A to Zim: 'Once Upon a Time' Star Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
The actress will revive her role as Maleficent during the fairy tale drama's second half of Season 4.
ristin Bauer van Straten is used to playing bad-ass women. Last year, the True Blood alum said goodbye to Pam, Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) foul-mouthed vampire assistant, after seven seasons on the hit HBO show. She's also a fan-favorite on ABC's fairy tale series Once Upon a Time. With the second half of Season 4 premiering this Sunday (8/7c on ABC), the actress will revive her big bad role as the cold-blooded Maleficent. In anticipation of her return, the actress answered 26 of our burning questions.
Animal you wouldn't mind being for a day:
Lana Parrilla's [from Once Upon a Time] dog. That dog hikes the forests of Canada, plays in waterfalls with her best friends, gets rubbed on by everyone, and is so, so pretty.
Behind-the-scenes True Blood story you've never told before:
The day Alex [Skarsgard] and I went streaking through Malibu on a dare covered in silly string at 3:17 a.m., because... we never did that.
Celebrity you'd like to be stuck on a deserted island with:
"Stuck" for how long? A day? A week? Forever? For a day, I'll go with President Obama. For a week, Robert Downey Jr. For a year, Jane Goodall. Forever? I'll take Wilson.
Dogs or cats?
I have two of each, but none of them read interviews so I won't hurt their feelings. I'd be a dog because they are Zen masters and get to go on hikes.
Embarrassing story you're finally ready to reveal to the world:
Little known fact: I'm one of the only people in history who has never done anything embarrassing. Ever. It's a rare, rare recessive gene.
Famous TV or movie vampire you are totally in love with and why:
Um… I'm not “in" love… I mean, I care very deeply about Tom Cruise's Lestat and I have a long relationship with Bram Stoker's Dracula (Gary Oldman), but I wouldn't say, at this stage, that I'm comfortable going public with “in.”
Gift that never gets old:
The greatest gift I have ever been given is kindness, and it never ever gets old.
Hilarious Once Upon a Time moment fans won't see on screen:
The first time I had to figure out what a human body should look like when it transforms into a dragon. Lana [Parrilla] and I had a great laugh.
Instagrammer you will follow until the end of time:
Job you'd probably have if you weren't an actress:
Animal rights activist… Oh wait, I do that anyway. I'd be a painter for a living.
Key lessons you've learned from being a Hollywood actor:
To accept that you are exactly where you need to be always — and to be very, very nice to the lighting guy.
Last TV show you binge-watched:
Maleficent from Once Upon a Time or Pam from True Blood. Which bad-ass character do you prefer to play and why?
Pam and I are cellularly linked. I have co-mingled my DNA with Pam. I am sure if I were Maleficent for 7 years that would happen, too.
Nineties fashion trend you wish would come back:
Outfit your characters have worn that you wish you had in your closet:
My Maleficent Storybrooke look. That may end up in my closet.
Pam quote you had the most fun saying:
Question(s) you would ask a historical figure:
"Why in God's name? Why?!" I’d ask this to most of the presidents we’ve had on the few topics I really care about.
Rainy day activity you enjoy:
Song that will always pump you up for the day ahead:
Anything Robert Carlyle cranks from his trailer, which he does every day. His taste in music is premiere. Steve Winwood's "While You See a Chance” was yesterday.
#TBT: Send us one and tell us the story behind it:
Throw Back Thursday or Truth Be Told? It's all so confusing these days! Truth Be Told: How I met my husband is I saw this video, tracked him down in Africa, and asked him out to coffee.
Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon:
My husband, Abri van Straten. He's a musical genius.
Vine video that never fails to crack you up:
I don't know of a single funny Vine video. I'll have to Google that! I'm clearly missing out.
World mystery you want to see solved:
Greed. I don't get it. Can't take it with you, folks, but harming lots of others? — that you’ll get to carry with you forever, and that's a super duper long time.
Since we will not ask you for your favorite X-word, we will simply ask for your shameless plug here:
My favorite X-word was used a lot on Deadwood, by the way. My shameless plug will always be the song my husband wrote for me, after I stalked him, imported him, and married him.
YouTube video you're currently showing all of your friends:
The rescue of an orphaned baby elephant by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. The work they do and the need for it are why I talk about it as much as I can.
If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
A glow-in-the-dark frisbee that makes you coffee.