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Alexander Skarsgard on 'True Blood' love scenes, competing with father Stellan

May 17, 2011 |  3:25 pm

Alexander Skarsgard

It's easy to see Alexander Skarsgard as the brooding and mysterious vampire Eric on "True Blood," but in a new interview he tries his hand at full disclosure, touching on his steamy love scenes with his costar's wife, and stirring up some family rivalries.

Skarsgard gets hot and heavy in the upcoming season of the HBO series with Anna Paquin -- who is married to costar Stephen Moyer.

"It's really clear to Steve and to everybody else what the deal is — which is that Anna is like a sister to me ... Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually," he tells GQ.

Acting runs in his Swedish blood -- his dad is thespian Stellan Skarsgard. He's aware of Hollywood's legacy system, but insists he's not trying to eclipse dear old dad.

"I don't think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn't around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion … Maybe it was a way to get his attention," he said.

"I mean, if anything, we're trying to take care of him. He's over the hill."

Stellan isn't taking that lying down, from Alexander or his four younger brothers.

"Of course I'm threatened," the patriarch said of his kids. "They're younger, they're better-looking, and they're all trying to kill me."


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Photo: Alexander Skarsgard. Credit: Carter Smith / GQ