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What Happened To The Cast Of True Blood After It Ended?

Back in the early 2000s, it seemed like the public couldn't get enough of vampire stories. From books to television to movies, everyone was indulging in tales of blood-sucking, undead hunks with hearts of gold — even if those hearts were occasionally a bit tarnished. The HBO series True Blood, which is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries novels by Charlaine Harris, is a perfect example of this vampirically-inclined era. True Blood takes place in a world where vampires have finally been able to reveal themselves to human society and attempt integration within it, thanks to the invention of the synthetic blood product "Tru Blood." The series centers around the life of Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waitress who also happens to be a human-faerie hybrid, who finds herself tangled up in the world of vampires of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

This suspenseful Southern Gothic tale proved to be captivating: True Blood ran for seven seasons and garnered a very devoted fanbase along the way. When the series finally wrapped up in 2014, it was clear that the cast was headed for more exciting roles in the future. From directing to producing to starring in other addictive series, here's what your favorite vampires, shape-shifters, and werewolves have ended up doing since the finale of True Blood

Anna Paquin produced her own TV series

Before starring as Sookie Stackhouse on True Blood, Anna Paquin was already an accomplished actress with an Academy Award under her belt for playing Flora McGrath in 1993's The Piano. Naturally, she had plenty of interesting projects lined up once her time as Sookie was over. After playing this otherworldly cocktail waitress from Bon Temps, Louisiana, Paquin moved on to a very different role: Voicing Ramsey in Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. She also had recurring roles as Nancy Montgomery, a housekeeper whose murder lurks at the heart of Alias Grace, Joanie Lockhart on The Affair, and a small supporting role as Peggy Sheeran in the celebrated Scorsese film The Irishman.

Since starring on True Blood, Paquin has also begun producing and acting in her own shows. She produced and starred in the drama series Bellevue, in which she played the police officer Annie Ryder, who investigates the disappearance of a transgender teenager. Paquin also served as a producer and protagonist on Flack, playing a publicist trying to manage her clients' images while her own life falls apart behind the scenes. She's even moved into film production with the drama The Parting Glass. Now, she's working on her next role in the film Monica, which does not yet have a release date.

Stephen Moyer directed his first film

After filming the series finale of True Blood, Stephen Moyer, who played Sookie's love interest Bill Compton, appeared in a couple of episodes of the spin-off series True Blood: Jessica's Blog. His next big role was playing Dr. Ron Hamilton in the sports drama Concussion. Moyer went on to land roles on multiple TV series, including a starring role as Reed Strucker, a lawyer and father of two mutants, in The Gifted. You also might have caught him on Shots Fired, Safe House, Fortunate Son, or the miniseries The Bastard Executioner.

With his wife Anna Paquin (Yep, you read that right: Sookie and Bill are married in real life), Moyer has also begun working in TV and film production. The couple served as co-producers on the series Flack, which also saw Moyer get behind the camera as a director. They also co-produced the film The Parting Glass, which Moyer directed. Moyer is currently working on the upcoming short drama film For Every Good Intention, in which he'll be starring as Timothy. He's also filming the drama After We Fell, although his exact role hasn't been revealed yet.

Sam Trammell is working on a new pilot

Merlotte's, the restaurant where Sookie works, is at the center of all the supernatural action on True Blood. It's run by Sam Merlotte, who also happens to be a shapeshifter — his preferred "shift" is a collie dog. Awww.

Merlotte was played by Sam Trammell, who went on to appear in several other series and films after True Blood ended. He worked alongside Daniel Radcliffe on the crime drama Imperium, and also had supporting roles in the movies Say You Will and I See You. Trammell also landed a recurring role as Ben on the popular series This Is Us, as well as roles on Homeland, Reckoning, and The Order. To say he's been busy is a major understatement.

What's next on Trammell's schedule? He's definitely booked up for a while. Trammell is currently working on the family film The Tiger Rising, the sports drama It's Time, and the thriller Pursued. In addition, he's filming the pilot for the upcoming series Generation, in which he has a supporting role.

Ryan Kwanten starred in a crime drama

Sookie's brother, Jason Stackhouse, is a sheriff's deputy with the Bon Temps Police. At one point, he is also a member of the anti-vampire organization Fellowship of the Sun, which is regarded as an extremist group that engages in terrorism against vampires.

