Viola Lynn Collins, born June 1, 1979 in Houston, Texas, and better known simply as Lynn Collins, is an American actress who plays the role of Dawn Green on the HBO original series True Blood. Making her debut in the series' premiere episode, "Strange Love", in the series' first season, Lynn plays the role of a waitress working at Merlotte's Bar and Grill. She had a sexual history with Jason Stackhouse, and was the second victim of the Bon Temps killer, following Maudette Pickens. Playing a recurring role through the same season, Lynn met an untimely demise in the Season 1 episode "Mine", and was seen once more, in a flashback on the episode "You'll Be the Death of Me", at the end of the series' first season.
Lynn graduated from Klein High School in 1994. She dated British actor Charlie Cox and Keanu Reeves before she married 10,000 BC actor Steven Strait in 2008.
Lynn has had some experience on both stage and screen in Shakespearean roles. In 2004, she played the role of Portia in the critically well-received film The Merchant of Venice (2004), based on Shakespeare’s play. She starred opposite Al Pacino (as Shylock), Joseph Fiennes as Bassanio, and Jeremy Irons as Antonio. Despite brandishing a cut glass English accent in the film (”I guess I was just always a good mimic, and there were plenty of Brits on the set to help me”), Collins was born in Texas, but moved to Singapore at the age of four.
Upon her return to the United States there was only one career path for her, and after studying at the prestigious Julliard drama school in New York, she was soon cast as Ophelia opposite Liev Schreiber in Hamlet, followed by a turn as Juliet. It was during these roles that she was spotted by The Merchant’s director Michael Radford, but it wasn’t all plain sailing to get the role. “Michael really fought for me”, she says, “and so did Al. The financiers wanted someone else, a bigger name, but the two of them persuaded them to let me do it.”
Lynn recently appeared in the acclaimed TV series True Blood (2008) and will next be seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) as the female lead, Silver Fox. Lynn currently divides her time between New York and London.
She will star as Dejah Thoris in the film John Carter.
- Never Get Outta the Boat (2002)
- Down with Love (2003)
- 50 First Dates (2004)
- 13 Going on 30 (2004)
- The Merchant of Venice (2004)
- Return to Rajapur (2006)
- The Lake House (2006)
- The Dog Problem (2006)
- The Number 23 (2007)
- Bug (2007)
- Numb (2007)
- Towelhead (2007)
- Life in Flight (2008)
- Uncertainty (2008)
- Eavesdrop (2008)
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
- 10 Years (2011)
- Angels Crest (2011)
- John Carter (2012)
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV) (1 episode, 1999)
- Earth Angels (2001) (TV)
- The Education of Max Bickford (TV) (1 episode, 2001)
- One for the Money (2002) (TV)
- Push, Nevada (TV) (1 episode, 2002)
- Haunted (TV) (5 episodes, 2002)
- Splitsville (2003) (TV)
- Supernatural (TV) (1 episode, 2008)
- True Blood (TV) (2008)
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|"Plaisir D'Amour"||"I Don't Wanna Know"||"To Love Is to Bury"||"You'll Be the Death of Me"|