After movie-turned-phenomenon, Twilight, came out in , vampires were becoming the hottest new trend of the fantasy world. True Blood is one of the most successful shows within this category. It aimed a spotlight at some of the most relevant issues today, from equal rights and discrimination to substance abuse, weaving these important issues into the plot.
The series was well received by both critics and audiences — primarily during its first five seasons, while Alan Ball was the show-runner. The actors of True Blood also received great reviews for their performances, and even won some major awards. It were the actors who kept the viewers on the edge of their seats in suspense, made them laugh, cry, and sympathize for these characters, and whether they were human or not — they were always portrayed in the most human, honest way.
These actors, many of them around the globe, are obviously very different from the supernatural characters they play.
So what are they like, in real life? Tara has a strong dislike for vampires, but is ironically turned into one, when she gets shot and her friends ask Pam to save her life by turning her.
At first, Tara is furious, being turned into what she hates most, but eventually she accepts the vampire lifestyle. Eventually, she also makes amends with her mother, and even dies to protect her from another vampire. Rutina Wesley is a television, film, and stage performer. Besides playing the fierce Tara on True Blood, Rutina also received recurring roles in TV horror drama, Hannibal, as well as sci-fi action show, Arrow.
Born in the 19th century, he was a confederate soldier before being turned into a vampire. Eric ends up running a multibillion-dollar corporation with Pam, selling the cure to the HEP-V virus — derived from the blood of Sarah Newlin, who was responsible for spreading the virus. This Swedish actor comes from a family of performers. As the plot progresses, she learns she has the ability to see the spirits of the dead. In , she married actor Michael Emerson, with whom she cooperated in several acting jobs, including a guest appearance on his show, Lost.
The actor has also done quite a lot of theater, and was even nominated for a Tony, for his role in Broadway play, Ah, Wilderness!.
Sam began his television career starring in drama series like Trinity and Going to California. This led him to briefly join the anti-vampire church, Fellowship of the Sun, until they kidnap Sookie, and Jason comes to his senses about the dark side of being involved in anti-vampire activities. Ryan is currently set to play the lead role in an upcoming crime drama web-series on Sony Crackle, The Oath.
Lafayette sells and consumes V, which is highly addictive vampire blood. In season three, he meets a male witch named Jesus, with whom he becomes romantically involved. After being cast on the show, the actor also landed some important movie roles, portraying Martin Luther King Jr. Unfortunately, Nelsan passed away in of heart failure, at the age of only His last role in television was in the show Elementary, playing ex-convict Shinwell Johnson. Pam is a vampire, turned over a century ago by Eric. Formerly a madam of a brothel, Pam met Eric when he saved her while she was attacked in the street.
Wanting to become a vampire herself, Pam forced Eric into turning her by cutting her own veins. Pam is wickedly charming, sarcastic, and cruel to whomever crosses her, but she is highly loyal to Eric. Jessica is the only vampire progeny of Bill Compton. After staking a vampire who tried to kill Sookie, Bill is forced by the vampire authorities to turn young, innocent Jessica into a vampire. Having grown up in a strict family with an abusive father, Jessica begins exploring new feelings and experiences as a vampire.
Eventually, the two reunite and marry each other in the final episode. The role of teenaged vampire Jessica on True Blood was her breakthrough role, which landed her several roles on the silver screen. Some of these films include action movie Catch. She used to be married to an abusive husband, but is now divorced. During the show, she gets romantically involved with sheriff Andy Bellefleur, and the two eventually become engaged.
Lauren is not the only actress in the family, as her half-sister is the famous Veep star, Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She also marries the preacher of the local church, Reverend Daniels. Adina started acting theater, and even appeared on Broadway. This year Adina is set to appear in a drama film called Miss Virginia. The stubborn and outspoken Luna is a shapeshifter, and love interest for Sam on seasons four and five. The two meet in a shapeshifter therapy session, and Luna is the one who tells Sam that if one shapeshifter kills another, he becomes a skinwalker — able to shapeshift into humans as well, and not only animals.
Unfortunately, as skinwalking makes her ill, she dies after rescuing Emma.
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