Alexander Skarsgard named “Rising Star” by Access Hollywood

August 16, 2009 by  

alexander_skarsgard_true_blood_tails_for_whales3Access Hollywood has named Alexander Skarsgard as the ‘new rising star’ for his powerful role as Eric Northman in Alan Ball‘s hit HBO TV vampire series True Blood and for his brilliant performance in “Generation Kill”.  Each week True Blood‘s 4 million plus fans, with a cumulative total of 11 million, are sitting on the edge of their seats eagerly waiting to watch the fate of the characters including Alexander Skarsgard‘s multi-dimensional, dark and mysterious Eric Northman.   In season 1 we saw Alexander’s character sit eerily on his throne at Fangtasia just absorbing his surroundings and not saying much to which made me wonder whether I should loathe him or love him.  Since season 2 premiered Alex has taken command of his character that exudes confidence and approachability with his laid back demeanor and attire. The 32-year old actor said that he couldn’t have imagined playing a role as his on True Blood. Alex said:

“A 1,000-year-old flying Viking Vampire is quite different from most of my previous roles,”

Alexander said it is gratifying to play a character that walks the line ever so closely to both good and evil simultaneously. Alex said:

“I love that he drains people with an innocent smile on his face”.

Asked about his accent on True Blood, he explains he fine tuned it from “Generation Kill” and was able to use his native language, Swedish to add a bit more mystique and authenticity to Eric Northman as the 1,000-year-old Viking vampire.

When asked about Season 3, Alexander explained that he doesn’t even know what is in store for his role as Eric, nor who he may sink his teeth into. Perhaps he will rip off another limb effortlessly but, hopes that his character governs supreme as he does now in the fictional town of Bon Temps.

Alex said:

“The writers haven’t started working on Season 3 yet, so I’m not sure but, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for world domination.”

When asked if his character and Anna Paquin’s character Sookie Stackhouse, will become more cozy and intimate to which he simply said, “maybe” with an ever so slight sound of excitement.

Alexander said that the new found attention in Hollywood as a heartthrob is remarkable and is more than delighted to share the spotlight with Stephen Moyer, who plays our charming, smoldering Bill Compton. Alex went to say:

“The attention is very flattering; I heard that fans are divided between Eric and Bill. To be honest, I’m Stephen’s biggest fan; I actually founded the fan club  “Bills Babes”.

Not only is Alexander very genuine and humble but, quite funny as well. Besides the remaining episodes of Season 2 of True Blood, Alexander will soon be seen in three upcoming movies, “Straw Dogs” along with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth“Metropia” with his father, Stellan Skarsgard and Juliette Lewis, and “13” in which he said:

“are all pretty dark films. Would be fun to do something with a little less blood and death before we start Season 3 of “True Blood.”

I think most fans would enjoy seeing him as a leading man in just about anything because he has proven himself time and time again from his work in his home country of Sweden to here in America.  He is truly a talented actor who is a force to be reckoned.  When asked whom he would hope to work with Alex said:

“Guillermo del Toro because he never lets fear get in the way of his curiosity” and Woody Allen because he’s a legend”.

With his fierce performance as Eric Northman in True Blood each week and his brilliant performance as Brad Colbert in HBO’s, Generation Kill, I have a feeling we will see Alexander both on the small and big screens.  With the continued success of HBO’s True Blood and his portrayal of one of the most respected and loved vampires, Alexander is definitely a rising star to watch.
Alex said:

“Thanks Access Hollywood. Glad you like the show and I’m extremely honored you picked me as the ‘new rising star.”

True Blood airs every Sunday on HBO at 9PM.

(Picture Source: HBO)