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Skarsgård works hard to stay in shape

Alexander Skarsgård believes it's his "job" to stay in shape.

The actor plays bloodsucking Eric Northman in popular TV drama True Blood. He might be blessed with never-ending youthfulness on screen, but in real life the 38-year-old knows he needs to take some steps if he wants to delay ageing.

"It definitely has its advantages that vampires don't age," he admitted to the German edition of Shape magazine.

"Sadly, that's not the case in real life. You do have to make sure you stay in shape."

The disciplined Swedish star therefore hits the gym three times a week, acknowledging it's his "job" to stay fit. And when it comes to diet, he likes to keep things veggie.

"As a hobby chef, I'm constantly trying out new recipes with vegetables," he shared.

"[In California] there's fresh, organic fruit and vegetables all year round, which you can use to make delicious meals."

When asked about his go-to dishes, the hunk revealed he favours vegetable lasagne and ratatouille.

Fans might fantasise about Alexander shirtless, but the star does have a keen eye for clothing. While he's into dapper suits on the red carpet now, the actor didn't always make the right style choices.

“I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was eight, while my father shot a movie,” he previously told Interview magazine. “I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat. Then I got back to Sweden in September to go back to school, and I was so proud of my cowboy boots.

"I told my mom and my dad, ‘I’m going to wear these bad boys to school today, and all the kids are going to love me. I’m going to be the coolest kid in school.’ Then I showed up and everyone was like, ‘Dude, why are you wearing ladies’ boots?’ They didn’t really work in Sweden.”

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