True Blood Season 7: Lafayette Gets ‘Happily Ever After’

August 10, 2014

Nelsan Ellis Confirms a Happy Ending For His Character Lafayette:

James (Nathan Parsons) and Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis) get cosy in HBO's True Blood Season 7For fans of HBO’s True Blood, the biggest fear coming into Season 7, is which of their favorite cast members will survive to the very end. For Lafayette Reynolds fans, at least, it seems that there is a happy ending in sight for his story line. In recent episodes we saw the start of a new relationship with vampire James (played by Nathan Parsons). While Nelsan doesn’t truly confirm that Lala makes it to the very final episode of True Blood, there is confirmation of love for this flamboyant character:

He does get that happiness, and it’s a long time coming. He had to kill his last boyfriend [Kevin Alejandro]. This season for him is about redemption and taking command of his happiness… I think the relationship with Kevin’s character, [Jesus], was deeper, but I think the relationship with Nathan [Parson]’s character is more stable. I think it’s lasting. He’s in it for the long run, and you know there’s a lot of different things that will play into him being a vampire and living for how many years. But I think [with] this relationship, Lafayette is thinking, “I need to settle down. I’m done.” Lafayette used to be a prostitute, and I think he’s just like, “We love each other. Let’s just do it.” I think that they made a decision, and Bucky [showrunner Brian Buckner] was like, “We’re going to give him a happy ending” — no pun intended.

You can read the full interview Nelsan Ellis did with The Hollywood Reporter by clicking here.

Are you glad to see Lafayette get the happiness he deserves? Let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Source: The Hollywood Reporter – The actor promises “a happy ending” for his character’s new relationship when the series concludes.

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Who Does Nelsan Ellis Channel to Become True Blood’s Lafayette?

August 7, 2014

HINT: It’s a Female Singer:

Nelsan Ellis looks fabulous as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood Season 7For many fans of HBO’s True Blood, Lafayette Reynolds is a character that is loaded with flamboyance and fabulous one liners. Each season has seen Lafayette progress from one gorgeous look to the next. Fake eyelashes, loads of gold and outrageous scarves being part of his signature look. But how does the actor, Nelsan Ellis, get his Lala on? Recently The Hollywood Reporter asked him this very question, to which he replied:

I listen to Beyonce — “Partition” please — and then I’m sitting there and I’m getting all feminine. Rihanna used to be the one, but then this season, [Beyonce’s] album is so sexual and feminine and marvelous. It gets me to that place. They put the makeup and the eyelashes on, and I listen to “Partition,” and I’m doing the switch and the hand movements, and I turn into my mama, and I turn into Lafayette.

Well, there you have it! You can watch the video clip of Beyonce’s Partition below and decide for your self whether Nelsan has indeed channeled the former Destiny’s Child singer. Just be aware that this video is the explicit version, so is not entirely safe for work 😉

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter – ‘True Blood’s’ Nelsan Ellis on Series Finale and Favorite Lafayette Moments (Q&A)

YouTube/Beyonce VEVO – Beyoncé – Partition (Explicit Video)

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Even Nelsan Ellis Gets Confused with True Blood’s Storylines

August 10, 2013

Lafayette Will be Back With a Vengeance in Season 7:

Nelsan Ellis stars as Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Blood Season 6Many Truebies have bemoaned the fact that the storylines in HBO’s True Blood have gotten more intricate and confusing with each successive season. But don’t fear, you’re not alone! Nelsan Ellis (who plays Lafayette Reynolds) is hearing you all loud and clear! When recently interviewed by Vulture.com, he had this to say:

Last season was a bit schizophrenic, with like fifteen storylines. Even when I watched the show, I’d get confused as to what’s going on. There was a lot happening in 51 minutes.

So Ellis is pleased that Brian Buckner has streamlined the plot for True Blood Season 6. A sentiment echoed by fans also. Nelsan reiterated the fact that the show is trying to get back to it’s roots.

But what about Lafayette? Many fans are lamenting the fact that Bon Temps’ most flamboyant character has been playing it low key in Season 6. Fear not, Ellis has confirmed that Lafayette will be bigger and better in True Blood Season 7.

