Alexander Skarsgard and director Marille Heller are to appear at the 42nd Gent Film Festival in Belguim on October 20 to promote “The Diary of a Teenage Girl“. From the festival’s official website
Film Fest Gent is bringing Alexander Skarsgard and dorector Mareille Heller to the festival, together with the Belguin distributor of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” Lumiere and prodcuer Caviar. On Tuesday 20 October, the film will conclude the youth competition of the festival where the jury will announce the winner of the Explore Award.
This is very welcome news indeed, as we had been thinking that maybe we wouldn’t get any more official appearances this year. Hopefully the usual heavenly collection of festival photographs will follow.
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.
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.
There is a nice HitFix interview with Alexander with mentions of “War On Everyone” and “Tarzan” as well as “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”.
I was lucky enough to see TDOATG at Sundance and it sort of stuck with me ever since which I guess is now almost seven months later. How you got involved and what convinced you to take the part?
Well, I got involved not in the traditional way through my agent, it was actually my friend Jack McBrayer, a comedian that was on “30 Rock,” I don’t know if you know who that is…
So, he’s a dear friend of mine and when I was back in L.A. we were neighbors. He basically said, ‘My friend Marielle wrote this script, it’s her first feature and I think she’s really cool and really smart. She wants you to read it. Can I give it to you?’ And I said, ‘Sure.’ And I read it and I just fell in love with the script. I thought it was such a unique story and I loved the character. I saw it as a real interesting challenge to try to figure out how to play Monroe in a way that wasn’t too predatory — just kind of make him real and find some life in that. And then I met Marielle and I was kind of blown away by her energy and her enthusiasm. I mean this project has been her baby for almost a decade. She adapted the comic book for the stage first and did a play off Broadway in New York where she played me Minnie herself and wrote the script. It was a combination of that kind of just like being really just fallen in love with Marielle and her energy and feeling like this could be an interesting challenge to find a way of making Monroe layered and real.
Further to our previous post containing photos of Alexander at the NYC Premiere of “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”. Here are a few more of him arriving at the venue and signing autographs for lucky fans.
Uproxx have released a really good new interview with Alexander in which he talks about Tarzan, as well as Eric Northman and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl”. Thanks to Skarsgard for posting the link.
Since becoming a famous person by playing Eric Northman on True Blood, Alexander Skarsgård has seemed to poo-poo the typical Hollywood offerings. There hasn’t been the role of playing Mark Wahlberg’s buddy in Contraband 2, or whatever. Sure, he did have a supporting part in Peter Berg’sBattleship, but it’s almost the exception that proves the rule… and if Skarsgård was going to make a failed huge studio movie, well, he picked the one. While his father, Stellan Skarsgård, has been making Marvel movies, Alexander has spent his time making movies with Lars von Trier, Zal Batmanglij, and now with Marielle Heller with The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
In The Diary of a Teenage Girl, Skarsgård plays Monroe, a character who should be repulsive, but the way Skarsgård plays him, it winds up being frustratingly confusing. Monroe seems like a nice guy, but it just so happens he’s sleeping with his girlfriend’s (Kristen Wiig) teenage daughter, Minnie (Bel Powley). Monroe knows this is wrong and tries to end the relationship, but is weak and can never seem to turn Minnie down. Monroe could have easily, and probably pretty effectively, been played as an “asshole,” but Skarsgård gives Monroe depth that Monroe might not even deserve.
Next year, Skarsgård will play the lead in the no-doubt-about-it big budget Tarzan. Directed by David Yates (who has four Harry Potter movies under his directing belt), this at least sounds like a much more interesting Tarzan than we’ve seen in awhile – a Tarzan that is fully domesticated, living in England with his wife. Ahead, Skarsgård explains what he’s looking for when he picks a role, and explains why his Tarzan probably isn’t what you’re expecting.