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True Blood is currently in its fifth season on HBO, and any awkwardness that might have existed between the show's main characters is now gone. And according to star Anna Paquin, that includes filming the show's erotic and very frequent sex scenes.
Paquin is at the center of many of of them. And while she used to have the benefit of only getting hot and heavy with her real-life husband and baby daddy Stephen Moyer (they're currently expecting twins), Paquin's onscreen relationship with Alexander Skarsgard heating up -- but the actress is unfazed by their increased between-the-sheets time.
"We feel completely comfortable together," Paquin, 29, tells Redbook of her love scenes with 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."
Even though everyone's respectful on set, True Blood's increasingly wild sex scenes (anyone else remember season 4's threesome?) demand that its stars be fairly uninhibited -- something Paquin admits to faking during her audition for the role of free-wheeling Sookie.
"Fake it to make it," she says. "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."
These days, Paquin has more important things to worry about than stripping for the camera -- namely, preparing to give birth to twins. While the babies aren't due until fall, the actress says her maternal instincts are already kicking in -- despite her desire to live up her last few weeks of freedom before motherhood arrives.
"I have a side that's very nesty," she says. "And another that thinks, 'Let's lock up the house and go away for five months.' "