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

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.

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  1. Amy says:

    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.

  2. lll says:

    I’m happy Nathan is on True Blood (loved him on GH) but it’s the final season. It’s bittersweet.

  3. wrstlgirl says:

    OMG Nathan Parsons. Awesome :-)

  4. Tran 2.0 says:

    I remember Nathan Parsons when he was on General Hospital. Did he hailed from Australia?

  5. pam says:

    this is awesome… it would be cool to see him come back to GH

  6. Bridget says:

    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.

  7. Kalee says:

    Love triangle? Yup, he’ll be paired with Lafayette in order to give Jason and Jessica one final go-around.

  8. iamtrue2bill says:

    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.

  9. Jonas says:

    They look exactly the same!

  10. Jj says:

    Swooning!!!!!!!! I didn’t want the role recast, until I heard this! So happy right now!!!

  11. Lori says:

    I loved Nathan on GH! He is an amazing actor and I’m sure he’ll do well on True Blood! Congratulations Nathan!

  12. DavidSask says:

    I wonder if the love triangle is another guy in mix???

  13. Hmm says:


    JUST NO.

  14. dude says:


  15. Jeni says:

    I miss Ethan so much…..I can’t wait to see Nathan on TB!!! So exciting!

  16. Van says:

    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.

  17. Olivia says:

    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!

  18. James says:

    Wouldn’t have noticed they swapped out the actor. He’s not exactly Bill or Eric.

  19. Plum says:


  20. Ava says:

    Awesome actor. Had hoped he would return to GH but am excited for him. He’ll be great on True Blood!

  21. Karen says:

    Nathan can’t act worth a damn. I feel bad for True Blood fans

  22. Meredith says:

    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.

  23. marie says:

    I love LUKE GRIMMS…NOOO don’t go

  24. Cerina Sainz says:

    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!

  25. Jaimie says:

    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!

  26. Patrick Maloney says:

    This character better have a bigger presence in the show to warrant such coverage on a cast change

  27. 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.

  28. deby says:

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  29. Keyz W says:

    “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!

  30. Nathan also plays Oliver on “The Originals”.

  31. Luke Grimes is my favorite up and coming male actor,Anytime he is on screen is alright with me:)