Carrie Preston will soon be saying goodbye to “True Blood.” One of the few actors who has been on the show since its premiere, Preston already knows pretty well how she’ll be saying goodbye to Arlene Bellefleur.

“I have a real good idea of it,” she tells Zap2it at the premiere of HBO’s “Looking.” “They’ve shown us a handful of the scripts already, and we’re shooting the first two. We’re on the train and it’s going to be a thrilling ride. … In true ‘True Blood’ fashion, we pick up right where we left off and we keep going at a million miles an hour.”

Just because Preston has been playing Arlene since “True Blood” premiered in 2008 doesn’t mean that she’s going to try to give her say in how the waitress-turned-restaurant owner’s story comes to an end.

“I always trust the writers,” Preston tells us. “Obviously the show has done really well because they’ve created this universe and these characters and they’ve married them with the actors, and so it’s been such a great experience and I would never second guess them at this point. I’m like, ‘Alright, bring us on home.'”

Up next, Preston is taking on a very different role in Season 2 of  “The Following.” It’s been revealed that she plays a prostitute, though she hedges, “She may or may not have sex with men for money, maybe. Maybe she does. … I guess it’s a compliment. I guess it means I get to transform, because I’m certainly not a prostitute in real life.”

Preston couldn’t find time to appear alongside real-life husband Michael Emerson in “Person of Interest” in Season 3, though she will be back on “The Good Wife” for a couple of episodes. But Preston is ready for something new.

“I’d like to try something different,” she says. “I’m ready for a big fat lead. Bring it on.”

Posted by:Terri Schwartz