Saturday, July 11, 2009

True Blood comes to Louisiana

Clinton, La. — Cast members of the hit HBO show True Blood spent some time near Baton Rouge today, shooting scenes for the steamy vampire drama.

Set in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps, the series follows waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) and her relationship with the dashing Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) — a 174-year-old vampire.

Paquin and other cast members — including Ryan Kwanten, who plays Sookie’s wild brother Jason, and Nelsan Ellis, who plays the eccentric short order cook and drug dealer Lafayette Reynolds — were in Clinton today filming scenes for the tenth episode of the show’s second season, which premiered June 14.

“It’s beautiful down here,” Paquin said. “Nothing really looks like the South except the South ... It’s really important to come down here and capture it.”

The cast and crew spent some time filming in Shreveport for True Blood’s first season and are hopeful to return to filming in Clinton if the show is picked up for a third season.

True Blood was created by Alan Ball, the man behind HBO’s popular series Six Feet Under and the Academy Award-winning film “American Beauty,” and is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.

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