Oscar winner Anna Paquin is making her first foray into series television as the female lead in True Blood, an HBO pilot from Six Feet Under creator Alan Ball and based on Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire book series about vampires inhabiting a small Louisiana town. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paquin will play Sookie Stackhouse, a waitress who can read people's minds and falls hard for a bloodsucker. (Additional casting information within Comments.)