True Bloods Rutina Wesley Talks Tara And Season 3

Rutina Wesley wants people to know one thing: She’s a lot nicer than Tara.
Wesley stars as the loud, confrontational and emotionally tortured Tara Thornton on HBO’s “True Blood”
“I’m actually nice,” Wesley laughed during a recent telephone interview while driving on a freeway in Los Angeles. “I’m a nice person. I’m a good girl, know what I mean?”

The Juilliard-trained actress leaves all that behind when she slips into Tara’s skin. Things started out rough for the character and only have gotten worse.

Her lover, Eggs (Mehcad Brooks), made a premature departure from the small Louisiana town of Bon Temps, thanks to a bullet between the eyes fired by Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten). The already volatile Tara started season three even less balanced.

“I’d say she’s definitely unstable,” Wesley said. “I think we find her at her most vulnerable point now. She’s just had the rug pulled out from underneath her. That’s all she knew for a while. Her mother is messed up, her lover is gone, her face is bashed in – it’s the worst of the worst. That’s why she’s so susceptible to the vampire that comes in. It’s going to be an interesting dynamic between the two.”

Creator Alan Ball has his major players – Sookie (Anna Paquin) and Bill (Stephen Moyer) – struggling with their identities this season, and Tara is no exception.

“It’s been a really great, fantastic ride for everyone,” she said. “It’s been interesting for my character – to see her go through this fantastic journey and be thrust into the world of this vampire Franklin Mott, played by James Frain. And it’s going to be a crazy, wild ride to have her struggling with her own identity as well. Being a survivor, we see her fight a lot. She’s trying to find her feet, so to speak.

With things falling apart in Tara’s world, expect to see more of Wesley. The actress, who splits her time between Los Angeles and Queens, N.Y., welcomes the emotional work.

“I know my role is bigger, but I consider the show to be more of an ensemble,” she said. “I love that it’s not so one-sided. There is a main character – Sookie – but it’s like one big family. I enjoy going to work every day and working with everyone. It’s a dream job.”

While Wesley promises there will be more of what makes “True Blood” so delicious – plenty of blood-suckers, steamy sex and a decidedly Southern gothic beat – look for changes as well. Since the show has been picked up for a fourth season, slated to debut next summer, the writers now have the luxury of thinking long-term.

“There’s a lot of things that are going to come up and shock fans,” Wesley said. “It’s bloody, there’s a lot of action this season and it’s very action-packed. And I think that’s kind of awesome.”



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