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Interview (excerpt) with Kristin Bauer — Pam Ravenscroft on True Blood (HBO)

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristin Bauer who portrays the sultry, sarcastic vamp Pam Ravenscroft on HBO’s True Blood. Read the full interview in my book Truly, Madly, Deadly: The Unofficial True Blood Companion when it’s released in June 2010 with ECW Press.

Alan Ball has released the official tease that Pam’s character may fly her freak flag a little higher with the possible introduction of some Sapphic lovin’, and it’s none too soon! Last week, I asked Kristin about this development. You can read her answer below.

But, first, a heads up about Kristin’s upcoming appearance on behalf of a cause close to her heart. If you’re in Santa Monica this weekend, be sure to drop by LUSH Cosmetics store on Saturday, November 7 in support of the IFAW Tails for Whales campaign. Kristin will be in attendance to voice her support and to meet others who want to get involved!

Kristin Bauer (photo credit: Larry DiMarzio)

photo credit: Larry DiMarzio

Event details:

Saturday, November 7, 2009
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
LUSH Cosmetics
Third Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA

RSVP to tailsforwhales@lush.com

If you can’t make it, get involved by uploading your photo and learning more at www.ifaw.org/tailsforwhales.

Enjoy this excerpt from my interview with Kristin Bauer!

Becca: In True Blood, there are a number of metaphorical ties to minority rights, particularly gay rights, something that Alan Ball has confirmed will be explored more in Season 3, possibly with your character. Does knowing that your role has social impact affect how you play it?

Kristin: For me, the best part of acting is the doing of it on the set, on the day. Then, it is over for me. I create it, like a painting, and then it leaves my control and goes to live on with someone else. I try to forget about it. So, any future Pam ideas excite me and also make me nervous as a performer because my mind jumps to wanting to do the writing justice.

As far as social impact, that is not something I can control, what the reaction is whether good or bad, helpful or offensive. I appreciate immensely being part of a show that is more than meets the eye, that has many layers and deals with timeless concepts of acceptance and ultimately, tolerance and kindness as we all must share on this floating ball called Earth. It is a big concern of mine in my life, how we can do that better.

But as far as playing Pam, I just want to do a good job and I hope that comes across. The larger concepts, the writing that comes before and the reactions that come after I do my part are not my really province. My job as an actor is a tiny part in the middle, and that is plenty!

Thanks again, Kristin!

Twitter True Blood interviews: @GodricofBlood, @Pam_atFangtasia, @JessicaHamby, @HoytFortenberry

Read the backstory to these interviews.

Godric | @GodricofBlood

(The circumstances of which I was able to conduct this interview can not be divulged. It was, however, pretty cool.)

Rebecca Wilcott: What was it about Eric that led you to turn him?

Godric: I watched Eric for several weeks before I made that decision. I could have drained him just as easily as I did his companions but he was special. A human with that kind of fighting spirit, grace, and beauty was far too talented to rot in human flesh.

RW: Did you lose your fighting spirit? You offered yourself to the The Light of Day Institute for ritual sacrifice, then ultimately chose to end your own life in the rising sun. Did life lose its purpose?

Godric: Can you imagine 2000 years of existence? Almost 2000 years of bloodshed? For what purpose? What did I seek to achieve? There was no one left that I could learn from and I certainly had no desire left to teach. Immortality was not my choice. I too was turned and had to accept the new path I was given by my maker. I realized that life never had a purpose for me. My existence was not right. I did not live long enough as a human to fully understand what it meant. I should have died the day I was turned. That is what my destiny was.

RW: Do you see any of your own guidance mirrored in Eric?

Godric: When I ran into Eric again, there was no time to evaluate his performance as a vampire. He was alive. He must have been doing something right. I had not seen him in quite some time and our journeys and my teachings with him were nothing short of brutality. I taught him to kill and to survive.

RW: When I asked Eric what he thought about your death, he responded:

“I see only the difference between [Godric] and myself. He turned me to give me what I love most: life. He obviously did not feel the same. When I reach his age in another thousand years, perhaps I will understand his decision more than I do now.”

How would you respond to this?

(Click the “Read More” link below to continue reading this interview, and those conducted with @Pam_atFangtasia and @HoytFortenberry.)

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