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’.”
Over at Deadspin, movie columnist Tim Grierson has given Alexander his Best Performance in a summer movie Award for Monroe in “The Diary of a Teenage Girl“.
Best Performance: Playing a lecherous creep is easy—playing a lecherous creep you almost feel sorry for is hard. In the acclaimed 1970s drama The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Alexander Skarsgård is terrific as Monroe, the boyfriend of Kristen Wiig’s hippie-ish mother to precocious, awkward teen Minnie (an excellent Bel Powley). Soon, Monroe begins a clandestine relationship with the sexually inexperienced daughter, requiring Skarsgård to walk a delicate line between full-blown skuzzball and deeply troubled loser. As its title suggests, Teenage Girlchiefly focuses on Minnie’s coming of age, but it’s Skarsgård who’s instrumental in powering the story, giving us a man who’s never quite aware of the damage he’s doing to this young woman because he’s too busy being absorbed in his own selfishness.
If you are lucky there still may be time to see “Diary” at the cinema, but here in the UK it is disappearing fast.
Amazon have released images of the DVD front and back cover artwork for Hiddenas well as a short description of the movie.
Ray, Claire and their seven-year-old daughter, Zoe, are an average American family in Kingsville, North Carolina – except they have existed in a bomb shelter escaping a day of devastation that changed everything. For 301 days, they have transformed their cement prison into a home, holding on to memories of the past and hope for a normal life someday. And for 301 days, the family has eluded what looms above the surface – the heavy breathing and booming footsteps that punctuate the night, threatening their fragile existence. All the while, the family has managed to stay hidden, until now. Now their safe haven has been breached… and something is coming for them.
Finally a trailer promo for the film “Hidden”. Alex filmed this quite some time ago. Sadly it does not look like the film will get a release in theaters. Fans can purchase a Digital HD version on September 6, 2015 or the DVD on October 6, 2015. Link to video:Continue reading →
The third and final season of Bill Skarsgard’s TV show Hemlock Grove will be released by Netflix on October 23 and all 10 episodes will be available to stream at once. I’m looking forward to finding out how everything ends for one of my current favorite bromance duos – Roman and Peter.
Here’s the first teaser promo, which features Bill.
Happy Birthday to Alexander – 39 years young today!
It’s also 1 year and 1 day since the finale of True Blood aired on HBO. So here’s a little tribute video to help us reminisce about Alexander’s most famous character to date, and the reason many of us have become his dedicated fans over the last few years.
Alexander’s visit to the BuzzFeed office has certainly been the gift that keeps on giving this week. They have just released some more great photos (taken by Jon Premosche) and a few more gifs (made by Jenna Williams). Enjoy!
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.