Fans of “True Blood,” or really anyone who is a fan of seeing a 6-foot 4-inch beautiful Swedish man got a pleasant surprise when Alexander Skarsgard appeared naked in the hit HBO show. The vampire drama is no stranger to nudity, but a full frontal by one of the leading male characters doesn’t happen very often.
Rumors emerged that Skarsgard was going to go naked in Sunday's episode, but many were still shocked when he appeared without clothes in the “True Blood” finale. The Stockholm native has stated his openness with nudity many times in the past, which apparently derives from his father being comfortable in his own skin.
During an interview with late-night talk show host Conan O’Brien in June,, the actor dished on nudity and how he grew up. “I don’t think it’s about being proud of your body or not, it’s about being comfortable,” he said. “I think nudity is less stigmatized in Sweden than it is here.”
He amended his original statement, saying not everyone is walking around the streets of Stockholm without clothes on, but then added that his father, Stellan Skarsgard, who is also an actor, barely ever wore clothing while around the house.
“I was 14 the first time I saw my dad wearing pants,” the actor said. “He was always naked. Always naked.” Skarsgard added, “When he wasn’t at the theater he would be at home cooking or just chilling with no clothes on.”
In a different interview with Out magazine via Today.com, he explained that Americans are obsessed with his willingness to take his clothes off in front of the camera and added that U.S. citizens are more comfortable with violence than nudity.
"[Parents] in the States freak out if their kids see a nipple or a butt cheek, but at the same time they're OK with their kids watching people bash each other's heads in with baseball bats," he said.
"I notice in interviews in the U.S. all people want to talk about is nudity," Skarsgard added. "You have a half-hour interview, and you spend 25 minutes talking about the nude scenes, and of course, if it makes sense as a scene, I'll do it."
Check out his interview with Conan O’Brien below: