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We know that the writing and the immense creativity of Alan Ball has had a lot to do with the success of True Blood. However, in three short seasons, the popularity of the vampire saga  has exploded. What was once a cult phenomenon is now a full-blown obsession.

It’s true that Alan Ball and the writing has had a bit of help from the steady stream of sex, nudity, and biting — a constant commingling of flesh and blood, both highly exposed, but we fans who were here from the beginning aren’t surprised at all.

In this recent interview with The New York Post, Sam Trammell speaks about doing nude scenes and he explains that it’s not quite as hot as it looks.

For Sam Trammell, who plays bar owner Sam Merlotte, the nudity is a more trying experience than for most of his nubile colleagues. Unlike the vampires and werewolves who populate the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, Merlotte is a shape-shifter who changes into animals — usually, a cuddly little collie. Trammell’s shifts remove him from the scene entirely, as his role is taken over by an actual dog. When he changes back, then, he finds himself naked wherever the collie happens to land.

In a recent episode, Sam was found outside, laying starkers in the middle of a cold dirt road.

We shot that scene in the middle of the night,” Trammell says. “It was freezing. You’re standing on a road in the desert, in a robe, and then you jump in the dirt. It’s not glamorous.”
And as anyone who’s ever sunbathed on a beach in a skimpy swimsuit can tell you, when you lay outside with skin exposed, you often bring unexpected gifts back home.

I was rubbing dirt on my body so it looked like I really had been running through the woods. You find dirt in weird places,” he says. “It winds up in my ear, on your fingernails.

While many of the show’s coffin-hopping characters enjoy the benefit of soft lighting and gorgeous, naked castmates beside them on a regular basis, Trammell’s nudity allows for a different set of sensations.

It’s very humbling when you’re standing next to huge trees and you’re just a little naked guy,” he says. “It’s not a real majestic thing. That happens to my character all the time.
Nudity for the sake of one’s art is nothing new to the 39-year-old actor, who spent years in the New York theater and performed in several plays that required the full monty.

But while being naked on “True Blood” has become old hat, even when Trammell does get to sex it up with some of his co-stars — as he did with Anna Paquin and Rutina Wesley in season one, and as he will this season with another cast member whose name he won’t reveal — the eroticism is at more of a simmer than a boil. “They’re totally bizarre,” he says of shooting the show’s sex scenes. “I shot a scene the other day where basically I was having sex with someone, and it was seven in the morning. I was still half asleep, and so was she, and we were like, ‘Good morning,’ and then they said, ‘Action!’ And you’re almost fully naked, and you pretend to have sex. It’s a very strange business.

To read the rest of this interview go to The New York Post

Sam Trammell on the set of Guns, Girls and Gambling

Posted by Lynnpd On July - 18 - 2010

True Blood’s Sam Trammell is working on a new film while on hiatus from True Blood.  His new film is Guns, Girls and Gambling.  Here’s a few photos of him on the set:

source: I’m here for Sookie

And here’s one with a lucky fan which was posted on July 17, 2010 by magicaltiming:

Over at “EOnline” Kristin provides a few spoilers from Joe Manganiello and what we can expect from him in future episodes of True Blood, Season 3. Below is part of the article.

Spoiler Alert!

Alexander Skarsgård might want to watch his back. Not that we’re replacing that sexy vamp—but things are about to get a little heated between Alcide and the sheriff.

And yes, Sookie (Anna Paquin) is involved—did you even need to ask?!

Once again Sookie is tearing apart the men of True Blood—the little cutie can’t help it!

Obviously, Bill and Sookie have been having some problems, and Alcide is in a very interesting position as far as all of that goes,” Joe tells us. “And Eric steps into the mix as well.” Dun-dun-dun!

Joe elaborates coyly: “Werewolves and vampires don’t like each other to begin with. You will wind up seeing Eric and Alcide together at some point. When I was being cast, I heard that they were looking for somebody as tall or taller than Alex because they wanted somebody who could square off against him. I’ll just say that.

To read the entire article, go to EOnline.

New bricks added to the Stephen Moyer Fan Wall

Posted by Shadaliza On July - 18 - 2010

Another group of bricks has just been added to the Stephen Moyer Fan Wall. Look for yours starting at brick #61. Please check your messages and let us know at info@allstephenmoyer.com if you want something changed.

Check it out on the Stephen Moyer Fan Wall.

Thank you all so much for your donations.

Do you want your name and message on the fan wall? It’s easy….. buy your brick on the special fundraiser page and automatically participate in the contest. The message you write for your brick could win you one of the prizes signed by Stephen Moyer including the #1 prize: a t-shirt out of Stephen’s closet.

