Alexander Skarsgard channelled his inner golden goddess yesterday at the San Francisco Premiere of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl“. It must have taken hours to perfect the shimmering skin, Charlie’s Angels inspired golden wig and gorgeously manicured nails, but the end result, completed by a gold sequinned gown and high heels, was well worth it. Bel Powley and Marielle Heller joined in the fancy dress with 60s themed costumes, and other guests paid homage to The Rocky Horror Picture Show with their outfits.
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!)
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.”
Alexander attended the SAG Foundation screening of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” on Monday in LA, along with co-star Bel Powley and director Marielle Heller. The event also included another Q&A and here are the rather lovely pictures.
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).
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.”
Yesterday (July 27) Alexander Skarsgard attended the LA Times Indie Focus advanced screening of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”, along with co-star Bel Powley and director Marielle Heller. After the screening they took part in a Q&A session.
Below is our gallery of photos collected from the event……..