Does Eric have genuine feelings for Sookie? Or is he doing it to get at Bill?
"He's intrigued by her, for sure. When he meets her for the first time, he knows there's something different about her and that intrigues him. He doesn't care too much for humans in general - he thinks they're pathetic - but when he meets her, there's something about her. He can't put his finger on it, but he's curious for sure."
It's not just a case of forbidden fruit?
"No – he's curious and he's not gonna let Bill stop him because Bill's just this little kid!"
Could Eric crush him in a fight?
"Bill? Oh yeah! Without a doubt."
Sookie aside, is there anyone else in the show at the moment that Eric would be a good match for?
"I don't know, man. He's already got his Pam - even though that's not a sexual thing, he's got his partner. For sexual attraction, it's all about Sookie."
How far into the third season will we see them acting on the attraction?
"I don't know - we start filming next month and I haven't seen the script yet! I don't know what's gonna happen. But it's building up..."
Alan Ball has hinted that the Queen of Louisiana will get her comeuppance this season. Will Eric have anything to do with that?
"They have this little business on the side so they'll definitely interact more I'm sure. Maybe they'll get punished for that - I don't know. I know less than all the fans on the blogs! I try to stay away from the fan sites because it's not good for me to read that stuff - it'll just freak me out!"
Werewolves will be arriving soon. Should the vampires of Bon Temps be afraid?
"No, I don't think Eric will be very afraid."
We've seen you naked a fair few times throughout the series. How is it filming those kinds of scenes?
"It doesn't really bother me that much. I've been naked in movies before so I don't really care about it. I grew up in Sweden so it's not a big issue."
Where would you like to see Eric end up by the season three finale?
"I just trust Alan and the writers - they're doing such a great job. I don't know where I want him to go. When reading the scripts, I wanna continue to be surprised and discover different sides of Eric. Hopefully we'll get to know him a little better."
How long do you see the series running for?
"I don't know - 45 years?! I'm having a blast, so hopefully we'll get to do it for a while. I love this show and my character."
True Blood returns for its second season Friday, February 26 on FX in the UK.
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