True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks About the Origin of ‘That Scream’

August 23, 2014

Ginger the Screamer is a Fan Favorite – But What Got the Ball Rolling… erm… screaming?

Tara Buck rides Pam's coffin as Ginger in HBO's True BloodIn last week’s episode of HBO’s True Blood we saw a break from Ginger tradition. The Fangtasia waitress saw the end of an Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) dry spell – and rather than scream about it, she moaned. For three seconds. Before passing out on the fall in a puddle of fangbanging glory.

But where did that scream originate from? The actor who plays Ginger, Tara Back, admits it all started back in Season 1 with the death of Long Shadow (Raoul Trujillo). But it was really the second scream that cemented her role as Ginger the screamer. This event occurred in Season 2 when she shot Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis):

That was really the first scene that the scream made its way into the character’s profile. I screamed in the first scene of the season before, so season 1, but this was the first time Ginger had come back. I think it may have been written in the script that I screamed once, and I just thought it was funny. I thought it was funny she shoots him. She says she hates guns … she comes out … she’s so tough — trying to be so tough — and then personally I thought it was hilarious. But then she picks up the towel and brings him a towel and screams and looks at towel and screams because it’s so dirty. I just thought — the more she can scream the funnier it is when he’s the one who is shot and he’s laying on the ground — just … “Jesus Christ who is this woman?!”

So, there you have it, as far as Tara Buck is concerned, it was her second screaming incident that really made her character into the one we know and love so much today!

Let us know your fave Ginger screaming moment by commenting below!

And, if you can’t remember them all, why not check out this video of all Ginger’s screams to jog your memory (and burst your eardrums):

Sources: Huffington Post – “Slobbering on the Coffin” – Oddball Interview With True Blood’s Ginger, Tara Buck

YouTube – True Blood – Ginger Screaming (ALL SCENES / COMPILATION)

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True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks About Ginger & Eric & THAT Scene!

August 18, 2014

Tara Buck Describes the Logistics of a Sex Scene with Eric Northman:

Ginger (Tara Buck) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) get intimate in HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 9 (entitled 'Love is to Die')Well, wasn’t Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7 interesting? For one cast member in particular, it was the climax of a promise made years earlier! If you haven’t watched the episode yet, you can read our recap by clicking here.

Tara Buck, who plays everyone’s favorite screamer, Ginger, finally got her moment on the throne with Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard). And – surprisingly – she didn’t even scream:

In the script, there was a wonderful note: Ginger doesn’t scream. Everybody’s expecting her to scream, so do something else. What they wrote was a high-pitched, almost electric sound that’s almost a little eerie. So we tried all kinds of things. I thought it would be fun if there was a moment where you think Ginger’s actually having a heart attack—you think it could be the end for her.

While Ginger has been an Eric Northman groupie for longer than most of us truebies, she admitted that for Ginger, the anticipation leading up to her sexual encounter with the viking vampire, may have been her very undoing – and why that sex lasted such a short amount of time.

With the deed completed in only a few short moments, in reality, it took hours of filming to get the scene just right. This meant that by the end of the day’s shooting, Tara’s core strength had gotten quite a workout:

I had the stunt double and was thinking to myself, “I only get three pumps. I am not letting somebody else come in here and finish this off.” [Laughs] So the only way to have a dismount is to slowly fall back. In my head, I imagined the funniest thing would be climax and then Ginger just falls out of frame. But we couldn’t shoot it that way. I had imagined a soft pad or something that I could just fall off of him onto. But when we were doing rehearsal, there was no pad there yet. So from the noise—the tea kettle, sort of hissing—she just sloooowly falls backward and then slides off of him. Mostly I slid off of him because I was trying not to get hurt in rehearsal.

Considering Ginger is the ultimate Team Eric groupie, Tara fully admits she ‘took one for the team‘ with last night’s encounter with Eric:

I do love that after everything that Ginger’s been put through, she finally got hers. As an actress who looks after her character, loves her character, feels very emotionally connected and attached, I am proud of Ginger. I feel that she worked very hard for that carrot at the end of the trail, and good for her. I also think Ginger became the archetype for Alexander’s fans, so for all the ladies out there, I took one for the team, and I couldn’t have been happier to do that. [Laughs]

You can read the full interview Tara Buck did with Entertainment Weekly by clicking here.

