Carrie Preston Interview with True Blood Season 5 Teaser

January 13, 2012

Arlene Fowler’s Drama on Top Network TV shows:

Carrie Preston as Arlene FowlerSince HBO’s True Blood has been on hiatus, Carrie Preston, who plays the fiery Arlene Fowler, has been quite busy booking a number of roles on top network shows such as Law and Order: SVU and The Good Wife. She guest-starred in the SVU episode: “Educated Guess”, playing the aunt of a woman facing multiple troubles. On what drew her to the role:

“The showrunner for ‘SVU’ now is Warren Leight, and Warren is a playwright first and foremost even though he’s been doing television for so long. I would say about 8 or 9 years ago I did a play of his at Baltimore Centerstage… I would do anything for him. This came along, it just worked out schedule-wise and I liked the role… Like I said, I’ll work for Warren — I’ll go anywhere for him.”

According to TVLine, Preston will be back on The Good Wife later this year. On True Blood Season 5:

“There are a lot of new characters, as is always the case with ‘True Blood.’ You will get some quick answers right off the bat. The show is not going to leave you wondering about some of the cliffhangers.”

Truebies, any guesses as to what crazy Arlene will be up to next season?

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Carrie Preston’s Busy Schedule and Season 5 Hints

November 16, 2011

Preston in Bag of Hammers, Law & Order, The Good Wife:

Carrie Preston in The Good WifeCarrie Preston (Arlene Fowler to Truebies) has had a busy schedule while True Blood filming is on sabbatical.  She’s starring in a new film called Bag of Hammers with Jason Ritter and Amanda Seyfried, which she has described as a departure from her other roles as of late.  Her character is a single mom who is way over her head.  She has no money, a kid and no job prospects; naturally the role is “more serious, darker.”  The characters who play opposite her are “two slacker con-artists.  Young men who are really just boys… [who] by encountering my character and son… they grow up,” Preston says.  “In some ways, [the film is] a subversive look at alternative parenting.”  The theatrical release of the indie flick Bag of Hammers is set for this fall or winter.

On the small screen, Preston has guest starred on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (in which she plays the aunt of a rape victim) and a recurring role on The Good Wife.  On The Good Wife, Preston plays Alicia Florrick’s (Julianna Margulies) “slyly dithering lawyer” who is “ditsy like a fox.”  Preston plays Elsbeth Tascioni, the “scatterbrained genius” with a “quirky rhythm” says Ken Tucker of  Elsbeth returns (from the first season) to help Alicia out of a sticky situation with her expected-terrorist client.  The episode entitled “Executive Order 13224” aired November 6th.

Of her role, Preston said that she was delighted with the character’s ripening.  In this particular episode, we see her “struggle a little more.  We see a little more of her vulnerability.  It’s always a rare thing… to have a character that is so unique and specific [in such an auxiliary character]… instead of just a talking head.”  She credits  The Good Wife with the ability to write characters back into plots successfully.  “[They have] a wonderful revolving stable of characters that they continue to bring back… They tend to want to give everybody that comes on the show a real, fleshed out character.”  She asserts that this ability, among other great qualities, is what keeps the audience interested.

But what we all want to know is what she can reveal about True Blood‘s Season 5!  Shooting begins shortly after Thanksgiving, and after reading the first episode, she affirms that it is “up to the usual True Blood standards with epic proportions of new characters and drama and comedy.  You know, romance and everything else we’ve come to expect.”  About Season 4 cliffhangers she declares, “fans will definitely be satiated almost immediately,” but then, “of course, a million more questions will come up, and those will propel us through the rest of the season.”  The actors that will play the new characters are not known to her, yet.  On her story-line she reminds us that Terry’s war buddy, played by Scott Foley, is still around and we’re not sure how that will affect their home life.  Her response is as tight-lipped and spoiler-free as her cast mates’.  We’re reminded yet again that we’re going to have to wait for the premiere to learn just about ANYTHING… but the element of surprise is what keeps us interested, right?

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Carrie Preston Discusses Nudity and True Blood

November 3, 2011

HBO’s Fave Redhead Has a Secret:

Carrie Preston as Arlene Fowler Recently, Carrie Preston (busty redhead, Arlene Fowler, on HBO’s True Blood), was interviewed by Huffington Post’s ‘Naughty but Nice Rob.’ The topic was nudity.

While Arlene has not nuded up as often as some of the other cast members, it turned out there is a reason for that:

“I wouldn’t say no to it, but we have a little false advertising situation going on with me because they give me quite the bust line … It’s called a hydraulic lift [laughs]. No, they have several layers of chicken cutlets and bras but my character is larger than life, so that makes sense.”

