Sometimes stars become so entwined with their characters that it's a shock to see them on the red carpet or out on the street sporting their own style. Elle magazine showcases four of the small screen's most charismatic stars -- "True Blood's" Anna Paquin, "The Vampire Diaries'" Nina Dobrev, "Mad Men's" Elisabeth Moss, and "Boardwalk Empire's" Paz de la Huerta -- as they break out of character and express their own sense of style in some of spring's sexiest pieces.
Anna Paquin: "True Blood" Age: 28 Sookie style: “Once you’ve been spray-tanned, bleached, and given the correct push-up bra, it’s like playing dress-up—it’s liberating.” As for those sex scenes: “When it’s someone you get naked with in your private life, there’s no awkwardness” -- she married costar Stephen Moyer last summer -- “You’ve done a great deal of that stuff -- minus the blood-drinking -- in real life.” Anna wears: Max Mara denim shirt, Dolce & Gabbana cotton pencil skirt. - Daniel King/Elle
Nina Dobrev: "The Vampire Diaries" Age: 22 Historical drama: “Wearing a corset kicks the wind out of you -- I almost passed out once wearing it for 16 hours.” Better than movies? “Working on TV, you have this one character, and you have time to explore her, create her, see her develop into different people.” Nina wears: Sportmax cotton sweater, Valentino raffia jacket with leather ruffle and shorts, Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghesquiere leather boots. - Daniel King/Elle
Elisabeth Moss: "Mad Men" Age: 28 Credits: "The West Wing’s" first daughter, "Get Him to the Greek’s" straight woman (she’s acted since age six). Favorite line ever: “Don asks Peggy if she regrets giving up her baby, and she just says, ‘Playgrounds.’ It’s so subtle, but conveys so much.” Elisabeth wears: Gucci jade silk and violet duchesse cotton dress, and a Gucci laminated python belt with tassels. - Daniel King/Elle
Paz de la Huerta: "Boardwalk Empire" Age: 26 Provenance: New York City; the accent comes from vacationing in Seville, Spain, where her father lives. On her frequent nude scenes: “It wouldn’t be an issue on a European show. I have no qualms about being nude ... but it’s important people surpass that I’m naked and pay attention to the performance.” Paz wears: Yves Saint Laurent silk chiffon blouse and halterdress. Prada sombrero, Miu Miu multi-buckle pumps. - Daniel King/Elle
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