True Blood’s Todd Lowe was seen at the 30th Annual Breeders’ Cup “Songs In The Saddle: The Infield Music Fest” at Santa Anita Park on November 2, 2013 in Arcadia, California. Glad to see Todd out and about and he looks great in that cowboy hat.
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Although Todd Lowe may have left True Blood, we’re glad to see that he’s not gone for good and that we can still see him in interviews, etc. In the latest issue of Bello Magazine Todd is featured with photos and an interview which we have scans of below:
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When did you find out this was the way your character’s storyline was headed?
I found out at the beginning [of the season], when we just started shooting. I guess it was in late January. I got a call from my rep because I was driving, and I hadn’t read or auditioned for anything recently, so I was like, “I wonder what this call is.” Then Brian Buckner, the new showrunner, took me out for a drink and told me how [Terry's] going to go out. It made good sense. It was the right time. I was happy to die for the good of the many and for the good of the show. And I think it was impactful. I watched the episode last night, and I got emotional again. I was emotional when I first heard about it, I was emotional at the table read, I was emotional when we shot it. And now, I feel like a big weight has been lifted off my back. I can focus now on another project.
I thought the final scene between you and Carrie Preston (“Arlene“) was perfect. I really like how Terry died in peace. It was a real honor to the character because he’s been there since the beginning.
You know, what I was the most flattered about is that they kept announcing at the beginning of the season that a major character was going to die. Like, “Oh, wow, they’re considering me a major character.” That’s flattering, if not a bit misleading. But it felt good to be included as that. I never really saw myself as that, but I guess Terry had gotten bigger through the years, and kind of played his storyline out, and it was the right time to go.
Were you bummed that you didn’t get to go out in a blaze of blood and guts and gore like most True Blood characters?
No. I’m a little bummed that I have to leave the party early. But I’m still friends with everyone in the cast and a lot of people on the crew. You work on a show for six years, and – anytime you’re an actor – when a play closes its run, there’s postpartum depression there. So I’m bummed mainly that I don’t get to work with all these great people anymore on this project.
But at the same time, you are now part of an elite group of actors whose characters have been killed on the show. Is there a support group out there? You, Denis O’Hare, Scott Foley, Arliss Howard, Christopher Meloni – all of you need to get together and go for drinks.
[Laughs] Yeah, I’ll find them on Twitter, and I’ll be the one to suggest that.
Was there a send-off party, not just for you, but for Arliss Howard [Gov. Burrell] as well?
Well, Arliss was kind of a quick member. I mean, he came in and out. I didn’t even realize, because I was just so focused on myself, that he died in this episode. When we had the table read and we read that scene [where Terry is killed], there was five steady minutes of applause, I guess as an ovation to my character. And meanwhile, Gov. Burrell goes out, and he didn’t get that applause. But he hadn’t had time to really establish himself in the world of the show. But there was a little bit of a ceremony on my last day of shooting. They surprised me with a red-velvet armadillo cake because my character has a pet armadillo. I don’t know who the baker was that made it, but it was incredibly realistic-looking. Unappetizing to the eye, but delicious.
I chatted with Brian Buckner before the start of the season, and he spoke at length about how important it was to him that the lives of the Bon Temps residents be honored regardless of the show’s tendency for bloodshed. So is it safe to assume that Terry’s memory is going to live on in the upcoming episodes?
Yes, it’s going to. They’re going to have to deal with the funeral, and that’s a good plot device to bring people back to Bon Temps. And then if everybody is congregated in Bon Temps, hmm. . . what could happen?
More human-vampire war, perhaps? And what’s it going to be like for Arlene now? Because one of the lines that stuck out for me Sunday night was when she said, “My life just don’t work without that man.“
I can’t go into too much detail about what’s gonna happen. I do know that that safety-deposit box is gonna play a factor. That’s pretty much what you can gather from watching it.
Any chance that we haven’t seen the last of Terry? I mean, Lafayette’s a medium, and the ghost of Jesus has come back, the ghost of Adele Stackhouse has come back, so. . .
Yeah, that’s up out there for the writers to decide. I can’t speak too much on it. But sure, I’d love to come back. My fear, though, is Lafayette would channel me and he would get to play Terry and I don’t even make an appearance.
read this interview in its entirety at: rollingstone.com
If You have not seen Episode 6.06, beware of spoiler!
Tonight we saw the promised “major death” that we’ve all been hearing about on True Blood.
Todd Lowe who played Terry Bellefleur gave us many enjoyable times during his tenure on the show. Terry was a minor character in the first season who became an integral part of the cast as the seasons progressed, even getting his own storyline last season.
We fully understand the need for some to be killed off on True Blood when their character’s story lines have run their course, but it’s going to be sad not seeing Terry in the kitchen of Merlotte’s or presenting some of his own kind of crazy in each episode.
And, in True Blood fashion, just like Jim Parrack, who last season was glamoured into forgetting his heartbreak, Todd had just found happiness after being glamoured by a vampire friend of Holly’s into forgetting his own pain, when his life was taken.
