'True Blood' cast member opens up about gay twist

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Spoiler Alert!! If you have yet to sink your teeth into the season premiere of True Blood, you might not want to click below! The fourth season premiere of True Blood was full of surprises, and among the jaw-dropping twists was the revelation that Tara (Rutina Wesley), who spent a good part of last season mourning the death of once-boyfriend Eggs and engaged in a destructive relationship with Franklin, now has a girlfriend (newbie Vedette Lim). But Wesley tells EW exclusively that Tara’s new direction is as exciting as it was surprising.

“When I first got the script, I thought it was great. They’ve always given me stuff that challenged me as an actor and that was fun,” she says. “I think Tara — if she is going to have a love interest this season — she’s finally ready for it. She’s had time to find herself and think a little bit. I think she’s finally going to love herself in a way that is beautiful. Her self-esteem is back up and that’s opened her up to love someone else. I think she also needed a new lease on life. She totally comes back more zen, and she’s a feisty season one Tara who we all loved.”

And as shocking as the twist was for audiences, Wesley says she think it was even more so for Tara. “I don’t think she was expecting it. I think it just happened. I think it was one of those things where you just fall in love with who you fall in love with. I don’t think she labels herself as one thing or the next. She just started hanging out and the next thing you know, she was in love.”

“I don’t think she was in love with Eggs. Every time she was with him she was either stoned or under a spell. I don’t think that was real. I think it’s going to take her some time to realize that, but I think what she has now is a little more significant.”

Truebies, make sure to come back later tonight for Mandi Bierly’s full recap of the premiere.

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  • Alkazaar`

    THE FREAKING HEADLINE IS A HUGE SPOILER ITSELF!!!!! WOW!!!

    • Woot

      Ha I was about to say. Read the headline, the first thing you’re gonna think is, “Gee, a main character is clearly doing things to the same sex.” Sure it doesn’t say, but just knowing that there it’s there kind of ruins it.

      • kyrjar

        Not the most interesting thing. Bill as king was more interesting. Worried that the season is going to be weak after the weak opener. Eric was not though

      • Veronica Mars

        Give this writer a break. She’s only 13 years old. Her ability to not spoil things is limited to events she isn’t invited to.

      • outrageousness

        @ Veronica, that certainly explains a lot. I’m guessing the male writers here are either castrated or they haven’t reached puberty yet.

      • Veronica Mars

        @outrageousness.

        You are wise.
        The male writers fall into 4 categories:
        a) castrated: Jeff Jenson, etc…
        b) Haven’t reached puberty: Dan Schneider…
        c) Old Creepers: Ken Tucker
        d) Now allowed to marry in NY?: Adam Vary…and all the rest of them

      • Nicole

        EW, what did you do to attract the worst commenters, like ever? There are some that use the opportunity as it’s meant – for discussion or (reasonable)argument/criticism, but more often than not it’s a parade of negativity and/or politicial infighting (or just as bad – crazy fandoms). Yesterday, the comments section under the Tracy Morgan story was so disgusting I couldn’t believe it – thankfully it’s been cleaned up, but wow. I still come here for information, but I’m learining not to read the comments because all it does is make me stabby.

        I really feel for the writers who take the time to research and write pieces only to post them and promptly have 25 comments ripping them to shreds (and attacking them personally, which is just super classy). Please know that some readers appreciate the site and realize that if we didn’t like it, we could always just, you know, NOT COME HERE.

        The fact that the print version is comment-free makes me appreciate my subscription so much, for real. If these asshats are good for anything, it’s ensuring the ongoing sales of the magazine. Anyway, I’m sure that lots of people have terrible things to say, so I’ll let them get back to it – just wanted to add my two cents.

      • World

        So stop reading idiot Mars. You put so much focus into a website you loathe. How pathetic.

    • DocRules

      I also love that the picture for this story on the front page includes Lafayette, Sam, and Tara. We know it won’t be Lafayette, so…

    • Josh

      Not really. The same sex storyline was talked about a week ago.

      • KlOWn

        Just because websites discuss certain things and people like you and I are aware of them doesn’t mean that everyone is.

      • Asha

        I feel like if EW has previously published a story about it then it isn’t a spoiler. It’s not their job to hold everyone’s hand and make sure they don’t get the story ruined. The show already aired, the spoiler already posted last week. It’s like people who complain about books that are made into movies being spoiled by someone who already read it. Use some common sense and don’t come to an entertainment site if you don’t want spoilers!

      • Ally

        I didn’t know about this before the premiere- and yet I wasn’t really shocked and at the time I didn’t think it was a huge twist. I thought Bill being King of LA was a way bigger twist

    • bruno

      uhmm, ya. way to be idiots EW. is ausiello back working for you again?

      • chase

        @ bruno, Ausiello sucked!!

    • Mary

      Agreed! The headline is a huge, distracting spoiler!!! You could have at least waited until this episode had aired on the West Coast before posting it!

    • Alex F

      Rutina’s “no topless” rule is getting pretty ridiculous. Surprised they’re letting her get away with it. How many more love scenes do we have to see where she keeps her bra on? On an R-rated show known for its sex, it’s just kinda dumb.

