After True Blood he no longer has to worry about paying his rent.
Alexander Skarsgård is hot. Suddenly he is “the handsome Swede” all over the place – TV, the big screen, in music videos. And he has “it”, that quality which can take him as far as possible. But the journey here hasn’t been an easy one, behind the 33 year old actor’s career lies a lot of hard work.
- It was in 2004 that I started commuting between Sweden and USA, says Alexander. I was in a deadlock in Sweden. There were no jobs and the one’s that existed were no challenge at all, just to pay the rent. In USA the market is bigger and in 2007 I got my first big job in the mini-series “Generation Kill”. But I haven’t emigrated; I still work in Sweden when something interesting comes up.
You have 4 movies coming up next year which may be common in Hollywood, but at the same time you have a lead in a television series – How do you have the time?
- It is intense, but it’s always fun to go to work so it doesn’t matter that I haven’t time for a vacation. We are a wonderful group who work on True Blood and there is a fantastic feeling on the set.
What does every day life look like for you now+
- At the moment I’m in New York, but I’m soon returning to Los Angeles to start work on season 3 of True Blood. It takes between 6-7 months to record an entire season. When I’m not working on True Blood I try to find other interesting projects.
August 20th we will see a totally different side to him than we do in True Blood. That’s when Johan Kling’s (Darling) “Puss” will premiere. The role was a conscious move from his side to diversify.
- I want a character to be a challenge. It is not much fun to play a character you’ve done 70 times before. At the moment I’m getting a lot of offers to play vampires, but I’m not interested in doing that.
Describe your role in Puss.
- I play a guy from Stockholm who is interested in making a career, there’s a lot of surface and he is focused on the first impression. At the same time he’s afraid of conflicts and he keeps getting into situations which he tries to resolve by lying and by doing so he is drawn further down into a crappy situation.
It sounds like a fun character.
- Yes, he’s completely spineless; it’s very fun to play him.
Rumors are saying he’s going to play the lead in Lars von Trier’s new science fiction movie “Melancholia”, where he is also going to act with his father Stellan, in a father and son pairing.
What are your expectations of Melancholia?
- Nothing is set yet. But it would be fabulous to work with Lars von Trier. I’ve read a treatment of the story and it could be very exciting to do this. With a director like Lars von Trier one almost always say yes even before one has read the script.
Your younger brother Bill has a budding acting career in Sweden. What is your advice to him?
- Bill is smarter than I am, so he should be giving me advice.
Now it is you, Gustaf and Bill who are hot actors. Do you think we will see any more of your siblings in the theater’s in the future?
- There are seven of us, and it is an unwritten law that there should be at least 2 or 3 Skarsgård’s in every Swedish movie that is made. No, my brother Sam did some movies but he has studied to become a doctor (MD) and the others are still teenagers and they need to have some fun before they decide what they want to do. My 14 year old brother Valter was in my movie “To Kill a Child”, but he mostly plays the guitar nowadays. He’s into death metal.
Name: Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård
Girlfriend: No comments (He’s been seen a lot with Kate Bosworth, his co-star in Straw Dogs)
Lives: In Beverly Hills, Los Angeles
Currently in the news: In Johan Kling’s comedy “Puss” which premieres August 20th, later in Lars von Trier’s
Melancholia”, the remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs” and the thriller 13.
Best actor: Ever? What a difficult question (thinks for a long time) Alan Edwall in “Åke och hans värld”. He was simply fantastic.
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