The information below is from a website Alexander had himself back in 2000-2003…
Besides a BIOGRAPHY and pictures…there’s a “newsletter” and answers to a bunch of questions his fans left for him in the guestbook…
Thanks to the girls at the AS Library for sharing the information on where to find this….
and thanks to Shell for the translations….POK!
Alexander Skarsgård was born in Stockholm August 25, 1976.
He started his career as an actor when he was four years old at a small theater. In 1984 he got his first role in a film, Alexander played “Kalle Nubb” in the award-winning film “Åke and his World” by director/actor Allan Edwall.
New offers came soon after the success of the film and within the next five years, Alexander played in more than ten feature films and TV productions.
1984 Alexander found that he was emptied of much of his self-confidence. The media expected a grown man and not the teenager he still was. Alexander found it difficult to know how to act during an interview, it felt like he had to say what the journalists wanted to hear.
He decided to give up acting and focus on a new career, perhaps as a lawyer, doctor or pilot, anything but not an actor. Alexander began political studies until 1995 and joined the Army in the mountains. In 1996, he was done in the military and moved to Leeds in the UK to study the next six months at Leeds Metropolitan University. He left school with a proficiency certificate.
With a new burst of self-esteem and a desire to see work as an actor again Alexander moved to New York to study theater at Marymount. When he returned to Sweden in 1998, he took a job at a cafe and took extra work as a model.
Summer of 1998 Alexander was offered a role in Christina Olofsson’s film “Happy End”. He took the job and found that he was back in the same place he was ten years ago, but with one big difference, this time, he had confidence.
Since then, he played in four feature films, two mini-series and a TV series.
1999 Alexander was voted Sweden’s sexiest man of Aftonbladet’s readers. A title he won again a year later on Aftonbladet’s web site. He was flattered, of course, but does not want to be seen as just a sex symbol. “Creating a character different from those you have in the past, that is what acting is about.”
December 3rd, 2001
Christmas greetings from a fighter pilot…
I have just returned home to Stockholm after almost two months in Luleå. It was great to see family and friends, but at the same time I`ll miss Luleå, we had lots of fun up there. Every day we had some free time, we did fun things. We drove snowmobiles, shot clay pigeons (skeet), went cowboy riding and I even got to try to fly a fighter plane, what a dream!
Free days in Stockholm I just sat and hung out at the cafès on Söder or went for a walk in Vitabergsparken. I have decided to change all that from now on. Now I am going to try and take advantage of my free time so that I go to bed, one experience richer, every night.
The reason why I lived up in Luleå half of the autumn was because I played in a movie called “Hundtricket”. It`s a love comedy about a guy who dreams about falling in love and his friend who has a slightly different plan for how to make that happen. The filming has been really fun and I hope you`ll like it. “Hundtricket” will premiere after the summer.
Now as I mentioned I’m back in Stockholm and have planned to, besides all my enriching activities, bake lussebullar and look at the Christmas calendar. Before I answer any questions I just want to say that most of your questions have been answered in previous letters, so feel free to go in and read them. And then I hope that you understand that I can`t send personal replies to all of you, but have to restrict myself to answering the questions here in this newsletter.
From the guestbook….
Jossan Favorite actor?
Oh, there’s plenty. Ernst-Hugo Järegård, Keve Hjelm, Margareta Krook, Thommy Berggren, Göran Ragnerstam, just to name a few …
Nathalie: The funniest thing you’ve ever done?
Steering a fighter plane at five thousand meters in altitude beats most of what I’ve done. Thank you all wonderful at F21 in Luleå!!!
Annika: What school did you go to?
I was in Södermalm School (1-6) Eriksdal School (7-9) and Aso (gymnasium)
Jompa: Where have you bought your three crowns jacket?
On Uff in Göteborg three years ago.
Daniel: How do you succeed as an actor?
There is never any guarantee in order to support oneself as an actor. But a good start is to acquire an education and experience by being in school plays, local groups and by going to auditions.
Linda: Can we start a fan club for you?
