'True Blood' star stakes out Tulsa

Kristin Bauer van Straten to appear at Darkon convention
BY SANDI DAVIS Published: November 2, 2012
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On HBO's “True Blood,” Area 5 vampire Pam De Beaufort has the best clothes, the snappiest lines and is manager of the bar “Fangtasia.”

In the ABC show “Once Upon a Time,” Maleficent appeared as the evil queen and sorceress from the “Sleeping Beauty” fairy tale, both as a human and a dragon, and is killed by the show's hero Emma (Jennifer Morrison).

The woman behind these creatures is Kristin Bauer van Straten. Even the name suggests a woman of mystery, allure and intrigue.

She may be all of these, but she has a different reason about how she gets such varied roles.

“My whole career has run the gamut of characters,” she said in a phone interview from her Los Angeles home. “I've found that people see me as the part I'm auditioning for and that's what they think of me afterward.”

Meet the real woman Friday through Sunday at Darkon Expo at the Clarion/Park Inn by Radisson, 2201 N 77th E Ave., Tulsa.

Darkon Expo is a convention focusing on things scary, horrifying and supernatural. Stroll the exhibit hall and see and buy hard-to-find toys, get autographs from visiting celebrities, look at collectibles, games and supplies, find great books and see a special display of props used in the movie “Alien.”

Daily question-and-answer sessions are planned with guest stars and other programs are scheduled with authors, artists, makeup and special effect artists.

Photo sessions are available with the celebrities.

Besides Bauer van Straten, celebrity guests include Matt Frewer (“Falling Skies,” “Eureka,” Max Headroom), Lisa Wilcox (“Nightmare on Elm Street”), Veronica Cartwright (“Revenge,” “Alien,” “Scary Movie 2”), Rick Worthy (“Supernatural,” “Heroes”) and Ed Gale (“Child's Play,” “Spaceballs”).

John Ferguson (Oklahoma TV's Count Gregore) will emcee at Darkon.

Making a plan

When she auditioned for the role of Pam, a vampire with an acerbic wit and wildly sexy clothes, she made it a point not to learn too much about the books by Charlaine Harris used to create the world of “True Blood.”

“I had no idea what I was getting into,” she said.

Her plan worked and her character has many of the show's funniest lines.

“I slept with all the writers,” she joked. “Really, they are fantastic and I am so blessed and so thankful. My dialogue is a gift.”

The cast of “True Blood” gets along well together. They bring their families to the set. (The show's main stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer are married to one another.)

“Sam Trammel has two boys and they are so sweet,” she said. “It's pretty much a dogs and kids set.

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Kenya is a magical place and their conservation programs are working well. I want to believe people are basically good, and we can change the destruction of animals in Africa before it is too late.”

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