Kevin Alejandro joined the cast of HBO’s “True Blood” at the start of Season 3, and as his role on the sexy vampire hit expands, so does the pressure to get fit to compete with the boys of Bon Temps.
“I’m sharing the screen with somebody like Ryan Kwanten,” Kevin told AccessHollywood.com on Friday about feeling the pressure to get ripped for those shirtless and racy nude scenes that have come to be routine on the hit show. “We all look within ourselves for inspiration [to lose weight, get fit] but he’s obviously the poster boy of a physique.”
To help reach his fitness goal, the former “Southland” star revealed he has joined a few of his fellow castmates in an “intense” workout regime to prep for his skin-baring romps.
“There’s a couple of us that are doing a P90X and that’s where it gets really intense,” Kevin told Access of the plan. “It’s something I do on my own and I found out that someone else on set was doing it [too].”
The 34-year-old Texas native plays Jesus Velasquez, a long-term care nurse, who also happens to be a “brujo” (translation: witch) on the show, one who’s in a relationship with Merlotte’s resident short order cook/vampire blood dealer LaFayette Reynolds (played by Nelsen Ellis) — and Kevin told Access the new couple’s bond will grow stronger in the coming season.
“My relationship [will grow] with not only him but other characters in show as well,” Kevin said. “They are really moving us around and balancing it out in all these crazy, strange ways and it works, man. It works really well this year.”
Fans of the blue-eyed Bon Temps beauty may soon have reason to rejoice — when asked if he would be nervous about “losing his pants on camera,” Kevin told Access not only would he not be nervous, he’d even be “comfortable.”
“The thing about doing scenes like that is everyone is really respectful and very professional,” Kevin told Access. “You’re comfortable doing it, and you’re friends with everybody so when something like that happens it’s only the people that absolutely have to be there in the room.
“They’re really good at making us feel comfortable,” he added, of the “True Blood” crew.
In addition to Kevin’s small screen endeavors, the actor can also be seen in Kevin Smith’s long-awaited controversial upcoming thriller, “Red State,” a new genre for the “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and “Dogma” director.
“’Red State’ is [Kevin Smith’s] baby,” Kevin told Access. “It’s been around for a long time and he finally got it done — I can understand why he wants to cradle it. I think it’s awesome of him to take the initiative and try something new.”
Catch Kevin on “True Blood” when Season 4 premieres on HBO in Summer 2011 and on the big screen when “Red State” hits theaters on October 19.