New video interview with Alexander Skarsgard for his film “The Giver” can be found below.
The new season of True Blood has premiered and another new interview withe Alex has surfaced. This one is with Backstage.com. Photo credit Blake Gardner. Excerpt below:
When Alexander Skarsgård strides into the neighborhood café, heads turn. For starters, he’s six-feet-four yet somehow looks twice that size. And, of course, he’s almost ludicrously handsome. Despite the fact that he was up until 6 a.m. that morning filming his hit HBO series “True Blood,” Skarsgård looks like he just stepped into a photo shoot.
Given those cheekbones and his inherent charisma, Skarsgård seemed destined to be a star. Brit Marling, who stars in the film “The East” and co-wrote the script with director Zal Batmanglij, says few actors could have played Benji, the magnetic leader of an underground collective that exacts revenge on dangerous corporations. “You watch him on ‘True Blood,’ and that show is so far out, but Alex has a way of making you think it’s real,” she says. “Zal and I thought that if he could make you believe in that world, surely he could be a charismatic revolutionary leader who has people dropping out of their lives to follow him into the woods. Who else could pull that off?”
“The East” is one of three acclaimed movies Skarsgård has in theaters, including the ensemble thriller “Disconnect” and an adaptation of Henry James’ “What Maisie Knew.” All that, and “True Blood” is back, stronger than ever, for its sixth season. While he admits to being in an ideal place in his career, it’s interesting to note that the first time fame came calling, he wanted nothing to do with it.
The oldest son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård, he made his film debut when he was only 7 years old, in his father’s film “Åke and His World.” When he was 13, he achieved fame with the lead role in the TV production “The Dog That Smiled.” Offers started rolling in, and Skarsgård promptly quit. “It wasn’t a break. I was done with it,” he says. “I enjoyed the acting part of it, but I wasn’t comfortable with the attention. I wanted to be a regular kid; I wasn’t comfortable with people reading about me and knowing so much about me.” His father supported him completely. “The best advice he ever gave me was when he told me it was OK to quit. He said it has to come from within, and if you’re not 100-percent sure, don’t do it. He was working onstage at the time, not doing international films. And he said, ‘Ninety percent of my friends who are actors, brilliant actors, can’t support themselves.’ ”
When he turned 20, the siren call of performing lured him back. “I didn’t want to wake up bitter at 55 for not having tried,” he says. He moved to New York to attend theater school at Marymount Manhattan College, and “from day one, I fell in love.” Another love in the form of his current girlfriend lured him back to Sweden after only a year. After working every odd job from busboy to barista, he landed a role in a movie called “Happy End.” Others followed; most notable to American audiences was his turn in “Zoolander” as male model Meekus, whose cheerful gasoline fight ends in tragedy.
While in Mozambique shooting the HBO miniseries “Generation Kill,” he first caught wind of Alan Ball’s upcoming series “True Blood.” At the time he was less than excited. “Someone just said, ‘Oh, it’s a show about vampires. You’re this Viking vampire,’ ” he recalls. “This was before ‘Twilight’ and all the vampire hype. So I was like, What are you talking about? Then I heard it was Alan Ball and HBO, and the combination of the two made me think this could be interesting.” He put himself on tape from Mozambique; his audition scene was Eric Northman’s first scene in Season 1, and the producers were interested. But the show conflicted with his “Generation Kill” schedule, and he wasn’t available. “I wasn’t going to do it,” Skarsgård says. “And then the writer’s strike happened, and ‘True Blood’ had to push. And it helped me be able to do the show.”
His sexy, commanding turn as Northman made him an overnight star for the second time. It also ensured that a slew of scripts were sent his way, all of which involved characters who were basically “non-vampire versions of Eric.” As much as he loves the character, Skarsgård says he has no interest in duplicating roles. “I want to have fun, and I want to be challenged. I want that mystery of a new character,” he says. “If I have all the answers before I even start the process, where’s the growth or adventure in that?”
Instead, he has gravitated to smaller, independent films. Like his father, he worked with Lars von Trier, appearing in “Melancholia.” Even though that film was about the end of the world, Skarsgård calls it “one of the most fun sets I’ve ever been on.” He has nothing against big films—he appeared in last year’s “Battleship”—but says his day job affords him a new luxury. “I’ve always freelanced as an actor, and you always have to worry about the next paycheck. When I booked ‘True Blood,’ I promised myself I would take advantage of the fact that for the first time in my career, I could afford to turn down big money to go and do small, character-driven indies.”
