A True Blood Newbie Teases her Character Over the Airwaves

January 16, 2011

Janina Gavankar Talks True Blood on LA Talk Radio

Janina Gavankar

The newest blood to join the True Blood cast is Janina Gavankar and she’s already dropping hints about Season 4. Fans will come to know Janina as Luna, the newest shifter in Bon Temps as well as her being the first Native American character on the show. She chatted with her good friend Sheena on LA’s talk radio program the Sheena Metal Experience during  the two year anniversary of her radio show.

Though she wasn’t into weres and vampires when she was a girl, Janina looks forward to reading the Sookie Stackhouse novels to see who the Luna in the books is, although she wants to create her own version of the character. The actress who is of mixed Indian and Dutch descent even enlisted the help of make up artists to changed her skin tone to add a red tone she doesn’t naturally have in order to really show the character’s Native American blood.

As with all shape-shifters and weres on the HBO series, Janina does have to get naked, but she isn’t too bothered by it. For her it’s all about the character and the fact that transforming from one vessel to another is the shape-shifter way. She does reveal that viewers will get a lot more insight and history on shape-shifters and she even gets a scene with shifter Tommy played by Marshall Allman. That’s right Truebies! When we left the season finale, Tommy’s fate was unknown, but it looks like Janina has spilled the beans and fans everywhere are relieved that she did!

All About the Music

Aside from loving her character, what else does she love about True Blood? The music, of course! Janina herself is talented singer and she, like all fans of the show, sees how much the music influences and creates the scenes we all know and love.

It seems the world of the shape shifters is expanding with Season 4 and with Janina’s dedication to creating a well developed character, the who’s better competition between vamps and shifters will be heating up.

Source: LA Talk Radio– The Sheena Metal Experience

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Edited by: Shanea O’Connor


Team Vampire vs. Team Werewolf: Can You Choose?

November 5, 2010

Who deserves to win this long-time blood feud?

Alexander Skarsgård as Eric Northman attacking a wolf

It’s pretty common knowledge that vamps and weres are sworn enemies–some would call it a “blood feud,” and their rivalry goes way, way back. The long-standing bad blood between vamps and weres has been chronicled time and again over the decades. It goes back before Charlaine Harris’ introduction of her Sookie Stackhouse character to werewolves in the 2002 book Living Dead in Dallas and later to the huge, hunk-a-licious were, ‘Alcide Herveaux’ in 2003’s Club Dead. It goes back before vampire ‘Selene’ and vampire-were hybrid ‘Michael’ fell in love in the 2003 movie Underworld‘. It even goes back before Joss Whedon’s 1990’s pop-culture vamp vehicle,Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’ when the Sunnydale slayer encountered teenage werewolf, ‘Oz’  in 1998.

You have to go all the way back to the most famous cinematic vampire and werewolf characters of the 20th century to see how these two iconic supernaturals began not playing nicely. In ‘The House of Frankenstein‘ (1944) and ‘The House of Dracula’ (1945)  Lon Chaney, Jr. as ‘The Wolf Man’ took on ‘Count Dracula’ (John Carradine).  That is one long feud!

Vampires and Werewolves: Did you know that…?

What is intriguing about the ubiquitous theme of vampires and werewolves being sworn enemies is that legend has it that dead werewolves would rise as vampires!

Also, though we’ve often seen vampires being portrayed transforming into other creatures such as bats as well as wolves, did you know that the Slavonic word volkodlak, which means werewolf translates into the word vampire in Serbian?

Coincidence? You decide.

Reasons why vamps and weres (maybe) should try to get along:

  • Both creatures sport big fangs
  • Traditional vampires and werewolves come out only at night
  • They both hate silver
  • They’re both demonized by humans, considered unholy monsters

The folks at TV Guide.com are currently posing a seemingly easy-to-answer question:  If you had to choose sides–Team Vampire or Team Werewolf–which team would you choose?

So what do you think? Have you thrown down for the vampires or werewolves? Whose team would you be on: Team Vampire or Team Were?

Source Credit: TV Guide.com – Vampires vs. Werewolves: Whose Team Are You On?

Popmatters – Vampires vs. Werewolves: An Immortal Pop Rivalry

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Werewolves vs Vampires

October 26, 2010

Top 5 Reasons Weres are Hotter

Joe Manganiello True Blood Alcide

Season 3 of HBO’s True Blood introduced us to werewolves that ran the gamut from good to evil from Alcide Herveaux to Cooter. Since hot hairy men have been flooding our tv and movie screens, Popsugar TV recently counted down the top 5 reasons werewolves are hotter than vampires.

