AllStephenMoyer Exclusive: A PaleyFest 2011 Weekend

It’s hard to believe that its been a week since we all attended the PaleyFest 2011 True Blood panel at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. I can remember thinking before the event that the day would just never come and now it’s hard to believe that the whirlwind weekend was already a week ago.

We’ve been reading all the stories and watching all the multitude of videos that have been posted during the week and we’re already pretty “Paleyed out”, but not me. I will remember the weekend fondly because I got to meet online friends I hadn’t met before and rekindled friendships with those I knew. Oh, I also got a pretty special hug.

Ten of the fans from the AllStephenMoyer Forum came to California last week and we spent the weekend essentially together. They came from all over the country just to go to Paley. We represented, eight states, California, Washington, Nebraska, New York, New Jersey, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Michigan and even Toronto, Canada. There is no end to the Stephen Moyer fandom, and we certainly showed it.

Most of our group arrived late Thursday night. They spent the day on Friday going to LA sites that included a favorite Alexander Skarsgård haunt, the now famous restaurant in LA, “Jones On Third.”

at “Jones On Third”
Tutu, Anita (the owner of the Thong) and Kell

All of us got together on Friday night for dinner at the hip and trendy restaurant in Venice, CA called James Beach. It’s right across the street from the Canal Club where the Darnell Fundraiser was held and it was a “hoppin'” place Friday night, I can tell you. Gym and I had Cosmo’s and Kell and Lou were drinking some crazy drinks that I don’t even know what they were. Kell kept saying that she was “buzzed” and so was I. We had a blast as the photos below indicate.

PaleyFest 2011
PaleyFest 2011 Dinner at James Beach
Paleyfest 2011
Dinner at James Beach in Venice, CA

We also celebrated the upcoming birthdays of two from our group, Kell, and Tutu. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TUTU AND KELL!!!
 Happy Birthday Kell and Tutu!!

We ended our evening after dinner (which was almost 11 pm) because we all wanted to get a good night’s rest in order to be at the Saban Theater early on Saturday to stand in line. We parted ways until Saturday at about 10 am.

Saban Theatre

The day of Paley, that we all had been waiting for FINALLY, arrived!

One of the girls, Lou, was staying with me and, after some early morning shenanigans of me locking us out of my apartment, we got to the theater a bit later then we wanted to, at about 11 am. We all had tickets, but they were only for a particular section in the theater. Therefore, we knew that if we got into the theater first, we would be able to get the best seats in the section, so being at the front of the line was essential. However, even though Lou and I were late, all was well because we found several of the girls already in the line and we added ourselves to the queue. Then, several more of our group showed up and we all had primo spots. We essentially stayed in line until 6pm when the doors to the theatre were scheduled to open.

During our day of waiting, we also met many other True Blood fans. While most of us are Stephen Moyer fans, some of us were also sympathetic to The Viking and we even met many Eric fans in line and it was great.

The Line didn’t become very long until about 4 pm. Then, it got really, really long. I walked down it with my friend Melodie and we actually got to interview a couple fans for the Vault. You can see my “official” report here that includes a video of those interviews. I didn’t see too many costumed folks this year, (I attended the PaleyFest 2009 and I remember seeing several Sookie’s in line at that time) and therefore, I’d have to say that standing in the line wasn’t as crazed as it was in 2009.

Shortly before the doors of the theater opened, we also all got interviewed by FEARNET.COM as a group. I can’t wait to see the hilarity from that video. They asked us all to scream and jump up and down, which we did. Oh no, this video should be embarrassing.

The Line

Finally, at about 6 pm we were let into the theater. Unfortunately, our group had to split up because some of us had seats in the orchestra “front” and some in the orchestra “rear”. I sat with five of our group in the orchestra front section in row 3. We all watched the show and panel that included all sixteen of the cast members. That stage was really crowded, but it was an awesome evening.

Gymvamp, Tutu, Kell and Dina

After the panel ended, there was the “storming of the stage”. Oh My God, what a crush it was. Every single fan ran to the stage, as is Paley tradition, to get a photo or an autograph. Since I’ve been lucky to meet most of the cast already, my role here was to help as many of our group to get an autograph and/or pic if possible.  We pushed forward as much as we could hoping to get to, of course, Stephen Moyer. See my story about the “The Naughty Billsbabe Bite Me Bill Thong“.

Once those at the stage got their autographs and photos, the next, and the almost impossible task was to get out of there. It turns out it was “easier said than done”. For at least 20 minutes (but it seemed longer) we were crushed in the middle between the stage and the seats.  Some of us were about to faint, and one of us got a forced “lap dance” with someone in front of them. Finally, we all just decided to jump over several rows to get out.  Once out with our lives, we decided to head outside to the corner where we knew the limos would be sitting waiting for the cast members.

