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Anna Paquin — Out and about in New York City — July 17, 2014
oh honey that foundation line *grabs blending brushhhh*
Yikes! But the hair looks good.
As Stephen Moyer said on twitter, 'Sookie is no more.'
Like the new color. I expect she needed a big change after 7 YEARS of being a bottle blonde to play Sookie. Plus, it probably helps you put the role behind you and mentally change gears to totally change your “look”.
I guess it’s kind of like Emma Watson’t pixie cut after finishing HP. Actresses usually don’t get the freedom to experiment with their looks the way most girls in their teens and twenties do. They spend so much time maintaining their ‘look’ because of their character or just because they’re more likely to get cast if they have a longer, more versatile hair style.
I really like this colour on Anna, but I’m really interested to see if she goes back to her natural colour eventually because she is absolutely stunning as a brunette.
When you win your first Oscar at 11, like Anna Paquin did, you can apparently do whatever you want with your statue.
As Stephen Moyer said on twitter, 'Sookie is no more.'
Kinda sad, kinda excited.
Anna Paquin on HuffPost Live
"There’s an endgame the audience isn’t necessarily aware of..did this happen because we’re setting up for something else?’.—Anna Paquin, today on HuffPost Live.
What was the topic when she said this?
I found the clip. She is being asked about the amount of death happening on the show. Tara is, of course, mentioned, along with Alcide. Anna explains how on the show, there were deaths in the first season or two, but in later episodes if you were a big character you were safe. Now, everyone is fair game, because it helps keep the viewer on their toes, etc…
The unceremonious nature of the deaths is mentioned. Anna replies that it’s because everyone has just been brutalized at this point. People are numb. Death has become somewhat mundane and trauma is all anyone knows anymore. Sookie’s own numbness to death is also mentioned, mostly as it relates to Alcide and that she’s doesn’t seem to be mournful enough. Anna replies that oftentimes people want to know why things are happening a certain way, or it doesn’t seem like they are tying up loose ends, so the audience believes certain subjects won’t be brought up again but, given enough time, it will start to make more sense. And she has to be coy because she’s afraid to give anything away. (I’m paraphrasing, but this is more or less it. :)
They play the clip of Bill showing up with flowers. Sookie is in her robe and looks annoyed. She just found out she’s having a party. Bill says it’s ungentlemanly to show up without something. Gives her flowers. She invites him in unceremoniously and goes to get ready. The interviewer says that it looks like, in this clip, Sookie is going to get back with Bill. Anna says “Obviously I cannot tell you that. But Sookie has a very real and deep connection with Bill. She also has a very real and deep connection with Eric. :)))))) And obviously I can’t tell you how everything pans out, but there’s some loose ends that need to be tied up.
She is asked who Anna wants Sookie to end up with. Anna refuses to answer because she thinks it’s not a good idea, deflects by bringing up Charlaine’s “Sam” ending. (hahaha!) She liked it personally but understands lots of people didn’t like it.
Anna is shown a clip of Joe Man-Jello saying he thinks the show should end up with Sookie and Bill together, along with a pile of bodies. (whateva, dude)
There are some fan questions next.
1. Did Anna find it hard to stay true to Sookie over the span of 7 years and Sookie’s changes since the first season? Anna mentions how Sookie wouldn’t even curse in the pilot, but says the experience of Sookie changing has happened in real time for her, so it feels natural. She says Sookie is naturally jaded.
2. What did Anna do to cope with the loss when shooting ended? It ended at about 2 am, but it didn’t feel over yet because they still have Comicon, etc… She is going to miss it.
3. She’s asked about her life changing. It changed a lot! But instead of talking about her husband and children, she brings up the crew who never get the credit for working long, miserable hours. That it always felt like a family because they’ve been able to stay in one place all this time and work together.
4. She’s asked about sex scenes. It’s nothing new. :) Does mention how convenient it is that Bill always manages to interrupt Sookie when she’s with other people. Brings up Eric when mentioning the scene where she throws up on Alcide. Talks about the uncomfortable couch. Says that there are people who choreograph certain sex scenes, who have it down to exactly what they want to happen to tell the best story, and other directors, like one she will not name who was directing her and Alex and couldn’t say the word “breasts” (WHO IS THIS??) Alex was kissing her neck and he kept telling Alex to go “lower neck, lower, lower neck, lower, lower, lower neck”, instead of using the word ‘breasts’. Said those people don’t actually stick around on the show very long. (hahaha)
The rest is not True Blood related. :)
Thank you for the recap! I am especially grateful because I am skittish with the interviews: I really don’t want to watch them. Most of them end up making me angry. :)
You’re welcome! I consider it my payment for this woeful club of to-the-enders. ;)
It was interesting that, after the clip, the interviewer mentioned Bill and Sookie, and Anna brought up Eric all on her own. This ship has not sailed!
Yes, thanks Wayofthelotus! You did a much more thorough job than my little diddy.
I definitely got that Eric and Sookie are not over….not just yet, anyway.
Also, I can’t help feeling that things may not be as sewn up as we think. Fingers crossed!! :))
"There’s parallels there between Bill and Sookie, when he became not such a good guy. And then Bill regains his soul again, so to speak, and became a good guy again, when he saved us all last year."
