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Article on Istmus
The vampire is tall and pale with a ruined quality to his once-beautiful face, as if from years of hard living. He carries the limp and bloodied young woman to a secluded place near the bayou, lays her down and, with his teeth, tears open a vein in his wrist. He lifts her head and holds his bleeding wrist to her mouth, saying, “Drink.” She resists, and he tells her again to drink “if you want to live.” She laps tentatively at first, and then sucks with an energy that is creepily reminiscent of a greedy infant. Like switchblades opening, the vampire’s fangs drop into view. Blood drips over the young woman’s lips, leaving dark smears on her chin and cheeks. Her body begins to move with more animation. She is coming back to life.
No, that was not a post from some goth porn site. It’s a scene from HBO’s current marquee Sunday night serial, True Blood, now running in the slot formerly occupied by such lauded shows as The Sopranos and Six Feet Under.
Vampire mania is sweeping American culture, from HBO to teen novels to movies and adult popular fiction. Vampires are now the bad guys and the good guys, and sexier than ever. What does it say about America, in the early years of this new millennium, that vampires are such a cultural obsession?
“There’s a certain hopelessness in Bush America that seems to make us want fantasy,” says Parrish Johnston, a local science fiction and fantasy aficionado and book club leader. “The more worried we are about the world, the more we tend to need to escape.”
Article on Amazon
Since the first appearance of Sookie Stackhouse in Charlaine Harris’s Dead Until Dark, readers have been addicted to this exciting and charming series set in the South. But that addiction has reached fever pitch with the debut of the new HBO series by Alan Ball, True Blood, based on Harris’s “Southern Vampire Mysteries” series. Earlier this year I was lucky enough to meet Harris briefly at a convention in New York, and found her to be down-to-earth, approachable, and generous to her fans.
I recently interviewed Harris about both her books and the TV series via email. She answered my questions “sitting in my office, which is across the carport from the main house. It was intended as a mother-in-law apartment. It’s one large room with a bathroom and a big closet that used to be the tool shed; I had the outside door blocked and an inside door cut. It was an inadequate tool shed, anyway. My office is “decorated” with photos of New Orleans tomb art, the usual awards and stuff, and some incredible mementos. Plus, a picture of our three children, all beautiful and talented. Of course.”
Amazon.com: Vampire novels have been around for a long time, obviously. It’s a subject that takes particular ingenuity to make fresh. What do you think makes your books unique? And do you think of them as “vampire” novels, or something else?
Charlaine Harris: Hmmm. I think of them as adventure novels. Maybe the difference in my approach is the humor, and the fact that my protagonist has no increasing supernatural powers and has trouble paying her bills. (The telepathy? It’s up in the air in the books as to where that came from.)
Article on Afterelton
When Alan Ball’s pulpy, sexy vampire mystery series True Blood premiered on HBO, viewers found themselves in the company of a gay character the likes of which they hadn’t seen before: Lafayette Reynolds,
a gender-bender Jack-of-all-trades just as likely to win a barfight as he is to borrow your lip gloss.
As the show became increasingly complicated, so did Lafayette, who revealed himself to be an entrepreneur, a drug dealer, an Internet pornographer, and a fierce ally to his friends. He was certainly not a
character you can sum up in a few words.
So when the opportunity arose to interview Nelsan Ellis, the young actor who brought this fascinating character to life, we jumped at it. Nelsan was accommodating enough to visit with me near Times Square, so we’re pleased to offer a few video clips to accompany the written interview. In it, Nelsan discusses playing a gay character for the first time, his Southern roots, working with Alan Ball, and what might be in store for
Lafayette in the future.
Note: The discussion covers recent events on the show and also the source material, so there are possible minor spoilers ahead, although nothing major is revealed about the remaining episodes.
AfterElton: Congratulations on Season Two being renewed. Are you finished filming Season One at this point?
NE: Yeah, we’re done. One is all wrapped.
