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Whether it’s on TV or on the cover of a magazine, Alexander Skarsgård doesn’t have a problem with getting naked. Why? “Because I was born that way.”

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“‘Why do I ‘love being naked’? Because I was born that way?” Alexander joked to GQ UK about getting naked on True Blood. “I didn’t write the scripts but I don’t mind it if it makes sense. It’s about being comfortable and if it makes sense story-wise.”

“The only time it can get awkward is if you feel exploited, like, ‘Why am I standing here naked?’ and I’ve never felt that. There’s always a reason for it on the show and it’s always at great moments: fun, crazy scenes,” Alexander said. “So I really don’t mind at all.”

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And his philosophy works the same way when he’s posing for magazine covers.

“The Rolling Stone cover just happened on the day. We showed up and we shot very PG-13 with our clothes on for basically the whole day, like six or seven hours,” the actor explained. “Then towards the end the photographer said, “I have this, these shots are beautiful and the magazine is going to be happy with them but I’d like to try something if you guys are game.” He explained it and it was just one of those things in the moment where we all looked at each other, we’d spent all day with the photographer, we felt comfortable with him, we knew that he was great and the atmosphere was right and we were like, ‘F**k it, let’s do it.'”

“No one thought that the magazine would go for it. They want to sell at Walmart. We thought this was going to be too offensive,” Alexander added. “But I guess they did. [Laughs] I’m glad they did! I liked it a lot. It was definitely more interesting than the safe version…”

And the rest is history…for you to enjoy online!

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