updated 04/26/2010 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 04/26/2010 AT 2:40 PM ET
Alexander Skarsgard has a simple rule when it comes to dates: Focus on the girl, not the activity.
“I try not to plan it out,” the True Blood star, 33, told PEOPLE on Saturday at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of his new movie Metropia in New York. “It has a tendency to get a little stiff and contrived if you work on it too hard. So, I try to be spontaneous.”
But surely a girl will appreciate going to a big event like, say, the Coachella music festival?