True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Talks About Getting Naked:

June 25, 2013

It’s Not Only Alcide or HBO’s Series Showing Some Skin

alcide-postcardJoe Manganiello plays werewolf, Alcide Hervaux on HBO’s True Blood. During a recent appearance on The View”, Mr. Manganiello talked to the panel about nudity, sex, and the tools of the trade.

It’s well known that there is a lot of sex in True Blood. Mr. Manganiello insists it’s not as scandalous as it sounds. We’ve all heard the stories of actresses donning ‘the patch’, while actors are outfitted with ‘the sock’ (which a certain Scandinavian actor refuses to wear!). Mr. Manganiello jokes that he utilizes ‘the trunk’.

True Blood isn’t the only place Mr. Manganiello shows some skin. In his recent film, Magic Mike”, he played male stripper, Big Dick Richie.

If you want to see Mr. Manganiello’s short hair cut, as well as a clip from “Magic Mike”, check out the video:

Source: Huffington Post

 

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True Blood Shapeshifter Actress Shares Her Musical Creativity

November 26, 2012

Janina Gavankar Releases a Creative Music Video Showcasing Her Musical Side:

janina-gavankar-billboard magActress Janina Gavankar plays shapeshifter Luna Garza on HBO series True Blood. Ms. Gavankar has released a single and accompanying music video for her song, “Waiting for Godot”. A very creative artist, Ms. Gavankar plans to release a video for each track on her upcoming EP, and has consciously tried to break unstated rules of both music and video production.

Ms. Gavankar studied classical music and percussion as a child. Her EP is still in production with Randy Jackson’s label, Dream Merchant 21. She is unsure what the rest of the tracks will sound like, but has completed at least one other that she talks about in this way:

“very strange, all a cappella, and no moment is like the moment that came before it.”

While acknowledging it as a lofty goal, Ms. Gavankar intends to produce a music video for each track on her EP.

“But I really feel like it’s what I’m supposed to do. It’s the way that I think, it’s the way that I create. It’s all kind of one and the same. I don’t know how to do anything small-scale, much to the dismay of some of the people around me.”

Adding to her creative credentials, Ms. Gavankar produced the “Waiting for Godot” video herself. It was directed by her friend, Caitlin Pashalek. Several years ago, Ms. Pashalek also helmed the video for Ms. Gavankar’s cover of Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown”.

“One stake we set in the ground from the get-go with this was this it wasn’t going to be a ‘regular music video.’ I don’t give a sh** about following any sort of norms. I don’t really care if people think I’m hot. I really set out to make something beautiful that had a strong narrative.”

Ms. Gavankar believes that all people are complex and multi-sided. Music and videos are ways in which she expresses the duality of her own nature. While most of her True Blood cast mates know about her musical side, Ms. Gavankar says she has not outwardly advertised it, but she knows most are aware. She believes her music videos are evidence that, as an actress, she is able to bring true creativity to her performances.

You can watch Ms. Gavankar’s music video here:

Source: Billboard.com

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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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Video: HBO’s True Blood Trailer Sets Stage For Season 5

May 29, 2012

Favorite Characters Are Back and New Ones Are Arriving:

Eric Season 5 PosterHBO has released a full minute and a half long trailer for Season 5 of its series, True Blood. Through a combination of scenes from upcoming episodes and character voice over, it provides the major story arc fans will be following this year, and still manages to ask more compelling questions about what is to come.

For better or worse, Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) have joined forces, but remain on bad terms with Sookie (Anna Paquin). The two vampires find themselves in the middle of a battle between the newly freed Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare), and the previously unseen Vampire Authority, fronted by Roman (Chris Meloni). Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian) is back, and appears to be advocating for the cultivation of humans for vampire consumption. It looks like Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) will have something to say about that.

Vampires, Werewolves, Old Acquaintances and Flashbacks

The HBO trailer for True Blood’s Season 5 contains brief scenes of Eric Northman in period clothing. That means fans will be getting flashbacks and back story! Alcide Herveaux (Joe Manganiello) is back, once again looking out for Sookie. There is a brief scene of Eric and his progeny, Pam (Kristin Bauer Van Straten) in bed together. Is it a current scene or a flashback to the time of her turning?

Still, the biggest question that needs to be answered is asked in the very first scene of the trailer: What becomes of Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley)?

Take a look for yourself! What do you think is in store for Season 5? What burning question do you want to have answered?

Source: YouTube

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A Little Birdie Told Me — True Blood PSAs part 4

August 31, 2011

New PSAs From True Blood For “It Gets Better”:

This fourth article is again courtesy of True Blood’s official YouTube page. Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Ryan Kwanten and Chris Bauer (Jason Stackhouse and Andy Bellefleur) made “It Gets Better” PSAs for the Trevor Project. They talk about personal experiences with bullying.

