Lauren Bowles says she and her character on the risqué HBO vampire series "True Blood" have some things in common.
Bowles, 41, plays Holly Cleary, a witch, or as she prefers to call it, a "Wiccan." The character is also a waitress and single mother who catches the eye of the local sheriff. Cleary was introduced on the show last year and on the current fourth season, befriends the seemingly evil leader Marnie, who wages war against the vampires.
"On surface, we are very different, obviously - I'm an East coaster, you know pretty well educated - although I can be somewhat of an idiot," Bowles joked to OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent Tony Cabrera, while describing her "True Blood" character.
"But there are similarities in that ... she's very, I would say holistic, which is the route [I've taken]," the actress added. "Moving California, discovering yoga, meditation - I think we are both real believers that there is a lot more here than what is actually here in our physical world. I'd say we're both big believers in that and have a lot of faith and spirituality. I'd say there's an ease of self that we both share."
Bowles, a Washington D.C. native, studied theater at New York University and starred in local productions before beginning her on-screen acting career in the mid-1990s. She and husband Patrick Fischler are parents to a 2-year-old girl, Fia.
Before she was cast on "True Blood," the actress, whose half sister is "Seinfeld" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, appeared in numerous television shows, including "Seinfeld," "Arrested Development" and "Judging Amy." She got her first big screen role in the 1997 film "George of the Jungle," where she played Leslie Mann's characters' friend. She has since gone on to appear in films such as "Hall Pass" and "The Heartbreak Kid."
Bowles says she initially thought a more known celebrity would obtain her part on "True Blood."
"I was the hugest fan of the show, and I remember getting to the audition thinking 'well this is a huge part, so this going to go to a name,'" Bowles told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "My goal was to just really not suck so that they'd bring me back for a guest spot - that was really my intention."
She said that the show's creator, Alan Ball, "couldn't have been lovelier," adding: "By the time I drove home, I got the call that I had booked it."
While mum was the word when Bowles was asked for spoilers on season four, she did give a cryptic clue about whether her character finds romance.
"Well perhaps it is coming," she added. "You just never know, it's entirely possible in this show."
"True Blood" debuted in 2008 and is currently in its fourth season. The show has been nominated for an Emmy a dozen times and won the prize for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series in 2009. Also that year, lead actress Anna Paquin earned a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama for her role as Sookie Stackhouse. The actress won an Oscar in 1994 for her role in the film "The Piano."
"True Blood" is nominated for four Emmy Awards at this year's ceremony, which is set to take place on September 18 at 8 p.m. ET on FOX (Check out a full list of 2011 Emmy nominations).
"True Blood" is broadcast on Sundays on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. The season 4 finale is set to air on September 11. It was announced on August 11 that "True Blood" was renewed for a fifth season.
Reporting by Tony Cabrera, correspondent for KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).