Interview with Sam


Our friends at True Blood’s Nest have a wonderful interview with Sam.  Here is an excerpt:

TB-News: You were born in New Orleans and grew up in Charleston, West Virginia. What accent do you actually use on True Blood? We have heard your interviews and you seem to have lost any signs of the South.

ST: I have lost my accent, I moved around so much as a kid. Before the show started, I made a few trips south to Louisiana and recorded people’s voices, just talking. That’s what I use.

TB-News: At what point did you realize you wanted to be an actor?

ST: I realized my second semester, senior year of college. I had never acted before then at all. A friend suggested I audition for a play. I did, was cast, and then did two more plays before the end of the year. At that point I decided to move to New York for better or for worse. You look back and go “that was kind of nuts”.

TB-News: We’ve read that you spent some time in France, at the Paris University. In what way did this time influence your life? What is your takeaway from living there?

ST: Well, I still cross my sevens and speak passable French after a few glasses of wine. It was an amazing year. I went specifically to study semiology and french philosophy and actually had the opportunity to take courses with Jacques Derrida and Julia Kristeva who are pretty much semiotic rock stars. I was lucky to be there and it was ultimately a pretty romantic year . . . walking the streets of Paris, smoking Gauloise, having little cups of coffee, pretending to be French, taking myself way too seriously.

To read the entire interview, click here

Sam Surfs for Charity


World champion surfers Shaun Tomson and Peter ‘PT’ Townend will join Project Save Our Surf founder/actress Tanna Frederick and a number of celebrities when they co- host the Third Annual Project SOS: SURF 24 a 24-hour surfathon to benefit the Surfrider Foundation, Heal the Bay and Inside the Outdoors.

The event will see recreational surfers joined by pro- surfers and celebrities from TV and film as they compete to put up the best wave each hour from 12 noon Saturday, June 19th to 12 noon Sunday, June 20th. One surfer will receive the “SURF 24 Surfer of the Year” trophy. Celebrity surfers expected to attend include Sam Trammel (True Blood), Dylan Bruno (Numb3rs), Jesse Spencer (House), Sean Patrick Flanery (Boondock Saints), Chad Lowe (24), Michael Munoz (Amazing Race), Eric Balfour (24), Brandon Boyd (Incubus), David Chokachi (Beyond the Break), Gregory Harrison (Trapper John, MD), Chris Bruno (Dead Zone) and Kathy Zuckerman (Gidget). Surf luminaries participating include James Pribram, Matt Beacham, Mary Osborne, Angie Reno and Jon Ros.

The Project SOS: SURF 24 event coincides with International Surfing Day, which was established by Surfrider Foundation and Surfing Magazine to celebrate the sport of surfing and to promote clean water and clean oceans. The charities to benefit are:

  • Heal The Bay is an environmental non-profit dedicated to making southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. They use research, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.
  • Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches for all people, through conservation, activism, research and education.
  • Inside the Outdoors is a unique and hands-on environmental education program administered by the Orange County Department of Education whose mission is to empower students, teachers, parents, and the community to explore natural areas and expand their knowledge.

On June 19th, opening ceremonies begin at 11 am with beach daytime events for the whole family including live music (Keaton Simons, Human Lab, ACIDIC and Common Sense), mural painting with Joanne “Art Miles” Tawfilis, guest speakers including Ed Begley Jr., food and beverage, volleyball, yoga and eco-friendly vendors. At 8:30 pm a surf-film program will feature special appearances from cast and creators of “North Shore,” “Bustin’ Down the Door” and “The Cove.”

On June 20th, there will be a beach breakfast at 8 am (by donation), silent and live auctions and the presentation of the “Friends of the Ocean” award ceremony prior to closing ceremonies.

To register to surf, visit or call 424-781-0865.

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