Anna Paquin graces REDBOOK’s August cover, on newsstands July 10th. In the interview, the soon-to-be mom opens up about motherhood, her steamy scenes with co-star Alexander Skarsgard on True Blood and how what it took to land the role of Sookie—a character so different from herself.
On embracing motherhood:
“I have a side that’s very nesty, and another that thinks, ‘Let’s lock up the house and go away for five months.’”
On how she landed the role of Sookie on True Blood:
“I’m a big believer in ‘fake it to make it’. I went out and bought some incredibly short shorts and a push-up bra that I knew were going to be a part of my new life. It’s not that I’m a prude, but I’m not a massive exhibitionist, either.”
On her image:
“I’m my harshest critic…but at a certain point, you need to embrace who you are and the whole package that comes along with it. For me, it was cutting myself some slack and not trying to be something that I think is perfect or ideal.”
On steamy scenes with Alexander Skarsgard on True Blood:
“We feel completely comfortable together. Steve and Alex are buddies. Its nothing like, ‘Oh, hi, nice to meet you. Now let’s take off our clothes and go into the fog.’ Everyone is very respectful of each other’s boundaries…They’re all very gentlemanly about it.”
For more photos of Anna, go to http://www.redbookmag.com/Anna and pick up the August issue of REDBOOK, on newsstands July 10th.
photo credit: Matt Jones for REDBOOK