It’s truly bitter sweet, but we say, ”Rest in Peace, Terry Bellefleur” and best of luck to Todd Lowe in his future career.
see the photo after the cut.
Todd Lowe, who plays PTSD suffering Terry Bellefleur on True Blood has been interviewed by The Wrap where he talks about his war vet and newlywed character having his own set of challenges om True Blood Season 6.
After killing Patrick (Scott Foley) on Season 5 when he threatened to kill wife Terry (Carrie Preston) after finding out that the spirit that’s haunting them demanded that someone must die, Terry will find that things are rarely dead and buried on Sunday’s new episode.
“An unexpected visitor shows up at Merlotte’s,” Todd Lowe, who plays mentally unstable Terry, teased when TheWrap asked what’s ahead for his character.
“It’s another casualty added to Terry’s growing list, and we know that he doesn’t deal so well with that,” he added. “As expected, we know he’s not going to deal with it so well again.”
TheWrap: Will we see some of his post-traumatic stress disorder return this season?
Todd Lowe: Yeah, he’s got a lot of anguish over having to kill his friend and commander, even though it was pretty much inevitable because there was [a demon] Ifrit curse. It was either him or Terry and I had to pull the trigger. Once again, he shot someone in front of his own eyes and is having a hard time coping with it.
How does that affect his wife Arlene and the family?
Well, Arlene wants no more of this marine, PTSD war backstory from before she knew Terry. She wants Terry as the husband, stepdaddy, friend and confidante. Unfortunately, Terry’s not so good at one of those three.
Does Terry get pulled into the human versus vampire war raging this season?
There is not so much vampire interaction with Terry. He has own little special mission that he needs to go on and I’ll leave it at that. It’s revealed towards the middle of the season.
Looking back on this season, is there a scene that you’re most excited for fans to see? Where should fans expect to see this scene?
Halfway through the season there’s a big moment that I haven’t gotten to play yet, so I’m excited. That happens in episode five or six, I think. I’m curious to see how that goes over.
There are a lot of changes on Season 6. For instance the showrunner changes. What do you think we’ll notice on-screen as a result of the handoff from Alan Ball?
I’m curious to see if there’s a shift in tonality. I didn’t really notice it in the script or in the table reads or in any of the days on-set. When Brian Buckner came in around the second episode, he got us going again. It’s a big machine, and it’s pretty well oiled. There wasn’t any palpable tension that I noticed.
The premiere ratings were a little lower compared to last year. What’s your take on that?
I watched the basketball game on Sunday night. I don’t think we’ve had to deal with that in seasons past. The basketball game is a live event. I don’t really pay attention to the numbers. I did notice a headline that it had dipped a little bit, but not much. I was told there were strong returns as we’re fighting against this sporting event.
The executive producers have been teasing that someone major is going to die this season. What can you tell us about the reaction of the cast to this departure?
I know we were sad to see it coming. I can’t say too much more. It was a bit of a surprise and it was kind of an emotional moment – we’ve been together as a cast since the first season.
True Blood’s Todd Lowe stops by the set of the Huffington Post to give the scoop on season six of HBO’s ‘True Blood’ and lets us know what we can expect from his character, the PTSD-suffering war veteran Terry Bellefleur.
True Blood’s Music Supervisor, Gary Calamar and Todd Lowe spoke to ExtraTV about the music in True Blood and it’s new season in the video interview below. Gary talks about the songs that make up the title of each episode and how sometimes that can cause a problem when the title of the episode is changed at the last minute. Todd discusses how his character of Terry Bellefleur is still suffering from what happened last season, and what will happen for Terry in Season 6.
Todd Lowe, who plays loving husband, daddy, and step-daddy, Terry Bellefleur discussed his character and more with the Austin Chronicle.
Below is part of that interview with Todd that pertains to True Blood:
What made you decide to move to L.A.? How did you get your start in TV and films?
Todd Lowe: I moved from Austin to L.A. with my girlfriend at the time because she got accepted to USC’s grad school. I had been doing OK in Austin. I had a little children’s theatre company, and I had gotten a job at Esther’s – I worked there for about a hiccup before I left. I moved to L.A. for love, but that didn’t work out. I got a job here in L.A., struggled for a while, did some plays. I got my equity card, found my agent, and then I got a part on Gilmore Girls. That turned into a job that kept giving – they wrote more for me. I did a couple pilots that didn’t go anywhere. I paid off my student loans. Then True Blood hit. I started in the first season as a recurring guest star, and in the second season they gave me a nice contract. Yeh, I guess I’m still treading water until I get back to Austin.
AC: I’ve read enough interviews with the True Blood cast to know that you’re under orders to not leak details about the upcoming season. But can you tell me how you feel about the upcoming season without breaching any confidentiality?
