Here’s an in-depth interview Alexander gave to The Herald Scotland during the Edinburgh Film Festival. He talks about growing up in Stockholm and his military service. There’s also some more mentions of “Tarzan” (only 11 months to go now) which only gets us really, really excited as we still await our first glimpse of the Jungle King.
When he was 19 Alexander Skarsgard signed up for national service. He didn’t do it for a laugh. He didn’t do it because he’d always wanted to join the army. He didn’t do it because he wanted to fire a gun. He didn’t even do it because he wanted to react against his lefty bohemian upbringing as embodied in his actor dad Stellan Skarsgard.
He is clear on this when I suggest it might have been. “I don’t know about rebellion,” he tells me as we talk almost 20 years later. “I come from a family of anarchists and socialists and pacifists and I was never into guns myself. I wouldn’t say I did it to p*** off dad or anything.”
No, he says, it was something else. “I grew up in south Stockholm in a very urban environment and I wanted that challenge of doing something that was extreme. It’s physically and mentally quite challenging and I was really intrigued by that.”
The Independent have released an interview with Alexander that took place during the recent Edinburgh Film Festival.
The night before I meet Alexander Skarsgard, he’s guest of honour at the premiere of his new movie, Diary of a Teenage Girl, at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. “I can’t hardly believe it,” says the quivering festival programmer, as ripples of excitement run through the female (and some male) members of the audience. Put this largely down to True Blood, the TV show that shot the Swedish-born Skarsgard to fame as the super-buff 1,000-year-old vampire Eric Northman.
Before then, Skarsgard was probably best known for being the eldest son of fellow actor Stellan Skarsgard, a regular face in Hollywood who made his international breakthrough way back in Lars von Trier’s Breaking the Waves. But arriving slap-bang in the middle of the vampire craze, True Blood saw Skarsgard instantly eclipse his father’s fame in a role that left little to the imagination, leading him to proclaim, “I’m an actor, not a sex symbol.”
Even his Diary co-star, 23 year-old British newcomer Bel Powley, jokes he’s “the king of sex scenes”, something I relay when we meet the next day. “I definitely wouldn’t agree with that title,” he retorts, slouching in a hotel restaurant booth in jeans and T-shirt. So he never gets nervous? “I’ve done gay sex scenes without being gay, which would normally be uncomfortable, but it’s really not. If you’re actually excited about the story you’re telling, and this is a piece of that puzzle and it makes sense to you, I find it exciting.”
The Skinny has today released an interview they conducted with Alexander at The Edinburgh Film Festival . He talks about teenage sexuality and Hollywood prudishness as well as a possible teaser about Zoolander 2.
“Of course they are as confused as guys are, just as frustrated sexually going from a kid to a woman,” says Skarsgård, speaking to The Skinny at the Edinburgh International Film Festival where the film had its UK premiere. “I thought it was so unique, so different, so brave, and I felt like similar stories have been told many times through a young boy’s point-of-view, through his eyes – coming of age, dealing with your sexuality. But when it comes to girls, it’s usually, you know, they’re in their tower waiting for Prince Charming to come and save them… talking to Mari and talking to Bel, they felt like that doesn’t represent what [they were] like as a teenager. And I felt that it was written in such an unapologetic and direct way, such a brave story, without being didactic or provocative for the sake of being provocative. And I thought it was an interesting challenge to play a guy like Monroe, to make him real and three-dimensional and human, so it’s not too predatory.”
It’s definitely the case of …another festival…another award….. for Alexander Skarsgard’s movie “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” which has today been named the Best International Feature Film at the Edinburgh Film Festival. This follows awards at 2 previous festivals earlier this year – Sundance and Berlin.
Alexander Skarsgard and Bel Powley have attended the second showing of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”at the Edinburgh Film Festival today. This gallery of photos was taken by maia-j who attended the event, so a big thank you to her for sharing them so quickly.
According to the festival’s official website, Alexander Skarsgard and co-star Bel Powley are to attend the UK premiere of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on Monday June 22nd. The showing will take place at 18:05 UK time at Filmhouse 1. That’s just 17 days away, and don’t worry you won’t miss anything, we’ll bring you all the pictures and any interviews over the following days.