Saturday, January 17, 2009

You know you've watched too much True Blood when:

-you explain any and all annoying behavior in fellow humans as "it's the demon!"

-you are discussing the particulars of vampire ejaculation.

-you start talking with a Southern accent even though you live in Canada.

-you get excited that one of your new co-workers is named Bill and you really want to meet him.

-It takes 3 hours to watch an episode, my poor instant replay button.

-you start referring to your basement as the hidey-hole!

-you search antique stores for your very own toasting fork

-you run barefoot through cemeteries in a flowing white negligee

-you suddenly are on board with the graveyard sex.

Anna Paquin on Jon Stewart Daily Show

Anna on jon 25th Hour

Anna jon X Men

Baby, you can drive my car (8)

Who drives this type of car in the books, until book #5 at least ?

Yes it is Sookie's - she drives a Chevy Nova until it is destroyed in the fire in Bk 4.

Catching Up With... Anna Paquin

By Nikki King on April 28, 2008 12:19 PM

Best known for her Academy Award winning performance in The Piano at the ripe old age of 11, Anna Paquin has gone on to act in myriad projects, including Finding Forrester, all three X-men movies, Almost Famous, HBO originals and on-stage work under the direction of Philip Seymour Hoffman. She and her brother, Andrew Paquin, have their own production company (Paquin Films), which released Blue State last year. At the age of 25, she has already been in the industry for 14 years, so it should come as no surprise that she takes her work so seriously.

Since Blue State, Paquin has worked on a Halloween thriller written by Mike Dougherty (Superman Returns, X-men 2), an HBO original film called Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and Alan Ball’s new HBO series True Blood. She also played the lead role in Margaret, which was the first film to shoot at the Metropolitan Opera House since Moonstruck in 1987. Opera legends Renée Fleming and Susan Graham sang the Barcarolle piece that was later added to the scene.

Paste: You had an interesting opportunity while filming a scene from Margaret at the Met. Can you tell me what that was like?
Paquin: We got to shoot inside the Metropolitan Opera House in New York, which was incredible. Although they weren’t actually performing on the stage, the singers that we had in the scene are some of the most prestigious stars of that community. That was pretty amazing. My character and her mother go to the opera and we actually got to shoot inside the Metropolitan Opera House, which very few people have ever done, and hasn’t happened in a really long time to the best of my knowledge. It was absolutely incredible. It’s such a huge iconic place in New York City, and we have this scene where my character is running down the spiral staircase, and there’s all these sort of things that just feel so amazing. It was all very exciting.

Paste: How was it working with Matt Damon?
Paquin: Great! He had like four days of work on the film, so I can’t say that it was an incredibly long experience. He was doing another job at the same time (he was shooting The Good Shepherd), so his days were real scheduled throughout the show, but he’s an incredibly talented actor and really, really good at his job. Wish I had gotten to know him better, but you know, that’s just the way filming goes.

Paste: What about Kieran Culkin, who co-starred with you in After Ashley?
Paquin: Yes, he did.

Paste: And he was back with you on Margaret. Was it cool to get to work with him again?
Paquin: Yes, Kieran and I are really close. He’s a really talented actor. One of the scenes that we have together in Margaret is relatively intimate, shall we say, and really awkward in the way that adolescent sexual exploration tends to be, and it’s really good when the person that you are working with is someone that you already know, as opposed to like a random stranger you just met. I’ve been in that position before. He’s really talented, and just a really great guy. I love working with him.

Paste: I also read about where you had worked with Phillip Seymour Hoffman on stage…
Paquin: He directed the play I did…

Paste: Tell me a little more about that, and do you plan on doing any other productions in the near future?
Paquin: I love doing theater. I really do. That was the first theater job I ever had and I was beyond intimidated because I had no idea what I was doing. I feel like I learned so much from working with Phil; it was unbelievable. I am so grateful for him even hiring me in the first place because he could have gotten loads of people who had at least been on a stage before [laughs], and he was just very patient as far as the rehearsal process being a little bit of a learning experience for me. During which I was kind of freaked out for most of it. In there I sort of discovered just how exhilarating performing live can be. There’s just nothing like it as an actor. I would love to do more.

Paste: Tell me a little bit more about the project you’re currently working on with HBO.
Paquin: Well, Alan Ball, who did Six Feet Under and American Beauty, created this show. It’s called True Blood. It’s set in contemporary Louisiana, where vampires have recently ousted themselves, so to speak, into conventional society. There’s lots of animosity from the human population. The story kind of kicks off in a small town when the first vampire comes to town and sort of starts a relationship or interest with this waitress at this local truck stop/bar thing. That would be me. All kinds of creepy, strange stuff starts happening. It’s based on these books written by an author named Charlene Harris. I guess if you really wanted to ruin the surprises for yourself you could read all of them and find out exactly what’s going to happen.

Paste: Does it follow the books pretty closely?
Paquin: So far, yeah. I mean, there are like eight books in the series, so I don’t know how closely it will continue to follow them. So far, it’s very similar, which is good. It’s really hard to describe without it sounding almost insane. It’s so well-written, and Alan is just brilliant. He’s one of my favorite writers and directors. I was such a huge Six Feet Under fan. I’m very excited to go back to work.

Paste: Were you excited to go back to do something especially for HBO?
Paquin: I loved working for HBO the first time. I love working for them now. I just think that the quality of the projects that they do is just so incredibly high and everyone really cares about what they’re doing. And that’s such a great environment to be in. Obviously, the products are beautiful and well-done as far as that sort of end, but everyone seems to be just as worried about the artistic integrity and the material and it just being really, really good. It’s just such a relief to be working in that kind of environment and knowing that this is going to be my job for a really long time. I mean, I love watching stuff on HBO when I am near a television, or when I had one, so it’s just been a real treat to work for them.

True Blood Music Video of the Day

My Vampire Heart by Tom McRae

This week's New York Times Bestsellers

I know I post the NY Times Bestseller's Sookie books ranking frequently but it amazes me every time.

In hardcover:

Charlaine Harris' From Dead to Worse is up thirteen positions, ending its fifteenth week on the bestseller list at number 19.

In paperback:

Six of Charlaine Harris' seven Sookie Stackhouse novels rank from number 9 to number 28.