21
Mar

Crazy Comic Con becomes Alexander’s baptism of fire

July 24, 2009

Magnus Sundholm

Aftonbladet

Translation by MissSwan

HOLLYWOOD. This here is not a column that usually feels sorry for Hollywood actors. But after taking part in Alexander Skarsgård’s schedule for the coming days we are emphatically inclined to feel at least a little compassion.

With the future in “True Blood” – HBO’s present biggest “gold calf” – follows a PR-schedule that should make anyone easily dizzy.

When we met two days ago in the other day bomb-evicted Zlatan hotel Four Seasons, Skarsgård had just been thrown in the media mill like ??? down the most enthusiastic actors.

- I did 14 tv-interviews of seven minutes each this morning, he said during a lunch break before the afternoon’s long row of press conferences.

Just tv-pieces are a racy conveyor belt production where the one journalist is thrown in a room where the interview object and two cameras stand ready, at the same time as the other reporter is led outside. Everything to get as many sound pieces for as many different countries as possible.

- Towards the end one becomes damned tired to talk about oneself, said Skarsgård.

Still that’s just the beginning. The media blitz continues for the week. Yesterday similar grilling waited at the same hotel, followed by about 40 radio interviews.

The real baptism of fire doesn’t come however before the weekend. Skarsgård, Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and the other main role actors in the vampire show will attend Comic Con in San Diego.

(Insert some blah on Comic Con here)

- We will do appearances, be photographed and sit in panels, said Skarsgård with a somewhat tortured expression.

He gets to take it positively.

Being so sought-after only shows how hot he has become in Hollywood.

What is the most important question the medias pose to the man behind the bloodsucking vampire Eric Northman?

- They ask about ???, why is Eric so popular.

And what do you answer?

- I get just as perplex every time.

If he is to have the energy for the interview schedule it’s probably best that he thinks out a ready edited standard answer.

19
Mar

”I don`t even have time to eat”

July 26, 2009

Magnus Sunholm

Aftonbladet

Translation by Nordanswede

Alexander Skarsgård about being hot in Hollywood, single – and recently becoming a big brother
HOLLYWOOD. A growing part in a hit series and one of the leading parts in an upcoming big movie.
It`s not hard to understand that Alexander Skarsgård has made Hollywood his home.
- I`m feeling great, he says when Nöjesbladet meets him in Beverly Hills.

Skarsgård, 32, has just come back from his summer vacation in Sweden.
Now he`s in the middle of launching the second season of “True Blood” – a series that just grows in popularity and has become the channel HBO`s largest success right now.
- It`s not official that there will be a season three. But I find it hard to believe they cancel it considering how the series is doing, he says.

The hype is justified
In Sweden we sometimes manage to enlarge the grandness of our Hollywood Swedes. But in this case the hype is justified. Since Skarsgård`s character Eric Northman showed up in the series the reviewers are giving it thumbs up and the number of viewers increases.
- This is just the beginning for Alex. His role grows bit by bit this season, says one of the publicity-women.

To that Skarsgård adds one of the leads in the remake of the controversial “Straw Dogs” from 1971.
The action circles around a script writer and his wife who return to her hometown in the American South.
There they run into her ex-boyfriend, Charlie, played by Skarsgård, who becomes obsessed with getting her back – at all costs.

– Charlie is a guy who was once a high school star in American football and dated the most beautiful girl at the school.
- But an injury destroyed his career. Now he works as a carpenter and the frustration he feels is damned interesting. You get to dig down deep, says Skarsgård.

Kate plays ex
His ex-girlfriend in the movie is played by blond Kate Bostworth, 26, and filming starts in August.
Skarsgård had recharged by saying hi to relatives and friends in Sweden.
This time his going home was extra special because he met his almost newborn half brother, Ossian, for the first time.
– It felt super exiting. I went down to dad and his wife on Öland. It was deadfun. They are so happy and cute together. And it is a lovely little kid.
Do you yourself dream about starting a family?
– I`m single now. It will have to come as is comes. Right now I hardly have time to eat. I am so focused on this. But if something should pop up it would be just great.

Stockholm the base
In five years Skarsgård has traveled between Sweden and Hollywood.
- Stockholm will always be my base. It`s where I have my family and my friends. But when I came back to USA this time it was the first time it felt like home. It was actually a damned strange feeling.

19
Mar

Alexander Skarsgård: “I prefer to be fully naked”

July 24, 2009

By Gunnar Nordström

Expressen

Translation by Kitten and SwimEasy

LOS ANGELES. His Viking vampire Eric has made great success in the acclaimed TV series “True blood”.  Expect attention around Alexander Skarsgård to grow.

This season he does nude scenes also.
- “I have no problem with being naked in front of the camera,” says Alexander Skarsgård when Expressen met him in Hollywood.

HBO series “True Blood” has taken television viewers around the world by storm. The second season has just begun in the U.S. and critics continue to pour praise on Alan Ball, who also created “Six feet under”.

Alexander, or Alex as he now called in Hollywood, plays the Viking vampire Eric Northman in a role that now only grows in the series.

In the most recent episode broadcast in the United States on Sunday, the viewers saw a little of Eric’s background and Swedish spoken for several minutes when a group of Vikings had just lived through a field battle. Read the rest of this entry »

25
Feb

Screenshot from Uinterview video.

‘True Blood’s’ Hunky Alex Skarsgard

December 1, 2008

Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith

TV Insider

Alexander Skarsgard knew he might be on to something special when he joined the team on Alan Ball’s HBO vampire series, “True Blood.” But, he didn’t know just how successful the show had become until recently.

“I was in Europe for a month-and-a-half and it hadn’t started airing when I left. When I came back, the buzz was amazing. People were coming up to me on the street. It’s been kind of overwhelming,” admits the handsome, 6-foot-5, 32-year-old actor from Stockholm, Sweden. Read the rest of this entry »

25
Feb

True Blood premiere, September 4, 2008.

Alexander Skarsgård in “True Blood”

September 25, 2008

Christina Radish

MediaBlvd.com

Currently making a name for himself in Hollywood, 32-year-old Alexander Skarsgard went straight from a leading role in the HBO war mini-series Generation Kill to a regular role in the cable network’s latest hit drama series True Blood, in which he plays the mysterious vampire Eric. Mostly unknown to American audiences, Skarsgard, who quit acting for eight years before renewing his love for the craft, was five times voted the sexiest man in Sweden, and is one of their most beloved stage and screen actors.

Skarsgard recently spoke to MediaBlvd Magazine about working with Academy Award-winner Anna Paquin and playing such a fun character. Read the rest of this entry »

25
Feb

Cafe magazine Alexander Skarsgård

June 17, 2008

Markus Wilhelmson

Cafe.se

Translation by Nordanswede

Alexander Skarsgård tells Cafés Markus Wilhelmson about the want for revenge, money, detention (for drunkenness), parents separating and next prestigious series – Six Feet Under-creator Alan Balls True Blood.
It`s pure hell to find hand of pork with mashed roots at restaurants in Los Angeles so Alexander Skarsgård has therefor Alexander Skarsgård has been circling in his environmentally bad city jeep (for sale) around restaurant Pelikan on Söder in Stockholm for almost 40 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »