Carrie Preston (Arlene on True Blood) was present at the fourth annual Macon Film & Video Festival that took place in historic downtown Macon, GA from 18-21 February.
The filming of the second season of True Blood has kept her very busy, but she managed to find the time to fly out to Macon just for the day to present her production company, Daisy 3 Productions, latest endeavor, “Ready? OK!“
Our special reporter, Billsbabe ABNegative drove out to Macon to meet Carrie:
“This past Saturday evening I found myself in Macon attending the wonderful and quite enjoyable fourth annual Macon Film Festival (MAGA).
This year was my first foray into the world of film festivals. All I can say is “why did it take me so long?” I had a marvelous time! The festival’s organizer and planner, Terrell Sandefur, did an amazing job. From acquiring great films to be viewed, to being a warm, friendly and gracious host not only to me, but to everyone there, he did Macon proud. Every review I have read about the weekend deemed it a huge success. Thank you Terrell!
The Cox Capitol Theatre is a grand looking old place. It has been lovingly restored to it’s former glory of the days when cowboys, war heroes and Tom & Jerry lit our imaginations and became the only place to be on a Saturday afternoon. It is a lovely place to spend a quiet evening having dinner and a movie.
It was here Saturday night that Macon’s own hometown girl, Carrie Preston, came to show her family and friends a movie that she, along with husband Michael Emerson, and good friend James Vasquez, under the name of Daisy 3 Productions, had made. Carrie and James, along with many family and close friends, arrived in the theatre just prior to the start of the movie. Everyone there was so excited and pleased to see her. After having the pleasure of meeting and talking with her, I can see why. She is so very gracious and sweet, without a single trace of pretentions or ego anywhere near her. She welcomed me warmly and after thanking me for coming, we had a wonderful conversation. She graciously answered questions and before long I felt as though I were talking with someone I had know for years.”
ABNegative: “You are married to Michael Emerson who plays Ben Linus on Lost. Were you already a fan of Lost before Michael got the role of Ben?”
Carrie: “Yes, I was. Michael, of course, is in Hawaii filming and couldn’t come. Actually I played the mother of Michael’s character on the show in flashbacks that dealt with his background story somewhat, sort of a strange twist.”
ABNegative: “I understand that your husband plays a “bad” character.”
Carrie: “yes, he is a bad guy”.
ABNegative: “What did you think when you first read the script for True Blood? Were you captured immediately or did it have to grow on you?”
Carrie: “Oh, I liked it immediately. I knew it was something I wanted to work on but I didn’t really see me as Arlene. I mean in the books she’s this buxom waitress with all this red hair who looks nothing like me. In the book she really wasn’t much of a character.”
ABNegative: “So, you’ve read the books?”
Carrie: “Yes, I’ve read the books”.
ABNegative: “I am such a fan, I just love True Blood. So, I know your lips are sealed as far as the new season goes, but can you tell me if there will be a little something between Arlene and Terry? After all, we all know Terry just loves those clavicles.”
Carrie: “Yeah, he does like the clavicles. And my red hair.”
ABNegative: “That looks like a sunset after a bomb went off.”
Carrie: (laughing) “Yeah, a sunset after a bomb went off . Well, I can’t really give away too much, but what I can say is that Arlene is not the type of woman who can be alone for very long. So if that helps any…..”
ABNegative: “No, Arlene doesn’t strike me as the type who’ll stay single”. And I think everyone really likes Terry. And I must say that I knew from your accent on the show that you were a southern girl. I didn’t realize you were from Macon, but I knew that accent was for real.”
Carrie: “As you can tell, I don’t really talk like that now, but I can call it up when I need to.”
ABNegative: “Well, there are spoiler threads out there, so I’ve read the episode titles of the first four, maybe five episodes.”
Carrie: “Really, I didn’t realize….”
ABNegative: “Yeah, from some of the titles we can sort of figure out what’s going on. I think “Scratch My Back” must be about Sookie being attacked by the Maened and having her back all messed up.”
Carrie: ” Yes, the Maened. That sounds like it. And without giving away anything, I can say that season 2 really strays far away from the second book, hardly anything like it. It’s just so far out there with more characters and going in different directions. Not much like the book at all.”
ABNegative: “Wonderful! I am glad to hear that. I don’t think the fans could bear to see Bill and Sookie not be together. At least, that’s how I feel, and there are lots of fans who feel the same way.”
And ABNegative, being a true Billsbabe, couldn’t resist to ask Carrie about Stephen Moyer….
ABNegative: “I just have to ask you this. Is Stephen Moyer really as wonderful as he seems?”
Carrie: (smiling and giving a nod) “Yes, yes, he really is. Just such a nice person.”
ABNegative: “I know you have a lot of people who want to talk with you and I won’t keep you. But I want to say that I loved your movie (“Ready? OK!”). It’s a great, heartwarming movie that leaves you feeling good. It’s something I can show my grandchildren and not have to worry about language or inappropriate content. It’s such a pleasure to find a movie like that. And that young man (Lurie Poston) was so adorable.”
Carrie: “Well, thank you so much. That’s what we wanted to do, make a family movie with a message that could appeal to all ages. Something very family oriented that you could watch with your family.”
ABNegative: Well Carrie, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate your taking time to talk with me. The interview will be posted on the trueblood-online.com website and lots of fans can read it. It’s quite a popular site, with amazing stories and links. There are three websites (trueblood-online.com, stephenmoyer.net, stephenmoyer.yuku.com) I am representing and those ladies do an amazing job. One of the ladies lives in Italy. Isn’t that something?”
Carrie: “Yes, the site Terrell (Festival organizer Terrell Sandefur) told me about. I can’t wait to check it out. It sounds great. I had no idea the fans were so far reaching. I didn’t realize. How did you meet her?”
ABNegative: First, I had posted on the HBO fan site and made friends with quite of few of Stephen’s fans. In case you haven’t figured it out, he’s quite popular with the ladies. (Carrie laughs and nods). I had looked at trueblood-online.com quite often before actually establishing a friendship with her (Shadaliza). Then 2 other sites (stephenmoyer.net, stephenmoyer.yuku.com) were created just for us, so we could talk to each other, as well as others, without any, well, monitoring.
Carrie: Well, thank you for coming. And I appreciate the shirt!
ABNegative: Oh, it was a great pleasure for me. Have fun with the filming and I just cannot wait until it starts.
“If you have the opportunity to see “Ready? OK!” then take my advice and see it. It is a warm, funny, and at times emotional, movie that sends a clear message that it’s alright to just be who you are. We are all different in our own special way. Each parent wants what is best for their child, but sometimes the best is what makes that child unique and different. And the bond of family love is a bond that holds up through the tough times as well as the easy times. It’s also a wonderful family movie that can be shown anytime and anyplace to any age group. I understand that it will not be released in theatres, but it can be ordered from their Ready? OK! website or through Amazon in mid March.
At the conclusion of the movie, Carrie and James Vasquez graciously took questions from the audience. To anyone there who was interested in film making, their input was invaluable. It was above my head, I must admit, but I enjoyed the exchange between James and Carrie with the audience.
I got my chance to meet and talk with Carrie after the Q & A, where I presented her with the Billsbabes shirt. She was quite surprised and delighted with the shirt. After I explained just what a Billsbabe was, she was doubly delighted!
As I stated earlier, she is just so warm and friendly. I can truthfully say that Carrie Preston is a special person, one that I was delighted to have the opportunity to meet and talk with. I am looking forward to the new season of True Blood as well as other future movies she will appear in.
Don’t forget. See the movie.”
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Special thanks to Terrell Sandefur for the photos.
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