Alexander Skarsgard on that bloody Rolling Stone cover
October 4th, 2010
07:49 AM ET

Alexander Skarsgard on that bloody Rolling Stone cover

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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  1. antique furniture restoration

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    June 19, 2011 at 4:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rennie

    How about including the name of the photographer? After all, the concept was his idea.

    October 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • web

      That's what I want to know. Who is the photographer? In this case, it's a bit like not giving the songwriter credit for a big hit. Great photo, great idea.

      October 22, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. CHASE =O)


    October 7, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ororoson

    Um when is this cover going to be a poster?

    October 5, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nakia

    Vampires epitomize blood! What do you expect? Awesome cover. :-#

    October 5, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. me

    I thought the cover was beautiful! I appreciate the fact that in such a seemlingly monotone society people aren't shying away from thinking outside the box! I give props to the 3 actors for not being afraid to disrobe in the name of pushing an envelope!

    October 5, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. freakbody

    Is the answer "Jesus"?

    October 5, 2010 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kim

    People don't buy the rolling stone for it's conservative approach on life. Good for them for being confident enough not to care.

    October 5, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
  9. julielynn

    I thought it was hot...

    October 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ME

    This is news? Moving on....

    October 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. evos

    Man! I don't how those guys stayed in control with Anna standing there so beautiful. That's what I call professionalism!

    October 4, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Aperson

    I thought it was tasteless. But it is a free country and so....

    October 4, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. fe

    #the cover surprised me and best of all its inspired me to write you ste,shar,jo-jo tha.ks so much

    October 4, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. nifkin

    It's hard to believe this is the same guy who played Meekus in Zoolander 10 years ago...

    October 4, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • carmen

      oh my god, i know!!! when my boyfriend pointed that out to me a few months back, while I was enjoying the gas station song sequence I almost passed out!! 🙂

      October 4, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LoopsFroot

      OMG! Now I remember him LOL

      October 6, 2010 at 7:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. patti

    This is a free expressionist country but I did not buy it.

    October 4, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Michelle

    I never buy or read Rolling Stone, but I bought that issue just because of the cover. Alexander is HOT!

    October 4, 2010 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  17. TRaci E.

    I love trueblood and the cover fits the show. Cant wait for the eric/sookie/bill triangle.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  18. ana gonzalez

    I saw those pictures at the rolling stones mag and I am a fan of anna paquin so I thought she look great all bloody.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  19. mr.ouija

    I look at it this way. The cover offends those who want to be offended. I thought it was AWESOME!! And I've never seen an episode of True Blood. Only Rolling Stone could pull that off.

    October 4, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  20. rose

    I thought the cover was amazing....i just recently became a true blood fan and after seeing this cover, i really cant picture any other cover! it totally fit! and it did what it was supposed to, grabbed my attention and flip it open to read! great work guys!!

    October 4, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. Sadiehyde

    It's so refreshing to read a comment that doesn't try to turn ANY subject into a religious/political soapbox. I agree with you one hundred percent, only I wish they'd also had Sam Trammel on the cover. The photographer is represented by my honey's company and I was lucky enough to view the other shots- they're all fantastic. You take 3 fantastically good looking actors, add in perfect lighting, and you get a gorgeous shot. I could also do with a twee little Paquin body! I think she and Stephen Moyer make a gorgeous couple. Great photo.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
  22. Anita

    That's a nice article. Alex was handsome and Stephen was absolutely hot on that cover. I wish my waist was as small as Anna's. Stephen Moyer is, without a doubt, the hottest man on tv.

    October 4, 2010 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • klingon

      Definitely the hottest man on TV. Stephen Moyer smokes it. Team BILL!!

      October 5, 2010 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |

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