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Walking the Red Carpet at True Blood’s Season 7 Premiere

Walking the Red Carpet at True Blood’s Season 7 Premiere

On June 17, 2014 my assistant and I had the privilege of attending the True Blood Season 7 premiere as representatives for The Vault on the red carpet. It was beyond exciting to know that we would be amongst all my favorite True Blood people.

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Working on The Vault website since 2009 (Co-Owner, Shadaliza opened the site in 2008) and AllStephenMoyer.com when it opened in 2010 has certainly been a wild if not, amazing ride. While it’s been a lot of work, it’s also provided many wonderful experiences by giving me with the opportunity to meet the most interesting people. I’ve interviewed many of the cast and crew, have visited the set, attended Comic Con several times and just been all around LA learning more and more about the show and what makes is so special. It’s been a wild ride, and I don’t think I’ll soon forget my experiences. However, being given access to the red carpet this week will certainly remain a highlight of all my True Blood experiences. I’ve been on red carpets before such as the 2010 Scream Awards and 2011 Scream Awards, attended previous True Blood premieres and have attended many charity events close to the hearts of the True Blood cast, so I knew pretty much what to expect, but I have to say the True Blood event was a particularly wild red carpet. The space for the red carpet is usually a vertical line that the stars walk down, but with it’s zigzag format, this was a crush of photographers, TV and print journalists all vying for the best positions in order to get the attention of the stars. First on the zigzag carpet were the photographers, then the stars made a U-turn for the TV journalists and then turned again to finally get to the print journalists. We of course were with the print people at the end of the line, just before the theater entrance. I was proud to see that The Vault was the only True Blood fan website in attendance

The overwhelming theme of the night was that when the True Blood cast talk about being a “family,” they really mean it. I asked each cast member about what they will miss the most when True Blood ends, and almost all of them answered the question with one answer, the sense of family and the people!”  Since the show has been on the air for 6 seasons, and the cast have been together for even longer, that’s not too surprising, but I do know that True Blood has been an amazing experience for all concerned. The cast and crew have all become extremely close and bonded as if they were in a family. Also, many of the cast were unknowns before they got recognized on True Blood it’s provided them with wonderful opportunities. So, while they will miss their fellow comrades on True Blood, I’m sure they’re all looking forward to the new experiences available to them now that they have True Blood listed on their resume.

The one drawback to our position on the red carpet was that we were last in the line. While we could see everyone easily from our vantage point and and they could see us, it was difficult, with the time constraints, for everyone to be able to stop by and chat. However, happily, most chose to recognize us by stopping by.

DSC_0245Red Carpet zigzag set up

I spoke to the following people during the night: Nathan Barr, music composer, Chris Bauer, (Andy Bellefleur) Tanya Wright, (Kenya Jones) Kristin Bauer van Straten, (Pam Swynford DeBeaufort) Amelia Rose Blaire, (Willa Burrell) Lauren Bowles, (Holly Cleary) Nelsan Ellis, (Lafayette Reynolds) Adina Porter, (Lettie Mae Thornton) Carrie Preston, (Arlene Fowler) Jurnee Smollet-Bell, (Niole Wright) Deborah Ann Woll, (Jessica Hamby) Karolina Wydra, (Violet) Tara Buck, (Ginger) Gregg Fienberg, (Executive Producer) Patricia Bethune, (Jane Bodehouse) Todd Lowe, (Terry Bellefleur) Michael McMillian, (Rev. Steve Newlin) Dale Raoul, (Maxine Fortenberry) Greg Daniel (Rev. Daniel) Riley Smith, (Kieth) Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) and Sam Trammell (Sam Merlotte). Also, I spoke with EJ Scott, Abri van Straten, Patrick Fischler and Chris Pierce.

