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Alcide is a sensitive outsider with massive biceps and considerable girl troubles. Turns out they have so much in common: In real life, the actor has likewise been a sensitive outsider with massive biceps and considerable girl troubles! Vulture caught up with this easygoing tall drink of werewolf just after he finished filming season four of True Blood. In addition to giggling about the nudity, we discussed his hopes for an Alcide-Sookie hook-up, as well as his sundry extracurricular activities this summer: eating fried chicken, making his muscles more muscle-y, and hitting the karaoke bar.
What’s the first thing you cheat-eat when you finish filming True Blood?
Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles! [Somberly] But I’m actually cast in a project right now [What to Expect When You’re Expecting, playing a studly photographer opposite Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez], so it looks like I have to train for it.
Just how sadistic is your trainer, Ron Mathews? He’s also worked with Hugh Jackman.
Ron is a semi-pro football player. Basically, he trains me like he would a professional athlete, a brutal combination of endurance and strength-lifting. There’s been a couple of moments where I wanna throw something at the mirror in the gym, smash the walls. You’re just in so much pain.
Like Nicolas Cage’s son, who allegedly attacked his trainer for saying he couldn’t eat something?
You’re also a grown adult. I’m allowed to eat anything I want, ’cause I’m a man. I choose not to, because I’m disciplined about my job.
What were the best and worst things about being captain of football, basketball, and volleyball teams high school?
Growing up I was artistic — always drawing, writing stories. When you’re my size [6-foot-5], and you grow up in western Pennsylvania, you play football. That’s it. My artistic side was really pushed aside for a good solid decade while I pursued athletics. Right when it looked like I was going to play sports in college, that artist side of me really [came out]. It seemed like I was wasting all of those years as an athlete, but with this role I get to include that athletic side of me.
So basically in high school you were Finn Hudson from Glee.
You know, I haven’t seen Glee, but I’ve seen Billy Elliott. In other countries — say, England, for example — being an actor is a noble profession. I don’t think it’s frowned upon there the way it is for strong, athletic males in this country — especially in western Pennsylvania, which is a hotbed for professional football players. And I am a crazy Steelers fan. But then I wind up becoming successful at playing this big, manly werewolf character. I can’t tell you how many directors and producers I run into who complain about the lack of masculine-framed American actors.
Were you prom king, too?
Nooooo. I didn’t go to my prom. I had a bad experience with a girl at Homecoming and a bad experience with a girl at Sadie Hawkins. The girl I took to Homecoming — I liked her and said, “I’d love to take you out, get to know you.” She said, “No, that’s okay. Don’t bother.” She just wanted to go to the frickin’ dance, I guess. That was kind of shitty. And then this girl took me to Sadie Hawkins. I liked her, too. We went to dinner, and then we went to the dance. I said, “Hey, let’s dance!” And she was like, “Naw, that’s okay.”
I bet they regret those decisions now.
So if you didn’t go to prom, what did you do?
I went to see a re-release of Blade Runner. It was awesome. I guess I identify with Alcide that way. I didn’t really see eye-to-eye with the jocks. I remember getting into a fight with one of the other captains of the football team because he was picking on this artistic skater kid. I was like, “Get your hand off of him, or else you’re gonna fight me.” But I also didn’t really feel like I should be out on the street corner smoking cigarettes with the kids wearing Slayer T-shirts. I was somewhere in the middle.
While we’re on the topic of Alcide, let’s get to the point: Can he and Sookie just hook up already?
I really do believe — and some of the producers and writers agree with me — if Sookie didn’t disappear, Alcide would’ve built that house for her. As you can see in episode three, Alcide is obviously worried. The way the door was answered, he wanted to kiss her! Being a werewolf, he’s had to stomp on a lot of his impulses. All I can say is when anybody continually stomps on impulses, there’s going to be a reaction. What’s amazing this season is that you see those emotions and physical reactions.
How will the witches adversely affect his life?
Their actions trickle down to everybody. And there’s also gonna be a lot of problems between the werewolves and shape-shifters. They’re gonna butt heads big-time. It will send ripples through the show.
You’ve previously pointed out that Alcide is naked a lot this season.
[Giggling] My old manager, she used to say, “I don’t mind getting fucked as long as everyone else is getting fucked, too.” That’s kinda how I look at it. Everyone has to take their turn, and it’s just my turn. Yes, there is some nudity, and you’re gonna see some werewolf sex here.
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Stephen Moyer on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday July 21.
On day 1 of the San Diego Comic Con Kristin Bauer and Nelsan Ellis sat down for the TV Guide: Fan Favorites Panel. Originally Deborah Ann Woll and Joe Manganiello were scheduled to participate in this panel but were unable to make it.