Ryan Kwanten, who played Jason, continued lending his voice to the character Brewster on the animated children's series Jake and the Never Land Pirates after True Blood ended. He also voiced Superknife on the animated show Apollo Gauntlet. From 2018 through 2019, Kwanten starred in the thriller series The Oath as Steve Hammond. The series explores the seedy underworld of secret societies that are practically impossible to join — but once you're in, you're not getting out. He also had a supporting role on Sacred Lies, a horror series that delves into the inner workings of a cult. 

Recently, Kwanten had a major role as Jude in the sci-fi film 2067, which follows a man on a journey to the future to save the world. Where can you catch Kwanten next? Right now, he's filming the movies Loveland and Devil Inside.

Chris Bauer is filming a new movie

As the sheriff of Renard Parish, Andy Bellefleur, played by Chris Bauer, is often hostile towards Jason Stackhouse, whom he has to work with. His stubborn streak is typically on full display: He never feels like he gets the respect he deserves, and whenever he has a hunch, he sticks to it, even when the evidence looks shaky.

Once his time on True Blood was over, Bauer continued working in television. Shortly after True Blood wrapped, he landed a recurring role on the drama series Survivor's Remorse. He also began playing Detective Tom Lange on the anthology series American Crime Story. Later, he secured a role as Tim Rutten on the mini-series Law & Order True Crime. Bauer also acted alongside big names like James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the series The Deuce and played Deke Slayton on the alternate history series For All Mankind.

Now, Bauer is working on the film The Little Things, which follows a cop duo as they hunt down a serial killer. He's also slated to appear in the sports drama series Heels.

Nelsan Ellis, never forgotten

Nelsan Ellis played Lafayette on True Blood, a cook at Merlotte's who is also a medium. His side business isn't exactly legal, but despite his risky dealings, he's a caring and charismatic man at heart who truly loves his friends.

After the True Blood finale, it seemed like Ellis was destined for great things. He appeared in the historical drama The Stanford Prison Experiment and the comedy Little Boxes. Ellis also had a supporting role in the musical drama Roxanne Roxanne. His next television role was playing Shinwell Johnson on the series Elementary.

Sadly, Ellis passed away in 2017, leaving his family, friends, and fans mourning. Ellis had struggled with addiction for years, and when he attempted to quit drinking alcohol without medical supervision, he died from heart failure. He was definitely a fan favorite on True Blood, and his loss was a tragedy. His final role was Tyrik in the film True to the Game.

Carrie Preston earned her second Emmy nomination

Carrie Preston portrayed Sookie's friend and coworker Arlene Fowler on True Blood. Arlene is a tough woman who has basically seen it all. As a result, she's rough around the edges and occasionally says the wrong thing at the wrong time, but she is enormously protective of those she cares about.

For a while, Preston balanced shooting True Blood with playing Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife, which earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series in 2013. She continued playing Elsbeth after True Blood ended and scored another nomination for this award in 2016. She also portrayed this character in the series The Good Fight. In addition, Preston returned to the role of Grace Hendricks on Person of Interest. Later, she joined the casts of Crowded as Martina Moore and Claws as Polly.

Preston has also worked in film and theater since leaving True Blood. She directed the play Buzz at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival in 2019. Most recently, she played Joan Dempsey in the movie One of These Days, which centers around a tragedy at an annual endurance contest held in small-town Texas.

Rutina Wesley stars on Queen Sugar

Tara Thornton, who was played by Rutina Wesley, is one of Sookie's closest friends. She eventually becomes a vampire, and while it is difficult for her to accept this fate, she eventually embraces her new identity. Sadly, she meets her untimely death later in the series. In the final season, she only appears in flashbacks.

Wesley has landed several exciting roles since her time on True Blood. She played Reba McClane on the suspenseful crime drama Hannibal, and in 2016, she began starring as Nova Bordelon on the family drama Queen Sugar. She also appeared on Arrow as Liza Warner. She's currently slated to appear in the upcoming sci-fi thriller No Running, and she'll also be in the fifth season of Queen Sugar, which is set to air in 2021.  In addition to acting, she has produced two short films, 2 Dollars and Last Looks

Wesley also revealed some important news about her personal life to her fans in the years following True Blood's finale. She and her ex-husband, Jacob Fishel, got divorced in 2013. Wesley has since come out as a lesbian and gotten engaged to her partner, Chef Shonda.

Alexander Skarsgård scored an Emmy and a Golden Globe

On True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård played the vampire Eric Northman, who was born in the age of the Vikings and is over 1,000 years old. He can be quite cold and calculating, but he is loyal to those who have proven trustworthy.

