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

July 18, 2014 by  

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

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