True Blood Season 2: A Chat With Michelle Forbes

July 31, 2009 by  

michelle-forbes-sam-trammell-216-john-p-johnson Michelle Forbes, who portrays Maryann Forrester, and the infamous Maenad, on Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood was interviewed by recently as she attended the Polaris 23 convention in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Michelle was asked during the interview the significance of the pig. Michelle stated:

“All you can say is bring it – let’s go. I knew I was going to need to take some vitamins because it was going to be one hell of a ride” She also says on the pig’s role for Maryann ,” I can’t really say anything except that you will find out what happens with that oinker!”

The interviewer brings up the issue of Michelle getting to know the pig and the handlers responsible for him to which Ms. Forbes responds:

“Yes, in fact there are two pigs, sisters. I’ve gotten to know them, their wranglers and trainers, and they have wonderful lives. Everyone on set gets very excited when the pigs are going to make an appearance. Except one of the pigs didn’t like a crew member, a grip, and actually charged him on set during the dollhouse scene with Chris Bauer (Det. Andy Bellefleur)

When asked about the music picked for scenes in True Blood Ms. Forbes replied:

“Music plays an enormous role on True Blood. I’ve been a fan of music supervisor Gary Calamar for ages, since his show on KCRW in LA. When we get a script, the music is already laid in, and each episode is named after a song. With every script I get, I download the music and listen to it, use it as a soundtrack for rehearsing and filming, to really ignite the imagination. I find it ends up costing me a lot of money, because I end up discovering other music. Before I know it, I’ve downloaded $250 worth of music, so reading a script can become costly! He searches for local talent and really brings that element to the show.”

“A final thought … when asked about upcoming episodes of True Blood, and whether Maryann had a hand in the attack on Sookie, she stayed tight-lipped on details, but emphatically shared, “It becomes so insane and outrageous this year it will blow your mind!”

Video coverage from Polaris 23


(photo credit: HBO Inc. /John P Johnson)