Saturday, July 2, 2011

Growing up with Paquin

Recently, on a soundstage representing a New Age shop in Louisiana, US, another sign warned ‘Live panthers on set,’ but those terrifying predators were nowhere to be seen.

Instead, Sookie Stackhouse, the mind-reading, vampire-attracting waitress portrayed by Anna Paquin, and her friends Tara (Rutina Wesley) and Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) were cowering in fear of a sinister Wiccan, played by Fiona Shaw, who appeared to be carrying on a conversation with herself — or maybe with someone else inside her.

When Paquin visited behind the cameras during a shooting break and sprawled herself across a director’s chair, she playfully declined to explain what exactly had transpired in this scene from the next-to-last episode of the coming True Blood season. “Would you want to know what’s in store?” she asked. “There’s something about anticipation that makes it more exciting.”

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