Rutina Wesley filmography and biography
Date of birth: Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Rutina Wesley biography
Rutina Wesley is known for the character Tara Thorton, on the gritty
Southern vampire drama, True Blood. She was born in the
city most renowned for glitz and glamor, Las Vegas, Nevada and was
exposed to the arts at a very early age; in fact entertainment runs
through her veins. Her father, Ivery Wheeler, is a noted tap
dancer while her mother, Cassandra Wesley, performed on the Vegas strip
as a showgirl. Rutina studied dance for years then earned an
undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance from the University of
Evansville in Indiana. She had the good fortune to be accepted by the
acclaimed Julliard School. During Rutina's stint at Julliard, she was
fortunate enough to spend a summer at the Royal Academy of Dramatic
Art. Fortune was with Rutina again when one of her Julliard classmates,
Nelsan Ellis, reconnected with her when he became her co-star on
After leaving Julliard, Rutina was cast in the Broadway production of a David Hare (I) play, "The Vertical Hour" opposite Bill Nighy. Rutina followed "The Vertical Hour" with an appearance in the Public Theater production, "In Darfur". Her small role in the hit movie, Hitch (2005/I), was cut from the completed film but that did not deter her from pursuing her dream. She made another big-screen appearance, this time in the dance melodrama How She Move. She also guest starred on the hit television show Numb3rs; however, her break came when she signed onto the HBO production, True Blood.
True Blood is adapted from the Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire literary series by Charlaine Harris and conceived for the small screen by Alan Ball (I) of _ American Beauty (1999)_ and _ Six Feet Under (2001) _. Rutina's portrayal of Tara Thornton, a character whose caustic tongue and tough manner conceal her vulnerability, helped make True Blood a cult hit. The success of True Blood shocked naysayers when the vampire soap opera became a favorite of both critics and audiences alike. We'll be seeing more of Rutina in 2010 when True Blood returns for its third season.
Rutina Wesley trivia
- Received her high school diploma from the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts (Class of 1997) in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Earned her BFA degree in Theatre Performance from the University of Evansville (Class of '01) in Evansville, Indiana.
- Graduated from the four-year actor training program at The Juilliard School Drama Division (Class of '05) in New York City, New York.
- Rutina divides her time between Los Angeles and Astoria, Queens, N.Y.
- Nominated in the Supporting Actress Category for a 2009 Scream Award.
Rutina Wesley filmography
|A Drop of True Blood||2010|
|16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards||2010|
|The Cleveland Show||2009|
|Scream Awards 2009||2009|
|The Mo'Nique Show||2009|
|The Wendy Williams Show||2008|
|How She Move||2007|