True Blood Recast Exclusive: Bunheads Hunk Is the New James, Replacing Luke Grimes

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Nathan Parsons True BloodTrue Blood has found its new James.

TVLine has learned exclusively that Bunheads barkeep Nathan Parsons will step into the series-regular role previously played by Luke Grimes when the HBO hit returns with its seventh and final season this summer.

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As we reported last month, Grimes asked to be released from his True Blood contract due to the creative direction of his brooding, soulful, vampire character.

“He initially joined the show because he wanted to work with [his Forever co-star] Deborah Ann Woll,” explained a source close to the actor. “But when he started reading the scripts for Season 7, he was disappointed to learn that they were going in a completely different direction with James.”

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According to a True Blood insider, James will find himself at the center of a surprising love triangle in Season 7.

In addition to Bunheads, Parsons spent four years on General Hospital as Luke’s love child, Ethan Lovett.

Comments (32)

  • Wow I would have never guessed that the boy who came onto GH as an annoying con artist would turn out to be on True Blood one day and a pretty good lil actor to boot good for him.

    Comment by Amy – January 15, 2014 06:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m happy Nathan is on True Blood (loved him on GH) but it’s the final season. It’s bittersweet.

    Comment by lll – January 15, 2014 06:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • OMG Nathan Parsons. Awesome :-)

    Comment by wrstlgirl – January 15, 2014 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I remember Nathan Parsons when he was on General Hospital. Did he hailed from Australia?

    Comment by Tran 2.0 – January 15, 2014 06:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • this is awesome… it would be cool to see him come back to GH

    Comment by pam – January 15, 2014 07:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t watch True Bloods, but I hear it called “soft core porn.” So as much as I’m bummed that he isn’t back on GH, I’m a pretty hopeful for some half naked Nathan.

    Comment by Bridget – January 15, 2014 08:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Love triangle? Yup, he’ll be paired with Lafayette in order to give Jason and Jessica one final go-around.

    Comment by Kalee – January 15, 2014 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not familiar with his work, but this actor has the look of Mr. Grimes, so It seems they did a good job getting the right type. I’m sure he’ll enjoy working on TB. This cast and crew get rave reviews from guest actors who join the show. It’s reported to be the friendliest, most welcoming set in Hollywood.

    Comment by iamtrue2bill – January 15, 2014 09:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They look exactly the same!

    Comment by Jonas – January 15, 2014 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Swooning!!!!!!!! I didn’t want the role recast, until I heard this! So happy right now!!!

    Comment by Jj – January 15, 2014 10:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved Nathan on GH! He is an amazing actor and I’m sure he’ll do well on True Blood! Congratulations Nathan!

    Comment by Lori – January 15, 2014 10:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wonder if the love triangle is another guy in mix???

    Comment by DavidSask – January 16, 2014 12:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

    JUST NO.

    Comment by Hmm – January 16, 2014 06:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ETHAN!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by dude – January 16, 2014 07:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I miss Ethan so much…..I can’t wait to see Nathan on TB!!! So exciting!

    Comment by Jeni – January 16, 2014 08:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That really doesn’t surprise me, the Grimes guy comes from a Pentecostal family. If anything gay adjacent was happening then goodbye Luke. Oh well, let’s work on a movie with light sadism. That’s more accepted. NOT.

    Comment by Van – January 16, 2014 09:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He was on Brothers and Sisters one of the best and gayest shows on network tv

      Comment by rod – January 16, 2014 05:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I feel giddy!!! Awesome news! Nathan Parsons is too cute and was way too underutilized on GH. He is as charismatic as he is sexy. And if Luke left because he didn’t want to play a bi-sexual character—good riddance!

    Comment by Olivia – January 16, 2014 11:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wouldn’t have noticed they swapped out the actor. He’s not exactly Bill or Eric.

    Comment by James – January 16, 2014 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nooooooooooooooo!

    Comment by Plum – January 16, 2014 01:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Awesome actor. Had hoped he would return to GH but am excited for him. He’ll be great on True Blood!

    Comment by Ava – January 16, 2014 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Nathan can’t act worth a damn. I feel bad for True Blood fans

    Comment by Karen – January 16, 2014 03:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree. I’m glad I don’t watch TB because I’d have to stop after hearing this news.

      Comment by Tammy – January 16, 2014 05:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are people who watch True Blood for the acting? That’s hilarious!

      Comment by Olivia – January 17, 2014 07:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Pleasantly surprised! I liked Luke Grimes but he was in so few episodes last season the recast didn’t really bother me in the first place.

    Comment by Meredith – January 16, 2014 04:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love LUKE GRIMMS…NOOO don’t go

    Comment by marie – January 18, 2014 01:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I thought the exit was because of the “50 Shades of Grey” shooting schedule..

    I agree the role of James has been a small part so far. I’m not disappointed about the cast change, I have no attachment to the character yet.

    Best of luck to both actors!

    Comment by Cerina Sainz – January 18, 2014 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Is there a chance of Jason and Jessica reuniting in the final season? I hope so! The writers have been developing Jason and Jessica’s storyline since season 4. It would be odd for them to just drop Jason and Jessica. So fingers crossed!

    Comment by Jaimie – January 19, 2014 04:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This character better have a bigger presence in the show to warrant such coverage on a cast change

    Comment by Patrick Maloney – January 20, 2014 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • only ever seen him on bunheads and thought he was kinda sexy and smart. didnt really get a good understanding of his acting because he was underutilised but he was always partly naked being a surfer on the show so i am interested to see him back on tv and showing us his surfboad abs again.

    Comment by Kєssa (@iAmKessa24) – January 25, 2014 10:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
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    Comment by deby – February 13, 2014 07:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • “surprising love triangle”? hmmm, will he be romancing jessica and……layfayette! that’s the only surprising thing I can think of that would make Grimes bow out, maybe I’m wrong, we shall see!

    Comment by Keyz W – February 28, 2014 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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