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True Blood's Tara Buck Talks That Sex Scene: 'I Was Sore the Next Day'

Eric Ginger Sex Scene

Sunday’s True Blood offered a surprise treat for longtime fans, serving up one of the most highly anticipated — and oddly hilarious — sex scenes in the HBO drama’s history.

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I’m talking about Ginger and Eric, who were finally free to fulfill their sexual destiny now that Eric is cured of — and immune to — Hep-V. Below, Tara Buck dissects the historic scene for TVLine, sparing no dirty detail (but feel free to close the window if you’re not interested in reading 500+ words about what it’s like to make sweet, sweet love with Alexander Skarsgard).

TVLINE | When you first read the script and saw that this was finally going to happen, what was your initial reaction?
I felt good! This is a victory for Team Ginger! There was some teasing along the way from the writers that [sex with Eric] might be in Ginger’s future, but I wasn’t really sure if or how it would actually happen. Before I actually saw the script, Alex [Skarsgard] said to me, “Have you read the script? They finally wrote it! We finally do it.” I was like, “We do?” And he was just laughing. I made him give me a play-by-play of what happens, so I had a little heads-up. The writers are so funny and so creative that nothing quite compares to actually reading the script. There were so many wonderful details; they really covered all the bases.

TVLINE | I also loved how quickly it ended, considering how much build-up there was.
[Laughs] Right?

TVLINE | But even with it being so short, I know those scenes always take longer than you’d think to film. How long did you two work on this?
We shot for a while. I feel like it was a full day, but I’d say we shot for … a good long while. I was physically exhausted by the time we were done. My dismount is extremely physical, as you witnessed. That was some core strength you saw there. I was sore the next day and exhausted that evening.

TVLINE | The whole thing felt authentic for Eric and Ginger. How much were you guided, and how much did you two just make up along the way?
It was actually a great combination. The writers wrote a wonderful scene, all the dialogue that leads up to it, but the actual act — the mounting and dismounting and whatnot — was not written, so we just figured it out right there. Alex is amazing to work with. He’s incredible and funny and has all these ideas. We did a rehearsal to block it out and get an idea of what was going to happen, and the director loved it and said, “Well, I think you should do it just like that.” I actually had a stunt double, but I didn’t want to use her. This was Ginger’s big moment, and wasn’t going to give one second away! So I had to figure out how to do all of it myself.

TVLINE | And figure it out, you did. Let’s talk about the sound she made. I don’t think I’ve heard anything like it.
[Laughs] There was one great line in the script that said “the sound is eerie.” So I thought, “Oh my goodness, that’s so wonderful and weird and not, of course, what anyone is going to expect.” I figured people would expect Ginger to have a big, climactic scream. It left it open to a lot of possibilities, like, you might wonder if she’s having a heart attack.

TVLINE | I honestly thought she died.
Good! And, hey, that would be the way Ginger would want to go out.

TVLINE | Speaking of which, is Ginger in the series finale, or was that our final taste of her?
Well, in sticking with the tradition of not giving away spoilers, I’m just going to say this was definitely Ginger’s climax — literally.

TVLINE | Looking back at your seven seasons on True Blood, do you have a favorite Ginger moment?
I have a few. I always loved Ginger riding the coffin, and I used to say that was my favorite — but now, I look back to the moment when we see Ginger’s house for the very first time; and Eric shows up and she realizes they’re not going to have sex, and she’s devastated. He makes her a promise, and I’m sure it was not conceived at the time that it would actually happen, but we all had so much fun with it. I think the fans really took up that rally cry and made it happen. I owe that scene 100 percent to the fans.

Truebies, was Ginger and Eric’s sex scene everything you dreamed it would be? Drop a comment with your thoughts on their *ahem* performances below.

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