What did you think of the sex scene between Ginger and Eric in Episode 9 of HBO’s True Blood Season 7? Hilarious or cringe worthy? Let us know by commenting below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood’ postmortem: Tara Buck talks Ginger’s moment

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True Blood: Thanks for #GoodbyesSuck

July 22, 2014

Goodbyes Suck True Blood Season 7 promo poster

Truebies Can Check Out the Latest Instagram ‘Thank You’ Videos:

Truebies are honored during this final season of  HBO’s True Blood with the hash tag #GoodbyesSuck and a slew of thank you videos from the cast on social media sites, including Instagram. You can check out each Instragram video below for the following True Blood cast: Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) and Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer). All you need to do is click on each image and it will take you straight to their personal Instagram video message on True Blood’s official Instagram page (truebloodhbo) Be sure to check back for more later on! *EDIT: We now have the final list of Instagram thank you videos!*

Raise a glass of Tru Blood for Rutina Wesley as she thanks fans for support and love throughout the years. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood

 A message of thanks to all of the LaLa fans from Nelsan Ellis. #GoodbyesSuck #TrueBlood

 @JoeManganiello is “grateful for all of your support,” Truebies. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood

 “You went on this ride with us & it was so fun.” Sam Trammell thanks all of the Truebies for experiencing Bon Temps with him. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

@RyanKwanten says thanks to the Truebies “for showing us that it’s okay to be a little bit different.” #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 Your favorite baby vamp Deborah Ann Woll wants all Truebies to know that they “made this show what it is.” #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 A tearful goodbye. Kristin Bauer van Straten sends her thanks to all loyal Truebies for their support. #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood #GoodbyesSuck

 We literally couldn’t do this without you. “ @_AnnaPaquin sends her love to all Truebies out there. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

 Todd Lowe sends a thank you to all of the military support he has received over the years. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

“Without you there is no us.” Chris Bauer thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #GoodybesSuck

 @McMillzz thanks all of the loyal #TrueBlood fans. Send off the series this Sunday at 9 PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

 Tara Buck says thanks to all Truebies the only way she knows how. Say goodbye to #Trueblood this Sunday. #RIPTrueBlood

 Lauren Bowles sends a thank you to the #TrueBlood fan base. Watch the final episode this Sunday at 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd

 Alexander Skarsgard reflects on how the series “changed his life.” Watch the series finale tonight 9PM. #RIPTrueBlood #TrueToTheEnd #TrueBlood

@_smoyer says thank you to “all those fans who’ve been watching from the beginning.” #TrueToTheEnd #RIPTrueBlood #TrueBlood

Source: Instagram – TrueBloodHBO

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True Blood’s Tara Buck Talks Big Hair, Big Screams and Big Backstory

July 18, 2014

Ginger’s Story Unfolds in True Blood Season 7:

Who knew that Ginger (Tara Buck) invented Fangtasia? HBO's True Blood Season 7 Episode 4 (Death is Not the End)Ginger (Tara Buck) is one of those characters in HBO’s True Blood that you just love for no reason at all. But its in Episode 4 of this season, we started to see behind the over-glamored veil of Ginger’s fan-girl-dom surrounding Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) and vampires in general, leading us to know her just a little bit better and love her just a little bit more.

We see smart and vamp-smitten college student Ginger walk into the video store owned by  Eric and Pam only to realize that;

  1. They were vamps
  2. They were hiring
  3. Her life long dream of ‘being with’ a vampire could actually happen!

The scene with Ginger talking Pam’s ear off, about vampire movies, when Eric walks into the store it was described by Tara Buck as;

This is Ginger’s whole True Blood experience in this moment. [Laughs] At first Gregg [Fienberg] wanted it to be pretty subtle. And then we laughed, and we’re like, “You know what, let’s try not subtle, but it’s all internal. It’s still Ginger in 1996, so it’s not like a screaming over-the-top Ginger. It’s still a smart girl whose knees go weak and she can hardly stand up.”