Carrie went on to explain that she was the only ‘enhanced’ cast member, but was quick to point out that Alexander Skarsgård’s butt is all his.  Aren’t we all glad to hear that!

And what about the other constant in the show: blood? Well, that is actually made from colored syrup. And according to Preston, it tastes pretty darn good too!

Truebies, did any of you already know this secret?

Source: Huffington Post – Carrie Preston Talks Getting Naked on ‘True Blood’

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True Blood Season 4 Finale References Reality TV Star

September 16, 2011

A Teen Mom For Halloween? Why Not?

Arlene’s daughter Lisa Season 4 finaleTruebies may have thought Arlene’s daughter Lisa on the True Blood Season 4 finale was dressed as her pregnant mom for Halloween, but that was not the case, as we learned from her response to Sam:

“I’m Jenelle from ‘Teen Mom 2’.”

The MTV teen mom, Jenelle Evans, was surprised when she heard that she’d been named on the hit HBO series. She only found out that it occurred when fans started tweeting her about it. She tweeted her followers back, asking:

“Who is watching ‘True Blood‘ right now? What did they say about me?”

Evans thought it was weird and did not know why they would care enough about her to reference her on the show. Truebies, what did you think of the costume and shout out to the reality star?  Leave us a comment below.

Source: – ‘Teen Mom’ Jenelle Evans gets shout out on ‘True Blood’ finale

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True Blood’s Season 4 Finale Shocks Viewers

September 16, 2011

True Blood Finale Bloody Good or Just Bloody?

Sookie Cradles a Dying Tara in Her Arms HBO is famous for having some of the most extreme and riskiest shows on television. And what is True Blood most famous for? Being extremely bloody, that’s what. This season finale is no different. How did the finale end? In a bloody mess of course!

Many Truebies, including myself, aren’t happy with the weak way Marnie was dispatched. She stabbed and killed Jesus in order to acquire his brujo magic and then chained a shirtless Bill and Eric to burn at the stake when her reign of terror came to an end thanks to a number of Bon Temps ghosts led by Adele Stackhouse (Sookie’s Gran) and Antonia. Both joined together to convince Marnie to release her rage so she could rest in peace. I don’t know about you Truebies, but that seemed too easy to me.

Mark Roush, writer for TV Guide, said:

“With the Marnie dilemma ponderously resolved, and Gran’s Hallmark advice to Sookie (“Being alone… ain’t nothin’ to be afraid of”) interrupted by Eric’s droll “Excuse me, we’re feeling a little crispy up here,” there’s still half an episode to go. And does it ever pile it on.”

Sookie cuts both Bill and Eric out of her life making fans wonder if a certain were-tiger named Quinn will make an appearance next season.

What else happened on Sunday’s finale? Well, Steve Newlin appeared at Jason’s door bearing a nice set of shiny white fangs. Alcide discovered an empty hole in the cement garage where Russell Edgington was supposed to be entombed. While Sam was confronted by a snarling wolf, the ghost of Rene spooked Arlene by warning her that Terry’s new war buddy is up to no good. Nan Flanagan was staked by Bill just before Sookie was attacked by Debbie Pelt. Just when you think Debbie is going to shoot Sookie, Tara dives in front of her and is shot in the head. Sookie blows Debbie away and we are left with Sookie screaming for help as she cradles Tara’s lifeless body in her arms.

Is Tara dead? I guess we can’t believe anyone is dead, knowing True Blood’s infamous resurrections, until they are at least six feet under. Even then, considering the Russell Edgington situation, that’s barely a guarantee on True Blood.

Source Credit: TV Guide– Finale Review: HBO’s Sunday Night

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True Blood’s Fashion Critiqued

September 6, 2011

Check Out Bon Temps’ Most Fashionable Inhabitants:

The vampires of True Blood by Art Streiber/HBOThe Fug Girls rated Louisiana’s craziest town not on the vampire to human ratio or the number of werewolves per pack, but on its fashion sense. Since Bon Temps didn’t do too hot, I guess it makes sense that while the whole town is fighting witches and being terrified of being eaten by vampires, fashion doesn’t seem to be at the top of the necessities list. As Lafayette would say, bitch please. Ten is the best score and one is the worst score.

Sookie Stackhouse: 5

A girl cannot live on tiny frocks and booty shorts alone. We suggest Sookie Netflix the middle seasons of Buffy to learn how to incorporate more vampire-friendly separates into her wardrobe. As if she didn’t have enough to do — being the possessor of magical blood, and the beloved of nearly every supernatural man-creature within thirty miles – Sookie also sometimes has to, gasp, wait tables.

