Trammell on Merlotte: Sam’s Season 5 on True Blood

September 12, 2012

The Actor Talks About “Super” Hate-Crimes and Copious Nudity

Sam Trammell as Sam Merlotte in HBO's True BloodNoting that Sam Merlotte is probably leading the cast in number of nude scenes, Details‘ writer Mike Ayers joked with Sam Trammell at the beginning of August about the season’s biggest events, Trammell’s childhood in Appalachia and the South, and being a shifter.

This season, viewers were given a simultaneous visual feast on Trammell’s acting chops and hindquarters.  His character has shifted  *wink* from a major softy to man-on-a-mission against shifter-haters.  He reminds us,

[Sam’s] two friends who were shape-shifters got shot. Then he got shot. Then Luna got shot. You get mad when you get shot. I say they shot us because of who we are, a hate crime, pretty much—at least to Sam. You can see the good ol’ boys that were doing it, that it wasn’t random, that it was specifically because of who I am.

These life-mirrors are what make True Blood so riveting, in my opinion.  The reality of  public ignorance is made apparent through fantastic(al) metaphor. Pure genius. And we get some man-butt (which Trammell jokingly has said to have “developed an eating disorder” to maintain in order to keep up with the likes of super-cut Kwanten and Manganiello.)

For more shifter-loving dish, read the full DETAILS interview here.

Source: – “True Blood” Actor Sam Trammell Talks Vamps, Shifters and Nude Scenes

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)



Joe Manganiello Dishes on “Magic Mike” and the “Season of the Werewolf”

March 2, 2012

 A Werewolf Stripper?

Joe Manganiello Scream Awards 2011As fans eagerly await the return of True Blood’s Season 5 this summer, Joe Manganiello seems to be the most prolific celebrity spoiler for the show.  It has been noted that if we were to call season four the season of the witch, season five will be the season of the werewolf.  That means a whole host of hot new werewolf cast members.  Manganiello told Access Hollywood correspondent Tim Vincent (at GQ’s Men of the Year Party in LA) that he’s looking forward to the season.  Last season, Alcide “helped end the reign – and life – of packmaster Marcus… and actress Dale Dickey recently joined the cast as Marcus’ – presumably grieving – mom.”

Manganiello said:

 “I can’t wait to work with her (Dale Dickey) and I think there’s gonna be some werewolves who are gonna give Alcide some trouble this season, as well.  I’m anxious to see who they’ll cast.”

The actor has revealed that he’s on par with the fans in wanting to see his character bump nasties with Paquin’s.  “Alcide likes Sookie a whole heck of a lot.  She’s single, Alcide’s single… I totally want to see them hook up.”  Apparently, Manganiello’s mother is a big Paquin fan as well, and wants to see her son’s character “find love with Bon Temps’ fairy-waitress.”

He also raved about the disastrous return of Russell Edgington.  “I love Denis O’Hare,” he said.  “Him coming back – it’s not good for Alcide, but it’s definitely good for the show.”

Finally, in a separate interview with Access Hollywood, Manganiello spoke about his role in the new, star-studded, male-stripper movie “Magic Mike” in which he plays Big Dick Richie (Gasp! Drool.)  While the movie was “loosely inspired by Channing Tatum’s own past,” the actors were treated to lessons from the likes of Britney Spears’ choreography team.  “Body rolls, some hip stuff,” Manganiello mentioned.  His costars include Matthew McConaughey, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodriguez, and Alex Pettyfer.

I personally am waiting with bated breath for the release of this film (in post-production) along with the return of True Blood, of course.  Who’s with me? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, and check out the two full interviews that I have listed as sources if you need anything juicier.


Access Hollywood “Magic Mike”

Access Hollywood “Werewolves”

Photo: Spike TV


Does Alexander Skarsgård Get Fatherly Advice?

January 15, 2012

Stellan Skarsgård Speaks Briefly About His Son’s Career:

Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård in MelancholiaStellan Skarsgård (father of True Blood’s sexy viking vampire, Alexander Skarsgård, otherwise known as Eric Northman) sat down with Mike Ryan of to talk about his roles in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor, his dissatisfaction with The Avengers and his apparently famous scarf in Good Will Hunting.  During the interview he stated:

“I never help my kids and I never encourage them and I never give them any advice.”

