That tuxedoed Italian beauty is Valentina Cervi, who's joining True Blood in Season 5 as a series regular. According to TV Line, Cervi will play Salome, "an ancient vampire who is a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent." She is also a tiny bit mad. And although she is quite powerful, she is able to hide her abilities when she wants.
If Cervi looks familiar to you, you're probably a fan of foreign language cinema. Her best-known role is as Artemisia Gentileschi, one of the world's first female painters whose work remains well known today, in the controversial French film, Artemisia. (She learned to speak French for the part.)
Americans may recognize her from Jane Campion's Portrait of a Lady, in which she played Pansy Osmond. More recently, she guest