August 6, 2009

Alexander was kind enough to answer a few questions for us via e-mail.


Hockey and Football

What’s your favorite hockey team? You’ve mentioned both Luleå and Bajen, so it would be great if you could clear that up. Did you ever play the sport?  If so, what position?

Hammarby (Bajen) will always be #1 for me, in both football and hockey. I shot a couple of movies up in Luleå years ago and got to know some of the players. Of all the teams in the Swedish Hockey League (Hammarby aren’t good enough to play there…) Luleå is my favorite.

Writing and Directing

Your article on meeting Jonas Stark and other writings are real favorites.  We love the self-deprecation, humor, and sincerity. You have a real gift of
expression. Is there any chance of you writing more?

Thanks. I still write and I often use my word program as a cheap psychiatrist.


Did your own fan experience with Jonas Stark contribute to how you relate to your fans? We’re very thankful for the generosity and courtesy you’ve shown fans in encounters and interviews.

I’m thrilled that people have responded so to the show and my character. The least I can do is stop and sign an autograph or take a picture if someone wants it.


If you could only listen to three singers or bands for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Van Morrison, The Clash, Ebba Grön

If you had lived as long as Eric, during what era of history would it have been the most fun to live?

18th century. Eric probably lived in France then…

True Blood

Which episode in season 2 of True Blood was your favorite to film?


Potential Future Roles

With which actors would you most like to work?

Daniel Day Lewis.

It is a hope amongst your fans that you and James Ransone will work together again, since your chemistry in Generation Kill was so outstanding, and your joint commentaries on the DVD were hilariously entertaining. Would you like the opportunity to work with him again? (We had jokingly conceptualized a “road trip” film similar to “Long Way Round” with Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, only instead of motorcycles, you two trekked across America in a turquoise 1972 Chevy El Camino.)

Or why not a buddy movie like Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid? I love PJ (James nickname) and sure hope we’ll find another project sometime soon.


Many thanks to Mr. Skarsgård and his manager!


“Stoppa massakern i Gaza!”

January 9, 2009
Dror Feiler
Google translation

Dror Feiler – musician, composer, artist – is the initiator of a petition against the situation in Gaza.  More than 1000 Swedish cultural workers have signed up behind him.

We can not silently watch the massacre, which is now underway in Gaza.

It is time the Swedish intellectuals and culturals raise their voices in protest against the massacre in Gaza and against Sweden, EU and UN hand talent and passivity.

It is a great shame and scandalous double standards that the international community accepts that Israel’s massive military assault on Gaza continues, with hundreds dead and thousands injured as a result.

Gaza is one of the most densely populated regions in the world.  For two years, Gaza has been subject to a blockade and repeated Israeli military attacks that led to a shortage of electricity, medicines and clean water and almost everything needed for daily life.  The health system in Gaza has long been close to collapse with the severe shortage of medicines, blood and rudimentary equipment.

Physicians for Human Rights – Israel and other human rights organizations have repeatedly pointed out that it is a violation of international humanitarian law to focus on civilian targets and it is now clear that several of the Israeli military’s goal has been just civilian facilities, such as health care, universities and mosques.

It is of course not acceptable to Palestinian groups firing rockets against Israeli civilian targets, but it is the Israeli occupation and settlement policy, which led to the current situation.  Rocket attacks from Palestinian groups can never justify the collective punishment of the kind that Gaza’s population is now exposed.  Israel’s military response to the shelling is disproportionate, immoral and counter-productive if the aim is increased security for the Israeli people, and for peace in the Middle East.

We appeal now to the international community to intervene to stop the ongoing massacre in Gaza and to prevent an imminent total humanitarian disaster. The international community must vigorously act for a peaceful solution to the conflict, so that a Palestinian State under the UN resolution 242.

We who sign this manifesto requires:

Stop the massacre in Gaza now!

Sweden act now!

Alexander Skarsgård, actor

(full list of signers in previous article)


Sveriges kulturelit skriver på upprop

January 9, 2009
Alexandra Ramnewall
Google translation

Now the Swedish cultural elite raise their voices against the war in Gaza.  Peter Birro, Ulla Skoog, Unni Drougge, Alexander Skarsgård and Expressen’s Nina Lekander are some of those who signed the petition which the musician Dror Feiler started.

“We can not silently watch the massacre now taking place in Gaza.  It is time that Swedish intellectuals and cultural workers are raising their voices in protest against the massacre in Gaza and against Sweden, EU and UN hand-case unit and passivity. ”
So reads the beginning of the appeal, over 1,000 writers, directors, musicians and actors have signed, according dn.se
The promoter is the musician and the artist Dror Feiler.
- There is a tradition that serves as an intellectual conscience when those in power are not doing their duty,” he told Fria Tidningen.

They have written to the call:
Dror Feiler, musician, composer, artist
Georg Riedel, musician
Tiina Rosenberg, professor of gender studies
Peter Birro, playwright
Linus Tunström, theater, film director
Anders Widoff, artist
Anders Hillborg, composer
Andreas Ribbung, artist
Agneta Klingspor, writer, art critic
Jenny Tunedal, poet, literary critic
Frida Röhl, actors, theater, theater Tribunalen
Hans-Ola Ericsson, professor, musician
Maria Küchen, author
Sara Mannheimer, writer, artist
Kajsa Isakson, director, playwright, author
Cecilia Lindqvist, professor, author
Katarina Wikars, radio producer.
Richard Turpin, director, actor, playwright
Elisabet Haglund, head of the museum, The Museum of Sketches
Johan Scott, artist
Gunilla Sköld Feiler, artist
Nila Claesson, artist
Anders Paulin, director
Alexander Ahndoril, author
Thomas Jennefelt, composer
Jan Tiselius, actor
Suzanne Osten, director
Ann Petrén, actor
Annika Svenbro, visual artist
Ulla Skoog, actor
Anna-Karin Palm, writer
Anders Lerner, dramaturge, director
Pär Thörn, author
Mats Gustafsson, musician
Gunilla Bandolin, Art professor, artist
Henrik Rylander, artist, musician
Nina Lekander, journalist, writer
Kajsa Grytt, musician
Channa Banker, artist
Bo Cavefors, publisher
Ragnar Strömberg, poet
Aase Berg, author
Celia Prado, curator
George Kentros, musician
Åsa Kalmér, director
Per Wirtén, journalist, writer
Simon Norrthon, actor
Magnus Florin, author
Björn Kumm, journalist
Maria Ruta, artist
Leif Nylén, cultural journalist, musician
Louise Waldén, historian
Peter Mosskin, author
Klara Kristalova, artist
Lars Demian, singer
Eva Runefelt, poet
Regina Lund, actor
Maria Lantz, senior lecturer
Rebecka Tarschys, journalist
Mats Persson, pianist, composer
Gittan Jönsson, artist
Carin Ellberg, artist
Johan Widén, professor
Aminah Al Fakir Bergman, actress, singer
Leonard Forslund, artist
Jonas Bolin, composer
Christina Olofson, film director
Pi Eriksson, artist
Carl Unander-Scharin, composer
Ulf Ericsson, author
Åsa Linderborg, journalist and author
Mian Lodalen, journalist
Gunilla Ambjörnsson, author
Maria Sveland, journalist and author
Stefan Jarl, filmmaker
Thomas Millroth, museechefm
Pernilla Ahlsén, author, journalist
Nina Weibull, journalist
Anders Jormin, musician
Dan Jönsson, critic, cultural journalist
Mikael Pauli, artist
Ulf Rahmberg, visual artist
Carina Rydberg, author
Madeleine Grive, editor
Melika Melani, director, actress
Bo Andér, cultural administrator
Maria Miesenberger, artist
Lars Tunbjörk, photographer
Sonja Schwarzenberger, chief editor Bang
Unni Drougge, author
Johan Lönnroth, former member of parliament (v), Associate Professor of Economics
Anna Takanen, artistic director of the Gothenburg City Theatre
Eva af Geijerstam, writer
Roger Fjellström, author
Jan Jönson, filmmaker
Kjell Espmark, author
Astrid Trotzig, author
Annika Thor, author
Karin Rehnqvist, composer
Donald Boström, photographer
Ana Valdés, writer
Åsa Maria Kraft, poet
Nina Bondeson, artist
Virpi Pahkinen, dancer, choreographer
Anna Nordenskiöld, artist
Stefan Böhm, former theater manager
Louise Hoffsten, singer
Kjell Alinge, presenter
Per Ragnar, actor
Sören Brunes, set designer
Carl Henrik Svenstedt, filmmaker, professor
Sara Kadefors, author
Andrzej Tichý, author
Bengt Berg, author
David Henley,  pediatrician
Henry Asher, pediatrician
Marika V Lagercrantz
Jan Ling, professor
Henric Holmberg, actor
Ulrika Knutson, journalist
Thomas Tidholm, author
Håkan Lidbo, musician
Marianne Lindberg De Geer, artist
Carl Johan De Geer, artist
Johan Söderberg, musician
Claes Borgström, lawyer and spokesperson for the (s) of the Equal Opportunities
Tarik Saleh, filmmaker
Alexander Skarsgård, actor
Lars Mikael Raattamaa, author


April 1, 2009
Susan Nylén
Google translation

“Alex is very humble and he did a fantastic job in the series. His dad adores me and has invited me over to Sweden. Those two can really drink and offered snus. It burned a hell hole in my gums so I spat it out.”

Alex is very humble and he did a fantastic job in the series. His dad adores me and has invited me over to Sweden. Those two can really drink and offered snuff. It burned the hell hole in the gum at me so I spat it out.

November 13, 2009
Erik Helmerson

Translated from Swedish:

Before the third season the popularity of the vampire series “True Blood” has gone through the roof. And Alexander Skarsgård has become a Hollywood name that counts. “The team has become my surrogate family,” he tells TT Spektra. Read the rest of this entry »


October 25, 2009
Paul Chi

When it comes to finding love, True Blood’s vampire hunk Alexander Skarsgard is looking for a woman with brains – not fangs! – who likes to laugh.

“A sense of humor is number one for sure,” Skarsgard told PEOPLE at the Gucci Icon-Temporary Flash Sneaker store opening in New York City. “Being funny and smart is very important.” Read the rest of this entry »


September 2009
Aud Berggren
VG (norwegian newspaper)

Translation from Norwegian:

Los Angeles (VG)
– You can`t act sexy, says Alexander Skarsgård (33).
You have to be present in the moment. It would be ridiculous if you suddenly started thinking about how your hair looked. I hate vain actors. Read the rest of this entry »


March 20, 2009

James Ransone did a Q&A with Guardian readers and Alexander got mentioned as well:

joedoone: Did Alexander Skarsgard really keep an officer-like distance from the actors playing the other ranks during the making of the series? If so, I hope you gave him a bit of stick about it.

JR: Haha … I love this one. Yes, he kept his distance from us, but for two reasons that aren’t as highbrow as they’re made out to be. The first being that the shoot itself was really intense, six-day work weeks with a lot of coverage, and Alex was in almost all of the scenes. So we would shoot all day, from dawn until dusk, and he would go back to his hotel to prepare for the scenes the following day. This was because Alex has a Swedish accent and he wanted it to be as authentic as possible. The other reason he quarantined himself from the rest of us was because when he did go out, he was the wildest party animal I have ever seen. The two occasions we went out, Alex sang the Swedish football anthem and tried to fight an entire town. After that I was like, “Yeah dude, I get why you won’t hang out with us, if you get killed or go to an African prison, the producers are gonna be pissed.”


SEP 9, 2009
Anne Litt

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard plays the powerful vampire Eric on HBO’s series True Blood. His Guest DJ set was emotional and revealing as he chose to dedicate each of his five songs to people that play an important part in his life — including his father, actor Stellan Skarsgard, a lost love and an old friend. True Blood’s Season 2 finale airs September 13.

Rolling Stones: Mothers Little Helper
Ebba Grön: 800 °C
The Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen in Love
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Iggy Pop: The Passenger
Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 11, 2009
Joan Raymond
Newsweek Web Exclusive

Why the ‘True Blood’ hunk has TV’s hottest set of fangs.

The only Swedish import that ever stole my heart was IKEA. OK, maybe a Volvo. But then along came Alexander Skarsgard, the vampire bad boy with a true (though a non-beating) heart in HBO’s True Blood. Skarsgard plays Eric Northman, the 1,000-year-old Viking sheriff of the undead, but he might as well be named Vampire McSteamy. Do we blame Anna Paquin for secretly fantasizing about him when the sun goes down? That smoldering face. That surfer-boy hair. Those chiseled cheekbones. Read the rest of this entry »