The ORIGINAL True Blood Tara

After reading my earlier blog post about the True Blood character  Tara Thornton, a friend dug up this clip of the actress Brook Kerr, originally cast to play the role. It’s clear from the video below that Kerr took a slightly different approach to the part. As someone says in the comments section of the video, this actress doesn’t have enough “attitude.”

Hmm, yes, “attitude.” I fear the current Tara practically oozes “attitude,” and I fear that’s it’s what I like least about her and also makes me wonder if I was right in my earlier blog. Maybe Rutina Wesley’s being directed to be the way she is—especially considering that in the Sookie Stackhouse novels, the character Tara is a white woman.

Attitude is the one trait I actually DON’T need in those sistas I talked about loving so much earlier. “Attitude,” in fact, is one of the worst cliches ever you could ask a black actress to play, in my opinion. Partly because it’s so stereotypical and partly because it rarely ever plays on screen the way real, signifying, clever “black girl attitude” plays in real life. (As an aside: if you wanna see “black girl attitude” played with finesse, charm, and subtlety? Watch Regina King’s shaded, underrated performance in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice. Netflix it tonight.)

So how does the original Tara work for you? Watch below:

****And by the way, here’s a cute interview with Rutina Wesley, where she sorta addresses the casting change: click here.

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5 responses to “The ORIGINAL True Blood Tara

  1. Blessed Warrior

    Hmm…there’s a blankness in Brook Kerr’s eyes that I’m not feeling. Not saying that I love Rutina’s bulging eyes either, lol. Her eyes stayed the same from beginning to end. The whole thing was unconvincing.

  2. You know who she is, right? She played Whitney in Passions on NBC back in the day. I can see why they might’ve seen her as underwhelming. But Passions was my joint! LOL

  3. piggywigglylady

    Hmmmh, the scene has tension and I live in the south this is actaully a more realistic portrayal opposed to the ode to slave days portrayal the Julliard grad is being directed to play/ that we’re currently seeing n the show.

  4. Shana

    Seeing this many months later, I just started reading the books and am a little more than half way through the first season. This actress would’ve been good for the original Tara in the book, but not for this new Tara in the show that they’ve created to be a borderline offensive caricature of a black woman in the south. The change bothers me, I would be okay with it if the character wasn’t just out of her mind for no reason at all.

  5. marty

    I like her much better , I would probably like any actress more though . Whether its her direction or her acting I dont know , I do know she irritates me in every scene I see her . I really don’t like her quivering bottom lip in every second scene .

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