Of course you may. Contact us if you need help with something.
Eva: How old were you the first time you were in a movie?
I was seven when I did “Åke and his world”
I would like to apologize that updating the page has been so slow in the past. This is not because of laziness from any side, but that I personally do not possess the technical expertise to update myself but have been dependent on others. And the page is not bringing in any income so, everyone helps for free in their spare time …
Recently launched alexander-skarsgard.com a collaboration with Frida.se. Hopefully updates from now on will be a little more intense and the activity on the page will increase. There is already cooperation.
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with lots of snow, porridge and gifts and remember that Santa exists as long as you want him to.
Take it easy!
February 3rd, 2002
Do you remember our friend the sun?
Have counted and it was nineteen days since I last saw the sun. It can not be good for a human to live so long without sun light. When I`m out, I feverishly look for the smallest sign of spring that can give a little hope that it may be, may be spring somewhere near in the future.
Don`t get me wrong! Real winter with snow, skating and hot chocolate is wonderful, but it`s this dark gray slime I can`t take. If you find anything positive about it, it would be the fact that we Swedes are the best in the world to take care of the little sun we get.
The frost is barely not gone before we rush out with blankets and ghetto blasters and crowd like herrings in the parks. Tourists probably think we’re crazy, but they, on the other hand, have not lived nineteen days in gray slime. Do you remember our friend the sun?
From the guestbook…..
Sara: What colour are your eyes?
Eva: Is it difficult to get a role in an American movie?
Yes, competition is much harder there. It is particularly difficult if you’re a foreigner and don’t speak fluent English. Then you most often play a German villain.
Lisa & Maria: Blond or Brunette?
With the risk of sounding politically incorrect, I must say both. I have been interested in blondes, brunettes and redheads. I have no direct favourite color.
Nina: Are you coming back to “Vita Lögner” ?
No, I will not. I have been killed twice now. But of course, in soaps anything can happen!
Evelina: Where do you live?
On Södermalm in Stockholm
Hanna: What do you do besides movies?
Nothing really. I make my living as an actor.
Linnea: Is it tiresome that everyone wants your autograph?
Not at all, it’s flattering. It would indeed be sad if it was vice-versa, if no one wanted it.
Lisa & Maria: What do you think of silicone in the breasts?
I like natural girls best.If they’re cute and charming they don’t need large silicone breasts for the boys to look at.
Annica: Where did you buy the clothes in “Vingar av glas”?
They have Maria (wardrobe), who bought the costumes in the movie. Mostly from second hand stores in Stockholm.
Sorry to nag, but if you have not received answers to your questions: read previous newsletters.
Your questions have probably been answered there.
Take care of yourself and be prepared with blankets and ghetto blasters. Soon the sun will penetrate the dark clouds and then it’s all about being the first one outside!
Take it easy! / Alex
April 10th, 2002
Hello all Shipwrecked!
I have come to the realization that I was born in the wrong part of the country. Having recently spent a small magical weekend in Norrbotten. The sun was shining and the ice was still thick on the lakes. We drove a snowmobile from dawn to dusk and at night we sat in a heated wooden tub and drank cold beer under the twinkling stars and the most fanatic aurora you can imagine.
It was more than a weekend in Stockholm, where people sip watery lattes easily from dawn to dusk and then drag themselves over to the nearest bar.
So if there is anyone up there who wants to change a log cabin with a fireplace for a dull two room in Söder with the smell of watery cafe Lattes, please get in touch!
Sara: What character that you played was most like you?
I would probably think that it was Kalle Nubb in “Åke and His World” because I was only seven years old and didn’t think so much in terms of character, but did what the director said so that I could run away and eat cakes after.
Elisabeth: Have you ever acted with a Norwegian actor?
Yes, against Bjorn Floberg in “Dykaren”
Linda: Favorite Actor?
I recently saw “Soldiers in the moonlight” again and Goran Ragnerstam totally fantastic in there, so it would probably be him.
Karin: What does the King of Södermalm think of Östermalm?
