki True Blood

2. Russell Edgington (portrayed by Denis O’Hare)

Denis O’Hare as Russell Edgington True Blood

1. Rene Lenier aka Drew Marshall (portrayed by Micheal Raymond-James)

Micheal Raymond-James as Rene Lenier  Drew Marshall True Blood

Be sure to check out the wet pain article for some sassy dish on each of the characters. Well worth the read. Who are your picks for Top Villain? Anyone positively EVIL you’d love to see in Season 4? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

Source: Wetpaint.com – True Blood’s Most Evil Villains

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Michael McMillian Guest Starring on Hot in Cleveland

February 27, 2011

McMillian to Play Long Lost Son

michael-mcmillianTruebies may know Michael McMillian best for his role as Rev. Steve Newlin on True Blood and more recently as a co-writer of the True Blood comic book series. But this summer, he may be heading to Cleveland–at least on television. The multi-talented McMillian has been reportedly cast in the TV Land original comedy, Hot in Cleveland.

TV Line’s Matt Mitovich wrote in an exclusive report that the actor will be playing the long lost son of Joy. The character, played by actress Jane Leeves, gave her son up for adoption when she was 15. Michael’s appearance on the show will make the first time the character has been seen on the show, however he has been heard from. He apparently sent his would-be mother Joy a message that she was unable to return in the show’s first season finale because of a tornado. So when the two finally do meet, expect it to be nothing short of great.

Michael McMillian’s episode is supposed to air on June 22.

What do you think of this new role? Will you watch Michael on Hot in Cleveland? Speak up and let me know in the comment section below!

Source: TV Line.com– “True Blood’s Michael McMillian to Guest Star on Hot in Cleveland”

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Michael McMillian Discusses the True Blood Comic Series on the Inside True Blood Blog

February 20, 2011

From Actor to Comic Book Writer

michael_mcmillian as steve newlinGianna Sobol, writer of the Inside True Blood Blog and assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball, recently interviewed Michael McMillian who is best known to Trubies as Rev. Steve Newlin from seasons two and three.  But when he’s not acting Michael is a writer of comic books like his own series Lucid. What fans may not realize however is that he is a co-writer of the True Blood comic book series! He recently sat down with Sobol to discuss the comics and give a bit more insight into the world of True Blood that we haven’t seen on television.

The storyline McMillian wrote for this series of True Blood comics is entitled “Tainted Love” and tells the story of what happens when a vampire terrorist group known as the Vampire Liberation Front puts something in bottles of tru blood that makes vampires lose all morality. Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll) is one of the unfortunate vampires who drank a bottle and all hell breaks loose!

When asked about some really good moments readers of the comics could look forward to in this story, Michael responded with some juicy teasers:

“I think just about every cliffhanger has its shock value. That’s a characteristic of the show that Marc and I wanted to make sure closed out each issue. There’s a sequence in Issue 2 involving Jessica and an alligator that’s a favorite moment of mine. And Eric takes his relationship with Sookie to new heights in Issue 3.”

Comics as a Part of the True Blood Universe

With teasers like that, fans have to wonder exactly what kind of role the comics play with True Blood on the air. Are the comics a completely separate entity from the show or do they tie in? While the storylines in the comic are indeed separate from the show, McMillian describes the comic as a supporting act for the show:

“The comic is a great way to expand the mythology and explore certain corridors of the True Blood world that the show may perhaps leave untouched. Issue 1, for example, kicks off with a tour of a Tru Blood bottling plant. “

So in other words, the comics are a way for fans to explore a bit deeper in the world of True Blood using aspects that were introduced in the show but are not something that it has had time to expound upon. Very cool Michael!

Gotta Talk About the Newlins

No interview with Michael McMillian would be complete without discussing a little bit about Steve Newlin and his wife Sarah (Anna Camp) who were a big part of season 2. We only saw glimpses of them in season three. But do the comics give any insight as to what they’ve been up to since season 2? McMillian says yes:

“We will see a bit of Smilin’ Steve in “Tainted Love.” And perhaps a glimpse of what Sarah Newlin has been up to…All I can say is she has taken what has happened to her and used it to her advantage.”

Now that should make for some interesting reading now shouldn’t it! As for whether or not Steve Newlin or Sarah will return to True Blood on screen, McMillian doesn’t know. But he does say that he thinks Steve would settle his scores with Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård).

Fans who are interested in reading this first series can head over to the HBO shop and order a hard cover version of it, entitled “All Together Now” which was released this past week.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “An Interview with Michael McMillian”

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Michael McMillian of True Blood on CSI: NY

January 16, 2011

Keeping Busy:

michael-mcmillian Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) is set to guest star on an upcoming episode of CSI: NY. The actor has been quite busy in recent months. He reprised his role on True Blood as Rev. Newlin this past season still fighting back against vampires, this time on television. Outside of acting McMillian also writes for comics and has a series out entitled Lucid.

But on February 4, McMillian will return to the small screen in the CSI: NY episode called “Party Down.” SpoilerTV  posted a press release from CBS about the episode with the following synopsis:

“When a tractor-trailer carrying exclusive party guests mysteriously ends up at the bottom of the Hudson River, the CSIs must solve the mystery from the soggy remains.”

Michael will be playing the role of Neal Cooper in the series. No additional details have been released about the character but we can be sure that Mr. McMillian will play his character to perfection!

“Party Down” will air on February 4th at 10pm EST/PST or check your local CBS listings.

Source: SpoilerTV: CSI: NY  Episode 7.13  Party Down – Press Release

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