In the words of Kurt Sutter:
I am very happy to report that in season 7 of SOA,
THERE WILL BE SOME MUTHAFUCKIN' VENUS!
Sutter announced the return of the character Venus Van Dam to [Sons of Anarchy](series:201186) on Twitter the other day. It is as yet unclear what part the transgender escort will be playing in the final season but she will certainly be there.
In an interview with EW last October, Walton Goggins, the actor who plays Venus, spoke about the character saying that:
She’s like a drug for me. And I think she’s like a drug for Kurt. Kurt and his writing staff did such a good job of creating this woman who is as strong as they come and now simultaneously as vulnerable as they come. I just… I miss her. I missed her the day that we wrapped, and I miss her now. I hope to be six inches taller than some of the members of the gang on Sons of Anarchy again, but we’ll see.
The offbeat character was actually a creation of Goggins himself - well, he at least planted the seed. Sutter didn't like the idea of Goggins guesting on Sons because he thought that Goggins was too recognizable from The Shield and so he might not be believable.
That is until Goggins expressed an interest in playing a transgender character, which got Sutters gears moving.
About a year later Sutter sent Goggins a text saying:
Were you serious...Are you going to play Venus Van Dam?
Asked Sutter to which Goggins replied:
Have you written it?
Sutter said he had, Goggins asked him to send on the pages and the rest is history:
I just fell in love with her immediately. It was really important to both of us that we really go there, we make her a three-dimensional person with feelings. Sassy, sweet, smart, and beautiful.
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