Jim Parrack talks about being a bully:

“I’d like to be very honest with you all and let you know that growing up I made things very difficult on people around me at school, I was a jerk, and that’s gotten better too. Somehow I had it in my mind that if I could lash out at other people or hurt them that somehow I could secure something for myself. To address that I just want to say, you never get anything at all from putting someone else down. There’s no substance to it, there’s no real value to it, there’s no change. All you end up doing is hurting other people, and then being stuck with that realization some day… For those of you who are being victimized or brutalized by people like that, it’s all going to stop. The day is coming where you get to walk out into life, choose the road you’re going to go down, choose the people you want to spend your time with, and you’re free of it all.”


 

Todd Lowe offers one way to cope:

“If you find yourself the victim of bullying or discrimination, one of the things you can do to empower yourself is to write a story about your bully or tormentor… and make sure it has a happy ending. They go off and live their life, you live yours. Remember, it gets better.”


 

Carrie Preston talks about community:

“You may be feeling like you’re being bullied because you’re different from everybody around you. I just want you to know that it’s temporary, life is temporary. You are surrounded actually in this world by a much larger community who is made up of gay people, and straight people, and bisexual people, and transgendered people. But I think that we’re a community that’s not really commonly brought together because we have a certain sexual orientation — we’re a part of a community that’s humane, a part of a community that accepts people, a part of a community that loves people and will love you for who you are. So seek us out, we’re here for you. We want you to be who you are, and we will support you in whatever it is that you choose to be, seek us out we’re out here. It gets better, I promise.”


 

Kwanten and Bauer share being an outsider in common:

“We’re here to talk about bullying. Not the most popular of subjects but one that we must face. Look, Chris and I are both very much kind of outsiders. As much as it wouldn’t seem like we are. And we’re here to tell you that we don’t think we’re alone, we now know that we’re not alone. And if you also feel like an outsider, feel like that no one’s listening to you, believe me there are places to go, there is someone to turn to, there is a comfort, a security network that you can turn to. And if you’re one of the pickers, if you’re one of the bullies, you’ve gotta be kidding me! And you’re not alone. There’s a lot of people going through what you’re going through. Reach out, talk about it. Ask a caregiver, ask a coach, a teacher, anybody who’s there. You can get the help. And I promise you, it gets better.”

Truebies, if you feel picked on or alone and need help, please call 1-866-4-U-TREVOR or visit TheTrevorProject.org or GLSEN.org.

Source: True Blood official YouTube page

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Video: Joe Manganiello Interview with Syfy Germany

August 23, 2011

Werewolf and Monster Sympathizer:

Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux)Joe Manganiello was recently interviewed by Syfy Germany during his tour in Munich.  When asked if he believed in the existence of supernatural creatures he replied:

“I hope there are.  It would make things very interesting.  You know, True Blood gets into ghosts a little bit, and I’ve witnessed some things that I can’t explain.  Out of all of the creatures, I think that if any of them exist, I think that ghosts are probably the most likely.  As far as the werewolves, I haven’t met one yet.”

He also discusses the anxiety he felt about joining True Blood during the third season and how blown away he was during the first table read with the cast because of their amazing talent.  When asked about the role of Alcide Herveaux in True Blood, he stated:

“Since I was a young boy I always sympathized with monsters, movie monsters.  I loved the old Bela Lugosi Dracula, Boris Karloff’s Frankenstein, of course Lon Chaney, Jr.’s Wolfman.  I always felt like I understood monsters and people didn’t.  They were afraid of them, but I just thought that they were misunderstood.”

So what is everyone’s opinion on the possible existence of supernatural creatures?  Which do you feel has the highest probability of being factual?  Anyone else ever experienced anything that you couldn’t quite explain?  I’m sure we all have at some point, so tell us your story below!   Be sure to check out Joe Manganiello’s interview with Syfy Germany below as well!

Many thanks to Florian from Syfy Germany for the scoop!

Source:  Syfy Germany

(Photo: Parade.com)

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Video: True Blood’s REAL Nan Flanagan Revealed!

August 20, 2011

Bona Fide Vampire Commentator On Vampire Politics:

Jessica Tuck as True Blood's Nan FlanaganEver since vampires “came out of the coffin” back in 2008 on HBO’s True Blood, there has been loads of dirty politics between our favorite blood suckers. Who has been running around trying to simmer things down? Our favorite vampire public relations guru Nan Flanagan of course!

MTV’s real vampire commentator, Michelle Belanger, who is also an occult expert and real vampire, is the REAL Nan Flanagan… If you will.

In the video below, Belanger says:

“My work within the vampire community is basically like [Nan Flanagan’s] work with the vampires in ‘True Blood’. I’m the person who goes on CNN ‘Headline News’ when some teenager goes missing and panicked parents are sure that there’s a vampire cult that abducted her.”

