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True Blood‘s Kristin Bauer puts the vamp into vampire, rocking her character’s skintight latex dresses, but she says maintaining that banging bod doesn’t come easy.

Kristin, who plays sultry nightclub owner Pam, hit the gym to prepare for one episode in which she dons a stomach-baring latex dress.

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“During that first wardrobe fitting, I knew I would have my midriff showing,” Kristin, 36, tells PopEater. “I thought, ‘I need to get serious’ and started going to ab classes more regularly.”

So what’s her secret to staying slim? “The other day I realized as long as I’m in this business, I’m going to be hungry,” she says. “The camera really does add 10 pounds.”

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“I’m trying to stay under the weight I want to look like on TV. It’s a good incentive to stay slim and is probably adding years to my life.”

Meanwhile, she reveals that with the high levels of nudity, everyone on the True Blood set is on a permanent health and fitness regimen.

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Alexander Skarsgård runs to the gym in the middle of the day if we have a long break. And let me tell you, Joe [Manganiello] works out hard, but he said it was a big event that he was having carbs while on hiatus from filming.

“I’m vegetarian, so I live on carbs, but it’s always an effort. After any wardrobe fitting, I hit the gym three times more than the week before.”

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Kristin still finds the time to dedicate to her husband of a year Abri Van Straten. “I had this crazy, busy life before I even met Abri, became a series regular on True Blood and got more involved with environmental work.

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“When I added those three things, my life got extra hectic. My husband and I are still getting to know each other, so adding kids right now — especially with Pam and that wardrobe — wouldn’t work. I’d love to learn how to juggle it all. Maybe in a few years, we might move into that area.”

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