The screaming things started way back in Season 1, quite by accident but it soon became ‘Ginger’s thing’;

She’s in that great scene where Bill (Stephen Moyer) stakes Longshadow (Raoul Trujillo), and he disintegrates, and I throw up. Sookie (Anna Paquin) is covered from head to toe in blood, so I think she and I both scream. It wasn’t a planned thing. When I came back, again it wasn’t necessarily there, but then I put it in. I started screaming, and then it became a running gag. I kept thinking, especially after Season 2, I was like, “I’ve got to stop screaming. How much can you scream before people want to put your eyes out?”

In this season we get to see so much of Ginger’s back story how she came to meet Eric and Pam by working for them in a video store that they owned in Shreveport for 10 years before Ginger came up with the idea, after the vampires had come out of the closet, that they should turn the store into a night club and call it Fangtasia! Ginger states:

Eric Northman is nothing if he is not pure f–king sex on a throne…”

while wielding an amazing throne-like chair she had found and that sex sells!

The inspiration for Ginger’s looks in this episode were “Reality Bites” vs Goth/punk leading to her hair getting blonder, bigger and the make up bolder!

Tara in an interview with The Hollywood reporter revealed that one of her favourite scenes Happened in True Blood Season 4:

I do love when I was in Season 4, when Pam had a skin-eating disease and I have to give her shots. She has that wonderful pink coffin, and the witches start calling, and her coffin is shaking. I have no idea what to do to assist her, but I swore that I would protect her, so all I can think to do is jump on top of that coffin. It definitely sort of solidified the screaming.

From smart and sassy, to spunky and scream-worthy, I think we all can say there is a soft place for Ginger in all our hearts now.

Sources: TruetotheEnd.com – Tara Buck Talks Ginger’s Groupie Roots

The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood‘s’ Tara Buck on Ginger’s Backstory and Infatuation With Eric (Q&A)

Entertainment Weekly – ‘True Blood‘ star Tara Buck talks Ginger’s past — and future

Vulture.com – True Blood’s Tara Buck on Screaming and the Spinoff Ginger Should Do With Pam

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Tara Buck Screams Her Way Through The True Blood Season 7 Premiere

June 22, 2014

Ginger The Screamer is a Fan Favorite – and This is Why:

Tara Buck stars as Ginger the Screamer in HBO's True Blood Season 7Fans of Ginger the screamer (played by the delightful Tara Buck) were in for a treat at the HBO True Blood Season 7 premiere event. Not only did Tara look gorgeous and cheerful in a sunny yellow gown, but Marc Malkin from E!Online managed to get her to let rip one of her trademark screams!

Tara Buck has – after six seasons on the hit show – been made a series regular in True Blood’s final season. And thanks to an interview Tara did with Huffington Post recently, it seems we might finally get to find out Ginger’s backstory. Tara had invented her own personal version of her character’s backstory right from her very first appearance on True Blood, but she was glad to see that Ginger was finally given the chance to become a more rounded character, with depth and richness – even if it is only for the very last season!

You can view the video by clicking on the video image below (this will take you to the E!Online website) – but you might want to turn the volume down first!

Tara Buck screams like Ginger at HBOs True Blood Season 7 premiere event

Clicking on this image will take you to the E!Online website to view the video

Let us know which Ginger scream has been you fave by commenting below!

Source: E!Online – This Really Happened at Last Night’s True Blood Premiere—Watch the Video Now!

Huffington Post – Still Screaming After All These Years- True Blood’s Tara Buck Becomes a Series Regular

(Photo Credit: Instagram/Tara Buck/E!Online)

 

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Club Fangtasia: Want to Ask True Blood’s Ginger & Lilith a Question?