The character of Nan Flanagan (played by Jessica Tuck) tries to inform the public that vampires do not have secrets, something that Belanger herself has been pursuing for twenty years but not quite in the same way Nan goes about doing so. Belanger assures that real vampire subculture does not imitate that of the actions taken by some of True Blood’s vampires, like Jessica Hamby’s sudden kidnapping for example. According to Belanger, vampires do not want to do bad things to you.

 
Truebies, did you know about the real Nan Flanagan?  Do share your thoughts with us below.

Source: MTV Hollywood Crush – ‘True Blood’ And Vampire Public Relations: Meet The Real Nan Flanagan

(Photo Credit: HBO)

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Video: Brit Morgan Talks to Maxim About Being Debbie Pelt

August 17, 2011

Check Out Brit’s Hot New Shoot!

Brit Morgan, Debbie Pelt on HBO's True BloodRecently, Brit Morgan, who plays Debbie Pelt on HBO’s True Blood, talked to Maxim. She discusses what it like to do a shoot with them, what she looks for in a man and what it’s like to be on True Blood.

Make sure you check out the video for the full interview!

 

Source: Maxim – Brit Morgan: Ferociously Sexy

(Photo Credit: HBO, Inc.)

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Video: Behind the Scenes With Fiona Shaw

August 16, 2011

A Thespian and Her Craft:

Fiona Shaw as Marnie Season 4Fiona Shaw, the Irish actress who currently plays Marnie the witch on HBO’s hit series True Blood, has quickly gained the respect and admiration of Truebies.  Although a seasoned television and stage actress, Shaw may be best recognized as Harry Potter’s Aunt Petunia.  If you’d like to see what goes on behind the scenes, how Shaw prepares herself before going on stage, check out this video by the National Theatre.  Filmed while performing in Bertholt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children”, the video shows her doing warm up stretches, vocal warm ups, getting dressed, and getting into character, all the while holding conversations and just generally being lovely with people. By the end, you’re left not doubting one bit that she is the product of an eye surgeon and a physicist — what an intellect!

Check it out, and share your thoughts below!

Source: YouTube: National Theatre Discover Theatre – Fiona Shaw on Stage

(Photo credit: HBO, Inc.)

 

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A Little Birdie Told Me — True Blood PSAs Part 3

August 13, 2011

New PSAs From True Blood For “It Gets Better”:

Janina Gavankar It Gets Better shirtThis third article is again courtesy of True Blood’s official YouTube page. Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Janina Gavankar (Luna), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica), and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte) made “It Gets Better” PSAs for The Trevor Project. In these PSAs they talk about their personal experiences with bullying.

Joe Manganiello talks about being picked on as a kid because he was bigger than the others, but unwilling to use his size as a reason to bully, just because he could. He got picked on for his big ears, which caused his parents to allow his hair to grow longer, in an attempt to cover them up. As a result, the kids started calling him “’Froey Joey”. In high school he stuck up for the kids that were being bullied.

He says:

“I made it my business to stick up for those kids and try to help those kids out, and be a friend to those kids.”

Janina Gavankar was verbally bullied in high school. She says that the kids never said things to her personally, but she found out things were being said about her.  She assures us:

“If you’re gay, straight, artistic, busier than everybody else because you actually have a life and something interesting to think about besides the gossip, and they hate ya for it… that’s OK. I know what all of those girls are doing now. And I’m ok. It gets better. Trust.”

Deborah Ann Woll talks about one incident in school where someone left a note in her locker that said, “Why don’t you just kill yourself because nobody likes you”. It may have been a quote from a movie at the time, but she did not find it amusing. She would get calls in the middle of the night, with people saying mean things. Her poor mother was affected by this, too. They both went through a lot, together. Deborah says all she remembers is wanting to be an actor. She says her dream is what got her through it all, and,

“Despite all of those instances where people made me feel less than, I now have a better understanding of humanity, in a way. I can now be a friend to the lonely. So just remember that it gets better.”

Sam Trammell talks directly to people who are being bullied or contemplating suicide because of being bullied. He says the people who bully others do so because they’re insecure and going through the same difficult times you are, and are acting out. He explains:

“They do not represent the real world outside of school that you’re so quickly moving into. Life moves so fast and if you can just get past this little bump, you’ll see that you’re going to be celebrated for your differences and your uniqueness. You’ll be loved for them. You’re not alone, there’s a great community out there that’s waiting to embrace and love you for who you are. Teenage bullies are not what the world is made of… Please don’t let the senseless actions of a bully take you from us. It gets so much better.”

Truebies, if you feel picked on or alone and need help, please call 1-866-4-U-TREVOR or visit TheTrevorProject.org or GLSEN.org.

Source: True Blood official YouTube page

(Photo credit: It Gets Better Project via JaninaGavankar.com.)

 

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