IMAGE CREDIT: ALEXEI HAY
EW has even more TB goodness today with a Kristin Bauer interview–
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Pam’s biggest issue last season was the rotting curse that Marnie put on her. What did it feel like to spend so much time looking disgusting?
KRISTIN BAUER VAN STRATEN: For four episodes, it was actually pretty freeing. I didn’t worry about beauty lighting and got to be really raw — no pun intended — and really feral and really pissed-off. It felt like any constraints I’d ever put on myself for the character I got to lift for four episodes. Even though my butt got pretty sore sitting in that chair, it was such a fascinating process. What you saw on screen we actually did.
What did that take?
We had nine hours in the chair for the first makeup test. After a few hours in the head cast, where I discovered I was claustrophobic — I said, “No, no, I’m fine! I’ve gone cave diving. I’m fine!” Eight minutes into it, I wasn’t so fine, but the fear of embarrassing myself kept me from ripping it off my face. I knew that story would go around the set forever, and I’d never live it down.
I didn’t see a lot of bloopers/outtakes on the Blu-ray, but surely there were some ridiculous moments on set?
The most ridiculous thing that’s ever happened to me on any set ever was the first take of trying to do the ‘wacky walk’ (as we’ve been calling it) in episode 411, when the vampires are being pulled into the witches’ force field outside Moon Goddess. The problem was that Deborah [Ann Woll], Stephen [Moyer], and Alex [Skarsgård] were about 10 feet from the camera, where they would then be off-camera. I was about 100 yards back, and I’ve never seen people laugh so hard at anyone. I was basically doing a bad imitation of Steve Martin inAll of Me. Michael came up and was laughing so hard he couldn’t talk. When he finally did, he said, ‘I will not be using that take.’ … Deborah is the sweetest person in the world, but her neck was wet with tears she was laughing so hard. MOREEEEEEEE
This Behind the scenes video from EW’s photoshoot was tweeted by Kristin yesterday, it’s from JoyParade (thank you!). There is another one I’ve seen but can’t find it yet.
Insider: Fans seem to like Luna with Sam. Do you?
Janina: Yea. He’s a good man. You know how when you meet somebody and are automatically willing to accept whatever baggage they come with? That’s what Sam and Luna have. Even when sh*t goes completely south — like when Tommy got in the mix — she didn’t get mad at Sam because that wasn’t his fault. It’s just the baggage he comes with. And she’s probably done worse [laughs]. At that point, Sam is really falling for Luna too, so he’s willing to take everything as it comes with her because they share something special.
Insider: How do we find them in season five?
Janina: It’s definitely a rollercoaster this year for Sam and Luna. They haven’t been together very long, and he just killed her ex-husband – so the drama is inevitable [laughs].
Insider: What else can you tease about the upcoming season?
Janina: You’re about to see some badass shifter-ness. You are going to see a little bit of the darker side to being a shifter too. You’ll see what happens when a shifter can’t control their temper. That’s a very dangerous situation for you – and those around you.
EMMA BROWN: There’s a lot of violence in True Blood, many opportunities for characters to be killed off at any moment. Have you thought about how you would like Jessica to die?
WOLL: Oh gosh, I don’t want her to die! I have less fantasies about how I would like her to die, and more nightmares about how she might die. I would imagine there would be a spurned lover or something like that. I think, if it were happen, I don’t know… Last season, season four, we had this accident, Jessica was in the wrong place at wrong time and consequently the witches’ spell got her. I sort of see that as Jessica’s path, that someday it will be your time, almost an accident.
BROWN: If Jessica lives, where would you like her to be in five years?
WOLL: My grand hope for Jessica is that she comes to terms with these dual sides of herself—the side of herself that’s an animal, that’s a vampire that wants to feed and hunt and live out these adventures, and then the more human side of her, which is sweet and vulnerable and kind. I think Jessica’s long-term story is about experimenting with both sides of herself, and learning to balance them or to merge them in some way. I eventually hope that Jessica finds some peace in that.
BROWN: Do you worry about playing an eternal 17-year-old?
WOLL: I do! I’m already about 10 years older than my character, but I think I still have fairly young features, and if we don’t put on too much makeup, I can look young. But Jessica’s also maturing, so even though physically I’m supposed to be 17, my worldview and my personality can become more nuanced.
THR has 5 Season 5 Teases HERE
Jim Parrack tweets a wake up photo
Huge TB fan Brian of Campblood wrote an excellent and of course funny piece on the screencaps over on AfterElton.
Arlene’s having another baby! (eek!)
