Kristin Bauer van Straten, Actress and IFAW Ambassador

Kristin Bauer van Straten

Actress and IFAW Ambassador

American film and television actress and IFAW Ambassador Kristin Bauer van Straten is best known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps' Fangtasia bar, in True Blood. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered around nature and animals. After high school Kristin completed three years of art school before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.

In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guest roles as "Man Hands" Gillian, Jerry's girlfriend, on Seinfeld. Throughout the years, she has played series regular characters and appeared on dozens of drama and comedy series. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) on HBO's original drama True Blood.

Today she lives in Los Angeles with her South African musician husband, Abri van Straten, two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. She splits her time between filming, painting and trying to bring awareness to animal welfare and environmental issues.

Kristin has been an IFAW ambassador since early 2009, dedicating her time and energy to its whale conservation and elephant programs. 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 artist I have ever seen.”