      • Carlos

        @Alex, this is because Rutina has very small breasts and she ashamed for anyone to see them.

      • ShannonW

        Well as a straight woman I am not in a huge rush to see any more breasts on this show. It is definitely overkill. I’m kinda proud of Rutina, because the second you show your boobs, no one takes you seriously. Besides, the main women don’t flash (well except for sookie), that’s just for the nameless sluts that pass by.
        And how many more nude scenes do we have to see where the guys awkwardly hide their penis? On an R-rated show that is so ready to show women in a vulnerable position, why not the men too?

      • Alex F

        If Rutina wants to keep her top on, they should stop writing love scenes for her. It just looks stupid for her to keep her bra on in coitus, on this show. (And the penis comparison is faulty; that’d be vaginas, not breasts.)

    • angie

      This was revealed about three minutes into the episode. Get over it.

      • Hmmm…

        Did you watch the episode backwards?

    • Josh

      The gay twist could have meant Happy twist.

    • Tego Livi

      It was only a spoiler if you didn’t see the other stories which hinted at the “twist” over the last several days.

  • Jules

    Her storyline is gonna be Dee-Lish!

    • SLB

      No it’s not. Tara wasn’t a lesbian in the books.

      • Meso Soup

        Who cares?? It doesn’t have to follow the book, if it did we would not have the wonderful Lafayette in the tv series.

      • world

        House frau strike BACK!

      • SLB

        At least they’re keeping Lafayette true to his character in the book. He didn’t just change his sexuality.

      • Carlos

        Forget about the bulls, I want to see more male frontal nudity and hot male same sex action.

    • orville

      Well, Tara isn’t a black woman who’s related to Lafayette in the books either, so I don’t see the problem there. Or a character who was absolute besties with Sookie growing up either. And they’re really, really not staying true to Lafayette’s character since he didn’t have much of a character in the books. One book and gone. And a relatively minor character in that first book.

  • The Hypnotoad

    Who didn’t see this coming a mile away when the question was first posed?

    • Veronica Mars

      Gonzalez is 13. She writes for EW as a middle school project. Give her a break.

      • The Hypnotoad

        Your 3rd season sucked.

  • dorian

    i dont like it …i just dont like it ….if you gonna give love too tara ….it should be a man just as strong an mysterious as eggs …i dont know where he is going with this ..i hate it

    • SLB

      I also hate that they made her a cage fighter. This season better get a whole lot better than this episode.

  • s

    I knew it was coming and I knew it was Tara so it didn’t surprise me at all.

  • simps

    I didn’t find this too surprising. I mean, it seems that most characters in the true blood universe swing both ways at some point. It was probably the most interesting part of the episode though, which I was overall pretty disappointed with.

  • NoRez

    Women with anger issues on tv always seem to turn out to be gay. It’s a cheap cliche that should have been avoided here.

  • bio

    a gay twist on true blood! amazing! i would have never predicted something like that. Are they going to reveal next that the actress who plays sooki is missing 98% of her brain?

    • Amanda

      haha! Agree.

  • Kahta

    I haven’t seen the episode yet, but I’m not surprised. I still want Tara to be with Sam.

    • gogo

      Yes… I love Tara and Sam, they complete each other…I think the shapeshifter will mess with Sam and Tara will kick her behind..

    • seriously

      But Sam is such a dog!

      • Annie

        LOL!! good one!!!

  • Lane

    Oh I just LOVE how Allen Bell just sticks with the character/story integrity from the books. I don’t like and want my money back! In the books she’s married to a guy!

    • dex

      The show uses the books as a basis not a duplication. Deal with it.

      • SLB

        Actually, the first season followed the book extremely well. Now Ball has just gone overboard.

      • Meso Soup

        I prefer the television series over the books, Alan Ball change whatever you like – you are a genius.

      • world

        Agreed Meso. The books were rather ok, the series is simply pure enteratainment.

    • Dr. Chim Richalds

      Let me repeat this slowly for the kids who ride the short bus: The. show. is. not. the. book.

    • kate middleton

      Plus the books have gotten to be total crap lately. He’s gotta add something.

      I disagree with Rutina that there was ever a “Tara we all know and loved”. I could never stand her.

      • Carla Houston

        I have to agree with you on that, Princess. Tara’s character has always been annoying. The only time I liked her was when she got the best of Franklin (although he wasn’t dead, she still outsmarted him). I’m at the point where I fast forward whenever I see Tara on screen.

      • kate middleton

        Totally with you, Carla. She is definitely the most grating character on the show. And I thought Franklin was hilarious though, I was sad to see him go. Remember his super fast texting? Hilarious.

    • Lisa

      This isn’t Twilight kiddies!! This is HBO and a very creative team of writers. The books are used as reference material. The True Blood team interprets their own vision of Charlaine Harris’ world!! DEAL W/IT!!!!

      • Denise

        Can I get a Amen sista. Charlaine Harris loves how Alan Ball has took her characters and brought them to life in the series. I love the show and the books. And to the one who fast forwards when Tara is on, I just don’t know what to say. She is one of the strongest characters in the series. Some of her and LaLa’s scenes are hilarious.

