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True Blood’s Carrie Preston Reveals Why the Show Needs Arlene

In the magical land of vampires, fairies, and werewolves, how does a prejudiced Southerner who has been married four times stand out?

Carrie Preston who plays fiery redhead Arlene Bellefleur on True Blood, thinks that her character has stayed around for the show’s first five seasons for a very specific purpose.

“I think that the show needs Arlene and Terry and Andy Bellefleur and Hoyt. Because otherwise there’s no context for the vampires and the werewolves and everything,” Carrie tells The Huffington Post.

“There’s no context for them if we don’t continue to remind the audience that they are existing in a real world, albeit fictitiously drawn by the writers. I think Arlene is a real representative of that world, and also of how judgmental that world can be.”

The actress recognizes that the show’s ability to appeal in different ways to different people is part of what makes it such a success.

“If you want to, you can read into our show a lot of social and political themes,” she said. “And if you don’t want to, you can just look at it as a fantasy soap opera, and that’s why I love it because it exists on both of those levels.”

We’re looking forward to seeing how Arlene’s relationship with Terry evolves as she attempts to dig into his past with Patrick.

“Arlene is ... yes, she’s been married four times, but she’s still traditional and a kind of stand-by-your-man Southern woman,” Carrie said. “She’s really strong, very opinionated, but has a really big heart and is going to do what she can to protect certainly her kids, but her relationship, too.”

What do you think of Arlene Bellefleur? Comment below!

The Huffington Post

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06.8.2012 / 10:50 PM EDT by Rachel McRady
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