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A to Zim: 'Once Upon a Time' Star Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

The actress will revive her role as Maleficent during the fairy tale drama's second half of Season 4.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
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K
ristin Bauer van Straten is used to playing bad-ass women. Last year, the True Blood alum said goodbye to Pam, Eric's (Alexander Skarsgard) foul-mouthed vampire assistant, after seven seasons on the hit HBO show. She's also a fan-favorite on ABC's fairy tale series Once Upon a Time. With the second half of Season 4 premiering this Sunday (8/7c on ABC), the actress will revive her big bad role as the cold-blooded Maleficent. In anticipation of her return, the actress answered 26 of our burning questions. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Animal you wouldn't mind being for a day:
Lana Parrilla's [from Once Upon a Time] dog. That dog hikes the forests of Canada, plays in waterfalls with her best friends, gets rubbed on by everyone, and is so, so pretty.  

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Behind-the-scenes True Blood story you've never told before: 
The day Alex [Skarsgard] and I went streaking through Malibu on a dare covered in silly string at 3:17 a.m., because... we never did that. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Celebrity you'd like to be stuck on a deserted island with: 
"Stuck" for how long? A day? A week? Forever? For a day, I'll go with President Obama. For a week, Robert Downey Jr. For a year, Jane Goodall. Forever? I'll take Wilson. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Dogs or cats? 
I have two of each, but none of them read interviews so I won't hurt their feelings. I'd be a dog because they are Zen masters and get to go on hikes. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Embarrassing story you're finally ready to reveal to the world:
Little known fact: I'm one of the only people in history who has never done anything embarrassing. Ever. It's a rare, rare recessive gene.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Famous TV or movie vampire you are totally in love with and why: 
Um… I'm not “in" love… I mean, I care very deeply about Tom Cruise's Lestat and I have a long relationship with Bram Stoker's Dracula (Gary Oldman), but I wouldn't say, at this stage, that I'm comfortable going public with “in.” 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Gift that never gets old: 
The greatest gift I have ever been given is kindness, and it never ever gets old. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Hilarious Once Upon a Time moment fans won't see on screen: 
The first time I had to figure out what a human body should look like when it transforms into a dragon. Lana [Parrilla] and I had a great laugh. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Instagrammer you will follow until the end of time:  
@natgeo.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Job you'd probably have if you weren't an actress: 
Animal rights activist… Oh wait, I do that anyway. I'd be a painter for a living.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Key lessons you've learned from being a Hollywood actor: 
To accept that you are exactly where you need to be always — and to be very, very nice to the lighting guy.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Last TV show you binge-watched: 
Downton Abbey

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Maleficent from Once Upon a Time or Pam from True Blood. Which bad-ass character do you prefer to play and why? 
Pam and I are cellularly linked. I have co-mingled my DNA with Pam. I am sure if I were Maleficent for 7 years that would happen, too.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
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Nineties fashion trend you wish would come back: 
High-waisted pants.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Outfit your characters have worn that you wish you had in your closet:  
My Maleficent Storybrooke look. That may end up in my closet.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Pam quote you had the most fun saying: 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Question(s) you would ask a historical figure: 
"Why in God's name? Why?!" I’d ask this to most of the presidents we’ve had on the few topics I really care about. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Rainy day activity you enjoy: 
Writing. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Song that will always pump you up for the day ahead: 
Anything Robert Carlyle cranks from his trailer, which he does every day. His taste in music is premiere. Steve Winwood's "While You See a Chance” was yesterday. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

#TBT: Send us one and tell us the story behind it: 
Throw Back Thursday or Truth Be Told? It's all so confusing these days! Truth Be Told: How I met my husband is I saw this video, tracked him down in Africa, and asked him out to coffee.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Up-and-coming band you hope blows up soon: 
My husband, Abri van Straten. He's a musical genius. 

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Vine video that never fails to crack you up: 
I don't know of a single funny Vine video. I'll have to Google that! I'm clearly missing out.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

World mystery you want to see solved: 
Greed. I don't get it. Can't take it with you, folks, but harming lots of others? — that you’ll get to carry with you forever, and that's a super duper long time.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

Since we will not ask you for your favorite X-word, we will simply ask for your shameless plug here: 
My favorite X-word was used a lot on Deadwood, by the way. My shameless plug will always be the song my husband wrote for me, after I stalked him, imported him, and married him.

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YouTube video you're currently showing all of your friends: 
The rescue of an orphaned baby elephant by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Kenya. The work they do and the need for it are why I talk about it as much as I can.

A to Zim: Kristin Bauer Van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions

If you didn't know Zimbio was an entertainment site, what would you think "a Zimbio" was?
A glow-in-the-dark frisbee that makes you coffee. 

A to Zim: 'Once Upon a Time' Star Kristin Bauer van Straten Answers Our 26 Burning Questions
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