True Blood’s Andy at Word Theatre’s 10th Anniversary

November 13, 2011

Chris Bauer Partakes in the Storytelling:

Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) It appears that actor Chris Bauer, who plays Sheriff Andy Bellefleur on HBO’s True Blood, is spending his time supporting a very good cause.

Bauer was one of 200 guests to attend the 10th anniversary party and benefit for Word Theatre, hosted recently by Word Theatre’s artistic director Cedering Fox.  The event marked the celebration of 10 years of literary and artistic genius.  Fox describes the motivation behind Word Theatre as:

“…trying to ignite a new generation of literature fans, we bring stories to life, we give voice to great writing.”

The event was not only in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Word Theatre, but it was also a benefit in an effort to “help bring Word Theatre into Title I schools, which are largely attended by students from low-income backgrounds”.

Chris Bauer is not alone in the pursuit to support such a worthy cause:

“For over a decade the storytelling salon has fused the literary and theatrical worlds in Los Angeles with monthly events at which established actors such as Ed Harris, Forest Whitaker and Minnie Driver perform the works of fiction writers such as Rick Moody, T.C. Boyle and Mona Simpson over dinner in an intimate supper-club setting. In recent years, Word Theatre has expanded its reach, with monthly salons in New York and periodic events in London. All evenings are recorded and repackaged on CDs sold through Harper Collins Audio.”

Chris Bauer Word Theater (LA Times)

Word Theatre allows artists to be creative and bring to life the art of traditional storytelling. It is a breath of fresh air to hear that good old fashioned storytelling hasn’t completely vanished from the world we live in today.

Source: www.latimes.com

Photo Credits: zimbio.com (Bauer Griffin) and Los Angeles Times (Deborah Vankin)

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True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur Finally Catches a Break

October 8, 2011

The Sheriff’s Hawaiian Vacation:

Chris Bauer, True Blood’s Andy BellefleurAfter watching the tumultuous ending to season four of True Blood, it’s clear that every person on that show could use a nice, long vacation. One person that is finally getting theirs in a big way is Chris Bauer. Now that he’s kicked the V habit, our favorite sheriff is off to the set of the revamped Hawaii Five-0 to film a guest spot on an upcoming episode.

Though the show is a popular crime drama, Bauer will be on the other side of the law this time around. He will guest star as the manager of an off-shore oil rig who runs into trouble when one of his men turns up murdered.

Tune in Monday nights at 10/9c on CBS to see how Bauer fares as a suspect in the popular show.

Source: Vulture – A True Blood Star Will Vacation on Hawaii Five-O

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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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True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur on Becoming an Addict

August 25, 2011

Chris Bauer Talks About Serious Subject Matter:

Chris Bauer is Sheriff Andy BellefleurSeason 4 of True Blood has showed that the inhabitants of Bon Temps, Louisiana have been stuck in stickier situations than when we saw them in the season 3 finale. While True Blood has multiple comedic scenes, it is also famous for depicting serious subject matter—and for Sheriff Andy Bellefleur, that serious subject matter is addiction.

Chris Bauer, who plays V addict Andy Bellefleur, said:

“As soon as Season 4 opened, it was pretty obvious he was deep into the effects of vampire blood. I think he’s been at it pretty hardcore for a while.”

In reference to the V addiction storyline, Bauer laughs and adds,

“I may be testing yours and a lot of the audience’s patience. But I think most of those consequences are to himself. For better or worse, [Andy] is a guy who has a pretty solitary life. There’s only so many people he can affect. Over four seasons, it’s become really obvious that his solitude is mostly his own doing. He doesn’t really engender himself positively to anybody and it’s in spite of his desire because all he wants to do is belong to something special.”

Bauer’s character has almost been unrecognizable this season thanks to his out of control V addiction and probably needs the love of a good woman to solve his problems. Bauer agreed, saying he couldn’t think of anything better. Also, Andy Bellefleur doesn’t know that King Bill Compton is actually an ancestor of his. Will he find out? Bauer said, “I hope he will find out about it because it’s just one of those moments that would be a shame to waste.”

What do you say, Truebies? Is it time for Andy to overcome his addiction, or has he not hit rock bottom yet?  Do you think he’ll snap when he finds out he’s related to Bill?  Share your thoughts with us below!

Source: Zap2it – ‘True Blood’s’ Chris Bauer: ‘Andy as a portrait of an addict is pretty accurate’

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Chris Bauer, True Blood’s Andy Bellefleur, Talks V Addiction

June 26, 2011

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Chris Bauer

Chris Bauer, the talented actor that plays frustrated hero, Andy Bellefleur, in HBO‘s hit series True Blood sat down and talked to The Fix last week and they’ve just released the interview. In the interview, Chris talks about his admiration for the True Blood writers, where he sees Andy coming from and how he portrays him as an actor. When talking about Andy’s attraction to V, Chris says:

His entire personality—namely his visible externals—are completely consistent with an alcoholic make up. At the end of season three, he finds out vampire blood has all the properties, and I think it’s evident that he was immediately intrigued. In some previous episodes, he had sworn off alcohol for life but vampire blood isn’t alcohol, which is so often the thought process of people who transfer addictions. All it took was one little drop for him to fall head first into the hole.