October 30, 2013

TrueBloodNet is Giving Truebie Fans the Chance to Ask Questions:

Enjoy Halloween in Australia with the True Blood inspired Club FangtasiaThere are only days until the biggest annual True Blood event in Australia: Club Fangtasia. TrueBloodNet has once again been given exclusive interview rights on the night. Last year we interviewed Marshall Allman (who played Sam Merlotte’s brother, Tommy Mickens) and Ginger the screamer (played by Tara Buck).

So as a trubie, what do you want to find out about this year’s attendees Ginger (who loved the event so much she’s returning again this year) and Lilith (Jessica Clark)? Want to know more about what it’s like on the True Blood set? Or what it’s like to play their character? Perhaps you want to find out more about the actors themselves and their roles outside True Blood? Maybe you want to find out more about their upcoming projects? Well, here’s your chance!

If you have a question for either of these True Blood actors, then let us know in the comments below. Alternatively, you can use the following social medias to contact either myself or TrueBloodNet:

Twitter:

@truebloodnet

@mrszoomby

Facebook:

TrueBloodNet Fan Page

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Lilith (Jessica Clark) and Ginger (Tara Buck) will attend Club Fangtasia 2013

So don’t delay, get busy sending us your questions and we will ask Tara and Jessica as many as we can manage!

You can view last year’s Club Fangtasia interview here.

If you live in Australia and haven’t purchased a ticket yet, there are still a few tickets available, but you had better hurry as once the tickets are sold there is no way of rocking out your Halloween in True Blood style.

If you can’t attend, have you got your True Blood Halloween costume sorted yet? If not, try out Top 10 Season 6 costume list. Can you guess who I’m going as?

(Photo Credits: ClubFangtasia.com/HBO Inc.)

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Australia’s Club Fangtasia Tickets Are selling Out Fast!

August 28, 2013

Last Chance to Meet True Blood Stars in Australia:

Salome in the Season 5 finale of HBO's True BloodYesterday TrueBloodNet announced the arrival of the exclusive pre-sale tickets for mail subscribers to the Club Fangtasia website. Today we can announce that 63% of the allocated VIP tickets are already sold – and normal sales haven’t even commenced yet!

Sales will be available to the general public from tonight (9pm AEST Wednesday 28th August) and will be available by clicking here. So Australian fans need to get in fast to secure your one and only chance to rub shoulders with True Blood celebrities in 2013.

In previous years Australia has held at least one True Blood convention along with Seamus O’Toole’s famous Club Fangtasia event. This year though, no conventions have been scheduled and with the limited amount of tickets available for this premium event, you will be kicking yourself if you miss out on this golden opportunity. And once the tickets are sold, not even the blood of Lilith herself of Ginger’s shrill screams will get you past the doors! However, regardless of whether you purchase VIP tickets or general admission, you are guaranteed a bloody good time!

As we confirmed yesterday, so far Club Fangtasia have secured Tara Buck (Ginger the screamer) and Jessica Clark (Lilith). Tara Buck enthusiastically took to Twitter yesterday to announce her excitement:

Tara Buck (who stars as Ginger the screamer) shows her enthusiasm for Australia's Club Fangtasia

And while there are still 68 sleeps until Club Fangtasia’s Halloween event, there is still plenty of time for more True Blood stars to sign up.

Who would you like to see at this event? And have you got your costume sorted yet? I have, but I’m not giving away any clues. If you want to see who I will be dressing as, you will have to buy your ticket now and check out my costume on the night 😉

Source: Club Fangtasia – Facebook page

Tara Buck – Twitter

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)

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EXCLUSIVE: Club Fangtasia Announces it’s True Blood Line Up for 2013!

August 27, 2013

Tara Buck and Jessica Clark Confirmed as Attending Club Fangtasia This Year:

Lilith (Jessica Clark) and Ginger (Tara Buck) will attend Club Fangtasia 2013

With the announcement of another Club Fangtasia event in Australia this year, fans have been anxious to find out prices along with which True Blood stars will be attending the event on November the 4th.

