The series was "True Blood" and this was to be a gothic horror-fantasy based on "The Southern Vampire Mysteries" novels by Charlaine Harris, set in the fictional backwater town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, and following the life and loves of a waitress named Sookie Stackhouse. Alan Ball, who had created and was running the show, starring Anna Paquin as Sookie, was a playwright. At the time, Ball was known for filling his writers room with theater people like Woo, who'd already penned several dramas about Chinese-Americans fighting discrimination in the 19th century.
Photo courtesy of HBO. Actor Nelsan Ellis died from complications related to heart failure on Saturday. Best known for his portrayal of Lafayette Reynolds in HBO's True Bloodthe Juilliard graduate brought one of the first authentic portrayals of a gay character of color to the small screen.
Ellis, a Juilliard graduate, died of heart failure at age 39, his manager said Saturday. On True Bloodwhich aired on HBO from toEllis brought to life one of the most important depictions of queerness on television, in a series that bubbled with crazy camp improbabilities. His short-order cook who moonlighted as a drug and vampire blood dealer was enticing and bawdy, femme and butch, learned and country AF.
On Saturday, the year-old actor diedtaking with him not only the kind and generous spirit all his co-stars have lamented, but an immense talent that we only ever got to see a fraction of. Whenever a great actor dies, we think about their legacy, what made them truly iconic. He was captivating from the very beginning, a character who on paper might have been nothing but a wise-cracking gay stereotype, but through Ellis became one of the most layered and beloved portrayals of a gay black man in television history. From towe watched Lafayette deftly push notions of what it means to be a black gay man.
Updated July 09, Ellis's manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the actor's death via an emailed statement on Saturday local time. The Hollywood Reporter, which was first to report Ellis's death, quoted her as saying the actor died from complications of heart failure, adding more information would come to light in coming days.
Amy Held. Nelsan Ellis, photographed indied at the age of 39 from "complications with heart failure," according to his manager. Ellis' manager, Emily Gerson Saines, confirmed the death, telling The Hollywood Reporter that he died "after complications with heart failure.
The year-old actor, who stars as Lafayette Reynolds on the series, opened up about his former co-star in an interview with Vulture. Grimes portrayed James Kent on season six of the program, but allegedly quit before season seven over his character's gay storyline. Actor Nathan Parsons took over the role, and James and Lafayette became romantically involved in Sunday night's episode.
Nelsan Ellis had successfully kept his personal life low profiled. He had never talked about his private life in the media and public. His character in his serial True Blood was gay. So many people thought he was gay in real life also.
In addition to his television work, Ellis appeared in several feature films throughout his career. His final acting role was in True to the Gamewhich was released posthumously. Ellis and his siblings became wards of the stateand later were raised in Bessemer, Alabamaby their maternal grandmother.
We didn't want it to be uncomfortable to watch or over the top. It has to be something that is seemingly organic and loving, instead of just having sex for the sake of having sex," Parsons told The Hollywood Reporter. It comes out of nowhere and we have to do it tastefully, and we all have to be comfortable with what's happening.