Rutina Wesley's Tara Thornton on the season premiere of HBO's True Blood is in a lesbian relationship.

Tara, who spent much of last year mourning the death of former boyfriend Eggs (played by Mehcad Brooks) and then entered a violent affair with vampire Franklin Mott (James Frain), is involved with Naomi (Vedette Lim), a cage-fighter from New Orleans.

“When I first got the script, I thought it was great,” Wesley told Entertainment Weekly. “They've always given me stuff that challenged me as an actor and that was fun.”

“I think Tara – if she is going to have a love interest this season – she's finally ready for it. She's had time to find herself and think a little bit. I think she's finally going to love herself in a way that is beautiful. Her self-esteem is back up and that's opened her up to love someone else. I think she also needed a new lease on life. She totally comes back more zen, and she's a feisty season one Tara who we all loved.”

Wesley added that her character most likely wasn't expecting to fall in love with another woman: “I think it was one of hose things where you just fall in love with who you fall in love with.”