So when the following announcement was made on the Club Fangtasia Facebook page today, fans frantically began hitting refresh in their inbox, in anticipation of news: 

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Well, that email has FINALLY arrived and TrueBloodNet can confirm that the following True Blood stars will be attending Club Fangtasia at Seamus O’Toole’s this year:

  • Ginger (Tara Buck) – yes, she had so much fun partying down under last year that she is glad to return to Club Fangtasia!
  • Lilith (Jessica Clark) – here’s your chance to mingle with an actual goddess!
  • A little birdy has told me that there just might be another True Blood star or two attending, so make sure you check back here regularly to find out more…

So What are the Ticket Prices?

General Admission

G.A Tickets

This year only 400 General Admission tickets are on sale to the general public.
The price of a G.A ticket this year is
$40.

A G.A ticket gives you the following:

#Access into Club Fangtasia.
#Access to Club Fangtasia’s photo booth.
#Access to purchase personalised signed posters from the actors.
#Entry into door prizes competition
#Best dressed competition for $200 cash
#Stage interaction with the actors.

V.I.P Tickets

This year only 60 VIP tickets are on sale to the general public.
The price of a VIP ticket this year is
$300.

A VIP ticket gives you the following:

#Priority Access into Club Fangtasia and entry into the VIP room.
#Access to mingle with the True Blood actors throughout the evening.
#A choice of 2 Free cocktails from World Champion Cocktail Barman Jamie Chesher
who will only be serving from the upstairs VIP bar
# A personalised signed photo of each actor present.
# A pesonalised photo taken with the actors available for free download from the Club Fangtasia Facebook Page
# A vast array of home-made canapes available throughout the evening.

Tickets are strictly limited, so make sure you get in early to purchase your one and only chance to meet True Blood cast members in Australia in 2013!

Source: Club Fangtasia – Mailing List

(Photo Credits: HBO Inc./ClubFangtasia.com.au)

 

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Recap: True Blood Halloween Party at Club Fangtasia

January 11, 2013

Australia Gets to party with True Blood Stars at Seamus O’Tooles:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) arrive at Club Fangtasia, the HBO True Blood inspired Halloween event

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) on the red carpet outside Club Fangtasia

So another Halloween has passed and yet another outstanding True Blood Halloween party has been held at Melbourne’s Seamus O’Toole’s who transformed into the decadent Club Fangtasia for one night only.

This year, I veered away from my usual Sookie (Anna Paquin) theme and decided to dress up as Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). My husband decided on copying that famous (and blood thirsty) scene from episode 4 of Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood and got all blood spattered as Roman (Chris Meloni).

There was the hotly anticipated arrival of the True Blood cast members, who arrived via limousine and were ushered down the red carpet after attending the First Contact Conventions Full Blood convention. Fans lined the walkway and there was plenty of blood-curdling screaming going on when Ginger passed by.

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO's True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

Getting photo bombed by Marshall Allman (who played Tommy Mickens in HBO’s True Blood). With Lenore Mills, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Tara Buck (Ginger)

For holders of the extra special VIP tickets, not only did you get to party until the wee hours, drink Tru Blood fangtails, go into the draw for some awesome prizes and participate in charity auctions, you got to hang out with Marshall and Tara in the VIP room upstairs! Both cast members were happy to chat to fans all night long and there were many great True Blood stories told by both of the stars (neither of whom could believe my transformation from Merlotte’s Jessica Hamby for the exclusive TrueBloodNet.com interview the previous day into Red Riding Hood Jessica Hamby for the Halloween event!)

Due to the adherence to HBO guidelines, there was no photography in the venue on the night, but that didn’t hinder anyone’s enjoyment as authorized photographers were on hand to take photos of the party goers. So for those of you who attended (or wished you had), make sure you head on over to Club Fangtasia’s Facebook page and check out all the great pics of the night!

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia's True Blood event

Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Rachel Tsoumbakos and Sherryn Pickering all bloodied up for Club Fangtasia’s True Blood event

If you weren’t lucky enough to score a VIP ticket, there were still opportunities to see the stars in action when they made a few guest appearances downstairs. They chatted to the audience, helped out with the auctions and announced prize winners.

