Alexander Skarsgard: Interview with France’s Premiere

December 16, 2009 by  

Bloody-Good-eric-northmanThe cast of HBO’s True Blood, Alexander Skarsgard, Sam Trammell, Michelle Forbes and Rutina Wesley were in Paris recently promoting Season 2 of True Blood.

In an interview with Premiere.FR, Alexander talks about the development of this character Eric Northman through Season 1 and 2 of True Blood. Typically thoughtful as ever, he dispels some possible mis-readings of the 1000-year-old Viking vampire,

“Season 1 is basically a little introduction to Eric. It’s obviously based on the first book of the [Southern Vampire Mysteries] series and Eric is in this one little sequence of the first book […] so you don’t really get to know Eric in Season 1 […] Most people consider him an evil guy after Season 1 and in Season 2, it’s a lot more personal for Eric […] In Season 1, he’s an entrepreneur, he’s got his nightclub […] In Season 2, he goes on this journey to find his Maker and it’s not about money or his business […] it’s about finding someone he really loves […]”

Alexander also reveals how much fun he has in portraying a 1000-year-old Viking vampire,

“It’s a lot of fun because no one can tell me ‘No that’s not right; no, that’s wrong’ I can do whatever I want. He’s been around for a 1000 years. He was born a Viking, he was turned into a vampire when he was in his late twenties and […] there’s so much to play around with […] in developing the character. He’s been around for millennia. That’s a long time. All these amazing stories and things that he has seen and gone through and how that has affected him as a vampire and it also creates great opportunities for flashbacks […]”

Alexander also reflects on the charismatic and quixotic nature of Eric Northman, acknowledging the predatory yet hyper-masculinity of the Viking vampire,

“I had a lot of fun working on creating the character and figuring out who he was […] and how he can be very civilized but at the same time, an animal […] He’s a hunter. He knows how strong he is, how powerful he is and he really enjoys that […] and he enjoys seeing fear in people’s eyes.”

Alexander discusses the nature of vampires and vampire-human relations in the HBO vampire series, indicating that True Blood also reflects bigger themes,

“In True Blood, the vampires are quite human in a way. I think that’s hopefully easier for the audience to understand what [the vampires] are trying to deal with […] they are actually trying to […] fit into society and to live and work and function in society next to humans. I think a lot of people can associate with that struggle, trying to fit in and figure out […] ‘how do I live my life’ […]”

Alexander conveys his unmistakable delight when he was asked about the way Season 2 started with a very bloody scene,

“It was so much fun. I mean what a way to start a season […] What an introduction. I mean it doesn’t get any better than that […] It was a great scene shoot.”

Now that Alan Ball has started shooting and casting for Season 3, I am sure I can speak on behalf of all True Blood fans when I say that we are all looking forward to seeing our Viking vampire and the other cast members in action.

Season 2 of True Blood is currently airing in France on Orange Cinemax. In the UK, Season 2 of True Blood will premiere on FX in February 2010, following on from the current terrestrial screening of Season 1 on Channel 4.

SOURCE: Premiere.FR

Picture credit: HBO Inc.