Nelsan Ellis Says ‘No’ To Getting Naked

December 2, 2010 by  

True Blood’s Lafayette Is ‘Very Uncomfortable’ With Nudity

Nelsan Ellis as Lafayette on True Blood

In ‘Lafayette Reynolds,’ Nelsan Ellis has crafted a character that is one of the most memorable to grace our television screens in a very long time.

Despite Lafayette’s questionable activities as a drug dealer and male prostitute, which he augments with his jobs at Merlotte‘s as a short order cook and on the Renard Parish road crew, the character is among the most beloved on True Blood.

All the more reason to expect to see him disrobe like his costars Stephen Moyer, Anna Paquin and Alexander Skarsgård did for Rolling Stone last summer, right? As Ellis explains it though, we are never going to see him drop trou:

Naked? No. I’ll have some drawers on or something. My daddy’s a Christian. He’s going to disown me. I’m already two steps out the door. I get naked on Rolling Stone and he’s going to kick me out of the family.”

Ellis goes on to explain:

“I am very uncomfortable (with nudity). I’m from the South [born in Illinois, raised in Alabama], conservative Baptist background. So any time you want to disrobe me, it makes me uncomfortable, because we don’t do that where I’m from,” he laughs. “In fact, my whole character should make me uncomfortable, very uncomfortable.”

‘Next To Joe, You Look Silly’

Nelsan looks to be in great shape to show a bit more skin. And, he says he really didn’t think too much about it until Joe Manganiello joined the True Blood cast as Alcide Herveaux.

“It didn’t affect me until Joe came along.” Ellis says. “You can see people on the set getting smaller and more cut. I held off because I like to eat but I was like, ‘I’m going to get to the gym,’ because when you’re standing next to Joe you look silly.”

We think that Nelsan looks simply fabulous in the parade of eye-popping outfits perfectly matched to his ever-present heavy eyeshadow and liner. We’re looking forward to seeing more of what Lafayette reveals in True Blood season four, including his great outfits!

What do you think? Do you long for Lafayette to bare it all or is what you see of him enough to satisfy your craving for Bon Temps most stylish man?

Sources: E! Online — True Blood Hottie: No Naked Magazine Covers for Me!

Buzzy Media — Nelsan Ellis Interview

(Photo: HBO Inc.)