Rutina Wesley, who plays Tara Thornton on HBO's vampire drama True Blood, says Tara's lesbian relationship 'just happened.'

Tara 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).

But on the premiere of the show's fourth season, Tara is involved with Naomi (Vedette Lim), a cage-fighter from New Orleans.

In an interview with TVLine's Michael Ausiello at Comic-Con in San Diego, Wesley scoffed at Ausiello's suggestion that her character might be “just going through a phase.”

“Let me tell you what I think,” she responded. “My backstory is … I think it's just one of those things that just sort of happened. I think she maybe met her, didn't realize she was being hit on, next thing you know things happen and she was sort of like, 'Interesting. Kinda liked that.' And I think with the whole, you know, cage-fighting thing I think she just wanted to start spending more time with her and then that sort of led to a relationship.”

“I really do think there's a love there,” she said.

“I would say she's bisexual,” Wesley added. “And I don't think it's a phase because I think she really is into this woman.”