Alexander Skarsgård was featured in a weekly on-line Russian magazine Beautiful OTHERSNOW. (Issue 22, dated December 1, 2011).
The interview is in Russian but Olga has translated it for us (Tack så mycket Olga!!) The photos are all stuff we’ve seen before of Alex, but what an amazing gallery of photos were included of him. There are eighteen (18!) pages of Alex in this magazine.
You can view the whole magazine (and enlarge the text, photos) below:
Translation of the article:
Melancholy of Straw Dogs
Text on the picture on the first page:
Alexander Skarsgård was born on August 25th, 1976 in the small town near the South side of Stockholm to the family of known actor, Stellan Skarsgård, who is known not only in Sweden, but beyond its borders. Besides Alexander, his parents, Stellan and My, were raising four sons and one daughter. Gustav and Bill are also actors, and Eija is successful in fashion business. Several years ago, Alexander’s parents got divorced, and the actor gained a step-brother.
Alexander’s début in the movies took place when he was 8 years old. He played a role in a movie, Ake and His World, that was loved by critics and that received several esteemed awards. After that, Alexander played a role in a Hunden som log, that made him famous among teenagers across Sweden. However, being famous, was not to the thirteen-year-old teenager’s liking. It was weighing on Alexander that he could not walk down the street without being recognized; and as the result, he decided to abandon his acting career. Later, in one of the interviews, the actor will say that the time was necessary for him to prove to himself his reliance on acting profession. “Fame for me is scary”, he states. “When people are looking at you, and you are reading about yourself in newspapers; at 13, it only creates great confusion. I thought, that if that what it means to be famous, then it’s clear that I don’t like it”.
During that time, Alexander served in Sweden’s navy for 15 month, returned home, tried to earn diploma in architecture, and decide that he needed to do something with his life. It is then, he returned to acting. At the age of 20, he enrolled in Leeds Metropolitan University, where he was learning acting skills. “I’ve spent my time watching soccer, getting drunk, and getting in trouble for six months”, he says. “But during that time is when the thought of “what do I want to do with my life” came to my mind. This is why I went to New York and started attending theater college; and as soon as I started, I realized that I truly missed it”. Yet, his Swedish roots called him back home. Upon return to Sweden, Alexander played a role in Swedish movie Hundtricket (The Dog Trick), and even was nominated for Best Supporting Actor “Guldbagge” (exact translation is “Golden Beatle”) Award for that role in the movie. That role made him incredibly famous, and he was voted “Sexiest man in Sweden” five times.
After that role, Alexander was offered numerous acting parts. One of the movies he played in, Wings of Glass, was shown during Moscow’s film festivals and had positive reviews of the critics. But soon, the actor started getting bored of monotonous roles, and he decided to try his luck again in Hollywood. He played a role in the movie “Zoolander” with Ben Stiller. A small role for the idiot-roommate was made even smaller once the film was edited. Even though the time during the shooting of the movie was fun-filled and enjoyable, Alexander was disappointed with his first experience working in the States, and he returned to Sweden once again. He got intrigued by theater and had a role in such plays as Who is Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Blood Marriage. Additionally, in 2003, Alexander showed himself as a talented screen-writer and director. His short film, To Kill a Child, was well received by critics. Nevertheless, the actor went to the States once again.
First taste of American fame came to Alexander after release of HBO’s mini-series Generation Kill. The actor got one of the major roles, the role of Sgt. Brad “Iceman” Colbert, after which he started to be recognized on the street of Los Angeles, where he was renting a place with his friends. Thinking back to that time, Alexander states: “The many young men would approach me after Generation Kill was out to talk about the war”. During the filming, Alexander gained many friends. “We spent 7 months in Mozambique, Nambia, and South Africa. It was the most taxing experience I have ever had. I’ve worked 142 out of 145 days of filming. We shot from Monday through Saturday; and on Sundays I was reading scenes for next week and worked with dialect coach (Alexander credits him for his great “American” accent he has now). I am very proud of Generation Kill. The filming was intense. I have never sacrificed that much, but I also never got as much back in return. The mini-series gives an idea of soldier’s reality, which is very different than what is shown on general TV and in the news”.
After that, in 2008, Alexander auditioned for a main character on HBO’s series True Blood. The producer of the series, Allan Ball, was so charmed by the young actor, that he approved him for the role of Eric Northman, even though, the actor originally auditioned for the role of Bill Compton. This year, the fourth season is being shown, in which many fans can see their favorite 1000 year old vampire.
In the last few years, the career of the actor was growing – Alexander played a role in Lady Gaga’s video Paparazzi, however it was mostly due to the fact that video’s director was his friend. Later, the movie 13 came to the screen, in which Mickey Rourke, Jason Statham, and many others played as well; Swedish movie Puss, where he acted along side his brother Gustav; and a full-length cartoon Metropia, in which he did voice acting with his father and Juliette Lewis. Also, in 2010, Alexander worked with his father and brother doing voice acting on Swedish cartoon about Moomins family, Moomins and the Comet Chase. He truly caught attention of viewers and critics in Lars von Trier’s film Melancholia, with Kristen Dunst, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Stellan Skarsgård. In November, we can see the re-make of cult classic Dustin Hoffman’s movie Straw Dogs, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth. And in a near future, the movie Battleship will be shown the big screen; in which the partner on the screen is the singer Rihanna.
But despite the popularity, Alexander, like most other Hollywood actors, doesn’t have personal trainer and PR-agent. “I don’t need someone who would hold my hand and speak for me. This makes me feel useless. I can hop on the metro myself, in order to get to work, and to choose my own clothes”.
The actor admits, that if he had to choose his favorite “famous person” it would be Gary Oldman. “I saw him on the metro in Brooklyn. All by himself, without any “superstar” mannerisms. And very distant, of course”.
Alexander speaks English, little bit of French, and German. He has one tattoo on his leg. It’s a childhood drawing done by his brother. However, the brother did not truly appreciate why Alexander got the tattoo, stating that he just had nothing better to do.
There is little known about actor’s personal life. In particular, some think that he had a romantic relationship with Evan Rachel Wood, after their mutual trip to Sweden. But that “relationship” was never confirmed; soon after, Alexander was spotted with his fellow actress from Straw Dogs, Kate Bosworth. Recently, Alexander’s father confirmed that the two are indeed dating.
Few quick questions to Alexander Skarsgård from Swedish ELLE:
I become angry at: narrow-minded people
I laugh from: stand-up comedian Mitch Hedberg
What makes me dance: just get me drunk
Best advice you got from your parents: do what you want
Favorite designer: Rick Owens
Favorite spots in LA: down-to-earth places, like rock bars and places with jukeboxes
Best thing on Friday night: I get down to “The Smell” in downtown and listen to industrial rock. After that, I walk back home, take a bath, and spend time with my “surrogate” family.
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