Bill Compton: 6

We are amused by Bill going full Men’s Warehouse on us, but… seriously, dude? A pinky ring? Leave Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny where he belongs.

Eric Northman: 4

He has spent this entire season dressed like he’s frozen in time as a college student shuffling to the dorm showers. Pull it together, dude, or at least invest in a hoodie with sleeves.

Pam de Beaufort: 9

Pam is perhaps the only person in the Bon Temps area who cares what she’s wearing. And, as such, she’s never met a dubious trend she didn’t try to resurrect (a Juicy sweat suit? Really?), which we imagine is because a century of shopping gets pretty boring after a while. Hello, the woman managed to pull off a red sequined jumpsuit last seen on the set of Dynasty, and she actually cares when viscera lands on her shoes.

Jason Stackhouse: 7

Naked man-abs are awfully effective when it comes to the ladies, which is generally his driving concern in life. When he’s not looking totally CHiPs in his snug police uniform and aviators, Jason wears solely jeans and T-shirts. And sometimes not even the T-shirts. Nor the jeans. (We’re not complaining.)

Tara Thornton: 5

Like Sookie, Tara could benefit from mixing it up on occasion. Bonus points, though, for being smart enough to always wear something she can run in, given that she tends to get kidnapped or held hostage, like, a lot. In fact, we should’ve listed that as one of her hobbies.

Sam Merlotte: 6

We appreciate a man who can rock a good pair of jeans, and indeed, along with a plaid shirt, that is basically all Sam wears. Except for when he’s a dog, at which point his lumberjack couture is too constricting. We like Sam’s Regular Guy look, but points off for the fact that you just know his clothes are mega-funky, given how he’s always taking them off in the woods and leaving them in the dirt while he turns into some animal or another. At least invest in a gym bag or some potpourri sachets.

Alcide Herveaux: 10

We don’t know what he does when he’s not walking around shirtless, and nor do we care. His abs? Don’t mess with perfection.

Jessica Hamby: 7

Any sundress in a ten-mile radius not in Sookie’s closet must therefore be found in Jessica’s. Her girlish aesthetic is totally appropriate given that she’s the vampire equivalent of a college freshman. This current season has seen her get a little, er, nastier, and with that, we’ve seen Jessica’s wardrobe swing slightly sexier — but only slightly. Most of the time, she could still pop into a sorority meeting without anyone batting an eye.

Hoyt Fortenberry: 4

Well, right now he’s depressed, so it’s mostly boxers in front of the TV. The rest of the time, Hoyt looks like he tripped and fell into the Old Navy warehouse. Poor Hoyt. Someone’s going to need to take this boy out for the time-honored post-break-up makeover and spruce him up a little.

Lafayette Reynolds: 8

Lafayette never met a head scarf he didn’t embrace. He may also be the only man in Bon Temps who’s familiar with the concept of premium denim. Yes, Lafayette is a campy, over-the-top dresser, but at least he commits. And he never makes us sad, even when he’s incubating the soul of a dead woman who may or may not be a demon baby-stealer, which is no small feat.

Arlene Fowler: 3

Oh, honey. We know your son might be possessed by an evil spirit (or something?) but there’s no excuse for that hair. Call Miss Clairol and make an appointment to return to planet Earth.

Maxine Fortenberry: 2

Maxine depends completely on the power of a well-deployed muumuu. In the absence of a muumuu, a housecoat is acceptable. Often accessorized by hair curlers. If it’s true that you only look as good as you feel, then Mrs. Fortenberry must feel terrible.

Source: Vulture – The Fug Girls Rate the True Blood Characters’ Fashion Sense

(Photo: Art Streiber/HBO)



Carrie Preston on Hookers, Mikey and Birthing Her Husband

August 31, 2011

Playing Arlene Fowler:

Carrie Preston, who plays Arlene Fowler in HBO's True BloodFans of HBO‘s True Blood all love red-headed Merlotte’s waitress, Arlene Fowler. In Season 4, we have seen her a little less perky and a lot more worried about having given birth to a possible devil child, Mikey. New York Magazine recently interviewed actor Carrie Preston about her latest role.

While Preston was convinced that the Mikey storyline is a portrayal of every parent’s worst fear, she still didn’t say outright that Mikey will turn out to be a normal child. She was glad to see, that with Mikey’s kidnapping (by a ghost-possessed Lafayette Reynolds), Arlene realized that she truly does love her new son:

“I think for Arlene, she’s just relieved to have the child back; any ambivalent feeling she had about the child went away once that fire happened and she realized just how much she loved him and was going to do whatever she could to protect him. What I think has been interesting about my character this season is it also kind of taps into every parent’s fear that they might be raising some kind of demon child. Not a literal one — but, What if I don’t know how to raise this child? Or what if this child winds up having problems that I can’t handle?