The interview is an interesting read. It’s clear that Chris is a thoughtful guy who doesn’t want to impose his views on anyone. For him, and Alan Ball, True Blood is about entertainment first and social commentary second, or perhaps even third; although many True Blood fans see it the other way around. Check out the rest of the article at The Fix.

Credit: The Fix

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Chris Bauer Talks About True Blood Season 4

May 25, 2011

News From Swamp Land:

True Blood's Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur)As fans of HBO’s True Blood begin the countdown for the season premiere, we begin to wonder what is in store for this small town in swampy Louisiana. In a recent interview Chris Bauer, who plays Andy Bellefleur, talks about the new season, his “new” family, and whether or not he will be taking the “naked” plunge like so many of his castmates.

Family Ties:

At the end of Season 3, viewers saw sheriff Andy undergo some struggles that usually led him to a few bottles of beer at the local bar, Merlotte’s. When asked if in Season 4 Andy would find other ways to cure his ailing, Chris proudly said that Andy would take things one day at a time. It is also known that this season will introduce his sister Portia, who is both beautiful and will also allow the viewers to see a different side of Andy. Seeing Andy as a family man and how he interacts with his sister, and the dynamic between the two of them will be very interesting for the viewers. Will Andy be ready to step up and take his town back under control? Is he ready to be a good sheriff? Says Chris:

“Andy IS a good sheriff.  Think about what’s on his plate.  It’s a supernatural smorgasbord.  The fact that Bon Temps’ citizens lock their doors at night has nothing to do with the crime rate, which is probably relatively low considering that when the sun goes down, the place is a playground for the other world. Seriously though, one of the things I like about True Blood is how it plays with perceptions.  Andy’s flaws have always certainly been out in the open, and that makes him an obvious target for scorn and criticism. But all in all, he’s a full-on dedicated public servant.  He’s very serious about his civic duty and does whatever he can to fulfill it, to the complete detriment of his personal life.  And his ego is entirely connected to his job performance.  It’s certainly not in his fashion sense.  As far as I’m concerned, the fact that Merlotte’s closes each night without a bar fight is proof enough that he’s a good sheriff.”

Boxers or Briefs:

If it were up to Chris Bauer there would be a new love interest in Andy’s life this season, but sadly wishing it were true is not enough to actually make it happen.  The question was raised, as it is with most actors on True Blood, when will we see Andy in his skivvies. Chris wants to remind America that he is 44 years old!

“Does anyone really want to see that?  Though I’d welcome the chance to remind America what a real 44-year-old man looks like, I’d still have to be naked in front of strangers, wouldn’t I?  And have you seen the gentlemen I work with?  If I didn’t see them with my own eyes, I’d think they were computer-generated.  I work out five days a week, how come I still have a double chin? I guess that’s beside the point. There are plenty of people who think I’m hot, and I’ve met them both personally. Bring it on, I’ll show ya what I got.”

He also wanted to say that if given the choice, he would most likely choose to be like Joe Manganiello. Joe plays the hunky werewolf Alcide that steamed onto our screens last season. Is there a limit to how many hunky guys this show can have?

Brotherly Love:

Chris discusses his other castmate Ryan Kwanten. He plays the dopey but extremely hot Jason Stackhouse. During last season, Andy and Jason were caught up hiding the fact that Jason shot Eggs, and Jason was using this tidbit to con Andy into a job at the Sheriff’s office. According to Chris, the fact that Jason was the one who really shot Eggs is old news and won’t be rehashed during season four, but the relationship between the two of them does grow.

“Andy’s relationship with Jason is fantastic and authentic. They have chemistry but are very different folks, just like Ryan and I. So how it will develop is less clear than the fact that it WILL develop. They’ve always had a lot to learn from each other, and their roles reverse all the time. Both guys can surprise you, and it’s one of the testaments to how good the writing on True Blood is that both guys do surprise you.”

Things Yet to Come:

When asked if he will remain “human”, he answered saying that he is going to take one for the humans and for now continue to battle the good fight staying human. Since most viewers have heard that this season will be focusing on witches, it is good to know that no matter what type of crime there is out there Andy will not be far. He does say that this is the season that he has so far loved the most mainly because of the surprises that are in store for viewers but also because there are some “funny and moving” parts to the writing. His most memorable moments on set:

“We work so much at night. There have been many nights over the last four years where it’s been three in the morning and my cast mates and I are crowded around a space heater in the middle of a forest or back lot telling jokes and giggling like we were at a sleepover. Some of the people on the show — Carrie Preston, Sam Trammell — I’ve known for 10 or 15 years. We started together in New York. It’s been really gratifying sharing this with them. Others like Michelle Forbes, Bill Sanderson, have been great company season to season. The people have been the highlight of this experience.”

