Alexander Skarsgard Featured In Newsweek

September 16, 2009 by  

alex_4How are we going to ease the suffering of the nine month wait for season three of True Blood? Probably by watching and reading as much of our beloved actors as we can until their characters return.

It looks like Newsweek has already begun to do just that, as we can see in their recent article on Alexander Skarsgard. People love him as bad boy vampire Eric, but they love him even more when they find out that in real life, Alexander Skarsgard is modest, laid-back, sweet, and cool.

There are thousands, maybe millions, of women out there who are smitten with Alex (as I like to call him). He also charms the pants off men, like his costar Nelsan Ellis:

“He’s very humble, extremely talented, and so freaking Mount Olympus good-looking that sometimes I just want to be him…But, I want to say, ‘Brother, please don’t stand next to me.’ “

While this level of celebrity status is new to Alex–he didn’t even realize how popular he was with True Blood fans until he stepped into Comic Con in July–he has been dealing with acting and fame since he was young. The son of actor Stellan Skarsgard (Good Will Hunting), he did some Swedish film and TV work beginning when he was 8 years old:

“My parents never dragged me to auditions. They didn’t push me. Things just kind of happened, and I thought it was fun.”

A few years later, it stopped being fun, and he gave up acting to have a normal life:

“I was really self-conscious and I wasn’t comfortable with all the attention. Thirteen is a tough age. You’re trying to figure out if you are a child or a man. It’s a strange time. People on the street would recognize me, and I hated it. It was too much. I said to my mom and dad, ‘I don’t want to do this. I want to play soccer.’ I wanted a girl to like me because I was funny or cute, not because she saw me on TV. So I quit.”

It’s a good thing he took that break. Alex thinks he wouldn’t be acting today if he had not quit and then returned to it when he was ready. He did several Swedish films in his 20s, as well as a tiny role as the model Meekus in Zoolander. He made his first mark on the U.S. entertainment world when he was cast as Marine Sgt. Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill. It was a complicated character, one that required “military brawn combined with intellect” and the ability to deliver dialogue full of Marine slang. One of Alex’s costars, a Marine sergeant who played himself, remembers:

“In walks this skinny guy that looked like a really tall Kurt Cobain. But once the cameras started rolling, Skarsgard became Colbert.”

Then he got the part of Eric Northman on True Blood, and here we are! America has just begun its obsession with Alex, scouring the internet for his former work (including a particular shower scene, that has gotten 200,000 hits on YouTube). Sweden, however, has named him their Sexiest Man five times, so at least all the adoration hasn’t come as a complete shock to him!

Alex wants to continue doing projects in the U.S. and Sweden. He is currently in Shreveport, LA (how appropriate!), filming Straw Dogs. He also might seek an opportunity to work in theatre, to get that experience of closeness with the audience. But most immediately, he looks forward to returning to his job on True Blood in December:

“I really miss those guys. It sounds so stupid, but these guys really have become my family.”

That doesn’t sound stupid at all! It makes it that much more enjoyable for us to watch, knowing that they love the work their doing. It’s exciting to think that we have just started seeing all the layers to Eric. Season three will certainly gives us a lot to look forward to in Alexander Skarsgard’s performance.


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  • lovesEricAndAlex

    i love the show but the books are so much better. without any bias, I think Alex really fleshed out the part of Eric. Great job, Alex!

    • missyella

      You are so right, the Books are great, but you have to ask, how does one lowly Waitress (nothing wrong with Waitresses), manage to get so many Supes after her??????

      What is her secret?

  • antonio

    I like the character of Eric Northman. He’s scary and ruthless but yet we saw another side of him when godric went out. Even the queen felt bad for him “Sorry about your maker,That Blows!”
    “Thank You” Eric said tearfully. It was kind of cool to see Eric bullied for once by Sophie-Ann. We see a very vicious,sadistic side(mostly) of him,too Like when he devoured that man in front of Lafayette and then asked him “Did I Get blood in My hair?”” Then when he takes him upstairs he says to him “Watch yourself,I’m Still hungry!” I love That he’s So wicked! It will interesting to see his character develop further in the coming seasons.
    I Do like Bill better though because he’s deeply troubled.He doesn’t like what he’s become. “Soo-keh Ah kane-t lose u”
    “Ah luv ya” That accent is So Cool!!
    I suppose I would be Team Bill or maybe Team Sam
    This show is just a lot of fun.

  • val

    Such a long wait!!!!

  • Options

    Love him! Can’t wait to see him next season.

  • missyella

    I have a sneaky feeling that he was not able to get away from the Queen, who made him be the scorer of the game they were all playing. When asked how long it was she said if I remember up to 3 million!!!

    You do not disobey the Queen and he looked so sad, just sitting there, when we know how ruthless he can be.

    Not sure how Alan Ball is going to wriggle out of this one!!! come season 3.

  • Vero

    We certainly are smitten by him 🙂

    • antonio

      Eric Northman is cool. Alex plays him very well. We can agree on this. However, He is also Mean,Sadistic,Cruel,Narcissistic and he kills without mercy! In Real Life, He’d be a Serial Killer. What about the scene in season 2 where he devours a man in front of Lafayette and then vomits blood all over him..GROSS!!
      Eric has NO regard for humans as he said once “Humans? I dont get it,Bill?
      Even though I like to see Eric and Bill face off its hysterical!!
      Eric: I hope you enjoy your true blood its costing me $4o a bottle. Bill:I’m not gonna drink it I just want you to pay for it! Eric: Oh Yeah! Real mature,Bill!
      I Love That!!
      If Eric cared so much for Sookie Why didnt he help her and Bill to off Maryann??!! Because hes a cold-blooded killer thats why I think!! Not that Bill is That much better. They are Both ruthless Good Luck Sookie!! LOL

      • pbartteacher

        It’s nice to see the mainstream media finally recognizing our favorite Viking Vampire, Alexander Skarsgard/Eric Northman. We all look forward to seeing our extremely talented and humble Swede on the small and large screen. Alexander has many new projects in the works and all us Truebies look forward to watching him. Yes, Season 3 should be an awesome addition to the True Blood series. Let’s all hope we see more of our Viking Vampire G*d. Counting down the days until Season 3. Go TB!

      • pbartteacher

        Actually the only person Eric has killed is Royce. Who if I am not wrong killed 3 vampires and 1 fangbanger in the fire Season One. As Sheriff of Area 5, it is his duty to deal with infractions against vampires. As Bill stated, Lafayette’s punishment could have been a lot worse. Eric did offer to help Laffy get better with his blood. Granted he has an ulterior motive, to get closer to Sookie.

        Bill has killed Denise and Mack Rattray, Sookie’s uncle, forced Jessica to become a vampire, attacked the FOTS kid outside in Dallas but who’s counting right. As far as helping Sookie with MA, he tried. Remember Eric doesn’t write the show Alan Ball does. I guess AB didn’t want Eric to help.In the books,Eric does save Sookie from MA and the townspeople of Bon Temps. Which was the funniest scene from book 2. Too bad AB chose not to include. Eric in pink spandex. Awesome. Looking forward to next season.

  • missyella

    What a sweetie, love him.

    • val

      You and me both!!!!

  • val

    well I for one can’t wait to see him in season 3-go Alex!!!