True Blood creator Alan Ball has
joined True Blood co-stars Alexander Skarsgard, Kristin Bauer
and Rutina Wesley in creating an It Gets Better video.
The 54-year-old openly gay director
only gives the slightest hint that he might have been bullied as a
kid over his sexuality.
“When I was a kid, I was bullied a
lot in elementary and junior high school because I was smart,” Ball
says. “And it wasn't cool for guys to be smart. That was
something for girls.”
“If I was not different, or perceived
to be different, I don't think I would have been able to accomplish
what I have accomplished. Because being different is what makes you
you. And if you are you, then nobody can hold you back,” he adds.
Skarsgard, who plays vampire Eric Northman, Rutina
Wesley, who plays lesbian cage-fighter Tara Thornton, and Kristen
Bauer, who plays vampire Pam Ravenscroft, have also recorded videos
for gay activist Dan Savage's It
Gets Better Project, which urges teens being bullied because they
are or are perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender to
hang in there, because life gets better.
Wesley says Tara's lesbian relationship 'just happened.')