American film and television actress Kristin Bauer, who has been in the business since her early 20′s, is most known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in HBO’s True Blood and Maleficent from ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered around nature and animals. In junior high she got interested in the arts, specifically drawing and painting, and after graduating high school Kristin completed three years of art school before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.
Two years later she was hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy The Crew, which lasted for one season.
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 a few other series regular characters including the Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama Total Security, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama That’s Life, and the softball mom on the NBC comedy Hidden Hills. 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 musician, South African husband, Abri van Straten, two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. She splits her time between shooting, painting and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation, Oceana, PCRM and other charities. 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.”