There is no diva behavior on set, according to Marling. “In ‘The East,’ there were monologues in the script, and Alex would actually say, ‘I don’t think Benji needs to say all of this; I think it’s clear with what’s happening in the story,’ ” she says. “That’s pretty rare to have an actor say I don’t need these lines—let’s trust where the story is going.”
How does his representation feel about his eschewing the big paychecks, considering the catering budget for “Battleship” was probably greater than his salary for “The East”? Skarsgård laughs and says, “They’re actually incredibly supportive. My agents get me, and they’re very much on my side.”
“True Blood” fans are a passionate lot, so how is he handling the onslaught of attention, considering it made him quit once before? “I approach it differently than when I was 13,” he says. “Then, it made me really insecure and paranoid. Now I know that if someone comes up to me, it’s because they like what I do and what I do has affected that person. I invest so much blood, sweat, and tears into my projects that it’s wonderful when people respond to that. I’ve done projects I care about a lot and no one saw it. So I can’t find the attention horrible. I’ve been on both sides, and it’s definitely better when people care about what you do.”
Asked if he can reveal anything about the new season, Skarsgård chooses his words carefully. “There’s a war going on this season because for the first time in 1,000 years, humans are a real threat,” he says. “Eric’s been busy fighting witches and other vampires, but never humans. You’ll find out how and why, but humans have become a danger.” He adds that the most difficult scene he’s ever had to perform on the show is coming up this season, though he can’t go into detail. “I recently had to do a very emotional scene with a blood bag,” he says, allowing a small smile. “I can’t talk about it too much, but that was quite difficult.”
Alexander Skarsgard appeared on Conan show on June 5, 2013. The video is still not live on their site here: Team coco did tweet this photo of Alex backstage (shown above). It was a great interview. Loved hearing Alex talk about growing up in Sweden (and yes having a dad who loved to be naked)
I grabbed a quick photo during the interview of Alex on the show.
Here are snippets of the video from Team Coco:
Alexander Skarsgard was interviewed by Mickey Rapkin for Elle magazine. Interview is below.
In the past year, Alexander Skarsgård has been linked to a racy film adaptation of 50 Shades of Grey, a Tarzan reboot, and the actress Charlize Theron. All appear to be rumors, but when you’re a 6’4″ Swede famous for playing the 1,000-year-old, slightly demented yet nurturing vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s hit series True Blood, people expect you to run around in a loincloth and have a sex dungeon. But Skarsgård, son of Mamma Mia!’s Stellan Skarsgård, has a simpler story: After a brush with fame as a child actor, he ran the other way, enlisting in Sweden’s Marine Corps and working in intelligence. Still, a leopard can’t change its spots—or whatever the equivalent Swedish expression is—and Skarsgård eventually invaded Hollywood, stealing scene after scene from under his costars’ fangs. (He became an attention magnet offscreen, too, thanks to his two-year romance with Kate Bosworth.) This month, Skarsgård, 36, reminds us he’s more than eye candy, with Disconnect, a serious—and seriously good—drama about the ways in which technology can make us feel even lonelier.
ELLE: Who was your childhood crush?
Alexander Skarsgård: I saw Tootsie with Jessica Lange when I was eight or nine. I remember feeling something in my stomach. [Laughs] I didn’t know what it was, but I wanted to watch that movie over and over again.
ELLE: I read that you were insecure as a kid. I find that hard to believe.
AS: I was very insecure—especially when it came to girls. When I was nine, there was this girl, Elin, in my class who I was in love with. I didn’t know how to approach her. We did this thing in Sweden, at least when I was a kid, where people write notes, like, “Do you want to be my girlfriend?” followed by three boxes: Yes, No, Maybe.
ELLE: So you wrote her a note?
AS: I would never write her a note! That would take some balls. But one day after school, I found a note from her in my pocket saying, “Do you want to be my boyfriend?” I was so happy. I couldn’t sleep all night. The next morning, my buddy started laughing, and I realized he wrote the note. That kind of messed up my confidence when it came to girls.
