October 4th, 2010
07:49 AM ET
Most celebrity photo shoots take weeks of planning, but that controversial Rolling Stone cover featuring a nude and bloodied trio of "True Blood" stars? It "just happened on the day" - or so claims Alexander Skarsgård in a new interview with GQ UK.
"We showed up and we shot very PG-13 with our clothes on for basically the whole day, like six or seven hours," says Skarsgård, who posed alongside co-stars Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. "Then towards the end the photographer said, 'I have this, these shots are beautiful and the magazine is going to be happy with them, but I'd like to try something if you guys are game.'"
After the photographer explained his concept, Skarsgård says, "It was just one of those things in the moment where we all looked at each other, we'd spent all day with the photographer, we felt comfortable with him, we knew that he was great and the atmosphere was right, and we were like, '[Expletive] it, let's do it.'"
The actor admits that no one thought Rolling Stone would actually run the gutsy photo. "They want to sell at Walmart," he explains. "We thought this was going to be too offensive."
Ultimately, however, Skarsgård, 34, is glad that the shocking shot made the cover. "I liked it a lot," he says. "It was definitely more interesting than the safe version…"
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