‘True Blood’s’ Lindsey Haun Takes Her Music to New Level

Does Lindsey Haun know the future of her “True Blood” character, Hadley Stackhouse?  “I do, but I can’t tell you.  It’s so frustrating – all my friends are fans of the show, and they want to know, but I can’t say anything,” admits the beautiful blond actress-singer-songwriter, whose character lives in the vampire world as the lover of vampire queen Sophie-Anne (Evan Rachel Wood).

Lindsey certainly has a full plate of activities to focus her attention upon while awaiting reveals on the popular HBO show.  Her labor of love album “The Haun Solo Project” is coming out Aug. 14.  She’ll be heading out on tour in support of it with her Haun Solo Project group, beginning with concerts in L.A. and New York.

“After I left my old label, I wasn’t even sure if I’d do music again.  It left a bad taste in my mouth.  I didn’t want to be a pop star – not Taylor Swift, not Britney Spears,” she says, though she felt the pressure of such expectations from outside parties.

She goes on, “I’d gone through a big breakup, and I wound up going to my dad’s cabin in Utah.  I wasn’t planning on writing, but I ended up writing an album.  The drummer in my hard rock band said, ‘We have to do something with this.  We can’t just let it lie.  It’s something you have to share with the world.  I’m not going to let you not do anything with it.’”

Haun, who is a performer in monthly residency at the Cat Club on Sunset Blvd. in L.A., got nudges from other friends and colleagues as well.  She eventually asked her father – guitarist Jimmy Haun — to produce the album because “there was no one I wanted to work with more.  He’s a composer, a musician.  I’ve grown up around the studio watching him record.  He’s taught me a lot.  It turned out to be a wonderful bonding experience.”

INDUSTRY EYE:  “Drive” is finally heading into production in mid-late September with Ryan Gosling behind the wheel — after years of stops, starts and stalls through development and a detour when it appeared the James Sallis mystery adaptation would have Hugh Jackman as lead.  Casting of a few subsidiary characters (a Latino couple, their young son) is being finalized for the new noir crime thriller that has Gosling as a movie stunt driver who gets an adrenaline rush by serving as wheel man in a string of robberies.

DÉJÀ VU AND DÉJÀ TWO:  Casting is underway for “Painting in the Rain,” an indie film about a guy who is given the opportunity to live his relationship again and again until he gets it right.  Um.  They already got it right, in a movie called “Groundhog Day.”

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I grew up in the San Fernando Valley when it was a kids' Shangri La in the 60s and we had Fabulous Eddie's miniature golf and trampolines on Ventura Boulevard. My big brother frequented The Third Eye psychedelic shop back in the day, but he wound up turning out anyway. Dad was an NBC video man who worked on "Laugh-In," Dean Martin's show, and specials by everyone from Sinatra to Fred Astaire. Mom was a first class home maker and PTA and GCA volunteer. They're still doing great. Anxious to get going in life, I quit college and jumped into journalism when I was still a teenager, and was writing for the New York Times syndicate and People magazine before turning 20. But that was a long time, many adventures, lots of traveling around the world and thousands of interviews ago. I go back to the very last days of hot type and getting to talk to Henry Fonda and Bette Davis, and Sammy Davis at the old Brown Derby...What a ride. That's in no small part thanks to my amazing writing partner, Marilyn Beck, one of the grand old-school Hollywood columnist stars -- a true star -- who knows how to do it right. I'm lucky, for sure. Now is fun, too. I love going out to events with my 17-year-old daughter (Jonas Brothers!). Seeing everything fresh through her eyes renews my excitement about the game. In-between I went back and finished school -- University of Redlands -- married, divorced, and at long last found my true love. My favorite things outside of the show business realm are being with my family, my faith and spiritual growth, learning new things (from doing Qigong to uploading stuff on Facebook), and running. See you on the trail.

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