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'True Blood' star Alexander Skarsgard loses 1,000 years of emotional baggage

June 22, 2011 |  1:35 pm


"At 7 in the morning, I'm hanging from the ceiling in a Nazi uniform with fangs in [my mouth]," said Alexander Skarsgard, describing a typical day at the office in his role as sexy vampire Eric Northman in "True Blood." "I look over and I see [co-star Allan Hyde] there in his Nazi uniform hanging like a puppet. We're about to descend down to kill this wolf, you know? And that was the moment where we just looked at each other like, 'This is what we're doing for a living?'"

This season, Skarsgard's character is embroiled in a story line involving a loss of memory, revealing an appealing vulnerability. "It's a completely different side of Eric," Skarsgard promised. "He doesn't know who he is, so all that baggage is gone -- 1,000 years of resentment and bitterness, the whole loathing humanity kind of stuff is gone. But there has to be an element of danger there still. I didn't want him to become too much of a little puppy. ..."

For more on Skarsgard -- and the relationship between him and rival vamp (and Sookie-lover) Stephen Moyer -- read the L.A. Times Calendar feature.


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Photo: Alexander Skarsgard. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha /Los Angeles Times