Nathan Parsons On Saying Goodbye To 'True Blood'
Nathan Parsons On Saying Goodbye To 'True Blood'
Nathan Parsons, who plays Lafayette’s vampire love interest on “True Blood,” chats on Access Hollywood Live about the coming series finale. Was it difficult for him to join the cast later in the series? And, how did Nathan prepare for his love scenes? The series finale of “True Blood” airs August 24 at 9 PM on HBO.
of the sweeter storylines of the show's final season. And this Sunday is the last "True blood" ever. How will it end? We are joined by Nathan parsons, who plays James, and you'll let us in on some finale secrets. Yeah. I cannot believe the show is ending. It's been a crazy seven years. That's the word. It has been crazy. You joined in on the cast when they were sort of already that family. And you come in as the new guy. Is that a little intimidating? Yeah. I was a little nervous at first. But my very first day was with nelsan and Steve, and Steve was directing. And I immediately just felt right at home. They are such a great cast, great group of people. And they immediately welcomed me. Give us something at the end. Give us one little wrap-up, what we might see. Do you and nelsan ride off into the sunset together? Well, I can say I think this season is going to end perfectly. I don't think there's another way to end it, you know. You know what's great about the storylines? When I was growing up, you never saw gay characters. Now you see it on soap operas and shows like this. And it opens the door. My 7-year-old, she said, oh, mommy, she was telling my little boy, some women love women, and some men love men. It's the most perfect way to say it. Did it intimidate you at all? A little bit. For me, I had never really played a role like that before. You know, any time you step into a character, you know, there's something about it that's going to challenge you. And this was the challenge. Did you have to go to your friends, ok, buddy, I have to make out with you now. We all saved it till that night. What was that like, the first scene you had to shoot, the first love scene? It actually was really well done, I thought. I thought it was really tasteful. Nelsan and I were really careful in terms of how we wanted to do it. We didn't want it to be over the top or something in your face. Or campy or something. Exactly. So I think we did it tastefully. And both nelsan -- he's had some experience doing this. I hadn't. So he kind of showed me the ropes and knew what was going on. That's so cool to work with an actor like nelsan, who is the heart of that show. He is everybody's favorite. And I just think the whole thing is really cool, especially on a show that like vampires are doing it, witches are doing it, wolves are doing it. Everybody. How could this be a controversy, two men doing it? The show is so out of control. Exactly. But it's so beautifully done. And really like -- I don't know, I think preparation for a love scene is probably difficult with anybody. With any sex. It is. Because you're on set, and there's people -- See, I don't buy it. I think, oh, my god, this has to be somewhat intimate. It's skin on skin. You're making out. No. We had a whole -- all day we were shooting it and that whole night. And there was big group stuff earlier in the day. But then they send everyone home. So it was just me and nelsan. And we shortened the castor the crew a little bit, kind of a smaller group there. So we were able to make it a little more intimate, which I think helped. It was good. Yeah. So what do you do? Are you now that guy from "True blood" where you can't go? I remember Joe mang Nella first said he couldn't go anywhere. No, I took off. I've been on a road trip for three weeks now. Where did you go? I went up to Colorado. Went down to Kansas, Tulsa, Austin. Just driving trip? Yeah. You're an outdoorsy guy. What do you do? Horseback riding, kayaking. Went to a rodeo in Tulsa. I'm going to New Orleans for a couple of days when I get back. So just really anything. I mean, any time you see arches national park, you pull off and drive around and check it out. Were you alone? Or did you have a significant other? Just me and my dog. Oh, how nice. Is he a rescue dog? Yeah. Oh, yes, of course. And a jeep wrangler. Of course. What do you want next from in? What would be your dream gig after this? Actually I have another project coming up, but I can't really talk about it right now. But it's a period piece, and I'm really excited about doing that. We're driving up to Richmond to start shooting that in a couple of weeks. I could see you in a period piece. And this time maybe a love interest, woman? We'll see. I don't think it matters. At this point, I'm up for anything. Nathan, you are adorable. Nice to meet you. Thank you. Nice to meet you. The "True blood" finale Sunday on HBO.