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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 09:  Mariska Hargitay and Chris Meloni attend The 5th Annual Joyful Revolution Gala at Cipriani Wall Street on May 9, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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Christopher Meloni Throws Punches, Wears Suits on True Blood

True Blood and SVU fans got their first look at Christopher Meloni as a well-dressed vampire earlier this week, so when Vulture caught up with him at the Joyful Heart Foundation's annual gala last night, we had to ask how life is going for the newest resident of Bon Temps. How has True Blood been different from his former stomping grounds?

"Well, we don't have as many werepanthers on SVU," he said. Meloni plays a 500-year-old vampire who's "a man with an agenda," Meloni told us. "I smack around [Alexander] Skaarsgard and [Bill] Moyer. I fuck someone else up, and I have a girlfriend, so that's fun." Meloni says True Blood on the whole has been an enjoyable change of pace, minus one thing: "It's been very freeing, except for the fact that I get off the show where I had to wear a coat and tie every day and they put me in a suit and tie every day."

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