'True Blood' Costar Reveals How Stunt Double Is Hiding Anna Paquin’s Pregnancy; Confirms Sixth Season (EXCLUSIVE)
True Blood is coming back for a sixth season.
Though it will not come as a surprise to fans of the hit vampire drama, one of the show’s stars, Todd Lowe, dropped the news during an interview with Celebuzz when he was asked how producers were coping with hiding star Anna Paquin's growing baby bump.
“I think she is due right before we start (filming) the sixth season,” revealed Lowe, 35, who plays Terry Bellefleur.
The subtle confirmation comes on the eve of the 12-episode fifth season premiere and follows the decision of show runner Alan Ball to stand down.
In February, Ball said he would continue on the series in a supervisory role should True Blood be renewed for a sixth season.
At the time, HBO added that if the show “proceed(ed) to season six, the show will remain in the very capable hands of the talented team of writers and producers who have been with the show for a number of years."
A source close to the production last night told Celebuzz nothing had yet been confirmed.
“I’m sure they said that as an assumption and meant it in the context of assuming there’s a pick-up,” the insider said.
Whether or not Lowe, 35, accidentally revealed the studio’s sixth season secret, he was candid about how producers have been forced to call on a stunt double to work overtime to mask Paquin’s expanding waistline.
“I know that her stunt double has had more work than needed before,” he said. “I know that and they're pretty creative with staging and costuming.”
29-year-old Paquin -- who plays Sookie Stackhouse on the HBO ratings juggernaut -- and her husband/co-star Stephen Moyer, 42, announced in April that they are expecting their first child together later this year.
The Emmy-nominated show follows part-faerie waitress Sookie and 173-year-old vampire Bill Compton, played by her real-life husband Moyer.
Whilst Paquin is causing problems for the show's writers, Lowe said the pregnancy would not be worked into the storyline or reflected on screen.
"It would be hard because of the timeline,” he told Celebuzz. “The timeline is crunched, you know."
Does Lowe have any more spoilers?
While the cast is notoriously tight-lipped about plot details in an attempt not to spoil producers penchant for killing off both major and minor characters, Lowe hinted his character wasn’t about to be written out.
"I know I am in it for the majority of the season... I can say that," he said.
Beyond that, Lowe was guarded and said he could not “really address what is going to happen” on the show that returns June 10, “because it will ruin it for the viewers!”
In last season’s cliffhanger finale, Sookie made a decision about her love life while another character was shot in the head in the town of Bon Temps.
“People really like the story telling and the cliff hangers seem to help a lot,” said Lowe, who plays a PTSD plagued Iraqi War veteran who works as a short order cook at Merlotte’s Bar & Grill.
“They always want to know what is going to happen next."