The True Blood Character You Likely Forgot The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch Played


In 2010 — aka a year into her run on “The Big Bang Theory” — Melissa Rauch reappeared on Season 3 of “True Blood” for a six-episode arc. Rauch plays Summer, a young girl who briefly dates Hoyt Fortenberry (Jim Parrack), one of the most important human characters.

Summer and Hoyt are introduced by Hoyt’s mother to keep Hoyt away from his true love, vampire Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll). Their brief time together includes a notable episode in which Summer bakes cookies for Hoyt to confess her feelings for him (and her desire to be his girlfriend). In another scene where Summer meets Jessica, Jessica bares her fangs in jealousy of Hoyt’s new relationship. Of course, it doesn’t take long for Hoyt to break up with Summer as he still loves Jessica — as True Blood fans know, Hoyt and Jessica eventually get married.

Rauch spoke to the True Blood fan blog about what her experience was like working on the popular show. When asked what it was like working with Parrack and Woll, Rauch said, “I really adore these guys. It was such a great time working with them! They were so warm and welcoming to me as was the rest of the cast they are incredibly kind.” If you’re curious about Rauch’s role in True Blood and want to catch her episodes, you can stream True Blood on HBO Max.

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