“True Blood” star comes out on Instagram

Actress Rutina Wesley has taken to Instagram to share the news that she’s found the “sunshine of [her] life” in New Orleans’ Chef Shonda.

The 38-year-old played Tara, the best friend of Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin), on True Blood for seven seasons. Towards the end of the series, Tara became a vampire and took up a romance with another female vampire, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten.

Wesley also plays a queer role on the OWN series Queen Sugar — a journalist and activist named Nova Bordelon.

It turns out Wesley has more in common with these characters than we knew, although to the best of our knowledge she is most certainly not a vampire.

Related: The Five Hottest Gay Scenes From True Blood

She just posted several new pics to Instagram with Shonda:

#FromTheInsideOut You are the sunshine of my life….

A post shared by Rutina Wesley (@rutina_wesley) on

Over the weekend, Wesley shared poetry verses, photos, and what looks suspiciously like an engagement ring:

#NolaNCaliLove ?#QueenSugarFinaleEvent

A post shared by Rutina Wesley (@rutina_wesley) on

#Repost @therealeve (@get_repost) ??? #happysunday ???? #love #spreadit #giveit #beit

A post shared by Rutina Wesley (@rutina_wesley) on

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  • Eldred

    That picture of them together… Gorgeous!

  • Charlie in Charge

    Very nice, loved her on the show.

  • Ksb1978

    QUEEN! I have a chance! Okay I don’t, but damn, they’re both gorgeous! I always thought she’s fine as hell!

  • Knight

    Never seen the show, but…good for her.

    • Eldred

      She was pretty great in the early stuff. The first few seasons, I haven’t seen the very last season yet. But she was great.

    • Ummmm Yeah

      First season was good. Each season after got further away from the books and sucked more and more.

  • Jaxton

    What bizarre messages! I hope she’s not mentally disturbed. The poor dear needs somebody to filter what she puts out in cyberspace.

  • DCguy

    So she played a character with a girlfriend on True Blood a few years before coming out. Good for her. A LOT of closeted actors run away from anything smacking of an lgbt part if they are closeted. So good for her, and Congratulations on her engagement!

  • Kangol

    I’m so happy for her, and they make a beautiful couple.

    Also, Rutina Wesley played a bi/pansexual character several times, first on True Blood and then again on Queen Sugar. On True Blood they would never let her have a lasting relationship with a woman (or man), though.

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