Michelle Forbes, the promise of Evan Rachel Wood, nudity and more
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Let's be honest: Pretty much the entire cast was in great shape
Has any TV show put more athletic trainers in the greater Los Angeles area to work for such an extended period of time? Part of the show's tantalizing appeal at the beginning was a more "European" attitude toward nudity. And that didn't just apply to the show's guest stars or minor players. You have to believe that when Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell, Ryan Kwanten and Alexander Skarsgard signed up for this gig they never thought they would have to drop their trousers as often as they did. Frankly, it seemed like if you didn't have amazing washboard abs and a firm butt you weren't going to get a lot of screen time (poor Chris Bauer). And, Oscar or not, Ms. Paquin had to keep in great shape for all those topless scenes.
- Gregory Ellwood