True Blood Season 7 Premiere Red Carpet Rundown

Posted on June 18, 2014

Alright, you dirty little band of oversexed monsters and misfits, line up for some judgment.


Joe Manganiello in John Varvatos
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Pretty close to impeccable but that shirt/tie pairing is all kinds of wrong.


Deborah Ann Woll in Carolina Herrera
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Pretty. The band of brown in the torso is a bit distracting and we’d have liked to have seen a non-metallic shoe here.



Carrie Preston
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Pretty enough, but the shoes are kind of ugly.



Sam Trammell
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It’s fine. Minor effort with no style.


Adina Porter
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We keep wanting to like this, but we’re not feeling it. Could be the straps, could be the fabrics. It’s just not singing to us.


Michael McMillian

Welcome to your first day at Ernst & Young, Mr. McMillian.


Janina Gavankar
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Looks like she went a little wild in the craft store.



Jurnee Smollett
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Hmmm. We’re just gonna say it: this is not attractive. We don’t like the shape of either peace, but we think we dislike the fabric even more.



Brett Lorenzini
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Cute but boring. Could’ve used some contrast.


Karolina Wydra
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Best dressed of the night. Perhaps a little overdressed, but she looks thematically on point for a premiere like this.


Anna Camp in Azzaro
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Cute bordering on twee, with the pink Barbie pumps doing most of the work of shoving this look right up to that border. Silver sandals would’ve been our choice.


Jessica Clark
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It’s… almost pretty? We think it all goes south in the skirt.



Nelsan Ellis


Y’know? There’s a lot wrong here with the proportions and the fabrics, but he’s at least being true to himself on some level and standing out from the crowd. Can’t fault that.



Riley Smith
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Could you possibly be any more boring?



Zoey Deutch in Tanya Taylor
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An outdoor tablecloth of a dress.



Ashley Hinshaw
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Yow. Looks like someone decided to engage in a little “Be Me or Do Me” -style attention-grabbing. Attagirl. Don’t forget to read Chapters 4 & 5. Make notes in the margins. We encourage it.



Bailey Noble
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Kristin Bauer van Straten
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She’s letting the dress do the work, but that’s probably smart. Nothing’s fighting it, at least. And it’s an interesting dress.



Ryan Kwanten
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A+ for putting the effort in, but we really don’t love the cut paired with that plaid.




[Photo Credit: David Gabber/, Emiley Schweich/PR Photos, Jason Merritt/Getty Images]

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  • I don’t know if it’s just me, but this was an exceptionally poorly dressed gang of stars. Have to disagree with you on the Deborah Ann Woll dress in particular. It looks like a brown plaid blanket my parents had in the late 70s/early 80s. Sad.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Not just you.

    • Trent

      Not only is it not just you, but I’m really surprised that the actors didn’t collectively make more of an effort, given that this is the final season premiere, and you’d think they’d want to take advantage of any and all promotional opportunities. I mean, Zoey Deutch is wearing a sundress that might as well be from Old Navy. With few exceptions (Ryan, Kristin), a big yawn.

  • Noah

    Scrolling through, I felt like I kept cocking my head to the right and thinking, “Mayyyybe?” just because I was hoping not everybody sucked.

    Spoiler alert: Everybody sucked.

    • Darren Nesbitt

      Does anyone see character costume references here (like we saw on Maleficent red carpets)?
      Joe’s denim-like shirt makes me think of Alcide
      Michael is giving me politician Steve Newlin
      Anna Camp is in a Sarah Newlin barbie look.
      Kristin is vamped up more than usual (like Pam)


  • Carleenml

    “those shoes are kind of ugly” – Kind Of Ugly? oh honeys, way beyond.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Plus her feet are a totally different color than her legs.

      • kimmeister

        Which, in turn, have no relation to the color of her face/decolletage.

    • decormaven

      Macy’s clearance rack.

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Apparently the ladies’ theme was “Striking but not Flattering”.

  • DuBey2

    1st time I’ve seen this: the guys ALL looked better dressed than the gals.

  • sugarkane105

    Riley Smith…

  • mjude

    always my fave kind of posts. but gee whiz they did not bring it. joe I will keep.

  • “Welcome to your first day at Ernst & Young, Mr. McMillian.”

    You give attorneys too much credit, Sirs. Then again, I work for the JC Penney’s Outlet of law firms…

    • CPT_Doom

      “Welcome to your first day at Ernst & Young, Mr. McMillian.” Now go out and buy a pair of decent shoes. While you’re at it, learn about a little substance call “shoe polish.”

    • Myra Amler

      I thought Ernst & Young were accountants.

      • fursa_saida

        Also consultants–or maybe that’s only in the past. My dad used to work there in the 90s as a management consultant.

