A New York photographer named Ricky wrote to me recently telling me her story about meeting Sookie & Bill (Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer) of True Blood in London last month.
She and I have corresponded several times since, and after viewing her web site, I can see that Ricky is really a talented photographer. She said that when she met the couple that it was the one time that she really wished she had checked the batteries in her camera before she left her hotel.
I asked her if she wanted to share her story with the True Blood fans and she agreed.
Below is her story of meeting the famous couple. I’m sure you can all relate to how frustrating it must have been for her to have such an exciting experience and yet be without the one tool that she is most comfortable with, her camera. Read below how she coped and still got the shot!
Last month, while standing in the line, at the refreshment stand during the intermission of “The Sound of Music” at Regent’s Park Open Air Theater in London, I noticed a familiar face. Is it…SOOKIE STACKHOUSE ? YES!
She (Anna Paquin) was chatting with another woman just a few steps from me; and I thought, how can this be true? Who would believe me that I have just seen a character from a TV show and book that I had been thinking about just an HOUR earlier. In fact, I’ve been thinking about Sookie and Bill the entire summer, neglecting lots of other projects and friends and family. For weeks, I was way too immersed in Sookie’s world: while hiking and listening to the Charlene Harris audio books and at night, watching True Blood on TV.
Now she is standing in front of me in London, how odd this feels!
I think to myself, I must say something, or take a photo.., but Oops, camera battery is dead. So, I fumble through my bag to find my iPad. It was better than nothing.
By the time I got out my iPad, Sookie was walking away, but I followed her, and gently tapped her shoulder and asked if I could take a picture. She said, “SURE.” Just at that exact moment Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) turned around and for a split second, they both were posing perfectly for my iPad.
After snapping the photo, I attempted to thank them, but I was speechless, or was I star struck? Well, regardless, I was frozen because I did not expect to see Bill the vampire turn around smiling politely. I thought I may as well have been a Bon Temps resident about to get bitten or glamoured, so I quickly ran away.
Back in my seat, all I could do was check my iPad again and again to see if this was true!? The play was now resuming, but I was not hearing anything, my mind was racing. I mentally told myself to focus on the play, but I could not. I really must have been glamoured by Bill!
Later, when I walked back to my hotel, I felt as if somehow I had created that moment for myself in my mind, and that it should teach me something about myself, but what? I’m still trying to figure that out.
I was so frustrated for not having a good camera with me; oh how I would love to photograph a real art portrait of this lovely and interesting couple….one day.
I’m happy to share this photo and my experience with other fans of Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
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by Ricky Zehavi