Rutina Wesley is an American actress. She had her career beginnings in the late 2000s. She debuted in the 2007 film How She Move. Following this, she got her major breakthrough playing Tara Thornton on the HBO series True Blood. She played the said role from 2008 to 2014. While on the show, she also acted in the films California Winter, 13 Sins, and Last Weekend. After True Blood, she played recurring character Reba McClane on the NBC series Hannibal. As of 2016, she stars as Nova Bordelon on the television series Queen Sugar. She also appeared in the 2015 movie The Perfect Guy.