Kristin Bauer van Straten says playing the sexy, blonde and ruthless vampire Pam De Beaufort on HBO's "True Blood" marks her "sweet revenge" and seems ready to continue playing the role as long as the fans continue to be thirsty for more.
The actress recently talked to OnTheRedCarpet.com host Rachel Smith about the racy series - including who she would like Pam to hook up with - and answered several questions submitted by fans. Spoiler alert!
Bauer Van Straten, a Wisconsin native, has starred on "True Blood" since its 2008 debut. Before that, she appeared on network drama shows such as "Columbo" and "L.A. Law" and comedies such as "Cybil," "The Crew" and "Seinfeld," in which she played a woman who dates Jerry Seinfeld and gets dumped because she has "Man Hands."
1. How does it feel to be the most bad ... bootied female vamp?
"I started out in sitcoms and they just went away and it became more one-hour dramas. When I was auditioning, there was a period there where no one saw me as a girl who could have edge. It was never assigned to blonde, blue-eyed girls and it was very frustrating and so to be playing one of the edgiest characters ever on television is such sweet revenge."
"I wouldn't even get to audition for this kind of role for quite a while," she said. "And also, it's fun. It's fun to be rude. It's fun to be bad. I'm getting paid to be? And to wear those outfits on top of it."
2. Where does she get all of her amazing clothes?
"We take about three weeks to shoot an episode. And we shoot six months ahead of airing so you get this sort of time to get a corset from Canada, but what would we put on the bottom? And then a week later, some latex from Santa Monica Boulevard and then a week later, some custom-made jewelry from Canada, and then [the costume designer] has it all altered and then a huge box from Zappos arrives another week later."
"It's pretty amazing. It feels like Christmas, the wardrobe fittings. You know, when you see all the boxes under the tree, you don't know what's in there - that's what a wardrobe fitting is like. Then the hair and makeup, we send them pictures of what I'm going to wear and we all start Googling and sharing pictures and create together these three departments, the Pam look."
3. Who are you favorite characters to do scenes with and why?"Well, Alex [Skarsgard]. I'm partial to working with Alex because, well for one, the main activity of playing a role is like 12 hours on a set and you work for probably four of that. There's a lot of down time. So you sit and chat and laugh and I have such a nice fun day with him and also there's a great deal of trust."
"But this year, I've been having a blast with Rutina [Wesley]. So my maker and my progeny, I love working with. For a long time too, it was Anna [Paquin], Stephen [Moyer], Alex and myself and that's a fun foursome. There's so many jokes. It's such a great day. We all know from working with people that are fun or a pain in the butt, it's a world of difference."
4. Can you please name a fault or flaw of Alexander's?
"Hmm. I'm going through the list. He's not funny? No, he's funny. He's kinda dumb? No, very smart. Pretty witty. He's tall. He's kinda ugl- no. He's foreign, that's kind of alluring. He has good skin. Yeah, I can't say, I don't know. Maybe he's messy. He might not be tidy. I'm sure that's going to have a lot of women run screaming."
5. If you could choose your next mate, who would it be and why, since you're been released from Eric?
"Pam likes the ladies. I hear in the books that she gets a girlfriend and I, again, would be so curious to see who could catch Pam's eye. Fascinated, looking forward to it, don't know, hopeful."
"There's so many hot chicks on the show. I mean, I'm not terribly picky, apparently. I was like, Deborah [Ann Woll]'s pretty hot. Sure, I'll make out with her. Anna? I'll make out with Anna. Rutina? I'll make out with Rutina, when I'm not trying to kill her. I'm really easy, apparently. If you're on HBO, you've got to be pretty free-flowing, fairly open to new experiences. I'm ready, I'm good to go."
6. Favorite one-liner?
"Well, I like the incredibly crass, rude ones that after I record, I think, 'Sorry, Mom.' Those are my favorite that I can't repeat here. But what's interesting is that when I got to Comic-Con or a place where I actually get to interact with the fans, it's fun to hear which ones resonated with them, so I hear back a lot 'Blah blah vampire emergency blah' and they all talk about Pam's pumps."
"So there are certain ones that land, which on the day, I don't know. We do 100 takes and the crew, no one's entertained by me by Take 63. And then I also hear, 'Are you picking up what I'm putting down?' 'Maybe I wear too much pink.' That is one of my favorite speeches where I'm threatening Nelsan [Ellis]."
7. Why do you feel they've deviated so far from the books or do you think they have?
"I hear that they have. I haven't kept up with the books. It got a little confusing for me to be reading them with the scripts but I imagine and I don't know, but I imagine that then it gives the fans of the books something and also the fans of the show, so you don't know what's going to happen."
I know that Jessica, Deborah Ann Wolls' character, was just going to be a guest star and they saw it and thought, 'Oooh, a baby vamp. That's fun to play with.' And Lafayette dies in the books but they just loved what Nelsan was doing and could envision a storyline for him."
"So as long as they can envision it, they're free to go there, so they've got this creative room and I suspect that's how it happens, that it's not totally premeditated, but they give themselves the freedom."
8. Please ask Pam about her love of animals. She's an amazing voice for them."I'll cry. That's so sweet. It's amazing I've made it this long in the interview without crying. I love the Facebook and Twitter world in that together, we can actually make change but separately, we can't. In the animal world, that's especially true."
"I'm going to Africa this summer to film a documentary on elephant ivory and rhino horn poaching, which is at an all-time high since it was banned in '89. And I've been looking, watching my computer and seeing that two species of rhino have gone extinct in the last six months and been wondering what I could do about it."
"I'm doing a kick starter campaign, it's called 'Out For Africa.' My husband's African and so is his family. So we're headed to Kenya in a month and I can't do it alone. Again, I need social networking and maybe together we can save a species. I haven't been (there before) and I'm so excited."Reporting by Rachel Smith, host of the KABC Television's entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).