‘True Blood’s’ History With Gay Characters And Kristin Bauer On Pam’s Sexuality

by | June 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM | HBO, LGBT, True Blood

Why couldn't Jason's dream about Eric be real?? (Alexander Skarsgard & Ryan Kwanten; HBO)

If you saw Sunday’s episode of HBO’s “True Blood,” you saw hotter than hot Jason Stackhouse (Ryan Kwanten) and Eric Northam (Alexander Skarsgard) lock lips and have the kind of sexy interaction the fan fiction has been touting for years.

While it was a dream of Jason’s, the scene again punctuated what “True Blood” has done since it first premiered in 2008 – created a world where gay characters live in the world like everyone else and it’s not much of a big deal. And while there are a plethora of series on both broadcast and cable that feature gay characters, “True Blood” let’s the gay characters – like Lafayette (Nelsan Ellis) and Pam (Kristin Bauer) – have relationships and (gasp) have sex and treats it just like the other dysfunctional and often sexy relationships on the show.

I talked to Bauer recently about Pam’s sexuality and how the show has handled it over the years. The actress also shared what she regularly hears – or doesn’t hear – from fans that informs how people take the various versions of homosexuality in the popular series, which is currently airing its final season.

Kristin Bauer as Pam (HBO)

I have to commend the show and you that in all these years, Pam being gay has never been treated as a way to make a big statement. Do you think it’s probably changed some opinions out there, just the fact that it’s such a part of the fabric of the show?

Kristin Bauer: For seven years, walking around in the world and doing some appearances, I meet a lot of fans. I feel like there is a different interaction when I’m just on the street, talking to people. And there are all demographics and it rarely comes up as a topic, homosexuality. It just is accepted as part of the world, it isn’t even mentioned. It isn’t even highlighted. And I think that’s so lovely and interesting that it isn’t a separate a topic because it doesn’t upstage the show or the world. And I feel for a moral character, we get to see a little bit more of what people would be like if we could step outside of social norms and not worry so much about what the other guy thinks. Pam certainly is a poster child for not worrying about what other people think.

She definitely is!

KB: That’s why I think I love stepping into the shoes and saying a line, because she’s saying what we’re all thinking. But she just doesn’t care. So, I couldn’t agree with you more, and also, to reinforce it, saying I don’t hear about it. I mean, it’s not a topic that even comes up when people talk to me about the show. They just say they love it, they’re touched by it, they enjoy it, they’re entertained by it. It’s great.

Another example of the show having a homoerotic scene came back in Season 3 when Sam dreamt about Bill (much in the same way Jason dreamt about Eric in Sunday’s episode). Relive the scene here:

“True Blood” continues its final season on Sundays at 9pm on HBO.

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