'True Blood' newbie: 'Everybody wanted to know if I've met Alexander Skarsgard'

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When Amelia Rose Blaire got cast as Willa Burrell, the daughter of the Louisiana governor, on HBO’s True Blood, her friends had one question: “Everybody wants to know if I’ve met Alexander Skarsgard. ‘Is he dreamy in person?'” she told EW before the show’s sixth season premiere. Not that she can fault their enthusiasm. “I’ve been a huge fan of the show from the beginning, so when I came in for my first table read, I just had the stupidest smile on my face. I was one of the first people to get there, and I was just sitting in the room, and then all of the sudden, in walks Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer. I was so giddy as I watched all of my favorite actors and characters coming in and sitting at the same table as me.”

All Blaire knew when she auditioned for the part was that the governor’s daughter didn’t necessarily agree with her father’s extreme anti-vampire stance, which Willa made quite clear in last night’s episode when she tried to drink Eric’s blood. (He stopped her and instead licked his blood off of her finger. How many texts do you think she received from friends after that scene? Watch it again below.) While the actress had already mastered the art of not revealing spoilers when we spoke to her, she did say this of her character: “I feel like she has a lot of love. And I hope that’s what comes across — love for everyone around her.” And we’re guessing we haven’t seen the last of her juicy scenes: “This role, I have found, is all about going to the place that scares me and pushing myself to step up. Which is really cool,” she said. “I feel like a lot of the time as actors, it’s hard to find a role that challenges you to do something that you’re not sure if you can do, or if you can make it happen, or if you can go there. This show has continuously challenged me to keep stepping it up.”

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