Well said Chris! We can’t wait to see what Andy has in store for us this season. It is so exciting to say that we are almost to the month countdown of the True Blood season premiere on June 26th!

Sources: wetpaint–  Exclusive! True Blood’s Chris Bauer Dishes on Sheriff Andy’s Love Life and Nude Scenes

wetpaint– Will Sheriff Andy Turn Supernatural? True Blood’s Chris Bauer Talks Season 4 – Wetpaint Exclusive!

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Andy Bellefleur’s New Guns

April 24, 2011

Jim Parrack is afeard!

Jim Parrack @ Paley 2011 (David Livingston/Stringer)In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Jim Parrack, the actor who plays our lovable Hoyt Fortenberry, gave us the scoop on one of his co-stars.  Apparently, Chris Bauer (Detective Andy Bellefleur), unveiled something interesting at a recent work meeting — his buff new bod!

“Chris came into a table reading a couple weeks ago and he had on his cop uniform, and I stood up and I said, ‘I would actually do what this cop says to do,’ because Chris’s muscles were just popping.  I’m not kidding, he got fit. Chris’ll whoop all of our asses now.”

It’s only fitting that Andy should be extra prepared for whatever supernatural baddie may come his way.  He’s going to need all the help he can get this season!

Any fans of Chris Bauer out there?  Are you excited to see him and his new ‘gunshow’?

Source: WetPaint.com – Jim Parrack Says Get Ready for Buff Andy Bellefleur

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Inside True Blood Season 4: On Set with Sam Trammell

March 16, 2011

On Location

The Inside True Blood blog posted another season 4 update written by Gianna Sobol assistant to True Blood creator Alan Ball. This post talks about Sam Trammell who plays Sam Merlotte. Gianna took us behind the scenes of season 4 and got a report from Sam, who was shooting on location with Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur). Sam was quoted as saying about the picture:

“It was too cold to sit that day.  We were standing by the heaters.”

Source: Inside True Blood Blog – Sam Trammell’s Location Report

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Edited by: Shanea O’Connor

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True Blood at PaleyFest 2011: A Fan’s Perspective

March 15, 2011

Wow! I went to PaleyFest 2011’s True Blood panel, and I’m still blown away by how amazing it was! It felt like the entire cast was there (all major characters were well represented), including the brains behind the show, Alan Ball. I should also mention that this Paley Fest panel actually took place at Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, rather than at the actual Paley Center, which has far fewer seats.

The panel started late, and opened with a clip package from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Those of us in the audience who are/were Buffy fans cheered and clapped at this, since it can be argued that True Blood is the vampire show that took Buffy’s place on television and in film history. Afterwards, Alan came back to the podium to share a special clips package from True Blood seasons 1, 2, 3, and a special unfinished clip from season 4! The clip featured Jessica, Pam, Hoyt, and followers from the Fellowship of the Sun who were protesting in front of Fangtasia. Hoyt was a good boyfriend and defended himself, Jessica, and their relationship to the protesters. He told them that he felt he was a better Christian than they were because of the love in his heart, rather than the hatred. It was a beautiful scene, and I can’t wait to see the finished version when Season 4 finally begins this summer!

Right after that, the panel and it’s attendees were announced. My ears are still ringing from all the cheering for the cast! As shown in order in the photo below, there are 18 total people on stage. From left to right, they are: the moderator of the panel, Alan Ball, Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Marshall Allman (Tommy Mickens), Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur), Carrie Preston (Arlene Fowler), Todd Lowe (Terry Bellefleur), Jim Parrack (Hoyt Fortenberry), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam de Beaufort), and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux). Please click on the image of the cast to see a larger, cleaner version.

A majority of the panel focused on basic questions and answers, though lots of detail came out about the stars, their characters, and the future of True Blood. One of my favorite moments was when the actors all shared about their most embarrassing/awkward fan encounters, and Joe once again shared his story about a fan who asked him to lick her. Though the debacle has been shared before, the way in which Joe presented it had the audience groaning, laughing, and in my case, blushing furiously while trying not to laugh. Another favorite was Chris Bauer’s story, which ended up being a case of someone who didn’t recognize him, but instead told him that he had bird excrement on his back while at lunch with his wife. The audience howled at the story!