Have absolutely nothing against Östermalm, have several friends who live there. But as I was born and raised in Söder, it is natural for me to mainly hang out there. Thanks also for the title “Södermalm King”, thought it was Petter!
A Leonbergercalled Nelson. He is over twelve years, which is quite a lot for such a large breed.
Tove: Who would you like to be for a day?
I would like to be Sharon and I would give Arafat a wet kiss and then take him to the carnival and eat cotton candy.
Kicki: Ever thought of directing a film?
Yes, actually. If all goes as planned, I’ll direct a short film in early summer with a friend.
Jessica: How was it to live in Leeds?
Cold, windy, poor and fun as hell!
Charlotte: When will “Hundtricket” be in the cinema?
After the summer.
Madeleine: One film worth seeing?
You absolutely must see “Barry Lyndon” by Stanley Kubrick. It is incredibly beautiful and a perfect Sunday film.
Smail: Who writes the newsletter?
Alexander of course!
Barbie: What are you doing this summer?
I’ll probably drive around Sweden with some friends (weather permitting!)
And Sara, of course, I was inspired by the great Jesus in “The Big Lebowski” when I bowled!
Before I finish, I just want the opportunity to thank Anders, Robban, Amir, the girls at the Quality Hotel and all the other beautiful Norrlänningar that showed a city rat how to live. Big up!
And now more than ever, my friends, Take it easy!
June 12. 2002
Strawberries for the people!
Hello all Capitalists and Bolsheviks! Hope spring has treated you well. Personally, I spent the whole of May in a dark rehearsal room, so it feels wonderful to be free a little bit now.
Just came back from Lysekil, where I recorded a short film called “To Kill a Child” based on a short story by Stig Dagerman. I’ll try to get a little sun now, then sneak back into the studio to edit the film. I think we got really strong images, so even though I have to sit inside for a couple of weeks, I actually look forward to it.
If have time later, I have planned to go in the car around Sweden with some friends, some tips on things to see?
Glad it’s busy in the guestbook. Here are some answers…..
Caroline & Emelie: What was the funniest movie to film?
Difficult to answer, but “Hundtricket” that I did this fall was incredibly fun to record.
Maja: Any new films?
Yes, “Hundtricket” will premiere at the cinema this autumn. Apart form that, I’m working in a playcalled “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” now. We will play at the Södra Theater throughout the autumn with the premiere on September 20th.
Cicci: Where do you go out in Stockholm?
Now, in summer, I hang out at in some of the outdoor restaurants on Söder.
Linda: When is your birthday?
Josefine: Do you have a brother?
I have four younger brothers.
Barbie: Have you ever been dumped?
Yes, I have been dumped a number of times.
Sofia & Janni: What was it like before you became famous?
The sun went up in the morning and down at night and between those two I slipped around and turned gravel, just like now.
Many of your questions are answered in the previous newsletter, or under other headings. Including summaries of previous films with years, etc. on the business site. So please check it out!
Hope you have a magical summer and the opportunity to enjoy strawberries, vanilla ice cream, nude bathing and raspberry juice because tomorrow autumn is here.
Take it easy! / Alex
QUESTIONAIRE FILLED OUT AT 23 YEARS OLD (1999)
(Tack K… for proper translations)
- name: Alexander Skarsgård
- age: 23
- weight: 85 kg
- height: 194 cm
- hair color: blonde
- family: really big
- favorite color: pink
- favorite book: Angelas Ashes
- favorite movie: Duck Soup (Marx brothers)
- favorite band/artist: Thåström
- idol: Eddie Izzard
- I’m in love with: Spiderman
- my friends: those who catch me when I fall
- pet: Leonberger male Nelson (dog)
- hobbies: kicking ball and eating ice cream
- sport: football (soccer) and bowling
- best subject: sodium (like a chemical substance…he’s joking)
- favorite clothing: pink and blue overalls
- favorite food: King Bengts Moose Stew
- favorite destination: Mauritsius (and Öland of course!)
- I want to be: better