Actress Rutina Wesley, wearing Max Azria, walks the runway at Go Red For Women – The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection 2014 Show Made Possible By Macy’s And SUBWAY Restaurants at The Theatre at Lincoln Center on February 6, 2014 in New York City
*Rutina Wesley stars in the upcoming thriller “13 Sins” for Radius-TWC, which released its first trailer for the film today. [Click through to watch.]
The story centers on a broke salesman named Billy (Mark Webber) who gets a strange phone call that sets him on a series of 13 tasks, each more sinister — and lucrative — than the last.
“True Blood’s” Wesley plays Billy’s bewildered fiancée.
Adina Porter as Lettie Mae Thornton in HBO’s “True Blood”
*After six seasons as a recurring player, “True Blood” veteran Adina Porter has been promoted to series regular.
Porter has portrayed Lettie Mae Thornton (the mother of Rutina Wesley’s character Tara) since the vampire drama’s first season.
Adina Porter and Rutina Wesley as Lettie Mae and Tara Thornton in HBO’s “True Blood”
Porter also recurs on another HBO drama, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”
The screen and stage actress has appeared in the HBO films “Gia” and “Lackawanna Blues” and has recurred on Fox’s “Prison Break,” ABC’s “NYPD Blue” and NBC’s “Law & Order.”
*Tika Sumpter, Naturi Naughton and Rutina Wesley got a 70s makeover and are definitely looking fierce and fab.
In a spread in the October issue of Essence, the ladies are dressed in the era’s revolutionary style clothing, representing the Black queen of the “Black and Proud” and Foxy Brown days.
Tika rocks a full Afro, while Naturi and Rutina don wavier locks.
A glossy pic of all three is frame-worthy with its fur collars, raspberry lips and focus on the three gorgeous, dark chocolate beauties – something you don’t see much of these days, says blogger Kimberly Walker at BET.com.
*Ok, if you saw the “True Blood” finale episode, there is a chance you are feeling in limbo. It was quite an interesting show with the return of Grands and Rene, and the possibility of resurrected Russell.
(Spoiler Alert! … if you haven’t seen the ‘True Blood’ finale)
With all the twists and turns, nothing could have prepared you for Lafayette stabbing Jesus, and Tara getting shot in the head by Debbie Pelt. It was definitely a shocker, indeed.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rutina Wesley talked about the finale, saying there is always that lingering thought of a grandeur ending.
“I knew ahead of time that it was coming. It’s always a scary place as an actor to go there,” she said. “I don’t know what their plans are for next season. I know that Alan has said there are ‘big plans,’ but I don’t know what that really means, and things can always change. I’m not for sure, but I trust him completely.”
She continued, “At the end of the day, it’s hard to see how I’m coming back, seeing as half of my head was just blown off. I don’t know. They may figure something out. I mean it’s ‘True Blood.’ There’ s always flashbacks. There’s phantasms. There’s all this crazy stuff. It’ s very possible. But I’m excited either way. If it does all end, I’ve had the most amazing time of my life. It’s really great.”
Interesting. Very interesting indeed. Read/learn more at EW.
*“True Blood” star Rutina Wesley and “Glee” standout Jonathan Groff have been cast in the Off-Broadway production of The Submission, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The MMC Theater production is a play within a play with a twist: Character Shaleeha G’ntamobi’s play about an alcoholic black mother and her card shark son trying to get out of the projects has just been accepted into the nation’s preeminent theater festival. Except there’s one problem: Shaleeha only exists within the imagination of Danny Larson (Groff), a wannabe playwright who created her as an affirmative action nom-de-plume.
Little is known about what role Wesley, who plays Sookie’s (Anna Paquin) beleaguered best friend Tara on “True Blood,” will play other than her character’s name — Emilie.
Wesley has a theater background, attending Julliard and studying Shakespeare at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
From playwright Jeff Talbott and directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie (School for Lies, Chicago) Submission will run Sept. 8-Oct. 22 at New York’s Lucille Lortel Theatre, with the official opening night set for Sept. 26.
*”True Blood’s” Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thornton on the HBO vampire show, gave a little insight into season 4′s adventures in a recent interview.
“You’re gonna find out where Tara went to and what she’s been up to. She’s a lot more grounded, but that’s not going to last for long. She’s gonna get swept back up into the world of vampires in Bon Temps.”
She added that love could find its way into Tara’s life in the new season. But for now, Wesley said, “She had some time to learn to love herself.”
When asked by Sister 2 Sister who was responsible for the hair change in Tara’s character, she commented that it was a mutual decision.
“It was sort of a mutual decision. I was thinking about changing my hair and they were thinking about my character going through this cathartic moment,” she said. “It made sense to changer her hair. I miss the braids because braids are more easy. People are going to look at my character in a different way with this new look. It shows that she’s been through something and comes back almost as a different person.”
Wesley also shared some thoughts about being a black woman in the industry, saying the pickings are slim.
“It’s really hard for us as black women, and in general. It’s tough for us. We ultimately get really competitive ’cause it’s only two parts, and we’re all competing for those two parts. However, whoever gets that role, that person needs our support.”
HBO’s “True Blood airs Sundays at 9pm E/P.