True Blood’s Chris Bauer: The Actor’s Experience of Andy’s Season 6 Journey

July 21, 2013

Chris Bauer Discusses Andy’s Future:

As if Andy Bellefleur (Chris Bauer) hasn’t put up with enough with all of the shenanigans Bon Temps throws at him, he’s left with dealing with four fae daughters at the start of Season 6 of True Blood. Things only seem to be getting worse for the town sherriff, especially after the recent death of three of his ‘young’ ones due to one of our favorite redheaded vampires. Actor Chris Bauer spoke about his specific role this season as a father, incest, and his own Alexander Skarsgard impression.

When asked about the direction Andy is headed in now that recent events have changed things for him, Bauer commented:

“Andy really has to draw a line for himself between power and powerless. And I personally find that line to be one of the most deep and rich veins of humanity. There’s a lot of hubris that goes into thinking you can avenge anything, that you can affect the world in such a way that creates justice. On the other hand, there’s a lot of shame and impotence if you can’t affect your world at all. I think it’s extremely human.”

To add to the sherriff’s plate, Andy must learn how to take care of four ever-growing girls.

How did he deal with the rapid speed of time?:

“We had to discuss how emotionally invested you can get in people in three days. You have to take in that it’s three days in True Blood time, not three days in real time. So I did have to figure out how to manifest a subtle level of realism, because I’ve only known these girls for a few days, which is a slightly different emotional frequency than if they had been 18. But our actual human response to children is a sense of instant bond, instant protection, instant affection, instant concern for their well-being and future. So I just went to that.”

In reality, however, Bauer commented that due to his own “immature” nature, he didn’t speak too much to the many actresses playing his children, but the young ones made him feel right at home as if he were home with his own daughter when she was that young.

“They didn’t understand things like camera direction or how to find the lens, so when you do those scenes with the little teeny girls early on in the season, I would say my line and remind them where to look, remind them what to say, they would have their reaction, and I would say my line, and they would just cut out all my on-camera direction. It was very cute.”

When asked about the ancestral incest found in the show, particularly in his Andy’s storyline with the romatic encounter between Andy’s sister Portia and Bill(Stephen Moyer) (and Bill being Portia’s great-great-great-great grandfather), Bauer agreed that while it’s also confusing, it raises the stakes on his daughters’ attack. The event refocuses one of the show’s original themes of character interaction in a world with very different types of people.

“It’s like two species trying to get along, even though externally we look the same. That’s where all the racism, all the homophobia, all the sexism, all the diminishing-others-for-their-differences comes from. It’s so applicable.”

As for the writing process, the actor said he has not spoken with the writers to pitch ideas. Everyone involved is rarely even together, he said, except for the table reads.

From being a part of these, he has a message for the world:

“The world needs to know that Sam Trammell does a spot-on impression of Alex Skarsgård. Sam is like a character actor in a leading man’s body. It’s ingenious. I’ve tried to do it myself, and I can’t do it. But when Sam does it, it sounds like Eric, and it has this breathy trace of a Swedish accent, you know what I mean? It’s brilliant. I’ve tried to do Joe — I can’t. And it’s not that hard to do Andy. [Laughs.] You just have to growl while you talk.”

We can’t wait to see the rest of Andy’s emotional journey this season!

Source: Vulture.com – True Blood’s Chris Bauer on Faery Fatherhood and His Alexander Skarsgard Impression

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VIDEO: SPOILERS True Blood Season 6 Episode 6 Preview

July 16, 2013

True Blood Season 6 Half Way Finished-Where Will the Next Episode Take Us?:

 

True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard and Kristin Bauer van Straten

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We are half way through Season 6 of HBO’s hit show True Blood, and things just keep heating up!  The war between vampires and humans continues to escalate, while love and loyalties will continue to be tested.  We know that a major character is supposed to die in Season 6, and that it is to happen around the half way point, could Episode 6 be the ending for one our beloved characters?

HBO has released the details of Episode 6 of True Blood:

Bill (Stephen Moyer) decides to seek out Lillith (Jessica Clark) for advice on handling the escalating human-vampire crisis. Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Nora (Lucy Griffiths), Jason (Ryan Kwanten) and Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) get up-close-and-personal looks at the perverse perils of Vamp Camp. Sam (Sam Trammell) comes to a decision he hopes will be in Emma’s (Chloe Noelle) best interest. Andy (Chris Bauer) gives his faerie daughter a name, or two or three or four. Arlene (Carrie Preston) has a solution to Terry’s (Todd Lowe) malaise, and Eric makes a startling discovery”.

This episode is written by Daniel Kenneth and Directed by Howard Deutch.

I can’t help but notice that the main character Sookie Stackhouse(Anna Paquin) and Lafayette Reynolds(Nelsan Ellis) are not mentioned in the Press Release, when we last saw these two Layfayette’s body had been taken over by Sookie’s deceased father, who was trying to drown Sookie…I wonder if this storyline could be the major death plot line…Guess we will have to just wait and see!

