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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis Discusses Luke Grimes’ Decision to Quit over Gay Storyline

True Blood star Nelsan Ellis has spoken to Vulture about Luke Grimes’ decision to quit the show over a planned gay storyline for his character.

Grimes played vampire James on the HBO show – quit abruptly in December just before the show’s final seventh season, in which his character his character has a relationship with Ellis’ character – Lafayette. His role has since been recast, with Nathan Parsons taking on the part.

In an interview with Vulture, Ellis said:

“I just think that, you’re an actor. We’re all sitting there going, ‘You quit your job because … really?’. I’m just… I’m over him. You quit your job because you don’t want to play a gay part? As if it’s … You know what? I’m going to stop talking. You make a statement when you do something like that.

You make a big statement, when you go, ‘I don’t want to play this part because it’s gay.’ If you have a child, if you have a son, and he comes out as gay, what are you going to do? If you have a daughter who comes out gay? You just made a statement, and it has ripple effects.

I’m supposed todo what my boss tells me to do, as an actor. I can’t approach a character with judgment. I certainly can’t tell my boss, ‘I can act what I want to act, but not what you tell me to act,’ especially on a show where you come in, knowing what it is.”

Nelsan Ellis – Vulture

Luke Grimes’ publicist later claimed the actor ‘always’ had an out clause as a means of pursuing other opportunities – “it had nothing to do with storylines, which he had not been privy to at the time of that posting.”

True Blood’s Anna Paquin Talks Bisexuality

Award-winning New Zealand actress Anna Paquin discussed the final season of True Blood, and how Sookie’s dealing with losing important people (and other supernatural beings) in her life.

She also talked about her bisexuality or more to the point a “happily married bisexual mother”, and how she feels strongly about making her support of the LGBT community known:

“There are people who are probably going to go to their grave thinking whatever they think about the LGBT community. That’s their problem, not mine… And there’s people who think that monogamy and bisexuality are mutually exclusive. Again, their problem, not mine.”

Anna Paquin

True Blood – The Final Season

We complain a lot about how there are no lesbians on TV, but one show which has been constant with LGBT appeal is True Blood, who appear to have lesbians falling out of its freaking ears. We’ve had Pam De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten), Tara Thornton (Rutina Wesley), Nan Flanagan (Jessica Tuck), Naomiaka Tara’s first GF (Vedette Lim), and Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw) – not a lesbian in the show but she is in real life. We even had Papi (Janina Gavankar) from The L Word playing a shapshifter.

But sadly Trueblood (like all good shows) is coming to an end… Season 7 has been announced as the last season for HBO’s hit.

A trailer for the final season was recently released. The extended look at season seven focuses on Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) facing judgment for the doomed fate of Bon Temps.

Bill Compton actor Stephen Moyer recently said that he agrees with the decision to end True Blood with its seventh season.

“I think they made the right call to say, ‘Let’s finish it on a massive run of 10 episodes’. The star went on to say: “It was either going to be one season or two seasons… and I would’ve definitely [stayed] on. But it’s very difficult with a show like ours to keep finding a Big Bad and creating all the drama around it.”

Stephen Moyer

True Blood returns on Sunday, June 22 on HBO in the US and on Monday, July 7 on Fox in the UK.