Alexander Skarsgard is back in the spotlight, despite ‘retiring’ at the age of 13.
The actor, who plays True Blood’s Eric Northman and Sgt Brad ‘Iceman’ Colbert in Generation Kill, claims he gave up acting back in 1989.
“I did my first movie when I was seven, and then I worked for about six years, doing movies and television in Sweden but then I quit and didn’t work at all for seven years,” he said.
He continued: “Back then in good old Sweden, we only had two TV channels so whatever was on, people would watch. I did a movie for television there, and it had a huge impact. Suddenly people recognized me wherever I went, and it just made me very uncomfortable.”
With his famous father, Stellan Skarsgard, who has starred in films such as Mamma Mia! and Ronin, you might think Alexander would have been to get some tips on dealing with fame from his old man, but his celebrity preceded his dad’s, who, back in the late Eighties, was a jobbing actor in Stockholm theatres.
“He wasn’t that big a star when I grew up. The thing that took him to Hollywood was Breaking The Waves, the Lars von Trier movie, in 1996. I was already 20 years old by that point,” said Alexander.
“I’ve got younger siblings, and it was different for them; they did more of the travelling around the world, being on sets and all of that exotic stuff. For me, it was running around backstage at the theatre.”
SOURCE: The Press Association (Tack Beer Wolf baby!!)
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