Nelsan Ellis (Lafayette Reynolds)
Paquin: Nelsan is… I think blind might be an overstatement, but he is incredibly impaired vision-wise. I didn't know this until we were in Louisiana a second year. I didn't know how to drive, so anytime that our characters had to go anywhere, it always had to be somewhat choreographed so that Sookie wasn't the one who had to drive. Nelsan can drive, that's great. We're in his car, we're following a truck with a camera on a huge crane, and he's been told how much distance to keep, and we keep on coming incredibly close to smacking into the camera. And I'm like ''Duuude!'' [He says] ''Oh yeah, naw man, I can't see anything.'' And I was like ''What?! Information I kind of wish I had before I got into the car with you.''
Moyer: I don't know if it was in the pilot, but certainly the first season, he started calling Rutina [Wesley, who plays Tara] ''hooker.'' It was not in the script. Absolutely not in the script. She walked in one day, and he went ''Hey, hooker, how are you?'' And she kind of laughed, and it stayed and she became ''Hooker.'' And the writers write it in.