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Alexander Skarsgard Uproxx Interview

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Uproxx have released a really good new interview with Alexander in which he talks about Tarzan, as well as Eric Northman and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”. Thanks to Skarsgard for posting the link.

Since becoming a famous person by playing Eric Northman on True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård has seemed to poo-poo the typical Hollywood offerings. There hasn’t been the role of playing Mark Wahlberg’s buddy in Contraband 2, or whatever. Sure, he did have a supporting part in Peter Berg’sBattleship, but it’s almost the exception that proves the rule… and if Skarsgård was going to make a failed huge studio movie, well, he picked the one. While his father, Stellan Skarsgård, has been making Marvel movies, Alexander has spent his time making movies with Lars von Trier, Zal Batmanglij, and now with Marielle Heller with The Diary of a Teenage Girl.

In The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Skarsgård plays Monroe, a character who should be repulsive, but the way Skarsgård plays him, it winds up being frustratingly confusing. Monroe seems like a nice guy, but it just so happens he’s sleeping with his girlfriend’s (Kristen Wiig) teenage daughter, Minnie (Bel Powley). Monroe knows this is wrong and tries to end the relationship, but is weak and can never seem to turn Minnie down. Monroe could have easily, and probably pretty effectively, been played as an “asshole,” but Skarsgård gives Monroe depth that Monroe might not even deserve.

Next year, Skarsgård will play the lead in the no-doubt-about-it big budget Tarzan. Directed by David Yates (who has four Harry Potter movies under his directing belt), this at least sounds like a much more interesting Tarzan than we’ve seen in awhile – a Tarzan that is fully domesticated, living in England with his wife. Ahead, Skarsgård explains what he’s looking for when he picks a role, and explains why his Tarzan probably isn’t what you’re expecting.

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Alexander & Bel Powley Video Interview For Glamour

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Glamour Magazine UK have now released the video interview that Alexander and Bel Powley did with them a few weeks ago in London. It’s a lovely little interview, and I’m already swooning over the way he says the word “Tarzan”  (July 2016 can’t come soon enough!)

 

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Alexander Skarsgard Interview With The Guardian

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The Guardian have just released a new interview with Alexander – From True Blood to Tarzan – How Alexander Skarsgard Swung Into Hollywood

I’m tall in Sweden,” says Alexander Skarsgård, lounging across a conveniently oversized sofa. “But I’m huge in Hollywood.” He’s not kidding: at 6ft 4in, he’s even taller in the flesh than he appears on screen. This must make film parties particularly awkward for people who find themselves pitching projects – or even just chatting – to his navel.

His height, in an industry full of titches, and his unmistakably Swedish looks, have helped Skarsgård stand out from the pack. He was perfect for a small turn in Zoolander as one of Ben Stiller’s buddies, and his imposing presence led to a breakout role in the vampire TV show True Blood. It also makes his turn in new movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl, in which his character has an affair with his girlfriend’s 17-­year-­old daughter (5ft 2in), even more shocking. The coming­-of-age drama, which also stars Kristen Wiig and British newcomer Bel Powley, recently gained an 18 certificate in the UK for its explicit sex scenes, a decision its director has denounced.

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Alexander Skarsgard doesn’t think he’s good looking!

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The Times UK have today published a nice little Interview with Alexander as part of their regular “What I’ve Learnt” series. And what we’ve learnt is that Alexander doesn’t think he’s good looking enough to cause a female admirer to be so overcome she might have an accident, the British make him laugh (which is good as I’m British and some people think I’m quite funny – although not quite sure if they mean in a good way!), his sister is the toughest in the family, and he thinks Steve Coogan is a genius.

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Alexander Interview with The Independent

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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.”

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Alexander London Evening Standard Interview

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Alexander spoke to the London Evening Standard a few weeks ago about “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”, sexism in Hollywood and his life after True Blood.

Alexander Skarsgård is beautiful when he goes on a feminist rant. “Sexism is a big problem in Hollywood,” says the actor who made a name for himself as the hot vampire Eric in the TV series True Blood, winning everyone over with his perfectly hewn jawline and Scandi swagger. “Boys can talk about sex and have sex in films and it’s cool but when girls do it they are just sluts. It’s so prudish and puritanical. Hollywood is difficult for women — people making films want super-hot, young girls, and then there are fewer great roles for women aged over 40.”

Skarsgård is here to help, wearing the modern superhero garb of a denim shirt and jeans by Acne, a label based in his native Sweden. We have met to discuss his new film, Diary of a Teenage Girl. Set in Seventies San Francisco, it is “a coming of age story” about 17-year-old Minnie (Londoner Bel Powley), who begins an affair with a man called Monroe (played by 38-year-old Skarsgård), who happens to be the boyfriend of her mother (Kristen Wiig).

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Alexander Skarsgard Interview with The Skinny

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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.”

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Edinburgh Film Festival Video Interviews

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Here’s a couple of nice videos of Alexander Skarsgard at Edinburgh Film Festival on Monday. Firstly answering fans questions……..

And secondly talking about his role in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” along with  Bel Powley…….

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