Profile on True Blood’s Mariana Klaveno

September 1, 2010 by  

Mariana Klaveno, True Blood, LorenaIt’s a sign of what a good actress she is that people often seem to be a little afraid of Mariana Klaveno because of her True Blood character, Lorena. Any interview you read with her however, shows what a likable, down-to-earth person she is in real life. In the  summer issue of Elegant Accents, Mariana discusses her rural upbringing, her acting experiences, and what’s on her to-do list after True Blood.

Mariana loves playing the villain, but that’s far from what you’d expect–she grew up on a farm in Washington state, playing outside and riding horses with her three older siblings:

“I had an idyllic childhood, very free and very safe. It was a good way to cultivate an imaginative mind.”

When she got to college, she enrolled in an acting class and fell in love with drama. She performed in a wide range of plays during her time there and, upon graduating, packed up to move to L.A. She lived with her brother and booked small roles in television. Many actors talk about the struggle to “make it” in the business, and Mariana says it took a while but every year got better. She worked for seven years as a hostess at a restaurant, which she finally quit doing once she got the steady job on True Blood.

She tells the story of auditioning for True Blood and how it was just another audition. The show hadn’t even aired yet, although she was familiar with Alan Ball‘s work. At her second reading, she heard lots of laughter in the room for the girl who followed her. She didn’t understand how the scene could be funny, but she just assumed she didn’t get the part. She was delighted to learn otherwise:

“It’s nice to be part of something. The collaborative experience with actors, directors, and writers makes it so rewarding.”

Well, Lorena has joined the ranks of the dearly departed on True Blood, which was good because she was really messing things up for Bill and Sookie, but bad because Mariana’s performance was so amazing as a woman too in love to let go. Up next, Mariana has a movie coming out with David Strathairn called No God, No Master that she filmed in 2009. She also says she’d like to spend time volunteering and learning to speak Spanish (her boyfriend, former actor, Luis Patino is Colombian-American).

We wish her the best in everything she does! Hopefully, there might be an opportunity to see her again in Bill flashbacks or something, but no matter what, she will always be an important part of the show.

SOURCE: Elegant Accents Magazine via Mariana Klaveno Fan Page

(Photo credit: HBO Inc.)