Alexander Skarsgard Talks About True Blood, Soccer, and the Swedish Marines

December 29, 2010 by  

Skarsgard Dishes to TV Guide:

Alexander Skarsgard, who plays viking vampire Eric Northman on True Blood, poses for a magazine photo shootFrom child actor to heart throb, Alexander Skarsgard (Eric Northman) knows how to captivate an audience. Whether he’s portraying a transvestite, a football player, or a viking vampire, Skarsgard’s acting chops are pretty intense. He has prided himself on not being afraid to take on a role because it was too ugly, as well as not being that actor who continual plays the same types of characters over and over. And when the cameras aren’t rolling, Skarsgard has shown again and again what a down to earth, patient, and funny guy he really is. TV Guide caught up with the busy actor for one of their Cubicle Confessions.

In the Army Now:

In ‘Generation Kill’ Skargard played The Iceman, a calm and cool Gunnery Sergeant in the Marine Corps. Perhaps the authenticity he brings to his role as real-life Sgt. Bradley Colbert comes in part from his stint in his homeland’s military, which he’s described as “mentally and physically very very tough.  I hated it.” However, Skarsgard has said that playing a real-life hero is what drove him to bring his A game to the set everyday. He was terrified when he got the role, mostly because he worried incessantly that he wouldn’t be able to pull off Colbert’s confidence, but also because of all the military lingo that went way over his head.

It’s definitely capricious making a painstakingly accurate drama about events so current the smoke is still rising from the barrel, but ‘Generation Kill’ was one of those short lived miniseries that really stuck with you even after you changed the channel. Sgt. Colbert gave Skarsgard his seal of approval, admitting that he thought the tough Swede did a great job portraying him on screen.

True Blood Goes Skarsgarding:

We know him and love him most as the dark and not always sinister vampire sheriff, Eric Northman. His role as the 1,000 year old vampire started off as a supporting role in seasons 1 and 2, and quickly launched into a more regular role in season 3. Creator and director Alan Ball thanks his lucky stars that he found Skarsgard, who brings a level of authenticity to the role that none of the others who auditioned (mostly models and professional wrestlers) were even touching on.  Skarsgard leaves the “tough guy” shtick out of the equation and goes more understated with his portrayal of the sexy vampire, which really makes him more menacing. The camera loves him, but it’s the show’s writers who have really launched Eric as one of the standout characters in the show:

“Our writers write as we shoot this…when we started season 2 they didn’t know exactly how this would end. They have kind of a vague idea but they’re always on set and they watch us work and they adapt to that.”

He Ain’t No Parsy!

Skargard’s biggest passion outside of acting? Football. The European kind. Whenever possible, Skarsgard indulges in his mostly doomed love for the Chicago Cubs of Stockholm football, Hammarby IF, which won its first title in 104 years in 2001. As much as he loves the team, he does admit it’s a curse being born a Hammarby fan since they’re “that bad,” but he’s always optimistic and thinking, “there’s always next year.”

Skarsgard spent the summer and fall filming ‘Battleship’ and earlier this month he went back to work as Sheriff of Area 5 in Shreveport, Louisiana. A couple of season 4 pics have been leaked, but nothing yet of our favorite Nordic vampire. We will, of course, keep all you Truebies up-to-date on any and all breaking season 4 news and spoilers!

Source: TV Guide – Alexander Skarsgard (True Blood) Confesses all to TV Guide Magazine!

(Photo Credit: Immortal Dreaming)

  • Natalie

    There’s nothing new in this article. It’s too bad caused i’m dying to get a little hint or spoiler of what’s gonna happen to Eric in season 4 (assuming they’r gonna stray far, far, away from the book).

  • Loleaf

    I could sit and listen to him talk all day!! He has that sultry, sexy voice that makes your insides melt into a puddly mess!! Added to how gorgeous he is, we just don’t have a chance!!! He’s the complete package… Can’t wait to see him on the big screen. Please hurry June we need our Eric back!!! 😉

    • jaxx

      Hi Loleaf, I’m with you. That sexy, sexy voice. I’d listen to an infomercial with him in it just to hear him talk. LOL. 🙂

  • jaxx

    I also agree with BW. Eric IS the draw for me and the triangle is why I watch. It’s not set in stone in the books yet who, if either vamp, Sookie will choose. Could be Sam or Alcide or Quinn for all we know or no one at all. That’s the fun of this whole series, both TV and books. I am rooting for Eric but if she ends up with Bill then so be it. That’s the way it was meant to be written.

  • boo boo bear

    Eric’s cool. I am a bigger fan of Bill, I am a Billsbabe and Stephen Moyer adorer!~ but Eric is also cool, good looking in the exact right way for the part and he seems perfect for the role. He certainly works hard in between True Blood seasons.

    Hate the wait. Pure Truebie here! Alan Ball rocks also, genius mad man at work here, people, move over!

  • Imogenia

    I agree with Babcia Wampyre.The big draw for me is Eric and the whole love triangle.I buy every book as fast as they come out.I would not like the episodes if they didn’t have the triangle going.It’s surprising the different plots going on,I like that.I would not like it if Eric wasn’t on regularly.I like other characters to,Alcide,Pam,Tara and Jessica and I like Sookie.The big draw for me is Eric though.I LOVE ME SOME ERIC!!!!!!!

  • “His role as the 1,000 year old vampire started off as a supporting role in seasons 1 and 2, and quickly launched into a more regular role in season 3”.

    Really? So have ANY of the writers read the books? Or perhaps the author of the article needs to do more research? The triangle between Bill, Sookie and Eric is the one constant in ALL of the books and the thing that keeps the readers purchasing the books as fast as Ms. Harris can write them (and the TV viewers coming back even though the series has in many cases wandered far astray of the books). Everyone wants to know who Sookie will ultimately choose: Eric or Bill? The writers would do well the keep this in mind. They can chage up whatever else they please and add as many unnecessary and entertaining characters as they want, but if they ignore the love triangle and shove Eric into the background, HBO will lose viewers PDQ and the best series since the Sopranos will be gone in a flash!

    • Babcia, this is a True Blood fan site, and the show is being referred to in the article, not the books. Please keep that in mind. No offense was meant towards the books whatsoever. (And yes, most of us writers have read them.) 🙂