Lucky for us, Stephen and Anna, as well as Marshall Allman and Kristin Bauer, came out after the event to sign autographs. Below are some photos of some of us getting photos and autographs in a much more congenial environment than we were able to get to the “stage crush”.

Lou and Filmchick3 with Stephen

Tutu with Stephen and Kell and Dina with Kristin

Me talking to Steve

Anna and Stephen stayed signing autographs and posing for photos for almost 20 minutes, and then left, but before they did, I got another hug from Stephen. YEA!. Unfortunately, we never got to see Marshall Allman but did see Kristin Bauer who came out to meet the fans later and some got photos with her.  I was especially happy that Lou got not only a photo with Steve but several autographs, since she went home empty-handed when went to Comic-Con last summer.

It was a great night, we were all exhausted, but it was so worth every single minute, even the crush part.

See the many photos from the night in the photo Gallery!

 
Thanks to all who donated information for this post, including ThelLou for putting up with me over the weekend, and her photos. Thanks to Skarsgardfans.com for their images and to all the Billsbabes who donated photos, especially Filmchick3, Gymvamp, and Sue.  If I neglected to mention you, it wasn’t intentional, so please email me and I’ll be sure to add you as a contributor.

22 Comments

  1. Amazing recap Lynn! I have a photo of Marshall signing autographs (sort of). He was the first TB cast to be outside. I’ll send it to you.

  2. I wish I was there! Wish Paley was in May/June so that I could have attended! Oh well, you girls certainly had a beaut time. I intend going to those haunts late May. Maybe I will be lucky and see the gorgeous one, but I am not counting on it. Just getting a feel of his presence will be enough!

    I am so glad your long weekend was worth the effort!!!

    Thanks for posting this lovely article.

  3. Awesome Lynn!!!! & thanks again for your hospitality :)
    I had such a great time and it was so awesome hooking up w/Kelly and traveling with Anita, and finally getting to meet some of you in person for the first time. Paley was great, but it’s the good friends I’ve made in this fandom that made the trip so fun.
    Thanks again all!!! *hugs*

  4. It’s a great rundown of the whole weekend, and especially the Paleyfest event. What great photos! Congratulations on a wonderful job. Stephen genuinely likes you, it’s so obvious. So wonderful!

  5. Thank you so much for the recap, photos, and videos of your wonderful weekend together. It looks like you all had such a great time. How very generous of Anna, Stephen, Kristin, and Marshall to come outside to sign more autographs and pose for pictures with fans.

  6. Beautiful pictures…and you Babes aren’t bad either! Looks like you guys had a blast and since no one was arrested, either you were good girls or didn’t get caught. Loved reading your Paley Experience, Lynn. Can’t wait for the fearnet.com video. One thing that surprised me were the number of men in the line and audience. Thanks Lynn and Babes for all the pictures.

  7. Wonderful recap, Lynn. You did a terrific job highlighting the weekend. I just scrolled through all 96 photos in the gallery … thoroughly enjoyed each and every one. I loved seeing the babes (and a lovely group you are!), and matching names with faces. What fun you all had … truly a weekend to be remembered for a long, long time. Thanks to all who contributed photos and provided information. Us stay-at-home babes were truly well represented. Hugs all around to the Terrific Ten.

  8. Lynn, what an awesome recap of a fabulous weekend! I can’t believe a week has already gone by – I want to do it again, and soon.

  9. Started giggling again about your “locked out” story of all days…..
    and as for Lou’s “forced lap dance” I have a great imagination and just cannot think of anything funnier!!! As everyone can see – I was bombed!!! as usual!!LOL.
    GREAT recap lynn!! you did us proud…by not mentioning the naughty stuff..

  10. Thanks again Lynn for the pics and recap of the Paley weekend!
    I’m glad that all the bBbes got to party and share a great weekend with one another. I’m sure “the hug” was the highlight of your Paley weekend!

  11. Thank you Lynn for the great write-up. It’s pretty obvious that you and all the Babes not only enjoyed attending Paley, but also meeting up with each other. You Babes rock for all the recaps, vids, and pics.

  12. Obviously a good time was had by all. Thanks for sharing a recap of the Babes activities and the great pics . I wish we all could have been there but then they would need a larger theatre to hold us all.

  13. Lynn- great recap, and thanks for all your hospitality again! It was so nice escaping ‘real life’ for a little while, and meeting up with you and all the Babes. Paley is always a great experience, and I’d do it again, no doubt!!!
    It’s crazy how this show/fandom has brought together some really great people, and allowed me to make some great friends.

  14. Thank you Lynn with the recap, stories, pictures and videos of PaleyFest 2011 and fun with the Billsbabes. Your reports and others’ brighten my day!

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