The story that I most appreciated came from Anna Paquin, and it wasn’t so much of a story as an experience she’s had several times over. Anna described how amused she is by fans who come over to say hi to her and Stephen Moyer, only to ogle Stephen and then pretend to be interested in Anna as well. Anna made the audience smile appreciatively after saying that she totally understands and is actually pretty okay with fans ogling her husband.

Several spoilers were spilled, and a couple of my favorites were very minor. When the moderator asked each actor who they hadn’t worked with yet but wanted to, Rutina and Kristin said that Tara and Pam should meet. Alan Ball confirmed that Sookie’s best friend and Eric’s right hand woman will meet in Season 4. The audience was ecstatic from the news and the cheers echoed quite a bit in the theatre! Once confirmed, Rutina and Kristin looked at each other and smiled.

Another spoiler I liked came from a question about what animals will be seen in Season 4. Of course, some are obvious, like dogs, wolves, and a few panthers. One that’s not so common? An alligator. When Alan confirmed that particular new creature, I was stunned to say the least. It leaves me curious as to why it might be important to the series.

One other comment made in the panel really made me think. When a fan asked if Bill and Sookie are still soul mates after everything that’s happened, the response was yes, but it will take a long time for them to get back together. While continuing to answer the question, Alan referred to Bill’s actions against Sookie as a “perceived” betrayal. That definitely leaves the show open to possibly have a flashback where we see what happened from Bill’s point of view, rather than just seeing what happened to Sookie and her take on it.

Aother sort-of non spoiler was about Jessica and Hoyt. We knew their relationship wouldn’t be easy (which was shown by that special clip aired at the panel), but I’ll be very upset if anything happens to them. I find them to be one of my favorite couples on True Blood, and they’re just so cute together!

Of course, a lot more was said, with hints for fans to not expect to see Niall yet (my fingers are remaining crossed that David Bowie will somehow play the part), more clues about Arlene’s evil baby, new shifters on the horizon, and some very important wiccans. Season 4 is going to be awesome!

To get a bit of a feel of what the panel was really like, check out this video clip that the Paley Center posted on their website:

Anyways, after the panel closed, fans rushed the stage to talk to the stars and get autographs. I became trapped in the throng, which was quite uncomfortable, but I did get to talk to Carrie Preston about her film That’s What She Said and tell her how excited I am to see it when it comes out. I also spoke to Todd Lowe as well as Alexander Skarsgard for a moment (he was very sweet to everyone and stayed later than almost all of the stars who were signing). Just when I figured that I couldn’t have any more luck, Sam Trammell came over and I got to speak with him as well!

As always, I came with gifts for a few members of the cast, but I was unable to deliver them to the stars by hand. Instead, one of the people at HBO took them from me and handed them out backstage. Kristin Bauer confirmed that she got my gifts, so I hope that everyone else did too.

I gave Kristin a pillow I created that was inspired by her character, Pam. (Though you can’t see it, the actual pillow within is made of a black fabric with silver spider webs on it in honor of Pam’s tough-as-nails-persona. The pink case is in honor of Pam’s favorite color.) I also gave Kristin a t-shirt I’d made previously that says Ravenscroft/Stackhouse 2012 on the front and ‘Pam for President’ on the back. (At the time I made the shirt, Pam’s last name had not been changed.) I also created a similar shirt for Anna, which says ‘Sookie for VP’ on the back. The final gift I brought was for Alan Ball. He too got a pillow, but that one was directly inspired by True Blood.

Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Pillow

 

Alan Ball’s Pillow

The True Blood panel at Paley was absolutely fantastic, and I still can’t believe I was lucky enough to get to go!

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PaleyFest 2011: Things Seen and Heard at the True Blood Panel

March 13, 2011

 An Insider’s Look at PaleyFest

Gianna Sobol, assistant to creator Alan Ball was on hand at this year’s True Blood panel at PaleyFest 2011. And while she was there, she observed a few things that might not have made it into the coverage of the event that we the fans have been eagerly reading. Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) claimed during the panel that he didn’t get recognized all that often.

 In fact, Alan Ball said that the story of Chris thinking he was being recognized but actually being told he had bird excrement on him was one of his favorite moments. But one thing is for sure, Chris has perfected his signature as you can see from the picture on the right. Backstage posters were set up for the cast to sign and Chris has a very nice John Hancock.

 However, the best backstage tidbit has to be the one about Alexander Skarsgård’s (Eric Northman) infamous wig from season 1:

While the clip reel played for the PaleyFest audience, the cast and their guests huddled backstage to watch on a little screen of their own. When they showed clips of Eric with his long hair from season 1, another cast member turned to Alexander Skarsgård and said, “You miss the wig, right?” Everyone laughed, knowing he does not miss the wig.

So that’s it for now trubies! But stay tuned to TBN for more on PaleyFest 2011 including a few videos and fan experiences coming very soon.

Source: Inside True Blood Blog– “What You Haven’t Read About PaleyFest…”

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