ELLE: You grew up in a very bohemian household, with your dad’s friends around all the time. I imagine you learned quite a lot about women.
AS: I was raised by this whole community of artists. It was pretty wild. Illegal substances floating around. People were drunk. I was born in the late ’70s. There was so much love there.
ELLE: I’m picturing thirtysomething women offering to take your virginity….
AS: [Laughs] No, no, it wasn’t like that. The problem was when I got a little older—when I was 12, 13, 14—and bringing girls over after school. Dad was always walking around naked with a glass of red wine in his hand.
ELLE: Wait, what?
AS: That was always the case. He didn’t care if there were people he didn’t know at the house. My buddies didn’t care. They’d seen him naked a million times. But it got a little uncomfortable when you brought a girl over, and dad showed up naked with a glass of wine and tried to give her a hug.
ELLE: I bet. There’s a lot of nudity on True Blood. Have you always been comfortable naked?
AS: Culturally, it’s a little different. There’s such a taboo here with nudity. In some people’s eyes, nudity is so much more dangerous than violence. I never really understood that. If a kid sees a nipple on television, how is that more damaging than watching someone bash someone else’s head in with a baseball bat?
ELLE: In Disconnect, you make a joke about watching a porn flick called Sperms of Endearment. Was that an ad-lib?
AS: [Laughs] Yeah, it was.
ELLE: Is that a real movie?
AS: I don’t know. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen it. But I’m very intrigued by it. I definitely want to see it. I’ve heard it’s very good.
ELLE: One of your favorite books is Lolita. What do you remember about the first time you read it?
AS: I was kind of terrified. It was scary and intriguing at the same time.
ELLE: What’s the hardest part about dating an actress?
AS: It’s tough with your schedule. The flip side is, it’s a weird job, and to have someone who knows what you’re going through…but it’s so much about the individual. It’s more complicated than saying, “This is what it’s like with an actress.”
ELLE: Do you believe there’s one person out there for you?
AS: No, I don’t think so. When you meet someone, of course you want it to last forever. It’d be very depressing if you didn’t feel that way. But things change, and you maybe grow apart. You have to accept that.
ELLE: Your parents divorced after 35 years, but they’ve remained close. What did you learn from the situation?
AS: Mom called me about six years ago, and she was very sad. She said, “I’ve been with this guy since I was 18. I had six kids with him. What am I gonna do?” Dad remarried and had another kid with his new wife. But I could see immediately that Mom—it just gave her so much strength, being on her own. She’s now taking risks and taking chances and is happier than ever. And Mom and Dad are great friends.
ELLE: Have you received any particularly valuable advice about women?
AS: When my sister Eija was maybe two and a half years old, she and my brother had an argument. Eija couldn’t write, so she said, “Dad, write this down: Girls are always right.” He taped that up on the kitchen wall. It’s still hanging there.
ELLE: Has that advice served you well?
AS: Well, I know better than to argue with Eija.
Olivia Lee of “Daily Chill” interviewed Alexander Skarsgard. Excerpt of the interview is below:
Alexander Skarsgård, the sexy Swede who plays Viking vampire Eric Northman onTrue Blood, has proven time and again that after five seasons on the hit telly show, he’s not squeamish about showing off his booty or his chops in the sack.
He better not be. Shagging comes frequently—and furiously—for the 1,000-year-plus-old bloodsucker.
He commands such attention with his tall 6ft 4in (193cm) chiselled frame, sharp tongue (and fangs), and a personality as dark and mysterious as his underground love lair, that no woman—or man, for that matter—would or can resist bending to his power, even without being “glamoured”.
So, easy to see why the 36-year-old hunk has been thrown into the casting list for the movie adaptation of the erotic Fifty Shades trilogy by author EL James. The book’s leading man, Christian Grey, likes a bit of rough, with “a red room of pain” strapped into his penthouse.
In this exclusive Daily Chilli phone call from New York City, set up by Calvin Klein—Skarsgård is the face for their new scent Encounter—he talks about those steamy sex scenes that make women horny and men blush.
DC: Let’s start about the talk of a Fifty Shades Of Grey movie with your name in the mix. Your thoughts about Christian Grey and being considered to play him?
