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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Image taken from the PSA in the spirit of the It Gets Better project, no infringement intended.


jennifer curtis
jennifer curtis6 years ago

this is awesome.

Christine S.
Christine S6 years ago

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...

Berny P.
Berny p6 years ago

To PASS MEMBER..................


Laura K.
Laura Kornak6 years ago

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.

Joe R.
Joe R6 years ago

Love all the "It gets better" people!

Allan Yorkowitz
.6 years ago

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....

Margaret C.
Margaret C6 years ago

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.

Miranda Lyon
Miranda Lyon6 years ago

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

Winn Adams
Winn A6 years ago

Thank you for the video!

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal6 years ago

Short and to the point.