Todd Lowe, True Blood’sTerry Bellefleur, was interviewed by Rolling Stone. Todd talks about Terry’s PTSD, his band L.A. Hootenanny, guesting on Bunheads, and a new film for M. Night Shyamalan called After Earth.
One of the defining aspects of Terry Bellefleur has always been the fact that he suffers from PTSD. Did you do any first-hand research on it?
I knew some people growing up – some family members, some friends of the family – who had done time over in Iraq and done a couple of tours, and I kind of based it on them. I didn’t do too much medical research into it – I’m leaving that up to the writers to determine what’s going to happen – but I didn’t know until the beginning of Season Five, when Alan [Ball] sent me an e-mail saying what was going to go on with my character, what had actually happened over there. I didn’t know in Season One that I had shot an innocent woman while high. So having that at the beginning of this season, like, “Ok, you did do something just terrible and nightmares are going to plague you forever.” That is the cause of why he’s been [the way he is], among other horrors I’m sure he saw over there. That’s the one that was the most personal.
In previous seasons, Terry has had more of a comic-relief role, but now he’s got this major dramatic arc. Is that something you were hoping for? Or do you prefer doing comedy?
I guess I do prefer doing comic roles, but you have to play it truthful and the drama that I’ve been playing this year has been great. I haven’t been able to find, really, moments of levity. Even me having to grab Patrick’s hand and put it on the table for that ridiculous séance at Lafayette’s was, like, totally serious. So you play that in all seriousness, but it still kind of comes with a little bit of a chuckle.
Speaking of that séance scene in last week’s episode, Nelsan Ellis did such a fantastic job – how did you guys keep a straight face?
Todd Lowe plays Terry Bellefleur (Photo credit: John P. Johnson/HBO)
Todd Lowe talked to The Hollywood Reporter recently about his character Terry Bellefleur on True Blood this season. In episode 4, Terry went to South Dakota with Scott Foley‘s character Patrick Devins.
“He is going to reveal something to us, that it is not a surprise to my character, but it is going to be a surprise to Scott’s. And it’s going to have major significance on the second half of the season,” Lowe tells THR.
“Terry isn’t the only one who’s gone crazy,” Lowe adds. “There was an event that happened over there, and Terry and Private Eller are the only ones who are witnesses, so far. There’s still a lot more secrets coming out.”
And what’s this? Todd is working on a new TV show called “Bunheads” and cannot say if he will be back next year? Say it isn’t so!!
HBO aired a new True Blood Waiting Sucks video tonight just before Game of Thrones at 9:00 p.m. This one features Terry Bellefleur (Todd Lowe) and Patrick Devins (Scott Foley) and some guy named Eller.
Updated extended video below:
In our new segment, Take a Stab, we ponder what will happen to our favorite Bon Temps (and Shreveport!) residents in True Blood season 5. So pin on your sheriff badge and stir the gumbo pot, because this here is the Bellefleur edition!
The last time we saw Terry B, he looked strangely shocked to be getting a hug from Patrick Devins, a Marine sergeant from his Iraq war days. Now, Private Bellefleur believed Patrick to be dead, so they haven’t spent any quality time with each other since the war - so why has Patrick sought out his long lost buddy now?
We’ve been informed by one of the True Blood writers, Raelle Tucker, that “Patrick will bring trouble to Terry and Arlene. His arc has to do with Terry’s past coming back to haunt Bon Temps and Arlene and the life they’re trying to set up together.”
There are several ways we can interpret this. Did Patrick witness Terry doing something terrible back in the war days? Were they lovers? Or should we take Ms. Tucker’s comment literally and believe Patrick to be a ghost coming into Merlotte’s to haunt Terry & Arlene? And if he is, was Terry his murderer? Oh say it isn’t so!
Greater Family Ties
Caroline Bellefleur, "Please tell me there was a bigger reason for me to bring that bible out than cock-blocking Portia."
What’s to become of the ancestral relationship between Bill Compton and the Bellefleurs? Will Bill tell Andy that he’s his gggggrandfather? Or (more likely) will Bill keep this information to himself? Maybe we’ll see more of Portia and she’ll explain to her brother all about their blood drinking progenitor. Either way, I believe that Andy will be just fine with Bill as a relative, after all, he did have an affinity for Bill way back in season 1, as did his cousin Terry.
But in the books, the Bellefleur connection was treated very differently with Sookie being jealous that Bill was helping them out financially. Since Bill & Sookie aren’t even together at this point, that storyline seems to be dead. So what will Bill’s Bellefleur connection bring to True Blood?
The Mighty Andy Bellefleur
And then there’s Andy, oh Andy! There’s so much going on with Andy Bellefleur and I can’t wait to see what happens to him in season 5! At the end of last season, Andy seems to be off the V (thank the gods!) and is gently wooing Holly the Wiccan waitress. But this is True Blood and I’m pretty sure that this relationship won’t be all sweets and sunshine, because Andy Bellefleur was ravaged by a fairy!
Maurella atop the handsome & muscular Andy Bellefleur (he's cutting back on carbs ya know).
Maurella found Andy in the woods and asked to be protected. After he acquiesced, she hopped aboard the Bellefleur express and rode it all the way to heaven. Now, I can totally understand why Maurella would be captivated by the Mighty Andy Bellefleur’s sexy swagger, but perhaps she had ulterior motives… maybe she’s a soldier in the army to harvest humans? Hmm?
So what do y’all think? Is Patrick Devins actually a dead guy? Will Bill’s Bellefleur connection amount to anything – or is it just another dropped storyline? And will Andy contribute the Bellefleur DNA to the fairy hybrid population?