But always being the new girl at school took a toll. "I found it paralyzing to talk to new people." Instead of going for teen fare, she chose parts in edgy movies like films, which established her as a sci-fi heartthrob."Honestly, I usually get cast in interesting roles where being aesthetically pleasing is a bonus--not as the bombshell girlfriend who doesn't get to do much," she says with disarming candor."We knew what we were getting into." And obviously, she has no regrets."She's made such a total transformation," adds Ball, though Anna says she still doesn't like a sex symbol.
"I'm a pretty straightforward person," she says, when asked if she's always been so outspoken.
"I'm not the friend you're going to ask, 'Do you like my outfit?
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"I'm a big believer in 'fake it to make it,'" she says.
Shooting sex scenes with her husband may come naturally, but what about when Anna has to cavort with costar Alexander Skarsgard, who plays her other vampire lover, Eric? Now let's take off our clothes and go into the fog.' Everyone is very respectful of each other's boundaries...
"We feel completely comfortable together," she says matter-of-factly. They're all very gentlemanly about it." We're not sure we'd call the sex on the show --in one scene, Moyer's character, Bill, has his way with his "maker," Lorena, while twisting her head 180 degrees."Granted, is not exactly normal, but it's about as normal as I ever want to be. She shakes her head and flashes her sparkly, imperfect grin. My normal always falls a little left of center."As for domesticity, Paquin says, bring it on. We're super-geeks who will happily spend an entire hour online looking for the perfect lamp." She says that she and Stephen have developed a natural give-and-take and can compromise on almost everything--. ' if you don't potentially want to hear, 'Not really.'" She's brutally honesty with herself, too. "But at a certain point, you need to embrace who you are and the whole package that comes along with it.For me, it was cutting myself some slack and not trying to be something that I think is perfect or ideal."Not surprisingly, the instant she learned to accept herself, Anna also found love--right beside her.She is the subject of a viral video from Snoop Dogg, helped inspire a was one of the fastest-rising baby names in 2010.