Do you agree or disagree? Are you a fangbanger or a furbanger? Watch the video and tell us why you chose your side!!

SOURCE: Youtube — 5 Reasons Why Werewolves Are Hotter Than Vampires

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Joe Manganiello’s Hopes About Sookie and David Bowie For Season 4

September 18, 2010

Season 3 of True Blood was a lot sexier thanks to Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux. Now a series regular, Joe spoke about Season 4 at the Alice and Olivia New York Fashion Week event.

He talks a little about the future for his characters as well as Sookie, but what’s really interesting is his hope to have David Bowie guest star on the show. David Bowie in Bon Temps? That would make for high ratings…maybe someone at HBO should take Joe’s advice.

Check out the video interview to get your True Blood fix as well as some juicy details about Season 4.

Source: www.popsugar.com — True Blood’s Joe Manganiello Talks Season Four, His David Bowie and Sookie Hopes


Joe Manganiello’s Work Out Tips

August 6, 2010

Nowadays actors not only have to act well, but they have to look good doing it too. True Blood has the sexiest and most attractive cast right now on television. But how do they keep their bodies so toned? Resident werewolf Alcide Herveaux, played by Joe Manganiello reveals in his interview with Muscle & Body magazine the work out regime that keeps his body in shape.

Before True Blood or the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama for that matter, Joe‘s goal was to be a naturally lean and fit athlete. As a varsity basketball, volleyball, and football star, the 6’5″ athlete snubbed steroids, looking for a natural way to develop body he always wanted.

It’s his role as a werewolf on True Blood that has given Joe the opportunity to create his ripped body. Joe plays Alcide, who has been assigned to protect Sookie Stackhouse as she searches for her vampire beau Bill Compton. In order to channel his inner animal, he beasts through a cardio and protein intensive regimen he refers to as the Werewolf Workout, which is a 6 day, twice a day routine originally created by celebrity trainer Ron Matthews (known for sculpting Hugh Jackman‘s body for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movies).

The 33 year old Pittsburgh native has used his classical training and natural athleticism to dive into the acting world. He’s done television sitcoms, such as “How I Met Your Motherand “Til’ Death”, as well physically arduous action roles in “Spiderman” and” Behind Enemy Lines: Colombia”. He’s been known to do his own risky stunts, even pulling a back muscle when he learned slamball on the CW drama “One Tree Hill”. For Joe, he attributes his success to the blue collared work ethic he learned from his family growing up and his work out regimen is simply part of the job.

As a kid, Joe prayed to be a werewolf. Michael J. Fox is partly to blame for this when he made being a werewolf look cool in his movie “Teen Wolf”. The bigger inspiration for being a were was from the black and white monster movies with Bella Lugosi, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney Jr. From these movies, Joe’s inspiration was sparked; he drew monsters and read Stephen King books to the point were his dad has to take them away from him. During his daily trip to church every morning with his Catholic elementary school, Joe spent the time praying to become a werewolf. As a kid, he heard that if you prayed hard enough for something, God would answer you. After a few weeks though, when his prayers weren’t heard, he started questioning God. Now it seems his faith has been restored through Alan Ball‘s True Blood.

With his role as a werewolf, he’s finally allowed to let the beast within out. Joe notes,

“That’s what is so interesting to me about werewolves in the pantheon of monsters. Growing up as a naturally big kid, you’re taught to be responsible, not lash out, not use your size. I think there’s a definite parallel between that and Alcide. Being a werewolf, there’s a real sense of catharsis letting that beast out.”

For Joe, it’s important to look the part. For a character who spends a lot of time as an animal, Alcide’s body needed to reflect that of his wolf counterpart. Animals are generally leaner and very muscular. Alcide, in Joe‘s eyes, needed to have a more primitive look.

When he teamed up with Ron, in order to get into shape, Joe began to focus on cardio and diet. The 6 day program includes a 45 minute cardio work out before breakfast and then another work out during the day with weights. Joe adjusted quickly to the regimen citing,

“A lot of actors he trains do not come from an athletic background, so they’re really kind of working out for the first time, or they’re trying to pack on a lot of muscle in a short amount of time. I was an athlete growing up and right up to the point when I started studying acting. So I come from that background, and it’s more about cutting up and sculpting and working on strengths that I already had.”

