True Blood Star: Being "Mixed Up" With Regina King Is "Funny"

Celebrity News Sep. 8, 2010 AT 6:44PM
True Blood Star: Being "Mixed Up" With Regina King Is "Funny" Credit: Michael Tran/FilmMagic; Michael Bezjian/WireImage.com

Though Regina King is still furious after being misidentified as actress Rutina Wesley at the Emmy Awards, the True Blood star isn't nearly as fired up over the error.

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"It's funny to me that we would be mixed up, as we look nothing alike," Wesley, 31, said on the Wendy Williams Show Wednesday. "It's a Hollywood thing, though, and people need to be very careful of that."

In a heated blog entry on the Huffington Post Friday, King vented her frustrations over the "uncomfortable situations regarding race" when she acknowledged that only 53 non-white actors (out of a possible 1,000) were nominated for Emmys in the top four acting categories.

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"I've worked in television nearly all of my professional life, and that statistic is quite sobering to me. And to add injury to my already sensitive nerve endings a picture of Rutina Wesley from True Blood, who attended this year's Emmys, had a caption that read: 'Regina King enters the 62nd Emmys,'" King, 39, wrote. "No, I wasn't there. Mistakes happen, right? Well after a few 'mistakes' of how people of color are portrayed in the Hollywood media, I decided it was important to say something about how things go down in Hollywood."

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King also said she was hurt when Sesame Street actress Alaina Reed Hall was not mentioned in this year's memoriam.

"I know I am taking it somewhat personally because of the history I shared with her, but then I stopped to think about the fact that she was on Sesame Street for 12 years, a show that is an American institution.

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"I am assuming other actors have lost someone close to them who weren't recognized during that segment of previous Emmy telecasts," King continued. "So I will take the stats about people of color out of my complaint and pose an essential question on behalf of any television artist of note working in our business. What is the process in determining who will and will not be recognized during the Emmy memoriam?

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