TL: I have to be guarded in what I say. It was an emotional season for my character this year. The show has changed show runners, and now it’s kinda this big, global brand that I’m happy to be part of. I get to go to science-fiction conventions. I’ve gone to England, Germany, and Australia. I never thought something like this would be part of my career, but when jobs and opportunities and a little bit of money present themselves to you, you go. You think to yourself, “This isn’t what I set out to do as an actor. I didn’t set out to do science-fiction conventions.” But it’s a chance to see the world. I’ve been very fortunate to be on True Blood. It’s kinda like winning the lottery. It’s given me some exposure, and now I’m starting to get some film offers for quirky kind of characters in different films. I love it. It’s great. I feel so blessed. And I’m thankful for my training at the University of Texas. I put my time in there. I guess I used that training to help me along in my career.
AC: So what’s this I hear about you being a musician, too?
TL: I have this band called L.A. Hootenanny. We hope to come to town and play in Austin sometime. Recently, we ordered some food from the Salt Lick for an upcoming gig. We’re going to play at the American Legion here in L.A., have a Sunday brunch, and feed the folks some barbecue.
AC: What do you think about playing the part of military person without having been one?
TL: I was a guy who was lucky enough to go to college. Enlisting in the service wasn’t an option for me. I have respect for people who have seen stuff way worse than I have. The worst thing I can stir up for any emotional recall is that I saw my dog die. I haven’t had to see anything that is very, very ugly. I’ve worried during the run of the show that I’m giving an inaccurate portrayal or someone who has really seen some shit, to use some military parlance. But I’ve gotten compliments from veterans saying they really liked my portrayal of the character and that I give him a lot of sympathy. I credit the writers for that. But I’m a never-enlisted Austin musician. My hands and wrists don’t stay rigid like a combat veteran. I took some martial arts classes in Kali [Filipino stick fighting] from a friend of mine to firm them up and learn some basic fighting stances. I have to tell my body to constantly stand up straight because I’m a natural slouch. I don’t want to get portraying a veteran wrong and certainly don’t want to offend someone who can kill me in two moves.
AC: How has it been at True Blood since Alan Ball left?
TL: I do miss Alan and his vision. The show got large. But Brian Buckner was on the writing staff since the first season and now he has taken the reins. He has brought back a sense of camp and humor and a lot of threat, which I think the show has been lacking since the first season. He has brought back threat and a sense of danger to the show. I think he has tapped into something that has really made the show click when it first aired.
AC: I was looking at the first season and saw this touching moment of you and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) hugging because he had made a speech to a church group about the horrors of war. That’s when we first really meet your character, when he approaches Bill saying that he also understands war is hell. It was as if at that moment you two were the only veterans in the whole room.
TL: I can tell you how I played that scene. I was new to the show, and I was just written in as a guest star in the first season. We had a table read, and I discovered I’m taller than him. I know he’s a big, powerful vampire who can kill me, but I’m going to dominate his space and give him a big hug he can’t get away from. I just ran in and charged and gave him a big-ass hug. That’s how I played the scene as an actor. I used my physical size. I’m not as tough, nor as pretty.
AC: Your character is not supernatural, but looking back at season five, you encountered that Middle Eastern spirit …
TL: The ifrit.
AC: Yes, the ifrit. The first thing I did when I heard the word was Google the term to find out what it was and if it really existed. Have you gotten something out of the show and wondered if it was really part of some mythology, gotten you interested in doing research?
TL: I learned about the ifrit when Alan Ball emailed me at the beginning of last season. He told me, “This is what’s going on with your character. You were in a Marine platoon in the Middle East. You guys got high. Things escalated and you ended up shooting a bunch of civilians. And there’s this lady there, and the last thing she does is put a curse on you with an ifrit.” And he actually said, “You can Google it.” Obviously, he had. So I Googled “ifrit” and learned basically it’s a fire demon. We had problems with the pronunciation of it. That was the first time I had ever learned of an ifrit.
AC: Do you have anything else you’d like to share about True Blood?
TL: There have been a surprising amount of Austin people on the show. Kevin Alejandro, who played Jesus, went to University of Texas at Austin. Marshall Allman, who played Tommy, grew up in Austin. Mehcad Brooks, the big muscley guy who was Eggs, is from Austin. Michelle Forbes, who played Maryann, is from Austin. A few years ago, the Statesman ran a piece on Austin’s connection to the show. A lot of us grew up in Austin. And there’s always a kinship when you run into someone from Austin. We all reminisce about Barton Springs. Apparently, y’all are getting some rain now. The creeks are filling back up.
AC: A little bit. But you live in L.A. where rain is scarce.
TL: Yes, it’s scarce here. Every time I go back, I go to Lake Travis. It’s a little sad that the water’s so low where those cliffs are we used to jump off of. Don’t want to jump in and land on a bunch of limestone. I’ll do an L.A. rain dance. I’d rather the rain come to Austin than Los Angeles.
AC: I’m impressed by everyone’s accents has on True Blood.
TL: No, c’mon, not everyone …
To read the rest of this interview, go to: austinchronicle.com
Todd Lowe is tight lipped about what’s happening on the set during filming of Season 6 of True Blood when he was interviewed at the Teen Oscar Awards last week. All he would say was that we would be getting some new characters and we would see some old ones and that the viewers will be surprised. However, he did talk about where he would store an Oscar if he ever won one.