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'True Blood' Casts Its New Merlotte's Employee

April 7, 2010 (7:15 am) GMT
Lauren Bowles, half-sister of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, is joining the vampire series in the second half of the season as a strongly recurring character.
Lauren Bowles

In its late casting call, the execs behind "" were looking for an actress who could fill the role as a new waitress in Merlotte's. They have now found Lauren Bowles fit to tackle the character named Holly.

Bowles has enrolled in a lot of guest starring roles in series such as "" and "". In the latter, she co-starred with half-sister . She also had feature film appearances in "" and "".

Holly, as described in the casting call, is a thirtysomething (presumably single) mother of two. She applies for a job at Merlotte's and creeps Arlene out with her oddly prescient observations. In the books the series are based on, Holly is a major character who practices Wiccan and hooks up with Hoyt. This character will join mid season 3 and recur strongly throughout the season that she would probably be back in season 4 as a regular.

The new season of "True Blood" begins June 13. According to some spoilers that had floated around in the past few months, somebody will die and it's presumably [Spoiler Alert] Arlene.

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