'True Blood' casts Lauren Bowles as Holly

Will recur in five episodes of HBO vampire series

Lauren Bowles has landed a key new role on HBO's "True Blood."

Bowles will recur in five episodes of the vampire drama's upcoming third season, with an option to continue as a regular on Season 4.

She will play Holly Cleary, a thirtysomething mother of two who applies for a job at Merlotte's and creeps out Arlene (Carrie Preston) with her oddly prescient observations.

Holly Cleary is a major character in the Southern Vampire Mysteries books "True Blood" is based on, in which Holly is a practicing Wiccan.

Bowles, whose recent TV gigs include guest spots on ABC's "Private Practice" and CBS' "Cold Case," is repped by Main Title and Progressive Artists.