An interview with Kristin Bauer

On the first two seasons of HBO’s True Blood, Kristin Bauer showed up sparingly as Pam, the side kick to vampire mayor Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) and co-owner of Fangtasia. Her devil-may-care attitude, witty quips and killer fashion sense had fans hoping they’d get to see more of her amongst the Sookie and Bill, Sam and Tara and other intense storylines.

Last year, it was announced that Kristin would become a series regular on the show, and Truebies rejoiced, as Pam is a huge part of the books the show is based on, and it also happens Pam becomes omnisexual, if not fully lesbian, around age 200.

Though her love of women was hinted at with flirty comments and sly gestures, season 3 will have Pam doing more than just playing around — she’ll actually have a relationship with a woman. Kristin Bauer took some time to call us and give us a few hints at what we have in store from Pam, lesbian vampire Queen Sophie-Ann (played by Evan Rachel Wood) and the rest of the gang on the super gay True Blood when it returns in June. It seems like Pam is going to be a much bigger part of this new season; how did that come to be?
Kristin Bauer:
Well, you know, I’ve wondered that and they never tell you. I would hear from the producers here and there, you know, “Pam is a fan favorite; the fans love Pam,” and I would go, “OK, good!”

I was a little nervous to kind of look online or see what people were saying about me and Pam. Then my husband and I were reading the books — he got kind of ahead and he said, “You know, Pam’s not really in it much until book four, and then she gets really big. So, this is Season 3 and I thought “OK, maybe next year,” and then they called and said “No, we wanna do it this year.” So it was really a mystery and also good, a huge Christmas gift.

AE: Is there going to be a lot of stuff going on in Fangtasia this year, like there was in the mini-episode where you and Eric were auditioning new dancers?
Yes, there is — there’s a lot in Fangtasia. There’s an incredible amount for Pam there.


AE: Is Pam going to be having any sort of relationships this year?
She does! I’m always wondering, you know — I try to keep track of what [creator] Alan [Ball] reveals so I don’t reveal too much, but she is definitely bisexual, if not further along in that decision-making process. So, we get to find out a little more about her sexuality this year.

AE: Is it with another vampire? Can you tell us anything about it?
I can’t tell you too much about it! Someone else asked me about it, like, is it a relationship? And you know, I don’t think Pam gets into — I think her only real relationship in her life is [her maker] Eric. Everything else is an amusement and entertainment.

AE: I love that Pam is bisexual or omnisexual, but that she’s also got great fashion. So many times, people like to assume that lesbians or gay women have really poor fashions, so I love that she’s so into shoes.
[Laughs] I didn’t know that! That’s so funny. Pam is definitely going to be a gay woman with a sense of style.