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True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis: It Gets Better

True Blood’s Nelsan Ellis: It Gets Better


True Blood actor Nelson Ellis has contributed a video to the It Gets Better project.

Ellis, who plays gender non-conforming Lafayette Reynolds on HBO’s hit supernatural drama, says in the video “I was the odd kid in my family. Later in life I learned to embrace who I was and all of my differences, because I realized they make me beautiful.”

This is one in a series of PSAs recorded by the True Blood cast, with videos from Alexander SkarsgardKristin Bauer, and Anna Paquin among several others.

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2:31AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

this is awesome.

5:59PM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

I am grateful to all the people making the "It gets better" videos- I like Nelson's character on "True Blood", and I was glad he kept all of his "differences" from childhood and didn't try to hide who he was. If we all supported each other instead of breaking each other down, we could all enjoy each other's differences...

4:38AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

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6:28PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Thanks Nelson Ellis for your video. It inspires others that are happy to be different then others and also makes one open up their eyes & appreciate each & everyone of us.

4:54PM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Love all the "It gets better" people!

11:41AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

I do not know if this man is gay or straight, but, this is one one the few "it get's better" messages that I have heard. It certsainly beats John Kerry....

11:09AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Thanks Nelson for what you said and how you said it. You are so cool! I was the odd one at home and at school too. I was the nonconformist and the one who questioned authority. In the yearbook, I was called goofy. But like you, those were things I liked about myself. So, thanks again for you message, I'm sure it meant a lot to young people out their fighting to be who they are and to older people (like me) who are still holding on to their differences.

9:39AM PDT on Aug 6, 2011

Again, I can only express appreciation to every person, celebrity or not, who takes part in getting this message out in any way.

10:01PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Thank you for the video!

8:56PM PDT on Aug 5, 2011

Short and to the point.

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