Episode 6 aires this Sunday July 21 on HBO at 9:00pm ET/PT.

Check out the promo here for what’s next on True Blood!

Source: Youtube: True Blood 6×06 Promo “Don’t You Feel Me” (HD) Season 6 Episode 6

Spoilertv.com: True Blood: Episode 6.06 -Don’t You Feel Me-Press Release

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HBO’s True Blood Panel Scheduled for Comic Con 2013

July 10, 2013

Just announced: True Blood Panel Scheduled to Appear at Comic Con International 2013

Comic Con 2012

Comic Con True Blood Panel 2012

True Blood fans from all over the world are gearing up to attend San Diego’s Comic Con International. Once again, the cast of HBO’s True Blood will be in Ballroom 20 on Saturday July 20 at 3:30 PM to tease plot lines and answer fan questions live.  Entertainment Weekly’s Tim Stack will again be the panel moderator. Scheduled to appear:

Anna Paquin (Sookie Stackhouse), Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton), Showrunner Brian Buckner, Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse), Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Rutina Wesley (Tara Thornton), Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds), Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby), Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam Swynford de Beaufort), Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux), Anna Camp (Sarah Newlin), Michael McMillian (Steve Newlin) and Rob Kazinsky (Ben Flynn).

Ryan Kwanten walked on his hands like a (very sexy) trained monkey to the delight of the crowd last year, and Joe Manganiello did a little bump and grind for the ladies.  What will happen this year?  A few thousand lucky fans will find out first hand on July 20.

For more information on Comic Con International, visit www.comic-con.org

Source: TrueBloodFanSource.com Comic Con 2013: True Blood Panel Announced with Attendees

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Wolf Pack Scoop from Jamie Gray Hyder on True Blood Season 6:

July 6, 2013

Jamie Gray Hyder on True Blood Season 6: Alcide as Packmaster and Being part of the Wolf Pack

Alcide and Danielle via TrueBlood Online

Jamie Gray Hyder, who portrays werewolf Danielle on HBO’s True Blood, is having a really good time on her second season of True Blood. She talks about Danielle’s role in the wolf pack:

I think as her role on the show has increased so has her role in the pack. I think that she’s very much an opportunist. Last season, she was willing to do V and also other stuff to impress the pack leader who was in power. And, now there’s a new pack leader and she’s vying for his attention. I think that she just wants to go along and be part of what’s going on and prove that she’s a viable asset to the pack.

Hyder concedes Danielle will ingratiate herself with Alcide (Joe Manganiello), the new Packmaster:

I think [she’s] going to continue to do whatever [she] can to appear valuable to him and the dynamics of everybody kinda changes throughout the season as we continue.

In episode 2, Alcide and the wolf pack abduct Emma from Sam Merlotte (Sam Trammell), and they have an all-out fight, knocking out Sam and Layfayette (Nelsan Ellis) (who was babysitting Emma). As humans have declared war on vampires, does this fight signal another war between werewolves and shapeshifters? Hyder weighs in:

Definitely. I think that we have just opened up a whole can of worms with what happened. In taking Emma, we’ve now involving [sic] a whole other group of people in our lives and in the pack. There’s so much drama going on in the town that I think that a big issue for us was that choice.

You’ll just have to see how the season plays out because it’s definitely now causing a lot more people to interact with us. And we probably should keep to ourselves, but Emma’s a wolf and we feel that it’s important that she’s with us and her grandmother and with the pack.

Alcide was more than a little bit scary in the way he abducted Emma, throwing her over his shoulder while she screamed for help. Is he a totally different person now that he’s Packmaster? Hyder shares her viewpoint on Alcide:

I think [that being Packmaster] requires him to step up and show a little more aggression than usual to assert himself. And, in the case of Emma, we went to Sam’s with a mission and we knew we had to leave with her. We really do feel that she’s safest with us. So, even though Alcide’s aggression is there, it’s simply there to help others.

Hyder feels that because Emma is a wolf, she really should be part of that lifestyle, and Sam is not an appropriate caregiver for Emma.  So what does Hyder think about the wolves getting involved in the state of Louisiana’s war on vampires?

I think that we’re trying to keep to ourselves as best as possible. We’re trying to look out for our own, but there’s no doubt that with such a big conflict going on in Bon Temps and in the State of Louisiana that we’ll be able to stay out of the conflict.

The drama is getting bigger and better with the wolves and the shapeshifters, it’s not all about the vampires anymore! Viewers are looking forward to more supernatural drama in the rest of the season of True Blood.

Source:BuddyTV.com ‘True Blood’ Exclusive Interview: Jamie Gray Hyder on the Evolving Wolf Pack and Alcide as a Packmaster

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True Blood’s Season 6 Stars to Appear at Parafest 2013

June 29, 2013

The Convention Where You Can Go Into True Blood Overload:

HBO's True Blood will be represented at Parafest 2013If you’re a fan of True Blood, the dead, the undead, anything paranormal or just damn right scary as hell then Parafest2013 is the convention where you can go into Fanboy/Fangirl overload.

