Michelle Forbes Reveals Finale Secrets

September 11, 2009

michelleforbesMaryann, the front of all troubles in Bon Temps, might be on her way out of  town. But before leaving, actress Michelle Forbes, who played Maryann, spoke with TV Guide Magazine and shared interesting things that we all need to know about the awaited season finale.

Forbes confessed she had so much fun shooting the finale and even revealed that she kept losing her focus.

“We were all out in the woods having so much fun. I kept losing focus because I was watching them do these hilarious and insane things.”

Perhaps we might even think that she’s armed with culinary skills since her character has been doing a lot of cooking. But she humorously said,

“My cooking skills are not to be discussed. That’s what God provided restaurants for. I did, however, have a 5 a.m. flambé lesson to cook that heart. I thought I’d better have some coffee before I started. I was nervous I was going to burn the studio down, but it was pretty easy.”

Moreover, she commented about the scene in which she was chopping Daphne’s heart. It looks like a real one, but she doesn’t even know what it was. And being a vegetarian herself, cooking a lot of meat must be really tough for her.

“I’m not sure what it was, but we all got creeped out when I cut into it because it made the worst squishing sound in the world. The irony is that I’m a 30-year vegetarian. I’ve been an animal activist my entire life, so the role of Maryann has been a bit challenging – especially with the lovely meat tree – Di-meat-tree, as he became known.”

Forbes tagged the creepy and disgusting tree outside Grams house as “Di-meat-tree”. Fact is, it was  filled with real meat and it reeked as the weeks passed. Someone was even tasked to sit by the tree with a gun at night to protect it because there were bobcats and coyotes around.

She also revealed Maryann’s vulnerability:

“Once she believes the god is finally coming, that will be her vulnerability. Or shall I say her Achilles’ Heel.”

Looks like Sookie and the rest of the gang should find a way of  making Maryann believe that her god is really coming.

When asked about the mysterious vibrating egg in the bed with Tara and Eggs, she just said,

“I’m going to pass on that one because I want people to be surprised as they go into it.”

Truly, Michelle Forbes gave us yet another reason why we should anticipate for the season finale on the 13th.

Source: www.tvguidemagazine.com

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Season 2: Episode 6 – “Hard-Hearted Hannah”

July 30, 2009

gw366h244In Dallas Isabel’s human boyfriend Hugo offers to accompany Sookie on her mission to locate Godric at the Light of Day institute. They leave for the church under the guise as a good Christian couple looking for a new church. On reading the minds of Sarah and Steve Newman Sookie discovers that their cover is blown and Steve has more sinister plans for the two.

At the Light of Day camp, Jason Stackhouse decides to live a life of righteous celibacy then has those plans hijacked after a matter of hours. Jason provides another beautiful example of how easily impressionable young men can be – especially where sex is involved.

Eric brings Bill’s maker Lorena to the Vampire hotel in an attempt to drive a wedge between Sookie and Bill. We are treated with an extended flash back to the 1920s showing how violent, passionate killing used to be Bill’s forte. Lorena prevents Bill from coming to Sookie’s rescue resulting in Sookies imprisonment in the basement of the Light of Day institute.

Daphne continues to court Sam with sickening innuendo, and ends in the ultimate double cross in the whole season so far. Tara and Eggs head out to get parts for the hot water system only to detour onto something disturbing. And for something completely different – Maryanne throws another orgy of Dianic proportions, the shock value is (not at all) high. The town folk fornicate as Maryanne dances her Shake-n-Bake routine and to mix things up a bit – this time she puts on a mask.

Top 5 of “Hard-Hearted Hannah”

1. Hoyt’s courtship of Jessica. Their innocent awkward interaction is too cute beyond words.

2. Eric’s growing interest in Sookie – lets face it, after that hair cut he may just trump Bill in looks department.

3. Jason Stackhouse’s cringe-worthy attempt at song writing.

4. Sookie, Hugo, Steve and the body guard trapped in the basement with Godric. What has happened? Will Jason help them? So many exciting conclusions to wait for.

