Having proved herself on Broadway and on the film festival circuit, classically trained actress Rutina Wesley was well prepared when HBO's vampire drama "True Blood" (2008-14) brought her to national attention. She first won kudos for "The Vertical Hour" (2006), an Iraq War-themed play directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes. With her feature film debut, "How She Move" (2007), she revealed a different side of herself, wowing audiences with dance skills inherited from her professional dancer parents. The following year, "True Blood" creator Alan Ball cast her as tough-talking bartender Tara Thornton because he was impressed with her ability to portray both Tara's angry and vulnerable sides as she grappled with the horrible luck life had dealt her. From Shakespeare to musicals to supernatural thrillers, Rutina Wesley could seemingly do it all.