True Blood's Rutina Wesley on Tara and Pam's... Love?
Rutina Wesley and Kristin Bauer van Straten | Photo Credits: John P. Johnson/HBO
While Bill is off praying to a bloody deity and Sookie is dealing with a mysterious, centuries-old vampire who she's been promised to, True Blood's Tara (Rutina Wesley) has been learning the ways of being a vampire. As the season comes to a close, Tara has certainly transformed from a constantly angry victim to a take-charge baby vamp.
Case in point: Knowing she wouldn't take orders from anyone but her maker, she beheaded the new Sheriff of Area 5. However, her hasty action forced Pam (Kristin Bauer) to take the fall for her progeny. With that one act, an entirely new bond between the duo was born — one that made Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll), and the audience, take note. Was there something more going on between Tara and Pam? After all, vampires do tend to love the ones they're with! TVGuide.com turned to Wesley to get the scoop on Pam and Tara's burgeoning relationship as well as what's in store for the finale and how she's handled being one of the undead this season.
Looking back at this season, how do you think Tara has changed since becoming a vampire?
Rutina Wesley: She's become the thing that she hates the most and the ultimately she's had to embrace it. Her relationship with Pam takes a huge precedence, because she never really had a good mother, and I think Pam has become that tough-love mother for her without throwing bibles and bottles at her. [Laughs] It's nice to see the two of them sort of have a relationship, even though Pam is still hard on her. But as we saw in the last episode, I think Tara may feel like she has something for her, but she doesn't quite know what it is. Tara has become more stable. She's definitely realized her strength that she has, and I also think she appreciates vampires more because she is one now and she understands Bill (Stephen Moyer), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), and Pam a little bit more.
Has it been more fun for you as an actress to get to play a vampire?
Wesley: It's been very challenging. It's like starting all over again. I've had to do some research. At the beginning of the episodes of this season, I cast her as a wild, angry, possum, and then I think she becomes like a black panther. I've changed my voice. I've changed the way I walk, the way I hold myself. It's a complete transformation without losing the essence of Tara. And as the season has come along, we've gone back to Season 1 Tara with some of her humor that I've missed, because she's been the victim a lot. So, it's nice to see her crack a joke here and there.
She has pushed everyone away this season, including Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Sookie (Anna Paquin). Do you think that will be permanent, or might she let them back in?
Wesley: Ultimately Tara will probably get caught back up in that, but I do think that that's going to take time. I think she is still extremely upset with them, even though they saved her life, so to speak. Even though she's dead, she's still there. She will, hopefully, come to terms with that. Like I said in that scene with Bill, there will always be some pull to save her, and I think that Tara eventually will come running to save the day. In the finale, you'll see us most likely all come together, and there'll be a lot of crazy things happening.