Taking place at Sands Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on September 7th and 8th 2013, this convention will have guests covering plenty of paranormal/horror genres.

Most importantly there will be a few of our favourites from True Blood.

Guests attending that are sure to excite all trubies will be the always friendly Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte), Kristin Bauer (Pam), William Sanderson (Sheriff Bud Dearborne) and the brilliant actor Denis O’Hare (Russell Edgington).

Not only will you get to see the actors from True Blood there will also be stars attending from The Walking Dead (notably Michael Rooker who played crazy Merle Dixon), Supernatural and Ghost Hunters. There will even be a gallery reading with the well known Psychic/Medium Chip Coffey.

If you are lucky enough to live in that part of the world and can attend tickets can be purchased at http://www.parafest2013.com/

Sources: WetPaint.com – True Blood, The Walking Dead Stars Mingle at Parafest 2013 Convention!

Parafest.com – Parafest 2013 is Coming!

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VIDEO: Sam Trammell Discusses Working Out and Getting Naked in True Blood’s Season 6

June 27, 2013

“I’m Just a Bartender, I Don’t Need to Work Out”, Says Sam:

Sam Trammell stars as Sam Merlotte in Season 6 of HBO's True BloodWhen Sam Trammell signed up to play as Sam Merlotte, the bartender in HBO’s True Blood, he didn’t think he would need to get into shape. But boy was he wrong! Since just about everyone gets naked at one point or another in True Blood, by Season 6, Sam is somewhat of an expert now!

In this video from Yahoo!, Sam not only discusses the pitfalls of getting naked on True Blood, but the myriad of fake bloods they have used over the last six years.

You can check out the full video interview by clicking below:

Source: OMG! from Yahoo! – The Real Reason “True Blood” Star Stays In Shape

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VIDEO: True Blood Season 6: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sam

June 20, 2013

Find out Sam Merlotte’s Secrets:

Sam Trammell stars as Sam Merlotte in Season 6 of HBO's True Blood

Recently, Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte from HBO’s True Blood) got to speak to PopSugar about True Blood’s Season 6. He had plenty to say, but I bet you didn’t know these things about Sam:

  • He has no idea who Billith really is:
I don’t know what he turned into, it was like a big blood monster, or something. I don’t know what that was.
  • Turning into a fly and causing death by internal explosion rates among his top favorite death on HBO’s True Blood so far.
  • Those little bits of flesh you see mixed in among the blood in True Blood is actually a product called ‘nurdles’.
  • Sam appeared naked more often than Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) in Season 5 of HBO’s True Blood:
There were two episodes where I didn’t even have a costume fitting.
  • Sam Merlotte will have to take sides in the ‘vampires vs. humans‘ war

Make sure you watch the rest of PopSugar’s interview with Sam Trammell because there are plenty more things to learn about Sam Merlotte!

 

Source: AOL On Entertainment – Sam Trammell on a True Blood “Bombshell” Ahead in Season Six

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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:

Details.com – “True Blood” Actor Sam Trammell Talks Vamps, Shifters and Nude Scenes

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True Blood Season 5 Poster – Sam!

May 16, 2012

Less Than 30 Days to True Blood Season 5!

Sam Trammell Season 5 poster

The posters are out for the HBO True Blood stars for season five! There will be one for each actor and we at TrueBloodNet.com have decided to present one per post in order to give each its own top billing.  Bon Temps’ once friendly shifter and bartender, Sam Merlotte played by handsome Sam Trammell, turned into a mean drunk and a cranky boss in the last few seasons but who can blame him with having to compete with free drunken orgies that Maryanne threw and deal with his insane family including losing his emotionally broken brother Tommy last season. But thankfully, he also seems to be developing a great life beyond Merlotte’s bar with a group of fellow shifters. There’s even a spark of romance burning with Luna which can only mean fate, otherwise known as Alan Ball, is about to put its foot right up Sam’s butt. Can’t wait to see how things develop for Sam in season 5!

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True Blood’s Sam Trammell Set to Attend Texas Frightmare Weekend!

April 17, 2012

True Blood’s Own Sam Merlotte to Visit the Southwest:

Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte)The premiere horror convention and film festival of the Southwest has announced a very special guest to attend: Sam Trammell. The event will take place from May 4-6, 2012.

Best recognized for his great performance in True Blood, Trammell has also been seen in House MD, CSI: NY, Bones, and Dexter, as well as the feature film Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem.

Trammell will be returning to his Southern roots, having been born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He says, “I feel like the South is in my body and in my brain and in my DNA.”

We’re sure he’ll enjoy the Texas Frightmare Weekend! Let us know in the comments if you’ll be attending as well.

Source: Texasfrightmareweekend.com

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