As for his diet, Joe has a lot of protein in his diet. He’s constantly eating to keep his metabolism up, which tends to get the people around him–his girlfriend, his cast mates, people on the set–joking that he’s never without food in his hands. Sometimes he can be found at Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian steakhouse, where you can eat all the meat you want. Joe reveals he can sit at the restaurant for 2-3 hours eating protein. The only carbs Joe has in his diet is oatmeal in the morning. He also has had to give up sugar and bread in exchange for clean forms of protein and fibrous vegetables. Though he does have some fruit, he’s eats a lot more high protein low fat meat, such as salmon or buffalo meat. He’ll also have lots of egg whites and whey protein throughout the day.

Aside from eating all day, Joe also researches his role as Alcide. Before becoming friendly with the wolf trainers on True Blood, Joe watched National Geographic videos about a man who lives with wolves. Now that he’s made friends with his golden American timber wolf counterpart and the trainers, he’ s been allowed to take the wolf on a 45 minute walk.

Though he can’t actually become a wolf, Joe does do a lot of his own stunts. Though he isn’t an actual stuntman, as an actor he’s had opportunities to use his athleticism. The producers tend to draw the line on what Joe can’t do before Joe draws the line. He’ll do whatever they let him do. However, for extreme stunts, his stunt double is called in. However, the stuff he has been allowed to do has been exciting and has made his heart race. Being able to do some of his own stunts has made him a better actor.

Thankfully, Joe has made it through all his stunts in one piece. Though he has had some injuries: a broken elbow, a broken thumb, and a torn MCL. In a four episode arc in One Tee Hill involving slamball, Joe ended up pulling a muscle next to his spine, which made it hurt to sit, to lie down, and even stand up. However, all of his injuries healed completely.

Was it an injury that changed his plans from sports to acting? For Joe, had he not been accepted into Carnegie Mellon, he would have pursued sports in college. However, another decision for him to change his future goals was that the people around him were starting to use steroids. It was starting to look as if he wanted to compete with these people, he’d have to start using steroids as well.  He didn’t want that. Instead he sculpted his body naturally; though it may have taken longer and a lot of hard work, he can be proud of his body.

Alan Ball has called Joe, the complete package. To explain this Joe says,

“I come from an [acting] background where they taught us all the forms of classical theater. What’s great is I get to work on a project as great as “True Blood” where I get to combine that classical training with dialect work and include my athletic background. When I was a kid thinking about what I wanted to do for a living, I kind of envisioned something that could combine athleticism with research skills. I love reading; I love history. Thankfully, it’s all come to fruition.”

How does Joe keep his work out regimen while shooting True Blood? While Joe doesn’t like doing heavy work outs before he acts, he does have weights in his trailer for long 16-18 hour workdays. Working out twice a day and eating nonstop is like a full time job. The Werewolf Work Out has kept him busy. When he has time off, he looks forward to playing basketball again.

His training discipline has definitely helped Joe’s acting. He says,

“I approach the artist’s lifestyle, the actor’s lifestyle, from an athletic perspective. But I think it’s also that I come from Pittsburgh and a blue-collar background. I used to work in construction. People can say whatever they want about talent, but I just try to get in there and work harder than the next guy. I also think coming from team sports [helps] — TV is a team sport; it’s collaboration. I come from that type of mentality.”

Want a body like Joe’s? Click the link below to the fundamentals to the Werewolf Work Out, created by Ron Matthews. It will definitely have people howling with envy.

Thanks to Chris Mann, here are the fundamentals of the Werewolf Workout:

SOURCE:  muscleandbodymag.com

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Joe Manganiello Thinks Debbie is Psychotic

August 4, 2010

Although Comic Con 2010 is over, there are still questions to be asked of our favorite True Blood characters. Vanity Fair talked with Joe Manganiello about events surrounding  his character, Alcide Herveaux.

Joe said he did, indeed, read book 3 of Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire Series, Club Dead, to prepare himself for his audition. He now has the entire set and said he does refer to them from time to time.

In a humorous moment, Joe shared that he got to hang out with Charlaine Harris at Comic Con 2010. Talking about preparing for this fan favorite character, he said to her:

Charlaine, so he’s got biceps the size of boulders, huh? Do you know how many hours I spent in the gym trying to match your description of this guy?!”

When referring to the Club Dead bar in the book, Joe said it was revamped into the show’s werewolf bar, Lou Pine’s. The book bar was for all types of supernatural creatures – witches, were-owls, and a were-lynxs. But the storyline of True Blood is keeping with the werewolves at the moment.

A question was asked about the two occasions of “trust” – Alcide told Sookie, “I trust you” and in another scene he told Debbie, when she threatened him,”I believe you”. Joe said that nice-guy Alcide goes on instinct.

