Chatting with Alexander Skarsgard…

Alexander Skarsgard
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ChattingYou know….every once in awhile things just don’t work out…

I had a phone interview yesterday afternoon with the Tall One…

He had some time off and thought it would be fun to touch base with his fansites.

AWESOME!!! We love hearing from him. We have so much to tell him and to talk about. New projects…magazine articles…premiere events…TRUE BLOOD questions…just…STUFF!

Righhhht……

That’s on a normal day. Not on the day you have a conversation with management that LITERALLY went kind-of like this…

M: “Hey Jenna…wanna chat with Alex in an hour?”
J: “Ummm…you mean like an interview or is he just calling because I’m in trouble for something?”
M: “An interview only IF you want one…IF you DO it needs to happen in an hour…he’s free today…thought it would be fun… By the way…why would you be in trouble??? What did you do now??”
J: “Nothing…maybe he’s just calling to tell me how awesome I am…I am awesome you know?”
M: “Yeah…so…interview???”
J: “Damnit! I keep missing my interviews…can he call in a few days… I’m so not prepared for this…”
M: “He’s working the next few days but I’ll tell him next time he’s free…”
J: “Wait…the last time I heard that I was in California at the True Blood Red Carpet Premiere 2 years ago…”
M: “3 o’clock PST?”
J: “Yeah…lemme get some questions together and see if I can find my sad excuse for a voice recorder…”
M: “So 3 o’clock…you’ll be ready??”
J: “NO…*whimpers*…but I’ll give it a shot! Please tell Alex now that I’m sorry this is going to be a really shitty experience…”
M: “Will do…”
*eyeroll*

So 3:00 rolls around…faster than it should have I think.
I have Marie and Char using their “working brains” to send me Q’s to ask while I play with the voice recorder trying to remember how it works.
New batteries…CHECK! Phone charged…CHECK! – – test test…

The phone rings…

M: “Hey Jenna…you ready for Alex?”

J: “Yep…I think so…”

M: “Connecting him now…”

NOW REMEMBER…Alexander is in NEW YORK…not in LA where his manager (whom I ADORE – in case he reads this) is stationed. He’s calling from his cell phone and being conferenced in with my call… I have the start of a cold…I’m using the WORST recording equipment in the state of Wisconsin, perhaps the world! I’ve met Alex. I’ve chatted with him over coffee…been in contact with him and his peep for almost three years…this should be easy peasy right???

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Just preparing you for my pending downfall.
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ChattingM: Jenna…you’re on with Alex
J: Hi Alex
A: Hey Jenna! How are you?
J: Fine! How are you?
A: I’m good, I’m good!
J: Busy? (Chuckle becuz I know this is an understatement…)
A: Yeah…I’m *sigh* exhausted…but having a great time!

Okay…that sounds not to bad…

Well, then I believe Alex entered an underground secret spy station/Vampire hideout…coffin perhaps…that blocked phone waves from being transmitted!

In short…things go to poo!!!

So….he’s in the secret spy headquarters now right…or possibly a giant bathroom, marble tiled, where he’s decided to relax in a large tub…kinda like in the pic to the right. Either way…reception stinks!

A: Yeah…We’re…I’m going out there with Melancholia… Unfortunately I missed Cannes in May because of June shooting on True Blood back in LA…so…but…
***something about Saturday and shooting What Maisie Knew in New York***…I’ll be able to make it…fly out there…

NOW…this isn’t just the recording. This is the volume and reception I’m hearing on the phone. In short…I have no idea WTF Alex is saying and I’m flying by the seat of my pants. When I hear silence I ask the next question…hoping, by a shred of good karma that I feel I’ve earned for dealing with crazy site stuff for three years, that things will turn out when I listen later. Yeah NO….

ChattingJ: How’s the shooting going for that…for Maisie? We’ve seen some pictures of you with your co-star – she’s adorable…the little one…

A: OH…on What Maisie Knew?

J: Yeah! (This is where I remind you I’m a spaz and NOT A professional interviewer)!

A: Oh she’s phenomenal, Little Renate (?), the girl. She’s just adorable. Such a great actress. She’s really talented…sweet girl…it’s been a lot of fun…she’s great…it’s been great working with her. Obviously the rest of the cast Julianna Moore, Steve Coogan, Joanna Vanderham…very good people…great actors on this…

J: What’s your character like? You’re playing Lincoln?

A: He’s very different from Eric Northman which is always exciting to do things that’s kind of polar opposite of what you’ve done for awhile…

He’s ahhh…really…definitely not an Alpha male. He’s very sweet. He’s a really nice guy, you’d would want to meet him.

He marries Maisie’s mother…

J: Ahh huh (which is always a good reassurance phrase for the interviewer I’m told…)

A: Julianne Moore’s not really there for the baby, for the kid. She’s a rock star and travels a lot. My character kind of ends up taking care of her…Maisie. They have this beautiful friendship…it’s really intense…they spend a lot of time… ***yeah that’s all I got for this part***

So I carry on…I got about ten minutes left. I can’t hear him very well…he can’t hear me well either but meh…what the hell! I signed up to get some news out to the fans. Regardless of how ridiculous I sound…I’m ON IT! But not really…
K…so let’s bother the poor man with a True Blood question next cuz he isn’t tired of those!!!

