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.

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  • Megan

    Alex Skarsgard is such a lovely man, all around. (sigh)

  • rugby82

    Alex is great and funny…smart too, for me the perfect Eric, of course maybe not phisically, but his sense of humor, is body languege and his smile…OMG!!!
    I’m always happy when i listen to him talking about Eric becouse he really know him, he understand Eric betetr than many people, all the greatest things he said abiut him are true, Eric is powerfull, his hands are plenty of blood and love bing a vampire..every vampire has bloody Hands, but Eric is something more than that….he’s someone who will find again is human instict, thanks to our little barmaid…..
    Alex Good Job!!!!!

  • Udo

    I enjoyed this interview too. I was fascinated to hear about how he approached developing his character Eric Northman. And Jay, I agree, 3:45 onwards is really quite funny. That was a great scene and one of my favourites.

    • jaxx

      Udo, I have to ask, is he really as charming and adorable up close? Are his eyes really that blue? Sorry, I have to know. lol.

  • Joanna

    Goodness gracious, he’s just too adorable. I swear he’s just perfect as Eric, perfect!

  • jaxx

    What a great interview. He is so mesmerizing and adorable. Seems like a great guy. Thanks again Udo for another great article. Can’t wait for more Eric moments in S3.

  • jay

    3:45 onwards soo cuite!
    ‘tear him apart, eat him and then be like ahh’ – funny. Thats was a pretty cool scene.

  • Amy

    Thank you for posting this! LOVE Alex/Eric what a cutie!