No, Kristin! Don’t drink the kool-aid!
Did they all like had a meeting at TB headquarters where they were given “Bill is the good guy” talking point instructions? If I have to read another cast member saying this … so help me …
"when he saved us all last year."
I’m pretty sure there is a term used for people who create the fucking problem and then save everyone. We don’t celebrate a firefighter as a hero if he’s also been proven to be the arsonist, no matter how many people he saved.
This! And it hurts my head that the show seems to forget that Bill is the one who created like 90 percent of the problems faced by anyone on TB! Ugggggggh!
They’ve all been instructed to say the same things to the media. Frankly, too, I don’t think most of them care. Many admit they turn right to their scenes, barely bother to read the rest of the script, and don’t really know what’s happening in the other storylines. They film separately, and unless they watch the show (and many admit to NOT doing so because it makes them self-conscious), they aren’t really aware of what’s going on. So, they parrot whatever talking points the writers give in set meetings, PR prep, whatever.
After Carrie Preston’s remarks last year, I figured they would all come out in favor of the party line. It’s not that they are malicious. They just say whatever they are told to about stuff that doesn’t concern their plotlines. Why would they break ranks and cause trouble? It’s got nothing to do with them. They aren’t acting in it, and they certainly have no control over the writing.
I think we should have paid attention to the delusional Inside the Episode features over the years. Clearly, those behind the scenes had a completely different view of the show than those watching it. That sort of disconnect is very dangerous to pleasing your fans, sadly.
Okay, sure, but … why?! Why film something and then say it’s the opposite of that in the after-show efforts? They create the damn thing. Why not just show a straight-up hero they claim Bill is? Why show what they show — and no, it’s not the delusional view, it’s the TEXT! — and then have the party-line that claims otherwise?
I don’t get it myself! I wish I did. I have two theories:
1) Ball was heading in a completely different direction, but after he left they decided that direction was too complex/expensive/wouldn’t work without seasons more Skarsgard.
2) The people behind the scenes got caught up in the delusion of what they THOUGHT they were filming, instead of what actually made it onscreen. I noticed this in interviews for season 4. They kept claiming that Paquin and Moyer had such great chemistry that even when fighting, they were riveting to watch, and that was why Bill played such a prominent role in season 4. I couldn’t quite understand it, because I watched the same stuff, and none of that “chemistry” made it onto my screen. But I’m sure that Anna and Stephen do have great real-life chemistry, and you can just see how in sync they are, and how much they are in love. That doesn’t translate to the screen, because, well, by that point Bill had done such terrible things to Sookie that for a viewer who doesn’t spend ten hours a day watching Anna and Stephen interact, their relationship was filled with bad memories. But a film set is a unique, isolated little world. The actors, writers, producers, and crew spent hundred of hours watching Anna and Stephen fall in love and then have a happy relationship. Perhaps it became hard to believe that the audience didn’t see that innate connection when they looked at Bill and Sookie. Because what made it onscreen, and what they TOLD us about the show were vastly different. I just assumed they weren’t telling us everything, but maybe, in their warped view, this WAS the truth. They just forgot to film it. They saw the Bill/Sookie (Stehen/Anna) show ten hours a day, five or six days a week. So they forgot that WE didn’t see that, we only saw what they wrote and filmed, and it was an abusive relationship.
Either way, it’s turned into bad storytelling. In the first case, greed and Ball’s departure doomed the show. If it’s the second, well, Anna and Stephen’s relationship (and the foolishness of the writers who couldn’t separate them) is to blame. Whatever happened, there’s a real disconnect between the writers and the audience. We aren’t buying what they’re selling.
This. I see it as RP shipping (ew) in reverse. In this instance its just grotesque.
Putting aside the EW cover (in which Anna has the most amazing booty), the pictures inside are so confusing. I’m talking specifically about the pictures of her in the red dress, those shots make it seem like they’re celebrating their marriage, not True Blood. Which, just, what?
I understand not getting Alex (he may be busy or whatever), but what about the rest of the cast? EW didn’t bother to take any pictures of the others who made the show popular? It may not have been feasible to put them on the cover but a spread of majority of the cast. They’ve done it before.
It’s always been an ensemble show. What the hell happened?
Honestly and as much as I’ve always tried to be level-headed and supportive of Stephen and Anna’s off set relationship, I can’t help but think it eventually impacted on the show’s overarching plot. Not that it’s the actors’ fault but imo the writers at some point started to think it was a good idea to capitalize on the two leads’ real life romance because ‘they’re so cute!’ Looking at these promo pics this doesn’t look like True Blood, it looks like the Stephen and Anna show. Not even Bill and Sookie. Stephen and Anna.
Even EW tweet refers to the pics as Bill and Sookie, when it’s so clearly Stephen and Anna.
I honestly thought they could keep things separate, but the integrity of the show is now lost. Apparently, living a love affair in real life isn’t enough. They must have it in fictional life, too, regardless whether it makes sense or not, regardless of the bad message it sends, and regardless of the investments fans have made to watch a well-written show. I find it hard to fathom that they’ve blown it all up in order to stupidly mirror and force feed a real life coupling.
