August 2009
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August 2009
Entertainment Weekly

SWEDISH SENSATION Born and raised in Stockholm (his father is acclaimed actor Stellan), Skarsgard was a child actor and is now a marque name in his native land. It was while he was on vacation in L.A. with his dad that he landed his first U.S. role – as a male model in 2001′s Zoolander.

STEALING SCENES As the enigmatic vamp ERic Northman, Skarsgard oozes sex & swagger. “I had a blast this season,” the 33-year-old says. “It’s been fun to show that there’s more to Eric than first meets the eye. He’s not jus the evil guy.” But the role has held Skarsgard back…from getting a tan. “In July when we wrapped season 2, the first thing I did was chill out at the beach the whole day.”

LOST IN TRANSLATION For the Viking flashback in which Eric first meets his maker, Godric, Blood’s writers asked Skarsgard to translate the dialogue into Swedish himself. “No one behind the camera understood a single word. We could have said anything we wanted.”

NEXT UP Skarsgard will play the bad guy again, this time in a remake of STRAW DOGS with Kate Bosworth and James Marsden.


August 26, 2009

COCOA BEACH/LOS ANGELES. For the HBO channel True Blood means the rescue in a tough climate, and the series’ star is the viking vampire Eric Northman – played by Swede Alexander Skarsgård
- I’m living the Hollywood dream right now, says “Alex” to Expressen
Tonight the vampire series has its premiere on SVT. Read the rest of this entry »


August 27, 2009
Kyle Buchanan

If we’ve learned anything from Lost and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it’s that the blond bad boy always comes out ahead in a genre love triangle. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Alexander Skarsgård popped this summer as True Blood’s insinuating (but crucially restyled) vampire sheriff Eric Northman; to judge from the fan worship thrown his way online and at Comic-Con, I’m sure that Sookie’s not the only one fantasizing about him. Read the rest of this entry »


August 28, 2009
Pure People

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The Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard, 32, who interprets the Viking vampire Eric Northman in the series True Blood, alongside Anna Paquin (see their torrid common scene), is now considered a hero in Scandinavia.

Indeed, during a football game that degenerated into the stands, the actor has saved the life of a teenager 15 years, has taken sides in a fight between fans. He did not hesitate to cross the gate that separated the wounded young man into convulsions after being trampled, and he was administered first aid until help arrives.

“The atmosphere was electric. What happened is really pathetic,” he said. Witnesses said the attitude of the actor was really heroic, and that without his intervention, the teenager would have died.

“It does not help to go to football matches, but we must do something against these lawless hooligans,” he said.


August 14, 2009
Jesse Spero
Access Hollywood


“Twilight” might rule the big screen when it comes to the vampire world, but every week this summer HBO’s “True Blood” has been delivering gripping edge-of-your seat drama, action – and not to mention, a nice dose of dark comedy – on the small screen. At the center of all the bloody fun is Swedish import, Alexander Skarsgard, as vampire Eric Northman, the undead hunk who might save your life – or suck it right out of you! Read the rest of this entry »


March 2010
Leslie Gornstein (photos by Chad Pitman)
LA Times Magazine

Alexander Skarsgård is True Blood’s 1000-year-old vampire- but his biggest bite is yet to come

You can’t accuse Alexander Skarsgård of going Hollywood. At a recent photo shoot, the six-foot-four Swedish stunner—currently heating up the small screen on HBO’s hit series True Blood—showed up sans entourage, parking his own car in the same lot as the crew. His outrageous on-set demand? A cup of coffee, please. Oh, and he volunteered to be his own stand-in for lighting setup. Unheard of! Read the rest of this entry »


February 21, 2010
Stephen Armstrong
The Sunday Times

The Swedish actor was a real-life marine before True Blood and Generation Kill made him a star and heart-throb

If there’s such a thing as mojo, Alexander Skarsgard has got it going on. He’s pretty much a walking, talking Lynx ad. Women I know — women who work in fashion, or with puppy dogs and ice cream, and who would have to be physically strapped to a sofa to watch anything with so much as a handgun and an explosion in it — are devoted to Generation Kill, a gritty, documentary-style drama in which special-forces marines during the invasion of Iraq scream battle tech at each other. Because Skarsgard is in it. Read the rest of this entry »


March 18, 2010
Samantha Chang

Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard is proud of his son, True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard, calling Alex, 33, “wiser, more beautiful and better than I was.”

That’s high praise coming from Stellan, 58, himself a respected actor who has starred in numerous films, including Good Will Hunting (1997), Ronin (1998), Pirates of the Caribbean (2006 & 2007), Mamma Mia! (2008) and Angels & Demons (2009).


Growing up, Stellan says his six kids (including Alexander) wished he were more like other dads who had “normal jobs.”

“At a certain age they thought it was so embarrassing [that I was an actor],” the elder Skarsgård tells Good Evening Norway.

He recalls: “When Alexander was 7, he asked me, ‘Why can not you be like a normal dad? Why can’t you work with computers and run Saab?” They wanted me to be like all the other dads.”

Now, there are four actors in the Skarsgård family: Alexander and his brothers Gustaf, 30, Sam, 28, and Bill, 20. Of his actor sons, doting dad Stellan says, “They’re wiser, more handsome and better than I was, so there is a clear evolutionary process that is underway.”

Read the rest at Examiner.com


May 2010 issue of Details
Meghan Daum

(c) Details Magazine, Photographer Norma Jean Roy

Three weeks before Alexander Skarsgård was scheduled to leave his native Stockholm, Sweden, for acting school in New York, he met a girl and fell in love. He went overseas anyway, promising to sustain the relationship from 4,000 miles away. This was back in 1997, before Skype and ubiquitous e-mail, and Skarsgård was broke. He couldn’t afford to talk to his girlfriend for more than a few minutes at a time, much less bring her over for a visit, and he was too proud to ask his dad—who just happens to be the film star Stellan Skarsgård—for money. He loved his acting program at Marymount Manhattan College, but he found the city lonely and exhausting. He lived in a student-housing building with a permanently broken elevator, which forced him to walk nine flights up to his room. When he couldn’t take that anymore, he moved into a “tiny closet” in Times Square that he calls “the worst possible location to live in New York City.” In the meantime, the girlfriend across the Atlantic started making noises about going back to her old boyfriend. Read the rest of this entry »