Actress Kristin Bauer Van Straten is taking her love of animals, her husband's homeland together and filming a documentary on the horrible poaching of elephants and rhinos that goes down in South Africa. She's one of our favourite True Blood cast members for always giving a voice to the animals that need it and can't wait to see it! She just needs the fans to step up and finish off her last bit of funding for her Kickstarter Campaign. Here is her interview with PopWatch from Ew on the project:"With 19 days left on her Kickstarter campaign, she’s reached roughly two-thirds of her $30,000 goal. She expects the documentary, Out for Africa, to cost triple that. As incentives for pledges, she’s recruited her True Blood castmates to sign items ranging from the common (magazine covers and comic books) to the rare (Joe Manganiello’s modesty sock, which secured a donation of at least $1,000, and Anna Paquin’s signed “super snatch patch,” which has yet to go up for grabs). Forthcoming items include a signed Sookie bra, an Authority necklace, and the Walmart sweatshirt Bauer van Straten wore to EW’s Women Who Kick Ass Comic-Con panel. Members of the cast and crew are also offering their time, whether it be a 30-minute phone call or a dinner. We caught up with Bauer van Straten last week.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How long have you been thinking about doing this?
KRISTIN BAUER VAN STRATEN: I’ve been thinking about it for the last year and reading, but in the last couple of months, producers of The Cove, Forks Over Knives, and Dogtown and Z-Boys all met with me and said, “I’ll help you. You can do this.” So they’re offering advice. And then this amazing cinematographer said, “I’ll shoot it.” And then a producer on True Blood, when I went to her to get approval to put up the signed items, she said, “I’m working with someone who’s working on the same thing, a producer who did the documentary One Lucky Elephant.” She knows everybody in Kenya, and she sat down with me and was like, “Here’s the name of the girl who will do permits for you. Here’s the name of the person who’ll do visas. Here’s a sound person and a DP for you in this country. I can access you to the heavy, heavy hitters working on this every day.” I’m like, the universe wants me to go. The documentary world is a passionate world of people wanting to do something for their soul. Hopefully my soul will be very enriched, because my bank account is suffering.
What’s the most surprising way your True Blood fame has helped you?
There’s this woman, Cynthia Moss, who I just revere. She’s one of the world’s leading scientists on elephants, and she’s been living and studying the elephants of Amboseli National Park for 40 years. We’re going to Amboseli, and my husband’s family lived and grew up in Amboseli working on elephant conservation, so this is very important to me. I wrote to her, and she wrote back that she’s a huge True Blood fan — “I love Pam!.” Because they don’t have True Blood in Kenya, this incredible, intelligent scientist is there bootlegging it.
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You have to take her DVDs.
Right? HBO gives me copies as the episodes air, and I thought, maybe I should make copies. But then I go, “Oh, I’ll get in trouble.” But in my defense, I’m saving a species. Can’t I bootleg season 5 to stop the extinction of elephants? Isn’t that good in the HBO court of law?
What scares you most about the trip?
I think I’ve gotten over the fear of yellow fever and typhoid. [Laughs] I’m still working on the fear of snakes. I was told to make sure to tuck in your mosquito nets and check your bed because the snakes like to go where it’s warm at night. It was given to me as a helpful hint. I’m like, [Whimpers] Okay. I’m used to rats, spiders. Even tarantulas and scorpions, I’m good.
Are you going to be filming behind-the-scenes? Because I would like to see that.
We are. I just actually realized that the documentary has begun. Me, in my house, trying to figure out Kickstarter, up way too late when I’ve got to be on the set way too early — I should have been filming that. I did a late-night confession on my iPhone the other night in tears.
Why were you crying?
It gets scary. There are moments when it’s so overwhelming. There’s this delay with emails. Africa’s awake when we’re not, so I’m getting really tired, and also the budget that I had has doubled. So each decision is, “Well, we really should get that camera that can do slow motion,” “Well, we really should visit that other location, and that’s another bush plane,” “Well, we really should extend it by two days.” All of this is dollars. I just brought on a producer, but it has to be done, and I’m good at rolling up my sleeves. And then there’s the feeling that you might be missing something. Right now, there’s a problem with the human-animal conflict around Amboseli. Because of overpopulation, humans are right up against the border, so the Maasai have surrounded the park and are killing anything that comes over in retaliation for a water buffalo killing one of their kids recently. Human life was lost, and now they’re retaliating and killing a lot of elephants. So Big Life Africa is probably in a bush plane right now buzzing the boundaries, trying to keep the elephants away from wandering into human areas. It’s sad because life is being lost on both sides. So it’s bizarre to think I’m putting on my makeup and heels and going to EW in New York City, and [Big Life's Director of Operations] Richard Bonham, one of the people I’m emailing with and hoping and praying to meet, is buzzing the boundaries of Amboseli. I’m living this crazy dual reality. My husband keeps looking at me, and when I’m not responding, he goes, “You in Kenya?”SOURCE
- Once again more PSA's have been released by HBO and cast supporting the Trevor Project about bullying. Very happy to see that pretty much the show's entire cast seems to be supporting this movement! CLICK HERE to view everyone's PSA's
- Just to let you guys know I've updated the 'It gets better' post with Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Nelsan Ellis and Britt Morgan's PSA videos! I think everyone so far has done a fantastic job with all of their videos and I hope to see more by other supporting cast. This is such an important and great campaign and I'm glad True Blood is being a part of it. HERE FOR VIDEOS
