Friday, September 17, 2010

'True Blood' 's Rutina Wesley Recalls Early 'Fame,' On 'When I Was 17' Before she fought vampires, the actress got her start at a performing-arts high school.

Rutina Wesley is probably best known for her recent work on "True Blood," where she plays Tara Thornton, the spirited, sass-tacular sidekick of Sookie Stackhouse. But before that, she impressed on the Broadway stage and starred in the 2007 film "How She Move," both of which showed off her first passion: dance.

Wesley grew up in Las Vegas, the daughter of a tap-dancing father and a showgirl mother, and as a teen, she attended the prestigious Las Vegas Academy, a performing-arts school, where prospective students must audition to be accepted. Naturally, she danced to get her spot.

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