Nelsan Ellis, who plays flamboyant gay prostitute and vampire blood dealer Lafayette Reynolds on the HBO vampire drama True Blood, says being different is beautiful in a new video for the It Gets Better Project.

The 32-year-old Ellis is the latest True Blood co-star to reach out to troubled LGBT teens.

“I was the odd kid in my family,” Ellis says in his 60-second video. “Later in life I learned to embrace who I was and all of my differences, because I realized they make me beautiful.”

“Being different gives the world color,” he adds. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Anna Paquin, who plays Sookie Stackhouse, Alexander 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.

(Related: Kevin Alejandro promises romance between Nelsan Ellis & himself on True Blood.)