What did I learn?  Well, not many spoilers, for sure, as you would expect, but I did learn the following:

  • Nathan Barr, (True Blood’s Original Music Composer) told us about his new project for a True Blood Musical that may be heading to Broadway. He mentioned that Stephen Moyer had helped him with some of the songs, but I later learned from Stephen that he will not play Bill Compton.
  • Michael McMillian, (Rev. Steve Newlin) mentioned that he might have an announcement at Comic Con in July about what he’ll be doing.
  • Nelsan Ellis, (Lafayette) said that Lafayette will have a new love in Season 7, but also some sadness. And he discussed his new film, “Get on Up.”  Nelsan plays Bobby Byrd in the film and said that Chadwick Boseman was amazing.
  • Adina Porter (Lettie Mae Thornton) said that Lettie Mae and the Reverend were still together in Season 7 and I learned later that Lettie Mae might have a new obsession this season, but I won’t speak about that further as it will  give away too much.
  • When asked about her favorite scene in Season 7, Deborah Ann Woll (Jessica Hamby) said that her favorite scene was in a car with someone she couldn’t tell me about; hmmm, could that be an old flame perhaps?
  • Ashley Hinshaw (Bridgette) is new to True Blood this year and she couldn’t talk too much about her character, Bridgette except to say that she’s from out of town.
  • Amelia Rose Blaire (Willa Burrell) says her character Willa will get more control over her life and that she has grown up with Willa. Having interviewed Amelia last summer, I could see what she meant; Amelia definitely has more confidence speaking to the press, that’s for sure.
  • Karolina Wydra (Violet) says that Jason and Violet are together in Season 7, but she says that a lot of things will be going down.
  • Chris Bauer (Andy Bellefleur) said that Season 7 is “sort of a ‘callback’ season which is about us trying to figure out how to be happy.”
  • Dale Raoul (Maxine Fortenberry) said that “a lot of people are going to die this year.
  • Bailey Noble. (Adillyn) says that her character, Adillyn will grow up a bit this year.
  • Jurnee Smollett Bell (Nicole) says her character gets kidnapped in the first episode.
  • Kristin Bauer van Straten(Pam) says the first episode that Stephen directed is great and that its an amazing season. She also talked about how sad she is with the show’s end.

For those who didn’t make it our way, we have photos of them and all the cast who attended in the photo gallery (more than 200) to share with you. Many of these photos are more candid in nature than the ones you see on the image sites and quite honestly, I like that better. Being at the end of the press line, most of our photos were taken as the cast had finished their interviews and were gathering outside the theater preparing to go inside.

Below see just a few examples of the hundreds of photos from our Photo Gallery:

photogalleryMany more photos can be seen by going to the Vault Photo Gallery.

Once everyone went into the theater, they started to tear down the red carpet and we began to pack up. Two ladies from HBO came over and were so nice to extend an invitation to us to attend the True Blood After Party being held at the Roosevelt Hotel across the streeet.  We were thrilled, of course and met up with more people at the party. The cast were very relaxed and enjoyed themselves.

I got to speak to Tanya Wright at that time and we took a photo together which she promised to send to me. We took funny photos and hung out with all the stars. Out of respect for the party atmosphere and the cast privacy I didn’t get any photos at the party other than the ones we took earlier in the afternoon.

On a closing note, I want to thank both Mara and Kelley and all their staff at HBO for extending such a wonderful invitation providing us a wonderful night to remember.  I also want to give a special thanks to some people who stopped by to speak with me, but who’s video interviews were lost when, for some reason my camera stopped saving the videos I recorded.

First, Nelsan Ellis whom I’ve been dying to interview forever who I got to speak with about his new film about James Brown and about the lovely Lafayette.

To Adina Porter who I have interviewed and who has always been gracious who will also be saying goodbye to her other show “The Newsroom” this season.

Tara Buck spoke to me for a long time on video and said that she was really excited for her character and for the fans to see the new season.  I hear that she has her own “arc” this year, so I’m looking forward to seeing that because Tara has always been a super nice person to me and I wish her the best.

And, finally to Stephen Moyer who defied all his handlers when he was being urged to go into the Theater because the show was already 45 minutes late, but said NO, I have to talk to this lady.  We spoke briefly about his participation in Soccer Aid a couple of weeks ago and he told me how much he enjoyed his week training and getting ready for the game in which he only played for about 5 minutes.

videoTo see the videos I did get, go to this post where I have all the videos in one place.