Fan Favorites features your favorite talent from your favorite shows — in front of the camera and behind the scenes. The other panelists were Nestor Carbonell (Ringer), Johnny Galecki (The Big Bang Theory), Jorge Garcia (Alcatraz), Leslie Hope (The River), Zachary Levi (Chuck), Julie Plec (Vampire Diaries), Matt Smith (Doctor Who ), Kevin Williamson (Vampire Diaries).
During the panel Kristin said things will get worse for Pam before they get better. Also, her face falling off doesn’t make her crumble; instead it just brings out her mean streak. Nelsan said Lafayette is on a tumultuous journey but has found a “sexy squeeze” in Jesus to help make things better. He’s having fun playing a witch – it’s a clever way for Alan Ball to have Lafayette do even crazier, wild stuff.
Below is a fan made video of the portions of the panel that include Kristin and Nelsan.
Sam Trammell has just announced on Twitter that he will not participate in tomorrow’s True Blood Comic Con panel.
Here is his tweet: “Sorry to say I won’t be at Comic-Con. The babies are due any time and I need to be close to home.”
We wish Sam and Missy all the best!
If you are still indecisive whether to buy to new True Blood Tarte Makeup Collection this review video might help you decide. Makeup artist Dustin Hunter tells you all about the product and shows you how to achieve that dead vampire look or the Lafayette look or the living human sun kissed look.
We all recognized Caroline Bellefleur when she walked into the parlor last Sunday night because we’ve seen Katherine Helmond so many times on TV ins shows like Mannix, The Glades, Soap, Everybody Loves Raymond, Who’s the Boss, just to name a few. Even after all that experience, True Blood and its swampy Louisiana setting still proved to be a special treat for Helmond.
“I was so pleased when they sent me the script,” she says on the phone from her home in Los Angeles. “It’s a subject I love to read about because I come from that Gulf Coast area.
“I grew up hearing about the walking undead. I had a fascination with it as a child.”
Helmond is a native of Galveston, Texas. “Sometimes it would rain 15 days in a row,” she says. “We’d have to move all the furniture up to the second floor in case of flooding.”
(We won’t be so uncouth as to reveal a lady’s age. Let’s just say she came into this world the same year Mickey Mouse made his screen debut in Steamboat Willie.)
The True Blood set where she shot her first episode as Portia and Andy’s grandmother, Caroline Bellefleur, also brought back childhood memories.
“The humidity is beyond belief. You just cannot go outside,” she says. “All the actresses are given parasols so when you went into the sun, it wouldn’t affect the makeup. I think they want all the actresses to be very pale anyway.”
Vampires aren’t the only ones who have to worry about sun exposure. Southern belles are delicate creatures, too.
A successful stage actress, Helmond was thrown by her first TV experience in 1962, in an episode of Car 54, Where Are You?, the classic sitcom starring Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne.
“They shot the last scene of the piece the first day I got to the set,” she says. “It was all out of sequence. I thought ‘Good heavens, no wonder it’s a mess.’
“I still feel that way. When I go to work and then see the piece on TV, I think, ‘By gosh, they got it all put together!’ It’s still magic to me.”
Of all her roles, Helmond says she is most associated with the loony matriarch Jessica Tate on the cult ’70s parody Soap.
The part was a departure for her.
To read the rest of this interview, go to: philly.com/philly/entertainment
A new documentary “So You Want Michael Madsen?” has just secured a distribution deal with Afterlight Pictures. The film is scheduled for release in the Fall of 2011 and it includes an interview with True Blood’s Jim Parrack.
“So You Want Michael Madsen?” profiles the need, journey and obsession of independent filmmakers to secure name talent for their films. The documentary includes exclusive interviews with Golden Globe and Emmy winning actors John Saxon (“Enter the Dragon”) and Holland Taylor (“Two and a Half Men”); also Doug Hutchison (“The Green Mile”), Paula Jai Parker (“Hustle and Flow”), Adrian Zmed (“T.J. Hooker”), Jim Parrack (“True Blood”), and of course Michael Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs”). The film has earned “Best Documentary – Las Vegas Film Festival” and “Golden Reel Award – Nevada Film Festival”.
“The most rewarding part of this project was the realization that most actors value their craft and are hungry for quality content,” said director Stan Harrington. “Their reward comes from the satisfaction of expressing themselves through unique roles and not the compensation they receive for these roles.”
“This behind the Hollywood curtain documentary offers something to filmmakers of every level,” said Zeke Flatten, President of Afterlight Pictures. “Stan’s approach humanizes celebrities and empowers filmmakers to go after the talent they desire for their films. It also provides the general audience with insight into how actors choose their projects.”