Recently, Vulture also interviewed Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds) who proclaimed that his terminology ‘Hooker’ comes from an old Southern usage of the word, and doesn’t literally mean a prostitute. Preston was asked if this was true. While, to a certain extent, it is, it turns out to be used more by folk from Alabama than those from Georgia (where she was raised).

Now, you may think that playing the mother to a possible demon-child is weird enough, but she has also played the mother of her off-screen husband, Michael Emerson, (who played Ben Linus, on Lost). It turns out that this idea was actually thought up by the actress herself:

“We thought it was hilarious. It was my crazy idea. I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be really fun if I got to play your mom when they do your flashback?’ He jokingly mentioned it to the producers. A week later, I was giving birth to him in the jungle.”

Preston has also appeared in many other TV shows, including: The Good Wife, Sex and the City and Arrested Development. Her resume is incredibly vast, True Blood is incredibly lucky to have such a talented actor on board.

Make sure you check out the full Vulture interview by clicking on the link below, and share your thoughts with us!

Source: New York MagazineTrue Blood’s Carrie Preston on Ghosts, Her Favorite TV Redhead, and Being Married to Lost’s Ben Linus

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Carrie Preston, True Blood’s Arlene, Dishes to TV Fanatic

August 4, 2011

Carrie Preston Talks Behind the Scenes with a Baby:

Carrie Preston (True Blood’s Arlene Fowler) Stunning in Blue Off Shoulder Dress

Recently, TV Fanatic spoke with Carrie Preston, who plays Arlene Fowler on True Blood.  Carrie dishes about last week’s True Blood episode, “I Wish I Was the Moon“, where Arlene’s suspicions about baby Mikey being possessed escalate when her house burns down.

Overall, Arlene has stepped into the spotlight more than ever this season. She labels the baby arc as “very exciting and fun,” although it “presents challenges.” Such as?

There’s often someone with a squeaky toy standing behind the camera.

“Acting with a baby is not something that comes naturally,” Preston said. “They’re really good babies, but they’re babies nonetheless.”

During the interview Carrie drops a spoiler about the mysterious woman baby Mikey saw outside the house when it was on fire and he was found wandering in the grass! Don’t click on the link if you don’t want to be spoiled but if you don’t mind a few teasers, go and read the rest of the interview at the TV Fanatic!

Contribution Credit: TV Fanatic

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Video: New True Blood Season 4 Waiting Sucks Teaser

April 18, 2011

Latest Clip Features Terry and Arlene:

New True Blood Waiting Sucks teaser features Terry BellefleurHBO has released the newest teaser in its Waiting Sucks campaign, which showcases an evening scene in the home of Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) and Arlene Fowler (Carrie Preston). In what looks like a typical family evening of doing chores and napping on the couch while watching TV, something dark and ominous is actually transpiring in the background. Watch the clip below.

What do you think Truebies? Is it just season four witchery or has Rene sent Arlene a spooky message from the other side about Terry accepting their unborn child as his own?

Source: HBO
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Spoiler: True Blood’s Lindsay Pulsipher Dishes on Season 4

April 13, 2011

Crystal Norris to Reveal it All?

Lindsay Pulsipher as Crystal Norris in True BloodWe’re still weeks away from Season 4 of True Blood, but luckily there’s no shortage of spoilers for die hard fans! Recently, Eonline‘s Marc Malkin caught up with Lindsay Pulsipher at the Humane Society’s Genesis Awards in Los Angeles. And while she wouldn’t reveal much, when asked if we’d be seeing her “au natural” this season, and if so would it be a scene with Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) Lindsay replied with a laugh:

“Let’s just say that is water under the bridge. That’s all that I could give you.”

Lindsay went on to talk about the two amazing panthers used on the show.

“They’re great, but you can’t really touch them. The trainers have really strict rules about what you can and can’t do. They’re just so majestic and so silently powerful.”

Eonline also caught up with True Blood’s Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler) at the Awards. And much like Lindsay, she was tightlipped.

“I can’t say anything other than it’s bigger and crazier than ever. You know, we went pretty far even in the pilot, but somehow they go farther and farther and keep it going.”

Sounds like a crazy Season 4 is in store for fans and we cannot wait!


Source: – True Blood: New Season, New Naked Star

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