“I think there’s a lot of instinct; werewolves come from their heart – they act first and think later – saying, “I’m a good guy, trust me”. I think there’s a vibe that he radiates.”

And what about Debbie and Sookie? What’s in store for Alcide‘s romantic life? With reference to Debbie, Joe says no way in hell is Alcide getting back with her. He thinks she’s psychotic. It was actually helping Sookie that got Alcide back into that whole scene.

In fact, Joe revealed that Sookie is the “catalyst for the emerging leader that comes out of Alcide“. He wants nothing to do with werewolf politics, but events happen that change things.

Speaking of Sookie and political events, Joe gave us a few little spoilers. Alcide transitions from an “unlikely hero” to a leader. He has already made some enemies and he will form some “unusual alliances”.

“And you’re going to see Alcide very much in the middle of a courtship with Sookie. You’re going to see him positioning himself among her potential suitors.”

It’s certainly a nail-biting, fang-extending season. Watch more blood sucking as Season 3 continues.

Source: vanityfair.com

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Denis O’Hare Says It’s Good To Be King

July 30, 2010

Fancast.com had a few questions for the vampire king of MississippiTrue Blood‘s King Russell Edgington, played wonderfully by Denis O’Hare, is causing a great deal of angst this season for Bill and Sookie fans.

When asked about the king’s intended plans for the vampire blood addicted werewolves in his employ, Denis said that all his plans have to be revised due to certain events occurring in episodes 7 and 8.  “Things start to go really crazy.”

Now we’re intrigued.  What about more somewhat disturbing scenes such as the eating frenzy of the stripper in the king’s limo?  All Denis would share is that Russell is in bed with someone in episode 10 when stuff happens.  He would not say what things, nor would he admit to his bed partner being male, female, human, vampire or werewolf.

Of course playing with wolves has been one of Denis‘ more fun experiences on the show.  He said working with real wolves is incredible.

“I got to meet one young wolf and actually sit down and pet him before he knocked me over on my ass.  They’re fantastic animals.”

Stating that it is, indeed, good to be king, Denis admitted that Russell can do whatever he wants – order people around, eat who he wants.  “It’s fantastic.”  And yes, the show should move from Bon Temps to Jackson, where there are better restaurants and large plantation houses.

Asked if he was rooting for Bill or Alcide, with regard to Sookie, Denis put it simply.  “I’m on Team Russell.  My team.”

Watch more True Blood drama unfolding Sunday night on HBO.

Source:  fancast.com

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Bon Temps Tattler: Wedding Announcements Pelt-Coot

July 22, 2010

Confessions of a Biker Bride” by Debbie P.

Guess what, Ya’ll?? I’m gettin’ hitched to Coot– the baddest, strongest, meanest biker in town. Ain’t ya jealous?? I know summa ya’ll heard that I was gonna marry that Alcide Herveaux, but that ain’t true no more. He and I just don’t see eye to eye on things and he ain’t the kinda man I want, BUT that don’t mean that ya’ll sleazy skanks can have him neither cuz you might think that you’re woman enough for him, but ya ain’t. It’s gonna take him a LONG TIME to get over the likes of me so BACK THE FREAK OFF BITCHES….especially you, Sookie Stackhouse! Stick to what you know best….datin’ dead things. But wait, your dead thing don’t want you no more, does he? Hmm, pity….NOT!

Anyways, back to me and Coot. Yup, we’re gettin’ married soon and it ain’t gonna be no traditional type weddin’ neither. That’s one thing I ain’t gonna miss about marryin’ Alcide. He wanted the big ole church weddin’ with me in a fru-fru white dress and a guest list a mile long. That just ain’t me, not now anyways. Me and Coot‘s weddin’s gonna be so cool…Lots a bikes roarin’ and beer flowin’ and meat sizzlin’ on the fire. None of that champagne toast crap for us. We’re gonna be real. We’re gonna make it all ours….despite what my Momma might think.

Speakin’ of Momma, she’s been houndin’ me to get all registered for gifts and such. I keep tryin’ ta tell her that we don’t want any of that crap from department stores. What do I need fancy dishes and crystal glasses for, huh? I am never gonna use them that’s for sure…and I don’t plan on holdin’ any fancy dinners neither. The kind of people we hang with drink straight from the beer can and eat off paper plates. I guess I can look at the Wal-Mart and see what they got for kitchen stuff. They got nice things and if sumthin’ breaks, it can be replaced real easy. One thing we do want to get are matchin’ tattoos, so ya’ll can get us gift certificates for Joe-Bob’s Tats. Also, anythin’ from the Harley Davidson Store would be cool as hell! Of course, the best gift is cold, hard cash and plenty of it!