    • Accountants..they’re accountants. Very dry, boring accountants. I worked for them one year right out of college way back when Bob Crachit was in the back room Learned a lot about eyeshades and goose quills. Had Mr. McMillian been hired there, dressed like that, he would have either been a Senior Partners nephew whom they HAD to hire, or a member of maintenance. Damn.

      • Arrrrgh. For some reason, I have it in my head that LLP means law firm. I’m going to chant “Limited Liability Partnership” for the rest of the day…

    • Grumpy Girl

      They are also regulatory auditors. I snorted at that comment–and I was on a call. Luckily not with said child-auditors, as we all think of them. (Yes, let us explain this again to you children, like we did the children last year and the ones the year before.) Man, they need to hire some adults . . .

      • Kitten Mittons

        Can’t keep em. They hire the rugrats to do the dirty work, then they all get their CPAs and go do something they want to do. Same with all the big auditing firms, from what I hear.

  • PinkyK

    That ensemble makes Ashley Hinsaw look like she has droopy 112 year old boobs.

  • Jessica Freeman

    Joe is being choked by his tie. This is a whole hell of a lot of Meh.

  • Lori

    I kind of like Adina Porter’s dress, but I think the shoes are wrong. Jessica Clark’s dress went south long before it got to the skirt. It’s doing seriously weird, unflattering things to her torso. Most of the rest of these are just a big old pile of meh.

  • Thomas

    Is Kristin’s dress Versace? Cause I think it’s downright gaudy. And I think Nelsan looks like a hot mess, but I guess that’s better than looking like a politician like Riley.

  • GillianHolroyd

    Wow, Carrie Preston looks different with eye makeup. I’ve only ever seen her on The Good Wife.

  • Why, oh, why is the picture of Joe Manganiello refusing to load for me? Sob.

    • Kent Roby

      Your computer has taste; it will only load the naked shots of His Hotness.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Your machine is having an attack of the vapors at the mere mention of Joe…’s too busy fanning its little ole’ self

  • MissFern

    Carrie Preston does not age.

  • Kimberlini

    I don’t know who any of these people are (except for Joe), and I think they all look terrible. Please give me my two minutes back.

    • AnaRoW

      As a child, Jurnee Smollett starred in a criminally-overlooked-by-the-Oscars movie co-starring Samuel L. Jackson, Lynn Whitfield, and Debbie Morgan called “Eve’s Bayou”. I highly recommend it.

      • Erica

        That was a great movie. Glad to know someone else saw it.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Very fine film, definitely should be seen by more people.

      • FibonacciSequins

        Debbi Morgan! Jesse + Angie 4evah.

      • MilaXX

        and before that she starred in really awful ABC sitcom called The 10 of Us. She also currently has a hilarious Funny or Die skit currently out.

      • Kent Roby

        A friend of mine here in New Orleans who had a really terrific vintage clothing store supplied a lot of the clothes and props for the movie; I haven’t seen it, but will put it on my watchlist because of your recommendation.

      • SpillinTea

        Yes MA’AM! That movie is everything and stays on the “Yall need to see this!” recommendation list. Direction, Acting, Cinematography, and Music all slayyyyed.

  • hughman

    Joe Manganiello looks like he works at the Haunted Mansion. Which is a compliment for this clueless bunch of newbie/wannabees with no game plan.

  • Ashleigh

    The dress Jessica Clark is wearing is so intriguing. I agree, the skirt is off. Wish it had been better

    • Sarah

      It is also wonky in the shape/cut – I see something billowy hiding behind her right arm that is potentially no good. I dig the fabric though, and wish it had been better, too.

  • Anna

    Very bizarre shirt/tie pairing for Joe. Devastatingly handsome from the shirt collar up, though. Loving the hair like that.

    Dresses range from laughable to bad, what do stylists have against the women of True Blood?

  • Cloveradams

    Ryan Kwanten is on his way to the junior prom.

  • Raspberry2012

    Joe’s suit just looks weird.

  • Why are most of the ladystars feet so anemic looking? Doesn’t spray tan go to the feet or do the people who do it just have a bad aim?

  • Mothra

    I was yawny w/ all the ladies’ outfits but that plaid suit at the end? Man, that’s a sweet looking ride. But need it to be a beautiful slim cut, not a double breasted buttoned thing.

  • Myra Amler

    Is it the way Jessica Clark is standing or is it just horrific fit? The right side of her torso looks lower than the left side.

  • R.A.

    I <3 Nelsan Ellis. Lafayette Forever.

  • FibonacciSequins

    The overall sense I’m getting is that none of these people are making enough money to hire a top-notch stylist. Most of this is pretty dull.