AS: I know it’s a very big, high-profile project, so of course it’s flattering that there are people who would like to see me do it. At the same time, it’s difficult to say it’s something you want to do or not because I don’t think there’s a script—at least I haven’t read a script.
DC: You haven’t read the book?
AS: No. Have you? Is it good?
DC: Yes, and that’s why we’re happy to hear your name on the list.
AS: Thank you (laughs). Maybe I should read all three.
DC: Would you be comfortable in that sort of role?
AS: Absolutely. That wouldn’t be an issue.
DC: Because of True Blood?
AS: Exactly. I have a sex chamber in my basement—my character on True Blood—so I’ve had training.
DC: Do you get used to sex scenes?
AS: It doesn’t bother me at all. I don’t find it uncomfortable or difficult.
DC: Is there a trick to it?
AS: Relax, enjoy and have fun with it (laughs). That’s my trick.
DC: What’s it like being naked with Anna Paquin/Sookie Stackhouse onTrue Blood knowing that her husband Stephen Moyer/Bill Compton is watching? (Eric, half human/half fairy Sookie and vampire Bill are in a love triangle; Stephen and Anna have been married two years.)
AS: It’s not a problem. We’ve worked together for five years and we’re dear, dear friends. I love Anna and Stephen. We’re all professionals and they know it’s a job. This is what we do. I’ve had talks with Stephen before and he’s very comfortable with it (laughs). He’s not threatened.
DC: What if Anna was your wife, would you be comfortable watching Stephen do that with her?
AS: Absolutely. My father (Stellan Skarsgård, who played Dr Erik Selvig in Thor andThe Avengers) is an actor, so I grew up in a family where he had to do that a lot with actresses and my mother had to deal with it. That’s just part of the nature of what we do. It looks very romantic sometimes when you watch movies, but when you shoot it on the day it’s not very sexy.
DC: What are you working on?
AS: We wrapped True Blood season five end of June early July, then I went to Vancouver for two months. I shot a film called Hidden. It’s a post-apocalyptic film about a family in a bomb shelter. We wrapped just a couple of days ago.
DC: How was the experience filming Hidden?
AS: Pretty intense because the movie is based on a bomb shelter. It was pretty claustrophobic and I was low on energy. I was on this diet because I had to lose weight—my character was kind of skinny. For a couple of months I ate small salads and a bit of protein to lose weight. It was difficult. It was tough. I was tired and exhausted and it was very intense, but a great experience and I really enjoyed working on it. It’s not a fun character to play, but I’m very happy I did it.
DC: Tell us about the character.
AS: It’s about a family—a husband, a wife, their 10-year-old daughter—they’re hiding in a bomb shelter, or actually a fallout shelter, that they found and have been down there almost a year. I don’t want to reveal too much, but there’s something—or someone—looking for them. So they’re trying to hide and trying to survive.
DC: What other movies are next?
AS: I shot three films last year that are on the festival circuit now, or at least two of them are—Henry James’ novel, What Maisie Knew, with Julianne Moore. We were in Toronto for the film festival and I shot another one called Disconnect. One calledThe East, about a group of eco-anarchist; they’re editing it. All three will be out next year.
For the full interview please visit Daily Chill: Huge thanks to Olivia for the great interview!
While in Rome for the True Blood season 5 premiere on Fox Italy, Alexander Skarsgard, Valentina Cervi and Kristin Bauer van Straten attended the Fox Press Call October 4, 2012.
Many new photos and interviews are coming out of the Rome Fiction Fest and the Press event. I’ll keep updating the site as they come in.
The interview below is from : Screen Week IT blog
He’s a Viking, but often smiles and is kind. And it is for this reason that despite the ambiguity of his character in True Blood, Alexander Skarsgard (Eric in the series) is the most beloved of the HBO series. Together with Valentina Cervi and Kristin Bauer Van Straten – respectively Salome and Pam – accompanied at the Roma Fiction Festpresentation of the new episodes, but only he gave us a nice interview in which he talked about the new course of the series, the fans, the its projects.
The 5th season, in our opinion one of the best, brought the fun to a higher level, between politics and epic. She thinks it is a safe bet for the future or too great a risk to run?
