"We had read the books," she says of the series' graphic content."We knew what we were getting into." And obviously, she has no regrets."She's made such a total transformation," adds Ball, though Anna says she still doesn't like a sex symbol."To me, what's appealing about Sookie is that she's quite ordinary," she says. The fact that I'm not some 5-foot-11-inch Amazon goddess makes me more easy to relate to." Playing Sookie may also have led Anna to some personal epiphanies--she declared she was bisexual in a public-service campaign called "Give a Damn" before tying the knot with Moyer."I'm a pretty straightforward person," she says, when asked if she's always been so outspoken.
(Anna only watched the 1993 film for the first time a few years ago. "Did I really need to see Holly [Hunter] doing it with Harvey Keitel?Who would have thunk a fang-banger (the show's term for people who lust after vampires) who's had sex in a graveyard would hit such a nerve with perfectly normal women across America?In many ways, casting the introverted Anna in the role of a hot-blooded ingenue was a stroke of genius, though she may have been the last to realize it.Um, I could have lived without that.") After her odds-defying start, the Canadian-born, New Zealand--raised teachers' daughter moved from set to set with her family.But always being the new girl at school took a toll. "I found it paralyzing to talk to new people." Instead of going for teen fare, she chose parts in edgy movies like films, which established her as a sci-fi heartthrob."We feel completely comfortable together," she says matter-of-factly. They're all very gentlemanly about it." We're not sure we'd call the sex on the show --in one scene, Moyer's character, Bill, has his way with his "maker," Lorena, while twisting her head 180 degrees.