Carrie Preston, who won at Sunday's Creative Arts Emmy Awards for her role on The Good Wife, didn't even know she was nominated until her best friend texted her.
"[She] sends me a photo of herself weeping, so I thought, 'Let me give her a call and see what this is about,' " Preston, 46, told PEOPLE in a video interview. "She was like, 'You got nominated!' "
By the time the True Blood star's publicist called to confirm the good news, the excitement had begun to kick in.
"I was saying, 'Oh my God, oh my God, oh my God' in the streets of New York, which probably made me just look like any other crazy person walking around the city."
Watch out Prince Harry, a vampire has set his sights on you.
Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Norse vampire Eric Northman in the hit series True Blood, is racing to the South Pole against the British royal in November to raise funds for the Walking with the Wounded charity and says he has the mental and physical skills to beat the prince.
"I'm pretty stubborn and motivated and I don't give up easily," Skarsgard, 37, told PEOPLE at Thursday's Calvin Klein Spring 2014 Collection after party in N.Y.C. "I'm very focused and we're not going to lose!"
Two hot guys. One cold place. All for a good cause.
True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard will join Prince Harry on a trek to the icy South Pole in November as they team up for the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge.
The event, for which Harry, 28, is a patron, includes three teams of wounded service members from the U.K., the U.S. and Australia/Canada, competing to raise money for their national charities to help fund rehabilitation services for military veterans.
For True Blood fans, this news really sucks.
HBO announced Tuesday that the hit vampire show will be laid to rest after its seventh season, with the final 10 episodes set to air in the summer of 2014.
"True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO," the president of HBO programming, Michael Lombardo, said in a statement. "Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show."
Rutina Wesley is ending her marriage of almost a decade.
The True Blood actress, 34, who plays Tara Thornton on HBO's hit series, filed for divorce from Jacob Fishel on Friday, according to papers filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
Citing irreconcilable differences, Wesley, who wed Fishel in June 2005, asks in the documents that the judge deny Fishel any spousal support. The pair has been separated since July. They have no children together.
Most people have nightmares about being naked in public, but not True Blood's Rob Kazinsky. In fact, he looks forward to it.
"The idea of being naked on screen was really intimidating," the British actor, 29, tells PEOPLE about filming love scenes for his new role as the "half-fairy," Ben Flynn, on the HBO vampire hit. "But after your first time it becomes really fun and incredibly freeing and empowering."
Kazinsky admits that his foray into the frequent nudity on the Sunday night series was made all the easier thanks to his costar in the scene, Anna Paquin.
For all the emotion amid the bloodshed on Sunday night's season premiere of True Blood, there's even more to come on the HBO vampire hit.
Carrie Preston, who plays waitress Arlene Bellefleur, revealed on the Live From the Set lead-in to the episode that "there were real tears" when they filmed this season.
With speculation that Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Viking vampire Eric Northman, is killed off this season, fans are buzzing about an upcoming episode that features a funeral. Carrie added fuel to the speculation fire, saying, "We had this one table read, the first time we were hearing the script out loud, and one of the actors started crying and then everybody joined in. It was a pretty beautiful moment."
Stephen Moyer has been stripping down for years on True Blood. But for some episodes of the new season, he was in charge of getting his costars naked, too – and found that just as enjoyable.
"It was a lot of fun doing three hours of makeup and getting into complete red-blob land, and then directing my fellow actors naked. That was a lot of fun," Moyer said Tuesday at the HBO vampire show's season 6 premiere at Hollywood's Cinerama Dome at the Arclight.
Moyer, 43, who tries his hand at directing this season – which kicks off Sunday (9 p.m. ET) – says he's very understanding with the other actors when it comes to the pressure of baring all for the cameras.
Attention True Blood fans: you finally have something new you can sink your teeth into.
On Sunday, HBO will air the first 90-second trailer for the sixth season of the hit show, but you can watch it here now!
The promo promises a season filled with more of your favorite shirtless vampires, some new faces and hints that things are going to get pretty messy in Bon Temps, with tensions between the humans and vampires spilling into all-out war.
True Blood star Deborah Ann Woll stands by her man – and admires his drive.
The actress is dating E.J. Scott, 36, an activist who is slowly losing his sight and expects to be fully blind by age 50.
Scott is running marathons to raise funds and awareness about choroideremia, a degenerative eye disease that reduces sight to "tunnel vision" before ultimately leaving those who are diagnosed legally blind, reports Men's Fitness in its November issue, on newsstands now.