I think it’s an important step because we have expanded the mirror of the themes and tone of the series, we are confronted with a more political approach without forgetting the fun that is the basis of the series. This allows me to have a different relationship withBill that I find very interesting. In addition, the break of five months between the preparation and the work of the different seasons also allows me to be able to recharge the batteries, make films, and more, so that the return – and at this time the writers write – I am even more excited to discover that way they have done to take the series.
And this year in these 5 months off, what did you do?
I shot Hidden , produced by Warner Bros and directed by the brothers Duffer , a story set in a very intense fallout shelter for 300 days in which a family escape a catastrophe. It was hard, almost always in the dark, so I lost weight eating salad and water and without power I had to face intense physical strain. Now I’m charging for True Blood and it’s strange: when, after I just finished shooting, I found myself on the red carpet of theEmmys, and I found blinding lights compared to rats with which I was looking at a few days before.
Last night you had another demonstration of how much you love the fans: how do you maintain a relationship as strong as actors with the fandom?
I’m excited about the basis of our fans who support us incessantly for 5 years. Here in Rome I did not know what to expect because the last time I was there, 10 years ago, True Blood did not yet exist, and it was great to feel the love of people even outside of where you work. In our work fans are everything, and our job is to make them happy and emotional and this is the first thought, when we read the scripts as we go around doing the promotional tour: when meeting the fans I’m always happy and grateful.
Hope the fans in Italy enjoy the fifth season of True Blood! The gallery below has photos from the Rome Fiction Fest event 10/3/12:
Alexander Skarsgard attended the CK Encounter launch in Berlin Germany. Mau Fashion interviewed Alex while there. Below please find the translated interview:
Meeting Alexander Skarsgård
Yesterday I had the opportunity to personally meet Alexander Skarsgård, the face of Calvin Klein’s Encounter. This was due to the launch of the perfume at the Soho House here in Berlin. More about the fragrance itself can be found here .
I must confess that I know Alexander Skarsgård only from his role in Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi”. I’m not a big fan of the vampire myth-Dark Glitter films and series, and have therefore never seen True Blood. So I went right mind into the meet and greet. Alexander is huge, which I had not been previously aware of. For the photo he had to almost sit on the floor and when I commented “Sorry, I am quite short,” he replied with “No problem mate!”. Otherwise the interview was very open and honest. He talked about his hobbies, experiences and Vikings. Here is a short excerpt:
Q: Is this your first visit in Germany?
A: No, I have been to Berlin before because my father worked here for several years. Otherwise, I was in Cologne and Munich during the 2006 World Cup to watch two games of the Swedish national team and one more time in Munich, because I had an interview there during Oktoberfest. I had a day off and I was able to watch the show closely. Everything is so huge, so many people, so much beer and parties. Totally crazy!
Q: You travel around a lot, but live in Los Angeles. Initially you’re Swedish. What are the biggest differences between LA and your home country?
A: I come from a part of Stockholm which is very reminiscent of Berlin. Yesterday I went around the houses a little bit and I really felt like I was at home in Södermalm. Since everything is so close, all the people you know and love are just around the corner. You don’t have to call to find out who has the time, but can go out and meet your friends or your family, because everybody lives around the corner. I miss that in LA, because it is so large.
Q:The short film Encounter by Calvin Klein is about an encounter. Tell us something about it.
A: It’s about a man who travels to a woman. In the car, everything is very grim. It is not known how the two are connected, whether they are together or not, and how it all ends. That is exactly what fascinates me so much about the story. I hate it when I read a script and it leaves me no space for my own thoughts. Everything is pre-programmed and so fake, but in this film the viewer decides Encounter by Calvin Klein with his own imagination.
Alexander Skarsgard was interviewed by GQ UK. The excerpt is below:
Did your experience as male model Meekus in Zoolander prepare you for the Calvin Klein shoot?
Ha! There’s some Blue Steel in that poster, wouldn’t you say?
And would you be up for a cameo in the rumoured sequel?
I’m pitching it right now. I wouldn’t want to miss that. Well, I’m hoping they would do something like the scene with Hamlet’s father, and that Meekus will come back as a ghost – I mean, he’s definitely dead.
How did you approach the Encounter campaign?