 

You will find there videos with:

  • Nathan Barr
  • Amelia Rose Blaire and Karolina Wydra
  • Bailey Noble, Jurnee Smollett Bell, Kristin Bauer van Straten and briefly, Carrie Preston
  • Deborah Ann Woll, Janina, Lauren Bowles, Ashley Hinshaw
  • Dale Raoul and Patricia Bethune
  • Michael McMillian
  • Chris Bauer
  • Gregg Fienberg
Lynnpd
Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.
Lynnpd
Lynnpd
Lynnpd
Written by Lynnpd

Lynnpd has an avid interest in the entertainment industry from classic movies to all things True Blood. With a background in art, she enjoys creating in Photoshop, running web sites and finds the internet an exciting place to be. Lynn lives in the LA area and attends as many Hollywood related events as she can. She has covered events for the both websites in the LA area; read all about it at http://lynnpdexclusives.com.

12 Comment responses

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    June 21, 2014

    Thanks so much for this, Lynn.  I just watched the videos you took and left a post.  I’m so sorry about the ones your camera didn’t save.  Fantastic that you all could attend the HBO After Party.  I’ve checked out some of the photos in the Vault Gallery.  I’ll be returning … I ran out of time to peruse.  You gave a great sampling here.

    Well done, m’dear.  What an amazing evening.  Thanks for bringing it home to those of us who are tuning in via our computers.

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    June 21, 2014

    So glad that you were able to experience the event, you’ve been such a supporter of the show and the careers of the cast members.

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    June 21, 2014

    Lynn, I’m so happy for you and the sites! What an honor to be invited to rub elbows with the TB elite. I so enjoyed reading and watching all of the goodies here and at ASM. I love the pics you shared, but of course am bummed that many of the vids didn’t make it. But no matter, what you did share is absolutely wonderful! Now I’m more ready for True Blood S7 than ever.

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    June 21, 2014

    Very happy for you.  I very much enjoyed reading about your experience at the premiere.  Thank you.

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    June 21, 2014

    I am so pleased for you Lynn,that you and the sites were recognized and unexpectedly rewarded with an invitation to the party.  No one is more deserving .  
    Thanks yet again for sharing such an exciting evening.

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    June 22, 2014

    Wonderful story about the experience of working the red carpet. I am so happy for you that you were able to live this experience and attend the after party as well. You so deserve it for all the years you have worked so hard and invested so many hours in our websites. The Vault and AllStephenMoyer wouldn’t be the huge success they are today without your tireless efforts, dedication and creativity. I so wish we could have lived this moment together, it would have been the absolute cherry on the cake of our friendship and collaboration. It has been such a pleasure working with you, dear Lynn and I treasure our friendship. Worlds apart and yet so close. Let’s do it one last time. I love you girlfriend. #TrueToTheEnd

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    June 23, 2014

    ShadalizaMonterosa Thank you so much Shad. Can’t read it anymore or I will cry. It’s been great working with you, too and I know how much you personally have sacrificed for these web sites.  I too wish you were here so we could have lived some of the adventures together.  You’re always there with me in spirit though!

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    June 23, 2014

    Willkill4Bill Miss you much Willkill; great to see you back and thank you for the kind words. I was thrilled to pieces about it and it was an amazing experience.

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    June 23, 2014

    Romagirl Thanks os much. It was wonderful to see Steve; even if briefly.

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    June 23, 2014

    ThelLou Yes, I was a bit “devastated” shall we say that I lost so much good stuff.  I have been waiting to interview the amazing Nelsan Ellis for years and I finally got him to talk with me and it’s sadly lost. :-(  However, he was wonderful and they all were so open and friendly with me.  It was an amazing experience.  Thanks so much for your support and would have loved to have you there too.

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    June 23, 2014

    CherylDurst Thanks Cheryl; it truly was a great experience.  I think I have about 5 great TB experiences now and this one is at the top.

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    June 23, 2014

    Rowena75 Thanks for all your continued support of our web sites Rowena.  You are the most loyal poster here on ASM and on the Forum.  Shad and I truly appreciate it.

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