updated 08/24/2009 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/24/2009 AT 4:00 PM ET
The nudity in HBO’s True Blood might seem risqué to American audiences, but Anna Paquin, who was born in Canada and grew up in New Zealand, doesn’t really see what the fuss is about.
“I don’t think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting,” the 27-year-old True Blood star tells, Nylon for its September issue. “It’s not the culture I was raised in. I was not brought up in the United States. I don’t share the [attitude] that you can have graphic violence, but – God forbid – you see someone’s nipples.”
“You’re not having to sort of get over the ‘Wow, I’m naked with someone that I don’t even know the middle name of!’ ” she told AOL Television recently.
Paquin also tells Nylon that it’s been interesting to see how people approach her now that she’s gone blonde for the role.
“I don’t look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will,” she says. “People are incredibly literal in how they view you. You have dark hair and pale skin? You must be brooding. The second you dye your hair blonde and get a spray tan, people treat you as if you’re a bit stupider and happier. Suddenly, it’s like you’re hot and sexy.”