Roman doesn’t appear until well into next Sunday’s second episode, presiding over a sinister gathering of Chancellors who include the Biblical siren Salome (new cast member Valentina Cervi). But Roman casts an immediate dark shadow over the fate of Sookie’s spurned undead suitors Bill and Eric In what promises to play out like a buddy adventure with fangs, they’re headed towards a treacherous suicide mission to take down the “ancient, pissed-off psychopath” vampire king Russell Edgington, who has been disentombed and threatens the Authority’s spiritual-political campaign to assimilate the supernatural into a judgmental human world.
Back in Bon Temps, Sookie stays busy cleaning up the mess from last season’s cliffhanger, when werewolf hunk Alcide’s jealously deranged ex Debbie Pelt was blown away by Sookie, but not before Debbie blasted a hole in the head of Sookie’s BFF Tara. Helping Sookie try to bring Tara back to life — has no one in this town read The Monkey’s Paw?— are the reluctant Lafayette and the resentful Pam, with Kristin Bauer Van Straten stealing the first episode as Pam seethes hilariously barbed disdain for all things human: “I am wearing a Wal-Mart sweatsuit for y’all. If that’s not a demonstration of team spirit, I don’t know what is”. Much more HERE for not only True Blood but other shows.
Two days to go and we have 2 Inside True Blood blog posts!
What’s currently in Eric’s dungeon? By Gianna Sobol
Pam’s pink coffin, of course!
I came across this pup on my way by set yesterday. The werewolves of Shreveport are pretty damn cute, huh?
Handsome Sam on The Soup, wish I could post it but the autoplay and ads, no way.
Joe filmed Extra at The Grove and they tweeted this photo today.
“The global launch of Encounter Calvin Klein introduces a new interpretation of the contemporary, confident man,” Catherine Walsh, senior vice president, American Fragrances, Coty Prestige, tells Us Weekly in a statement. “Alexander perfectly reflects the Encounter Calvin Klein attitude — modern, stylish and unapologetically masculine.”
Skarsgard and Stone, 28, also shot a short film to promote the scent; further details about their TV spot will be released in August. “Their idea for their concept was very intriguing to me. It was almost like a short film and very film noir. It felt interesting to me,” Skarsgard tells WWD. “I wanted to be involved with something where you tell a story — even though it’s a short story.” USWeekly
One more pic from Magic Mike
USA Today talked to Stephen –
There’s always a lot of hot, hard bodies showcased on True Blood, but Stephen Moyer reveals to USA TODAY that there’s a whole lot of incentive going on in the background.
“We started because I hadn’t had any love scenes in particular, because I’d been directing, and I hadn’t been to the gym as much as I normally would during a season,” said Moyer. “I was laughing with a couple of the camera boys saying, ‘I’ve got to get back on it Monday.’ And one of their standard jokes is, ‘Yeah, we’re going to start our diets on Monday (too).’ And I went all right, well why don’t you then? It started off as a little joke but by Monday, we decided to do a Biggest Losercompetition for the whole crew.” Thirty six people jumped into the two-month-long competition, which will end “probably July 12 when we finish shooting.”
The prizes could be bloody hefty. “Me and Anna are going to do something,” says Moyer – perhaps even a weekend away for the winner and a guest. “I think HBO is, too.” But the loser will have to face Paquin, and a possible public running of suicides. “Anna was talking about doing one of her crazy juices (for the loser), like some kind of kale and ginger and – they’re (expletive) nasty,” he said. Pregnant or not, “she’s pretty intense,” he grinned. “She can get people do do sh–.”
But come on, we protested. How out-of-shape could Vampire Bill really have been in the first place? “There is a difference between looking all right in a shirt and taking the shirt off,” promised Moyer. “The older that us dudes get, the more the paunch has to be worked on. It’s hard.”
P.S. Not all the cast needed the incentive. “You’ve got people like Joe (Manganiello) who is a two-a-day fitness freak to somebody like Ryan (Kwanten) who runs at his lunchtime. Ryan won’t even get in the mini-van when it’s going to location,” said Moyer. “He’ll run by the side of it.”
via Bless the Blood
Alexander Skarsgard is the new face of the Calvin Kline fragrence Encounter. I don’t like it. They’ve airbrushed the worry lines from his brow, the bags under his eyes, his crow’s feet and it even looks like they even thinned out his nose. Grrrr… When will they realize that it’s all the imperfections coming together in a perfect storm that makes him so handsome?
Will keep updating as info gets released, I had this in other places but think it needs it’s own link.
SUNDAY, JUNE 10, E1, “Turn! Turn! Turn!”
Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) struggle with the aftermath of Tara’s (Rutina Wesley) shooting, while also cleaning up after Debbie Pelt. Meanwhile, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Eric (Alexander Skarsgård), cleaning up a mess of their own, are visited by the Vampire Authority, one of whom is Nora (Lucy Griffiths), a woman from Eric’s past. In search of the missing Marcus, Alcide’s (Joe Manganiello) werewolf pack comes after Sam (Sam Trammell). With Bill away, Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) enjoys her new freedom by partying with local college kids; Jason (Ryan Kwanten) is visited by the recently turned Rev. Steve Newlin (Michael McMillian); Terry’s (Todd Lowe) PTSD is reignited by Patrick Devins (Scott Foley), an old Iraq War buddy; and Alcide turns up at Sookie’s to warn her about the recently resurfaced Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare).
