By Tim Stack
Updated July 02, 2010 at 05:27 PM EDT
Alexander Skarsgard

Image Credit: BEN WATTS FOR EWTrue Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard made the cut on our Summer Must List thanks to his devilishly delicious performance as uber-sexy vampire sheriff Eric (it also helped that Skarsgard handles the nude scenes on Blood with, uh, aplomb). Skarsgard talked to EW about acting in the buff, his storyline this season, and his opinion (or lack thereof) on Twilight.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What’s going on with Eric this season?

ALEXANDER SKARSGARD: I think it’s about vengeance. You find out pretty early on in the season that something happened centuries ago that Eric’s been carrying inside and suddenly he gets an opportunity to avenge someone. That’s kind of his arc during the season. This comes off something he’s been carrying, something we didn’t know before.

We get to see flashbacks to your family right?

There are a couple of flashbacks. That was a lot of fun. They built this amazing Viking long house. It’s huge. It looked great, and we were there for two days and shot all in Swedish.

Why do you think the show’s popular?

It’s very entertaining. It’s sexy, funny, smart. I think what makes it popular is it’s not too lightweight. You believe in the characters even though some of them are thousands of years old. You can also draw parallels to our society, which makes it quite updated.

What do you think of Twilight?

I’ve never seen it. I’m not very well educated in that.

Are the sex scenes uncomfortable to shoot?

I’m not uncomfortable at all. I’ve been naked in movies before. To me it’s not a big deal. If it’s justified in the script, I don’t care.

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