'True Blood's' Kristin Bauer Van Straten Talks Matching Evil Wits In 'Once Upon A Time'

Kristin Bauer van Straten as Maleficent in 'Once Upon A Time' Kristin Bauer van Straten as Maleficent in 'Once Upon A Time'

She plays the blood sucking vampire Pam on “True Blood,” but this Sunday night, Kristin Bauer van Straten has a new nemesis to tackle, as she heads to ABC’s “Once Upon A Time” – and it isn’t a fairy named Sookie.

As “Sleeping Beauty’s” Maleficent, Kristin is set to match wits with an equal – Lana Parrilla’s Evil Queen.

“The Evil Queen needs to do evil and here and there she has to get the ingredients for this evilness and she’s got this frenemy, Maleficent, and they’ve been kind of helping each other and playing this chess game for years,” Kristin told AccessHollywood.com of how she figures into the freshman drama’s second episode. “She needs a little bit of help to really wield her power, so she’s gotta be able to figure out how to get that from Maleficent.”

Kristin explained that the Evil Queen will need her character’s help after the plot twist in Episode 1 that sent a baby Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison) into the real world.

”[At] the end of the pilot, [Snow White] has her baby and she puts it in a wardrobe and the baby is safe and that’s where, then, the Evil Queen comes to me and she’s gonna take it a step further because now she’s really pissed,” Kristin explained.

The actress headed up to Canada to film her so-far one-episode arc and she said putting on the regal gown and headdress was a magnificent experience.

”[I’ve gotten] a lot of help from costuming in the last couple years,” she giggled. “There’s no way to not feel slightly evil putting on this purple robe and holding a staff, with an orb.

“I just loved it,” Kristin said of her “Once Upon A Time” costume. “I started walking around the wardrobe room already like figuring out. It just gets in your body. It’s unbelievable how much help you get from getting dressed up and looking like somebody else.”

Beyond “Once Upon A Time,” the actress and activist (she’s currently working on a campaign to protect chimpanzees — click HERE for more information) is heading back to the set of “True Blood” shortly for Season 5, where fans will finally learn about Pam’s back story.

“The door is open and it would be really fun to come back [to ‘Once Upon A Time’]. So we’ll see because I’m kind of back in the Pam world and it’s going to be amazing,” she said. “I just read the first script.

“I can’t wait to find out more about Pam and I can’t wait to actually keep investigating this world and see how they weave this storytelling and these fairytales and these iconic characters together,” she added.

“Once Upon A Time” airs Sunday at 8/7 C on ABC.

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