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Alexander Skarsgard Interview with Metro UK


Alexander Skarsgard is featured in the current Metro UK issue. Interview excerpt is below. To download a digital edition of the issue please visit this link at Metro UK MetroUK digital
The pdf of the section is below click on link to open the article.  Continue reading


Alexander Skarsgard Attends LA Times Indie Focus Screening of What Maisie Knew


The Los Angeles Times held a screening of the film “What Maisie Knew” as part of their Indie Focus program. I was fortunate to attend the screening and the Q and A held after the screening. Alexander Skarsgard, Onata Aprile, and directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel attended the screening. The Q and A was moderated by LA Times writere Mark Olsen. 


Alexander Skarsgard and Onata Aprile attended the Q and A and they were absolutely adorable together in the film and during the Q and A. Alex carried Onata into the theater and helped her get into the chair. Alex was telling how Onata loved it when he would lift her up by her arms in the film in the image above. Due to their height differences Alex would have to pick Onata up in order for them to be in the same frame. It was also fun to hear how Onata loved the scene where they played Monopoly in the movie and beat all the adults.


The directors mentioned how it took auditioning over 150 young girls before they found the perfect Maisie- Onata.

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Alex plays Lincoln, Maisie’s step dad in the film. The movie was just a delight to watch. It has a very sad theme involving the break up of a relationship and the subsequent effect it has on the young child involved. Onata plays Maisie a 6 year old who has to adapt to a new life spent between squabbling parents who have now remarried (in an effort to help with the custody hearings)


Onata was amazing in her role. Watching Alex and Onata on screen was also a joy to watch. Yet the movie is very very sad at times. As a mom I just wanted to yell at the parents who were just really not putting the child’s best interests at heart. The theater was filled to capacity.


The film is out now in Los Angeles. I will post the theaters as soon as I can. Here is a link for the theaters in the Los Angeles area that are showing the film:  Fandango.com The images in the gallery below were taken by me during the Q and A. I still have a lot more to edit.


Alex was also very nice and so happy that fans came out to the screening and thanked us after the screening. He gladly took photos with fans. A security guard was trying to shoo away fans and say ok that’s enough but Alex just said “no let the fans get their photos”. I was one of the last lucky ones to get my photo with Alex. Since I’m short he scrunched down to help out (i was on my tippy toes but still way shorter to Alex’s 6′ 4″).

Huge thanks to my friends who helped make the photo opportunity possible! (no one can work my dang camera!!) It was a very very long day but it was all worth it in the end. (I had driven out to The Grove for Alex’s interview but it was sadly cancelled)

UPDATE: Amazon has the tie-in version for What Maisie Knew for sale featuring Alex on the cover: (reading it now!)



What Maisie Knew New York Premiere Alexander Skarsgard Photos


Alexander Skarsgard is confirmed to attend the What Maisie Knew premiere in New York city today 5/2/13. Photos from the press junket are below. Onata looks adorable!!!
Alex with his “What Maisie Knew” co-star, Onata Aprile, in New York today.

Here are some photos of Alex with fans: This fan met Alex when What Maisie Knew was filming in 2011 and got to meet him again tonight at the premiere


From the premiere:

Some video from the arrivals:

Here are some photos from the premiere after party: link here:
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What Maisie Knew Trailer Alexander Skarsgard Coloring Break

041Alexander Skarsgard and Onata Aprile are featured in the new trailer for the film “What Maisie Knew”. No matter what age you are everyone can use a coloring break!

The trailers are on this link:

The film is due out May 3, 2013. Alexander Skarsgard will be present at the film’s red carpet event in New York being held on May 2, 2013.  Good luck to all the fans that will be there!

Screencaps below:


New What Maisie Knew Film Poster



Another poster has been released for “What Maisie Knew”. The film stars Alexander Skarsgard, Julianne Moore and Onata Aprile and they are featured in the poster shown above.

EW posted the following:

Kramer vs. Kramer continues to stand as one of the most memorable, heart-wrenching dramas about divorce and the battle for child custody. But way before the Dustin Hoffman/Meryl Streep-starrer, there was What Maisie Knew, a 1897 book by Henry James about a child shuffled back and forth between her two divorced parents every six months. That turn-of-the-century novel has now been updated for a modern retelling on the big screen, in a film starring Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgård.