Since his time on True Blood, Skarsgård has seen continuous success. Shortly after the series ended, he landed a major film role as Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan. In addition to appearing on series like The Little Drummer Girl and On Becoming a God in Central Florida, he played Perry Wright, the mysteriously murdered husband at the center of the critically acclaimed HBO series Big Little Lies. His masterful performance as the abusive, secretive Perry, who maintains his image of perfect fatherhood even as he assaults the women who cross his path, earned Skarsgård both an Emmy and a Golden Globe. More recently, he played Randall Flagg on the TV adaptation of Stephen King's novel The Stand.

Expect to see more of Skarsgård in the future, as he has several big projects lined up. You can see him in the upcoming films Godzilla vs. Kong and Passing, which are both scheduled for 2021 releases. He's also serving as the executive producer for the film The Northman, in which he'll be playing Amleth. Take note, True Blood fans: He'll be playing a Viking in that movie too.

Deborah Ann Woll has spent time with superheroes

Young vampire Jessica Hamby was played by Deborah Ann Woll. Jessica isn't a huge fan of "Tru Blood," preferring to feed on good old-fashioned human beings. Becoming a vampire represents an escape from her strict Christian upbringing, which involved homeschooling, physical abuse, and complete restriction from contemporary popular culture. Unsurprisingly, she finds a certain freedom in her new condition.

In the years following True Blood, Woll began playing Karen Page on the Marvel miniseries The Defenders, a role which she returned to for the series Daredevil. She continued playing Page on the subsequent series The Punisher. Woll also portrayed the Dungeon Master on Relics and Rarities, a series centered around the game Dungeons and Dragons. In addition, Woll has appeared in several films, including Silver Lake and Escape Room. Right now, she's working on the upcoming movie Ida Red, which tells the story of a woman who has been sentenced to twenty years in prison for armed robbery.

In 2018, Woll married her long-time boyfriend E.J. Scott. Scott has choroideremia, a medical condition that leads to blindness, and the couple works together to raise awareness of this disease.

Kristin Bauer van Straten is working on an upcoming thriller

Kristin Bauer von Straten played Pam Swynford de Beaufort, the co-owner of the aptly named vampire nightclub Fangtasia. As a vampire, she feels that she's superior to human beings, and is not a particularly compassionate character. She's often sarcastic, and definitely cunning, a trait that she possessed even as a human. Her sinister wit defines her, yet so too does her loyalty to Eric Northman, whose bite transformed her from a turn-of-the-century brothel madam into a bloodsucker. 

After her time on True Blood was up, Bauer von Straten returned to her recurring role as the fairy tale villain Maleficent on Once Upon a Time. In 2016, she played Samantha Van Helsing in the film Nocturnal Animals, appearing alongside Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. She also reunited with her fellow True Blood alum Ryan Kwanten on the set of the series Sacred Lies. Next up for Bauer von Straten is the thriller Paradise Cove, which tells the story of a couple attempting to flip a beach house as they are terrorized by the homeless woman who lives beneath the property.

In addition to acting, Bauer von Straten has always been passionate about animal welfare, and has continued her advocacy on behalf of animals. She is currently a celebrity ambassador for the Best Friends Animal Society. Somehow, we can't picture Pam sharing this particular brand of compassion.

Todd Lowe is filming a new thriller movie

Terry Bellefleur, a veteran who takes a job as a cook at Merlotte's, struggles to deal with the trauma he experienced while serving in Iraq. He tries mightily to turn over a new leaf and leave the scars of his past behind, but PTSD has a tenacious hold on him. Eventually, Terry feels like he can no longer live with his demons. In a scene that remains just as heartbreaking to watch today as the day it premiered, Terry commits suicide with the assistance of a fellow Marine. He eventually returns as a ghost in the series' final season.

After portraying Terry, actor Todd Lowe went on to play Thomas in the crime series Cold, which explores a string of murders of First Nation women in a remote mining town. Next up was a recurring role as Zack Van Gerbig in the highly anticipated miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. In addition to these new projects, Lowe also returned to his role as Randy on Ave 43, which he had balanced with his work on True Blood. In 2017, he landed a supporting role as Colin Dobbs on the action-packed drama series Shooter. Later this year, Lowe is slated to appear in the thriller La Flamme Rogue, which tells the story of a retired cycling champion who ends up fighting for his life after getting entangled with the wrong crowd.