So, is Nelsan Ellis as flamboyant as his character in real life? It appears not, since he was recently rendered speechless by the woman he calls the ‘queen of the universe’: Oprah Winfrey. When he recently had the talk-show host introduce herself to him on the set of their movie, Butler, Ellis was too shy to respond:

I was like, ‘Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod’. I get nervous around people, especially celebrities. And I think Oprah is queen of the universe. I think she sits on the balcony of the heavens.

True Blood fans will certainly be glad to hear that Lafayette is back in Season 7 – and with rumors that Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) isn’t the only major death occurring in True Blood Season 6, it’s nice to hear that Lafayette is safe for Season 6!

Source: Vulture.com – Nelsan Ellis Gets Confused by True Blood Too

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis’s Predictions About “The Help”

September 14, 2011

Lafayette Chats About the Number 1 Movie in the Country:

Nelsan Ellis is True Blood’s Lafayette ReynoldsThe Help, starring Emma Stone and Viola Davis, has literally taken the country by storm. After scoring big at the box office, multiple predictions have been made when it comes to the nominations The Help may possibly receive when the awards season rolls around. A face familiar to True Blood’s fans was spotted in The Help. Nelsan Ellis, who plays Lafayette Reynolds on True Blood, played a small role as a waiter. Ellis has big predictions for the film.

In regards to whether he thought the film would get a Best Picture nomination, Ellis said:

“It will, and it’ll probably win. Viola Davis is probably going to win the Oscar for that. How often do you see a performance where the actor is that dynamic, even without speaking? Her and Emma Stone are my favorite parts in The Help.”

Ellis also admitted that playing Lafayette while he was being possessed with Marnie was not an easy thing to do, in fact, he had to create someone and something else. Ellis added that the most exciting part of the finale is the cliffhangers.

“This year, it’s on a different scale. When we all read the script, we were like, ‘What?!’ The cliffhangers take it to another level. You’ll see, and it’ll throw you for a loop, and then you all will have to wait for eight months!”

It’s going to be a very long and torturous eight months Truebies

Thanks to Jennifer Vineyard for her contribution!

Source Credit: Vulture – Nelsan Ellis PredictsThe Help Will Win Best Picture, Best Actress

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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)

 

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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Directs Short Film

June 14, 2011

A New Venture For Nelsan Ellis:

Nelsan Ellis short film Page 36 The fine actor who plays Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s True Blood, Nelsan Ellis, has made his directorial debut.  It’s a short film titled Page 36.  Starring Roger Guenveur Smith, Edi Gathegi, and Sidney Poitier’s daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier,  it will do the festival rounds later this year.

Here’s the synopsis:

“Roman Wilson is a two time felon recently released from prison. Faced with no positive prospects for employment and a terminally ill child, he is recruited by a company that promises immediate wealth and a new way of life for his family languishing in poverty, but at what cost?”

We’re looking forward to being able to see this short film by our beloved Lafayette.  Thank goodness we’ll be seeing him very shortly, when the new season of True Blood premieres June 26!

Source: IndieWire.com – Nelsan Ellis Of “True Blood” Is Directing Now… Trailer For His First Effort

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Fresh Spoilers for Season 4 from Alan Ball and Cast

March 10, 2011

Spoilers Galore! What to Expect From the Main Characters:

True Blood PaleyFest 2011Alan Ball and most of the True Blood cast were at PaleyFest 2011, spilling beans left and right.  If you’d like to remain in the dark and be surprised come June, please stop reading!

The scoop on Sookie: Only four episodes have been shot, but she’s already kissed two people.  Hint — neither one was Bill!  Ball assures us Sookie won’t be forgiving Bill any time soon.  Well, no one can blame her.  As you may recall, it was revealed last season that Bill was actually sent Sookie’s way by the Queen (Evan Rachel Wood).  He let Sookie get beat up so that he could heal her, by way of making her drink his blood, thus guaranteeing a bond between the two.  According to Ball: “The betrayal is so deep that I don’t think she sees a way back from that.  That’s why we need 17 seasons!”  In the meantime, Sookie’s learned a few things while cavorting with the fairies.  Just not how to control her “microwave fingers”.

What’s happening with Bill?  Last we saw, he and Queen Sophie-Anne were in full attack mode in mid-air.  The only thing Ball will say is, “There is a bite-off [between Bill and the Queen]. Things happen.  It’s not just the two of them involved”.  Hmm… cryptic, much?

