Jurnee Smollett will join the cast of True Blood for season 6. Jurnee Smollett played the role of Jess Merriweather on “Friday Night Lights”.
The actress is joining True Blood’s upcoming sixth season as a series regular. Additionally,90210‘s Amelia Rose Blaire has landed a recurring stint on the HBO hit.
Smollett, who will next be seen in NBC’s midseason thriller Do No Harm, will play Nicole, a do-gooder who possesses the rosy outlook of someone that life hasn’t beaten down yet. She’s not concerned with money and more concerned with the doing what’s right.
Blaire, meanwhile, will portray Willa, the daughter of Louisiana Governor Truman Burrell (played by Arliss Howard). She has long clashed with her father over vampire rights.
The casting call info for the roles states:
[NICOLE JANNSEN] Bi-Racial (African American / Caucasian) Mid 20s. A true bleeding heart. She’s not at all concerned with money, she’s concerned with the common good and doing what’s right. Probably went to Bryn Mawr and drives an old Saab. Life hasn’t beaten her down yet. She and her band of well-meaning liberal advocates model themselves after the civil rights activist “Freedom Riders” of the Sixties. A do-gooder to the core, Nicole’s naive optimism is charming but ultimately vaguely idiotic and dangerous…SERIES REGULAR
[WILLA BURRELL] Female, Caucasian, 22, a pretty co-ed, she is Governor Burrell’s (Arliss Howard) daughter. While her position is against her fathers plans she is powerless to stop him from his agenda…RECURRING