TBT: Nelsan Ellis Is in No Rush to Go Nude

8.21.2014

By Stacy Lambe

The True Blood actor opens up about playing Lafayette

When it comes to True Blood there’s no shortage of nudity. Over the course of seven seasons, practically every character has stripped down on screen. Yet, there’s one person who has managed to skate by.

Lafayette, a hulking queer fry cook played by Nelsan Ellis, has stayed fully (and fabulously) dressed despite a few romances along the way.

"I am in no hurry to get nude,” Ellis told Out in 2011, just ahead of season 4. “I've purposely tried to let a few places go so they won't make me. I'm eating cheeseburgers."

Despite all the cheeseburgers, the actor still managed to make Lafayette one of the show’s favorite characters — and from the most unlikely of fans.

“Honestly, it's the thug heterosexual dudes who are most in my face: ‘Dude, the character is sooooo good.’"

Read his full interview.

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