Josh Woodfin of fhm.com met True Blood’s Eric- Alexander Skarsgard. They had this “bonus” video scene from season 3. The full interview is found at fhm.com linked here: A huge thanks to the Bookies True Blood FB page for the find!
An excerpt of the interview is below: for the full interview please visit fhm.com
As career changes go, it’s impressive. Bored after high school and looking for a challenge, 34-year-old Alexander Skarsgård signed up to the Swedish military looking for adventure. He found it in an exhausting couple of years spent climbing, diving, running, shouting and being shouted at, in the small, icy islands on the outskirts of his home town of Stockholm.
And while that was character forming, it wasn’t quite right for the lanky thoroughbred. Yet despite U-turning on the military and following in his fathers footsteps (his dad is celebrated Swedish actor, Stellan Skarsgard), he soon found himself back in jackboots for his breakout role in HBO’s Generation Kill, which in-turn led to his most famous role as Eric, the cold as ice, club owning vampire in True Blood .
FHM caught up with Skarsgard and tried not to feel jealous…
Did your time in the military help you with Generation Kill?
It helped tremendously. I play a sergeant, and I am a sergeant. All those little details I learnt were so valuable. But I can’t take credit for those lines, those were the real Brad Colbert, who I played. He’s such a hardcore marine, no bullshit, super intelligent, a leader of men, and an alpha male, but he was so dry and funny.
Your character in True Blood, Eric, is pretty cold. What was your inspiration for him?
Well, I was watching this David Attenborough show while I was preparing for season one. It was about lions in Africa, and there was this moment when a huge lion was just chilling, he was so relaxed, and he looked at the camera, and man, he just fucking stared you out. It was so cool because you didn’t know if he was going to attack or fall asleep.
He just stared at the camera guy and I was mesmerised. So Eric is supposed to be this powerful old menacing vampire, and I thought it would be cool to play it relaxed. He’s so fucking confident he doesn’t need to be loud or big or aggressive.
I wanted to recreate the feeling that you didn’t know if he’s going to rip someone apart or fall asleep.
He’s pretty relaxed. Fond of a tracksuit as well, which is unlike most of these la-di-dah vampires…
That’s my favourite outfit on the show. When I read the first episode of the second series I thought that it would be good if Eric dressed like an Italian Gangster from New Jersey. In season one there’s a lot of dressing up, so I thought it would be fun if when people see him when he’s just doing shit in his office, he’s just chilling and walking around in a tracksuit. Plus I really like the idea of ripping a guy apart in flip flops.