EW has the exclusive poster for the movie that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. On the new one-sheet, Moore and Skarsgård peek in from the edges, while young actress Onata Aprile (Maisie) is front and center, boring her big eyes “Mona Lisa”-style into anyone who catches a glance of this striking poster — (Shown above)


In What Maisie Knew, aging rock star Susanna (Moore) and art dealer Beale (Steve Coogan) are the negligent, self-involved divorced parents of young Maisie. Alexander Skarsgård plays the much younger bartender Susanna marries after Beale marries Maisie’s nanny (Scottish actress Joanna Vanderham). Maisie’s two new stepparents come to care for her more than her childish parents do.

What Maisie Knew is directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel (The Deep End,Uncertainty) and will be released by Millennium Entertainment this May.


Page on this site has more info on the film:


Alexander Skarsgard Promo Image from “What Maisie Knew”

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Millenium Entertainment released the image above of Alexander Skarsgard and Onata Aprile from the film “What Maisie Knew”. This film looks like it will definitely tug at the heart strings with scenes like the one above.

The gallery below has screencap images from the promo trailer released 5/12/12:


Alexander Skarsgard’s “What Maisie Knew” Film Poster



The film poster for the film “What Maisie Knew” was released today. The poster is shown above. The film stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, Steve Coogan and Onata Aprile.


The film was adapted by Carroll Cartwright and Nancy Doyne, and co-directed by Scott McGeehee and David Siegel.  The film tells of parents — an aging rock star (Moore) and a contemporary art dealer (Coogan) — who are locked in a custody battle for their six year old daughter Maisie. In the midst of all this, they each take on new lovers — ex-nanny Margo (Joanna Vanderham) and bartender Lincoln (Skarsgard) — further disrupting the world of young Maisie, who ultimately has to fend for herself.

Alexander Skarsgard, Onata Aprile TIFF 2012

Brought to you by the producers of “The Kids Are All Right,” this looks like another contemporary take on modern relationships between parents and children. “What Maisie Knew” opens May 2013 via Millenium Films.



The Hollywood Reporter: Alexander Skarsgard TIFF 2012 Image

The current issue of “The Hollywood Reporter” features coverage from Toronto Internation Film Festival. The TIFF 2012 images include Alexander Skarsgard who was there for the “What Maisie Knew” premiere. The gallery below contains the scan. Alex states that “Adult actors do all this research and work to mak acting seem “natural”. But I didn’t come close to having her amazing energy.”  -on his 7 year old co-star Onata Aprile.

THR has more behind the scenes video at THR.Com


What Maisie Knew TIFF 2012 Review on MyETVmedia

Review of “What Maisie Knew” by MyETVmedia:
What Maisie Knew, adapted from the Henry James novella of the same name, is a little gem of a film starring Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Alexander Skaarsgard and newcomer Onata Aprile. True to the novella, Co-Directors McGehee and David Siegel use the camera to give us seven year-old Maisie’s view of her dysfunctional parents in the midst of a torrid and destructive divorce. James’ novel was acclaimed for its profound insights and interior perspective of the child in the circumstance, and the transition from the page to the screen is successfully rendered with the help of a tightly crafted script set in modern day New York City by screenwriter Carroll Cartwright. Not since Kramer vs. Kramer has a film so capably explored a disastrous marriage and its consequences with such acuity.

That Henry James’ novels have been such fertile ground for filmmakers is no surprise. His themes and motifs are timeless, characters engaging, resonant and thoroughly modern. Of the dozens of screen adaptations of James’ novels since the 1930’s, Hollywood has most recently churned out Jane Campion’s Portrait of A Lady (1996), Agnieszka Holland’s Washington Square (1998), Iain Softley’s The Wings of the Dove (1998) and The Turn of the Screw (In A Dark Place, 2006). Each of these films pit a cynicism against innocence in circumstances with different but nonetheless intriguing results. This adaptation of What Maisie Knew is no exception.

For the full review please click on link below:

What Maisie Knew TIFF 2012 Review on MyETVmedia.


Alexander Skarsgard Answers Fan Questions: NY Times

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.

