EXCLUSIVE: Under The Dome and True Blood Scene Stealer Dale Raoul Dishes Summer TV Hits

If it's summertime and there's a smash hit serial on the tube, you can place your odds Dale Raoul is a member of the cast. I recently caught up with the True Blood scene stealer, who this summer added the CBS ratings juggernaut Under the Dome to her impressive list of credits.

What exactly is in store for Andrea Grinnell, the suspicious, hoarding, Chester's Mill eccentric, Raoul plays in the adaptation of Stephen King's best seller? How have Raoul and her fellow Dome dwellers reacted to the serial's impressive viewership? She answers those questions and more.

Of course we couldn't end our chat without talking about her True Blood alter ego, Maxine Fortenberry. Will the vampire-hating harpy make an appearance before this explosive season of the HBO supernatural sudser wraps? Keep reading to find out!

Daytime Confidential: You have a knack for being cast in blockbuster summer TV hits. First HBO's True Blood and now the CBS adaptation of Stephen King's Under The Dome. What's your secret?

Dale Raoul: Wow, I wish I had a secret!  I think it is really mostly luck and being well prepared when I went in for the auditions. I feel so lucky to be in two hit shows, especially at this time of my life when there isn’t really as much work for character women.  I am very proud to be representing older women, although my characters on both shows are exceptionally weird! 

True Blood EXCLUSIVE: Dale Raoul Dishes Playing Bon Temps’ Scene Stealing Bigot Maxine Fortenberry


There isn't a mama on television who makes child smothering look as side-splittingly amusing as True Blood's Maxine Fortenberry. Whether she's spouting off bigoted remarks about vampires, getting freaky while under the spell of a visiting Maenad or flirting with Vampire Bill, Maxine manages to keep things interesting as the one woman Greek Chorus for the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana.

I recently caught up with Maxine's portrayer, the insanely talented Dale Raoul, who for five seasons has recurred on the hit HBO serial. We dished about Maxine's glee over her boy Hoyt's (Jim Parrack) bust up with flame-haired vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). Does Raoul think Maxine will ever be tolerant of fangers and those who bang them?

The in demand character actress, who is currently appearing in three web series, as well as a feature film, also shared her thoughts on the news that Mark Hudis will be taking over as True Blood's showrunner from creator Alan Ball next season. Does Raoul think the transition will be a seamless one? Read on to find out.

Daytime Confidential: Maxine Fortenberry is easily one of True Blood's most hilarious, recurring scene stealers. Is there anyone you model the character on?

Dale Raoul: There are actually three women I am familiar with who have contributed to Maxine’s character, although I could never say who they were as they would probably be offended! She is not known for her fashion style or her kind heart, after all. But she does have a fabulous sense of humor, in my opinion!  And Maxine thinks she is a fashion plate.  Her accessories always match her outfit and her hair is always, always perfect.

DC: Maxine and Hoyt, played by Jim Parrack, are humans in what is fast becoming a predominantly supernatural Bon Temps. Do the two of you ever have conversations about how to keep your characters viable among all the vampires, werewolves, fairies and shapeshifters?

DR: Jim and I represent the town of Bon Temps, the human citizens. Our characters are important as they show the contrasts to the supernaturals, but sometimes the humans don’t seem to be the best species! Hoyt is more open minded and unafraid. Of course, our True Blood writers are fantastic and deserve all the credit — we just get to say the fabulous lines they come up with.