A few of the cast members and Alan Ball have decided to speak up for the Trevor Project and make their own 'It get's Better' videos. I think it's a fantastic campaign in today's world where there is so much bullying going on. No matter what they say or do to you. It DOES get better. This is Alexander Skarsgard's. But click below for other's videos. If other cast choose to participate I'll update this post with theirs as well :)- Kristin Bauer (Van Straten)- Rutina Wesley- Alan Ball- Stephen Moyer- Anna Paquin- Britt Morgan- Nelsan Ellis- Sam Trammell- Deborah Ann Woll- Joe Manganiello- Janina Gavankar- Todd Lowe- Carrie Preston- Jim Parrack- Ryan Kwanten / Chris Bauer- Fiona Shaw- Kevin Alejandro- Lauren Bowles
Sometimes we need to stop concentrating our love on our favourite TV shows and take a look at the world around us. Unfortunately a nasty Earth Quake and Tsunami has completely rumptured Japan and the Asian Pacific side of the world. So even if you can donate a tiny bit this month, please click the image above so we can send more Red Cross relief to the poor people devastated, lost today. <3
We were recently contacted by a True Blood fan site to help promote a charity auction going on during the holidays.Please go to: http://www.true-blood.org/charity.html To find out more information :)
So apparently Stephen Moyer is taking this 'Battle of the Fang' REALLY seriously. So much so that he's offering up this little gem (ok not little, sorry ummm... HUGE?) aka the sock the men of True Blood wear to cover up for those explicit nude scenes
."Oh, Stephen Moyer came to play in the Battle of the Fang, a showdown in which fans of his Bill Compton and Alexander Skarsgard’s Eric Northman are competing to see who can raise the most money for charities of the actors’ choice. Moyer’s added his “sock of destiny,” what the cast has dubbed the modesty piece some actors wear while filming their True Blood nude scenes, to the mix. There’d been 82 bids at pub time, and the sock, which has been signed by Moyer and his wife/costar Anna Paquin, was at $535.00. (“Stephen did not say whether the sock had been used or not… we’re not asking,” the eBay description notes.) I love Moyer for this, and expect his sense of humor to be rewarded. The sock has got to go for as least as much as the signed Season 3 finale script he also donated (which was at $900 following 44 bids at pub time). The eBay auctions end Sept. 4. The true Battle of the Fang, which started June 13 and continues through the show’s Sept. 12 season finale, involves fans making donations to either Moyer’s chosen charity, GulfAid, or Skarsgard’s, SOS Children’s Villages. Whichever actor’s fans donate more money wins. They’ve each agreed to be photographed wearing a T-shirt designed by the winner and his team. Those T-shirts will then be awarded to one randomly-selected fan from each team. (For every $5 you donate, your name gets entered again.)
If you’re Team Eric, head here for more information. If you’re Team Bill, you’ll want to click here. As of August 27, the teams had collectively raised more than $30,000."
Everyone who is a fan of True Blood and Alexander Skarsgard who plays Eric Northman should stop and take a feel moment and open your wallet to a great charity event the webmaster of Skarsgardnews.com has let us know about!
"Few people would rather give than receive on their birthday, but Alexander Skarsgård is one of them. Alexander's birthday falls on August 25th and he has requested fans not to send him gifts but instead to put their money where it can help the most.SkarsgårdNews.com has acknowledged Alexander's request, accepted the mission, and working alongside Alexander, is coordinating its first charity auction to benefit Alex's charity of choice, Amnesty International. Amnesty International is a global organization dedicated to protecting people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. They investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. Through Amnesty’s research and action, governments have been persuaded to stop human rights violations and change their laws and practices. Death sentences have been commuted. Torturers have been brought to justice and prisoners of conscience have been released. Public support of SkarsgårdNews.com’s charity auction will help ensure that this important work continues.The auctions will begin on August the 22nd and last for over 2 months. New items will be presented each week and will be sold before the next item is offered for bidding."
Here at the blog we like to help promote this fund-raiser back by actor Stephen Moyer aka Bill (or beeeeel) We encourage any Moyer or True Blood fan to participate in this worth cause!
This is the info we got in an email:
The Stephen Moyer Kids Theatre Fund'. All the donations made to the theatre by fans of Stephen Moyer will be collected in this fund and will be used for the production of the children's Christmas show and to provide low-cost transportation for the children.
"Last year's show, 'The Twits', was a huge success and thanks to the generous donations made by Stephen Moyer fans hundreds of children had the opportunity to enjoy an enriching, live theatre experience. The children who attended 'The Twits' sent the most touching, joyful letters of thanks.This year's goal is to bring even more children to the theatre to enjoy the 2010 Christmas production of 'The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner'. To be able to do this several thousands of dollars are needed and we are excited to announce that we will help raise at least a part of the money that is needed.The 'Stephen Moyer Kids Theatre Fundraiser' consists of the opening of a virtual wall and a contest in which donators can win one of the prizes signed by Stephen Moyer.
The 'Stephen Moyer Kids Theatre Fundraiser' will launch on June 12, 2010 and end on September 30, 2010. Fans will be able to buy a virtual brick in the 'Fans of Stephen Moyer Wall' that will have a permanent place on AllStephenMoyer.com. For a minimum donation of $10 fans can buy their spot on the wall and leave a message to be published there, visible for the whole world to see, including Stephen Moyer who will be sent the direct link to the wall.
The fans who write the funniest, most original, or most inspiring, or most etc. message for the 'Fans of Stephen Moyer Wall' will be rewarded with one of the prizes signed by Stephen Moyer.
All the information can be found on the special fundraiser page:
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