Mr. Skarsgard with Onata Aprile in "What Maisie Knew."Nicole RivelliMr. Skarsgard with Onata Aprile in “What Maisie Knew.”

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:


Alexander Skarsgard’s TIFF Fashion Last Minute ‘Suiting’

Alexander Skarsgard has been on location filming for his role in “The Hidden”. Usually when Alex is on location he does not pack a suit. Luckily for fans he was able to attend TIFF 2012 screening for “What Maisie Knew”. Since it was ‘last minute’, Alex was able to find a proper suit for the screening at the Gucci store in Toronto.

Instyle reported:

What Masie Knew star Alexander Skarsgard had a problem at the Toronto International Film Festival—he had nothing to wear to his movie’s premiere! Luckily, a last-minute stop to Toronto’s Gucci store provided a luxury solution. “I’ve been shooting a film named Hidden for two months, and when I go on location, I don’t pack a suit,” he told us at the dinnerInStyle hosted in honor of the Masie movie at the Windsor Arms Hotel. “I bring a T-shirt and sweatpants every day. And when you’re working, it’s pretty intense. I don’t have a lot of time outside of shooting. So I had nothing.” He also had nothing that fit. ForHidden, he had to lose 16 pounds from his 203-pound frame to take on the emaciated look his character called for. No wonder he had no clothes! Though, judging from his role on True Blood, that wouldn’t have been such a bad thing, anyway.



TIFF 2012 Schedule Released: What Maisie Knew and Disconnect

Alexander Skarsgard will have two films featured at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. The dates of the screenings for “What Maisie Knew” and Disconnect are below:

What Maisie Knew:

Friday September 7
Roy Thomson Hall
9:30 PM
Saturday September 8
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
12:45 PM
Sunday September 16
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
3:30 PM


Tuesday September 11
Princess of Wales
7:00 PM
Wednesday September 12
Ryerson Theatre
12:00 PM
Sunday September 16
Scotiabank 3
9:15 AM

To purchase tickets please visit this link at TIFF.net

As of today there has been no official confirmation whether or not Alexander Skarsgard will be able to attend the screenings. It might be a last minute decision. As soon as any official announcement is made I’ll post on the site. (per his manager)

UPDATE: 9/6/12:  Per Alex’s manager things are looking pretty good for Alex to be there at TIFF 2012!! Can’t wait to get the photos from the event! Good luck to all the fans that are there.


What Maisie Knew TIFF Festival Gala Presentation

Alexander Skarsgard’s upcoming film “What Maisie Knew” will be presented at TIFF (Toronto Internation Film Festival).

The film description:

Drawing from classic American literature but rooted in today’s New York City, What Maisie Knew is an affecting portrait of a family coming apart, as seen from the vantage point of a six-year-old girl who watches the adults around her behave like children.

Susanna (Julianne Moore) is a pushy but seductive rock and roll icon married to Beale (Steve Coogan), a charming, distracted art dealer. Unnerved by the prospect of middle-aged stasis and drawn to other lovers, the couple eventually divorces. Maisie (Onata Aprile), their only child, is caught in the middle of it all, a flesh-and-blood bargaining tool who winds up being shuttled back and forth between her parents as they each attempt to start their lives afresh with new partners. Quietly precocious and a keen observer, Maisie begins to understand how essentially selfish, irresponsible and damaged her parents really are. With time their new relationships disintegrate as well, and Maisie is forced to consider whether or not she should try to construct for herself a whole new family altogether.

The genius of Henry James’ novel lay in its uncanny ability to capture its young protagonist’s developing consciousness over time. As rendered by the directing duo of Scott McGehee and David Siegel (who also dealt sensitively with complicated parent-child relations in The Deep End and Bee Season), this screen version conveys Maisie’s internal world not so much through language as images. In Aprile, they have found a truly remarkable child star, with a gaze that arrests us with its sincerity and knowingness. Hers is an unforgettable performance, beautifully matched by her adult co-stars Moore (feisty, compelling, and often clad in leopard-print outfits) and Coogan, who is by turns frustrating and endearing in an atypical dramatic role. A grown-up film about childhood and a scathing look at two childish grown-ups,What Maisie Knew is, above all, wickedly amusing and cuttingly insightful.

To purchase tickets please visit TIFF.net

Official Trailer: