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"True Blood" Stars Watch Every Bite Over the Holidays

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    The Naked Truth: "True Blood" stars Joe Manganiello and Kristin Bauer would REALLY rather you didn't send fruitcake this season.

    With the holidays upon us, even celebrities can relax their strict diet and workout regimens to eat, drink and be merry, right? Not so fast, “True Blood” cast.

    The stars of HBO’s vampire shockfest just went back to work on the fourth season of the series, and they admit they have to think about every little bite – no pun intended – when their character’s wardrobe could be no wardrobe at all.

    “Well, it's 'True Blood,’ so I've been working out all summer because I'm just preparing myself for whatever,” laughs Rutina Wesley, who stars as Sookie Stackhouse’s BFF Tara Thornton. “I get the script and say ‘Oh – Gym. Okay.’”

    “There's nothing like getting there and realizing that you don't have a costume for the episode,” says Joe Maganiello, who plays the oft-shirtless (and pants-less) werewolf Alcide Herveaux.

    Kristin Bauer, who plays the exotic Pam, says the cast remains ever-mindful of potential nude scenes around the corner – but discipline isn’t always easy. “The whole hiatus I told myself that I was going to work out, and I didn't until after my first fitting,” she admits. “If you do indulge, you get really nervous and guilty almost instantly. It's almost not even worth it. Basically, when I go to a wardrobe fitting I get SO disciplined for the next seven days or two weeks.”

    There is one bonus for the ladies on the show, says Bauer: “The guys are naked more often than we are, which I think is really awesome, “ she laughs. “Now that I'm married, it's great to be around all these gorgeous guys all the time. Before, when I'd been single for years, it was torture.”