5. Love a good 1920s speak easy, “Maybe after your guests leave we can F*** prohibition together.” And in a way, they did.

Editor’s 2 cents:

  1. We agree on Jessica and Hoyt.  They are just totally sweet.
  2. The scene in the kitchen with the hot water heater broken.  Maryann can’t hide her hedonism, Eggs was being over-easy again in that outfit and did Tara actually apologize for being snarky???
  3. Anything Sam.  Seriously he keeps forcing me to forget he’s cute and notice he’s talented.  Great job Sam o’ the Sam.
  4. The Andy, Terry, Lafayette triage in the kitchen.  I’m just not sure if I was supposed to be laughing so hard at the ‘hallucination’ but I was loving the Terry-care.  Hug Lafayette once for me!
  5. “Do Bad Things With You” intro.  Seriously, Every week I enjoy the heck out of this sequence and find it impossible to sit still!

Favorite Line: Lafayette to Pam, “Are you real?”

Favorite boy or girl friend: Hoyt Hoyt Hoyt!  He provided the only ‘feelgood’ moment of the show.

Biggest Sneak Appearance: Who noticed Nathan Barr playing the piano at the start of the roaring 20’s scene?

Least Favorite Scene:  I swear I’m not a prude but the orgy scene had me saying, ‘More is NOT always Better’.  I could have done with a lot less detail.  In fact, I felt like this episode didn’t give me any breathing room at all.

Biggest Surprise:  Was that Stephen singing???

Be sure to share your favorite top 5 in the comments below.

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Michelle Forbes Talks About Her Role on True Blood

April 20, 2009

michelleforbesMichelle Forbes sat down with Elizabeth Johnson from h monthly to discuss her work on “In Treatment” and her unusual character in the second season of True Blood. Presented below is a excerpt of the lengthy article from h monthly.

Michelle Forbes speaks highly of her recent colleagues for their fascination with the human condition; ultimately for their ability to “get in there and be intimate with people, uncovering their deepest, darkest secrets.” She too has delved into some deep and dark characters over the years in theatre, television, and movies including Swimming with SharksKalifornia,The DistrictPrison Break24Battlestar GalacticaHomicide: Life On The Street, and Star Trek: The Next Generation and has enjoyed a diverse acting career where she explores the human psyche and spirit through intriguing characters and storylines.

With Forbe’s latest two series (both on HBO), In Treatment and True Blood, she brings us two more compelling characters: She joined True Blood late last season as Maryann, a wealthy “social worker” with an unrevealed secret power adding another layer of mystery to the town of Bon Temps, and Kate Weston from In Treatment. Kate is the repressed wife to psychotherapist Dr. Paul Weston (Gabriel Byrne); they bring their 25 year marriage under the therapy microscope with Paul’s therapist, Gina, brilliantly portrayed by Dianne Wiest.  The series is gripping, and like therapy itself, you have no idea where it’s going to lead you. Gabriel Byrne’s Paul Weston is fascinating as he uncovers his patients’ struggles with piercing intuition and honest compassion as he himself hovers on the brink of an emotional crisis. Michelle Forbes tackles the role of repressed housewife with depth and grace alongside her own emotional cave-in.

As Forbes and I chat on a sunny Monday morning, we both agree that it’s pretty tough to afford therapy right now, so watching HBO is a cunning way to get some treatment: From Tell Me You Love Me to Tony Soprano’s insightful therapy sessions, there’s something to going inside the therapist’s room for our viewing pleasure. You can certainly get your money’s worth with In Treatment – 99% unadulterated therapy! So together we settle in for our own therapeutic session, and the conversation and laughs come so easily, I feel like I’ve known her my whole life and we just forgot to actually meet. Her distinctive deep voice lights up when she talks about Seasons 2 of In Treatment (returning April 5) and True Blood (coming in June) as well as yet another intriguing and dark new series, Durham County, coming out later this summer.  }

To read the full interview click here

SOURCE:  h monthly: Michelle Forbes Talk To Me

(Photo credit: h monthly/John Russo)

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