What do you get when you take the daughter of Washington state barley farmers, dress her up fancy and send her to the Screen Actors Guild Awards with her Outstanding Drama Performance-nominated castmates? If the farm girl in question is Mariana Klaveno of 'True Blood,' you get a charming, hard-working actress who quit her job waiting tables only months ago - despite snagging the role of Lorena, one of the major players in the upcoming season of the hit HBO vampire drama.

"I was still working at a restaurant right up until season two of 'True Blood,'" the lovely Klaveno told PopEater in an exclusive interview. "I held onto the job for a long time, and it was what grounded me that I was a struggling, starving actress, and I didn't want to cut the security cord quite yet."