He thinks it’s up to them to make a name for themselves.  I found his laissez-faire attitude kind of surprising when you think about other celebrity families who have successful parents whose children also become famous.

Speaking of famous children, he shares his guess as to how his son, Alexander Skarsgård, came to be known in the States, by way of his role in Zoolander:

“Yeah. I wasn’t even involved in it. So he probably met my agent and that’s how it happened — and suddenly he’s on fire at a gas station.”

Skarsgård also mentioned that he doesn’t keep up with the True Blood seasons.  He tunes in every once in awhile, enjoys the writing, but doesn’t have time to follow it.  This came as another surprise to me considering the show’s obsessive fan base.  I think it’s a bit funny that I watch the show religiously, but the father of one of the main actors couldn’t care less.  At least that was my impression. Although he does think:

“It’s very well written. And I think Alexander is having a lot of fun doing it.”

Truebies, check out the interview here and let me know if you agree with my conclusions in the comments section!


Photo: Melancholia/Zentropa Entertainments



Kristin Bauer Gasps at Sight of New True Blood Script

December 28, 2011

Pam Reveals Details of Premiere Episode

Kristin Bauer van Straten HBO promo S4We’ve known for a little while now that the title of True Blood’s Season 5 premiere episode  is “Turn, Turn, Turn.” According to Kristin Bauer van Straten, it’s rather poignant.  On October 26, she told that after she read the script twice, she thought:

Oh my god, [the title’s] perfect!  It’s so brilliant how each storyline, from where it left off at the end of last year, hits a major fork in the road that we’re launched into for the first episode of the new season. It’s very exciting. It left me wanting more so badly, and my only option was to read it again. These writers are really amazing.

She was, of course, tight-lipped about any juicy details, but when asked if there are any big changes for Pam, she laughed wickedly at the interviewer.  I suppose that’s about as good a hint as any that watchers can expect from the cast.

With seemingly endless months to go until the premiere, what big changes do you want to see in the new season? Let us know your wish list in the comments section!  Happy new year everyone!

Source: – ‘True Blood’ Season 5 Scoop: Kristin Bauer Reveals ‘Major Fork In The Road’

(Photo Credit: HBO Inc.)


True Blood Stars on Cover of SFX Magazine

December 19, 2011

November Issue Features the Undead:

True Blood SFX cover November 2011SFX magazine, a British, science fiction-based publication, displays some favorite True Blood actors on the cover of their November issue — Anna PaquinStephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård.
Among other expositions on the latest undead junctures, SFX celebrated the return of True Blood to UK airwaves with an article on the 20 things they love about the show and feature (in true British style) “civilized chats” with Moyer, Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer van Straten.

If anyone can find the article, let us know if it’s worth a gander in the comments section.

Source: SFX


Spoiler: Christopher Meloni on True Blood Season 5 Cast!

December 14, 2011

Gorgeous Star of OZ and Law and Order: SVU Joining S5!

Christopher MeloniBetter news could not have rocked my Wednesday morning/week/month.  I’m overjoyed, like a gay kid on Christmas who just received his first Judy Garland album, to hear that Christopher Meloni, the hunk from OZ and SVU, will be joining the True Blood cast as a regular in in Season 5.  I’ve loved Christopher Meloni, as apparently many queers have, since his frequent nudity and depiction of man-on-man love aired in HBO’s series OZ.  In the 90s, you’ll remember, “the world was a lot different… There was no Glee, men didn’t kiss on camera, but Chris Meloni did.”  He also played a doofy, but always sexy in cutoff jean shorts, camp chef in Wet Hot American Summer (alongside Paul Rudd and Janeane Garofalo.)

