Alexander Skarsgard was interviewed by LA Times during a live Facebook session. Fans were able to ask questions during this live interview discussing his role in “Big Little Lies”. This interview was part of their sessions with “Emmy contenders”. Keeping fingers crossed that yes Alex is recognized with a nomination for his work in Big Little Lies. It was definitely a role that pushed boundaries.
You can watch the full interview on this link here:
Alexander is on the cover of the latest issue of Belgium magazine “Zap”. There is also an interview with him inside. You can read a translation of the interview at skarsjoy.tumblr Thanks to them for sharing the article.
Here’s a another great video interview from Gent Film Festival. This one with Vertigo is a tasty 15 minutes long. At the very end Alexander shares his favorite memory from a range of his movies, and talks about looking forward to Tarzan.
The latest issue of Australia’s NW Magazine has an article on Alexander, which includes an interview. I’m always a little dubious about interviews where Alexander answers a question about his private life – knowing how interviewers are usually directed by his management not to ask him about it – but hey, maybe they caught him on a very “chilled” day, and it’s a nice article to help promote “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” in Australia. Thank you to fabulouslyfreespirited for sharing the article.
Though he’s quite good at it, Alexander Skarsgard is a last-resort actor. “I was trying to figure out what to do and was worthless at everything, so I was like,'” he breathes out, defeated, playing his capitulating twenty-something self. “‘All right…'” Skarsgard is sitting cross-legged, wearing funky socks and no shoes, in an armchair in New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. It takes a certain kind of jeu d’esprit, and physical agility, at 6’4″ to sit cross-legged in an armchair, but the Swedish actor is delightfully goofier than you might expect of Eric Northman, the 1000-year-old Viking vampire that catapulted Skarsgard to instant superstardom as the lead in the cult hit True Blood in 2008. Before that, he had been jobbing around in roles like Zoolandar’sMeekus (you remember him: Ben Stiller’s model roommate who dies in a freak gasoline fight accident), arguably his big rentrée into the performance world after quitting his child acting career, and a central role on the more upmarket HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
news.com.au have released an interview with Alexander in which he talks about his morally complex role in The Diary of a Teenage Girland his first crush at the age of 8 or 9.
He admits it’s confronting, but Alexander Skarsgard doesn’t want you to see his latest character — a man who has an affair with a 15-year-old — as a bad guy.
The Swedish actor who made his name in the vampire series True Blood, will next be seen in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, where he plays a 35-year-old who has a relationship with his girlfriend’s daughter.
While it’s a controversial topic, Skarsgard told news.com.au he hopes the audience feel empathy for his character.
“Without condoning what he does, I thought it would be an interesting challenge to play. The audience is supposed to feel uncomfortable with it. If you just felt that he’s preying on her, it wouldn’t be interesting for more than one or two scenes. If you think he’s a villain, it’s too easy.
“It’s more interesting if you think he’s a good guy but then you think, ‘Oh, but sh*t; now he does this. I don’t know how I feel about him anymore’.”
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.”
And it’s certainly interview day today (make the most of it, he’s gone home to Sweden for a well earned break now so things may get quiet for a while). Here’s Alexander’s interview with Vulture
Yes, Alexander Skarsgard showed up to this week’s premiere of The Diary of a Teenage Girl looking fierce as hell in drag, but don’t let his glittery gold gown and Farrah Fawcett–inspired wig distract you from the career-high work he’s done here by playing it straight. In Teenage Girl, he’s cast as mustachioed Monroe, who complicates his open relationship with the perpetually substance-addled Charlotte (Kristen Wiig) by secretly hooking up with her 15-year-old daughter Minnie (British newcomer Bel Powley). That’s an awfully provocative love triangle — only somewhat excused by the fact that the movie takes place in the anything-goes climate of 1976 San Francisco — but in the hands of writer-director Marielle Heller, who adapted the project from Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel, these talents have turned in a terrifically sensitive, startlingly honest coming-of-age story. Last week in Los Angeles, Vulture sat down with Skarsgard to talk about he approached his R-rated role, and how his own teenage experiences factored into things.
There is a nice HitFix interview with Alexander with mentions of “War On Everyone” and “Tarzan” as well as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”.
I was lucky enough to see TDOATG at Sundance and it sort of stuck with me ever since which I guess is now almost seven months later. How you got involved and what convinced you to take the part?
Well, I got involved not in the traditional way through my agent, it was actually my friend Jack McBrayer, a comedian that was on “30 Rock,” I don’t know if you know who that is…
So, he’s a dear friend of mine and when I was back in L.A. we were neighbors. He basically said, ‘My friend Marielle wrote this script, it’s her first feature and I think she’s really cool and really smart. She wants you to read it. Can I give it to you?’ And I said, ‘Sure.’ And I read it and I just fell in love with the script. I thought it was such a unique story and I loved the character. I saw it as a real interesting challenge to try to figure out how to play Monroe in a way that wasn’t too predatory — just kind of make him real and find some life in that. And then I met Marielle and I was kind of blown away by her energy and her enthusiasm. I mean this project has been her baby for almost a decade. She adapted the comic book for the stage first and did a play off Broadway in New York where she played me Minnie herself and wrote the script. It was a combination of that kind of just like being really just fallen in love with Marielle and her energy and feeling like this could be an interesting challenge to find a way of making Monroe layered and real.