Sadly, it’s affecting my feelings about the actors and I’ve never had problem separating actors and characters, but TB’s PR campaign is so brazenly integrating them, that’s it’s now become more difficult. I wish them no ill, but it all leaves a bad taste in my mouth, especially since they know it’s happening. I recall an interview with AP who said that she didn’t need to replicate her real life. It all feels like a lie now.
Same! I’ve always found them both likable but now it just feels too much like Buckner’s sugar-coated tropes from sitcom television are being shoved down our throats and frankly I think that it’s offensive to viewers. We’re really supposed to be dazzled by this ‘romance.’ These ‘exclusive portraits of Bill & Sookie’ look like promos for the musical we keep hearing about. Where is Bill’s top hat and cane??? Don’t you need those for song and dance numbers???
Is it over yet???
reblogging for all the comments, as they reflect my feelings pretty well…
Ditto. I always liked and respected Paquin and Moyer, defending them from accusations that their real-life relationship was affecting the writing of the show, but the recent PR blitz has made that nearly impossible to do.
Look at the pictures of Anna in the red dress, in one Stephen has fangs, and in the rest he doesn’t. The cover shot is (sort of) in character as they are both inside a coffin. But the later shot of their faces in close-up could be head shots for anything. The PR campaign has smashed the wall between actor and character. I guess they felt like they had to start cannibalizing the goodwill toward the actors and their relationship, because there’s almost none left for the characters of Bill and Sookie, and their relationship. It’s a sign of desperation. I can almost see the conversation with the PR person:
Look, Bucky, Bill and Sookie is a horrorfest, and the fans who aren’t disgusted by them are bored to tears by their relationship. There’s no way we can sell the final season on the popularity of THEIR relationship. But Anna and Stephen are cute, happy, they have those adorable twins, we can sell THEM.
But, at least for me, it isn’t working. It’s just undermining all the good feelings I have (had) for Paquin and Moyer. The rot of Bill and Sookie was already making me dislike the show. The blatant prostitution of Anna and Stephen’s relationship to make Bill and Sookie palatable has just let my visceral disgust spread to the actors. I’m fighting it, because, dammit, I LIKED these people. But the more they try to shove Stephen and Anna as Bill as Sookie down my throat the more I find myself disliking the very sight of them, in character or not. I hate this.
I am so put off by all of this that I didn’t even watch X-Men 2 on cable last night, and I ALWAYS watch X-Men when it’s on cable. I don’t even want to look at Anna’s face right now.
Photo credit: Robert Trachtenberg for EW.
It looks like the Freixenet’s commercials from my country, lol and the picture in b/w is similar to the poster from Almodovar’s Talk to her
Are they rehearsing for True Blood - The Musical? lol
This gif! Ha! Is exactly how I feel.
It’s official, we are in a bizarro world. This is a bizarro version of the show that once was. It’s a musical version where rape is good! And victims and perpetrators break into random song and dance numbers while spraying champaign all over themselves, wheeeee!
It’s not the show we knew, it’s not the characters we watched for seasons. Whatever this train-wreck is going to be, might as well bring on the musical numbers.
Me, in anticipation of the final season of TB:
Is this shit serious????
My 26-year-old niece, who doesn’t watch True Blood, saw this cover and said “why is she the only one who’s naked”. Misogynistic much, EW. As a TB watcher, I find it sickening to have a naked Sookie in a coffin with her fully-clothed abuser. Beyond that fact, it’s a bad message…one even a young girl with no point of reference other than what’s right and what’s wrong can see.
The other pictures are nice, although I can’t help feeling like the fact that they’re married really is driving the narrative. I always argued against that, but now….I don’t know.
If it’s not driving the narrative, it’s definitely driving this campaign. It looks like a post-wedding shoot.
(Cringes). I hadn’t seen the whole photoshoot yet, just the cover image. This is awful.
I actually lost a lot of respect for Anna and Stephen for being willing to pimp themselves out like this. Other than the cover image, this isn’t even in character. At least the naked Rolling Stone cover was very definitely in character (both because of the blood spatter and the presence of the other actor). This is just shamelessly using their marriage to promote the show.
I used to respect them for keeping firm boundaries between their personal lives and the show, despite having met and married while filming. That took a strong sense of privacy in this age of reality TV, when people will sell any part of their personal lives for fame and fortune. Yet here they are selling their relationship to get people to watch the final season (and presumably tune in to their True Blood musical, which is apparently the next project they have planned). It stinks of desperation.
Why not focus upon the other actors for a change? Skarsgard likely can’t make a photoshoot, he’s filming in London, but the show has a whole cast of attractive, interesting people. Take some photos of them, in character, and use them to sell the show. Don’t pimp out your marriage. Ugh.
I used to have so much respect for Anna. She won an Oscar at the age of thirteen and was an original X-Men. She was bad ass. Lately she seems like a prop for Stephen. They were both super private as well. We didn’t even know the twins’ genders or names for what, 8 months? This seems like a massive sell out.