  • ruth

    i hate this twist its disgusting and cliche. tara isnt a pathetic little twit whose going to go gay because her love life has been rough. the show needs to stick more to the books theyre destroying the story to much i dont like it. the fae are supposed to be devastatingly beautiful and on the show they look like trashy goblins horrible. i do like that they stuck with eric and his habit of fixing things for sookie….in the book he gets her house repaired and repaves he driveway he does little things for sookie that mean more to her than anything bill has done.

    • Shellibelli

      I agree, Im also so very tired of the whole gay theme the show seems to take. yeah the books do too. BUt for vamps who have lived for ever i can see why they are gay or more opened to being gay.

      this show is going to the toilet it seems, Ball has really cheesed out the whole fae storyline too.

      • Amel

        @Shellibellli… Agreed can you take over as a memeber of the writing staff! And the fairys look like trolls-Im so confused! Fariys are supposed to be beautiful.

      • world

        wah wah wah

      • Carlos

        Sheellibellli, that was funny, but you were on point. I am a gay man. I can understand Vampires being bisexual, but turning the regular mortals gay is too much. I would like to see a gay Werewolf and a hot gay Vampire get it on sexually.

    • Tpo

      I agree about your Eric comment I like that he stuck with the general idea of Eric and how he helps Sookie sometimes without her knowing it but he knows what she needs and does it. Everything else – yuck. The Tara in the books wasn’t even introduced until book 3 but was written so much better than show Tara. Hopefully though this storyline will make Tara/Toni more interesting and less annoying than she has been but I’m almost done with this show. The Eric storyline will be the deciding factor for me.

      • Amanda

        I stopped watching during the middle of last season. I was fed up with the direction they were going. I read the books, and they are wonderful! Ms. Harris has created some great stories that build on top of each other. The way they are screwing the story up on the show will make it nearly impossible for them to even try to stick to the books. I was so upset when they introduced Claudine last season, she was not AT ALL what I imagined she would look like. I have always loved Eric, so I have no complaints in that department. I despise Bill, both in the book and on the show (not the actor, I like him!) Because Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are married in real life, I don’t think they will ever (on the show) let Sookie and Bill go their separate ways.
        Sorry for the rant, I just had to agree with you all!

      • Dr. Chim Richalds

        I like the show better than the books so far. Especially because Lafayette is alive on the show, and he’s my favorite character.

    • Lane

      The bias is Allen Bell using True Blood to promote a personal agenda that I don’t like, or is it needed, this day and age of open-mindness.
      I understand the creative television component and separation from the books,somewhat but to create a trait that is so not part of the original character is shocking and perplexing.

  • Sheila

    Gay storylines on True Blood is nothing new. Now, BOTH African American characters, the ONLY African American characters on the show, are gay. Wow, Alan Ball, could you be any more transparent!

    • gogo

      Not because Tara is in love or like with a woman means she is gay. They are in a relationship.. We love labelling things don’t we.. and so what if the 2 AA characters are in same sex relationships, what does that have to do with anything.. Either watch the show or something else.. The whining is ridiculous..

      • whatevs

        So what does mean that you’re gay?

      • KLL

        Exactly!

    • Gabi

      I thought Pam was gay too.. or at least it’s heavily implied.

      • Sarah

        Pam is definitely gay. She’s never shown interest in a male character, she hits on Sookie all the time, and she had a freaking sex seen with Yvetta. That being said, I think that Sheila isn’t saying that there are only two gay characters on the show, but that the only two African American characters are gay. I don’t really get how that makes Alan Ball “transparent” though. What exactly is he supposedly revealing through this?

      • Sarah

        *scene. Spelling fail.

  • Rolo Tomasi

    Another twist is that the move to NY and get married

  • Jacob

    Isn’t everyone gay on this show, or has been, or wants to be, or had a dream about it… I dunno. I don’t watch, but I feel like I’m always hearing about a gay twist on True Blood….

    • Carlos

      Jacob, your comment is funny, but you are correct. I am a gay man. Alan Ball is a gay white male and I think, he wants everyone on the show to be bi, a bull, or gay.

  • val

    The show was good and the season has potential but I am concerned that once again Allen Ball over does a storyline. Based on the comments I have been reading I’m not alone. Having Lafayette and Tara both be gay is too much and actually takes away from the Lafayette character. That is his personality, his life, and what makes him Lafayette. Tara needs to be her own character and so far all they have done is bounce her around trying to fit her in but never finding a spot where she belongs. She was very heterosexual all along and now she’s gay. So what are they saying trauma turns you gay? Not good or politically correct.

    • SLB

      I’m not crazy about it either. I’m glad they didn’t kill Lafayett off like in the books, but now it’s just getting ridiculous. Andy a v-head, Tara a lesbian and cage fighter, baby Damien, and Sam becoming a violent psychopath. Not happy how this season started off so far. Get back to the books a little more.

    • KLL

      So what if she’s sleeping with a woman? That doesn’t automatically make her gay. I’ve been in a relationship with a woman before, and if I were forced to identify with a sexuality – I’d check the straight box. Why is everyone so flippin’ concerned with labels?

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