If you can read Swedish, then you can tell us what this article says about the Tall One, Alexander Skarsgård. Alex is covering the #2 issue of Stayhard magazine, a magazine from his native Sweden.
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Tack to Annika for the translation!!
Swedish male actors have mostly been playing eastern-European criminals in American movies. Alexander Skarsgård is an exception. Our Swedish star is the new favorite actor in Hollywood. He has proved to be able to play very different roles, as to a pretty teenage boy in Swedish comedy movies, a sexy vampire in the American TV-serial True Blood, some sci-fi drama in Melancholia from Lars von Trier, and now in the new movie Battleship where he plays an American navy officer speaking perfect American English.
Alexander enters the conference room at Universal Studio in LA in a dark Burberry shirt and in a pair of dark jeans from Whyred. My first question, as he sat down, was if girls often ask him to bite them. -Sometimes girls ask me to do that but I have not yet done it. How would that look like in a paparazzi picture, if I would play to be a vampire biting young girls, haha.
Alexander is one of the most asked actors and as such a part of the Hollywood-machinery – all that is included. But even if he is surrounded by different managers, publicist and personal assistants, it has not gotten into his head. On the contrary, he seems to take it all pretty cool. He is exactly as cheerful, openhearted, nice and polite as he was when he for the first time arrived to LA.
Thanks to True Blood, Alexander is now a superstar and he has lived for almost 10 years in the USA. In the beginning nobody recognized him in LA. – That was very nice after being recognized everywhere in Sweden. My father is a celebrity and I have been acting since I was a child. So it was a very learning and healthy experience for me to come to the USA and learn to stand on my own feet without being recognized by anybody. It developed my personality as well as an actor and my private me. But now the publicity is sometimes overwhelming and it still feels strange to be recognized everywhere I go. But of course it feels good and I´m happy that True Blood is so popular.
At this very moment Alexander is busy making the actual season of True Blood. He has a couple of free hours for interviews. -The work schedule is hard, he tells. Long working hours with little sleep. -The life in LA is not actually that glamorous as one would think. Most of my time I spend working and I very seldom go out. Bars and clubs are not that fun in LA either. They are actually quite cheesy and because everybody is driving a car, most of the places close already at 1.30 am. Also they mostly play bad music. Those times I go out I go out to listen for a band.
In True Blood Alexander plays the vampire Eric Northman. Sex plays a big part in the serial and his character has become a sex icon all over the world. But Alexander says that he tries not to think about the character to be sexy, it has to come naturally, otherwise it does not work. – If you just try, it goes all wrong and everything feels like a fake. For me, Eric is like a lion. A male lion can lay in the shadow and look tired and bored. At the same time though, he is fully concentrated and can react anytime with all his power, if needed.
Eric has a cool style and Alexander cooperates a lot with the dressers to decide how he should look. – I like his style, Alexander says. – It looks good with black, leather and silver jewelry. I like fashion and clothes but my private style is comfortable and plain.
When Alexander was a teenager he used to borrow the suits of dad Stellan, if he was going to official parties. Now he has his own closet full of handsome designer suits. Mostly he wears suits from Tom Ford, who is his favorite designer. – Tom Ford is, I think, an American but I still like his style. Otherwise I´m mostly interested in Scandinavian design, with straight lines. I like those clothes, which most of the Swedish guys like.
Alexander´s style is famous and his plain Scandinavian style works also for the Americans. When American guys tried before to make an impression with expensive clothes and accessories, they now see Alexander as a role model with his relaxed style with T-shirt and sneakers. Alexander shows that style and taste must not be expensive. He often combines different outfits with cheap and expensive clothes. Even if he likes fashion he does not see himself as a slave of fashion. – Fashion is fun and I like cool clothes but I do not pimp me up, like 15 hours, just to grab milk from a food store.
Alexander has previously said in interviews that vanity is the death of an actor. He explains what he means. – You are heading the wrong direction if you as an actor are thinking more of how good do you look for the public instead of playing the role believable.
Have you ever thought of making yourself uglier than you are? – Haha, I could try but it will be difficult. No, just kidding, when I was living in Sweden I got always to play this kind of roles as “the pretty guy”. In the USA it´s different, I play different roles and here you have more options than in Sweden.
Alexander’s actual movie is called “Battleship”, his first big budget movie. He plays an officer of the USA Navy who gets into a conflict with mean aliens together with his brother (Taylor Kitsch) and some others. Battleship is based on a classic Hasbro game and the film is directed by Peter Berg.
- It was fun to be a part of such a big Blockbuster-movie. A movie where the aliens are taking over, only works in the USA. To make a similar movie in Sweden with the Swedish Navy would not be that big. I know what I´m talking about since I made my army time in the Swedish Navy, haha!
The more popular Alexander becomes the more women want to be his friend – and girlfriend. But if you ask him about his love life he shuts down like a shell. This is something he wishes not to discuss with journalist
- There is a lot of false things in LA. A lot of people want to be a friend with a celebrity. I pay attention and I can see very quickly if somebody only wants to be friend with me just because I´m popular. I like to meet new people but I find out very soon if they only want to hang around with me so I could take them with me to fancy party or premiere.
Lives in: LA
Family: Mother My (doctor), father Stellan (actor) and six younger siblings, i.e. Bill and Gustaf who also work as actors.
Girlfriend: Secret. Has been seen together with Elizabeth Olsen. Has been dating Kate Bosworth.
Background: Started his carreer as a child actor in Sweden with the movie “Ake and his world”. His first USA role was a cameo in Ben Stillers “Zoolander”. His international breakthrough were the TV-series True Blood and Generation Kill.
Movies: The Diver, Wings of Glass, Hundtricket, How You Make Your Bed, Kill You Darlings, Angels of Steel, 13, Melancholia and Straw Dogs.
Right now: Battleship.
You can read the magazine on ISSUU.
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