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'True Blood' Books 'Southland''s Kevin Alejandro

by Laura Prudom, posted Jan 4th 2010 11:15AM
Hunky 'Southland' star Kevin Alejandro will be trading the mean streets of L.A. for the backwater town of Bon Temps when he joins the cast of 'True Blood' for its upcoming third season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Alejandro is best known for his recurring roles on 'Shark,' 'Drive,' 'Weeds' and 'Ugly Betty,' in which he played Hilda's ill-fated flame, Santos. According to THR, the actor is expected to appear in almost every episode of the vampire drama's next season, where he'll play Jesus Velasquez, a Latino orderly who works at a care facility where Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) is staying and subsequently becomes romantically involved with her son, Lafayette (scene-stealer Nelsan Ellis).Hunky 'Southland' star Kevin Alejandro will be trading the mean streets of L.A. for the backwater town of Bon Temps when he joins the cast of 'True Blood' for its upcoming third season, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Alejandro is best known for his recurring roles on 'Shark,' 'Drive,' 'Weeds' and 'Ugly Betty,' in which he played Hilda's ill-fated flame, Santos. According to THR, the actor is expected to appear in almost every episode of the vampire drama's next season, where he'll play Jesus Velasquez, a Latino orderly who works at a care facility where Ruby Jean Reynolds (Alfre Woodard) is staying and subsequently becomes romantically involved with her son, Lafayette (scene-stealer Nelsan Ellis).

The role shouldn't affect Alejandro's position as a regular on 'Southland,' which recently made the jump to TNT after NBC canceled the gritty cop drama. The cable network plans to air 'Southland''s existing 13 episodes from Jan. 12 before deciding whether to commit to a second season renewal. This should ensure that Alejandro has completed his stint on 'True Blood' before TNT restarts production on 'Southland,' should they wish to pick it back up.

In addition to Alejandro, 'True Blood' is welcoming a substantial transfusion of cast-members for its third season, including Lindsay Pulsipher, Natasha Alam, Marshall Allman, Denis O'Hare, Theo Alexander, Grant Bowler and Joe Manganiello, for a storyline that introduces werewolves into Sookie Stackhouse's bloodthirsty world.

For more on 'True Blood' season 3, check out our casting and spoilers post.

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