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    Hypnotic performance: Nelsan Ellis has drawn critical praise for his role as Lafayette on HBO's vampire-centric drama.

    Acting is in Nelsan Ellis' blood

    By Gayle Jo Carter, Special for USA TODAY
    True Blood's resident drug-dealing, fang-banging Internet-pornographer/prostitute Lafayette can get anyone just about anything he desires.
    And he has managed to do just that for Nelsan Ellis, the actor who plays him.

    "I don't think my agent has to beg to get me in the room for an audition anymore," says Ellis, who can also be seen this fall on the big screen in Secretariat.

    But playing such a wildly flamboyant character has caused some tension in his family. "They accept that I'm an actor and I can now pay my rent, and that's about as far as that goes," says Ellis, 32. "I don't necessarily think they appreciate Lafayette."
    Ellis' mother hasn't seen the show, and only one sister out of "about eight (siblings), give or take," is a fan, Ellis says. "Lakeiya never misses an episode: She texts me before or after. I took my brother to a premiere and he sort of disappeared. I think he was a little embarrassed."


    Regardless, Ellis relishes the role he describes as "an actor's wonderland" for giving him stability in a life that began with a turbulent childhood.
    Ellis and his siblings were wards of the state, moving from his grandmother's house to his aunt's house to other relatives' homes in Alabama.

    "They were strong women," he says. "They told me if I wanted to do something, to be something, I had to make it happen."
    Ellis did just that. First he joined the Marine Corps, where he says he "loved and appreciated" his first taste of discipline, and then he attended the Juilliard School, where he wrote and staged Ugly, a play about the tragic consequences of domestic abuse, after his sister Alice was shot and killed by her husband. From there, he wrote a screenplay, which he describes as "basically the white version of Precious."
    But it was a hard sell.

    "It's something very real, but you have to take the truth and put it in a dress in order for people to want it, to buy it. You can't just tell the truth, the truth isn't commercial."
    True Blood, however, has drawn in fans despite its dark story lines, one of which last season revolved around Lafayette being locked in a dungeon, shot and then ultimately saved by drinking lifesaving vampires' blood.

    Ellis promises Season 3, which starts Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, won't disappoint. "The werewolves are coming in. The vampire king of Texas is being introduced. I get a love interest. I get a mother (played by Alfre Woodard), and you'll see the softer side of Lafayette."

    Off screen, Ellis' softer side oozes out of him, whether it's when he's talking about his on-and-off girlfriend of 17 years, aspiring actress Tiffany Snow ("When I lose my way, she brings me back") or the aunt and grandmother who took him in ("They told me my life was my own, to do whatever was in my mind to do with it.")
    "If I didn't do anything with it, it would be my own fault," he says. "Whatever happens with it is up to me."

    Acting is in Nelsan Ellis' blood - USATODAY.com

    Luurrve him. Nelsan and Lafayette.

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    **sigh** Love him so much.
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    I'm getting antsy for True Blood.

    Lafayette is by far one of the best characters on that show!

    He & his gf have been together for a long ass time, since about 15.

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    I love him. Lafayette is my favorite character. I'd want to be best friends with him.
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    Hell yeah!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cmmdee View Post
    I'm getting antsy for True Blood.

    Lafayette is by far one of the best characters on that show!
    Too true.

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    I am of the opinion that Lafayette may be one of the best characters ever written for television. Ever.

    I also think a lot of that is how Nelsan portrays him. This dude is the real deal.
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    So, the picture up there is from the show, not the interview?

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    He's outstanding as Lafayette, and he really has such pretty eyes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    So, the picture up there is from the show, not the interview?

    Yes. Nelsan himself is really rather shy and conservative, so I hear.

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    I loves me some La-Fye-ette.
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    I love him!

    I read somewhere that even Charlaine Harris (author of the Sookie books the show is based on) said that Nelsan as Lafayette was her favorite character adaptation.

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    i love how he always wears women's tops in the show

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    Love Lafayette. True Blood wouldn't be the same without him. That interview just makes me respect Nelsan the actor even more.

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    Me too king. I think I'm half in love with him and I'm not even kidding.

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