If Anna Paquin’s sultry portrayal of virginal vamp lover in HBO’s hit series True Blood isn’t enough to make all the fanboys and girls adore her, the actress “came out” as bisexual in a recent gay rights PSA launched today.
Organizers say that Paquin’s announcement during the January 30th taping came as a surprise. In the clip (below), Paquin adorably states, “I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn.” The PSA is part of the “Give a Damn” campaign, promoted by the True Colors Fund, which is an organization to promote awareness about gay, lesbian and transgender rights.
Paquin’s current gig also happens to be on a show that does a lot in and of itself to subtly promote gay rights. Creator Alan Ball is openly gay, and the show frequently veers into big honking allegory territory with its portrayal of vampire rights in America. (Some find it heavy handed, but fans tend to think it endearing.) A story arc during the last season saw two main characters discussing a trip to Vermont to marry, as human/vampire marriages were not permitted in the rest of the country. (And the opening sequence famously features a sign that reads “God Hates Fangs.”)
Paquin is currently engaged to True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer, who fans will know as Vampire Bill.