On a show like "True Blood," which has featured a wide cast of colourful characters since its inception, it can be tough to make a mark (pardon the pun). Now venturing into its seventh and final season, it's fascinating to see which characters' arcs have ebbed and blossomed over the years. One primary example is the character of Pam (played expertly by Kristin Bauer van Straten), who's gone from secondary background delight to straight-up main cast member.
Van Straten's vampire Pam is like a long-dead debutante, with the attitude, sass and sexiness to match. She steals scenes so easily it's a surprise it's not called "The Pam Show." At the end of Season 6, we watched her shoot into the air to find Eric, and that's all she wrote.
HuffPost Canada TV sat down with van Straten when she made a brief stop in Toronto, and we chatted about Pam and Tara's relationship, how she wants Pam's story to end, and what, if anything, she's going to nab from set when "True Blood" wraps.
HuffPost Canada TV: How do you feel knowing that "True Blood" is coming to an end?
Bauer van Straten: I don't like ends. Beginnings are sometimes good, but middles are awesome. Our middle is now over, and I don't know what's going to happen next year. I'm, of course, excited and also sad. I get to hang out with these people for another eight months and say these words and wear this clothing, and have this accent. [Laughs] It's kind of a nice problem to have.
What about leaving the character? Leaving Pam behind?
What a great character. I often think, "God, do I get two [characters] in this life?" "Nurse Jackie" came around after "The Sopranos" [for Edie Falco], so it's possible. But this is a great female character. She's really free from concerns that plague humanity. It's so refreshing, even between action and cut, to take that one-and-a-half minute break from any fear or worry or concern. She has two -- clothing and Eric.
[Laughs] OK, three.
If you could decide, what would you like to see happen to Pam in the final season?
I know nothing. One of the most significant things about Pam is Pam and Eric's relationship. I'll be very interested in whatever happens there in Season 7. That's a relationship I've enjoyed a lot -- it has many layers to it, but it's incredibly pure.
What about your relationship with Tara?
Ah, that was fun. I love that pairing. I want to find out what happens with that relationship as well. It was so multi-layered. I went through a whole season trying to kill her, and I have to make her, so now she's my baby, and she's hot, so now I'm making out with her. [Laughs] I think that's how life is, it's messy. I like how -- the HBO shows in particular -- have those contradictions. Life is lived in the grey area.
In terms of sexuality, "True Blood" has always been an open show. How has it been working in that sort of environment?
It's been great. Love the lesbian love. Love the concept of "open." If it's hot, it's hot. That's probably the way of immortality -- there's something elevating about that viewpoint. If you're around for a long time and you get to step outside of social mores, things are going to look different.
What, if anything, are you going to take from set?
The yellow jumpsuit. The Wal-Mart suit. I have to have it. [Laughs]
"True Blood" will return for its final season in the summer of 2014. Season 6 will be available on DVD in Spring 2014. Season 5 is still available on DVD as well.