    I highly approve of Nelsan Ellis’ ensemble. Jessica Clark’s dress looks like it’s collapsing on one side – even the high collar is pulling. Janina Gavanker looks like she’s being attacked/felt up by her dress, which kind of makes her my favorite.

    • Sarah

      Nothin’ like some fuzzy orange boob-framing curlicues to bring the high style.

      • FibonacciSequins

        It reminds me of a good old-fashioned monster movie.

        • Sarah

          The way she’s holding that clutch looks more like a cattle prod or a taser so she’s clearly prepared to fight back.

          • FibonacciSequins

            Ha, I didn’t even notice her bag. The perfect accessory for her dress.

          • kimmeister

            It looks like a multipack of caulking guns!

  • ashtangajunkie

    You lost me after Joe.

  • I like Jurnee Smollet’s outfit, but never the velvet shoes with it. The skirt is a bit awkwardly long, but if it hit at the knee it would be too literally 90s. Maybe just an inch off the hem so it doesn’t stick out awkwardly. Ashley Hinshaw’s wearing Tim Burton’s curtains, and didn’t even get them tailored. A rather dull group, on the whole.

  • WendyD

    All this lineup does is reinforce the fact that of the actors here that I know (and love), they all look way better in casual/show clothes or NOTHING AT ALL.

    SPOILER ALERT: There is a Sookie/Alcide love scene in the first episode on Sunday night. HALLELUJAH!

    • I just read this in EW!! Very excited.

  • Joe, that Wild West saloon tie pains me.

    But I still love you.

  • LadyVimes

    The boys all matched their suits and/or ties to their eyes. I’m not complaining.

  • e jerry powell

    Kwanten never seems to choose well for his body. Always nice pieces, but they never fit quite right.

    Sam Trammel, bless his heart, always looks best stark naked.

    Michael McMillan: with those shoes? I don’t think so.

  • ballerinawithagun

    With Wetzel’s Pretzels in the background, I think Joe just stopped and picked up the wildest tux they had at the Mall store. Since nothing was very impressive, maybe that’s what they all did.

  • Imasewsure

    Maybe after another successful season, the show can afford to get these poor kids a stylist…

  • fursa_saida

    Carrie Preston is unrecognizable to me all bronzed up like that. It makes me sad, for some reason. I guess I love her and Michael Emerson as this lovely-seeming, slightly odd-looking (by Hollywood standards) couple and seeing her look so generic feels like A PERSONAL BETRAYAL.

    That is the biggest damn bowtie I’ve ever seen.

  • quiltrx

    I don’t love much of it (really only Karolina’s)–there’s a lot of ‘almost’ and a bit of ‘no’ here–but I have to applaud the ladies nearly across the board for trying something different instead of parading out a bunch of boring prom dresses.
    And I find that my thumb is the perfect size to put over Joe’s collar/tie thing, and everything looks perfect again. Try it, friends.

  • Denise Alden

    Well, as the old saying goes, if Joe (or his shirt/tie) is all kinds of wrong, then I don’t want to be right!

  • Stella Zawistowski

    It’s a cliche, but they say cliches got to be cliches because they were good the first time:

    Joe, what an unfortunate shirt and tie. Let me help you out of them.

  • enchanted216

    I really like Adina Porter’s look, but I think it’s the shoes that are throwing it off. I just don’t like that peek of black…

    • Vegas Girl

      I don’t really have a comment on what she wore, but was just about to comment how pretty her face is. They make her look so rough on the show, I had no idea how pretty she is.

  • Filmjen

    Embarrassed to admit that I’ll still watch the show and I sort of have no idea who most of these people are. Looking forward to my early Monday morning apple tv watching.

    • elirt

      I think there’s a lot of new faces. The previews show a lot of politics going on so there’s lots of new people for the finale, cuz you know.. TB doesn’t have enough story lines ever…

  • Synnae

    This red carpet is a hot mess every single year. Just like the show! Can’t wait for this campy car crash to kick off again!

    Surprised Manjello f-ed it up, he usually knows how to do red carpet. Then again, that man should not bother with clothes.
    Carrie Preston shoes are NOT kind of ugly. They are VERY F-IN UGLY!
    Karolina did bring it. Not summery but very much on point.
    I actually really like Jessica Clark’s dress. If she would be wearing it
    a. while holding a decent posture and b. at a beach party.
    Kristin looks adorable in a dress that would be better for a luncheon or in my wardrobe. Love her hair and make-up, very soft.
    And Ryan gets it adorably wrong. Another one that should not bother with clothes.

  • MilaXX

    A long list of mostly “meh” look. Points to Karolina and Ryan for coming close to nailing it.

