You would think Anna Paquin would be confident in just about anything, especially in acting. After all, she was essentially born to be on the screen. She won an Academy Award at the age of 11 for her supporting role in The Piano. Since then, she’s been in a wide range of roles, including Rogue in X-Men and Jane in Jane Eyre.
It is, therefore, surprising that Paquin felt at ill at ease when initially auditioning for the role of Sookie Stackhouse on HBO’s True Blood. Granted, the series depends on sex and violence (in the campiest of ways), and it could be a little uncomfortable at first. Although Anna had never really had experience with the gratuitous sex scenes found in the series, she found a way to secure the role.
Anna has a motto when it comes to acting: “Fake it to make it.” Even if she wasn’t confident with taking on a sex symbol status, she faked it enough to make it look like a breeze in her audition. “I went out and bought some incredibly short shorts and a push-up bra. It’s not that I’m a prude, but I’m not a massive exhibitionist, either.”
Since then, Paquin has become more comfortable with all the sex scenes on True Blood. She had plenty of practice with her now-husband Stephen Moyer in the first three seasons. By the time the fourth season came around, she felt “comfortable” in her takes with co-star Alexander Skarsgard, even with her hubby standing on the sidelines. Talk about a transformation!
“We feel completely comfortable together,” Anna Paquin said of Skarsgard. “Steve and Alex are buddies. It’s nothing like, ‘Oh, hi, nice to meet you. Now take off your clothes and go into the fog.’ Everyone is respectful of each other’s boundaries … They’re all very gentlemanly about it.” It sounds a little strange to regular folks, but it’s just a part of acting.
Anna isn’t the only one who described filming steamy scenes with Alexander Skarsgard as “comfortable.” Recently, new addition Lucy Griffiths (Nora) said, “I felt very comfortable in his presence on set, which makes it easier to do scenes like that and to feel confident that that person is going to respond to you and receive you, and not think that you’re doing something strange.” It seems that there’s something about Alex that just puts a woman at ease, even for Anna “faking it” with her husband watching.