Refuses to become a sex symbol.
Hollywood. Alexander Skarsgård fled from the stamp as a sex symbol in Sweden. Now he is about to have the same status in the United States. “But here I don’t have to fight to prove that I can play something other than the hot, young guy,” he tells Nöjesbladet.
It is a sun burned 33-year-old who makes a brief visit at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel to launch the third season of the vampire series ‘True Blood’. Already on Monday, Skarsgård will be in Trollhättan to record Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.” “I’ll leave directly from here to the airport.”
HIS CAREER IS BOOMING.
The film, with Kiefer Sutherland and Kirsten Dunst, among others, will be the first where he really plays against his father, Stellan. “We did ‘Åke och hans värld’ in 1983. I was 7. I am really looking forward to working with him and that we should be in the same room for a while.” With Skarsgård’s Hollywood career in high gear that might take a while before it happens again. In mid-August, he begins recording the action-adventure “Battleship” in Hawaii before it’s time for another season of ‘True Blood’. The series which is HBO’s biggest success right now.
“It is the writers who should have the credit that the series continues to be interesting and fresh. If the characters and their characters don’t grow, then a program won’t hold in the long run.”
If the soldier role of Brad Colbert in ‘Generation Kill’ paved the way for Skarsgård in Hollywood, his pale, Scandinavian vampire, Eric, in ‘True Blood’ is what made him a star. His celebrityhood has grown further due to his relationship with actress Kate Bostworth. Now he can barely make everyday matters without being documented by the media. “It’s a little surreal compared to my life in Sweden. But it’s important for me to continue to hang out with the same people as before, go to the same restaurants, doing what I love and not let that control my life.” “I’m not going to start to let someone buy milk for me, for fear of being photographed. Hopefully that attitude will help me to maintain my mentality”
WANTS TO MAKE MORE FILM IN SWEDEN.
In the U.S., his undramatic approach to nude scenes attracted much attention.He doesn’t understand the debate. “It’s never been a big thing for me. If it is logical for the plot, obviously I won’t mind it – as seen in the series” he says and laughs.
If Hollywood is Skarsgård’s new base, he declares that he has not left the Swedish film behind. “I didn’t come to Hollywood because I wanted to leave Scandinavia or the film industry. I came here because there were a number of interesting opportunities. It does not matter if the script is from Beverly Hills or Greenland. As long as there is a filmmaker I want to work with I will do it. ” “It is an incredibly good position I have,that last year to make a small film in Sweden and then go to Louisiana and make the big budget film ‘Straw Dogs’.”
DRAMA ON OIL PLATFORM.
He can repeat the formula of the upcoming season. Upcoming is “Elefanten” by the Norwegian director Hans Petter Moland. The film is based on a true story and takes place on an oil platform in Norway 1969 “Hans Petter is a good friend of mine, a fantastic film maker and has worked with my dad a few times. If only the financing is solved, I am certainly interested.”
Alxander says that the naked scense with Stephen Moyer’s girlfriend Anna Paquin in ‘True Blood’ is easier since all three of them are friends.
… if his father Stellan asks him about Hollywood-advice: “Yes, a lot (laughter). No. He only says,” Buy a house and make sure it has a small guest house. Then I can come and visit and clean your pool. “That’s his plan (laughter)”
… the rapid change from anonymity to celebrity in the U.S.: “After the first season of ‘True Blood’ people barely recognize me because I wore a blonde wig. It was not until the second year when I came directly from Sweden to Comic Con (comic convention in San Diego) that I was overwhelmed. It is certainly flattering to meet 5000 fans who had flown from Taiwan for the panel hearing, but it is also difficult to understand.”
…his repeated nomination to sexiest in Sweden: “I wasn’t angry about it. I was flattered (laughs). I’m only human – in real life. What I didn’t like in Sweden was that it was focusing on just that and that all the roles I got was that hot, young boy.
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