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Are Chris Bauer and Kristin Bauer van Straten Related? You Asked, We Answered!

Bon Temps is a small world, and apparently the True Blood set is, too.

Out of the 15 or so main cast members on the hit HBO series, one set of actors share the same last name — and it isn’t Anna Paquin and husband Stephen Moyer.

Chris Bauer (Andy) and Kristin Bauer van Straten (Pam) are rarely, if ever, in scenes together, and they also didn’t grow up together.

Kristin was actually born as Kristin Neubauer in a suburb of Wisconsin, later changing her last name to Bauer. In 2009, she wed South African musician Abri van Straten, again changing her name — but this time permanently — to Kristin Bauer van Straten, which she says makes her feel very royal!

Chris, however, was born and raised in Los Angeles and is not married. The one additional similarity they have is that they both changed their names at least once — Chris was born Mark Christopher Bauer, deciding to use his middle name professionally. Long story short? They’re not related in any capacity, but they are friends.

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08.20.2012 / 12:30 AM EDT by Alyse Whitney
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