"We had read the books," she says of the series' graphic content.
She waved hello, then disappeared into the dressing room. How can that be, we wondered, when that's exactly what her character, Sookie Stackhouse, wears in every scene of the show? But the moment there was a break, she curled up on the side of the set. Right after our shoot, Anna and her costar and husband of two years, Stephen Moyer, made their news official. Just add it to the list of ways she bucks the Hollywood norm: There's that trademark gap in her teeth. ("I'm the color of that napkin," she says, explaining why she and Stephen never go to the beach.) Her dark roots betray the fact that she's no California girl.
There was a moment of dead quiet, until we got clued in that--yay! There were smiles all around, then we reached for some roomier sundresses that fit over Anna's slight baby bump. But when we catch up with the actress a week later at a Venice Beach, CA, café near her home, she's allergic to baby talk. "I think at this point in the season, everybody is ready to take a really long nap," she says, referring to the show's grueling 12-hour schedule. "For the first month or so, I'd wake up and see blonde hair on my shoulder," she says of her decision to dye her hair for the show, "and it kind of freaked me out." Indeed, no one seems more surprised at her current bombshell status than Anna herself.
"They do chemistry reads between actors to make sure they're going to play out well opposite each other." The two started dating publicly in 2009 and wed in 2010.
To Ball, the sparks between the two were "completely obvious." But her costars were more surprised.
"We feel completely comfortable together," she says matter-of-factly. They're all very gentlemanly about it." We're not sure we'd call the sex on the show --in one scene, Moyer's character, Bill, has his way with his "maker," Lorena, while twisting her head 180 degrees.
But it's clear that Anna considers it just another day at work.
It's not that I'm a prude, but I'm not a massive exhibitionist, either."You wouldn't know it now.
Shooting sex scenes with her husband may come naturally, but what about when Anna has to cavort with costar Alexander Skarsgard, who plays her other vampire lover, Eric? Now let's take off our clothes and go into the fog.' Everyone is very respectful of each other's boundaries...
"Honestly, I usually get cast in interesting roles where being aesthetically pleasing is a bonus--not as the bombshell girlfriend who doesn't get to do much," she says with disarming candor.
SOOKIE'S EXTROVERT SIDE CHALLENGED ANNA, so she replaced her smirk with a smile and hit the streets as initiation.
She burst onto our collective radar at age 11, winning an Oscar for .