'True Blood’s' Kristen Bauer van Straten on Pam, The Late-In-Afterlife Lesbian

'True Blood’s' Kristen Bauer van Straten on Pam, The Late-In-Afterlife Lesbian

True Blood is back with a new season June 26 on HBO and fans or “Trubies” can hardly wait. (Their motto/Twitter trending topic: #WaitingSucks) The tastiest part of the addicting series for many, Kristen Bauer van Straten, spills on what season four has in story for our favorite “late-in-afterlife,” lesbian vampire, Pam.

While the secrets of season four are guarded under lock and key and specific letters from series creator Alan Ball, Bauer van Straten shared as much as she could about Pam’s back-story, her M.O. for the new episodes, and her lesbian relationships with Advocate.com writer Brandon Voss.

Here are just a few of our favorite excerpts from the juicy interview:

Pam is a major part of the fourth book, Dead to the World, which aligns with many of the themes in the new season. I hope that means we see a lot more of you this year.
We do see a lot more of Pam, and we see a whole other side to her.

We know from previews that Eric, Pam’s maker, has somehow lost his memory at the start of the season. How will that affect Pam?
She’s got to take on a leadership role. Also, I’ve found out this year conclusively that Pam is not a strategist; she’s a reactor. Someone’s messed with her maker and messed with their relationship — he doesn’t remember anything, so he doesn’t remember their history or their feelings for each other — so she jumps right in to try to right the situation and make those who did this to him pay. She’s not a chess player.


We’re also happy to have Pam represent the LGBT community.
Yes, and I’m proud to do it.

According to the books, Pam seems to be something of a late-in-afterlife lesbian who didn’t discover her attraction to women until well after she became a vampire. As we head into season 4, how would you describe Pam’s sexuality?
Well, it almost feels that way to me — she’s been around long enough to figure out what she really likes. She isn’t bound by any constraints, so she doesn’t try to suppress who she is. In my head, I assume she had some type of relationship with Eric in the beginning, but at this point it feels like she’s decided she’s gay, and she’s been living that life for a while.

I’ve read various articles that have described Pam as bisexual or omnisexual, but we’ve really only seen evidence of her attraction to other women — most memorably when she pleasured Yvetta, the Fangtasia stripper, last season.
Right. Sexually, she hasn’t shown any interest in men so far. Maybe she’ll feed on men because they’re food, but they’re an appetizer to the main course.

I don’t suppose Pam will be settling down into a meaningful, monogamous relationship anytime soon.
I can’t imagine it, but wouldn’t it be fun and exciting to see the person that could settle Pam down? It would have to be someone who was in no way predictable, boring, or weak.


For more on Pam, all the famous nudity required on set to shoot the show, and her memorable roles in Seinfeld and Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion, sink your fangs into the complete interview on Adovcate.com now.

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