Credit: Art Streiber/HBO Photo: Kevin Alejandro

Why did Kevin Alejandro (Jesus Velasquez) win his role on True Blood? It came down to smokin’ hot chemistry with co-star Nelsan Ellis.

“I actually auditioned several times,” he tells YRB magazine. “I initially went in for a different character and they called me back for Jesus, and it was probably like a month-long process — probably three or four auditions. I had to go in and audition for different people, and finally the last audition I went through was called a chemistry read, and Nelsan Ellis was in the room and out of four or five guys I won.”

[Photos: Kevin Alejandro Sexes Up Venice Beach]

Wonder what role he was originally called in for? But for his chemistry with Nelsan, maybe we would have seen Kevin as Arlene’s evil baby.

Even after he won the role, Kevin was intimidated by the TB crew. “I personally was intimidated as hell, going into the first day of the table read and everybody is there at the table read, every character they’ve created," he says.

[Photos: Joe Manganiello Lookin' Fine at the Perry Ellis Fashion Show!]

"And I was shaking in my boots a little bit because everyone is so good. They’re such great character actors, and there I was hoping I didn’t make a mistake, but it was kind of intimidating and overwhelming.  My wife and I just went to Comic-Con; I had never had that reaction from people before — it was kind of really cool, actually. I liked it.”

Liked meeting thousands of fans screaming at the sight of you? No kidding.

Source: YRB



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