Speaking of prize winners, Kim and Matt (in the picture to your left, won a True Blood poster signed by several member of the True Blood cast, just by buying a ticket and turning up – and this was only second prize! The first prize was a signed True Blood picture as well as a brand new iPad. As for the coveted best dressed award? Well, this prize went to a couple who were outstanding in their costume design as well as maintaining their persona for most of the night. The prize (of $200) went to Sharon Taylor Alford and Paul Tabone for their original outfits. You can view the winning costume here.

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O'Toole's Club Fangtasia

Band Red Rockit rocked it up at Seamus O’Toole’s Club Fangtasia

Marshall Allman and Tara Buck left late in the evening, but that didn’t stop the party. There was still plenty to do! Not only was there the awesome Aza MC, pole dancers and a rocking band Red Rockit, but DJ Courtney arrived straight off the plane and helped out also. There was a great chill out area outside the venue for when it got too hot inside. Many people mingled here and it was just as much fun outside as what it was inside. At the very back of Seamus O’Toole’s there is a large section of booths – a great place to put your feet up after dancing the night away!

Every year I go to this event, I am amazed at the dedication and sheer amount of hard work that goes into setting up this event. Garth O’Hehir, Jason Rigopoulos and Paul Allen orchestrate the event and this year they excelled themselves. Also, their staff and the various helpers that all band together to make this event work so well on the night are a credit to the team.

It truly was (yet again) an awesome night!

Oh, and if you wanted a drink in the VIP section, this is the guy that served you:

Bar staff at True Blood's Club Fangtasia

Bar staff at True Blood’s Club Fangtasia

(Photo Credits: Club Fangtasia.com.au)

Also, a special thanks goes out to Lenore Mills, Matt Le Guier, Kim Grimshaw, Paul Tsoumbakos, Sherryn Pickering, Red Rockit and the bar staff for allowing  me to use their images for this article.

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TrueBloodNet Exclusive! Club Fangtasia Interview With Tara Buck and Marshall Allman

November 4, 2012

True Blood Stars at Autograph Signing for Aussie Fans:

Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens) and Tara Buck (Ginger) with TrueBloodNet writer Rachel Tsoumbakos at Club FangtasiaRecently, I was given the opportunity to interview two stars of HBO’s True Blood: Tara Buck (Ginger) and Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens). It was certainly an amazing experience and so much fun to catch up with the friendly and down to earth stars before they did their signing event at Club Fangtasia. If you didn’t get a chance to meet them at this event and you live in Melbourne, Australia, you also had the opportunity to meet up with them on Sunday 4th November during the First Contact Full Blood convention. Or, alternatively, see them at the Club Fangtasia Halloween party on Sunday night.

Even with their hectic schedule, the stars were happy to sit down and have a chat about True Blood with TrueBloodNet. Tara was straight into talking about her favourite True Blood moment: riding Pam’s coffin in Season 5. A moment that she didn’t know was to occur until she actually jumped on the coffin and it started to move. Which led to the first fan question, sent in by Lenore Mills, who asked if coffin riding was similar to horse riding? Tara was quick to declare that it wasn’t, but it was fairly close to mechanical bull riding!

Marshall then described his craziest True Blood moment, one which involved having to (while naked) jump and transform from a human into a bird. Besides the fact that he was jumping about naked, he kept making ad hoc transforming sound effects. As a result, they had to retake until he could jump without making any noises at all!

This was the opportune time to ask the question sent in by KL Joy: Since there are so much naked moments for shifters in True Blood, were there any awkward moments? Allman pointed out that being naked on set gets very old very quickly and it’s just a matter of getting on with the job.

It was also interesting to discover how the pair of them researched their roles. While Marshall plays a shifter and a character who is not in the Southern Vampire Mystery books by Charlaine Harris, he still found it easy enough to research:

Tommy had been basically raised as a dog fighter, so I watched ‘The Dog Whisperer’ and he did a whole episode on pitt bulls. He talked a lot about the nature of the pitt bull and how the breed has been trained. When pitt bulls experience pain, they don’t have a threshold for it and go crazier. They will attack until they die. So learning that, it was kind of like, wow, Tommy’s a lot like that, you know, he just doesn’t know when to stop.

