updated 04/01/2010 AT 11:55 AM ET
•originally published 04/01/2010 AT 10:30 AM ET
No one saw this coming! Anna Paquin, who plays a telepathic vampire lover on HBO’s True Blood, has come out as bisexual.
“I’m Anna Paquin. I’m bisexual and I give a damn,” Paquin, 27, says on-camera during a private taping on Jan. 30 in Los Angeles. Sources said they were unaware beforehand that Paquin would make the announcement.
Others who were present at the taping included comedian Margaret Cho and singers Mya and Jason Mraz.
Paquin’s PSA comes on behalf of the True Colors Fund, an organization dedicated to earning equal rights for people who are gay, straight, bisexual or transgendered. The organization’s “Give a Damn” campaign launches Thursday, with Paquin’s spot as the first of several to be unveiled on-line in coming months.
Get a sneak peek of this week’s issue – Sandra Bullock’s divorce dilemma, Jolie-Pitt twin photos and more – which is on newsstands Friday