Being Anna Paquin’s Stand-In on “True Blood”: Top 5 Things You Should Know
5 Vampire shows mean a lot of night shoots
“I drink more coffee than I have ever drunk in my life,” she says.
4 Working with famous people
“I am in the camp of, I do my thing, you do your thing,” she says. “If you need something and you want to talk to me, that’s fine. I have acted in the past and I know what it’s like to be thinking of a million things for this scene and going over lines. I don’t want to put people in a position of being distracted, especially on this show because they are intense.”
3 Getting personal
“We had to get very close and had to do a cheek-to-cheek thing for several hours,” she says, laughing. “And I thought well, this is one way to get to know someone. And we’ve been good friends ever since.”
2 What do the stars do during all of this?
1 What does a stand in do?
“People always say it’s like that scene in Love Actually,” Forde says, referencing the British ensemble romantic comedy that shows actors Martin Freeman and Joanna Page as body doubles for a sex scene. Instead, she says, “We basically go through the scene ahead of filming, sometimes with dialogue, sometimes without dialogue, so the cameras can set their angles and the lighting guys can do all those beautiful lights and make everyone look perfect even before they come in.”
Forde, who has comparable height and hair color to Paquin, will style her hair or wear similar shoes in the scene that the actress will be wearing. She says this helps the lighting department, “figure out how high they want the angle of the lights.”