True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgard paid a visit to Live! with Regis and Kelly this morning, and Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa were appropriately giddy in the presence of the man who plays Gelman’s favorite character on TV. (Pause while you process that.) They hit the standard talking points — he grew up as a child actor in an acting family, he was in the Swedish military, he doesn’t have a problem with nudity. But it was interesting to hear him articulate why he quit acting at the age of 13: “I didn’t like the attention. I didn’t know who I was, so to hear people on TV or on the radio, in newspapers, magazines talking about me and who I was and what I like was kind of confusing.” Watch the clip below.
The mood lightened during the second segment of the interview, when they showed a photo of Skarsgard accepting an honorary doctorate degree from Leeds Metropolitan University in London. “I look like a character from Harry Potter,” he said. Skarsgard discussed his embarrassment about being called a doctor after a weekend of “hanging out,” while his mother and brother spent years earning actual medical degrees.
The conversation turned frisky around 6:45 when Regis finally asked him the question we live to hear Regis ask: “Do you find many women who want to bite you?” After a pause and a smile, Skarsgard admitted, “It’s happened.” Kelly asked the natural follow-up question: “What would happen if someone bit you?” Skarsgard deflected, saying it’s usually the other way around: Women want him to bite them. From there, he explained that on the show, vampire blood makes humans high, so if she bit him and he bit her back, “then it’d be pretty special.” (Kelly’s grin was like holding up a mirror: “I don’t even know what’s happening right now, but I like it.”)
Finally, we got to the nudity question. (That’s around 8:25, if you’re pressed for time.) Does he get nervous? Another dramatic pause. “I’m from Sweden,” he said. “We don’t wear clothes in Sweden.” Is it weird for him to be fully clothed now? “Let’s get naked! Let’s get naked!” he joked, after pretending to start stripping. Kelly said she’d hold his jacket. And Regis: “I’ll hold your pants!”