On The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Alexander Skarsgård talked about how he came to be in Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" music video, saying, "I was in LA shooting one of my first jobs, which was Season 1 of True Blood. ... My friend Jonas Åkerlund, a Swedish guy, he's a director and he was going to direct the music video, and he called me and asked if I wanted to play the boyfriend. ... I didn't know who the girl was. ... I think it was her first album."
He continued, "I asked, 'What are we doing, walking down the beach holding hands?' ... He said, 'The plot is you try to kill her, you throw her off a balcony of a beautiful mansion in Malibu, she doesn't die, she comes back and she poisons you.' And I said, 'That's a beautiful, beautiful story.'"