Tara Buck rides Pam's coffin as Ginger in HBO's True BloodGinger, on the other hand, is a character in the books, so it is possible for her to draw on that. Although, Buck prefers to go with her own special version of her character. But, because Ginger dies in the books, there was a concern that the Ginger in the HBO series would suffer the same fate:

We shot a scene, that never made it to air, the very last scene of the last episode of Season 3, where Ginger runs into Fangtasia and her head is backwards and so you don’t know what has happened but clearly a spell has been cast and so, when I read that, I actually said to Alan Ball; “Oh my gosh, Alan, you killed me!” To which Alan replied; “No, no, no, Tara, don’t worry, your head’s just been turned around, but you’re still alive.”

Which is such a relief to hear, since so many people love Ginger. This bought me to the source of the most popular questions for Ginger: her scream. While it was never a part of the audition process for Tara Buck, when her character witnessed the death of Long Shadow in Season 1, it became an organic, ad lib process in the scene. Once she started wailing, everyone thought it was hilarious so they asked for more of it. Then, of course, she started throwing up, so they asked her to scream and throw up and then scream some more.

Truebie fan Eve Lynch, wanted to know how the the both of them got into acting? Tara announced that she fell in love with Michael J. Fox while watching him in the movie ‘Back To The Future’. Even though she was only 8, she decided that the only way to meet the celebrity, was to take up acting! Marshall, on the other hand, had originally planned to be a professional soccer player, but was, unfortunately, injured before he could live out that dream. On a whim, a friend suggested he try out on a talent search The rest, as they say, is history!

True Blood fan, Kate Rodaughan, wanted to ask Tara Buck if it was fun to play Ginger. To which the actress responded with a definite yes:

I don’t even know where to start. I love the costumes. They’re tiny – it’s like Halloween every day! Her hair is big and crazy and it’s just fun. I love it.

Marshall Allman who stars as Tommy Mickens in HBO's True BloodAnother fan, Cindy Burrows, wanted to ask Marshall Allman about his role in Sons Of Anarchy. In particular, what it was like to play such a gullible character in a scene (where Allman’s character, Devon, is propositioned by a transvestite hooker) that fans have declared as hilarious, in a show that is not often known for its humor:

Oh man, it wasn’t hard at all! I absolutely loved playing the role of Devon. That scene was so much fun to shoot.

And fans of both Sons of Anarchy and Marshall Allman will be pleased to know that the role should be reprised in Season 6.

I can’t wait. You can go in so many different directions because he’s so wide-eyed and he has no idea what the culture is like.

I was also curious to know, besides True Blood, what is the strangest role either of them have ever had to play? Tara Buck is actually known for playing unique characters. So, for her, the weirdest ones, so far, are the roles of crazy Rhea Reynolds in Nip/Tuck and a character in her upcoming film ‘K-11′; who is a transgender inmate. She actually plays the role of a man playing a woman!

Allman has also had his share of interesting roles. Besides his stint as Devon in Sons of Anarchy, he has starred in the movie, ‘The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle’. In this movie he plays a janitor who gives birth to blue fish after becoming addicted to experimental cookies.

Now, if you want to see more of Tara Buck and Marshall Allman, they have plenty of stuff hitting the screens. Tara has a new movie coming out called ‘Tomorrow You’re Gone’ (also known as ‘Boot Tracks’), which stars Willem DaFoe, Stephen Dorff and Michelle Monaghan. It’s directed by David Jacobson and should hit the big screen early in 2013. The film, K-11 (which stars Goran Visnjic) is being released shortly.

Marshall Allman has just completed a movie called ‘Jane Mansfield’s Car’. It stars Billy Bob Thornton and Robert Duvall. You can also see Allman in the upcoming independent film, The Bounceback.

Thank you to Tara Buck, Marshall Allman, HBO, the crew at First Contact Conventions and Garth O’Hehir for making this interview possible.

(Photo Credits: ClubFangtasia.com.au/HBO Inc.)

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