Go to the Fans of Stephen Moyer Wall or go to the special page for the Stephen Moyer Kids Theatre Fundraiser and participate.

More photos from True Blood Season 3 Press Conference

Posted by Lynnpd On July - 17 - 2010

The True Blood Press Conference took place on July 14 at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles.  Attending was Alexander Skarsgård, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

Additional photos can be found in the Photo Gallery.

Stephen Moyer signs autographs from the back of his limo

Posted by Shadaliza On July - 17 - 2010

Video from MishMashMagazine of Stephen Moyer signing autographs from the back of a limo. It’s unknown where and when this was filmed, it is very recent because Stephen is without the Bill look.

Cast shines at True Blood Press Conference

Posted by Shadaliza On July - 17 - 2010

On July 14 the True Blood Press Conference took place at the Four Seasons in Los Angeles. Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer and Alexander Skarsgård posed for the press resulting in these wonderful photos. Special thanks to imhereforsookie.tumblr.com for the photos.

Video: Stephen Moyer on the Tonight’s Show with Jay Leno

Posted by Shadaliza On July - 17 - 2010

Last night, July 16, Stephen Moyer chatted with Jay Leno about Holiday camps, the acting ambition of his son Billy and True Blood.

And a backstage clip.

Marshall Allman: Nude scenes are kind of like cliff diving

Posted by Lynnpd On July - 16 - 2010

This season we have met Sam’s biological parents, The Mickens’, and have universally decided that he was probably better off being without any family.  However, the addition of Tommy Mickens, played by Marshall Allman seems to be an exception.  The family is sure messed up, and we’re not yet sure whether Tommy is the cause or a victim of his upbringing.  Popwrap has interviewed Marshall and you can read part of it below.

He doesn’t appear to be hiding an ulterior motive the same way mom and pop are. In fact, he seems more hurt by his parents than anything else. See, Tommy’s whole life had also been a lie since the existence of a brother came as quite a shock. Especially one who could also shapeshift.

But perhaps I’m wrong. Perhaps Tommy does have a few tricks up his sleeve. At least that’s the feeling actor Marshall Allman left me with by the end of our chat.

PopWrap: You weren’t a super fan before joining the cast, so do you think that helped you audition?
Marshall Allman: The naivete I had coming in definitely helped me because the show’s popularity wasn’t in the back of mind during the audition. It left me focus on playing the character. But then I saw Alan Ball and got nervous. In my first audition I stumbled over the same line twice. Afterwards I looked at Alan and said, “I think it’s because of you.” I feel like he has an Oscar hanging out of his pocket.

PW: What did you relate to about Tommy?
Marshall: He’s obviously in a brother relationship and I’ve had a brother. I have a brother. He’s not dead [laughs]. Sorry I don’t want this to come out and my brother to think I’m trying to kill him off. Sorry David! I have a brother and it’s always fun to play the hang-ups or dysfunctions. That’s when I really feel like my talent gets to fly. I get to sink my teeth into something … no pun intended with a vampire show.

PW: Was the pun intended with the “talent gets to fly” line since your character shifts into birds also?
Marshall: [laughs] Right, exactly.

PW: Talk to me about those scenes, is it odd playing a shapeshifter?
Marshall: It was definitely weird to hear cut and then someone shout “send in Tommy-dog.” It was a trip. It was definitely one of those very cool moments — it’s one thing to think about being a part of a giant production but it’s quite another to actually be shifting into a dog. This is a whole other level.

PW: Sam Trammell kind of hinted that Sam Merlotte will come to regret searching out his birth parents — would you agree?
Marshall: Well, there’s only so much dysfunction he can take. I don’t know how long you can visit with your parents with, but for the majority of the country, Christmas and Thanksgiving is enough. You know?

To read the entire interview go to nypost.com

After Rutina Wesley appeared on KTLA today she was interviewed by Zap2it. Of course, Rutina is thrilled that the show is nominated for an Emmy, breaking the “vampire curse.”

They chatted about Tara’s new love interest (please read the sarcasm), James Frain who plays the sexually deviant Franklin Mott. KTLA showed a clip with Frain that featured Rutina’s trademark, “What? You cray cray” look, so we had to ask her to reenact it for us. She also gave us a little insight into how Tara will handle the situation (Hint: “She’s a fighter”).

As always, Zap2it had to represent for its readers. So, we asked your questions about whether Tara and Sam have a future together and why she and her mom just can’t get along. And, by fan request, we asked Wesley what her summer jams are.

Source: Zap2It

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