True Blood (TV)

Year: 2008-2014

Creator: Alan Ball

Synopsis: True Blood is a television drama series created and produced by Alan Ball. It is based on the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, and details the co-existence of vampires and humans in Bon Temps, a fictional small Louisiana town. The series centers on Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), a telepathic waitress at a bar, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer).

Role: Bill Compton, a tortured and mysterious vampire who falls in love with telepath Sookie (Anna Paquin) while trying to mainstream in human society.

What Stephen Moyer says about True Blood:

True Blood vs. Twilight: “That’s like comparing Monterey Jack and Roquefort. If my 8-year-old daughter comes to me when she’s 13 and says, ‘Dad, what would you rather I got into Twilight or Black Sabbath?’ I’d be stuck between the two but would probably pull for Twilight. I love Black Sabbath, but that can wait until my daughter turns 16. The Twilight movies fill a niche. In her novels Stephenie Meyer has chosen a similar vampire framework to tell a story about burgeoning sexuality. What’s interesting about our show is that sexuality has already burgeoned. I wish Twilight the best of luck, but I’m very happy to be doing True Blood.” Playboy, July 2010

“I’ve often thought ‘What would my granddad think of the world we live in now?’ I try to do that with Bill. Obviously, he’s been around the whole time, so he’s seen the development, but it’s quite interesting sometimes to think of life like that, and it must be so perplexing to see all the new stuff that’s around and about.”

“I really wanted to make him different from everybody else, I wanted to make him sound different, and I wanted his manners to be different. I like that fact that he hasn’t got a heart, so he hasn’t got a heartbeat, and so he has no ticks. He has no extraneous movement. He has no need for little scratches on his face because that just wouldn’t happen to him. That stuff comes from having a heart, from pumping blood around. That’s not how he exists.”

“I think the relationship between Bill and Sookie is more loving than it is in the books […]”

On Bill: “Bill is such a complex character and he’s so unlike any other vampire because he’s got morals. He’s a very ethical man and he wants to be a decent undead being. I think that’s a fantastic thing, and so, I didn’t feel like I needed to do research. I wanted to make him precise, still, slow and different from how you would ordinarily perceive a vampire.”

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