And finally, the lowdown on Eric: to the delight of many, it’s been confirmed he will have amnesia.  How does it happen?  Why?  We don’t know the details, but here is Alexander Skarsgård‘s take:

“He messed with the wrong people, he’s definitely not stable.  He doesn’t know who he is anymore… Eric needs help.  There are a lot of friendly people in Bon Temps kind enough to help.  The powerful character he was is just gone.  He’s the polar opposite of who he used to be.  He’s just completely lost… and very vulnerable.”

The Merlotte’s Gang:

What is the deal with Arlene‘s baby?  Or, as Ball puts it, her “evil” baby?  Rene’s progeny will be born tout de suite, and Terry will become a loving, proud papa.  Says Carrie Preston (Arlene), “That problem grows exponentially”.

Where is Tara Mae?  Thankfully, we’ll find out soon enough.  The old Tara is back in Bon Temps, minus the long hair.  What can we expect from her? Rutina Wesley says, “She may find some happiness, but just for a bit… You’ll find out early on where she’s been”.

Ring ring, hookah, ring ring.  Lafayette‘s gentleman caller, Jesus, revealed himself to be a brujo (witch), and clearly, a spell has been cast.  Whether it’s a literal spell, or Lafayette is simply in love, we don’t know for sure.  But we are certainly looking forward to finding out.

Speaking of lovers, things are looking good for Jessica and Hoyt.  Well, to a degree.  They’ll be facing many obstacles, but at least they’ll be facing them together.  Or will they?  Remember Mrs. Fortenberry?  “Mom is awful”, says Jim Parrack.  The rest of the anti-vamp populace also adds to their problems.  However, according to Parrack, we need not despair.  “Jessica is the one,” he says.

Last but not least, we have Mr. Merlotte himself, Sam.  The poor guy hasn’t had much luck in the love department, but he’s being given another chance.  According to Trammell, “I get another shot.  I’m at bat again.  I think Sam will sober up.”  But leave it to Alan Ball to throw a wrench in things.  Concerning Sam’s sobriety, Ball says, “He can do that for one episode”.  Why would that be?  Ah, remember how Sam shot his brother?  That may come back to bite him in the butt.

As for the Rest of Bon Temps (And Its Environs):

Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) was last seen in Hotshot, delivering a sweet, heartfelt speech.  Entrusted with the care of his werepanther girlfriend’s kin, we can only assume he’ll be doing his “Jason” best.  The only thing we’re going to get out of Kwanten is, “He should not be looking after an entire village of meth addicts — he’s Jason Stackhouse.”

While we’re on the subject of drugs, let’s talk about V — vampire blood.  Who’s it going to affect this season?  If you recall, Andy Bellefleur kept a vial of it, and curiosity’s going to get the better of him.  Oh, Andy.  What kind of mishaps are we going to see now?

Who’s rising from the dead?  Or is it the undead?  The final death?  Whichever one it is, the answer is no one.  We will, however, see Godric again, presumably by way of flashbacks.  Can you guess who else is back, but in the flesh?  The Vampire King of Mississippi, Russell Edgington.  Says Alan Ball, “We have definite plans to bring him back — and he’s gonna be pissed”.

Now for our favorite were, Alcide: Will he be hooking up with Sookie, or is he still not over Debbie?  As for Debbie, Manganiello says, “she’s still alive and at large, so you never know”.  We do know for certain, however, that Alcide will be spending time with Sookie.  Which is sure to set Debbie off.

A few last tidbits from Alan Ball: coming to the show will be “some new witches, new vampires, new humans, a new werewolf, and a child”, and in animal form, “a gator, a rattlesnake, and an attack owl”.

There you have it, folks.  Those are all the official spoilers we have for now, but rest assured we’ll keep them coming.  Who’s excited for Season 4?!

 

Sources: TVGuide.com – 15 True Blood Spoilers: Plus, Why Powerful Vampire Eric Is “Completely Lost”

FearNet.com – Breaking News!  First Hints at ‘True Blood’ Season 4!