  • kimmeister

    Nelsan looks like he borrowed a much larger man’s double breasted jacket, and then pulled it over to button it incorrectly.

  • alyce1213

    I think Joe looks like a horse’s ass. Nothing, not even a nice (albeit wrinkled) tuxedo, can overcome that nasty shirt and tie business. It’s jokey, like a bad costume.
    What a motley crew, really bad, except Carrie Preston’s dress.

  • smayper

    Zoey Deutch has only one leg.


    Where or where is Alexander Skarsgard???? So sad to finish the scroll down and not find him. ๐Ÿ™

  • random_poster

    I should have stopped scrolling after Joe. Hello there, Joe…rawr.

  • J.W.


  • marlie

    This bunch ranges from “Meh” to “pretty good.” Jurnee’s outfit isn’t all that great, but if this is the worst look on that red carpet last night, this gang did a decent job. Joe Manganiello’s shirt and tie make me sad, but otherwise he looks good. Karolina Wydra and Kristin Bauer win for the ladies this round.

  • Kim Elmore

    Excuse you, where is AS?!?!?!

  • Kristi Mitchell

    Joe M’s shirt and tie combo is terrible. I think he needs to remove them, right now. And while he’s at it – ditch those pants and shoes too . . . ๐Ÿ™‚

  • MissusBee

    Love Kristen’s dress. If Ryan was going for adorkable, he succeeded (if he was going for GQ man elegance, he did not). The rest are meh, apart from the world’s largest non-clown bow tie, which is a dose of smart fun.

  • KT

    This show is still on?

  • cat772

    Carrie must have taken her shoes from Arlene’s on-set wardrobe. Otherwise, who *are* some of these people? ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Danielle

    I would do absolutely unspeakable things to Deborah Ann Woll. Filthy, wonderful things.

  • butterflysunita

    Very badly dressed crowd. The only one that stood out to me was Nelsan Ellis–it shouldn’t work, but it does.

  • ktr33

    Impressive how consistently bad this all is. Isn’t this a hit show? they look like they’re at a cable-access awards show.

  • t bell

    After Joe I really don’t care. I know I shouldn’t be so obvious about my crush and neglect the others. I don’t feel however that fairness and equal treatment are a prerequisite for making a comment on this site. That’s why it’s so entertaining.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Well, it’s been meltingly hot down here in the D.C. envrions, but that photo of Joe Manganiello just raised the temp to well over 100 degrees….Celsius. I’m just going to have sit in a tub filled with ice cubes to cool off! Wait, were there other people at this premiere?

  • Mr. J.

    I don’t know who Nelsan is, but he’s adorable.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    I love how Joe Manganiello always looks seconds away from bursting out of his clothes.

  • Hetha Innis

    Where the hell was ASKARS? I was so primed to see him in Calvin Klein. Or whatever. His hotness blows me away.

  • lamh36

    I have NOT watched True Blood in years, but when/if I do, it’s cause of this guy! Joe Mangionello!!! Yesss!

  • gefeylich

    I’m always amazed at how pretty Porter is when she’s out of insane mother drag.

    I once stood next to Sam Trammel in the Cedars-Sinai Starbucks – he’s a wee sweet man, rather delicate. He looks cute and boyish here, if a bit too understated.

    Everyone else: what the what, especially Mangianello, who could have been perfect without that weird bitty wing collar.

  • lobsterlen

    I haven’t really watched this show in a year or two. There is quite a few here I didn’t even recognize. Have they added a lot of characters?

  • lobsterlen

    Where is Alexander Skarsgard? Saving him to Friday?

  • MarissaLG

    With (very few) exceptions, the women on this list look especially bad. Isn’t this a big show? What the h-e-double-hockey sticks is going on??

  • James

    I haven’t watched this show in a few years now but my love for Kristin Bauer remains I see. Karolina looks great too and hello Joe. How are you? Where is Askars?

  • Laura Livingston

    I liked Adina Porter’s dress…until I couldn’t unsee the giant vag.

  • kbshee

    Where is Alexander Skarsgaard? I scrolled all the way through and NO ERIC?

    • lobsterlen

      Is he off the show?

      • kbshee

        Season 7 spoilers say no.

  • heartbot

    I liked Adina and Jurnee’s dresses. A lot of the rest is kind of weird.

  • fananafanafophalec

    Joe Manganiello looks like what every Men’s Warehouse Junior Prom boy thinks he looks like. and no, that is still not a compliment

  • MGK

    “Ooo, dat’s bad.” TM Heidi Klum

  • Zuber

    I like outfits on Jurnee Smollett and Bailey Noble.

  • JynxTheCat

    Gah! Half assed bunch. However I think Adina Porter looks best og the bunch. Easy chic and cool