Whether Alexander Skarsgard is portraying vampire Eric Northman on True Blood, filming a thriller named Hidden in which he hides in bomb shelters, or perfecting his come-hither look as the face of Calvin Klein’s new men’s fragrance, Encounter, the man oozes sexiness. And he knows it. “That’s what’s fascinating about this job,” the actor told InStyle.com at the New York launch of the fragrance, hosted by CK’s men’s creative director Italo Zucchelli at McKittrick Hotel’s Gallow Green rooftop garden bar. “The characters that you get to dive into are so different. You always get to explore a different side of your personality, and I learn a lot about myself that way.” And what he learned about himself through Calvin Klein is the power an image has to make something sexy—with no words at all. (Something that would come in handy if he lands the part as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey, which many believe this campaign took inspiration from.) “As an actor you usually have to say something,” he continued, Stella Artois beer in hand (though we were hoping for some True Blood). “But this I had to come up with in my head. And I’m really happy with how it came out.” Take one look at the clip above and you’ll be happy, too! Calvin Klein’s Encounter is in stores now; find it for $72 at macys.com. “I shower in it,” Skarsgard joked.

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