'True Blood' Starlet Anna Paquin Is 'To Die For' In Nylon Magazine: Cover Story

Jason Nocito

It's pretty good to be Anna Paquin right now. Her HBO series "True Blood" is garnering the network's highest ratings. She gets to makeout with not one, but two, hot-as-hell vampires. And did we forget to mention she's engaged to one of them (Stephen Moyer) in real life? Yes, Anna is another Hollywood veteran proving the child-to-adult actor transition is possible without racking up a rap sheet. The 27-year-old sat down with Nylon magazine (see her full cover image after the jump!) to talk nude scenes, going blonde and whether she prefers television to film.

One of the perks of sharing onscreen sex scenes with your fiance is that it's familiar territory, but as it turns out, Anna's not that nervous about getting it on regardless. "I don’t think a naked body is particularly shocking or interesting … It’s not the culture I was raised in," the New Zealand native said. "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."

Anna's, ahem, assets aren't the only thing about her appearance garnering attention. The natural brunette bleaches her hair to portray telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, and she said it's changed the way people perceive her. "I don’t look like a Barbie doll, and probably never will," she said. "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."

Though "True Blood" is Anna's most prominent adult role, she's got plenty of big screen cred dating back to primary school when she won an Oscar at the age of 10 for her performance in "The Piano." And smartly, Anna refuses to limit herself to one medium. "It never occurred to me that one form of acting was better than another, she said. "I think if you approach your career like that you’re limiting yourself to a very boring path. For me, it’s about the material."

What do you think of Anna's vamping poses for Nylon?