J: Okay…I have one True Blood question… There’s ahhh…We have three episodes left…are we going to be happy with the ending or disappointed?? Can you give us a hint??
A: Ahhh…some people might be happy…some people might be disappointed… *I scowl at the phone*
J: Well we’re Team Eric…I’m talking about Team Eric…
A: Yeah…*chuckles*…Well I obviously can’t reveal…
J: I know…I know…
A: …how it’s going to end but…ummm…well…there’s been a lot of changes in Eric this season…he’s under a spell where…***lost***…a lot of things are gonna happen for sure…
J: What was your personal opinion…you read up to book four right???
A: Yeah
J: What was your opinion on the long awaited shower scene??? Did you love it…or did you…
A: Well I ahh…*chuckles thinking I’m nuts…however, this is nothing new between Alex and I* I think it was…I mean it’s quite different obviously but I thought that was fun…you know…that’s kinda what we have to do on the show…we have to kinda take the books and…
J: Mix it up…
A: Well…our own and a little different because…all the fans…**lost**like you need to be able to basically surprise your audience…the ones that read the books and watched the show….you don’t want scene by scene to be identical because there’s gotta be moments where you’re not sure what’s gonna happen…

We’ve learned recently Alexander is due to produce and star in The Vanguard. He tells me he’s happy Warner Brothers approached him with it as he’s “always wanted to do a Viking film”…and who better to star in and produce a Viking film really other than the guy we like to call Our Viking???

Chatting

J: Real quick…can you tell me about The Vanguard?? What’s this about…can you give me any details on it…
A: Well it’s at an early stage so there’s not really much I can say about it…other than…ummm…yeah…we’re gonna start possibly writing the script now. So…it’ll be a while. I’m sure it can change quite a bit but…I’m excited about it…

The first birthday wish is presented…followed by a lot of studdering between the two of us…AGAIN…can’t hear…

I SAY…
J: Really quick too…Happy Birthday tomorrow… We’re running a big charity for you…I’m gonna send over a couple pictures of the big card everyone went in together for…..the fans…
A: Awww…that’s so sweet… You know I…Yeah…I don’t know…I never really celebrate…well when I was a kid obviously… ***lost***…
I’m not working tomorrow…I might go have dinner with some friends or something…

I ask him…
J: Alex…what’s the deal with all the magazines…I’m broke…
A: Why is it too much?? **laughs**
J: NO NO!!! We’re happy to see you…. I’m just broke…

A: Well there’s been…yeah…there’s been quite a lot of press because…I guess the timing of it all you know like when…while we’re shooting the season and…I’m not doing any press at all I’m just…you know…focusing on my job and working but…I guess it’s just the timing of it all like with True Blood…you know were wrapping up season four now and with Melancholia and Straw Dogs coming out…everything just falls…at the same time…

Now we just shoot the shit…which is great to hear his personal opinion on things…
J: You’ve been so busy of late…really out there…even though you’re really keeping us busy…we’re happy about that!

A: *chuckles* Thanks…No I’m having a blast and I’m so lucky I work with amazing people…I’m really happy about the projects I’m promoting and a great project in New York shooting **lost** …I gotta go back to shooting True Blood…season 5…
J: We’re really excited about season 5 so…we’re hoping…ummm…
A: Yeah…so am I…yeah you know we don’t….they’re making the season now…Alan Ball in the writers…so I don’t even think they know exactly what’s gonna happen…
J: Do you know when when you guys start filming that…is that in December…

A: End of the year… Exactly…we start…we usually shoot like one or two episodes right before Christmas then a break over Christmas and New Year but…we start up shooting right after everyone gets back…
I’m excited…I don’t really know exactly what’s gonna happen but I think they’ll do some fun moments with Pam and maybe a little flashback…
J: We’re all really hoping for that…*blah blah blah*…about Pam
A: That’s definitely something…I just love working with Kristin…**lost*…the relationship between Eric and Pam…
J: Yeah we’re hoping for that and…I know Alan…I think Alan brought that up at Comic Con or some con right??
A: Exactly…so he kinda half promised it…and I’ve been..I’ve been asking for it for awhile…those flashbacks are always fun to shoot but I’ve just like, I’ve been wanting for awhile..cuz it’s such a…and I mean I just think it’s just a great opportunity…it’s such a great relationship between Eric and Pam…
J: Well definitely…you know she’s probably the…on our side at least from what we see…she’s one of the favorite characters…so definately if we can…
A: I mean…I work with her but I’m a fan…I think she’s highly gifted…absolutely…absolutely she’s one of the best characters on the show…such a great great fun character…
J: We would love to see the storyline behind the two…
A: Yeah it’s been a fun season for her…and I’m really excited she got her own storyline this year not only like backing up Eric’s shit…she got her own stuff this year. It’s great for her…

At this point we are warned we have just two minutes left to talk…
M: Hey guys…you ready to wrap…Jenna…any last minute questions for Alex…

J: I just…you know…from all the fans…I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday tomorrow and…
A: Awww…thanks Jenna…that’s very sweet of you….

Then he gave a personal message to Marie and Char who are the other 2/3 of this crazy team…(removed)
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Then he added a few comments about the site….which of course is hard to hear so I won’t even try to translate it…but…

SO…in closing I thanked him…told him to take care of himself and keep up with KEEPING US BUSY!
He said we’d talk soon…
Hopefully next time with more than an hour warning and possibly a LAND-LINE…please Alex! : )

GOOD LUCK on listening…SORRY it didn’t turn out that great…
I’m not sure all the transcripts are exactly word for word but as close as I can get or remember…

 


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