10 Facts About ‘True Blood’

In anticipation of Season 3, viewers might want to feast on these 10 facts about "True Blood" which will surely whet the appetite. While vampires are certainly craze worthy for tweens and teens, HBO's "True Blood" is a bloodsucker show that the adults can sink their teeth into.

  1. Stephen Moyer has vamps in his blood. Bill Compton is not Stephen Moyer's first time playing the living dead. In 1998 he drank blood in the U.K. series "Ultraviolet." In a Sci-Fi Online interview, he explained that for this series he did not wear fake fangs as he pointed to his unusually large real-life front teeth saying, "I have these canines that you can see. So we decided not to give me fake teeth."
  2. Vampires age well. "True Blood's" Bill Compton is 175 years old. He was made during the Civil War when he was a First Lieutenant with the Louisiana infantry. But he's just a baby compared to Vamp Sheriff Eric Northman who lost count when he hit 1,000.
  3. Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer hooked up off-camera. A behind the scenes fact about "True Blood," that viewers may not know, is that Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer started dating after filming the "True Blood" pilot, but kept the relationship quiet on the set. In August 2009, they announced they were engaged. No wonder that on-screen chemistry is so hot.
  4. HBO keeps it all in the family. Another often forgotten fact about "True Blood" is that the series' creator also was the genius behind another successful dark HBO show, "Six Feet Under." And a second HBO series got a little extra air time thanks to the vamp show when Nan Flanagan, of the American Vampire League, was interviewed by none other than HBO's Bill Maher from "Real Time with Bill Maher."
  5. Anna Paquin almost holds an Oscar record. Anna was given an Academy Award at the age of eleven for her role as Flora McGrath in "The Piano." She was the second youngest actress to ever earn the honor. Tatum O'Neal was ten when she won for "Paper Moon," but both actresses got the prize for their debut performances. In fact, Paquin's only experience with acting before the award-winning film was the part of a skunk in a school play in New Zealand.
  6. "True Blood" debunks some vamp myths. During the first few seasons, viewers learned some facts about "True Blood" vampires that are contrary to those told in other vampire tales. For example, Bill Compton tells Sookie that vamps can appear in photographs, they are reflected in mirrors, and crosses, garlic, and holy water do not stop evil bloodsuckers in their paths.
  7. Eric the Nordic vamp speaks fluent Swedish. When viewers hear Eric, the owner of the vamp bar Fangtasia, played by Alexander Skarsgard, speaking in a foreign tongue, it is not some strange made-up bloodsucker language, but Swedish. Skarsgard was born in Stockholm, and did most of his acting there until becoming known internationally in 2005.
  8. "True Blood" gets its titles from songs. There are many interesting musical facts about "True Blood," but one that may have slipped by viewers involves the show's titles. During Season 2, each episode was named after the song that played over the end credits in a broad range of styles including Richard Wagner's "Bridal Chorus," Dave Alvin's "Marie Marie," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Before the Night is Over," and Bob Dylan's "Beyond Here Lies Nothin'."
  9. Sookie has a thing for werewolves. Late in Season 1, Sookie discovered that vampires were not the only formerly fictional creatures that exposed themselves in Bon Temps. Sam revealed he was a shape shifter and that werewolves did exist. This was not Anna Paquin's first encounter with werewolves, however—she played one in the 2009 horror film "Trick 'r Treat."
  10. "True Blood" crowns it Vampire King. The list of facts about "True Blood" contains a very small sneak peak into Season 3—Denis O'Hare has been cast as Russell Edgington, the 2,700-plus-year-old Vampire King of Mississippi. TV viewers will recognize O'Hare as Travis March, McAllister campaign worker on "Brothers & Sisters" and moviegoers will remember him from "Milk," "Duplicity," and "Quarantine."
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