Tuesday, September 1, 2009

True Blood star likes nudity

Ryan Kwanten says he is okay with appearing mostly naked in the first run of the show. -- PHOTO: UIP

LOS ANGELES - THE Australian star of popular US series True Blood, says he is okay with appearing mostly naked in the first run of the show.

Ryan Kwanten plays southern US labourer and ladies' man Jason Stackhouse in the hit TV show and spent much of the first series without clothes on.

"I feel like it's something Jason my character would actually do," the 32-year-old former Home and Away actor said. "I never feel like I'm putting myself out on a wire because the writing is always so good as well. And most of the time the actresses are more nervous than me anyway."

The already fit actor says he has tried to stay especially buff for the show.

"I usually just try and cater the body to the role, obviously Jason is someone who looks after himself. He's very vain," Kwanten said. "He's aware of his looks, so it's important that I stay on top of it but I also just enjoy fitness in general."

Set in the fictional southern US town of Bon Temps, it's a world away from Kwanten's part as lifeguard Vinnie Patterson on the Australian soapie Home and Away from 1997 until 2002.

In True Blood he stars as the laid-back brother of the main character, telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, played by Oscar winner Anna Paquin, who falls in love with vampire Bill Compton, played by Stephen Moyer. The second series is currently showing on HBO in Singapore.

Kwanten says many people in the US are surprised to find out he is Australian.

"It's a nice complement to get even American people or people in the South coming up and saying where in the South am I from, and then when I actually talk they think I'm putting this accent on," Kwanten said.

Created and produced by Oscar winner Alan Ball and based on the books The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris, the series has smashed ratings records since premiering in the US in 2008. The third series of True Blood will begin shooting in November in the US. -- AAP

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