Rutina Wesley stars as Tara Thornton on HBO's True Blood. Tara is Sookie's best friend and very protective of her. She works at Merlotte's and hooked up with owner Sam for awhile.
In season two, Tara got involved in Mary Ann's cult, getting with a hot guy named Eggs in the process. She was lucky to make it out alive.
Lafayette: Hey, Hookah. How you doin'? what are you doing here?
Tara: I work here.
Lafayette: Oh, no the hell you don't!
Tara: Oh, yes the hell I do too, you ugly bitch.
Lafayette: Shit. Sam must've lost his damned mind because you should not be allowed to work in no situation where you actually have to interact with the people
Tara [tending bar]: Uh-oh do... do not snap at me. I have a name. And that name is Tara. Isn't that funny a black girl being named after a plantation. No I don't think it's funny at all. In fact it really pisses me off that my momma was either stupid or just plain mean. Which is why you better be nice if you plan on getting a drink tonight.