Alan Ball revealed that Meloni’s character will be “an ancient, powerful vampire who holds the fate of Bill and Eric in his hands.”  Awesome! I can’t wait to see the strapping Meloni exude his impressive sexiness all over the screen.  I’ve missed him in the cast of SVU since he left.  The show is seriously lacking since the oft quick-tempered, Elliott Stabler’s upper-hand is missing, but I couldn’t be happier that he’s joining the cast of True Blood.  The thought of his empirical comfortability with nudity for HBO is sending me into wild True Blood fantasies involving Bill and Eric… Fans can also wait, with bated breath I’m sure, for the new Superman movie to be released in 2013 that will feature Meloni.

Below is a tamed, YouTube version of some of Meloni’s gay scenes from OZ. Racier ones can be found elsewhere.  😉

Truebies, let’s hear about how excited this news makes you in the comments section!

Sources:, YouTube



Video: Joe Manganiello Joins Funny or Die’s Satirists

December 9, 2011

The Beefcake Makes Us Laugh:

Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux)Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux on True Blood) must have a funny bone in his rippling, epically-muscled body.  He’s teamed up with Funny or Die to give fans a spoof trailer of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” a film set to debut December 21 based on a book with the same name.

Check out the video below (hilariously titled “The Girl with the Tramp Stamp Tattoo;” trashy, 20-something, female stereotypes ensue) and share the laughs in the comment section.  While his character doesn’t say much in the clip, my favorite line is “Oh God.” The delivery and tone proves flawless.

The Girl With The Tramp Stamp Tattoo from Emma Roberts

Source: Funny or Die

Photo: HBO


Denis O’Hare of True Blood Co-Wrote “An Iliad”

December 8, 2011

His Play to be Performed in Chicago Until December 11:

Denis O’Hare (True Blood’s Russell Edgington)The actor who plays our delightfully villainous Russell Edgington in True Blood and the pernicious, grotesque and suspicious Larry on FX’s American Horror Story has another trick up his sleeve: he’s co-written a play based on Robert Fagle’s English translation of Homer’s infamous Trojan War epic, The Iliad, with respected director Lisa Peterson.

Since 2005, the two have crafted “An Iliad” into a one-man show, out of the epic, that originally opened in 2010.  O’Hare has not acted in it so far, due to his TV/film commitments, but plans to alternate with the lead star (Stephen Spinella from Angels in America and Spring Awakening) in the New York Theatre Workshop’s run beginning in February 2012.  In the Chicago production, currently running at the Court Theatre, “The Poet”, here played by Timothy Edward Kane (The Illusion, Rock ’n’ Roll) was cast by the Court’s artistic director Charles Newell.

“Our hope is by the end of the evening that you not only understand something about the impulse, or as the text says ‘this rage contained within all of us,’ but also how we have a choice with what we do with those emotions,” Newell said, adding that the actor Kane “is just turning himself inside-out emotionally in a very exposed and dangerous performance that I think will have some real impact.”

O’Hare is a Michigan-native, graduate of Northwestern and was first seen on stage in Chicago before moving to New York and acting in productions of “Cabaret,” “Assassins,” and “Sweet Charity.”  He won a Tony award for his performance in Richard Greenberg’s gay baseball drama, “Take Me Out.”

An Iliad continues through December 11 at the Court Theatre, 5535 S. Ellis. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturdays and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $40-$60 for the regular run. Call 773-753-4472 or visit

O’Hare, Peterson and Newell discuss much more in an interview (which discusses the play, O’Hare’s personal life, etc.) in the Windy City Times and I would highly suggest all Truebies check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section!

Source: Windy City Times



Winning the Heart of True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård

November 29, 2011

ASkar Gives Us a How-To in December’s Elle UK:

Alexander Skarsgård Elle UKLadies –and all delusional queers like myself– apparently all you need to do to win over this heart-throb is compliment his acting (instead of his indubitable good looks.  According to Skarsgård, “Vanity is suicide for an actor.  Your creativity will die if you focus on looking good”) and obsess over the Hammarby Fotboll Club.  (I’m Googling all things Hammarby in the adjacent browser tab as I write this… Swedish soccer players, you say? Double-yum.)