JUNE 17, E2, “Authority Always Wins”
At the Vampire Authority headquarters in New Orleans, Bill and Eric meet Salome (Valentina Cervi) and become acquainted with the Authority’s interrogation techniques. Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) recalls her human life as the madam of the Comstock Brothel in San Francisco, and her first encounter with Eric. Werewolves J.D. (Louis Herthum) and Rikki (Kelly Overton) pay tribute to Marcus, but Alcide refuses to participate or take his rightful place as the new packmaster. Martha Bozeman (Dale Dickey) shows up wanting to see her granddaughter, causing conflict for Sam and Luna (Janina Gavankar). Fearing Russell’s return, Sookie procures a home-protection system; Arlene (Carrie Preston) tries to get to the bottom of Terry’s erratic behavior; Steve Newlin stops by with an offer for Jessica; and Jason feels the brunt of his womanizing ways.
SUNDAY, JUNE 24, E3, “Whatever I Am, You Made Me”
Bill and Eric barter for their lives with the Authority Chancellors and their leader, Roman (Christopher Meloni). Salome and Roman enlist a new ally in the face of Russell’s return. Sookie goes to Fangtasia to ask for help from Pam, who is still caught up in her memories of Eric and the strange murders at the Comstock Brothel. Andy’s dalliance with Holly (Lauren Bowles) comes back to bite him in the butt; later, he’s visited by Gordon (Steve Rankin) and Barbara Pelt (Linda Purl), who are searching for Debbie. Jason bumps into an old high school teacher, but their reunion brings up conflicting feelings.
SUNDAY JULY 1, E4 “We’ll Meet Again”
Episode #52 (5.04): “We’ll Meet Again”: Eric and Bill fear for their lives; Lafayette puts Sookie’s life in danger; Roman and Salome root out a Council traitor. (Written by Alexander Woo; directed by Romeo Tirone.)
Playdates: July 1, 4, 5 and 7
SUNDAY JULY 8, E5, “Boot N Rally”
Bill and Eric turn to Sookie for help with Russell’s whereabouts; Jason has a disturbing dream. (Written by Angela Robinson; directed by Michael Lehmann.)
Playdates: July 8, 11, 12 and 14
SUNDAY JULY 15, E6, “Hopeless”
Bill and Eric are retrieved by the Authority; Roman lays out his plans for Russell. (Written by Alan Ball; directed by Dan Attias.)
Playdates: July 15, 18, 19 and 21
SUNDAY JULY 22, E7, “In The Beginning”
Salome reveals her true allegiances; Sookie embraces her human side; Sam sniffs out some perps; Alcide braces for a fight. (Written by Brian Buckner; directed by Michael Ruscio.)
Playdates: July 22, 25, 26 and 28
E8 “Somebody That I Used to Know”
The Authority revels in a new direction; Sookie and Jason visit the site of their parents’ deaths; Luna gets stuck on Sam. (Written by Mark Hudis; directed by Stephen Moyer.)
Playdates: July 29 and 31
E9 “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
E10 “Gone, Gone, Gone”
E12, “Save Yourself”
From IMDB and TV.com and of course, Rhoswhen7.
According to the schedule that HBO sent to media outlets in May, new True Blood episodes will air on all 5 Sundays in July. It makes sense, because the 4th is in the middle of the week, but it’s good to have confirmation anyway. That means season 5 of True Blood should finish up on August 26.
I want to thank the person known as Rhoswen7, they have made this a fun hiatus, and very bearable with info for fans before the entertainment sites posted the news.
Wow! Thanks to http://www.ericandsookielovers.com I saw the new Promo from Ryan Kwanten/Jason Stackhouse and boy was I not a happy camper to see this:
I embelished on the still I know! Guess we all knew that might happen but still!!!!!
Alcide: What if our hearts can’t be trusted and it’s our brains we should be listening to?
(IMO: Then shoot yourself in the head)
via The Friday Before!.
True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard is the new face of Calvin Klein. This is not the first modeling gig for Alexander. He was also the face of ”Hickey Freeman” two years ago. The ad image above shows the scent “Encounter”.
The Encounter Calvin Klein campaign tells the story of unresolved tension and desire between a man and a woman,” said Thomas Burkhardt, vice president of marketing for Coty Prestige, the fragrance licensee of Calvin Klein. “It’s meant to be open to interpretation. It also makes you a bit uncomfortable, which is a trademark of advertising this brand.”
Don’t look at me now
when all I feel is sadness
for the broken trust