American film and television actress Kristin Bauer van Straten, who has been in the business since her early 20’s, is most known for her role as ‘Pam’, the fan-favorite vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, on HBO’s mega hit series “True Blood” now airing its sixth successful season. Kristin also portrayed the evil queen Maleficent in ABC’s fantasy drama “Once Upon A Time” as well as the feature film THE STORY OF LUKE opposite Cary Elwes and Seth Green.
An enormous advocate for the safety of animals and animal rights, Kristin assembled a film crew during the summer of 2012 to shoot a documentary about the elephant and rhinoceros ivory trade. OUT FOR AFRICA tells the story of the inhumane poaching tactics to obtain ivory and the legislation that needs to pass to help prevent it. The film is currently in post-production and will be released in 2013.
Born and raised in Racine County, Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered on nature and animals. In junior high, she became interested in the arts, specifically drawing, and after graduation she compiled a portfolio and applied to a fine arts school in St. Louis, Boston and New York, of which she attended all three until in 1993, Kristin decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to Los Angeles, California.
While juggling her various odd jobs, she was asked to become part of a movie that earned her more in a day than she was getting in a month. She still continued drawing and painting while she began appearing on television and in film during the mid-’90s, making her small screen debut in a 1994 episode of “L.A. Law”. Her first major television break came the following year when she hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy “The Crew”, which lasted one season.
In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guests as ‘Man Hands’ Gillian, Jerry’s girlfriend on “Seinfeld”. Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regular characters including Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama “Total Security”, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama “That’s Life”, and the sexy softball “porn mom” on the NBC comedy “Hidden Hills”. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with the formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgard) on HBO’s original drama “True Blood”.
Today, she lives in Los Angeles with her musician husband, Abri van Straten, and two rescued dogs. She splits her time between shooting, painting, and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion as they “Have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical art I have ever seen.”