This column is a parody of the Gothic fantasy series, True Blood, and as such, is presented here for your amusement. Bon Temps Tattler and the various writers that contribute to it, have no relationship/affiliation to HBO, True Blood, or any of the cast or crew of said nor any relation to Charlaine HarrisSookie Stackhouse novels.

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Traveling with Joe Manganiello

July 21, 2010

If you’re a fan of werewolves, then you should be howling over the newest were to hit the True Blood scene: Alcide Herveaux. Joe Manganiello plays bodyguard were in the third season of HBO’s hit series. However, before he was howling at the moon for a living, the 33 year old actor was a roadie for the band Goldfinger, which allowed him to travel all over. Though his home is now in Los Angeles, this traveler has his eyes set on Europe, which he has never visited before.

Joe‘s favorite destination is Australia; he fell in love with the metropolitan cities set against the backdrop of beautiful beaches. There’s no language barrier and no one is honking their horns; the music is relaxed and the cuisine is superb. For Joe, it has the best of all worlds.

For weekend getaways, Joe is quick to cite Las Vegas as a favorite. While he was there recently, he took in the HBO boxing events as well as seeing Cirque de Soleil. To top that off, he ate at some amazing restaurants. What tops Las Vegas? Joe notes,

“San Diego is a town I really love. If I didn’t need to live in LA right now for work, I could definitely see myself living there. Julian (Calif.) is a charming and historically preserved gold-mining town up in the mountains about an hour outside of San Diego that I love. There is a line of pie shops there that all serve fresh-baked hot apple pie. It’s a great place to spend an afternoon. Make sure you stop to check out the views.”

As an avid traveler, Joe has some great tips when it comes to picking a hotel and restaurant. He cites the London NYC hotel as impressive as well a the Four Season in Las Vegas. He also mentions,

“The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (mandarinoriental.com/lasvegas) was also extremely impressive, especially their restaurant Twist. Dinner was like being a judge on “Iron Chef.” It was amazing! Also I wholeheartedly recommend La Concha Resort (laconcharesort.com) in Puerto Rico. Gorgeous! My favorite restaurants are generally old-school steakhouses like The Palm Restaurant (thepalm.com), Mastro’s (mastrosrestaurants.com) and Delmonico’s (delmonicositaliansteakhouse.com)”

Though his favorite cities are San Juan, Puerto Rico; Sydney, Australia; Melbourne, Australia; Charleston, SC, and New York City, Joe would love to visit Egypt and Bora Bora. He also wants to explore all of Europe. Wherever he travels he looks into the art scene, whether it’s plays, music shows, museums, exhibits, etc.

With all his travels, It seems like Joe‘s next acting gig might be hosting a traveling guide, where he travels to different parts of the world every episode. No doubt his fans are going to be struck with the travel bug too and who knows, maybe they’ll get a glimpse of this traveling were!

SOURCE:  Chicago Tribune

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Kevin Alejandro Says Jesus is Definitely Something

July 20, 2010

Kevin Alejandro is one of True Blood‘s Season 3 newbies.  He plays Jesus, a care giver in a nursing home where he cares for Lafayette‘s (Nelsan Ellis) senile mother, played by Alfre Woodard.

It’s in this nursing home where Jesus meets Lafayette and the attraction is quite obvious.

“We meet and there are sparks”, says Alejandro.  “I didn’t want people to second guess that this could be a real relationship.  Nelsan and I have incredible chemistry.  Everything we do is very real.”

In an article for Out Magazine, Kevin explained that the relationship between Jesus and Lafayette is a good balance.  “They’re opposites but it works.”

Being that there are so many new vampires and werewolves this season, Kevin would not say if Jesus is a human or supernatural.  All he would reveal is that Jesus is “something”.

The article mentions that this season is very “homoerotic”.  In addition to the relationship between Jesus and Lafayette, with vampire Bill‘s blood in him, Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell) has fantasy dreams of Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).  Kevin said it’s an incredibly sexy season.

Interestingly, though, the pressure for Kevin is not in playing a gay man (he is married with a daughter), but in staying fit to look good next to Ryan Kwanten, who plays Jason StackhouseRyan is often without some piece of clothing, and Kevin said he “is built like the perfect dude”.

“You get next to someone like that and you think, Crap, I really have a lot of work to do.  I’m like, ‘Please, whatever you do, don’t put me in a scene with my shirt off next to this dude’.”

Something tells me the female fans of True Blood really don’t mind one bit!

Source:  Out Magazine

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