Anonymous said: If the show will now end with a Sookie/Bill HEA, I think Anna and Stephen will have a very difficult future ahead of them if they want to act together again. With the way BB (and maybe them as well) has blurred the line between the actors and their characters, people will always expect the same to happen.
I don’t know if they’ll have a difficult time or not, but it’s hard not to see the blurred lines, especially with BB saying “they got married for us”. It may or may not have influenced the story, but they’re not doing anything to distance that kind of thinking.
It’s just all so very sad.
Stephen and Anna said a few years back that they didn’t plan to act together again (probably for this very reason). Though they have formed a production company, they planned to have one in front of the camera, and the other behind it (in either a directing or producing role) for future projects. I think that’s a wise career move.
TBH, I’m not certain it will be enough. Directors and producers aren’t exactly beating down their doors to cast either of them. I think Ryan, Deborah, Nelsan, Carrie, and Alex already have their next roles lined up (and in some cases are already filming). But Stephen and Anna are gonna have some trouble shaking the Bill and Sookie label. They have become typecast. Too many years of letting True Blood blur the lines between the characters and the actors has been very hard on their careers. Particularly Anna’s, who was a much bigger name than Stephen when the show started.
What’s more worrying is they aren’t even well-liked in the True Blood fandom. I mean, usually actors get typecast and at least they have a perpetual fanbase from the fans of the show. Stephen and Anna can’t even count on that. They have their rabid fans, but it’s a small group compared to the True Blood viewers who are indifferent or actively dislike them. So they can’t springboard their True Blood fame to future roles, because most of the fandom doesn’t like them enough to seek them out in other things. I plan to see “Get On Up” for Nelsan, for example, and I’ve seen “What Maisie Knew” for Alex. I have no real interest in seeing Paquin or Moyer’s other projects.
If anything, I might avoid them. The later seasons of True Blood have demonstrated they don’t know how to identify good writing. If they did, their characters wouldn’t have such godawful storylines. Alex is well-known for complaining (tactfully) when the writers hand him crap. Anna was the originator of the infamous threesome idea in season four, and she has let the writers completely lobotomize her character. That doesn’t bode well for their choice of future projects.
I’m actually quite disappointed in Anna and Stephen. I’ve known who Anna was since I was about 5 and my mom let me watch The Piano and later Fly Away Home. She was a spunky little Canadian girl with dark hair and cute clothes so I definitely felt a connection to her and viewed her as a role model of sorts. I think she handled fame well during her teens years and made a lot of great choices with her career, but lately I am just completely baffled.
Surely she and Stephen know what’s what on TB. They obviously have a different view of the show because they get to see it’s internal workings but one would hope they were smart enough to realize that the relationship between their characters is absolutely disgusting. You have to be willfully ignorant to not see it as it is and yet they seem to be towing the line.
They were also such a private couple before this season started that the complete about-face makes them seem desperate. We didn’t even know their childrens’ names or genders for about 8 months after Anna gave birth, but the recent spoilers seem to be setting up the show to mirror their personal life in a way that should be making them uncomfortable. It make me uncomfortable.
I am just so disappointed in everything.