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'True Blood' casts a spell on Hollywood at Season 4 premiere

June 22, 2011 | 11:53 am

True Blood premiere: Anna Paquin and Steven Moyer

The "True Blood" campaign for Season 4 has hinged on the phrase "waiting sucks" -- but the wait for more Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin, Alexander Skarsgard, Joe Manganiello and the rest of the gang is almost over.

That could be a good thing for Rutina Wesley, who plays the show's oft-distressed Tara. "They put me through a lot," Wesley said Tuesday at the "True Blood" premiere, "but this is what I signed up for and what I studied.

"You wanna duct tape me to a toilet? Let's do it."

True Blood premiere pictures (Semi-spoiler alert: Things are a lot different for Tara this year, across the board.)

The residents of fictional Bon Temps, La., turned out in Hollywood on Tuesday at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome to kick off another season of Alan Ball's adaptation of the Charlene Harris vampire novels.

Married couple Paquin and Moyer walked the carpet together, trailing Skarsgard, Ryan Kwanten, Manganiello and Wesley.

The show's vampire-friendly watering hole, Fangtasia, was re-created just blocks from the theater, attracting cast, admirers and a few members of the HBO family after the screening.

Fan favorite Kristin Bauer van Straten, who received many compliments on her waifish figure and outrageous costumes, shared her secret: "It's the corsets. They usually throw me three or four a year."

Skarsgard, sans girlfriend Kate Bosworth, sipped beer and greeted many an admirer and costar, including Kwanten, Kevin Alejandro, Lauren Bowles, Nelsan Ellis and Deborah Ann Woll. Manganiello stuck with  fiancée Audra Marie and wolfed down some meat and potatoes, while costar Sam Trammel got compliments on his recent "Funny or Die" sketch, "Hot Dudes With Kittens." 

Palm-reading witches and plastic fangs peppered the bash, which saw support from other HBO stars, including Perrey Reeves of "Entourage," "Big Love" alums Amanda Seyfried and Douglas Smith, and  Rebecca Creskoff of "Hung." Click the pics for more photos from the red carpet.

The new season of "True Blood" premieres Sunday on HBO.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Top photo: Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer on the "True Blood" Season 4 red carpet. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

Bottom photo: "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters