Alexander Skarsgard Interviewed in DARK Mag

November 30, 2009 by  

Alexander-Skarsgard-Dark-MagAlexander Skarsgard who portrays the 1000-year-old vampire viking, Eric Northman on True Blood is featured in the December issue of the French magazine, DARK Mag.   Alexander is interviewed in the magazine and discusses his character and the show just before season 2 premieres in France December 1st.

Alexander explains that when he first heard that True Blood was a show about vampires he wasn’t sure about it, wondered what it might look like, and actually thought that it was a joke.  That was until he until he heard that Alan Ball was involved, who wrote and co-produced the award winning American Beauty film and TV series Six Feet Under.  Once he heard that Alan was behind the creation of True Blood he knew it was going to be great.

Alexander admits that before True Blood he was never into the urban fantasy genre, however once he got the role of Eric he immersed himself into that universe 200%.  He watched classic vampire films such as Nosferatu, Dracula with Bella Lugosi, to Francis Ford Coppola to study the vampires to give his role a credible and modern interpretation.

Since France will begin watching season 2 starting December 1st, Alexander explains in the interview the storyline that his character Eric will experience. He mentions that in season 1 the audience didn’t see much of Eric but in season two he plays a bigger role searching for his maker Godric, a 2000-year-old vampire who has disappeared.  He describes how it is very important to Eric to find him and it allows the viewers to see another side on his character.  A vampire who is very loyal and compassionate, which is rare among vampires.  It shows that for him, being a sheriff is not just a job but a profession of faith.

To read the full interview with Alexander you can find it in issue 3 of DARK Mag, on newsstands December 1, 2009 (It is in French).

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  • pbartteacher

    Thanks again, Ollie for the wonderful Alexander Skarsgard article. The True Blood fans in Europe are in for such a treat with Season Two especially if they are a Viking fan. Without giving too much away, lets just say they will get to see Alexander perform his character, Eric on so many levels. He will be the loyal, curious, devious and sexy vampire that we have all come to love. He has emerged as the Viking to be reckoned with and loved in the same breath.

    Alan Ball and his crew of writers really started to flesh out the many layers of Eric Northman in Season Two. We all anxiously await for Season Three to begin shooting this week. Let’s hope that we will get to see some teasers from the upcoming season soon. As for Alexander, he continues to impress me with his passion for the character. Reading the Charlaine Harris novels, watching the classic vampire genre movies all in preparation for his role. I believe that Alexander was the only actor that could have played this role. The man is a consummate professional on so many levels.

    Congratulations, Alexander and continued success to you and all of the True Blood cast. Only a mere, 192 days until our V-ddiction continues. Go True Blood!

    • rugby82

      I totallu agree with you…here in Europe we love True Blood and love this nice guy as Eric and Love Eric too as well….^^
      I wish all the best to Alex and even to Eric to become much more important in the serial…^^
      All best thing to True Blood too….

  • rugby82

    I’m always so impressed when an actor is so “in touch” with is role…Alex really understand Eric and the way he try to explain how to look at him is such a great thing…becouse many people dislike him or even hate him, but that’s just becouse they really din’t want to waste time to undertand him and get deep…even with the books….
    Just my opinion of course….

    “Being a Sceriff is not only a Job but a profession of Faith”…..That’s Eric!!
    So proud of Alex…^^
    I cannot wait so long for season 3 and My Viking in scene even with Sookie as well!