IRISH actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers may be the master of brooding drama but he said he's now a stunt-loving man.
The star has sunk his teeth into the latest adoption of Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, in which he plays the king of the vampires.
The 36-year-old said he enjoys getting to grips with real life action while filming.
"I learned a lot of sword training from when I did the Mortal Instruments so I do all of my own stunts for the show," Meyers explained.
"I have made movies for 20 years and the great thing about being an actor is that you get to lead a million different lives in one."
The NBC drama also features Dublin actress Victoria Smurfit, a secret vampire slayer who enjoys steamy scenes with Myers as one of the seductive vampire's many lovers.
And Smurfit revealed that Myers was on hand to give her tips when it came to doing her own action scenes. "I tried to get a slice of the stunt action," said the former Ballykissangel star.
"I made sure that my stunt girl had a lot of tea breaks so that I could practice."
The show focuses around the character of Dracula who comes to London, posing as American entrepreneur Alexander Grayson wanting to bring modern science to the Victorian society.
It also stars Wicklow actress Katie McGrath and the Cork born actor admits that the set was like a "Paddyland".
"I think it's a great thing for Irish actors, but we didn't plan it like that," Myers explained.
"We wanted the casting to be varied, but it just shows the depth of acting talent in Ireland."