Skarsgård is featured next month in Elle UK and writer Tim Teeman sat down with the Nordic god-of-a-man for the interview.  In it, readers can relish in the actor’s mini-bio details, e.g. he started acting at age 7 but didn’t appreciate the overzealous attention he received after The Dog That Smiled.  From there he joined the Swedish Royal Navy for a year and a half, toyed briefly with the idea of becoming an architect at Leeds Metropolitan University (but spent most of his time drinking instead of studying) before deciding to return to acting.  His big break came from Zoolander, but his major fame has stemmed from his role as Eric Northman on HBO‘s True Blood.

He’s not only gracing the small screen (i.e. Generation Kill, 2008 mini-series) with his talents, though.  His film career is w(h)etting our –let’s say– appetites, as well.  Most recently released, in Straw Dogs, Skarsgård plays a tenacious, rural ex-boyfriend.  His object of obsession and tight-grip is on urban Kate Bosworth‘s (who Skarsgård dated through July ’11) character who is involved with the character played by James Marsden.  The film is a remake of a 1971 movie of the same name and includes a powerful and violent rape scene between Skarsgård and Bosworth’s character that was “tough for us all.”  Before that but also released this year, he played in Melancholia with Kiefer Sutherland, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg.  He just wrapped up filming an adaptation of Henry James’ What Maisie Knew this summer.

About his personal love life, the 35 year-old Swede is not stressing.  He likes being in relationships and he likes being single.  He says that it’s possible to be happy or miserable in either situation, but obviously he’d rather be happy.  He loves cooking, traveling, and because he comes from a family with six younger siblings, eventually wants kids.  He says that a lot of girls want him to bite them (no surprise there… I’d let him take a chomp of anything of mine) but, “I can’t [bite them] because I’ll end up doing it for the next thirty years.  There will be no biting,” he says. (Darnitall!)  However, the message he does want to send to all Elle readers: “Tell them I will marry them all.” So that’s it, I’m moving to California where it’s legal.

So Truebies: if you can get your hands on Elle UK, do it! You can check out the linked interview here, or click on the pictures below for the full story and let us know what you think in our comments section!

Elle UK Skarsgård scan          Elle UK Skarsgård scan 2









Sources: Elle UK and



Video: Joe Manganiello Reveals His Love for True Blood

November 20, 2011

Yorkshire Terriers, Love Squares, and Werewolves, Oh My!

Joe Manganiello as True Blood’s AlcideIn a recent interview, Emma Roberts, an Entertainment Reporter for MSN Entertainment, spoke with the statuesque Joe Manganiello about his role as Alcide Herveaux on HBO‘s True Blood.  At 6’5″ and 225 lbs, Manganiello is not only a beefy hunk of a man, but as Roberts notes, is charming and adorable.  When Alcide growls, Manganiello revealed that he’s channelling his 8 lb Yorkshire Terrier when Hercules (how effing sexy is a big man with a tiny dog named Hercules?) is threatened with the prospect of losing his pig-ear treat. If you weren’t swooning over Joe before, now would be a good time to start.

What Manganiello loves, and what audiences love about his role as Alcide, is what we love about dogs: “he’s very loyal, he has a big heart; no matter all the bad things that happen to him, he keeps coming back.”  And why does Alcide originally fall for Sookie?  She smells good.  (I wish he’d sniff me out!)

About the forming love square between his character, Sookie Stackhouse, Bill Compton and Eric Northman, Manganiello surmises,

“My character offers something very different to the other two vampire suitors – he can go out with Sookie during the day, take her to tea, go to the beach. So they can do other things in the daylight that the others can’t.”

He adds that vampires can be “savage and duplicitous.” Whereas werewolves can also be savage, “Alcide in particular has a very strong moral code which isn’t necessarily present in the other characters on the show.”  He articulates that Alcide has fallen for Sookie because she has a spunk, an energy of light; when he’s forced to take her into the underground world of werewolves in Season 3, he feels inclined to protect her and those feelings never disappear.

Truebies, if you want to enjoy Manganiello’s delightful personality in video form, watch the full interview below and let us know what you think in the Comments section!

<a href='' target='_new' title='MSN exclusive interview: Joe Manganiello talks True Blood'>Video: MSN exclusive interview: Joe Manganiello talks True Blood</a>

Source: MSN UK TV

Photo: HBO


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