Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Tarzan in The Legend of Tarzan, has described the gay sex scenes on True Blood as one of “the most profound experiences ever.”

The 39-year-old Skarsgard is best known for playing vampire Eric Northman on the HBO hit series. Alan Ball, the show's creator, has previously said that most vampires are bisexual, which led to a range of sexual orientations on the drama.

In an interview with Michigan gay weekly PrideSource to promote Friday's opening of Tarzan, Skarsgard was asked how his True Blood character influenced the way he views sexuality.

“It was just one of the most profound experiences ever,” he answered. “Just liberating. Even though there's shit loads of nudity on the show, it never felt gratuitous. I think that's when, as an actor, you feel uncomfortable, if you're standing there with your clothes off and you're not quite sure why.”

“What tips do you have for other straight men who are doing gay sex scenes?” he was asked.

“You just have to embrace it,” Skarsgard replied. “I had two gay sex scenes on the show. They're incredible scenes. I loved this scene and I remember talking to Theo (Alexander), who played the Greek lover of Russell Edgington (portrayed by out actor Denis O'Hare), and that was the first gay sex scene I had on True Blood. He's also a straight guy and he was nervous; he had never kissed a guy before. I just said, 'Look at the scene. It's this nemesis and he comes in and then it gets seductive and you think they're gonna make love and it gets into that and then suddenly my character stabs him in the back and he explodes. In two minutes, look at this emotional rollercoaster we're taking the audience on. If we commit to this, it's going to be an amazing scene and we're going to be very happy with it forever. If we hold back, that's when it gets awkward.'”

“Same thing shooting the other scene with Ryan (Kwanten) – we knew that it was coming because we shot a scene the previous year where I hypnotize him and say, like, 'When you dream, dream sweet dreams of me.' … We knew it was coming. You have to think of the scene and how it fits in and hopefully be excited about the scene. Then, just dive in,” he added.