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True Blood’s Lafayette is Lonely No More

March 10, 2011

Nelsan Ellis Talks to The TV Junkie at PaleyFest 2011

True Blood's Nelsan Ellis at PaleyFest 2011If you haven’t already heard, this year’s PaleyFest was raucous good fun for the True Blood cast and fans. We got a little delicious sneak peak at season four and we saw a lot of great interviews. The TV Junkie has just released a short video interview with Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), in which Ellis chats about his alter ego’s (sometimes) lonely life. As Alan Ball has said in the past, characters are only allowed to be happy for one episode, which is evident in the rollercoaster of emotions that the characters ride from one episode to the next. When asked about Lafayette’s loneliness, Ellis disagreed that his character appeared to be one of the lonelier habitants of Bon Temps, but then changed his mind:

“…yeah, it sounds like a sad life, like a very sad life…he did go home by himself and service people when they came…but now he has somebody who’s a fixture in his house and he’s certainly not lonely this season. We learn last season that Jesus is a brujo, which is a witch, a wiccan…and he’s my protection.”

While Ellis doesn’t delve deeper into the flourishing relationship between Lafayette and Jesus, he has (coyly) said recently that Lafayette trusts Jesus because he’s under his spell. Does that mean that Jesus has literally put a spell on Lafayette to get him to fall for him? Or, is he figuratively speaking about the spell-like feelings evoked by Jesus’ charm and handsomeness?! What do you think Truebies?

Watch the interview in its entirety below.

Source: The TV Junkie – Nelsan Ellis of ‘True Blood’ at PaleyFest2011

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On the Set of True Blood: Lafayette’s Bathroom

February 26, 2011

True Blood Blogs About Plumbing on Set

Lafayette's ToiletThe Inside True Blood Blog has posted about Lafayette’s (Nelsan Ellis) bathroom. When toilets are used in a scene they do not work typically. Gianna Sobol, writer of the blog says about the plumbing situation on set:

“The plumbing is so bad at this location, that if the crew were to use the toilet, it would overflow and damage the set.  When we build toilets into the sets on our stages, we do not plumb them unless we need to for a specific scene.  If that’s the case, our Special Effects Coordinator Michael Gaspar will rig a water system.  But sometimes even the fake toilets have these warning signs posted to ward off confused extras in search of a toilet”

Let’s hope for the show’s sake the signs work and there are not any accidents to stop the filming of the show!

Sources: Inside True Blood Blog– Lafayette’s Bathroom

Photo Credit: Gianna Sobol/HBO, Inc.

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True Blood Cast Members Signing First Volume of Comic Book

February 23, 2011

Be at Barnes and Noble on Saturday 2/26 at the Grove

All Together Now Cover

Attention Truebies! Are you interested in meeting some of your favorite cast members and getting the just released first volume of the True Blood comics, All Together Now signed? Well if you are in or are planning to be in the Los Angeles Area this coming Saturday, you’re in luck!

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), and Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) will be on hand at Barnes and Noble at the Grove this Saturday, February 26, 2011 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm to sign copies of the first volume of the comic collection.

The True Blood comic series has become IDW Publishing’s best-selling title.  Now, all six issues from the first series will be available together in a deluxe, hardcover compilation entitled “All Together Now.”  Available in bookstores nationwide February 15, 2011, the compilation features the same erotically-charged romance, wry humor, intriguing mystery and suspense the show has become known for and treats readers to new insights and untold stories of their favorite characters.  In this storyline, Sookie and the rest of the Bon Temps gang find themselves waiting in Merlotte’s bar for a strangely portentous raging storm to subside.  Soon, they discover they’ve been trapped by an entity that feeds on raw emotions and begins killing off the patrons one by one until his hunger is sated.  The compilation features a cover gallery and introduction by Ball.

Fans should note that wristbands will be given out starting at 9AM with the purchase of the volume. No other memorabilia will be allowed and there will be no opportunity for posed photos. So please be aware of that if you are considering attending this event.

The signing will be located at:

Barnes and Noble: The Grove at Farmer’s Market
189 Grove Dr. Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Signing begins at 1pm, wristbands given with purchase starting at 9am.

Let us know in the comments section if you will be attending!

Submission thanks to: HBO

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Source: BarnesandNoble.com– “True Blood, Volume 1: All Together Now
Sam Trammell, Rutina Wesley, Nelsan Ellis, Deborah Ann Woll.”

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