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Costars of the play included Aaron Lohr and Heather Raffo. Wesley's television breakthrough arrived when she won the regular role of Tara Thornton on the HBO vampire drama series “True Blood,” created by Alan Ball and adapted from Charlaine Harris' “The Southern Vampire Mysteries” series of novels.It was also in 2007 that Wesley secured her first film role in “How She Move,” in which she starred as Raya Green, an aspiring medical student who enters a dancing competition. Debuting on September 7, 2008, the show quickly earned praise and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Television Series - Drama, a Saturn for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series, a WGA for New Series, a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series and a Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program of the Year, among others.She next trained at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City from 2001 to 2005.While at Julliard, Rutina spent a summer studying Shakespeare at London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA).The high profile production was directed by Sam Mendes.She then appeared in The Public Theatre production of “In Darfur” (2007), by playwright Winter Miller.Recalling on moving from Las Vegas to attend college in Indiana, she said, “Indiana doesn't have a lot of minorities, so I was kind of nervous about going there.But the thing about that was that all I could do was focus on my craft.
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I had no outside distractions.” While still in Las Vegas, Rutina also studied dance at Simba Studios and the West Las Vegas Arts Center. I feel like that was my path.” Rutina Wesley While attending Juilliard, Rutina Wesley appeared in a number of stage productions, including “Macbeth,” “Rebel Armies Deep Into Chad” and “In the Blood,” to name a few.
Rutina is married to actor Jacob Fishel, a fellow Juilliard graduate. During a summer in RADA, she won the prominent role of Juliet in a production of “Romeo and Juliet,” directed by Nona Sheppard.
She currently lives in New York and is an active member of Artists Striving To End Poverty (ASTEP), a non-profit organization that utilizes the arts to help children worldwide. Still as a Juilliard student, Wesley originally had a minor role in the popular comedy film “Hitch” (2005), which starred Will Smith and Eva Mendes, but her part ended up on the cutting room floors.
After completing her studies, Wesley made her Broadway debut by starring as Terri Scholes in David Hare's “The Vertical Hour” (2006), opposite Oscar nominee Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy.