HBO’s ‘True Blood’ Star Rutina Wesley Covers Rolling Out Magazine

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Actress talks strength, stereotypes and sex appeal.

Rutina Wesley

Viola is on fire right now and she’s my role model. I love her and Angela Bassett.

“True Blood” is one of television’s most talked-about shows. With its combination of fantasy, horror, camp and sex, it’s not hard to see why the vampire-driven melodrama set in rural Louisiana has inspired a devoted fan following in its six seasons on HBO.

Rutina Wesley, as troubled waitress-turned-vampire Tara Thornton, has been with the show from its first episode and has seen her star rise exponentially. The Las Vegas native has had to endure come-ons from complete strangers — the kind of thing that happens when you’re on a show that bares as much skin as “True Blood.”

During the interview with Rolling Out’s New York-based contributor Todd Williams, Wesley divulges that her character has gotten mixed reactions from some African American fans.

She also acknowledges the realities of being a darker-skinned actress in Hollywood, and praises fellow actresses, “Viola [Davis] is on fire right now and she’s my role model. I love her and Angela Bassett. I grew up watching them.”

Visit to read the interview in its entirety and get all the details about the chanteuse. Be sure to check out the exclusive photo shoot and video footage with celebrity photographer Kawai Matthews.

About Rolling Out Magazine:
Rolling Out, the nation's largest free urban weekly, is a digital and print magazine that focuses on the black experience in response to entertainment, politics, fashion, culture, sports and lifestyle points of interest. Headquartered in Atlanta, rolling out is positioned as the voice for the African American experience, using its newspaper as a platform in the marketplace to express urgency for education reform, and to document entrepreneurial endeavors and other relevant issues in the Diaspora. For information on rolling out, please log on to

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