"True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard looks boyishly handsome Dec. 8 at InStyle magazine’s special Golden Globes party in L.A.
Skarsgård, 33, is set to begin filming the highly anticipated third season of True Blood later this month.
When asked to describe his on-screen alter ego Eric Northman, Alexander says the bad-boy vampire is like a majestic lion.
"Someone as powerful and experienced as [Eric] doesn't need to show what he is," Skarsgård tells French magazine Générique. "He only has to whisper, and people listen and obey."
Alexander adds: "I was inspired by a tv documentary on lions that I saw. The way the male moves--confident, graceful, calm and quietly menacing. Make a wrong move and you're dead. In his heart, Eric is a lion, an animal."
Of course, Skarsgård's striking 6'4" physical persona adds to his character's mystique and sex appeal. But Alexander says Eric has a soft, sentimental side as well.
"[Eric] has a sensitive side, is passionate, and can be a valuable friend," explains Alexander. "He does not like many people, but those he loves, he is very dedicated to."
Skarsgård, who has been voted the Sexiest Man in Sweden for the past five years, is the son of Swedish star Stellan Skarsgård, 58 (Angels & Demons, Ronin, Good Will Hunting).
The Stockholm-born Alexander became an international sex symbol after being cast as the brooding Eric in True Blood in 2008.
The first season of the hit series received widespread critical acclaim and won several awards, including a Golden Globe and an Emmy.
The naturally lanky Alexander, who has complained of being "too skinny," stays fit by lifting weights and running. Skarsgard recently revealed that there will be a lot of nudity and sex in the upcoming season of his hit HBO series.
“I’m extremely excited to get naked!" he said. We're sure his fans share his enthusiasm. The third season of True Blood begins shooting in L.A. later this month