‘True Blood’: What’s Next for Its 9 Stars?
HBO’s guilty-pleasure vampire show, True Blood, is wrapping up its seventh and final season, with fans sad to see Sookie and her supernatural friends go while critics are saying it’s about time the series made its exit. When it first hit the air in 2008, True Blood gained attention for being one of the raciest shows on television.
The most recent season of the show, which is based on a popular series of paranormal romance novels by Charlaine Harris, has been criticized for its convoluted plot and generally overstaying its welcome. Fans, though, still love the horror fantasy series and will be sad to see a stake go through the heart of the show.
In order to soften the blow of True Blood’s ending, here’s a look at what the show’s stars will be up to now that the series is over.
Anna Paquin plays main character Sookie Stackhouse, a half-human, half-fairy telepath who works as a waitress in the fictional Louisiana town of Bon Temps. The role has brought Paquin recognition for her steamy sex scenes and signature gap teeth. Paquin played the mutant Rogue in this Fox’s blockbuster X-Men trilogy and had a very minor spot in the latest X-Men: Days of Future Past, which could lead to her return in the next X-Men films, as well. The actress doesn’t currently have any projects lined up after True Blood.
English actor Stephen Moyer plays the central vampire on True Blood, the 173-year-old Bill Compton, who returns to his home in Bon Temps after his last relative dies. Bill becomes Sookie’s first serious romantic relationship in the series, and Moyer and co-star Anna Paquin are married in real life. Moyer does not currently have any projects in the works for after True Blood.
Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard plays the 1,000-year-old vampire sheriff Eric Northman, who polices a vampire district of Louisiana. He develops feelings for Sookie and ends up creating a love triangle between her, himself, and Bill that causes much conflict for the characters. Skarsgard plays the father of the protagonist Jonas in the new adaptation of Lois Lowry’s young adult dystopia novel The Giver, and has several other projects on the horizon, as well. Skarsgard will star in the upcoming post-apocalyptic horror film Hidden; acts alongside comedian Kristen Wiig in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a drama about a teenage girl who engages in an affair with her mother’s boyfriend; and is currently filming Tarzan, in which he plays the title role.
On True Blood, Trammell plays Sam Merlotte, the overprotective owner of the bar where Sookie waitresses. Sam is a shapeshifter who watches over Sookie by taking the form of a dog and following her to make sure she’s safe. Trammel recently had a supporting role in the teen tearjerker The Fault in Our Stars alongside new star Shailene Woodley. Next up for the actor is the drama The Aftermath, in which he plays a drug-addicted man who becomes obsessed with the idea of returning a necklace to his estranged wife for their anniversary. After that, he’s set to star in the new Amazon Prime original series Cocked, about a dysfunctional family that runs a gun manufacturing business.
Australian actor Ryan Kwanten plays Southern bad boy and Sookie’s older brother, Jason Stackhouse, who is infamous in Bon Temps for bedding a huge variety of women. The role has turned Kwanten into a bona fide sex symbol. Up next for the actor is the Sylvester Stallone vehicle Reach Me, about a group of people who are all influenced by a self-help book written by a mysterious former football coach, which comes out on October 24. After that, he’ll be in the crime drama Kidnapping Freddie Heineken, about the true story of the people who kidnapped the beer tycoon and received the largest ransom ever paid for a person, and the historical action-adventure Northman: A Viking Saga.
Wesley plays Tara Thornton, Sookie’s best friend since childhood, confidante, and coworker at Merlotte’s Bar. Tara is a tough on the outside, broken on the inside type who has dealt with a lifetime of abuse by putting on a strong face. Up next for the actress is the drama The Perfect Guy, about a woman who becomes the victim of domestic violence after a new boyfriend doesn’t turn out to be as perfect as he first seems. Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Morris Chestnut will co-star.
Chris Bauer plays incompetent Bon Temps police detective Andy Bellefleur, a man who is generally not respected by the townspeople of Bon Temps due to the poor job he does solving the town’s crimes. Bauer has a role in the highly anticipated upcoming film from acclaimed director Brad Bird, Tomorrowland, which co-stars George Clooney, among other big names, and comes to theaters this spring. The actor is currently filming the comedy Temps, about a temp employee at a ski slope who unexpectedly falls in love.
Nelsan Ellis plays Bon Temps resident Lafayette Reynolds, the gay short-order cook at Merlotte’s who deals drugs on the side and finds out midway through the series that he is a medium who can contact spirits of the dead. Though Lafayette is killed off in the second novel of Charlaine Harris’ series, he was kept on the show due to the popularity of his character, which The Philadelphia Inquirer called “a redneck-thumping, drug-dealing diva with a tongue saltier than the gumbo he serves up as the grill cook at Merlotte’s honky tonk.” Ellis has upcoming roles in a short film titled #Nausea… for Millennials, which is described as a look into the existential struggles of the millennial generation, and Bolden!, a film about iconic jazz cornet player Buddy Bolden.
Preston plays Arlene Fowler, a waitress at Merlotte’s who has good intentions but is bigoted against vampires. Fowler has been through four marriages — each with unpleasant ends — is the single mother of two — and later three — and highly disapproves of Sookie’s relationships with vampires. Preston has also had recurring roles on the series Person of Interest and The Good Wife. Up next for the actress is the television drama Recorded Lives, co-starring Samantha Smith and Michael Lerner, and the drama Ruth and Alex, about a married couple dealing with the fallout of moving away from the apartment where they’ve spent their entire lives as a couple.
[Editor’s note: This article has been revised to correct some data errors in relation to the show characters.]
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