AccessHollywood.com: You were at the premiere of ‘Magic Mike.’
Kristin Bauer van Straten: (Giggles) I did. I took the girlfriends.
Access: It’s not just a movie about men stripping, but what did you think of that part — especially of your buddy Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux on ‘True Blood’)?
Kristin: Joe leaves a big impression and I think I had the same expression on my face that the women in the film did in the club. It’s super fun. It’s a very sweet love story actually, a coming of age story for Channing Tatum, but there is also eye candy. It’s a lot like ‘True Blood’ – it’s got a great story, but then you get to see some fun stuff.
Access: Were you blushing in the theater?
Kristin: Joe was sitting behind me and I kept turning around and giving him looks, but I was pretty glad that I wasn’t in the actual club… I might have just like covered my eyes and turned purple.
Access: This season on ‘True Blood’ it was revealed that Pam had gotten together with Eric (in her backstory). When you saw that in the script – and you’re friends with Alexander Skarsgard – what went through your head?
Kristin: I have such comfort with Alex and such trust that I just kept trying to picture what I wanted the scene to look like, because we’ve waited so long for this… We’ve known Pam for the last five years, and she’s 100-and-some-years-old. We know that she’s pretty unapologetic, she’s pretty blunt, she’s pretty harsh, she really only has affection for one person and then [as an actress, I] work my way backwards and go, ‘Wait a minute, what would be the genesis of that? How do I find the vulnerability? I have to show the vulnerability because we have to understand why she leapt into this other life and chose it.’
Access: You actually got to kiss Alex for the first time. He talks about those kinds of things as part of the job, but when you actually have to kiss a friend – after all this time – it seems like it would be a little weird.
Kristin: Yeah, I know. [But] for some reason, it didn’t feel weird… But Stephen [Moyer, who plays Bill Compton] and Mariana Klaveno [who plays Lorena]… they were standing right outside the doorway to that room in the brothel… So we kiss and [Alex] sort of scoops me and twirls me out of the scene — one of my legs is incredibly tangled up inside the skirts… I’m battling with this fabric and six inches from Stephen and Mariana who are staring at us like they’re watching their parents make out.
Access: Oh no!
Kristin: I look at them and go, ‘What?’ and they go, ‘It’s like watching our parents kiss.’ I’m like, ‘What do you mean by that!’ So there’s always this difference between the experience of filming it and then what it looks like, and I felt like when I watched it that it was good. It was perfect.
Access: Why do you think Pam needed to escape the life she was in by slitting her wrists in the hopes that Eric would turn her into a vampire?
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