AE: The last time we saw Lafayette, he was comforting Sookie after her grandmother was brutally murdered. Can you give us any taste of what’s coming up?
NE: A lot of murder. A lot more blood. And it could be any one of us, actually. Certainly if they are willing to take out grandma, they are willing to take out anybody. So, yeah there’s some more murder.
AE: So there’s more nasty murders going on?
NE: Well, this will probably be the most nasty one and we’ll find out later why this particular murder was so nasty.
AE: I spoke to Alan Ball a couple months ago. He said that your characterization of Lafayette was “like something from another planet.” But you’re not from another planet, right?
NE: No, I’m from Alabama.
AE: And you came up here to Juilliard for acting?
“Come in here and show them your teeth,” actress Anna Paquin yells into another room.
Actor Stephen Moyer walks in, a bit perplexed about why she wants him to open his mouth to a room of strangers. Then she giggles and asks him again to bare his fangs.
And he does.
“See,” she says, smiling. “He does have them.”
As the star of HBO’s vampire drama “True Blood,” airing 9 p.m. ET Sundays, Paquin thinks her co-star’s pointy real-life canine teeth are cool. They are long and sharp like a vampire’s would be. Strangers might find them a bit disconcerting, especially since Moyer plays a vampire on “Blood.”
It’s part of Paquin’s charm to flirt. She can be playful and silly but rarely inappropriate or shameless.
She still loves to talk about acting, with the same vigor of a young artist although she’s played the Hollywood game more than half her life.
Despite her world travels, she still comes across as a bit of an innocent.
At 26, she’s no longer the little girl audiences discovered in 1993′s “The Piano,” for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. After a few high-profile period pieces (such as HBO’s “Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee”) and a big movie franchise (Rogue in the “X-Men” movies), she’s grown up. Unlike many actresses who had careers as children, Paquin doesn’t feel a need to declare to the world she’s an adult.
“I never did kids films,” she says. “I was a kid in (serious) films most of my life. It wasn’t as if I had to overcome this cute-kid-with-dimples thing.”
Paquin has come of age while working. Today, she is engaged by talking of her work. She doesn’t do the Hollywood party scene much. She lives quietly.
Paquin has little pretense for an actress with an Oscar on her mantle. She isn’t interested in being the star. She wants to be one of the gang.
As Southern barmaid Sookie Stackhouse on “True Blood,” Paquin says she’s found an unconventional woman.
Sookie is intrigued by and attracted to the town’s first resident vampire, a Civil War veteran named Bill (played by Moyer).
She doesn’t fear his sharp teeth. In fact, she loves to look at them. Her flirting with this mystery man causes her neighbors’ jaws to drop.
“I love how hopeful she is. I love how, despite whatever happens to her, she’s still an optimist and a romantic,” she says. “She has hadn’t the easiest life, but she’s still open to new things. She still sees the bright side.”
Paquin uses those attributes when approaching her work. She doesn’t want to know what’s ahead for Sookie, preferring to stay in the moment.
“What you do as an actor is to explain why people are the way they are,” she says. “You spend every waking hour trying to figure out that person or, at least, I do.”
Sookie has invaded Paquin’s life in more ways than one. She’s dyed her hair blond and gotten used to wearing tight T-shirts and jeans. Sookie represents a sexuality that Paquin has never displayed before on screen.
In many ways, Sookie is the type of role that Paquin strives for.
“I would be thrilled if people watched the whole (‘True Blood’) pilot and couldn’t figure out who I was,” she says.
“My favorite actors are people you can’t recognized when you’re walking down the street. … She’s a completely different character than what I am used to playing.
“Very few (producers) are going to cast you sight unseen for a role unlike anything you’ve done before. If you don’t audition, how do you know you’re right for the part?
“I’d rather know I’m right for the part than have someone cast me based on how they think they know me.”
A scan of the Article about True Blood on SFX of october 2008.
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source: Anna Paquin Online