This is my first big campaign, so I’m really excited. It’s a cool brand and one I was excited to work with. I’ve had some opportunities before now – I shot Hickey Freeman with Annie Liebovitz – but everything felt right about this one. Calvin Klein has never used an actor as the face of its men’s fragrance before, and it’s an honour to be the first. Steven Klein is an amazing photographer, and I thought the concept was really cool. It felt like something from the German expressionist movement. We shot a two-minute short film, so it felt more like making a movie. I’ve worked with [model] Lara Stone before and it was great to work with her again. We had a blast, and I got to be an actor not a model.
Your True Blood schedule sounds gruelling. Is your role as Eric Northman physically demanding?
We do have to be fit – there’s a lot of running around. But I don’t go to the gym six days a week or do any weird diets or anything like that.
So, you don’t get competitive in the gym with Ryan Kwanten (Jason Stackhouse) and Joe Manganiello (Alcide Herveaux)?
No, the whole cast is almost like a little family now. We’ve had the same crew for five years – we’re such a tight group. I’m very lucky, as I know that’s not always the case on other shows. There’s a lot of tension and stuff, but everyone’s supportive of each other. It’s great to get five months off and do other movies and projects because creatively I need to find that kind of motivation in discovering new characters. But it’s also great coming back after a long time. It’s like going back to school when we were kids – it’s exciting.
Are you conscious of being typecast as a sex symbol?
Absolutely not, and that might sound odd when I’ve just done the Encounter campaign. But in terms of finding characters and movies, it’s important to me to find real characters that have some depth. All the movies I did last year –Disconnect, What Maisie Knew, The East – there are definitely no pretty boys in there. One character I played was a little overweight, had glasses and grey hair. One guy had a beard, long hair and never showered. That’s not why I choose roles, obviously, but when I read a script and I connect or don’t connect with a part, I would never let that stand in the way. What’s the incentive to play someone who’s just good looking? I mean, how much fun is that? It’s none at all. You want that transformation, you want to go there; if you’re not willing to go there, then you’re not doing the character justice.
For the full interview please click here:
Gallery below has the images from the Calvin Klein Encounter campaign:
The New York Times art beat asked fans for questions to be answered by Alexander Skarsgard while he was in Toronto for TIFF 2012. The excerpt is below:
TORONTO— During our time at the Toronto International Film Festival, we’ve been talking to filmmakers and actors and, on this occasion, taking some of your questions with us. On Saturday, we solicited questions for Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the Teutonic vampire Eric Northman in the HBO series “True Blood” and is here to promote “What Maisie Knew,” an adaptation of the Henry James novel set in New York City. We received quite a number of varied questions and chose a selection to ask the Swedish-born Mr. Skarsgard, whose character, Lincoln, is a bartender who gets caught up in a nasty custody battle after he marries Julianne Moore’s Susanna. Below are his responses.Q.
I was really struck by the different physical characterizations of Lincoln and Eric after attending [Friday’s] premiere of “What Maisie Knew,” and having just finished watching the season finale of “True Blood.” What discussions or collaborations are involved in determining the physical presence and representation of a character? — Ellen C, Toronto
To me, it’s all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge. There’s gotta be a discovery. When I read a script and have my first interaction with this character, do I feel like there’s something I’m gonna learn here? If I feel like it’s something I’ve done before, then what’s the incentive for me to do it? That’s why, after playing Eric Northman for seven months shooting a season, I don’t want to play Eric Northman in a movie, but just without fangs. I want to try new things.
Wondering if you are in interested in doing a comedy? — Gina Bianchin, Chicago
Yeah, absolutely. I’ve done that in Sweden before. My first film out here was actually a comedy, “Zoolander,” many years ago. I had a small part in that. But I’d love that. It’s different, and something I haven’t done in a while.
Concerning your career: Who would you love to work with? Do you think you will ever direct a movie? — Elaine, Nashville
Isabelle Huppert, the French actress. She’s amazing. And I’ve directed a bit in Sweden. I wrote and directed a short film a couple of years ago. It’s called “To Kill a Child.” Very uplifting (laughs). It’s based on a short story about a car accident and a man kills a child. My kid brother who is now 17, but he was 8 when we shot it, plays the little kid in the movie. I want to do more. It’s just about finding the right project and, obviously, timing.
For the rest of the Q &A please click here: