20
Oct

by Sabine Metzger
October 15, 2010
Translated from German by Lotti
MSN.de

Alexander Skarsgard talks about vampires, Moomin and his Family.

Eric Northman is way the coolest vampire out of the current wave: Always calm except when the blood of his victims ruins his hairstyle.
The blond giant in the U.S. series “True Blood” (the third season airs on Nov. 4, Thursdays at 8:15 PM on SyFy) twisted the heroine Sookie Stackhouse’s head. Hard to believe that Alexander Skarsgard will be the one who plays the cool villain: The 34-year-old Swede is more like a two-meter puppy than a nasty bloodsucker. Although his voice sounds very rough after half a day full of interviews he is still willing to tell is about his role, his family and about shooting with guts (literally).

msn: You not only play the role of the ancient Viking-Vampire Eric, but you have given your voice for the movie “Moomins and the Comet chase”.
Alexander Skarsgard: (smiles) That’s right. And I am both, Eric and the Moomin.
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25
Aug

“Lykkelig over nakenscener”

August 24, 2010
Aud Berggren
Translation by Nordanswede
VG Nett

Los Angeles (VG)
As opposed to Stephen Moyer who plays Bill in True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård (33) has never objected to nude scenes.
Not that one would think it was any problem for co-actors Stephen Moyer or Anna Paquin, after the new edition of Rolling Stone was released. All there are naked there, smeared in blood.
The creator of the series, Alan Ball, likes the picture a lot. He does not understand the prude vampire stories like Stephanie Meyer`s Twilight series.
- To me vampires are sex, he says to the magazine.

Nude scenes
And when VG meets the tall, blonde, Swedish Alexander who oozes of sex in the role as Eric Northman, he explains:
- Nudity has never been a problem for me and it`s totally fine as long as it fits the show. You understand that I`m obviously thrilled about doing it if you notice how often it happens in the series. It wasn`t even hard in the beginning because I`ve been naked before, Alexander Skarsgård smiles and refuses to comment on the rumors about a love scene with a werewolf in the series.
No one talked about sex when Stephen Moyer (Bill Compton) grew up and he tells VG that nudity was hard in the beginning.
- I`m from a small village and it wasn`t like in Scandinavia where they have sex education in school. No one talked about it anywhere. But now we`re so used to dropping out clothes in the show that everyone is completely relaxed and not as reserved as in the first season. This is supposed to be sexy and we have to tell the story the best way we can. Read the rest of this entry »

20
Jun

August 6, 2009

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

FROM ALEXANDER:

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.

Fandom

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.

Personal

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?

9

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.

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Many thanks to Mr. Skarsgård and his manager!

29
May

Alexander Skarsgard Gets Animated
May 12, 2010
Aaron Hillis
IFC.com

05122010_AlexanderSkarsgardMetropia.jpg “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgård has gained American heartthrob status as the show’s thousand-year-old Viking vampire Alex, but even if the role is clearly make-believe, the Nordic charm is all his. Son of famed actor Stellan Skarsgård, the Stockholm-born thespian has a long and storied career in his homeland, from becoming a child actor to being named the sexiest man in Sweden circa 1999. Not to be confused with his upcoming part in Lars von Trier’s highly anticipated sci-fi flick “Melancholia,” Skarsgård the younger’s latest project is director Tarik Saleh’s highly stylized, animated sci-fi flick “Metropia.”

Set in a dystopian world of the not-far-off future where the world’s resources are running out and the metro system connects all of Europe, “Metropia” concerns a newly paranoid Swedish everyman Roger (voiced by Vincent Gallo) as he begins to hear a voice in his head that isn’t his own. In fact, it’s Stefan’s (enter Skarsgård), a company man who begins to have second thoughts about his government gig monitoring citizens and their inner thoughts. While on the set of “True Blood,” now shooting its third season, Skarsgård called me to talk Glögg parties, filthy cartoons, and his real-life stint as an anti-terrorist marine. Read the rest of this entry »

27
Apr

November 13, 2009
Erik Helmerson
Göteborgs-Posten

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 »

27
Apr

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 »

27
Apr

SEP 9, 2009
Anne Litt
KCRW

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.

Tracks
Rolling Stones: Mothers Little Helper
Ebba Grön: 800 °C
The Buzzcocks: Ever Fallen in Love
Van Morrison: Brown Eyed Girl
Iggy Pop: The Passenger
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27
Apr

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 »

27
Apr

September 3, 2009
Sara Stewart
NY Post.com

Sexy vamp in ‘True Blood’ eclipses ‘Twilight’

TALK about being glamoured. HBO’s “True Blood” may be an ensemble show, but this season there’s only one character everyone’s talking about: Eric, Eric, Eric.

Alexander Skarsgard, a Swedish actor previously seen on “Generation Kill” and in “Zoolander,” has been stealing every scene he’s in on the campy drama, in which he plays Eric Northman, the local vampire sheriff and bar owner with Viking origins and a yen for Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin). Read the rest of this entry »

27
Apr

Alexander Skarsgård: ”Där jag är nu, dit har jag tagit mig på egen hand”
August 30, 2009
Erik Ohlsson
DN.se

Translation:

photographed by Chris Maluzynski


As a Viking vampire in the TV-series “True Blood” Alexander Skarsgård has gotten his definitive breakthrough in the USA. DN Söndag’s Erik Ohlsson has met a newly made Hollywood star who continues to pick up his own laundry. Read the rest of this entry »