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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: Rutina Wesley attends the Audi Golden Globes Weekend Cocktail Party held at Cecconi's Restaurant on January 9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)

Vixen Virginity: Rutina Wesley on Her 'Firsts'

The big day is right around the corner and True Blood uber-fans are certainly waiting at the edge of their seats for the premiere to drop. Vixen chatted with True Blood star Rutina Wesley about her experiences as an actress and the countdown to the last days of the vampire phenomenon. The final season will premiere on Sunday June 22 and we can't wait.

Wesley a.k.a Tara Thorton got candid for our “Vixen Virginity” rundown, where we discussed some cherished childhood moments and some, well, mortifying ones. Scroll through to learn more about the saccharine sweet starlet behind the hot-tempered character. 

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How was your experience filming 13 sins?

It’s a horror film based on this game that has 13 challenges and each challenge is different than the next. Each challenge gets progressively harder. I play Mark Webber’s wife in the film. We go on to play this game to try to win money. So the film is about seeing what lengths people will go to get what they need fore their loved ones and for survival. It’s real life and we’re dealing with real issues throughout the film. Like, he has a racist father. There’s a mentally challenged brother we deal with. There’s a bunch of elements thrown in there and then it’s kind of scary on top of that. It’s a little bloody too.

Do you think someone would play the game?

 I thought about that. Like, what lengths would people go to get something they really want. I think that there are actually people who would play the game. It’s easy to get sucked in because you do the first challenge and then you do the second challenge. Then you get to a point where you’re like well I got this far

Do you enjoy doing horror films most? Would you consider doing other types of films? 

I’m kind of up for all forms and different types of genres. For me, I just want to be able to tell a good story and work with good people and create things. So I don’t have a particular genre that I want to do. I think the next thing I want to do is a romantic comedy. That’s something that I’ve been dying to do.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the last season of True Blood and I have another film called Last Weekend—I’m not sure when that will be coming out; it’s running the festival circuit. So just True Blood for now and I excited, but also sad about it. Things are going pretty steady.

 

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VIXEN VIRGINITY: MY FIRST…

First time being fired from a job

I’ve never really been fired from a job. My first experience in the business was this job that I did for The Color Purple and I didn’t get to go on to the Broadway production. I had just got that job right out of college. It was my first big job and I was very new and so there were a couple of things as an actor and as a singer that I didn’t get to work on and so because of those things I wouldn’t go on to do the Broadway production of it and I was so hurt. It was a big deal for me to do it because it’s like one of my favorites of all time. To not continue on with the production was a huge blow to my ego. I learned a big lesson like you shouldn’t hold on to things too much because you never know when it can be taken from you. I will never forget that.

First acting experience

 I did a musical at a community theater when I was about 10-years-old. I remember I said my line and everyone laughed and I thought to myself, “I think I want to do this.”

First fan moment

It might have been when I met Rihanna for the first time. I completely and utterly geeked out and little did I know she likes True Blood and she was kind of geeking out too and it was kind of cool. I love her music, I think she’s awesome and she’s like this fashion icon, so just to see her as just Rihanna it a bit much. I had to tell myself “Rutina Wesley, calm down.”

First stan moment

The biggest stan moment for me was when we went to Comic Con in Sand Diego. There was a girl who was a fan and she got to me in the autograph line. She was like “I sold all my stuff to get her and to meet you.” Then she started crying and then I ws crying. It was serious. She was seriously just saying  “I love the show and I love you so much.” She was shaking and I was holding her hand and I will never forget that moment. Looking in her eyes and seeing how much it meant to her for her to be there. Being an actor, I’ve dreamed about being able to move people. It makes me feel good inside. It was an amazing moment to experience that with her.

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First love

I’m going to go back to puppy love. He lived like down the street from me. He was like five feet and I was taller than him. He was so short. And we always called him “Little Leon.” He’s still a good friend of mine. We were like inseparable. It was so funny to see us together because I was really tall and skinny and he was short. It would be like two peas in a pod. As we grew up, he went one way and I went another, but we always remained friends and until this day, my grandmother still lives there and his mom still lives in the house he grew up in, so I still get to see his mom and family. It’s nice to have that.

First break up 

I was with this really cute boy named Micah and he broke up with me on the bus and everyone made fun of me. I was so embarrassed because he was really cute and I remember thinking like “Oh my god, he actually likes me.” We were only boyfriend and girlfriend for two weeks. I remember everybody just egging him on. I was probably insecure at the time and that didn’t help. I think I cried in front of everyone.

First Spluge

I bought some diamonds. I bought some ice.

First bestie

I have a dear friend named Larrisa. She’s still one of my good friends. We stayed in touch throughout this entire time. We’ve gotten closer over the years. She’s someone that I always know is consistent. She never changes. I depend on her to be who she is and I’m very grateful for her.

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